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“Hookers: Saved on the Strip,” “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010,” “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You”

“Hookers: Saved on the Strip” Wednesday 10pm, Investigation Discovery This new documentary series explores the realities of being a sex worker in Las Vegas. Annie Lobert worked The Strip for decades as a high-priced call girl. She got out of the business years ago, and now runs the organization Hookers for Jesus, which reaches out […]

“Firebreather,” “Beyoncé, I Am…World Tour,” “Holiday Battle on the Block”

“Firebreather” Wednesday 7pm, Cartoon Network Comic-book adaptations: They’re not just for the big screen anymore. “Hulk” and “Cloak & Dagger” are currently being developed for series, “The Walking Dead” is bringing in boffo viewership for AMC, and big ratings suggest “Smallville”’s current “final” season might not be so final after all. A very minor comic […]

“The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection,” “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time,” “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”

"The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection" Tuesday 10pm, Bravo Bravo’s “Project Runway” knock-off had a lackluster first season, and required significant retooling for this second attempt. Big changes have been made, some good, some…interesting. The major issue with the first season was host/judge Kelly Rowland, who, while very fashionable, had zero business judging a fashion competition, […]

“Raising Hope,” “Family Game Night,” “Dexter”

“Raising Hope”  Tuesday 9pm, Fox Nobody paid much attention to this new comedy by the creator of “My Name is Earl,” but it has quietly emerged as one of the few bright spots in Fox’s fall schedule. Much of that has to do with the strong “Glee” lead-in, but the show has its own charms. […]

“30 Rock,” “Fatal Attractions,” “Sanctuary”

 “30 Rock”  Thursday 8:30pm, NBC This should be fun. My favorite comedy is putting on a live episode, and who better to conquer live television than that UVA alum and former “Saturday Night Live” head Tina Fey? I have no doubt that Fey, co-star Alec Baldwin, and Broadway vet Jane Krakowski can pull off a […]

“Project Runway,” “Sister Wives,” “The Making of Jackass 3D”

“Project Runway”  Thursday 9pm, Lifetime We’re getting close to Fashion Week, and overall I think the Season 8 designers have acquitted themselves adequately. All of the remaining contestants have the potential to put together solid final collections, although I’m specifically pulling for hyper-creative Andy and goth pixie Mondo. I’m fairly certain the third spot will […]

"No Ordinary Family," "The Tenth Inning," "Law & Order: Los Angeles"

“No Ordinary Family”  Tuesday 8pm, ABC If you liked The Incredibles or The Fantastic Four (the comic series, not the crappy movies) you’ll probably dig this. The Powell family is the picture of modern American malaise. Father Jim (Michael Chiklis, “The Shield”) is having a borderline midlife crisis, mom Stephanie (Julie Benz, “Dexter”) is a […]

“Glee,” “Running Wilde,” “Undercovers”

“Glee” Tuesday 8pm, Fox A pop-culture backlash is imminent, if not already here, and with good reason. While “Glee” has many wonderful qualities—great cast, novel idea, crack-addictive musical numbers—it has giant, glaring flaws. The characters are almost all caricatures, the plotting ranges from the maudlin to the nonsensical, and the showrunners have the narrative focus […]

“Covert Affairs,” “The Glades,” “RuPaul’s Drag U”

“Covert Affairs” Tuesday 10pm, USA This unimaginatively titled new drama addition to USA’s summer procedural slate has been dismissed as “Alias Lite.” As a huge fan of the spy series that made J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper household names, I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. “Covert” stars the very pretty Piper Perabo […]

“Downfall,” “Memphis Beat,” “Futurama”

 “Downfall” Tuesday 9pm, ABC Let me see if I can explain this one adequately: “Downfall” is a new game show in which contestants stand on the “largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV” (oh my land, doesn’t that sound fancy?) on top of a skyscraper in downtown L.A. On the end of the belt are […]

“Hot in Cleveland,” “The Gates,” “The Real L Word”

 “Hot in Cleveland” Wednesday 10pm, TV Land We are truly experiencing the Renaissance of Betty White. Although we just lost our beloved Rue McClanahan, the last Golden Girl standing is back—again—in a new sitcom featuring some other familiar faces from sitcoms past. “Hot in Cleveland” stars Jane Leeves (“Frasier”), Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”), and […]

“You’re Cut Off,” “Work of Art,” “True Blood”

 “You’re Cut Off” Wednesday 9pm, VH1 Are you appalled by the behavior of the spoiled, entitled princesses that populate trashy TV shows like “My Super Sweet 16” or the “Real Housewives” franchises? Then grab your schadenfreude spoon and slurp up every second of this show as if it were sweet nectar for the soul. “You’re […]