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On TV this week, Oct. 22-26

Finally, the five little words every American has been longing to hear: This is the last debate.


Finally, the five little words every American has been longing to hear: This is the last debate.

On TV this week


SEASON FINALE Switched at Birth, 8 p.m., ABC Family The verdict comes in from the trial. Then they'll set up some new drama for next season.

Presidential Debate, 9 p.m., Major networks It's Mittens and B.O. in the rubber match of their debate title card, straight from Lynn University in Boca Raton. If there's one thing you can all agree on, it's that your candidate will win.

SEASON PREMIERE Richard Hammond's Crash Course, 10 p.m., BBC America Another year of this Dirty Jobs retread takes off with Hammond pretending to be a Hollywood stuntman. We hope that means they set him on fire.

SEASON PREMIERE Vegas Strip, 10 p.m., TruTV Who knew a Las Vegas-themed drama would last three seasons? The odds weren't very good to begin with.


Emily Owens, M.D., 9 p.m., CW So what do you think of Meryl Streep's daughter? Because while she may find work after this show, the ratings are saying this particular one won't last much longer.

Airport 24/7: Miami, 9 p.m., Travel A swarm of bees wreaks havoc on the airport on the day Air Force One is visiting, five people are stuck in an elevator and a car crashes into a canal. Now you know why your luggage ended up on the wrong plane.

SERIES PREMIERE Reef Wranglers, 9 p.m., Weather A family of divers tries to curb pollution and erosion off the coast of Alabama by sinking planes and ships to form artificial reefs. It seems trying to do it piece by piece by throwing beer cans in the water wasn't doing the trick.

Go On, 9 p.m., NBC Ryan agrees to take part in a scavenger hunt the group has set up for his birthday. The goal is the rebuilding of Matthew Perry's career.


SERIES PREMIERE Savaged, 8 p.m., Animal Planet An expert on large predators helps animal attack victims deal with their trauma by … reliving the events that scarred them, quite literally. We don't know if we'd ever want to relive a hippo attack.

World Series, 8 p.m., Fox Which team that was just in the hunt a few years ago are you going to root for? We tend to vote against the designated hitter in these instances.

Animal Practice, 8 p.m., NBC Who cares what this show is about? It's been canceled by the peacock, so don't bother tuning in.

SERIES PREMIERE The Houstons: On Our Own, 9 p.m., Lifetime Whitney Houston's family has to make money off her death somehow, so here's her brother and his family dealing with her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who apparently wants to marry Whitney's godson. Umm …


The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m., CW Elena wants to keep going to school, but Rebekah is making it difficult by hanging around. Time to change your schedule around, don't you think?

The Office, 9 p.m., NBC All we need to say about this: Stephen Colbert guest stars as a character named Broccoli Rob. Aaaaaand sold.

Parks and Recreation, 9:30 p.m., NBC Ben gets a new job offer, which Leslie isn't too happy about again. Will she just get back together with Louis C.K. already? Ben is never going to be home if he's working on political campaigns.

Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E One kid goes to a morgue, another eats prison food. They both have the same effect. And are both probably made of the same substances.


America's Next Top Model, 8 p.m., CW If Tyra really wanted to teach the models a thing or two, she'd have the requirement for the trip to Jamaica be for the girls to have to find it on a map. No one would ever go anywhere on this show.

Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., Fox New episodes. More yelling. It's like Fox News, but with food instead of politics.

Pauly Shore's Pauly-tics, 9 p.m., Showtime Pauly Shore interviews Herman Cain, Michael Steele and Ralph Nader. Yes, that Pauly Shore.

SERIES PREMIERE Health Inspectors, 10:30 p.m., Food While we understand the inevitability of a reality show about health inspectors checking into restaurant violations, we strongly urge you to consider whether you really want to know the kinds of things they find in eateries. Note the show is on after primetime.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

On TV this week, Oct. 22-26 10/21/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 6:18pm]
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