SUNDAY, AUGUST 10
WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
8:30 P.M. | DISNEY
Wizard-in-training Alex (Selena Gomez) celebrates her quinceañera in a new episode of the twinkly tween show.
MONDAY, AUGUST 11
PEOPLE COUNTRY ON CMT
10 P.M. | CMT
PEOPLE and CMT take you behind the scenes with Tim McGraw
, Sara Evans and other faves.
CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS | PBS
The platinum-standard kids' show kicks off its 39th season, with celebs like Jack Black stopping by where the air is sweet.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14
MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST
10 P.M. | BRAVO
Kathy Griffin ends her fourth-season reign of terror tonight. Somewhere, Oprah
OUT OF LEFT FIELD
10 P.M. | PBS
Olympics lovers can get an extra fix with this doc, which follows the unlikely training of the Chinese Olympic baseball team.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
MEERKAT MANOR: THE NEXT GENERATION
9 P.M. | ANIMAL PLANET
Rocket Dog's pups Nugget and Beaker get their first lesson in desert survival. They grow up so fast!
CMT, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. ET
This competition, in which random folks like Lorenzo Lamas and Jermaine Jackson vie for a chance to record their own country song under the tutelage of John Rich, is actually reason for reality diehards to rejoice: The holy grail of reality casting, actress/professional wild card Sean "I'm Not Crazy" Young, has at last landed a job! And she does not disappoint. When the '80s screen queen (Blade Runner, No Way Out
) takes the stage for the first time on Gone Country 2
, it is wincingly awkward. Blanking on the words to "Hey Good Lookin'" and pleading with the band to start in a different key, Young is a train wreck—until ex-'N Syncer Chris Kirkpatrick and "Fame" singer Irene Cara bail her out. Yep, it's that kind of show. It's also the kind of show where Lamas turns to Jackson and says, "It's been at least 20 years since we were in Monte Carlo." It's all about as country as a pair of vinyl cowboy boots, but it's junky fun just the same.
MTV, August 11, 9 p.m. ET
A High School Musical
wannabe all the way down to the climactic talent show, this TV movie is actually more fun than a rip-off deserves to be. The romantic leads give HSM
's Troy and Gabriella a run for their Wildcats gear: there's Ally (Nina Dobrev), the sweet, talented, too-skinny good girl, and Joey (Rob Mayes, not as new-puppy cute as Zac Efron but sufficiently smoldering), the hot guy who ever-so-briefly breaks her heart. "Get Your Rock On" is an uptempo showstopper and the ballad "Dreaming Wide Awake" should have teen girls swooning and singing along.
The former host of E!'s Talk Soup
brings his catty color commentary to ABC's breakout summer show
WHY IS WIPEOUT
If you are just getting home and you're making dinner and returning calls and e-mails, you want something to wash over you that will make you laugh 'til you cry, but you don't have to panic if you leave the room for two seconds! You can watch it with your 6-year-old and your mother-in-law and everybody still has a good time.
HOW CAN ONE MASTER THE BIG BALLS?
You just got to hope you build up enough momentum to hit the sweet spot of each one of those. Because I think the problem is that when people try to slow down, they just bounce straight up in the air.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHALLENGE?
Everyone flips out over the Big Balls, but for me, that Sweeper is absolutely too good to be true.
HOW IS WORKING WITH ESPN'S JOHN ANDERSON?
I'm a religious viewer of SportsCenter
, so I was starstruck when I met him! We both have fun but are dry enough to let the video be the star. We laugh at the same things. We finish each other's sentences. We're like an old married couple.
1 HOST VERN YIP IS A DOMESTIC ZEN MASTER
He's an oasis of calm when applying his "Wow, is this my house?" ingenuity for the heroes whose rooms he revamps.
2 IT'S PERSONALIZED, NOT SUPERSIZED
Forget extreme makeovers: Yip gets the vibe of the homeowners with nuances like bright white birdhouses along a wall or a cozy tin-kettle chandelier.
3 THE HOMEOWNERS MAKE GREAT NEIGHBORS
They feed the homeless, mentor kids and save lives, so you can't help but grin during the reveals—and feel a bit of envy at how fab the rooms turn out!