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On TV this week, Aug. 17-21

On TV this week


NFL Preseason Football, 8 p.m., ESPN Let's see if the New York Football Giants can beat on the Bucs' rivals. That's always fun, even if it's only preseason.

Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, 9 p.m, HBO A young Afghan working with an Italian reporter as a translator is kidnapped and killed by the Taliban. This doc delves into the reasons why it happened in a country hardly anyone in America understands.

SERIES PREMIERE Hoarders, 10 p.m., A&E It's capitalism gone awry in a new show that looks at all those freaky freakies who hold on to everything. Hint: If you're such pack rats you're worried your kids may be taken away, it's time to rent a Dumpster.


SERIES PREMIERE Shaq Vs., 9 p.m., ABC The basketball star gets his own show, squaring off against other athletes in their own sports — like playing football against the Pittsburgh Steeler's Ben Roethlisberger. Because if there's one thing we think of when we hear Shaquille O'Neal, it's "well-rounded athlete."

SEASON FINALE Miami Social, 9 p.m., Bravo Sorah tells George she is severing all ties to him, while Lina blows off dinner with his mother. What a smooth guy.

SEASON PREMIERE Flipping Out, 10 p.m., Bravo Jeff has to put his house flipping on hold to work on remodeling and interior design. Why, did something happen to the housing market?


SERIES PREMIERE Time Team Special Edition, 8 p.m., PBS The new series Time Team America is based on a British show, in which we explore the stories behind places and things. Like we really want to gain perspective on our world or something.

Ghost Hunters, 9 p.m., SyFy New episodes. Wonder if they find proof of a ghost this time ...

SEASON FINALE Top Chef Masters, 10:15 p.m., Bravo The last three chefs have to prepare a four-course meal, to be judged by the crew of Top Chef — including the winners of seasons past. Like these contestants care what the Top Chef guys think.


The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 10 p.m., Bravo Kim's nanny leaves the kids alone without any adult supervision, so somebody's going to get an earful. What? That's what Kim did, isn't it?

SEASON PREMIERE Project Runway, 10 p.m., Lifetime On a new network and in a new city (L.A.), Tim, Michael, Nina and, of course, Heidi are back to show us the most affected drama queens in fashion history.


NFL Preseason Football, 8 p.m., Fox The game may be between the Titans and the Cowboys, but the only reason we're watching is to see the new Cowboys Stadium. Sigh; we can only dream of retractable roofs.

Monk, 9 p.m., USA Something about a UFO. We don't know. We're busy watching football. FOOTBALL!

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Aug. 17-21 08/14/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 14, 2009 5:50pm]
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