On TV this week
SERIES PREMIERE Wanna Bet?, 9 p.m., ABC Wanna bet this trend to showing more game shows and reality shows and fewer news magazines and things that matter will end in human beings schlumping around like apes and grunting like Morlocks? Odds are 2-1.
Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal, 9 p.m., HBO And then, some of us already do all that. Exhibit A: All of Heidi Fleiss' clients.
The Middleman, 10 p.m., ABC Family Surprise, surprise ... the Middleman finds out a boy band is actually a group of exiled alien dictators. What, you thought Justin Timberlake really came from Tennessee?
Dale Jr. — Shifting Gears, 7 p.m., ESPN Only one more episode of the series left. Enjoy it before you, too, are consumed by rerun disease.
SEASON PREMIERE How to Look Good Naked, 10 p.m., Lifetime First step to better self-esteem: Hang around Carson Kressley and realize you could be way more annoying.
Nova scienceNOW, 9 p.m. (check local listings), PBS Leeches, stem cells, alien life and underwater explorer Edith Widder. Counteract all that reality programming you've been gulping down.
SEASON PREMIERE Criss Angel Mindfreak, 10 p.m., A&E Now he's trying to walk across Lake Mead in Nevada. With the drought out that way, he'd better make the wires a little longer.
Swingtown, 10 p.m., CBS Trina decides to throw a "Puzzlerama" party, in which the guests team up with one another's spouses to solve a mystery. It's no mystery why she thought that'd be a fun idea.
Fear Itself, 10 p.m., NBC A couple move into a new neighborhood with very strict HOA rules. Like we needed more reasons to detest cookie-cutter instahoods.
Most Outrageous Moments, 8 p.m., NBC Not enough game shows on TV for you? Here's a bunch of clips and outtakes for you to get your fill.
SEASON FINALE Duel, 9 p.m., ABC Meanwhile, this game show concludes its run. For now ...
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org