On TV this week
Matt Lauer Reports, 8 p.m., NBC We'd write a capsule for Matt's interview with former President George W. Bush, but half of you would think we're hippie liberals who had it in for Dubya and the other half would think we're cold-hearted conservative puppets who do whatever the GOP tells us. So just watch it and gape slack-jawed at the audacity of it all.
The Event, 9 p.m., NBC We're back after a week, still being subjected to endless flashbacks and forced to sit through minor plot developments. This could go on awhile.
SERIES PREMIERE Conan, 11 p.m., TBS For the record, we're with Coco. O'Brien begins his career consolation prize with Seth Rogen and Jack White, proving he still knows who his real audience is. We just hope he doesn't mind us watching him on DVR after The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
The Millionaire Matchmaker, 9 p.m., Bravo Patti has to find a date for Beth, a pro poker player who tries to do too much for her men. She should try bluffing more often.
SEASON FINALE The Bad Girls Club, 9 p.m., Oxygen South Florida is safe again. Or is it? Now these girls simply won't be on camera anymore, so things could conceivably get worse.
SEASON PREMIERE The Fashion Show, 10 p.m., Bravo Iman and Isaac Misrahi try to outduel Project Runway. Now! With more teamwork!
SERIES PREMIERE Auction Hunters, 10 p.m., Spike What's with the proliferation of hoarding and junk shows? Here are two guys who try to sell off stuff from storage units, probably to more hoarders.
SERIES PREMIERE The Nitty Gritty, 11 p.m., Discovery For those of you who can't get enough Dirty Jobs — or at least not enough of Mike Rowe. Those pickup truck commercials not doing it for you?
The 44th Annual CMA Awards, 8 p.m., ABC Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host performances by Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow. And Gwyneth Paltrow, for some reason.
WWII In HD: The Air War, 9 p.m., History A two-hour follow-up to last year's series features archival footage in HD. Funny, we didn't think they had HD cameras back then.
Psych, 10 p.m., USA Every time we see Cary Elwes, we always think he's going to respond to people by saying, "As you wish." Or, thanks to this show, he'll be out stealing art.
Fringe, 9 p.m., Fox Fifteen people all suffer amnesia when listening to the same frequency on their shortwave radios. They all forgot about cell-phones, apparently.
Wartorn 1861-2010, 9 p.m., HBO A documentary chronicling the battle soldiers wage against PTSD, or as it's more commonly known, shell shock. Just in time for Veteran's Day, too.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 10 p.m., FX It looks like Dee isn't giving this teaching thing up, agreeing to be a substitute teacher and taking her kids to the bar to see the gang's take on Lethal Weapon. This has to be at least half as good as that Die Hard thing they did.
Smallville, 8 p.m., CW Teri Hatcher guest stars to play Lois' mom, Ella. No word if half her scenes are in her underwear, like they are on Desperate Housewives.
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS There's trouble when Jamie witnesses a crime in Chinatown. We're guessing it was either a health-code violation at a restaurant or a parking ticket.
Real Time With Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO It's entirely possible Bill may have something to say about the midterm election. Just putting that out there.
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]