Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Seven Days of Television: August 26 to September 1

A select viewing guide to the next seven days of television

1 of 7

MONDAY AUGUST 26 Power Broker (HGTV, 9 p.m.) Meet Mike Aubrey. With more than two decades of real-estate experience, the savvy broker specializes in matching client to domicile and, more importantly, getting the home for the right price. In tonight’s opening episode, he counsels the nice young couple Marc and Rosalia, who have been desperately searching for the perfect house in Oakland, California. Aubrey finds them a suitable fixer-upper but the owner’s price is a little on the steep side. And so begins the art of the deal.

2 of 7

TUESDAY AUGUST 27 Princesses: Long Island (Slice, 9 p.m.) Summer’s almost over but there’s always time for a new reality-TV addiction, right? Hailing from the U.S. Bravo channel, this new series focuses on six twentysomething Jewish women, each still living at home with her parents in suburban Long Island, N.Y. As gleaned from the title, each young lady is a spoiled princess staving off marriage for as long as possible. But watch the sparks fly in tonight’s series opener when the pampered Chanel is pressured by her Orthodox parents to walk down the aisle.

3 of 7

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28 NOVA (PBS, 9 p.m.) With all due respect to David Suzuki and The Nature of Things, PBS’s NOVA remains the benchmark for covering science on television. Now in its 19 th season, the program has perfected the art of taking the most complicated topic and deconstructing it for the average viewer. Consider tonight’s episode in which tech expert David Pogue examines the latest advances in going green. Were you aware that scientists have discovered how to grow batteries from viruses and plastics made from sugar? It’s true.

4 of 7

THURSDAY AUGUST 29 America’s Next Top Model (CTV Two, 9 p.m.) Still going strong in its 20 th season, the reality search for America’s next great face continues to rank among the most-watched programs on The CW and holds a respectable fan base in Canada. Supermodel Tyra Banks holds forth as host/ringmaster and the current edition has mixed the boy models and girl models together in heated competition. In tonight’s new outing, Nylon magazine editor Marvin Scott Jarrett judges a challenge that requires contestants to walk on a spinning runway (not so easy when you’re wearing four-inch heels), which is followed by a “trailer-park chic” photo session. Strike a pose.

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 7

FRIDAY AUGUST 30 Surviving Evil (Slice, 10 p.m.) Launching tonight, this new series from the Investigation Discovery Channel tells the true-life stories of women who were faced with life-threatening situations and lived to tell about them. Fittingly, the show is hosted by Charisma Carpenter, best known for her role as Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who recounts her own horrific ordeal in tonight’s series opener. Back in 1991, the actress and two friends were swimming at a San Diego beach when they were confronted by a rogue cop with a gun. Both of Carpenter’s friends were shot by the attacker, but she fought back and survived.

6 of 7

SATURDAY AUGUST 31 JFK’s Women: The Scandals Revealed (CBC News Network, 10 p.m.) As the 50 th anniversary date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas draws near, we should expect an avalanche of documentaries on his life and times. This documentary is tacky but compelling in its examination of four women who allegedly had affairs with the former American president. The scandalous quartet: actress Marilyn Monroe, who apparently believed Kennedy was going to leave his wife and make her the First Lady; Judith Campbell, who was intimate with several Mafia bosses before bedding JFK; Inge Arvad, a Danish journalist with reported Nazi connections; and Mariella Novotny, a good-time girl better known for her involvement in the torrid Profumo scandal in the U.K. Now you know why JFK had a bad back.

7 of 7

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 TV’s Funniest of the Funniest (NBC, 9 p.m.) Can you name the best scenes from the funniest shows in TV history? NBC saves us the trouble in this new retro-special rewinding six decades of television comedy. As should be expected, the program merges memorable moments from such classic sitcoms as I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show with more contemporary comedies like Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. There’s also perspective on TV comedy from the likes of Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston and Betty White, whose TV career began way, way back in 1953 on the sitcom Life with Elizabeth. You go, girl.

Report an error