On TV this week
Home Run Derby, 8 p.m., ESPN Somehow, with the steroid era all but over, this just doesn't seem as exhilarating — or self-delusional.
Great American Road Trip, 8 p.m., NBC The families leave St. Louis. Just as the All-Star Game starts? Weak.
Teddy: In His Own Words, 9 p.m., HBO A doc that follows Ted Kennedy's life from childhood through last year's DNC. You'd think 46 years in the federal government would be dull, but, oh, no.
MLB All-Star Game, 8 p.m., Fox A whole mess of hometown Rays will try to help the AL maintain its dominance. That's a sentence you would have never strung together just a couple years ago.
SERIES PREMIERE Miami Social, 10 p.m., Bravo Reality TV keeps up its record pace of using beautiful, wealthy young socialites to make you feel even worse about your own life. You watch this garbage to relax?
The Best Thing I Ever Ate, 9:30 p.m., Food Let the arguments over the best pizza pie begin!
SEASON PREMIERE Leverage, 9 p.m., TNT Nate and the gang reunite in Boston, likely because one of the producers grew up around there.
SERIES PREMIERE Dark Blue, 10 p.m., TNT Dylan McDermott leads a team of "covert" police officers who work undercover. And here we thought the CIA did that.
SEASON PREMIERE Locked Up Abroad, 10 p.m., NatGeo A Canadian journalist and a Turkish newswoman are kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents. That is one prison we are almost sure we'll never have to be bailed from.
J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, 8 p.m., ABC Have you heard there's a new Harry Potter movie? It's directed by Batman, starring the Transformers and produced by Bruno.
The Listener, 10 p.m., NBC Toby finds a woman who has similar powers. Ooo, will it be like when Dr. Sam Beckett met the evil leaper?
Are We Alone?, 9 p.m., Discovery Explorers go to the harshest regions on Earth to look for clues whether alien life exists in the solar system. If it does, they have lousy taste in vacation spots.
Degrassi: The Next Generation, 8 p.m., THE N It's nice to see that after all these years, teen girls still agonize over whether they should sleep with their boyfriends for our entertainment. Thanks, Alli; we're sure Johnny appreciates it.
The Chopping Block, 8 p.m., NBC The teams have to cook up dishes for a New York art gallery opening. How about affectedness with a side of ennui?
SEASON PREMIERE SpongeBob SquarePants, 8 p.m., Nick After 10 years, tell us why this is on during a Friday night. Take your kids out for pizza or something. Sheesh.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org