'Grimm' again; closing 'Closer'
In Olympics' wake, time to get set for fall with early premieres, end of long-running series
The good news is that the Olympics are over and a popular scripted series is returning. The bad news? That series is "Grimm." Here's what to watch and what to avoid on TV this week:
Monday: "Hotel Hell" 7 p.m., Fox: Nothing will get you off that lumpy mattress like Chef Gordon Ramsay's obnoxious pie hole.
"Stars Earn Stripes" 7 p.m., NBC: Former Alaska first gentleman Todd Palin and former Mr. Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, are among the "celebrities" competing in U.S. military training exercises for charity.
"The Closer" 8 p.m., TNT: Find out if Brenda finally nails Philip Stroh in tonight's "Closer" series closer.
"Major Crimes" 9 p.m., TNT: "The Closer's" Mary McDonnell takes the lead in this spin-off procedural.
"Grimm" 9 p.m., NBC: OK, you demanded it, now you watch it. Season 2 begins tonight.
Tuesday: "Top Gear" 8 p.m., History: Season 3 premieres tonight.
"The Burn" 9:30 p.m., Comedy Central: Think "Real Time with Bill Maher" but, I guess, hotter and with way less Bill Maher.
Wednesday: "Storage Wars: Texas" 8 p.m., A&E: Season 2 premiere kicks off with a visit to Mineral Wells.
"Toy Hunter" 9 p.m., Travel: This new reality series combines two of my favorite things: toys and an opportunity to ignore a new reality series.
Thursday: "Time Machine Chefs" 8 p.m., ABC: Who has time to cook in a time machine? Isn't the trip almost instantaneous?
"The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep" 8 p.m., The CW: No, it's not. Whoever told you this is a liar and is only trying to embarrass you. If this new series knocks, please don't answer.
"Shark Week: Great White Highway" 8 p.m., Discovery: "Hey, umm, is it OK if we just take the back roads?"
Friday: "Teachers Rock" 7 p.m., CBS: Singers Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban and, hopefully, that chick from the annoying "Notebooks and Jeans/We Got the Beat" Target commercial perform in tribute to America's educators.
"Shake It Up: Made in Japan" 7 p.m., Disney Channel: The girls win a contest and jet off to the Far East.
"Boss!" 8 p.m., Starz: Continued health problems dog Mayor Kane in the Season 2 premiere.
Saturday: "The Nerdist: Tribute to Time Travel" 9 p.m., BBC America: Maybe the cooking segment will clear some things up.
Sunday: "Copper" 9 p.m., BBC America: An Irish immigrant fights crime in this period drama set in New York.
"Married to Jonas" 9 p.m., E!: Eek! Easiest-to-forget Jonas brother Kevin scores a new reality show.
"The Great Food Truck Race" 9 p.m., Food: "We've got a flat! Quick — grab the doughnut spare!" Season 3 begins tonight.
"Lovetown, USA" 9 p.m., OWN: Oprah takes over Kingsland, Ga., and it kind of sounds like she's trying to start some kind of a community-wide orgy.
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