What's On This Week
MONDAY, AUGUST 4
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS 2008
8 P.M. | FOX
hosts and the Jonas Brothers are up for Choice Male Hottie. The screams will echo in Beijing.
10 P.M. | NBC
Meanwhile, Miley's dad crowns a winner on the show's season finale.
TAKE HOME NANNY
8 P.M. | TLC
Nanny Emma straightens out two unruly boys. My house next, please!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING
11 P.M. | BRAVO
Season premiere of the real estate reality series.
10 P.M. | DISCOVERY
Bam! The show's maverick engineers return for yet more smashing.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
8 P.M. | FOX
It's the finale, and host Cat Deeley is likely to wear something insane. I love her for that.
THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW
9 P.M. | TBS
The Pearsons wrap up their summer season. An iguana is involved.
LAST COMIC STANDING
8 P.M. | NBC
Yet another finale, with the winner scoring $250,000 and an NBC deal.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET
9 P.M. | LIFETIME
A cutesy TV movie with Valerie Bertinelli as a kind soul helping a teen star.
2008 Summer Olympics
NBC, August 8-24
Truth be told, I'm usually an opening/closing ceremonies kind of Olympics viewer. I tend to resent the actual sports part for (1) making me feel even more like the muscle-relaxed couch dweller I truly am and (2) preempting much of my usual viewing for three weeks. (Typical scenario: "Wait, archery is on instead of Ellen DeGeneres? Nooooo!") And yet this year's Games promise to be the most exciting in years. For starters, the East Coast's 12-hour time difference with Beijing means that most events will air live in prime time. And unlike recent host countries Greece and Australia, China's sprawling athlete roster presents a formidable competition for the Americans. (Three gold medal contenders—among many—to watch: gymnast Paul Hamm, sprinter Allyson Felix and swimmer Katie Hoff.) Once again network MVP Bob Costas will anchor much of the coverage, which will broadcast entirely in high definition for the first time. Pass the snacks and count me in.
VH1, August 4, 9 p.m. ET
In the pantheon of reality TV kiss-offs—"You're fired," "auf Wiedersehen," "Pack your knives and go"—this new series has the best one by far: "Security!" They don't mess around at Bad Boy Entertainment, where 13 contestants vie for a job as personal assistant to head honcho Sean "Diddy
" Combs. It plays like a younger, cooler spin on The Apprentice
, with Diddy
dispensing his business maxims ("You better be able to make a way out of no way") and the wannabe assistants undergoing challenges like completing a list of 50 menial tasks (Detail Diddy
's car! Pick up his dry cleaning!) in 24 hours. The fact that many of the mogul's former assistants are now helping to run his various enterprises—including Capricorn, the fiercely don't-mess-with-me exec who serves as Diddy
's mouthpiece on the show—actually offers a meaningful incentive for powering through all that grunt work.
HGTV, August 3, 10 p.m. ET
HGTV is positioning this four-episode series as counter-programming to the Olympics, with some of the network's top design stars battling it out paint swatch to paint swatch. The premiere episode features a matchup between heavyweights Cynthia Rowley and Vern Yip, who each attempt to redo one of those wood-paneled, plaid-filled family rooms that American families seem to be preserving for just such an occasion. The designers' contrastingstyles are fun to watch—Rowley covers a fireplace in glitzy mirrors, Yip goes heavy on the framed family photos—and as always, the ticking clock (just six hours) makes for good TV. But the celeb judges—including comics (why?) Keenen Ivory Wayans, Beth Littleford and Kim Fields—are totally random.
babe, PETA activist and mom of two Pamela Anderson
, 41, gets up close and very personal—and calls the shots behind the camera—in her new E! reality series Pam: Girl on the Loose
YOU'RE FINALLY DOING A REALITY SHOW! WHAT TOOK SO LONG?
I've been approached to do these shows since they were invented, and it eventually evolved into this. I direct a lot of it, film a lot of it and I'm in the editing room all the time. There's a lot of animal rights and a lot of getting naked. It really is an authentic portrayal of what I do. I do everything from housekeeping to looking after my kids [Brandon, 12, and Dylan, 10]. I don't have a nanny. I juggle a pretty crazy career.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF FROM WATCHING THE SHOW?
I look at myself on camera and say, "Do I really talk that fast?" But hey, I'm Canadian. I've really been trying to slooooow down to the American level of speech.
HOW DO YOU STAY BIKINI-READY AT 41?
I don't have a trainer. I work, I walk a lot with my friends and dogs and play a lot of sports with my children. I eat really healthy and have good genes.
YOUR EX TOMMY LEE TURNS UP ON THE SERIES.
He doesn't really have a role on the show—he has a role in my life. We've never been apart. He has never gone anywhere. He's such a constant—like my children or my animals.