SUNDAY, AUG. 19
10 P.M. | WE TV
A silly little reality contest that takes young American women and remakes them into regally elegant ladies. Paul Burrell, Princess Diana's butler, is one of the grooming experts.
MONDAY, AUG. 20
3 P.M. | COURT TV
The ex-View lady is back with a daily hour-long show on everything from law to pop culture. Which means it could be 60 minutes of just Star talking about Star!
YO GABBA GABBA!
10:30 A.M. | NICK JR.
A new daytime series for preschoolers, this is pretty much in the divertingly surreal Teletubbies tradition, with characters that fall somewhere between J.R.R. Tolkien and Toys "R" Us. The music—instructive jingles about food and everyday stuff—is quite catchy.
TUESDAY, AUG. 21
AS YOU LIKE IT
9 P.M. | HBO
Kenneth Branagh directs the tender melancholy Shakespeare play, pointlessly relocated to 19th-century Japan. Bryce Dallas Howard (right) is a lovely Rosalind.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
11 P.M. | HBO
Hillary vs. Obama, global warming, the surge, the housing market, the President's poll numbers—the acerbic comic-commentator has reams of topical material to work with when his show returns for a new season.
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
THE MURDER OF PRINCESS DIANA
9 P.M. | LIFETIME
House's Jennifer Morrison (right, with Grégori Derangère) as a reporter convinced Di was assassinated. You wish Helen Mirren would throw cold water on her.
FOX, Aug. 22, 8 p.m. ET |
Lauren Jones, a swimsuit model whose credits include serving as a ringside ornament on the WWE's Smackdown, was hired to anchor the evening news at KYTX in Tyler, Texas. Why? To generate buzz, ratings and this inane show, which follows her as she learns the ropes. There have probably been less promising on-air personalities, but in the premiere the most impressive character in the entire news station is a quiet little dog named Stormy, whose job it is to appear during the weather segment.
Jones has since left Tyler. It would be nice if Stormy could learn to read off a TelePrompTer and get the chance to anchor, too.