The Bachelorette seems to finally be building up a little momentum as it approaches its conclusion, given the reaction to the booting of strong, silent Graham last week. As someone who firmly believes in never discussing anything when it comes to relationships, I could relate to Graham, because you could tell things were going on inside that he just didn't want to talk about. He likes to play things close to his emotional vest, and DeAnna doesn't. So they weren't meant to be.
Tonight, we have a conventional episode (ABC, 8 p.m.) in which DeAnna will cut one from among the J Boys -- Jason, Jesse, and Jeremy. The quartet head to Grand Bahama Island for the traditional "fantasy suite" episode, though somehow I can't see DeAnna or any other prospective bachelorette actually spending the night with three different men, or at least not on television. At 9, the dearly departed men get together for a reunion and a recounting of what went wrong for them, and who DeAnna is likely to choose in the end.
All About Dung (History, 9 p.m.): Many people believe that most of what's on television is crap, and with this special, they're closer to being right than ever. I'll take History's word for it that anyone will be able to sit still for a two-hour examination of the role of excrement in archaeology, agriculture and anthropology. At one point, host Monty Halls drinks coffee made from dung, which is the point at which most viewers will likely wonder if there's a nice live brain surgery special on a competing channel.
46664: A Concert For Nelson Mandela (VH1, 9 p.m.): When Nelson Mandela was suffering in a brutal prison for nearly 30 years, did he ever imagine that he would not only live to see his 90th birthday, but that it would be commemorated by the likes of Amy Winehouse? This concert, which took place Friday in London's Hyde Park, doubled as a benefit for Mandela's AIDS-fighting charity. Will Smith acted as emcee, and performers included Leona Lewis, Queen with Paul Rodgers, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, and Winehouse, who left her sickbed and pulled it together for what was deemed an acceptable effort.
Ganja Queen (HBO, 9 p.m.): The story of Schapelle Corby, a young Australian woman who was arrested at the airport in Bali in 2004 for carrying 10 pounds of marijuana in a piece of luggage. Smuggling of this degree can be punishable by death in Indonesia, and the plight of Corby became a major story in both Australia and Indonesia, where the legal system and caliber of police work came under scrutiny.
Nashville Star (NBC, 9 p.m.): The final nine each perform two songs this week, giving John Rich twice as many chances to make salacious comments about teenagers Laura and Sophie. Blake Shelton is the musical guest, and the contestants get a visit from home, to the extent that one is needed after less than a month of competition. The pace should pick up soon, not so much because the show has been truly awful to watch, but because NBC needs to wrap it up prior to the Olympics.
The Middleman (ABC Family, 10 p.m.): Not that this show was NYPD Blue or anything, but while watching the first two episodes it occurred to me that its humor was a wee bit more adult than what ABC Family usually has on at 8 p.m., even more so than Greek. It appears that ABC agrees, since The Middleman has now been moved to 10. Tonight, Wendy's martial arts instructor is kidnapped by crazed Mexican wrestlers who also end up seizing the Middleman when he intervenes, forcing Wendy to take action on her own.
The War of the World (PBS, 10 p.m.): This three-part examination of World War II that begins tonight is quite a bit different from the typical documentary treatment of the subject. For starters, Harvard's Niall Ferguson seems to question whether taking out Hitler was worth the alliance with the odious Stalin, or whether the difference between our tactics and theirs was really all that extreme. Ferguson has a lot of friends in American conservatism -- he's an outspoken McCain supporter -- but they sure aren't happy about his approach here. Tonight's first part covers the causes of the war, which deals more with economic factors than with just saying "Hitler -- crazy."
Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Nancy made a trial crossing of the border last week, and despite a scary encounter with the authorities, her dry run was successful. Tonight, she tries to cross with illegal cargo for real. We'll see if Guillermo's belief that she's too seemingly harmless to be suspicious will pay off. Also, Celia might be getting some help in high places, and Andy tries to convince his father that the time has come to end Grandma's suffering.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.): Belle has to manage her time carefully when she gets booked for an entire night by one man. Is this a bad thing? I've never thought much about how call girls make their living, but shouldn't that make things less complicated? If I were delivering pizza and had the option of taking one pizza to 50 different houses, or delivering 50 pizzas to one house for the same amount of money, I'd take the latter. Belle should be happy that in a competitive world, there's someone who wants to eat her pizza.