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What to Watch: TV Picks for June 13 - 19

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 13th 2011 2:30AM
Jon Benjamin Has a Van - Wednesday June 15, 10 PM ET/PT, Comedy Network/Comedy Central

New to the fake news genre is this series from comedian and voice actor Jon Benjamin. You might know his deadpan delivery from 'Bob's Burgers' or 'Home Movies' or reaching way back, as Dr. Katz's lethargic son Ben. Achieving new heights of meta, most episodes start out looking like a traditional news show, but slowly devolve into a whacked-out narrative. It's hard to explain, but it will definitely appeal to hardcore comedy nerds.

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The Bachelorette - Monday June 13, 8 PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC

Just when I think this show can't gross me out any further, they come up with something even more inappropriate. This time they've flown the famewhores out to Thailand, where the group date involves repairing an orphanage for children who lost their parents in the tsunami. I don't object to the idea of people pitching in, and if this show had an ounce of real feeling in it, maybe I could forgive it. But it's just such a blatant attempt to make the contestants seem sympathetic that it angers me -- like these kids haven't suffered enough, now they have to be background pieces in an orchestrated drama about the trashiest people on Earth. Ugh.

Outcasts - Saturday June 18, 8 PM ET, Space/BBC America

A rare misstep for the BBC, this series generated plenty of ink in the British press for being boring, straight-ahead science fiction. But hey, some people like boring, straight ahead science fiction. Stars include tons of familiar faces from UK TV, and a couple from US series too -- including Jamie Bamber of 'Battlestar Galactica' and Eric Mabius of 'Ugly Betty.' They're all part of an exodus from a destroyed Earth to a new settlement called Carpathia. It's like New Caprica without the Cylons. So yeah, I can see how that might be boring.

2011 MuchMusic Video Awards - Sunday June 19, 9 PM ET, MuchMusic/Fuse

Hot on the heels of the MTV Movie Awards comes Canada's contribution to the genre. Snoop Dogg, Colin Farrell, Katerina Graham of 'Vampire Diaries' and Nikki Reed of the 'Twilight' saga are among the luminaries in attendance. The red carpet, which usually features some asinine band arriving in a Hummer or on bicycles, starts at 8PM ET.

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