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Olympics take over TV, plus less-golden alternatives

Dale Roe, Go-to Guy

Staff Writer
Austin 360
World-record holder Usain Bolt will flash by audiences watching the London Games, which began last week and continue this week. NBC Universal has a full schedule of events.

How are your lymp nodes? Have you checked your brain's lympic system? Sorry, I have Olympics on the brain.

I guess this introduction is lymping to the finish line, unlike the Games, which are in full force on NBC this week. Rerun season and counter-programming being what it is, there's not much on TV aside from all of the athletic and reality competition. Here are my recommendations on what to watch and what to avoid:

Monday: "Bachelor Pad" 7 p.m., ABC: Olympics, schmolympics. The denizens of the Pad compete in their own rhythmic gymnastics challenge and, honestly, you deserve a medal if you can sit through it.

"2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Beach volleyball? Does anybody else think the Olympics and "Bachelor Pad" got their events mixed up?

Tuesday: "Eat St." 7 p.m., Cook: I tried to convince my family that we should move here but they suggested "Yeah, That's Just What You Need Blvd." Tonight's episode features Austin's Regal Ravioli food truck.

"Jane By Design" 8 p.m., ABC Family: Season 1 concludes.

"All the Right Moves" 8 p.m., Oxygen: This new reality show follows a contemporary dance start-up in Los Angeles.

Wednesday: "Big Brother" 7 p.m., CBS: It's kind of sad that the Power of Veto Competition is not yet an Olympic sport.

"2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Or, what I like to call "So You Think You Can 4x200m Free Relay."

"Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America" 8 p.m., Travel: If this show were a miniseries, it could be called "Richman, Po'Boy." Tonight, sandwiches from Driftwood's Salt Lick and Austin's Noble Pig compete with a torta from Phoenix.

Thursday: "Crime Inc." 7 p.m., CNBC: Season 2 kicks off with a look at the business side of the synthetic drugs such as bath salts, which is, frankly, easier to stomach than a look at the crazy, face-eating side.

"2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Lots of rowing, very little "gently down the stream."

"Impact Wrestling" 7 p.m., Spike: This is so much more entertaining than "Flag Wrestling" or "Touch Wrestling."

Friday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Check it out — trampoline bouncing is an Olympic sport. Can croquet be far behind?

"Swamp Wars" 8 p.m., Animal Planet: Snakes in a pool? Hey — I didn't invent "women and children first," I just practice it. Now hop in, ladies!

"Super Saver Showdown" 8 p.m., OWN: Who says there's nothing on this week but the Olympics? Oprah's new reality show features bargain hunters vying for a $10,000 payday.

Saturday: "My Cat from Hell" 7 p.m., Animal Planet: Or, as I like to call it, "Your Cat."

"2012 Summer Olympics" 7 p.m., NBC: Everybody out of the pool! Swimming events wrap up tonight.

"The Science of Doctor Who" 8 p.m., BBC America: I'm pretty sure the science here is science fiction.

"Kevin Nealon: Whelmed ... But Not Overly" 9:30 p.m., Showtime: The "Weeds" actor riffs on fatherhood in this stand-up special.

Sunday: "2012 Summer Olympics" 6 p.m., NBC: It's "Usainity!" as world record-setter and gold medalist Usain Bolt runs the men's 100m.

"The Real Story" 8 p.m., Smithsonian: The old west as depicted in "True Grit" by the Coen brothers is scrutinized and, I assume, deemed more realistic that the old west in "Blazing Saddles."

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