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If absolutely nothing else Wilfred’s Elijah Wood and Jason Gann will be making a show better than any reality TV offering.


If absolutely nothing else Wilfred’s Elijah Wood and Jason Gann will be making a show better than any reality TV offering.

On TV this week


2011 Wimbledon Championships, 7 a.m., ESPN2 Can we please distract ourselves from whatever Rafael Nadal is doing for just 10 minutes?

SEASON PREMIERE Hoarders, 9 p.m., A&E So, have you self-diagnosed yourself or any of your family members yet? That's the true aim of this show, you know.

Sex Crimes Unit, 9 p.m., HBO In case this documentary about prosecuting rape cases doesn't founder your faith in humanity ...

Animal Planet Investigates: Captive Hunting Exposed, 9 p.m., Animal Planet ... this special about dirtbags who like to hunt and kill defenseless animals in confined spaces will.

Rebuilding Titanic, 9 p.m., NatGeo Meanwhile, watch people who have learned nothing from history by building part of the infamous ship's bow using traditional techniques. That didn't end well last time, folks.

SEASON PREMIERE Intervention, 10 p.m., A&E And speaking of people who don't learn their lesson, here's another season of people whose addictive tendencies ruin their chances at life.

SEASON FINALE Nurse Jackie, 10 p.m., Showtime Like Jackie; she's knows all about drug addiction and infidelity.


Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC For those of you who simply cannot wait to see how people will be making utter fools of themselves, here's a sneak peek of some of the new obstacles coming down the pike.

History Detectives, 8 p.m., PBS Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor by learning about a 19th century cannon and a 1940s engine, respectively. Perhaps "celebrate" isn't the right word.

SERIES PREMIERE 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, 9 p.m., ABC The hook of this new game show is that the losers are shot out of cannons, pulled away by speedboats or strapped to airplanes. Eh, MTV's Remote Control did it just as well years ago.

SEASON PREMIERE Hardcore Pawn, 9 p.m., TruTV We head back to Detroit, where pawn shops are perhaps the strongest component of the local economy.

SERIES PREMIERE Staten Island Cakes, 9 p.m., WEtv A 21-year-old who still lives with his mom and runs a cake-baking business. Maybe he should look into cooking up a plan to get his own place.

SERIES PREMIERE Combat Hospital, 10 p.m., ABC Elias Koteas stars in a drama about a NATO hospital in Afghanistan. It's led by Canadians, so at least you know the triage is very friendly and polite.

SERIES PREMIERE Storage Hunters, 10 p.m., TruTV Not to be confused with Spike's Auction Hunters and A&E's Storage Wars. Apparently network execs are the ones scrounging for scraps from the junkheap.


Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down!, 9 p.m., Bravo If this network ever were to shut down, demand for Griffin stand-ups specials would plummet faster than the Dow after a monthly jobs report.

MINISERIES PREMIERE Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief, 10 p.m., ABC The newsmagazine examines phenomena that qualify as supernatural or paranormal, thereby eliminating the "news" part of its classification.

SERIES PREMIERE Life on a Wire, 10 p.m., Discovery The Flying Wallendas finally get their own reality show, proving that some of the best ideas for this genre have yet to see the light of day. Who doesn't like circus acrobats?


SEASON PREMIERE Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC Remember Tuesday's sneak preview? Here's the rest of it.

SERIES PREMIERE Expedition Impossible. 9 p.m., ABC If The Amazing Race and Survivor got busy out in the desert and had a kid, this is the show that would result.

SEASON PREMIERE Burn Notice, 9 p.m., USA Finally, we get to find out who that guy Michael met in D.C. was, and whether he's got dirt to dish to Fiona.

SEASON PREMIERE Rookie Blue, 10 p.m., ABC Now that they've been on the job a year, are they still technically rookies?

SERIES PREMIERE Wilfred, 10 p.m., FX Here's that adaptation of the Australian show with Elijah Wood as a depressed guy who sees his neighbor's dog as a man wearing a dog suit. Now this is what we're talking about when we ask for original ideas.

SERIES PREMIERE Suits, 10 p.m., USA A smart guy with no college degree is hired at a law firm. The Bar Association may have something to say about that.

SEASON PREMIERE Louie, 10:30 p.m., FX One of Louie's sisters visits, because he's just that fun to be around.


Martha's Summer Special, 8 p.m., Hallmark More crafts, recipes and gardening ideas from the ex-con.

SEASON FINALE Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, 9 p.m., ABC Jamie meets with the L.A. Unified School District's incoming superintendent, who seems much more amenable to the kinds of ideas the cook has than the last person. If only they'd met at the beginning of the season.

Outrageous Food, 10 p.m., Food Network Chicago's Rockin' Taco offers the Taco From Hell, which sounds like just about any of the filled tortilla concoctions at Taco Bell. This one involves trying to eat as many spicy tacos as possible in one sitting, though, so it's time to book that summer visit to Chitown.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, June 20-24 06/19/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 19, 2011 8:59pm]
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