Tuesday, August 14
The Social Security Act was enacted on this date in 1935. Politicians argued vigorously about its mechanics, funding, and constitutionality then, and still haven’t stopped.
America’s Got Talent (NBC 8pm) Twelve acts discovered online perform.
YouTube has a lot to answer for.
Hotel Hell (Fox 8pm) Ramsay’s efforts to save Vermont’s Juniper Hill Inn lead him to believe the business can’t be saved.
Until a completely unexpected turn around at the last minute, followed by a comment card at the end of the episode notifying us that the place went belly-up approximately 4.7 seconds after Gordon left the property.
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family 8pm) The girls try to piece together information regarding Maya’s whereabouts before her murder; Aria deals with the aftermath of meeting Ezra’s mother.
It could have been worse, Aria.
Hillbilly Handfishin’ (Animal Planet 8pm) Oklahoma car salesmen try to coax catfish out of their holes; a pair of New Jersey girls wades into the muddy waters.
That sounds vaguely familiar. Speaking of which:
How “Jaws” Changed the World (The Discovery Channel 9pm) A retrospective on the blockbuster shark film, “Jaws.”
That’s some bad hat, Harry.
Dance Moms (Lifetime 9pm) Episode: Revenge of the Candy Apples
Cavities. Lots and lots of cavities.
The Week the Women Went (Lifetime 10pm) The women of Yemassee, S.C. prepare to abandon their town for one week, leaving the men and children to fend for themselves.
I don’t know who I want to slap first: the people who thought of this show, the people who green-lit it, the people who agreed to participate in it, or myself for having the immediate, knee-jerk reaction thought of “Yep, those menfolk and young’uns are screwed.” This show speaks to a level of innate sexism and gender stereotyping in our culture that is condescending to everyone, and it pisses me off.
The Glee Project (Oxygen 10pm) Finale: Chris Colfer is the guest mentor in the season finale.
Overheard in the producer’s meeting while a winner is being decided. “Hey, guys! You know what our viewers will never expect? If we make them all winners!” “Yes, but we did that last year.” “Exactly! Nobody will expect us to be that ridiculous again! It’s brilliant, I tell you! Brilliant!!!!”
World’s Worst Tenant (Spike 10pm) Finale: The team stakes out a construction jobsite to catch a vandal in the act; Todd and Rick make a risky decision to save a horse and property.
Note to self: stop expecting reality shows to make any sense.
Franklin & Bash (TNT 10pm) Finale: Jared’s father attempts to buy the firm from Stanton Infeld; Peter helps an old high school friend who is running for governor.
Did you know that Mark-Paul Gosselaar grew up speaking Dutch and Tagalog at home? Now you do.
What will you be watching tonight?