With “Don’t Trust the B… in Apt. 23” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) joining the already started “GCB” (or “Good Christian Bitches”), ABC is becoming the network of Bitches impled in the title. The American Broadcasting Company may have become the American B.itches Network behind our back.
The new one stars Krysten Ritter as an awful young woman who preys on the naïve newcomers, inviting them to be roommates only to be so vile as to drive them off immediately,, keeping their money. Ritter is very good at this, and excelled at it in her role as Jesse’s addicted girlfriend on “Breaking Bad.” Here, she’s just too over the top, even if she counts James Van Der Beek (playing some oddball version of himself) among her friends.
And while the comedy settles down by the end of the initial episode to be both edgy and quirky, there’s nothing about these women that are any more realistic than “2 Broke Girls.”
The latest variation on the “Storage Wars” series of reality show following colorful people bidding on mysterious items is “Baggage Battles” (Travel, 10 p.m.) in which people bid on lost luggage that has gone unclaimed. They travel to Miami and London in the first two episodes, going on hunghes and whether they can see some jewelry sticking out. It’s got the same format as the other shows – the bickering among the main characters, the actual auction and the revealing of what they actually won, and what it’s worth. I would think the Travel network should put its resources into actually tracking down lost luggage for its owners.
Double duty tonight for the big dawg. After over-praising the seven remaining singers on “American Idol” (Fox, 8 p.m.), singing songs from this decade, he’ll preside on the seventh season premiere of “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” (MTV, 10 p.m.), a show that nicked its name from “America’s Next Top Model” (The CW, 9 p.m.).
If you thought the show had left you far behind, the clip show “Revenge: From the Beginning” (ABC, 10 p.m.) summarizes the twists and turns of the show so far, before the rest of the season resumes.
A cold case is investigated in the sixth season finale of “Psych” (USA, 10 p.m.).
Yul Kwon, one of the nicest guys to ever win “Survivor” is back on TV, rapelling tall structures, jumping from planes and leaning out from helicopters. But he’s not on ”The Amazing Race,” the road taken by other “Surivor” players. He’s hosting a new show called “America Revealed” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). Based on a popular British show, he takes to the air and atop buildings or whatever it takes to illustrate and make vivid the various systems in the states nobody ever considers, regarding transportation, energy and food distribution. It’s largely informational, cheerfully rendered. Even in the energy episode nobody starts weighing into some of the issues that are so contentious. It’s not a reality competition and nobody wins, but you may learn a lot of things you didn’t know before.
Leslie Knope isn’t the only sitcom character involved in a political campaign; Claire Dunphy is running for city council on “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.).
Mark Consuelos guest stars on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.).
Possible defects in Remington guns are investigated on “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (NBC, 9 p.m.).
First round Stanley Cup Playoffs begin with Flyers at Penguins (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.) and Kings at Canucks (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).
“Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classsic Film Festival” (TCM, 8 p.m.) kicks off a night of films by the esteemed actor, including “The Lion in Winter” (TCM, 9 p.m.), “Lawrence of Arabia” (TCM, 12:30 a.m.) and “The Day They Robbed the Bank of England” (TCM, 4:30 a.m.).
In the NBA it’s Knicks at Bucks (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Warriors at Trail Blazers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.). In baseball, it’s Marlins at Phillies (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).
Kelly Ripa: Cheryl Hines, Monica & Brandy, DJ Cassidy, Carson Kressley. The View: Edie Falco, Trisha Yearwood. The Talk: Adam Goldberg, Gina & Patrick Neely. Ellen DeGeneres: Khloe Kardashian Odom, Ellie Goulding.
David Letterman: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Jim Gaffigan, Kaiser Chiefs. Jay Leno: Albert Brooks, Austin “Chumlee” Russell & Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, Neon Trees. Jimmy Kimmel: Ashley Judd, Bobcat Goldthwait, the Civil Wars. Jimmy Fallon: Joel McHale, James Cameron, the Ting Tings, Lenny Williams. Craig Ferguson: Adam Goldberg, Robbie Montgomery. Tavis Smiley: Mikhail Baryshnikov. Carson Daly: Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Haim, Foster the People. Jon Stewart: Ricky Gervais. Stephen Colbert: Michelle Obama. Conan O’Brien: Larry David, Lena Dunham, Craig Morgan. Chelsea Handler: Guy Pearce, Josh Wolf, Jen Kirkman, Dov Davidoff.