What’s On This Week
TUESDAY, AUG. 7
POWER OF 10
8 P.M. | CBS
The latest game show to hit TV has contestants guessing survey answers. For instance: What percentage of Americans claimed to be virgins when they got married? (Twenty-eight percent? Liars!) The concept isn’t mind-blowing, but those wondering how Drew Carey (left) will do when he helms The Price Is Right this fall will get a promising preview here. He’s funny, warm and squeezes in lots of hugs whether players are down on their luck or kicking butt.
10 P.M. | ABC
No, this isn’t a show about cheating spouses, but watch your step! i-Caught trolls for videos everywhere from the Web to surveillance cameras, then tells the stories behind them. Viewers can also send their own clips in.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
THE REAL WORLD
10 P.M. | MTV
Season 19 of the “seven strangers in a house” series takes place in Australia. So does that mean everything’s the opposite? No drunken hookups, petty fights and narcissistic tendencies? Of course not! Otherwise, what would be the point of watching?
KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY
8:30 P.M. | ABC
If everyone who reads this tunes in to the short-lived comedy’s final four episodes (two of which will air tonight), there’s a chance the network will renew it. C’mon, people, don’t you want to make a difference in this world?
FRIDAY, AUG. 10
10 P.M. | ABC
Billy Graham, a spiritual mentor to the White House since the Truman years, is praised by past Presidents in this moving special episode.
9 P.M. | SCI-FI
Smallville’s Eric Johnson (right, with costar Gina Holden) gets his turn to play hero in this modern take on the classic comic book series.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
9 P.M. | HALLMARK
Her name is Claire. And she’s a clairvoyant. Get it? Valerie Bertinelli (right) stars in this perfect-with-a-pint-of-rocky-road TV movie as a reluctantly psychic widow trying to solve some neighborhood murders.
ABC, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. (ET) |
It’s hard to not get bummed watching grown men and women cry about being obese. But when they tear up because painful blisters are hurting their weight-loss efforts? That’s inspirational. Set to trek from Boston to Washington, D.C., and camping out along the way, the majority of the 12 contestants here—which include a 470-lb. competitive eater and a 519-lb. preacher—are determined to make it. Of course, there’s also an added incentive of $100K each if all 12 cross the finish line. But for every party there’s a pooper, and here it’s Kim, a “former rap diva” who can’t stop moaning. “I like you a lot, but that’s a wrap!” she tells one of the show’s trainers before holding out her thumb to hitchhike. No one likes a quitter, Kim.
TNT, Sundays, 8 p.m. (ET) |
You won’t find any Jennifer Garner types going undercover in a bikini here, but despite a lack of rock ‘n’ roll flash, this six-hour CIA miniseries, based on a bestseller by Robert Littell, is a cinema-worthy treat. Spanning over four decades during the Cold War, the cat-and-mouse game between the CIA and KGB is complex. But of course one has to root for Chris O’Donnell’s good-guy spy Jack McAuliffe (as if the guy could ever pass for bad). His struggle between professional duty and his love for a ballet dancer who’s stuck in the middle of all the action adds a warmth to all the testosterone here. The best performance prize, though, has to go to Michael Keaton, who plays the CIA’s quirky, obsessive head of counterintelligence. He alone is reason not to miss this smart, intriguing saga.