Sunday, August 12th
Animal Practice, series premiere at 10:30pm on NBC
– Directly following the Olympics, NBC presents a commercial-free sneak preview of a new comedy series with new episodes beginning on September 22nd. Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman (Weeds, Angels in America), a top veterinarian with an impressive list of famous animal patients at the Crane Animal Hospital – a bustling New York City veterinary practice where it often seems as if the patients are running the place. Despite his unorthodox style, George has an undeniable gift with animals of all kinds – except the human kind. Much to his chagrin, George recently learned that his ex-girlfriend, Dorothy Crane (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Better with You), has inherited the family business and is now George’s boss. Whip-smart and ambitious, Dorothy shakes up the hospital as she brings order to the chaos and butts heads with George’s animal-friendly administration. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Sons of Tucson) plays Dr. Doug Jackson, a vet who’s great with animals, but hapless in matters of the heart; Bobby Lee (“Harold & Kumar”) stars as Dr. Yamamoto; Kym Whitley (“We Bought a Zoo”) stars as Juanita; and newcomer Betsy Sodaro (“The Nick Show Kroll”) stars as Nurse Angela. Dr. Rizzo, the resident capuchin monkey at Crane Animal Hospital and George’s closest companion is played by Crystal (“The Hangover II,” Community).
Hell on Wheels, season premiere at 9pm on AMC
- Hell on Wheels tells an epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier, and his dramatic journey west as he struggles to leave his past behind. The show depicts the traveling town known as Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot that follows and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.
Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne, special event from 10 to 11:30pm on Comedy Central
– She grabbed her crotch while singing the national anthem. She lives on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. She lost the Green Party nomination for President of the United States. In other words, there’s no shortage of material to draw from for tonight’s roast of comedian/sitcom star/scandal bait Roseanne. Glee’s fabulous Jane Lynch joins fellow roasters Seth Green, Sharon Stone, and Carrie Fisher.
Monday, August 13th
Stars Earn Stripes, 2-hour series premiere at 8pm on NBC
– Hosted by retired General Wesley Clark and Samantha Harris, this new action-packed reality competition show pays homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services. The star-studded cast includes four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (“Out of Time,” Five Days of War”), actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2,” The Newsroom), multi-platinum recording artist, actor, producer and television personality Nick Lachey (The Sing-Off), Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin aka Sarah Palin’s husband, NBC’s The Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, and WWE diva, Eve Torres. In this fast-paced competition, the eight celebrities will gather at a remote training facility where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops into water to long-range weapons fire, the contestants will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally. Each will be paired with a special operative from a military branch or one of our first-responder forces, including former U.S. Army Delta Force and Green Berets, U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Marines and police officers, who train alongside their partners and compete in the missions with them. Each of the teams is competing for a cash prize on behalf of a military, veterans or first-responder charity.
Hotel Hell, series premiere at 8pm on FOX
– After more than a decade of running restaurants in some of the world’s top hotels, Chef Gordon Ramsay knows firsthand the crucial importance of surpassing guests’ highest expectations. In his newest docu-series, Ramsay will travel to San Diego, CA; Coeur D’Alene, ID; Cambridge, NY; Milford, PA; and Windsor, VT, to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and just plain bad bed and breakfasts. To come to grips with the problems, Ramsay will endure hotels at their worst – from filthy bedrooms and mold-ridden bathrooms to dreadful room service and incompetent staff – all so unsuspecting guests don’t have to. After he has uncovered the issues, Ramsay will put the hotel owners and employees to work as he attempts to turn around these failing establishments. With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they can’t meet Ramsay’s high standards, they will never check out of Hotel Hell.
Grimm, season premiere at 10pm on NBC
– NBC’s supernatural drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales has moved from Fridays to Mondays this fall after developing a strong following (including myself) throughout its first season. After Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. His attempts to shield his fiancée, Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch, “The Artist”), and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby, “Lincoln Heights”), from the hazards of his new life have reached a crisis, leaving Juliette in a mysterious coma and Hank on the verge of a mental breakdown. With help from his confidants, Monroe (fan favorite Silas Weir Mitchell, Prison Break) and Rosalee (Bree Turner, “The Ugly Truth”) – both reformed Grimm creatures, Nick must help those closest to him while still facing off against all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, the Grimm Brothers. As Nick develops his ability to harness his inner Grimm, he begins to question what he once knew, never more so than in the cliffhanger season finale when he was reunited with his mother (guest star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, “Scarface”), also a Grimm, whom he thought dead for the past 20 years.
Major Crimes, series premiere at 10pm on TNT
– Directly following The Closer’s series finale, stay tuned to TNT for the new spinoff series starring the brilliant Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) as the new boss Captain Sharon Raydor. The detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes division are still reeling from the departure of Brenda Leigh Johnson and the realization that Captain Raydor is now in charge. Unlike their previous chief, Raydor is determined to lead the department with a more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people with whom she works. Raydor’s hardest job, however, will be gaining the full trust and confidence of her detectives, who aren’t quick to forget her long history of internal investigations targeting them and their previous boss. Especially troublesome is Provenza, who has a difficult time taking orders from someone he doesn’t think knows as much as he does.
Gallery Girls, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– Bravo’s Gallery Girls is a docu-series that follows the lives of seven dynamic and ambitious young women in New York City who tackle the cutthroat environment of the art world while vying for their dream jobs. From gallery openings and art shows to the hottest events in the city, the women share a passion for art – but are divided between their Manhattan and Brooklyn lifestyles with vastly different views and tastes towards fashion, art, and men. Attempting to juggle a chic and fabulous standard of living, the ladies tackle financial struggles, family issues, and the pressures of jump-starting their lives in the city that never sleeps.
Tuesday, August 14th
The Week the Women Went, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime
– Can you imagine a world without women? Which gender is more capable of running society’s day-to-day functions? What impact is today’s shift in gender roles having on the world? Lifetime dives deep into the gender gap issue to answer these questions by bringing a daring social experiment to life by removing the women from one American town in the major program event, The Week the Women Went. The unscripted series will explore modern gender roles and find out what happens when all of the women leave town, leaving the men behind to run their households, businesses and community on their own.
Collection Intervention, series premiere at 10pm on Syfy
– In Syfy’s newest reality series, former Head of Special Collections at Christie’s Elyse Luray helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections – from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Catwoman and Barbie – have become damaging obsessions, creating financial strife and a huge strain on their lives. In each of the six hour-long episodes, Elyse will create a strategy that helps these collectors curate and showcase their collection by assessing where the true value lies and then allow them to decide what’s worth keeping and what they can sell. These massive collections include dining rooms stuffed with 30,000 comic books, a garage filled to the rafters with Catwoman memorabilia, and an almost uninhabitable house filled with Transformers. For each collector, parting with some of their collection may free up some much needed space in their home, provide a cash windfall to get out of debt, or even just allow a couple to become more focused on their relationship.
The Burn With Jeff Ross, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
– Roastmaster General Jeff Ross spends 30 nationally televised minutes every Tuesday night burning a wide array of targets. From politicians to athletes to b-list celebrities making sex tapes to stay relevant, the Comedy Central icon and his friends will take aim at what’s wrong with the world and the people who make it happen.
Wednesday, August 15th
Oh Sit!, series premiere at 8pm on The CW
– Hosted by actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy (The Ghost Whisperer) and actress/television host Jessi Cruickshank (MTV Live), Oh Sit! is a fun, high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition, in which 12 thrill-seeking daredevils race head to head through five physically demanding, obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair, to the sounds of a live band. At the end of the hour, only one contestant will be left sitting triumphant to seize the cash prize. Adding to the fun, Tanika Ray (Extra) will be in the trenches with the contestants both on and off the track and will add color commentary from the sidelines as the action unfolds.
American Hoggers, 2-hour season premiere at 10pm on A&E
– A&E’s docu-series follows the Campbell family and their struggle to rescue Texas residents and ranches from the devastating chaos caused by millions of invasive wild boars. Half of the wild boar population in America lives on the Texas countryside. Their populations are growing exponentially into the millions, and they’re tearing up ranchland, feasting on valuable crops and maiming or even killing livestock. They have insatiable appetites, violent temperaments and can grow up to 400 pounds. Feral hogs have caused over $50 million per year in damage to the state of Texas alone. Farms have had to shut down and families have been left scared to step outside their own homes. Each episode follows legendary hog hunter Jerry Campbell, his level-headed son, Robert, firecracker daughter, Krystal, and family friend Lea as they respond to those threatened by feral hogs. Located in the heart of Texas, the family dedicates itself to the front lines — riding horseback, using highly trained dogs and employing good old-fashioned know-how to help those endangered by these destructive beasts. When a call comes in, Jerry hops in his custom off-road Jeep, Krystal, and Lea saddle the horses and Robert rounds up the hog-hunting dogs for jobs that cover every corner of central Texas. They are called in for a wide-range of jobs, but no matter how dangerous the situation, the Campbells are prepared for anything.
Thursday, August 16th
The Next, series premiere at 9pm on The CW
– In each episode of CW’s new reality singing competition, four music industry superstars — Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly, and Joe Jonas — will drop in on the lives of four up-and-coming local musicians. The show will move from city to city: Orlando, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. In each town the contestants will be local musical heroes with a huge regional following of devoted fans, as well as a formidable social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. These aspiring stars are not plucked from obscurity; they are proven artists on the brink of success. They just need a little help making the leap from opening act to headliner. Over the course of 72 hours, each superstar will groom one contestant — while taking over their lives. When that 72-hour mentoring session is up, the four newly groomed artists will go head-to-head at a well-known local venue. One winner will be chosen and that contestant will move on to represent their city in the semi-finals. Then it’s on to the next city and four more contestants. After six episodes in six different cities, each of the local winners and the fan favorite will battle it out on stage over the course of the final episodes until only one contestant remains — the vocalist left standing at the end will be rewarded a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
Time Machine Chefs, series premiere at 9pm on ABC
– ABC presents a new cooking show in which chefs journey through time to experience what it was like to be a chef in 1416 A.D., or to cook in a medieval castle for kings and queens during the Tudor era. With no modern appliances, amenities, running water or electricity, four popular chefs must create culinary masterpieces – and impress three esteemed judges – with only basic kitchen equipment, their imaginations and craftsmanship. Only one chef will be crowned The Greatest Chef in History. The judging table consists of chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Nancy Silverton, Dave Arnold of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and chef and cookbook author Silvena Rowe of Quince in London’s May Fair Hotel.
Extreme Chef, season premiere at 10pm on Food
– A second season of Extreme Chef takes seven of America’s most fearless chefs out of their kitchens and drops them into extreme locations, from the scorching California desert to the exotic jungles of Thailand. Hosted by TV veteran and seasoned world traveler Marsh Mokhtari, Extreme Chef tests the chefs’ physical prowess, mental toughness and culinary skills. The grueling and seemingly impossible culinary challenges are judged by a rotating panel of notable guest judges, including Simon Majumdar (Next Iron Chef judge and food journalist), Ben Sargent (host of Cooking Channel’s Hook, Line & Dinner), and Troy Johnson (host of Crave, food critic and journalist). In the end, only one chef will be the most extreme while taking home a $50,000 grand prize.
Friday, August 17th
Boss, season premiere at 9pm on Starz
– After nearly losing his career, his family and his mind, Mayor Tom Kane’s (Kelsey Grammer) grip on Chicago is as powerful as ever. With high doses of medication, he’s able to beat back the physical symptoms of his debilitating brain disease, but it comes at a cost. Kane is left with intense and uncontrollable neurological side effects. Despite the delusions, Kane breaks ground on the O’Hare Airport expansion and looks toward his next endeavor – protecting and repairing his legacy. With the astute counsel of new aides Mona Fredricks (Sanaa Lathan) and Ian Todd (Jonathan Groff), he plans to remove and rebuild a long forgotten housing project, now home to gang activity and rampant corruption. Committed to his unorthodox agenda, Kane prepares to cut out the cancers within the political machine he helped build. As corrupt heads roll and his list of enemies grows, Kane’s virtuous actions begin to erode the very foundation of power he’s worked a lifetime to build. In order to maintain it, Kane must govern as he always has—ruthlessly.
Saturday, August 18th
10 Kids, 2 Dads, 1-hour special at 10pm on OWN
– In a conservative town 20 miles outside of Detroit, gay couple Clint and Bryan are dads to 10 adopted sons from at-risk backgrounds. Together, their non-traditional, multiracial family must overcome many challenges, obstacles and prejudices, all in the name of love.