On TV this week, Aug. 24-28

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MONDAY

SEASON FINALE Great American Road Trip, 8 p.m., NBC The last two families head to the California coast to face their most difficult challenge yet: Rush hour on "the 10."

Dance Your Ass Off, 10 p.m., Oxygen We're getting ready for the finals, so what do we need? Makeovers, of course!

Popular Science's Future Of, 9 p.m., Science We don't watch this show often, but when it's about sex — and brain scans to find true love, DNA tests for potential mates and robot lovers — well, we'll make some popcorn.

TUESDAY

Shaq Vs., 9 p.m., ABC Besides playing beach volleyball with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, Shaq compares guns with Serena Williams. Our money's on Serena.

I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant, 9 p.m., Discovery Finally, we find out what happens when one of these women smokes, drinks and parties all the way through her pregnancy. Because, uh, she didn't know. Uh, yeah, that's it.

The Cleaner, 10 p.m, A&E William figures out his daughter's ballerina idol is on drugs. Boy, that makes for a great example for life lessons, don't it?

WEDNESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE Crash Course, 9 p.m., ABC Money-hungry morons get lead feet as they drive across obstacle courses to try to win a cash prize in yet another game show. Are these things still cheaper to produce than reality shows?

MonsterQuest, 9 p.m., History There are apparently real albino sperm whales out there, such as the one that inspired Moby Dick. Well, there were until people hunted them to the brink of extinction.

Man v. Food, 10 p.m., Travel Adam tries to eat a 2-gallon sundae in San Francisco. He is definitely one person who will be dropped by his health insurance.

THURSDAY

NFL Preseason Football, 8 p.m., Fox We're not saying don't go to the stadium, but you can see this pointless contest between the Bucs and the Fins from the comfort of your air-conditioned double-wide on the tee-vee!

Skins, 9 p.m., BBC America A girls-only sleepover turns into a real funfest after Effy and Katie spike the brownies without telling anyone. And then the boys come over. Wow, how lascivious.

Royal Pains, 10 p.m., USA While Divya and Raj worry about their precious little engagement party, Hank treats a woman who is suffering from hallucinations. She keeps thinking she's as important as the rich folks.

FRIDAY

Terry Fator Live From Las Vegas, 10 p.m., CMT Are we so desperate for new programming we'll feature this vetriloquist's show from the Mirage? Yes, yes we are.

Monk, 9 p.m., USA Monk assumes a dead hit man's identity in order to stop an assassination. It seems to us if the hit man is already dead, isn't the plot foiled?

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Aug. 24-28 08/23/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 23, 2009 5:09pm]

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