Sunday TV: ‘Shahs of Sunset’ More Iran Bashing

If sanctions and idle war threats don’t work against Iran, maybe a sleazy reality show will.

The new “Shahs of Sunset” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) purports to show a subculture of Beverly Hills – Persian imports who think only of bling, living the high life, personal grooming and bickering.

The biggest thing in all their plans are pool parties where nobody actually swims. Parents hope they’ll all settle down, but at 30or 40 or whatever they are, they are intent on being playboys or girls on the make. They’d love to be considered “Real Housewives” material but there’s not even that much substance.

There is one person, though, who is featured almost by mistake – a visual artist who decries the materialsm of her fellow immigrants.

With this new show coming on the heels of the announcement that “Muslim in America” has been canceled, the result is that viewers will be more mixed p than ever about people of other cultures.

One of the most talented and beloved man in basketball seriously shook the world when he announced he had HIV. In Nelson George’s film “The Announcement” (ESPN, 9 p.m.) takes us back to those days, the reaction of fellow players when he deided to return to the NBA, and the success he’s had ever since. Though Johnson’s voice over is a little simplistic, he does say that his good health works against the AIDS/HIV cause: If he’s so healthy how can unprotected sex hurt me?

Another baskeball documentary today, “Duke 91 & 92” (truTV, 8 p.m.) looks at the Grant Hill/Christian Laettner days.

“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.) returns for a second season, seeming much improved than season one. In tonight’s episode, a kind of takeoff on “Goonies” (with a Cyndi Lauper song) shows what “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.) hasn’t been doing so well in recent years – showing kids being kids.

A conservative documentary meant to give the positive side to Sarah Palin, “The Undefeated” (Reelz, 8 p.m.), is programmed as an answer to “Game Change” (HBO, 7 p.m.).

Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston’s daughter, is interviewed on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

“Harry’s Law” (NBC, 8 p.m.) moves to a new day on a night when the top female lawyer has been found on “The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

The new “GCB” (ABC, 10 p.m.) didn’t do that well in its premiere last week. It could be because of its weak lead-in, “Desperate Housewives” (ABC, 9 p.m.) which hasn’t been as interesting ast he current trial concerning it.

“The Amazing Race” (CBS, 8 p.m.) moves to Turin, Italy.

“Downton Abbey” fans, are you still with us? “Masterpiece Classic” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) replays the first two parts of its excellent adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Little Dorrit.”

There’s likely some fallout from last week’s death on “The Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Season two begins for the military reunion reality series “Coming Home” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.), which is paired with the recently returned “Army Wives” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

A fourth season starts for the entirely non-military “Cupcake Wars” (Food, 8 p.m.).

Aerosmith is profiled on “60 Minutes” (CBS, 7 p.m.).

The naturalist goes in search of domestic creatures in the new series “America the Wild with Casey Anderson” (Nat Geo Wild, 8 p.m.). Its regular time slot is Mondays at 9 p.m.

Two are fired on “The Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC, 9 p.m.). Why not even more?

The season finale of “My Strange Addiction” (TLC, 10 p.m.) features a girl who drinks gasoline and a woman who can’t keep from smelling a doll head she carries with her.

An Ann Sheridan double feature features “I Was a Male War Bride” (TCM, 8 p.m.), and “George Washington Slept Here” (TCM, 10 p.m.).

Gentlemen start your brackets. It’s the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show (CBS, 6 p.m.).  It follows a day of championship finals: Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky (ABC, 1 p.m.) in the Southeastern Conference; Florida State vs. North Carolina (ESPN, 1 p.m.) in the Atlantic Coast Conference; St. Bonaventure vs. Xavier (CBS, 1 p.m.) in the Atlantic 10; and Ohio State vs. Michigan State (CBS, :30 p.m.) in the Big Ten championship.

In the NBA, it’s Celtics at Lakers (ABC, 3:30 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Sens. Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham. CBS: Newt Gingrich, Robert Gibbs. NBC: Rick Santorum, Govs. Martin O’Malley and Bob McDonnell, Rep. Marsha Blackburn. CNN: Sen. Harry Reid, Dick Gephardt, Steve Forbes. Fox News: Gingrich, John McCain.

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