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On TV this week, Aug. 18-22

On TV this week

MONDAY

Olympics: gymnastics and track, 8 p.m., NBC Nastia Liukin beat the Chinese (and Shawn Johnson) last week, but can she win an individual medal for the uneven bars? With these judges, who knows?

Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House, 9 p.m., HBO John F. Kennedy's niece Rory makes a pleasant documentary about the UPI correspondent, who has been giving us the dish on the White House for almost 50 years now. She should get combat pay.

TUESDAY

Olympics: gymnastics and track, 8 p.m., NBC Those Jamaicans are bound to make things tough for the U.S., except for Sanya Richards, who was born on the island but is running for the U.S. in the women's 400-meter final. You've got to believe, mon.

Dirty Jobs, 8 p.m., Discovery Mike Rowe explores the dirtiest jobs in the Big Apple, including working on a skyscraper and fixing elevators. Of course, on Manhattan, even being a postal worker or a bike messenger is filthy, filthy work.

Wanna Bet?, 9 p.m., ABC It's official: Anything with George Takei in it is now officially the worst show on TV. Sorry, George. We'll always have Star Trek.

WEDNESDAY

Wife Swap, 8 p.m., ABC It's carnie vs. corporate in this episode, which comes across as one of those body-swapping movies that were so popular in the '80s.

Olympics: track, beach volleyball and BMX racing, 8 p.m., NBC Usain Bolt is crazy fast, but we have to cheer for Shawn Crawford and Walter Dix. Meanwhile, we figure Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will continue to destroy the VB competition. But then, anything can happen, right?

MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery These two spoilsports pretty much said ninjas can't snatch arrows out of the air or walk on water, but now there's a whole raft of new stuff they're going to try to disprove. Really, they're ruining all our favorite movies.

THURSDAY

Olympics: track and decathlon, 8 p.m., NBC Really, just watching silver medalist decathlete Bryan Caly makes us tired. How does he do that?

SERIES PREMIERE Jacked, 10 p.m., A&E This network really needs to change its name, because following cops around North Jersey as they chase car thieves hardly counts.

SERIES PREMIERE Tabatha's Salon Takeover, 10 p.m., Bravo Tabatha Coffey goes all Gordon Ramsay and rips into salons for being terrible, then turns them around. Why do the owners always get so upset? They've seen shows like this before.

FRIDAY

Olympics: track and decathlon, 8 p.m., NBC Our time in Beijing is coming to an end. It's a shame that we won't have good news to look forward to anymore, but at least we'll be able to get more sleep.

SERIES PREMIERE Project Earth, 9 p.m., Discovery Eight scientists are going to weigh in with how they think we should fight global warming, and this series puts those plans to the test. Our plan: outlaw the two-party system.

Monk, 9 p.m., USA Leave it to Monk to finally fall in love, only to find out she's the suspect in a murder case. Those bloodstains are hard to get out.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Aug. 18-22 08/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 11:39am]

    

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