TV column for Wednesday, Aug. 1


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Olympics, 8 p.m. to
midnight ET, NBC.

Now that the team championships for
gymnastics have been settled, it's time for individual wins. Tonight,
we'll see the all-around gold medal for men.

There are also finals in swimming and
in men's synchronized diving. And there's another beach volleyball
match with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Suburgatory,”
8:30 p.m., ABC.

Tessa, the observant one, correctly
guesses that the new kid (Dan Byrd of “Cougar Town”) has a
secret. Alas, she incorrectly guesses that he's gay.

That triggers a terrific rerun,
including a great moment for Rex Lee, as Mr. Wolfe.

TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: John Wayne
movies, all day, Turner Classic Movies.

The annual “Summer Under the Stars”
features a different star each day. It ranges from Johnny Weissmuller
playing Tarzan to Elvis Presley playing (sort of) Elvis Presley.

And it starts big, with John Wayne
films, from “Flying Leathernecks” (1961) at 6 a.m. today to “Tall
in the Saddle” (1944) at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Oscar-nominated “Stagecoach”
(1939) is at 9:15 a.m. Later, the rowdy “McClintock” (1963), at
5:45 p.m.. leads into the cavalry film “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”
(1949) at 8.

Other choices include:

– Olympics, daytime. This includes
three U.S. women's teams. That's in water polo (1:30 p.m. ET, NBC,
Estonia), volleyball (3 p.m., NBC, China) and basketball (5 p.m., NBC
Sports Network, Turkey).

– “So You Think You Can Dance,”
8-10 p.m., Fox. Skipping a collision with the Olympics, this show
repeats an overcrowded episode from two weeks ago. All 20 dancers
perform, before four of them learn they're going home, partly based
on last week's viewer votes.

– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Grown-ups manage to complicate teens' lives. Uncle Rusty (Norm
Macdonald) does when he's invited to Brick's class; Frankie does when
she sings in Sue's musical.

– Movies, 8 p.m., cable. “The Hurt
Locker” (2008, FX), a best-picture Oscar-winner, is a tough ride,
but the last half-hour is terrific. Also, “Sling Blade” (1996,
IFC) won an Oscar for Billy Bob Thornton's script; “Ray” (2004,
BET) won for Jamie Foxx's performance as Ray Charles.

– “Modern Family,” 9-10 p.m.,
ABC. Claire is at the core of both reruns. In the first, she and
Phil drink too much, talk too much and have morning-after regrets. In
the second, her secret is learned by Gloria; also, Phil overhears
their daughter's secret.

– “Dallas,” 9 p.m., TNT. A week
before the season-finale, John Ross must choose between family and
business. His relatives support each other during a medical crisis.

– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
10 p.m., CBS. Las Vegas can't escape its crime past. In this rerun,
the former mayor is killed while visiting the Las Vegas Mob Museum.