So You Think You Can Dance

FOX, Season Finale Aug. 12, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

The seventh season of summer's best reality show started out with all the bright promise of a freshly unwrapped popsicle: judge Mia Michaels-equal parts cutting and kooky-was in; a roundup of fan favorites (a special welcome back to season 4's rare bird in flight, Mark) returned as "all-stars"; and in balletic Alex Wong the show had possibly its best contender ever. Then Alex severed his Achilles in week four-soon followed by two more injured contestants-and "the curse of season 7," to quote our dear host, that tall drink of lemonade Cat Deeley, should have melted much of the fun. But between Cat's batty wardrobe, the dancers' killer talent and the memories of Alex's hip-hop routine (we'll always have YouTube), SYTYCD has remained a cool summer treat.

Hair Battle Spectacular

Oxygen, Aug. 10, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

This campy new series kicks off by asking contestants to create a sky-scraping, neck-breaking updo. Inspired by a cocktail. Into which the drink can then be poured directly into the model's hair. What's not to love? At one point, host Brooke Burns turns up wearing what appears to be a dead terrier on her head before intoning the so-bad-it's-good catchphrase "Prepare for the hair!" And then there's judge Derek J., a legend in the "fantasy hair" world who calls out one contestant for allowing a wig seam to show. His indignation ("You thought that was okay?") is so genuine, it actually manages to snip through the absurdity for a brief moment. Then it's back to that woeful terrier.

1 WILD CHILD

SUN. 8/8 8 P.M.

ABC FAMILY

Emma Roberts stars as a spoiled Malibu princess shipped off to boarding school.

2 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS

MON. 8/9 8 P.M.

FOX

Katy Perry cohosts while Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson work their charms.

3 BACHELOR PAD

MON. 8/9 8 P.M.

ABC

Bachelor/Bachelorette alums look for love again, with Melissa Rycroft cohosting.

4 MAN VS. WILD

WED. 8/11 9 P.M.

DISCOVERY

Bear Grylls, who once relieved himself in a snakeskin-and then drank it!-is back.

5 HARD KNOCKS

WED. 8/11 10 P.M.

HBO

The reality series follows Derrelle Revis and the New York Jets in NFL training camp.

The Zeke and Luther actor, 18, stars in the Disney Channel movie, airing Aug. 13.

YOU SKATEBOARD ON ZEKE AND PLAY HOCKEY IN DEN BROTHER. ANY OTHER HOBBIES?

I surf all the time. I'll take that wave that most guys will let go.

YOUR REAL NAME IS ROYAL HUTCHINGS DANO!

Royal comes from my grandfather. He was a character actor who worked with John Wayne, James Cagney. I couldn't ask for something better to live up to.

Seven years after leaving the ABC soap, the actress, 41-who last month married CSI: NY actor Carmine Giovinazzo-is back Aug. 11 as drama queen Brenda Barrett.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN TO BRENDA THIS TIME AROUND?

As long as it doesn't involve me in a bikini or lingerie or making out with someone I have never met before, I am in.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR NEW LAST NAME?

It's pretty. They say if the ring is right and the name is right, then you know it's right. I'm kidding.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE BEING AN ACTRESS AND MOM TO SON KASSIUS, 8?

At his school, everyone thinks I have it together. At home, when it comes to my stuff, I am always a mess! I can't find my shoes.

DO YOU THINK KASSIUS WILL BECOME AN ACTOR TOO?

He's welcome to go into acting ... after graduate school.

>1 WILD CHILD

SUN. 8/8 8 P.M.

ABC FAMILY

Emma Roberts stars as a spoiled Malibu princess shipped off to boarding school.

2 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS

MON. 8/9 8 P.M.

FOX

Katy Perry cohosts while Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson work their charms.

3 BACHELOR PAD

MON. 8/9 8 P.M.

ABC

Bachelor/Bachelorette alums look for love again, with Melissa Rycroft cohosting.

4 MAN VS. WILD

WED. 8/11 9 P.M.

DISCOVERY

Bear Grylls, who once relieved himself in a snakeskin—and then drank it!—is back.

5 HARD KNOCKS

WED. 8/11 10 P.M.

HBO

The reality series follows Derrelle Revis and the New York Jets in NFL training camp.

>The Zeke and Luther actor, 18, stars in the Disney Channel movie, airing Aug. 13.

YOU SKATEBOARD ON ZEKE AND PLAY HOCKEY IN DEN BROTHER. ANY OTHER HOBBIES?

I surf all the time. I'll take that wave that most guys will let go.

YOUR REAL NAME IS ROYAL HUTCHINGS DANO!

Royal comes from my grandfather. He was a character actor who worked with John Wayne, James Cagney. I couldn't ask for something better to live up to.

>• Seven years after leaving the ABC soap, the actress, 41— who last month married CSI: NY actor Carmine Giovinazzo— is back Aug. 11 as drama queen Brenda Barrett.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN TO BRENDA THIS TIME AROUND?

As long as it doesn't involve me in a bikini or lingerie or making out with someone I have never met before, I am in.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR NEW LAST NAME?

It's pretty. They say if the ring is right and the name is right, then you know it's right. I'm kidding.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE BEING AN ACTRESS AND MOM TO SON KASSIUS, 8?

At his school, everyone thinks I have it together. At home, when it comes to my stuff, I am always a mess! I can't find my shoes.

DO YOU THINK KASSIUS WILL BECOME AN ACTOR TOO?

He's welcome to go into acting ... after graduate school.