Sunday, August 15, 2010

TV Premieres, Finales & Specials This Week 08/15/2010

Each week GeekTonic covers the TV scene with a complete listing of premieres, finales and specials for the week.  As we slide through the end of summer there are still a few finales and some premieres to so check out the complete list below.

 Melissa & Joey

          Melissa & Joey Premieres Tuesday on ABC Family

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST – TV schedules subject to change

Sunday, August 15

Scoundrels (9pm on ABC – Available in HD) – Season 1 finale

The Next Food Network Star (9pm on Food) – Season 6 finale

Dora: The Girl Heard ‘Round the World (9pm on Nickelodeon) – A special10th anniversary special for the animated series

The Great Food Truck Race (10pm on Food) – New food/travel series.  A reality contest show where the the “best 7” food trucks compete to make the most money.

Top Shot (10pm on History – Available in HD) – Season finale

The Real L Word (10pm on Showtime – Available in HD) – Season 1 finale

The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff (10pm on Comedy) - Special


Monday, August 16

Weeds (10pm on Showtime – Available in HD) – Season 6 premiere

The Big C (10:30pm on Showtime – Available in HD) – New comedy/drama series.  Woman (played by Laura Linney) diagnosed with melanoma tries to juggle life's demands.

Hardcore Pawn (10pm on TruTV) – Season premiere of a reality series focused on a pawn shop

Animal Planet Investigates: Gang Dogs (10pm on Animal Planet – Available in HD) – Special


Tuesday, August 17

Melissa & Joey (8pm on ABC Family – Available in HD) – A new sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart & Joey Lawrence.  Plot goes like this:  A female politician (Hart) takes custody of her sister’s 2 children & seeks help in raising her niece and nephew by hiring a nanny.

Gates of Hell (8pm on History – Available in HD) – A special where we visit the six locations believed to be entrances to hell and discuss the concept of hell as described throughout history.

Big Lake (10pm on Comedy Central – Available in HD) – A new comedy central series with Chris Gethard, Chris Parnell & Horatio Sanz.  Plot:  3 buddies struggle to save their hometown called Big Lake.


Wednesday, August 18

Live From Lincoln Center – South Pacific (8pm on PBS – Available in HD) – A revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

LA Ink: Fresh Ink (9pm on TLC – Available in HD) – New spinoff series

Surviving the Cut (10pm on Discovery – Available in HD) – New reality series.  US Army Ranger School replicates the nonstop stress of war to train elite combat leaders.

Hot in Cleveland (10pm on TVLand) – Season finale


Thursday, August 19

Pitchmen (9pm on Discovery – Available in HD) – Season 2 premiere of the reality series where we see how an invented product becomes a hot item to buy.

NightlinePrime – Secrets of Your Mind: Why We Do What We Do ( 10pm on ABC) – New primetime news series spinoff from Nightline – their first foray into primetime TV.  Nightline’s anchors & producers explore the mystery & science of the brain.

You’re Wearing That?!? (10pm on WE) – New fashion series

Blog Cabin (10pmn on DIY) – Season 3 premiere

Run My Renovation (10:30pm on DIY) – Series premiere of a new House Renovation How-to show

Left at the Altar (10pm on TLC – Available in HD) – New reality series

WCG Ultimate Gamer (11pm on SyFy – Available in HD) – Season premiere


Friday, August 20

Twisted (10pm on Investigation Discovery – Available in HD) – Season premiere begins with Jeffrey Dahmer


Saturday, August 21

Garbage Moguls (8pm on National Geographic – Available in HD) – New reality series that follows a quirky group of young “eco-capitalists” at TerraCycle, Inc. who take “trash” and recycle it into something useful.  Yes this is a little geeky but should make for an interesting show for those that like to make stuff.  I’m recording the first episode to check it out.  NOTE: It was pointed out to me that this is actually a marathon airing with three brand-new episodes airing back to back then repeating through the night.  So I’ll be recording the 1st three episodes ;)


Sunday, August 22

Family Style (10pm on Food) – A new cooking/reality series.  It follows an Italian family of restaurateurs (the Maggiores), with the brother and sister competing to open the most successful new restaurant in San Diego.

Swamp People (10pm on History – Available in HD) – New history series.  History Channel follows the people by America’s largest swamp in Louisiana through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians (10pm on E!) – Season premiere

Army Wives (10pm on Life) – Season finale

The Spin Crowd (10:30pm on E!) – New reality series following an entertainment PR agency.


Monday, August 23

Head Rush (4pm on Science – Available in HD) – New science series

WordGirl (4:30pm on PBS – Available in HD) – Season premiere childrens/educational series

Dance Your A… Off (10pm on Oxygen) End of the series.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey (10pm on Bravo) - Season finale

The Hard Times of RJ Berger (10pm on MTV) - Season finale


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I have the core of the Fall TV season ready for the periodic Fall TV Season Premiere Guide, but I’ll be waiting until mid-August to publish as the TV networks tend to change their mind about things.