TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Big Brother,”
9 p..m., CBS.
With its recent schedule shift, CBS
tightens its young-viewer dominance of summer Thursdays.
The change moved “Big Brother” to
Thursdays, a night already ruled by Sheldon and Sherlock (on “The
Big Bang Theory” and “Elementary”). And this is the week's key
episode, with an ouster.
Last week, David Girton, 25, a San
Diego lifeguard, was the first person ousted; now 15 remain.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Two and a
Half Men,” 8:31 p.m., CBS.
Even in it 11th season,
“Men” has varied from a few dim-witted episodes to this hilarious
Last week, we briefly saw Jake's new
girlfriend; now he brings her for a visit. She's sleek, sexy and
tattooed, zestully played by Jaime Pressly, 35; he's semi-clueless,
drolly played by Angus Jones, 19. His dad is startled, Walden is
amused and Jake is, for now, euphoric.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The Winner
Is,” 8 and 9 p.m., NBC.
After a couple of “sneak preview”
hours – one of them rerunning at 8 – this show settles into its
regular slot for its final five weeks.
Things start with two singers (or
groups) competing and 101 sorta-experts voting. Then both sides have
a tricky choice: Take some money and leave, or stay in hopes of
winning it all. One of the six people will be tonight's champion …
thrust into the finals with five others, eying a million-dollar
prize. Confidence and pragmatism collide, in a moderately
entertaining mix of music and human psychology.
Other choices include:
– “Hell's Kitchen,” 8-10 p.m.,
Fox. Down to its final five chefs, the show gives tough challenges:
First, compete with a team of previous winners; then prepare gourmet
burgers for dining professionals.
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. Sheldon shares a woe familiar to many science-fiction fans – a
TV series that's canceled before it wraps up its intriguing concept.
Amy – familiar with dashed dreams – tries to comfort him. Also in
this rerun, Raj learns a secret about his new girlfriend.
– “Summer Camp” debut, 8 p.m.,
USA. On Wednesday, NBC introduced its scripted “Camp”; now USA
(its sister network) has a reality variation: Adults go to camp,
competing in the games of summer.
– “Motive,” 9 p.m., ABC. A
health-food mogul has been killed. Viewers are promptly told who did
it, but not how or why.
– “Rookie Blue,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Looking forward to a long weekend, Andy finds a teen boy bound and
gagged in a car trunk. It is, we're told, a case of young love gone
– “Hollywood Game Night,” 10
p.m., NBC. Let's credit NBC for summertime effort. This is its third
show to debut this week; in all, “America's Got Talent” is joined
by seven other non-reruns – two scripted, three reality and this
game show. Jane Lynch hosts teams that include former “Friends”
stars Matthew Perry and Lisa Dudrow, plus Kristen Bell, Martin Short,
Alyson Hannigan, Daniel Dae Kim … and a couple of ordinary folks,
playing with the stars.
– “Showville,” 10 p.m., AMC. Each
week, “Showville” holds a small-town talent competition. Now it
visits the spot that often symbolizes Americana. Mount Airy, a North
Carolina town of 10,000, was the home of Andy Griffith and seemed to
be the prototype for the fictional worlds he inhabited.