On TV this week
How the Earth Changed History, 9 p.m., NatGeo This miniseries is now showing how wind can change the face of the Earth. You don't have to tell those of us in the hurricane zone.
Persons Unknown, 10 p.m., NBC A hovering helicopter raises the hopes of the group, until they realize it's just a camera crew and they're all in a twisted reality show.
True Beauty, 10 p.m., ABC The contestants have to do ad campaigns for Planet Hollywood featuring their naked bodies and some strategically placed food. If you want to call what they serve at Planet Hollywood food.
SEASON PREMIERE HawthoRNe, 9 p.m., TNT Christina has to move to a failing hospital and immediately gets into it with the head ER nurse. As if there weren't enough challenges at Richmond Trinity.
SERIES PREMIERE Downfall, 9 p.m., ABC Chris Jericho hosts a game show where contestants must answer trivia questions or their loot, family and friends could go off the side of a high-rise. What could go wrong?
SERIES PREMIERE Memphis Beat, 10 p.m., TNT Jason Lee starring as a detective who infuriates Alfre Woodard. We give it six weeks, eight, tops.
World Cup Soccer, 9:30 a.m., ESPN The U.S. takes on Algeria in a must-win match to advance to the next round. Unless everyone ties again; then we have to start using an abacus to figure out what happens.
NHL Awards Show, 7:30 p.m., Versus All the trophies with names you can't remember for players you don't know get handed out in Las Vegas. It must cost a lot to make all those "participant" cups.
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, 10 p.m., Bravo The contestants have to create compelling cover art for classic literature. So much for not judging.
SERIES PREMIERE Rookie Blue, 9 p.m., ABC Five new cops learn the ins and outs on their first day on the job. Seems to us they'd have to change the cast every season with that title.
MINISERIES PREMIERE Boston Med, 10 p.m., ABC A documentary series about Beantown docs. Wait, they don't sleep together in the on-call room or get shot at in the ER?
SERIES RETURN Futurama, 10 p.m., Comedy Central Matt Groening and David X. Cohen bring back their satirical sci-fi series seven years after Fox canceled it, thanks to nerdy fans watching it on Cartoon Network. Except for some minor flaws, it's back to business as usual, which is a good thing. Plus: Two episodes tonight!
Friday Night Lights, 8 p.m., NBC The Lions play the worst team in the league, which is basically telegraphing the Lions probably will lose somehow. Hey, there are life lessons to be learned.
Flashpoint, 9 p.m., CBS A woman kidnaps her two children to keep her husband from getting custody. If this was Jesse James and one of his ex-wives, we'd think we were watching TMZ.
Miami Medical, 10 p.m., CBS A giant sinkhole traps a construction worker underground. Hey, this isn't called Guatemala Medical.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org