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On TV this week, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4

On TV this week

MONDAY

CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, 8 p.m., ABC Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Taylor Swift are all getting squeezed into this three-hour festival from Nashville. But as we know, every night is country's night to rock.

NFL Preseason Football, 8 p.m., ESPN Every time the Vikings are on, we'll watch just to see if Brett Favre is still standing. Then we'll keep watching to see if he'll get knocked down.

SEASON PREMIERE Greek, 9 p.m., ABC Family Casey is lonely and Rusty might get a bad grade. Life is so tough on campus!

TUESDAY

The Universe, 9 p.m., History You're all so worried about giant asteroids destroying the world, but you really should be more terrified of that baseball-sized nugget that will destroy just your house. Those things hit the Earth all the time.

The Cleaner, 10 p.m., A&E William is supposed to help an alcoholic boxer, but he finds out the pugilist's wife is the one with the bigger problem. We at least can rule out the boxer being a battered husband.

Flipping Out, 10 p.m., Bravo How is it during the boom you couldn't find a reputable contractor because they were all too busy, but after the bubble burst you can't find a reputable contractor because they're still all too busy?

WEDNESDAY

CBS Fall Preview, 8:30 p.m., CBS Check out all the programs that will be canceled six weeks into their run, plus the ones that will be really bad.

Top Chef: Las Vegas, 10 p.m., Bravo The gang has to cook up a meal for the Air Force's Thunderbirds with limited time and supplies. Don't our troops deserve better?

SEASON PREMIERE Glee, 8:58 p.m., Fox First, what's with the stupid start time? Second, you may have seen this episode in May when they ran it as a preview, but now they've included new footage to fool you into watching it again.

THURSDAY

Animal Armageddon, 9 p.m., Animal Planet Besides this show having the most awesome title ever, this episode is called "The Great Dying." The fact that it is about a 250-million-year-old volcanic apocalypse makes this a trifecta of hotness.

Project Runway, 10 p.m., Life Dare we say it? We're starting to think L.A. is a much more suitable background for this show. Maybe we're just happy it's on again.

Police Women of Broward County, 9 p.m., TLC Andrea has to buy crack undercover, Julie catches guys using an escort service, Shelunda stops a kidnapping and Ana threatens someone into telling the truth. Is this about cops or another Real Housewives episode?

FRIDAY

NFL Preseason Football, 7 p.m., NBC If the sub-par, pointless football doesn't make you snore, the fact that the Bucs are playing the Houston Texans at RayJay will. Hopefully there won't be a lightning delay this time.

The War of the Worlds, 8 p.m., TCM Give your kids a dose of real pop culture by showing them this George Pal flick that taught generations that real special effects use models, real aliens are midgets in suits and real scientists take off their glasses when things get tough.

The Time Machine, 9:30 p.m., TCM Follow that up with this Pal take on another H.G. Wells classic, in which he doesn't modernize the book or move the action to America (but people still speak English 800,000 years from now), shows us that blond-haired, blue-eyed people are the only humans worth saving and, really, you should take care of your books.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4 08/30/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 30, 2009 5:30am]

    

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