The most buzz-worthy reality show of the past year, for better or worse, has been “Jersey Shore.” And the Situation and his group are back this Thursday on MTV but are wreaking havoc in Miami. The question is: now that the innocence is gone, can they maintain the magic?
On a slightly classier front, Lifetime is bringing back the eighth season of “Project Runway.” In a slightly risky move, the network has increased the show’s length from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. (Longer shows have not hurt “Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Bachelor” and “The Biggest Loser.”)
“The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” 8 p.m. ABC — Loser/wrestler Justin refuses to confront Ali. Wimp!
“Lie To Me” 8 p.m. Fox — The group investigates a woman’s death at a political rally.
“Cake Boss” 9 p.m. TLC — Buddy makes a cake for a 1980’s retro band.
“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Pope applies for the police chief job, but Brenda has some power over whether he gets it or not.
“You’re Cut Off!” 9 p.m. VH1 (first season finale) — Some ladies will “graduate.” Some won’t.
“Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT — Jane’s mom sets her up on a surprise date.
“Neighbors From Hell” 10:30 p.m. TBS (first season finale) — Mandy’s 15th birthday may be in jeopardy when Balthazor tries to destroy the drill.
“Breakthrough With Tony Robbins” 8 p.m. NBC (new series) — Robbins shows a paraplegic and his wife that life is not hopeless.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — Atlanta’s Jason Ellis was not the worst last week, but Gordon Ramsay cut him anyway.
“Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery (sixth season finale) — Josh Harris, mourning, returns to work.
“MasterChef” 9 p.m. Fox (new series) — Amateur chefs compete to become culinary masters with Ramsay as host.
“The Colony” 10 p.m. Discovery (second season debut) — Ten people survive on abandoned post-Katrina land.
“Growing Up Twisted” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is another washed up rock star with a reality show.
“The Little Couple” 10:30 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — Bill and Jen field questions.
“Paul McCartney In Performance at the White House” 8 p.m. GPB – McCartney croons the hits for the president with Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello as guest stars.
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC – Many of the acts will be coming to Cobb Energy Centre November 6 if you want to see them live.
“Plane Jane” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) – Fashion expert Louise Roe gives plane Janes makeover before they meet their crushes.
“Top Chef” 9 p.m. Bravo – The chefs feed D.C. power brokers.
“Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman” 10 p.m. Science (first season finale) – Freeman walks viewers through the issue of dark matter and its role in the universe. With that voice, he could talk about toilet paper and make it sound important.
“Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA – Fiona gets in trouble protecting a businessman and the gang has to save her.
“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime (eighth season debut) – The contestant named Casanova, who sacrifices a pair of Dolce & Gabbana pants for a challenge, is as eccentric as his name.
“Rookie Blue” 9 p.m. ABC – A fatal collision involving an elderly man and a cyclist may not be as clear cut as it appears.
“So You Think You Can Dance” 9 p.m. Fox – Two of the top 6 dancers are eliminated.
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV (second season debut) – Fist-pumping action awaits Miami as Snooki & Co. rampage the shore.
“On the Road With Austin and Santino” 10:30 p.m. Lifetime (new series) – The two former “Project Runway” contestants design looks for everyday women.
“Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC – Eric benches Luke for the big game between Panthers and the Lions.
“Wife Swap” 8 p.m. ABC – One family obsesses over a son while the other practically ignores theirs.
“Eureka” 9 p.m. SyFy – Carter hopes the Zoe he visits at Harvard is the daughter he remembers.
“Whale Wars” 9 p.m. Animal Planet – Low on supplies and in need of repairs, the Sea Shepherds suspend their hunt for the Japanese fleet.
“Say Yes to the Dress” 9 p.m. TLC (fifth season finale) – “American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Jr. visits Kleinfeld’s.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) – Atlanta’s Bridals by Lori gets a spinoff.
“DC Cupcakes” 10:30 p.m. TLC (first season finale) – The ladies make wedding cupcakes using the bride and groom’s family recipes.
“The Neistat Brothers” midnight HBO (first season finale) – Van and Casey climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
“Cops” 8 p.m. Saturday Fox (22nd season finale) – A sting operation targets undocumented immigrants.
“Lies Between Friends” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark – An art authenticator teams with a sheriff to solve the murder of her former roomie.
“Sons of Tucson” 7 p.m. Sunday Fox (series finale) – The boys are unhappy how much time Ron spends with his new girlfriend.
“Rubicon” 8 p.m. Sunday AMC (new series) – Inspired by ’70s films, this series features an intelligence analyst at a federal agency who almost quits after a tragedy.
“Clay Aiken: Tried and True” 9:30 p.m. GPB – At a concert in Raleigh, N.C., Aiken sings classics to help GPB with a pledge drive. Ruben Studdard joins in.
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime – Jane asks Hank the bailiff on a date.
“Next Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food – The five remaining challengers – including Atlanta’s Herb Mesa – cook for Eva Longoria.
“True Blood” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO – Melinda and Joe Lee rope Tommy into a dog fighting ring.
“Entourage” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO – Ari courts Jessica Simpson, Aaron Sorkin and Mike Tyson as clients.