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Week in Preview: August 2, 2009 – August 7, 2009

by Shayna Makaron July 31, 2009 4:30 pm

Sunday, August 2, 2009

If you've lasted this long without looking up the results of the competition, tune in for the season finale of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (BBC America, 8 PM) to find out who won the opportunity to star in the West End production of The Sound of Music.

And here I was thinking that Defying Gravity (ABC, 9 PM) was a competition casting for Wicked! Silly me. Actually, it's a "sexy, provocative space thriller" (ooh!) about 8 astronauts on a 6-year mission, and it premiers tonight.

Remember Megan Hauserman? Wish you could forget Megan Hauserman? Well, you'll have to wait because the reality TV princess has her own show. Megan Wants a Millionaire (VH1, 9 PM) premieres tonight, because for some reason somebody out there thinks we haven't yet gotten the picture that she's a golddigger.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Some of us live every week like it's Shark Week, but this week is actually Shark Week! Obviously it's all shark all the time for the whole week, but tune in tonight for Deadly Waters (Discovery, 9 PM) to watch Lee Stroud on the search for the world's "sharkiest hotspots."

Boy Interrupted (HBO, 9 PM) is a home-video collection made into a documentary about a boy who committed suicide. If you're ready for a good cry, this Sundance-featured film looks incredibly moving.

Can't handle suicide but still looking to be depressed? Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9 PM) returns from hiatus tonight.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tonight on NYC Prep (Bravo, 9 PM), Sebastian basically tells Camille that she's too smart to get a boyfriend, but that's okay because she goes to visit Harvard where she can check out all the intellectual hotties. Jessie obsesses over PC as usual, and we'll probably continue to question his sexuality.

It's catfights galore on My New BFF (MTV, 9 PM) as Tiniecia gets bitchy with Stefanie for talking trash about her own mother. Will Paris choose the hothead or the one who can't keep her mouth shut? Find out on the season finale tonight!

Meet the staff at Changes Plastic Surgery and Spa, where everyone is flamboyantly gay, shallow, bitchy, dramatic, or all of the above. Unless the cast has shot you up with Botox, the antics on Addicted to Beauty (Oxygen, 11 PM) definitely won't leave you expressionless.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

If Cribs was hosted by Joan Rivers and followed people who invented weird stuff instead of celebrities, well, it'd be How'd You Get So Rich? (TV Land, 10 PM). Check out the series premiere of this rags-to-riches show that proves that you don't have to be famous to live fabulously.

Who better to judge a battle of the burgers than Zooey Deschanel? What's that you say? Morgan Spurlock? Oh, well then it's a good thing he'll be there, too. Watch it go down tonight on Top Chef Masters (Bravo, 10 PM).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

We know that judges' choice Janette isn't America's favorite dancer, but tune in to the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 8 PM) to find out who is. There's sure to be a whole mess of tears -- both happy and sad. And you can probably expect some dancing, too.

On Burn Notice (USA, 9 PM), a man from Fiona's past returns. And he's got a gun. How far will Michael go to save her? Find out tonight on the summer finale!

Remember that time we mentioned that Chris Kattan was actually going to do something with himself? Well, the time has come! Starring tonight, Kattan plays a rejected Hollywood star (read: himself) who jets off to India in search of success in Bollywood Hero (IFC, 10 PM).

The season premiere of Skins (BBC America, 9 PM) is tonight, and it sounds a lot like Gossip Girl, but British. Need any more reasons to watch? I didn't think so.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Monk (USA, 9 PM) is back tonight for its eighth season, and now there's finally something decent to watch on Friday nights.

If you were offended by that statement because you've been watching The Goode Family (ABC, 9:30 PM) all summer, then you'll probably want to check out the season finale tonight. Gerald thinks Trish and Mo want him to donate his little swimmies and Charlie decides to teach Ubuntu how to be a man...whatever that means.

Psych (USA, 10 PM) is back, and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) guest stars as Shawn and Gus go after an elusive international art thief. Cue goofy detective music.

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