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TV best bets with the Olympics, season finale of ‘HGTV Design Star’

nbc-olympics-2012The big event this week is the London Olympics, starting Friday with the opening ceremonies on NBC.

If this is your thing, you’ll be able to gorge on two weeks of track and field, gymnastics, basketball and more.

Otherwise, this is a relatively quiet week on TV, with “Bachelor Pad” on ABC returning tonight, HGTV’s “Design Star” finishing its run Tuesday and Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” cooking up new challenges on Wednesday.

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC (fourth season finale) — The finalists battle for the win in a four-stage course.
“Bachelor Pad” 8 p.m. ABC (third season debut) — Chris Bukowski from the just-concluded “Bachelorette” joins the pad.
WWE Raw” 8 p.m. USA — This is the 1,000 episode. That’s a lot of body slams!
“Vito” 9 p.m. HBO — A profile of Vito Russo, a pioneer in the gay-rights movement.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — A popular cancer doctor is savagely killed and his drug supply stolen
Warehouse 13” 9 p.m. Syfy (fourth season debut) — Syfy’s most popular show is back for 13 more episodes.
“Alphas” 10 p.m. Syfy (second season debut) — Guest stars for the upcoming season include Sean Astin and Summer Glau.
“Perception” 10 p.m. TNT — A serial killer from 1986 returns and begins killing again.
“I’m Having Their Baby” 11 p.m. Oxygen (new series) — Women struggle as they decide whether to keep a baby or give it up for adoption.


HGTV Design Star” 9 p.m. HGTV (seventh season finale) — Vern Yip & Co, name the winner.
“The Godfather Legacy” 9 p.m. History — An examination of the influence this series had on American life.
Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT — Jane and Maura investigate when a bride is murdered right before her nuptials..
Trust Us With Your Life” 9 p.m. ABC — Jerry Springer is the target..
White Collar” 9 p.m. USA — The guys track a.brilliant thief who has eluded the FBI for years.
Franklin & Bash” 10 p.m. TNT — The guys work for a widow while a stalker menaces Stanton Infield.
Covert Affairs” 10:01 p.m. USA — Auggie visits Parker in Africa but runs into trouble on the trip.

The Clios: World’s Best Commercials” 8 p.m. NBC — JB Smoove hosts 50 of the year’s top commercials.
So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox— The three Atlantans survived the cut last week.
Dallas” 9 p.m. TNT — Murderous intrigue surrounds the family.
“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA — Hank cares for an ailing Russian businessman in Manhattan.
Jimmy Fallon’s Primetime Special” 10 p.m. NBC — A recap of Fallon’s musical collaborations, including Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.
The Soul Man” 10 p.m. TV Land— Boyce’s old writing partner Sweet Brown Taylor helps find his voice.
Top Chef Masters” 10 p.m. Bravo (fourth season debut) — A dozen renowned chefs battle in culinary challenges in Vegas.
“Necessary Roughness” 10:01 p.m. USA— A spelling-bee champ needs help dealing with his stuttering.


“Wipeout” 8 p.m. ABC — Couples meeting on a blind date compete.

“Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA —Michael gets a lead on Anson.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Dylan Lauren guest judges.

“Saving Hope” 9 p.m. NBC — Charlie’s life hangs in the balance.

“Anger Management” 9:30 p.m. FX — Charlie tries to secretly date a woman who has a thing for getting caught.

“3” 10 p.m. CBS (new series) — Three single women seek romantic partners in this reality series.

“Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class” 10 p.m. Bravo — More pop-culture dishing from the mistress of snark.

“Rookie Blue” 10 p.m. ABC — Gail goes undercover to solve a string of missing-person cases.

“Suits” 10:01 p.m. USA— Louis and Rachel join forces to preserve a beloved institution.


You Live in What?” 9 p.m. HGTV — Check out homes that used to be a missile silo, an old schoolhouse and a corset factory.
“Say Yes to the Dress” 9 p.m. TLC — Theme is pregnant brides to be.
“3 Days to Open With Bobby Flay” 10 p.m. Food — Flay helps four entrepreneurs open Sticky’s, a chicken-finger joint in New York City.
Common Law” 10 p.m. USA — The guys work with their mentors on an important murder case and see their own problems reflected in their advisors.
House Hunters” 10 p.m. HGTV — A bachelor searches for a Manhattan Pied-a-Terre.
Lost Girl” 10 p.m. Syfy — Bo investigates the disappearance of human backpackers and finds something that threatens her physique.


“The Philadelphia Experiment” 9 tonight Syfy — A World War II experiment is revived with disastrous results.

“2012 Summer Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC —Women’s diving and gymnastics are featured.

“True Blood” 9 p.m. HBO — Sookie and Jason visit the place where their parents died.

“Breaking Bad” 10 p.m. AMC — Walt and Jesse formulate a new business plan. Meth anyone?

“The Newsroom” 10 p.m. HBO — Will has a bout of insomnia and leads him to therapy.

“Political Animals” 10 p.m. USA — Elaine makes an announcement to her family.

“Small Town Security” 11:04 p.m. AMC — A consultant teaches employees to behave more professionally.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

6 comments Add your comment


July 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

I will be watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies with a couple of extra Chick-fil-A Sandwiches that I never would’ve purchased prior to last week.

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2012
10:28 am

And I will never again darken the doors of that bigotted chicken place…

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

And Rodney, wish you’d include a thoughtful comedy on Mondays, “Bunheads”.

Colonel Truett Sanders

July 23rd, 2012
3:01 pm

Mercedes S.

Just keep getting your greasy chicken from KFC and Popeye’s.

Chick-fil-A can do just fine without riff-raff like you ruining the wholesome atmosphere and lowering property values.


July 23rd, 2012
4:12 pm

Bible-thumpings freaks. WWJD indeed. Anyway, what time are the opening ceremonies?


July 24th, 2012
3:30 pm

Did I miss something? What does Chick-fil-A have to do with this post?