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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 18-24

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 17th 2011 3:20PM
Ashley and BenMONDAY, JULY 18

'The Bachelorette' (8PM ET, ABC)
It's hometown week for our blushing 'Bachelorette' and her four remaining suitors -- which means kooky family members, tough questions and, knowing Ashley, probably a tearful meltdown or two. But the more important question is ... what is your water heater doing right now?

'Hell's Kitchen' (8PM ET, Fox) season premiere
If you like your reality with a little more realism (and probably just as many tears), Gordon Ramsay returns with 18 masochistic new contenders competing for a head chef position at BLT Steak in New York. Just to spice things up, expect a battle of the sexes that will have tempers flaring.

'Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story' (8PM ET, Lifetime) original telefilm
If you're still on a Harry Potter high following the release of 'Deathly Hallows Part 2,' Potterites might want to check out the tale of how J.K. Rowling (Poppy Montgomery) brought the boy wizard to life whilst struggling to support her kids as a single mother on welfare. Magic!

'Degrassi: The Next Generation' (9PM ET, TeenNick) season premiere
The long-running Canadian teen drama returns for an 11th season tonight, kicking off a seven week Mon-Thurs run with a two-part episode that sees Keke Palmer playing a concert, while Drew and Bianca get in a little too deep ...

'Mann v. Ford' (9PM ET, HBO) documentary premiere
HBO subscribers looking for meatier fare should investigate this hard-hitting documentary, which follows the Ramapough Indians in their legal battle with Ford, after the company reportedly dumped industrial waste on their land, leading to serious physical side-effects for the Ramapough's children.

'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' (10PM ET, ABC)
Staci is a mother of two and an in-home nurse to her husband, who lost the use of the left side of his body after suffering a stroke. At 456 pounds, she is also the largest woman that Chris Powell has worked with in his career, but she's determined to make a change.

'The Big C' (10:30PM ET, Showtime)
The delicious Hugh Dancy makes his first appearance as a fellow cancer patient at Cathy's clinical trial, a man whose outlook differs significantly from hers.



TUESDAY, JULY 19

'Pretty Little Liars' (8PM ET, ABC Family)

The Liars are caught off-guard when Alison's mother (Andrea Parker) returns to Rosewood and asks them to participate in the charity fashion show on Alison's behalf.

'G4's Proving Ground: Gadgets from 'The Goonies'' (8PM ET, G4)
Following a special celebration of the life and career of Ryan Dunn at 7PM ET, Dunn's final series, 'G4's Proving Ground,' returns to its original timeslot with the second episode at 8PM, to honor the wishes of Dunn's family. (Nine episodes of the series had been shot, but only one aired before Dunn's death, after which the show was pulled from the schedule out of respect.)

'White Collar' (9PM ET, USA)
Agent Jones' classmate from the Naval Academy goes missing, so Jones joins Peter and Neal to investigate an international private-security team that might be linked to the disappearance.

Awkward'Hef's Runaway Bride' (10PM ET, Lifetime) special presentation
What sort of girl would leave a stand-up guy like Hugh Hefner five days before the wedding? (No laughing!) We'll find out in this salacious special, featuring exclusive interviews with Hef and his ex-fiancée, Crystal Harris, as well as appearances from ex-Bunnies Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson.

'Awkward' (11PM ET, MTV)
Unlike some of its recent -- and decidedly lackluster -- scripted offerings (RIP, 'Skins'), this sharp new comedy actually displays some wit and charm, following the trials and tribulations of high-schooler Jenna Hamilton, whose already tenuous social status takes a nose-dive after an unfortunate accident. It's like 'Mean Girls' meets 'Popular' -- give it a whirl.



WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

'Big Brother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The balance of power could shift as the players compete for the coveted Power of Veto -- or will they throw the contest in the hope of winning a golden key and a ticket into the top 10?

'Franklin and Bash' (9PM ET, TNT)
Zack and Travis -- sorry, I mean Franklin and Bash, find themselves under house arrest due to their courtroom shenanigans, while a visit by Infeld's niece goes up in smoke when she's busted for marijuana possession by a judge. We're intrigued by the episode title alone: 'The Bangover.'

'Necessary Roughness' (10PM ET, USA)
A new episode of the surprisingly addictive (and difficult to define) sport-psych-dramedy sees Dani working with rookie Randall Boozler, who continues to skip practices. (Plus, Marc Blucas is great eye-candy.)



THURSDAY, JULY 21

'Suits' (10PM ET, USA)

An old friend reappears to ask Mike for help, while Harvey faces a moral dilemma, with a chance to close a lucrative deal or help his driver defend himself from a lawsuit.

'Futurama' (10PM ET, Comedy Central)
In an all-new episode, Leela creates a children's TV show that turns her into an overnight celebrity.



FRIDAY, JULY 22

'NTSF:SD:SUV: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle)' (12:15AM ET, Adult Swim) series premiere
Alright, so, technically this airs on Thursday night, but it's still listed on Friday morning, so you'll have to stay sharp. This hilarious, surreal new comedy centers around an elite team of government agents working together to protect San Diego from real or imagined terrorist threats, and stars Rebecca Romijin, Kate Mulgrew and Paul Scheer.

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' (10PM ET, Starz)
The Torchwood team are on the lam and wind up butting heads with a new enemy, before they mount a raid on PhiCorp's headquarters. Jack confronts a mysterious malefactor, and there might be a steamy scene or two ...



SATURDAY, JULY 23

'The Inbetweeners' (11PM ET, BBC America) season finale
The saucy Brit comedy closes with Carli organizing a fashion show for charity, but bruising some egos when she enlists only the most popular kids as participants



SUNDAY, JULY 24

'The Glee Project' (9PM ET, Oxygen)

This catty little reality contest has become one of the summer's most satisfying guilty pleasures -- and it's more consistent than the show that inspired it. This week, the kids tackle the theme of 'Tenacity,' but we're mostly waiting to see if anyone tries to tackle Lindsay.

'Leverage' (9PM ET, TNT)
The team faces one of their weirdest heists yet, as they attempt to steal a potato worth millions of dollars.Adrian Grenier

'True Blood' (9PM ET, HBO)
We're loving dorky, amnesiac Eric so much, we just can't help tuning in, even as the season soars to loopier heights. Elsewhere, Lafayette goes to Mexico with Jesus to witness the power of a shaman and Bill becomes personally entangled with the necromancy issue.

'Entourage' (10:30PM ET, HBO) final season premiere
The boys are back for their final bow, and if rumors are to be believed, they're off to a strong start. The gang goes to great lengths to keep Vince on the wagon following his release from rehab, while Ari tries to make amends with his long-suffering wife following their separation.



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msills4823

Would love to see The Fabulous Beekman Boys again. A delightful and inciteful show.

August 14 2011 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cherryb62

how can you watch a re play of a movie on lifetime???

July 23 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lance Drew

i have just subscribe to online tv tvhod.com and i do not know what tho watch from thousand of channels to choose from. I really appreciate this article for i have now a idea on the shows i will be watching. Thanks

July 19 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yanksno1

It's Zack, not Zach. And this is coming from a Zach haha.

July 17 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lauraprudom

Haha, nice catch - my Saved By The Bell trivia obviously isn't up to scratch!

July 17 2011 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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