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MONDAY, AUGUST 4

TEEN CHOICE AWARDS 2008

8 P.M. | FOX

Miley Cyrus hosts and the Jonas Brothers are up for Choice Male Hottie. The screams will echo in Beijing.

NASHVILLE STAR

10 P.M. | NBC

Meanwhile, Miley’s dad crowns a winner on the show’s season finale.

TAKE HOME NANNY

8 P.M. | TLC

Nanny Emma straightens out two unruly boys. My house next, please!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5

MILLION DOLLAR LISTING

11 P.M. | BRAVO

Season premiere of the real estate reality series.

SMASH LAB

10 P.M. | DISCOVERY

Bam! The show’s maverick engineers return for yet more smashing.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

8 P.M. | FOX

It’s the finale, and host Cat Deeley is likely to wear something insane. I love her for that.

THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW

9 P.M. | TBS

The Pearsons wrap up their summer season. An iguana is involved.

LAST COMIC STANDING

8 P.M. | NBC

Yet another finale, with the winner scoring $250,000 and an NBC deal.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET

9 P.M. | LIFETIME

A cutesy TV movie with Valerie Bertinelli as a kind soul helping a teen star.

2008 Summer Olympics

NBC, August 8-24

SPORTS

Truth be told, I’m usually an opening/closing ceremonies kind of Olympics viewer. I tend to resent the actual sports part for (1) making me feel even more like the muscle-relaxed couch dweller I truly am and (2) preempting much of my usual viewing for three weeks. (Typical scenario: “Wait, archery is on instead of Ellen DeGeneres? Nooooo!”) And yet this year’s Games promise to be the most exciting in years. For starters, the East Coast’s 12-hour time difference with Beijing means that most events will air live in prime time. And unlike recent host countries Greece and Australia, China’s sprawling athlete roster presents a formidable competition for the Americans. (Three gold medal contenders—among many—to watch: gymnast Paul Hamm, sprinter Allyson Felix and swimmer Katie Hoff.) Once again network MVP Bob Costas will anchor much of the coverage, which will broadcast entirely in high definition for the first time. Pass the snacks and count me in.