Comic relief in Olympic overload
Dale Roe, Go-To Guy
NBC's Olympic competitors are still stifling competition from other networks, but Matthew Perry, Dr. Oz, Kamau Bell and Crystal (one of these is a monkey go ahead, guess which!) provide some interesting counter-programming.
This week's TV picks:
Monday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: I like to watch the diving events, but they'd be even more exciting if the competitors ended up in buckets like they do in circus cartoons.
"The Glass House" 9 p.m., ABC: I know you're not supposed to throw stones if you live here, but if you've ever been beaned in the brainpan by a scone, well, that's no picnic either.
Tuesday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Last call for gymnastics. The only floor exercise I'll see after this is vacuuming the rug.
"Shipping Wars," 8 p.m., A&E: Season 2 begins tonight.
"NY Med" 9 p.m., ABC: These three words will either make you tune in or tune out — there is no middle ground: Dr. Oz colonoscopy.
"Hard Knocks" 9 p.m., HBO: Season 7 kicks off tonight, following the Miami Dolphins in training camp.
Wednesday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: The U.S. women take on the Jamaicans in track and field, in which they stand a better chance than the after-hours limbo competition.
"Paranormal Witness," 9 p.m., Syfy: Season 2 premieres tonight.
"Go On," (following the night's Olympics coverage) NBC: It's back to the Matthew Perry well. This time he plays a sportscaster in group therapy. It's Chandler Bing meets "Community."
Thursday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: BMX on NBC.
"Totally Biased with Kamau Bell," 10 p.m., FX: The San Francisco comic and his guests take on politics, religion, race, the media and other current topics though chatter and sketch comedy.
"Children's Hospital," 11 p.m., Cartoon: Season 4 already? Yep.
Friday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Pole vaulting? Meh. It might be more fun to log onto Twitter and read everything with the hashtag #NBCfail.
"Common Law" 9 p.m., USA: We finally find out what sent Travis and Wes to therapy in tonight's first season finale.
Saturday: "NFL Football" 6 p.m., ABC: The Texans take on the Panthers in this exhibition game.
"2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Who spiked my Olympics? The women's volleyball players, who compete in tonight's gold-medal game.
"The Boogeyman," 8 p.m., Syfy: Yeah, I know it's just a cheesy TV horror movie, but I am fascinated that it's not called "The Boogeysaurasquid" or "The Boogeysharkpiranha."
"Jeff Ross Roasts America," 10 p.m., Comedy Central: It's like a regular Comedy Central roast, except Ross puts regular Joe audience members on the spit.
Sunday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 6 p.m., NBC: If you miss tonight's closing ceremony, you can just rewind the opening ceremony.
"Hell on Wheels," 8 p.m., AMC: All aboard! Season 2 begins tonight.
"Shark Week: Air Jaws Apocalypse," 8 p.m., Discovery: The great white sharks of Seal Island, South Africa, kick off the 25th anniversary of Shark Week.
"Roast of Roseanne," 9 p.m., Comedy Central: Jane Lynch mans the grill as comedy B- and C-listers try to take Roseanne down.
"Animal Practice," (following the night's Olympics coverage) NBC: It's got to be funny — it's got a monkey!
Contact Dale Roe at 912-5923. Twitter: @djroe