Monday TV: ‘Bachelor Pad,’ Real Life Superheroes

It’s the kind of reality show that’s meant to be a summer break from its regular season, already a show for dummies. But something about “Bachelor Pad” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is so complicated in its rules that it’s hard to follow the actual competition aspects of it.

Apparently, past contestants and even winners gather in a house and pair up for competitions, or break up and re-pair, as they do on “Love in the Wild.” The big prize is $250,000. But mostly it’s a chance to see a permanent cast of familiar retreads, from wrestler Jason Rego to Gia Allemand, the permanent “Bachelor Pad” fixation.

The atmosphere may be poisoned by the participation of the most cantankerous crew, Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, who has a new boyfriend in someone from season six, Kasey Kahl. Host Chris Harrison doesn’t get the summer off. And the season premiere, God help us, is three hours long.

You may think the movie theaters are too full of superhero movies, but the streets are all full of them too. The documentary “Superheroes” (HBO, 8 p.m.) looks into the phenomenon of 300 officially-registered superheroes in the United States, who don costumes and capes to help others out, even if they can’t fly, strictly speaking.

The coach of the Boston Pilgrims baseball team is found dead in the locker room on a new “Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT, 10 p.m.), which has just been renewed for a third season.

The teens who broke in and stole from celebrities in Hollywood has been turned into a TV movie, “The Bling Ring” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) starring Austin Butler of “Life Unexpected.”

Carnie Wilson is guest judge on a new episode of “RuPaul’s Drag U” (Logo, 9 p.m.).

The season finale comes for “Single Ladies” (VH1, 9 p.m.) which has been renewed for a second season.

“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel, 9 p.m.) barrels through the Mojave Desert.

A quick turnaround was required in making “Norway Massacre: The Killer’s Mind” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) in the wake of the Oslo bombing and shooting rampage on July 22.

The new “Tia & Tamera” (Style, 9 p.m.) follows the lives of the twins Tia & Tamera Mowry –the “Sister, Sister” duo, all grown up.

“Switched at Birth” (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) reaches its summer finale, though the network has ordered an additional 22 episodes for next year.

Another crossover stab on “Kate Plus 8” (TLC, 9 p.m.), as they bake with the sisters from “DC Cupcakes.”

Orson Welles is the star of the day on Turner Classic Movies with “The Third Man” (8 p.m.), “Citizen Kane” (10 p.m.), “Touch of Evil” (12:15 p.m.) and “The Lady from Shanghai” (2:15 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Regis and Kelly: Kristin Chenoweth, Annalynne McCord, Tim Gunn (rerun). The View: Angie Harmon, Ryan Smith, Sunny Hostin (rerun). The Talk: Bryce Dallas Howard, Nelsan Ellis. Ellen DeGeneres: Matt Damon, Steve Spangler (rerun). Wendy Williams: Star Jones, Sean Garrett (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Jason Bateman, Amy Sedaris, Drive-By Truckers, Keith Olbermann (rerun). Jay Leno: Gordon Ramsay, Bryce Dallas Howard, Panic at the Disco. Jimmy Kimmel: Aziz Ansari, Chris Harrison, Eric Church. Jimmy Fallon: Rudy Giuliani, Adam Ferrara, My Chemical Romance. Craig Ferguson: Don Cheadle, Brooklyn Decker. Tavis Smiley: Doug Saunders, Michael Connelly (rerun). Carson Daly: Bill Carter, 4th and Forever, Frank Turner (rerun). Jon Stewart: Mark Adams. Stephen Colbert: Nassir Ghaemi. Conan O’Brien: Piers Morgan, J.B. Smoove, Imelda May. George Lopez: Joe Jonas, Kathryn Hahn. Chelsea Handler: Michael Vartan, Mo Mandel, Arden Myrin, Ross Mathews.

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