The Emmys (Fox, Sunday 8 p.m.) always arrive at the end of a summer of repeats and reality shows, signaling big TV fun ahead. The awards themselves typically aren’t a lot of fun for the major networks given the recent dominance of cable, but the network that gets to air the show at least has one last chance to promote its fall programming. Jane Lynch of Glee is hosting, and she may be the best chance Fox has for a winner in a major category (best supporting actress in a comedy). If she appears in character, perhaps she can put a stop to the big production number this year?
Storylines for the night include the possibility that Steve Carell will finally win an Emmy for playing Michael Scott, in his last chance. On the dramatic side, there’s an opening for a new best actor since Bryan Cranston was ineligible, and for a generation of leading men – Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie, Michael C. Hall – this might be their one and only chance to win. And who among the incredible six nominated actors from Modern Family will be buying drinks for their defeated co-stars after taking home an Emmy?
Also this week:
Monday: Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9 p.m.): All of us will never forget where we were when the news came down that Kate Plus 8 had been canceled. The series that spawned a trillion tabloid covers and one divorce ends, with Kate and her bereaved brood saying thank you and reminiscing. “Saaaay … remember that time Mom yelled at Dad? No, the other time. No, the other other time! Ah, forget it.”
Tuesday: America’s Got Talent (NBC, 9 p.m.): The final four have one last chance to impress America (results are on Wednesday). It’s probably coming down to a battle between Team iLuminate and crooner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., and it’s never smart to bet against the singer on AGT, even though Murphy’s entire appeal is the Susan Boyle-like disconnect between appearance and voice.
Wednesday: Big Brother (CBS, 9:30 p.m.): A season hopelessly compromised by all the manipulations needed to keep the returning players safe comes to an end, with Rachel presumably winning. Next season, they ought to just hire official actors and give everyone a script – it couldn’t possibly look less like “reality” than what we already have.
Thursday: The Secret Circle (CW, 9 p.m.): This is Premiere Week for the CW, and here’s their companion series for Vampire Diaries, the story of teenager Cassie (Britt Robertson) who is sent to live with her grandmother in a spooky Washington town that’s totally not supposed to remind us of Twilight. Mysterious goings-on go on, before Cassie learns about what’s in store for her (besides cute CW boys).
Friday: 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.): The 16th annual American Latino Media Arts awards honor the achievements of Latinos in entertainment. Eva Longoria and George Lopez host. Please tell me Pitbull is showing up. It’s just not a party without him!
Saturday: Celebrity Nightmares Decoded (Bio, 10 p.m.): Danielle Staub, Dustin Diamond, Nicole Eggert, and Too Short discuss strange things that pop up in their bad dreams, and what it might say about their troubled psyches. Which is ironic, because some of these people are responsible for my own nightmares.