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What to Watch June 29 - July 5

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 28th 2009 3:00PM
Dance Your Ass OffThis week on TV: Dancing the pounds away, the kids are back to school in 'Degrassi' and -- boom! -- fireworks galore.

MONDAY, JUNE 29
'Dance Your Ass Off' (10PM, Oxygen) series premiere
What they hope to lose: pounds. What they hope to gain: the $100,000 grand prize that will go to the one contestant out of 12 who drops the most weight by shaking their moneymakers. The 'Biggest Loser'-meets-'So You Think You Can Dance' concept, hosted by Marissa Jaret Winokur, has attracted an eclectic bunch of contestants, including a former model whose career ended when she gained 55 pounds and several diabetics whose weight loss could save their lives. With the help of a doctor, nutritionist, trainer and two hours of dance practice a day, who will leave the show thinner ... and richer?

'The Bachelorette' – Jillian visits the finalists' hometowns (8PM, ABC)
'My Life on the D-List' – Kathy asks her mom to create a Facebook page for her (10PM, Bravo)
'Weeds' – Celia camps out in Nancy's garage (10PM, Showtime)
'New York Goes to Work' – 1st season finale (10PM, VH1)
'Nurse Jackie' – Zoey loses her first patient (10:30PM, Showtime)This week on TV: Dancing the pounds away, the kids are back to school in 'Degrassi' and -- boom! -- fireworks galore.

Dance Your Ass OffMONDAY, JUNE 29
'Dance Your Ass Off' (10PM, Oxygen) series premiere
What they hope to lose: pounds. What they hope to gain: the $100,000 grand prize that will go to the one contestant out of 12 who drops the most weight by shaking their moneymakers. The 'Biggest Loser'-meets-'So You Think You Can Dance' concept, hosted by Marissa Jaret Winokur, has attracted an eclectic bunch of contestants, including a former model whose career ended when she gained 55 pounds and several diabetics whose weight loss could save their lives. With the help of a doctor, nutritionist, trainer and two hours of dance practice a day, who will leave the show thinner ... and richer?

'The Bachelorette' – Jillian visits the finalists' hometowns (8PM, ABC)
'My Life on the D-List' – Kathy asks her mom to create a Facebook page for her (10PM, Bravo)
'Weeds' – Celia camps out in Nancy's garage (10PM, Showtime)
'New York Goes to Work' – 1st season finale (10PM, VH1)
'Nurse Jackie' – Zoey loses her first patient (10:30PM, Showtime)


TUESDAY, JUNE 30
'NYC Prep' (9PM, Bravo)
You've seen the real-life 'Gossip Girl' gang in action for one episode, but was it enough to bring you back for more? NYC PrepIf you were hoping the rich, young Upper East Siders might come off as more endearing in week two, well, let's just say there's a better shot of Chuck Bass giving up his trademark ascots. Taylor, the public school student who desperately wants to fit in with (and, by her own admission, marry) the richies, realizes tonight that playboy Sebastian ain't all that. Meanwhile, Camille throws a dinner party in hopes of boosting her love life, but drama ensues when PC, the Bass-wannabe, shows up at his boorish worst.

'Stager Invasion' – Helping home sellers spruce up their product (8PM, TLC) series premiere
'Better Off Ted' – Lem asks Lucy on a date (9:30PM, ABC)
'The Cleaner' – An abusive dad wrecks William's father/son weekend (10PM, A&E)
'Chopped' – Mini produce and whole flounder (10PM, Food Network)
'Rescue Me' – Sean gets a surprise visitor in the hospital (10PM, FX)


WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
'Pitchmen' (10PM, Discovery)
The sad death of famous pitchman, and 'Pitchmen' co-star, Billy Mays makes this an extra special episode, as the enthusiastic Mays (of Oxi-Clean and Orange Glo fame) and business partner Anthony Sullivan (the Swivel Sweeper guy) band together to fight off a wily competitor who dares to encroach on their pitchman territory. PitchmenLater, the friendly rivals decide to have a pitch-off and decide once and for all which one of them can sling more gadgets in those spirited infomercials, making for an installment that showcases how much Mays loved his job. And leading up to the season wrap-up: A marathon of all the season one episodes (11AM).

'Wipeout' – Yup. More big red balls (8PM, ABC)
'Fashion Show' – The contestants design robes and loungewear (10PM, Bravo)
'Reno 911!' – The sheriffs think they're being infiltrated by aliens (10:30PM, Comedy Central)
'Michael Jackson: An E! Entertainment Special' – Includes Jackson family home videos and MJ performance clips (10PM, E!)


THURSDAY, JULY 2
16 and Pregnant'16 and Pregnant' (10PM, MTV)
If you have a teenage daughter or son, MTV's latest docudrama is must-see-TV. Each episode in the six-part series follows one real-life teenager who, like the title says, is 16 and pregnant, and about to face more real-world consequences than even 'Juno' or 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' can hint at. Teen pregnancy has been front and center in the news recently because of Sarah Palin offspring Bristol Palin, but even that cautionary tale doesn't cover all the harsh realities some of the young women on the show face, including tonight's teen, an ROTC student who dreamed of enlisting in the Air Force until she found out she was pregnant.

'Samantha Who?' – Sam tries to boost Todd's career (8PM, ABC)
'Wedding Day' – Throwing a dream wedding for a military couple (8PM, TNT)
'She's Got the Look' – The women learn "mannequin modeling" (9PM, TV Land)
'Southern Belles: Louisville' – Shea = bridezilla (10PM, SoapNet)


FRIDAY, JULY 3
'Degrassi: The Next Generation' (8PM, The N)
The show is back with the first installment of a two-parter, and the 'Degrassi devoted know what that means: It's a "very special episode." First, Danny has a new girlfriend in Leia, but the course of teen love does not run smoothly, as Degrassi the next generationDanny's friends don't dig her, and she keeps lying in order to avoid spending time with them. In a more serious storyline, there's trouble at home for Jane, who's adamant that she doesn't want her dad in her life. Her brother, mother, friends and even Jane herself don't understand why, until she begins to suspect that she's forgotten some very painful father/daughter memories from the past.

'Twilight Zone' marathon – 22 hours of classic 'Zone' episodes (8AM, Sci Fi)
'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' – A competitive eating champ tries to win big $$ (8PM, Fox)
'Mental' – Jack treats a suicidal gambler (9PM, Fox)
'Ghost Adventures' – Looking for ghosts in Tombstone, Arizona (9PM, Travel Channel)
'Margaret Cho: Beautiful' – The comedienne riffs on physical beauty (11PM, Showtime)


SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 4-5
'Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular' (Sat., 9PM, NBC)
The theme for this year's coverage, which moves to the west side of Manhattan for the first time since 2000, is "American River," as Macy's firecracker show honors the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of the Hudson River. Macy's fireworksOK, history lesson aside, the show will live up to the "spectacular" in the title in a big way, as Macy's plans to explode 40,000 fireworks, eight times more high-level explosions than last year. Natalie Morales and Tiki Barber host the NBC coverage, which will also include performances by Rob Thomas, Jewel and the cast of Broadway's 'West Side Story.'

'Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular' – Craig Ferguson hosts, Neil Diamond performs (Sat., 10PM, CBS)
'Ruby' – 2nd season premiere (Sun., 8PM, Style)
'Next Food Network Star' – The contestants cook on Rachael Ray's show (Sun., 9PM, Food Network)
'Bridezillas' – More marital meltdowns (Sun., 9PM, WE)
'Army Wives' – Roxy tries to throw a party to re-open the bar (Sun., 10PM, Lifetime)
'Denise Richards: It's Complicated' – Denise makes a video for FunnyorDie.com (Sun., 10:30PM, E!)


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