Chef Gordon Ramsay likes to get all 73 of his Fox shows over by the end of summer so he can vacation the rest of the year. One of them ends this week, along with a couple of summer cop and doctor shows on broadcast networks. But none of that really matters because NFL football is back! Here's what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:
Monday: "Hotel Hell" 7 p.m., Fox: You won't have Gordon Ramsay to provide subpar accommodations for anymore. Season 1 ends tonight.
"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" 8 p.m., Travel: Globe-trotter Bourdain kicks off the final season of his culinary travelogue in Austin with an episode filmed during South by Southwest.
"Hardly Sound" 11 p.m., KLRU-Q: This new documentary series features a look at creativity through the eyes of Texas underground musicians and artists.
Tuesday: "2012 Democratic National Convention" 9 p.m., Broadcast and cable news networks: The Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Barack Obama accepts the nomination on Thursday.
Wednesday: "Dangerous Encounters" 7 p.m., NG Wild: "Backyard Monsters," the subject of tonight's program, are the second most frightening type of monsters. The first are the "Do Something, Betsy! It's Almost Midnight And I've Got To Make A Very Important Presentation At Work In The Morning And It Just Won't Stop Showing Me Instagram Vacation Photos Monsters."
"NFL Football" 7:30 p.m., NBC: The Cowboys take on the Super Bowl champ New York Giants in the regular season opener. Finally, an election-season contest that matters!
"Ghost Hunters" 8 p.m., Syfy: I know what you're thinking, but they swear that they use every part of the ghost.
Thursday: "The American Bible Challenge" 7 p.m.: GSN: "Medicine, awesome Apple technology, commandments ... " "Things that come in tablets!" "Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!"
"2012 MTV Video Music Awards" 7 p.m., MTV: Will performances by Taylor Swift and Green Day be enough to impress McKayla Maroney? Find out as the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team presents an award for best something or other.
"Rookie Blue" 8 p.m., ABC: When you hit your third-season finale, you're really no longer a rookie, blue.
Friday: "Stand Up To Cancer" 7 p.m., Broadcast and many cable networks: Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys join others performing to raise money for cancer research.
Saturday: "U.S. Open Tennis: Women's Final" 7 p.m., CBS: Players rushing, rackets crushing, live from Flushing (New York, that is).
"Saving Hope" 8 p.m., NBC: Between this show and "Minute To Win It," flesh-eating bacteria is becoming a far too predictable way to end a season.
Sunday: "Sunday Night Football" 7:15 p.m., NBC: The Steelers take on the Broncos in Denver.
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