On TV this week
NFL Preseason Football, 8 p.m., ESPN Unless you're a Rays fan slavering over the AL East standings lately, chances are sports fans have been sitting on the couch absent-mindedly flipping channels since February. Here's one quarter of the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers, which is a much better game than it was 10 years ago.
SERIES PREMIERE America's Toughest Jobs, 9 p.m., NBC All those drunks and rejects who sit at home and watch Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch and shout that they could do that job no problem get their chance to embarrass themselves on national TV.
Democratic National Convention, 10 p.m., NBC Heavyweight personalities try to overcome dreadful obstacles to personal success in a largely symbolic and mostly useless contest to prove they are the best of the best. We thought the Olympics were over.
SERIES PREMIERE Gavin and Stacey, 8:40 p.m., BBC America Look, weirdos meet on the Internet across the pond, too! Social ineptitude isn't just an American problem!
World's Funniest Commercials 2008, 9 p.m., TBS Speaking of being socially inept, here's another show for people who don't want to actually see any programming, but would rather slouch onto their easy chairs and be marketed to. Thanks for reading tbt*!
MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery Desperate for ideas, Adam and Jamie explore whether the 1969 moon landing was real. Next week: Is the Zapruder film an actual film, or just CGI from Industrial Light & Magic?
SEASON FINALE Shear Genius, 10 p.m., Bravo The editor of Allure magazine judges the last three contestants before their final challenge — figuring out why styling one feature in Allure was worth all this ridicule.
Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW This is a rerun, but it starts out as a zombie story. Zombies! But then it turns out to be a 200-year-old doctor who lives off other people's organs. Not quite the same, but close.
Tabatha's Salon Takeover, 11 p.m., Bravo Maybe Tabitha Coffey can hire all the folks that didn't make it off Shear Genius.
Dog Whisperer, 9 p.m., National Geographic When, oh when, will people learn that you need to walk your dog regularly, especially if it's the size of a compact car?
Swingtown, 10 p.m., CBS Janet's getting a surprise party. The surprise? That this show is still going strong.
Say Yes to the Dress, 10 p.m., TLC Stacey London has to be getting sick and tired of all these wedding porn shows that are taking over certain channels, especially on Friday nights, when they know brides-to-be are too broke, tired and exhausted to go out with friends.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org