“Octomom: The Unseen Footage”
Wednesday 8pm, Fox
Depending on your point of view, Nadya Suleman is either very ambitious, though possibly misguided; over her head and completely out of touch with reality; a terrible human being and mother; or a fame whore whose children should be taken away from her immediately. Suleman became a tabloid sensation earlier this year when she gave birth to octuplets via in vitro fertilization—those babies were on top of her six previous children, all conceived via IVF without a partner ever in the picture or the means to take care of them. She is currently 33 years old. She has been repeatedly slammed as a woman out of control, abusing scientific advances just because she can. She claims she’s a mother who loves her children and will find a way to somehow take care of 14 kids. Watch and judge, people. Watch and judge.
Thursday 10pm, Lifetime
The producers of “PR” might want to throw a little more money Bravo’s way, because the best advertising for the much-delayed debut of this sixth season was its original network’s pathetic imitation, “The Fashion Show.” I can’t wait to have my real “Runway” back! In addition to a switch in networks you can look for a switch in coasts—most of the season was filmed in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. (Farewell, Mood! Au revoir, Parsons!) Thankfully the important elements are still there, like Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and the irreplaceable Tim Gunn, who will put the 16 new designers through their patterns. Note that prior to the show Lifetime will air a two-hour all-star special where eight previous contestants will compete for $100,000. After the premiere, catch the spin-off “Models of Runway” at 11pm. Fierce!
“Out of Egypt”
Sunday 9pm, Discovery
I’ve always found ancient Egypt fascinating. The pyramids, the hieroglyphics, the mummification, the mythology—the whole thing just seems so otherworldly. Then again, maybe not. This new six-part documentary examines how elements of ancient Egyptian culture can be found all over the globe. Archaeologist and UCLA professor Kara Cooney debunks a lot of the sensationalism around the pharaohs’ accomplishments, and compares various elements to achievements by the Incans, Mayans and ancient Asian societies. You know, it’s true; as recently as the late 1980s even Americans were walking like Egyptians…