Here’s what’s coming up in reality TV – because I want to keep saying I work harder every week than Chris Harrison:
Monday: Real Housewives of New York (Bravo, 9 p.m.): LuAnn and Carole end up having a fight over a game of croquet. Careful, those mallets ain’t made of foam! Also, Aviva creates quite a scene at her anniversary party.
Tuesday: American Gypsies (National Geographic, 9 p.m.): This series follows a family of psychics in New York, as the declining health of its patriarch threatens to spark a battle for control.
NY Med (ABC, 10 p.m.): I was remiss a week ago in not mentioning the premiere of this engrossing summer medical series. This week, a man needs a liver transplant in order to be there for his daughter’s wedding, and a rash of belligerent patients swamp the ER.
Pregnant in Heels (Bravo, 10 p.m.): On the second season finale, Rosie Pope gets ready to have her latest high-maintenance baby (yes, all babies are high-maintenance, but hers are bound to be even more so). Also, a client has breast feeding concerns.
Wednesday: Around the World in 80 Plates (Bravo, 10 p.m.): The season finale takes place in Los Angeles before a panel of judges led by Wolfgang Puck. Just make everything small and expensive, and you’re home free!
The Virgin Diaries (TLC, 10 p.m.): The special that aired late last year was a laugh riot; we’ll see if they can keep the pace up every week. They’re starting off with a Mormon who lives in his parents’ basement, so that sounds promising.
Thursday: Duets (ABC, 8 p.m.): The season ends with the announcement of a winner, followed offscreen by ABC wondering how a show this star-studded could have failed to perform.
Big Brother (CBS, 9 p.m.): Seriously, they nominated the Playmate for eviction already? I need to explain a few pertinent facts to these people.
Project Runway (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): Should we praise Runway for getting to a tenth season, or worry that Season 4 champ Christian Siriano is the last true breakout star of the franchise (sorry, Mondo)? As usual, I’ll root for the more eccentric ones to hang around the longest.
Great Lake Warriors (History, 10 p.m.): History’s latest macho series follows tugboat crews on the Great Lakes. All I know about this line of work is that you don’t want Gordon Lightfoot dedicating a song to you.
Friday: Whale Wars (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.): In the season finale, the Sea Shepherd must get past a cordon in order to approach the Nisshin Maru. Always drama in the club.
Sunday: The Bachelorette (ABC, 8 p.m.): Emily Maynard’s quest for love has been surprisingly trainwreck-free, though we’ve still been treated to sights like Ryan’s blue shoes. Does she pick Arie or Jef, and will they still be a couple by New Year’s Eve?
Food Network Star (Food Network, 9 p.m.): The finale of this less than spectacular season reveals the newest host of a 30-minute FN series. Red-lipped flake Justin Warner seems like the most interesting in the bunch, but the public will vote for the winner, so I’m not discounting the chances of the more “conventional” Martie Duncan.