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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 15-21

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 14th 2011 3:00PM
Bachelor PadMONDAY, AUGUST 15

'Bachelor Pad' (8PM ET, ABC)

TV's most trainwreck-y reality show is back for the summer, and after last week's eventful season premiere, things are only going to get messier. This week sees our 'Bachelor/ette' alums competing in a Q&A contest where they'll throw paint-filled eggs at targets on each others' backs to answer questions like "least attractive" and "least deserving of $250,000" in the hope of winning immunity for the week. Ouch.

'Gloria: In Her Own Words' (9PM ET, HBO) special presentation
This engaging and important documentary on iconic women's rights activist Gloria Steinem documents her rise from troubled Midwestern child, to dissatisfied New York writer, to public face of the feminist movement.

'The Lying Game' (9PM ET, ABC Family) series premiere
This mysterious drama series lands somewhere between 'The Parent Trap' and The CW's new thriller 'Ringer,' centering around two separated-at-birth twins who meet for the first time in their teens and trade identities as they search for their biological mother. But when privileged Sutton fails to return to her old life, foster kid Emma must decide whether to keep up her sister's charade.

'Teen Wolf' (10PM ET, MTV) season finale
Scott finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly war between werewolves and hunters in the first season finale -- brace yourselves for a few shocking deaths.


'MasterChef' (8PM ET, Fox)
two-hour season finale
The final three chefs compete to see who will be crowned the winner of season two and walk away with $250,000.

'50 Documentaries to See Before You Die: Part 3' (9PM ET, Current TV)
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock continues Current TV's countdown of must-see documentaries, did your favorite make the list?

'Awkward' (11PM ET, MTV)
If you're not already watching this snarktastic gem, hop on the bandwagon now, since it was just renewed for season two. Jenna acquires a strange new stalker, and wonders if her controversial reputation is keeping school hunk Matty from committing to a relationship.


'Big Brother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The return of Brendon threatened to turn the house upside down last week, but will the newbies or the veterans come out on top now that there's been another shift in power?

'The Hour' (10PM ET, BBC America) series premiere
Dominic West ('The Wire') stars in this smart and sexy spy thriller set in the BBC's London newsroom in the 1950s. The series follows the personal lives, professional interplay and jealous ambition between rival journalists, set against the backdrop of the Cold War.


'Do Something Awards 2011' (9PM ET, VH1)
two hour special presentation
A more socially conscious award ceremony than the usual Hollywood back-slapping, the 'Do Something' awards shine a light on social activists and volunteers age 25 and under who help make a difference in their communities and around the world. Hosted by Jane Lynch, with
appearances from stars such as Demi Lovato, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Zachary Levi and Tyra Banks.

'Futurama' (10PM ET, Comedy Central)
In this Zoidberg-centric episode, the crew discovers a secret mission that the alien and the Professor embarked upon many years ago.

'Wilfred' (10PM ET, FX) double-bill
Tonight sees two episodes of the quirky comedy back to back -- in the first, Ryan's crazy mother moves in with him and immediately strikes up a friendship with Wilfred; in the second, Wilfred tries to make his antisocial friend into more of a people person.


'Thundercats' (8.30PM ET, Cartoon Network)

The Cats learn more about Panthro's time spent missing in action, and continue their quest for Thundrilium.

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' (10PM ET, Starz)
Gwen must embark on a terrifying journey to save her family whilst trying to avoid sacrificing Jack, but what she discovers may also reveal the truth about the origins of The Miracle.


'Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters' (9PM ET, BBC America) special presentation
Monsters from season six are spotlighted in this hourlong special.

'Friday Night Dinner' (11.30PM ET, BBC America)
The hilarious Brit comedy continues as the men plan to have a bonfire in the back yard to burn some old magazines, but things inevitably go awry.


'The Glee Project' (9PM ET, Oxygen) season finale
The final four compete in the hope of becoming the next 'Glee' star (though we're sure a few of the losers will pop up over the course of the season too).

True Blood 'True Blood' (9PM ET, HBO)
A recuperating Sookie wants to have her cake and eat it too (not that we blame her) as she considers a world where Bill and Eric might be able to coexist. Meanwhile, Marnie plots another attack against the vampires, while the love-triangle between Hoyt, Jessica and Jason becomes even more complicated.

'Breaking Bad' (10PM ET, AMC)
Walt Jr. must rely on his father in order to make a special purchase, while Skyler finds himself shaken by an unexpected discovery.

What will you watch this week? Share your picks below!

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So I guess the, "what's on tonight", section is really the, "what's kinda on tonight".
Do the shows have to purchase space to be on this list or something?

August 19 2011 at 11:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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