Monday, August 6
Olympic Fun Fact: NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics has drawn a record viewership thus far, with an approximate 189 million viewers total over the first eight days of the games. Six of the first eight nights averaged over 30 million viewers each night, more than tuned any on any night of either the 2008 Beijing Olympics or the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Bachelor Pad (ABC 8pm) The contestants compete in an ice cream-themed obstacle course; the three-on-one dates bring back high school memories; the contestants start coupling up.
The fact that ABC is putting new episodes of this show up opposite the Olympics while all the other networks are sticking with reruns mean that either they’re used to appallingly low viewership numbers, or they know that their fan base is too far gone to be interested in anything as drama-and-STI-free as the Olympid Games.
XXX Summer Olympics (NBC 8pm) From London. Gymnastics, finals: men’s still rings, men’s vault, women’s uneven bars; track and field, finals: men’s 400m, men’s 400m hurdles, women’s pole vault; beach volleyball, men’s: USA vs. Latvia; diving: men’s springboard qualifying; cycling.
The Latvian team is at an advantage; since all of their native beaches are at the shore of the Baltic Sea, they are used to playing in full winter gear in order to stave off frostbite. They may be pasty, but by golly, they’ll be fast once they lose all those extra layers of clothing!
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family 8pm) Ricky’s new life in college makes Amy jealous.
And it’s clear from the way her face falls while in repose that she is not prone to petulant emotions at all.
Bunheads (ABC Family 9pm) Michelle learns that Fanny has a long-distance boyfriend; Fanny gives Boo a coveted role in an upcoming performance after Sasha acts up.
It would be great if they got Edward Hermann to play Fanny’s boyfriend if he ever comes for a visit; they were great together on Gilmore Girls!
The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo 9pm) Episode: You Want to What Me in the Where?
Such a good question, with so very, very many answers. Fill in the blanks yourselves in the comments, and be sure to let us know which housewife you want to ______ in the _______.
Warehouse 13 (SyFy 9pm) All hands are on deck to prevent a small town from being wiped off the map when a box of artifacts is accidently (sic) unleashed.
I swear they’re recycling plots; or maybe “accidently” breaking the little glass vial that my grandmother swore contained a splinter from the True Cross is now causing a Groundhog Day scenario; that would explain a lot, actually.
Glass House (ABC 10pm) Eliminated contestants return to the house; teams compete in a game of skill and endurance; a contestant is permanently eliminated.
Permanently eliminated, not exterminated. There is a subtle yet distinct difference.
Miss Advised (Bravo 10pm) Finale: Amy must learn to be vulnerable in a new relationship; Julia dates a cute math teacher even though it means waiving several checklist qualifications; Emily’s trip to Napa takes an unexpected twist.
Here’s hoping none of these horrible women ever darken our TV screens again.
Teen Wolf (MTV 10pm) Scott helps win the championship lacrosse game; Allison and Argent hunt Derek and his wolves.
That’s just silly; everyone knows that werewolves only play basketball.
Bad Girls Club: Mexico (Oxygen 10pm) The girls jet off to sunny La Paz for a vacation with new housemate Andrea; Christina’s fiery temper targets Ashley.
According to Wikipedia, the cast members of BCG “try to cope with one another and change their promiscuous behavior to become role models for young women.” You’ll notice that there is no modifier explaining what type of role models they hope to become.
What will you be watching tonight?