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CREDIT: AP

CREDIT: AP

Ratings have been solid so far for the 2012 London Summer Olympics despite controversy over NBC’s choice to not air everything live.

This week, there is plenty of gymnastics and beach volleyball, as well as some track and field.

A handful of new shows are debuting, the most notable HGTV’s “HGTV Design Star All Stars,” which features a very modest pool of six all stars Tuesday night.

MONDAY

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — Horrifying but true: this show is pulling in huge numbers.

“2012 Summer Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC —Men’s gymnastics, swimming and beach volleyball.

“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT —The squad investigates the slaying of a priest, stirring up friction with the Catholic Church.

“About Face: Supermodels, Then and Now” 9 p.m. HBO — Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova and Cheryl Tiegs are among those interviewed.

“Single Ladies” 9 p.m. VH1 — Raquel wonders why her boyfriend isn’t as interested in her in bed. And Queen Latifah guests.

“Diners, Drive-In and Dives” 10 p.m. Food (14th season finale) — Visits to Charleston, S.C., Honolulu and Chicago.

“Perception” 10 p.m. TNT — Pierce scrambles to crack a coded newspaper message.

TUESDAY

“2012 Olympic Summer Games” 8 p.m. NBC — Gymnastics, women’s diving, swimming.

“All The Right Moves” 9 p.m. Oxgyen (season debut) — Choreographer Travis Wall launches a new dance company. .

“Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — The fisherman discuss their defining moments.

HGTV Design Stars All Stars” 9 p.m. HGTV (new series) — Six designers from past seasons compete.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT — A hometown boy-band star is murdered.

“White Collar” 9 p.m. USA — The guys suspect fraud when a beautiful widow stands to receive a hefty life-insurance payout.

“Franklin & Bash” 10 p.m. TNT — A former client accuses Peter and Jared of misconduct.

“Covert Affairs” 10:01 p.m. USA — Annie investigates a break-in at a high-tech company.

WEDNESDAY

“2012 Olympic Summer Games” 8 p.m. NBC — Beach volleyball, men’s gymnastics, men’s diving

“Dallas” 9 p.m. TNT — John Ross chooses between family and business and a medical scare strikes the Ewings.

“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA — Hank treats a veterinarian going through a divorce.

“The Soul Man” 10 p.m. TV Land— Lolli hosts a party for the church’s female parishioners that gets wild when someone spikes the punch.

“My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I” 10 p.m. TLC — The show title says it all.

“Necessary Roughness” 10:01 p.m. USA — Dani works with a professional bull rider while Dani and Matt deal with the aftermath of their breakup.

THURSDAY

“2012 Olympic Summer Games” 8 p.m. NBC — Women’s gymnastics, swimming, rowing, beach volleyball.

“Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA — Sam helps his girlfriend’s son out of a bind with a cutthroat loan shark.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Giggly Kooan Kosuke, the Japanese native, is the happiest contestant in history.

“Wipeout” 9 p.m. ABC— Contestants take on obstacles such as Battle Up, Karate Class and Panic Hammocks.

“Anger Management” 9:30 p.m. FX—Jennifer aims to chasten Charlie by dating one of his patients.

“Sullivan & Son” 10 p.m. TBS An annual father-and-son darts tournament triggers personal dramas.

“Suits” 10:01 p.m. USA Harvey turns to an old colleague for help defending the firm against the lawsuit despite the pair’s past.

“Louie” 10:30 p.m. FXLouie’s day is ruined by a troublesome kid.

FRIDAY

“2012 Summer Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC Swimming and track and field.

“Say Yes to the Dress” 9 p.m. TLC Holly Robinson Peete plans a vow-renewal at the top of the Empire State Building.

“Supersaver Showdown” 9 p.m. OWN (new series) — Savvy shoppers square off in bargain-hunting drills and help families stage stylish events on a budget.

“Swamp Wars” 9 p.m. Animal Planet — A rattlesnake swims in a pool and another is hiding in a car.

“3 Days to Bobby Flay” 10 p.m. Food — Flay helps a new restauranteur open a lounge in Harlem, N.Y.

“Common Law” 10 p.m. USA Wes confides in Travis about dreams he’s had about Dr. Ryan.

WEEKEND

“2012 Olympic Summer Games” 8 p.m. Saturday NBC — Swimming, track and field, women’s diving, beach volleyball

“VH1 Rock Docs” 9 p.m. Saturday VH1 — A history of the late great reggae artist Bob Marley.

“2012 Olympic Summer Games” 7 p.m. Sunday NBC — Gymnastics, track and field, women’s diving, beach volleyball.

“Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — The con is on when the team sets out to crush a scheming scientist who stole his colleague’s discovery.

“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime— Jane and Grayson defend a woman addicted to eating her late husband’s ashes.

“Falling Skies” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — The unit marches onward toward Charleston, S.C. for possible refuge.

“True Blood” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — The start of the vampire holy war is cause for celebration for Salome and the Chancellors.

“Army Wives” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime— Military dignitaries visit For Marshall to celebrate its centennial.

“Breaking Bad” 10:30 p.m. Sunday AMC — An associate puts a crimp on Walt and Jesse’s business strategy.

Longmire” 10:30 p.m. Sunday A&E— A murder investigation leads Walt to an underground poker game.

“The Newsroom” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO— The “News Night” staff gets diverted from its one-year anniversary party.

“Political Animals” 10:30 p.m. Sunday USA — Elaine faces a diplomatic crisis upon her return from overseas.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

3 comments Add your comment

Eric

July 30th, 2012
4:28 pm

We’re seeing quite a bit of controversey with these Olympics. NBC making a promise to air more live events, and not making good on that promise. NBC didn’t even bother to show the 7-7-05 tribute from the Opening Ceremonies. There was no sign of the athletes and judges pledge either. IOC’s refusal to anknowledge the 40th anniversary of the Munich Massacure. Greek Olympian that got expelled from competing, because of a joke made on Twitter. The Olympic flame not being visible for all to see. Ryan Lochte wearing a patriotic grill in his mouth, and the IOC not liking it.

NBC used to be such a great TV network. Watching NBC tarnishing and squandering its legacy within the last 10 years was (and is) very difficult to watch… and so many wish that NBC would get it together.

After these Olympics… we’ve got Rio hosting the 2016 games. We’ll be finding out if Istanbul, Madrid, or Tokyo wins the 2020 games. There’s speculation of New York City being interested in hosting the 2024 games. Atlanta hosted in 1996… Los Angeles hosted in 1932 and 1984… and St. Louis hosted in 1904.

Ray

July 30th, 2012
5:59 pm

Id like to see you do an article about how you think WXIA is doing with their local coverage and the people they sent to Atlanta. They seem to be doing silly live shots from Centennial Olympic Park and a 5pm newscast called Atlanta All Access. I rarely watch local news…but Im watching this today and think its horrendous. They keep going to the park with people in signs..WTF cares about that…Most stations usually do fun stuff with their local anchors experiencing the games and the host city. THe pieces Ive seen so far have been very disappointing but I admit I dont watch a lot. Like to hear what the critics think of the local coverage…

Eric

August 2nd, 2012
1:26 am

I’ve seen the All Access show at 5PM… and think of it as more of a “happy talk” show, and not a real newscast. Not sure if 11Alive would have been better off airing Dr. Phil’s show.

11Alive gave up the 5PM news back in 2003, in favor of airing 7PM news. Wish that 11 would bring back 5PM news… and with Oprah’s show gone, I could see Ellen airing at 3PM, and Dr. Phil at 4PM. I could also picture Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in the 7PM hour… 7PM news going away. It’s a thought.