Channel Surfing – August 5

Channel Surfing – August 5

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Scan-dal for The Bachelorette and her fiancé Ed: US Weekly reports that big Ed has already cheated on his TV hook-up, Jillian.

– More reality news: Ratings were down 61 percent for Jon & Kate Plus 8‘s return to TLC’s line-up on Monday.

– No such ratings woes for True Blood, which hit its all-time high last Sunday with 4.3 million viewers.

– The 10th anniversary run of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which kicks off on Aug. 9 on ABC, will include guest appearances by celebs like Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Rachael Ray, Patricia Heaton, Steve Nash and Lauren Conrad, who will try to help contestants and win cash for their favorite charities by answering trivia questions.

– Speaking of former Hills star Lauren Conrad, she and Kim Kardashian will be among the guest judges on the new season of America’s Next Top Model, which premieres on The CW on Sept. 9.

– If Ugly Betty becomes Gussied-Up Betty, what’s the point?

– More upheaval in daytime TV: Guiding Light ends next month, As the World Turns is rumored to be next and now ABC is moving the entire production of All My Children from New York to Los Angeles.

Dr. Who‘s David Tennant and Trek cap’n Patrick Stewart will star in a PBS Great Performances version of Hamlet in 2010.

– Am I the only one who thinks SyFy’s upcoming Alphas series sounds an awful lot like Heroes?

– Christmas present for NBA fans: ABC’s telecast of a LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant match-up.

– And tonight in primetime:

– It’s like an all-star version of Wipeout (8PM ET, ABC) when viewers’ fave contestants return
– The original Apprentice winner Bill Rancic and his E! hostess wife Giuliana Rancic debut their Style network reality series Giuliana & Bill (9PM)
– Season two has come to an end for I Survived a Japanese Game Show (ABC, 9PM)
Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes directs tonight’s new Leverage (9PM, TNT)
Mariah Carey and Terry Fator perform on America’s Got Talent (9PM, NBC)
– It’s night one of the two-part season five finale of So You Think You Can Dance (9PM, Fox)
– Adam eats more disgusting, but delicious, food (and lots of it) on the second season premiere of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel (10PM)
Joan Rivers interrogates self-made millionaires on the new reality series How’d You Get So Rich? (10PM, TV Land)
– Joey misses work – again – on The Real World (10PM, MTV)
– On Holidate (10PM, SoapNet), a Los Angeles woman and a Houston woman swap cities to find a love match
– The chefs cook for documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and actress/singer Zooey Deschanel on Top Chef Masters (10PM, Bravo)
– E! gives the late Farrah Fawcett the True Hollywood Story treatment (10PM)
– Ty and Dean take on a Korean mob boss on Dark Blue (10PM, TNT)
Michael & Michael Have Issues with who does a bigger share of the work on their show (10:30PM, Comedy Central)
– Regular folk get to live their fantasies on Make My Day (10:30PM, TV Land), narrated by Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson

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