All Yeshi Norbu wanted was a normal life. Born in Italy and raised in the West he couldn’t quite cut off ties with his past in Tibet, where his father is a respected Buddhist leader and Yeshi is considered the reuncarnation of his great-uncle, another important Buddhist master.
It all gets a little complicated, and the Dahli Lama weighs in a couple of times as well. And over a 20 year period, Jennifer Fox is there to chronicle the events. The resulting “My Reincarnation” opens the 25th season of “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m.), the acclaimed public television documentary showcase.
At this point we can only hope that the spinoffs from the tiresome “Jersey Shore” crowd will be as unsuccessful as the “Pauly D Project” (MTV, 9 and 9:30 p.m.).
The newest one is “Snooki & JWoww” (MTV, 10 p.m.) about the two rooming in Jersey City for a last hurrah before Shooki gets married and has her baby (she’s already prenant, which we only hope it will cut down on her drinking).
And what of that other clown from the show, Mike Sorrentino, who insists on calling himself “The Situation”? He’s one of the bozos on he swivel chairs for the insulting dating show “The Choice” (Fox, 9 p.m.). Others this week include Taylor Hicks and Rocco DiSpirito.
The night’s big ratings winner will be Game 5 of the NBA Finals with Thunder at Heat (ABC, 9 p.m.). Miami leads the series 4-1 and could take it all tonight.
Being in a coma in the show “Saving Hope” (NBC, 9 p.m.) is kind of like starring in an imported Canadian summer series.
It sounds like “Justin Bieber: All Around the World” (NBC, 8 p.m.) is pretty much exactly the same special that showed 24 hours earlier.
“Cajun Justice” (A&E, 10 p.m.) sounds like an old “Saturday Night Live” sketch: The judges comes in and says, “Simma down now.”
John C. McGinley guest stars on a new episode of “Burn Notice” (USA, 9 p.m.).
The Thursday night teen idol series on Turner Classic Movies continues with “Ride the Wild Surf” (8 p.m.), “Beach Blanket Bingo” (10 p.m.) and “That Funny Feeling” (midnight).
Kelly Ripa: Sissy Spacek, Beth Behrs, Mark Ruffalo, Lisa Rinna, Josh Groban. The View: Courteney Cox, Nadya Suleman. The Talk: Scott Wolf, Gina Torres. Ellen DeGeneres: Jon Hamm, Michael Weatherly, Sara Bareilles (rerun).
David Letterman: Justin Bieber, Michael Ian Black. Jay Leno: Katy Perry, Michael Wigge, Needtobreathe. Jimmy Kimmel: Anderson Cooper, Metric. Jimmy Fallon: Courteney Cox, Anthony Mackie, Kenny Chesney. Craig Ferguson: Jeff Daniels, John Irving. Tavis Smiley: Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Carson Daly: Harvey Weinstein, Timur Bekmambetov, Kasabian (rerun). Stephen Colbert: Lawrence Krauss. Conan O’Brien: Seth Meyers, Jordana Brewster, the Avett Brothers. Chelsea Handler: Zach Wahls, April Richardson, Heather McDonald, Loni Love.