“Celebrity Wife Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Three years ago, a
fascinating documetary (“The Queen of Versailles”) introduced
Jackie Siegel. She and her husband have eight kids, 30 household
workers and a sprawling Florida estate; when his business slowed, he
suspended construction of a bigger place, patterned after the Palace
Now she briefly sees
an opposite world, switching with the wife of actor Jeremy London
(“Party of Five, “7th Heaven”). On a ranch near
Oklahoma City, she helps with the chores.
“Melissa & Joey” return, 8 p.m., ABC Family.
While most comedies
slide into reruns – including tonight's dandy ABC ones – ABC
Family has two summertime mini-seasons. This one is goofy, but fun;
“Baby Daddy” is merely goofy.
(Melissa Joan Hart) reacts fiercely to two things – her
pregnancy-test results and her nephew's determination to join the
Navy. Joe (Joseph Lawrence) attacks the latter situation, giving an
at-home boot-camp experience, designed to change his mind. It's
terribly silly, yet kind of fun .
ALTERNATIVE: Hockey, 8 p.m. ET, NBC.
The timing is
perfect: Two sports finally reach their finals, just as the summer TV
season begins. Now networks need some non-reruns; NBC adds hockey
tonight and ABC adds basketball on Thursday.
For hockey, Chicago
is looking for its third championship in six seasons; Tampa Bay
hasn't been to the finals since winning its first title, in 2004. The
games today and Saturday are on NBC, with the next two on the NBC
Sports Network; the final three, if needed, return to NBC.
p.m., Fox. The season's first team challege is a big-scale one –
burgers and fish-and-chips for thousands of people at an amusement
park. Members of the losing team then face a cinnamon-roll challenge,
to see who gets eliminated.
“The Middle,” 8
p.m., ABC. A block of four ABC reruns starts with Frankie giving the
family's dining-room table to Axl. Also, Sue's not happy about her
gift from Darrin.
8:30 p.m., ABC. Adam's wild explanation for his broken arm soon has
return, 8:30 p.m., ABC Family. Before taking a three-month break,
this show had Riley break up with one brother, tell another (quite
clumsily) that she loved him and then fled. Now she's back home,
while the guys face crises involving the neighboring apartment.
Unlike “Melissa & Joey,” this show is loudly uneven, turning
key characters into fools for the sake of a laugh.
9 p.m., ABC. Phil is still fuming about his neighbors (Steve Zahn and
Andrea Anders). He considers this war ... and enlists the help of his
dad (Fred Willard) and his dad's friends.
10 p.m., BBC America. Set in a tough London neighborhood late in the
late 1800s, this show borrows a plot that's been used recently by
several other shows: Someone becomes the prime murder suspect, after
waking up next to a body. In this case, an aristocratic woman is the
p.m., Lifetime. In a quick rerun of Monday's debut, we see the inner
workings of a “Bachelor”-type show, with a fierce boss (Constance
Zimmer) and a smart producer (Shiri Appleby) who returns after
imploding on-camera. It has its moments, but often gives us no one to