Tuesday 11pm, MTV
When I was in high school and college, horny and confused teens had “Loveline,” the late-night call-in show featuring comedian Adam Corolla and the now-despicable Dr. Drew. Although “Loveline” has been off TVs for more than a decade, these “millennial” children are desperately in need of some real sex talk, and who better than Dan Savage, author of the gloriously filthy “Savage Love” advice column and founder of the It Gets Better anti-bullying movement (see page 16). In “Savage U,” he travels to various college campuses and address the student body on issues concerning actual student bodies, delivering his frank sex and relationship advice in both group settings and one on one. Anyone who has read his column knows that Savage can get risqué, but he also has some very sensible advice, like this point to a young fratty dude: “Don’t stick your dick in any girl you wouldn’t date.” Bless.
Thursday 10pm, ABC
Kerry Washington (Ray) stars in this new drama by Shonda Rhimes, the hitmaker behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” This time Rhimes goes outside the medical field to the seedy world of politics, as Washington plays a crisis-management specialist who works to keep the secrets of Washington, D.C.’s rich and powerful out of the press. It’s a smart concept, especially given our increasingly tawdry political climate. The cast features several familiar faces, including Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond from “Lost”), Guillermo Diaz (Guillermo from “Weeds”), and Tony Goldwyn (the bad guy from Ghost) as the President of the United States.
“The Client List”
Sunday 10pm, Lifetime
Back in 2010 Lifetime aired the made-for-TV movie “The Client List,” in which Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Party of Five,” “Ghost Whisperer”) played a young mother trying to save her family financially by working as a masseuse in a parlor that offered some explicitly deep rubs to its male clientele. In the end, the parlor was busted, Hewitt’s character went to prison, and it was all very scandalous. Hewitt somehow got a Golden Globe nomination for the flick, and last year Lifetime decided to bring the project back as an ongoing series. Except, it’s NOT the same project. Hewitt plays a completely different character who goes into the same line of work. Even more bizarre, Cybill Shepherd again plays her mother, but it is a totally different mother. So weird. The cast also includes Loretta Devine, Colin Egglesfield (the failed second version of “Melrose Place”), and Naturi Naughton (the dreadful Fame reboot).