Before he became famous for his comic turns on “Raising Hope,” Garret Dillahunt was a strong all-purpose actor who managed the feat of having two roles in “Deadwood,” among other things.
In the new TV movie “Tall Hot Blonde” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), he plays a nerdy factory worker who starts messaging a woman found on his online poker game, Laura San Giacomo is his long suffering wife and Courtney Cox appears in a surprising cameo as her co-worker. Maybe not so surprising: Cox also directed the TV movie, which overcomes some of its predictability with a nice twist.
In the powerful documentary “Ivory Wars” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) activists remind us that no ivory exists without the death of an elephant, whose herds have been decimated in recent years and last year, a record amount of illegal ivory was seized by authorities.
Produced in conjunction with the BBC, the film casts a wary eye on China, whose interest in the infrastructure of countries like Kenya might be tied to its keen interest in the ivory trade.
How more obscure could the Daytime Emmy Awards (HLN, 8 p.m.) get? Banished from broadcast networks after a horrible, low-rated broadcast last year, it ends up on cable, on the former Headline News Network.
They’ve added nine more awards, and “General Hospital” leads all shows with 23 nominations. “Sesame Street” and “The Young and the Restless” each have 16 nominations. Bill Geddie, producer on “The View” (ABC, 11 a.m.) will receive a special lifetime achievement award, and the demise of “All My Children” (11 nominations) and “One Life to Live” – each with 11 nominations—will also be noted
It’s the last new episode of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” (A&E, 10 p.m.), as the muscle-bound mullet-wearer Duane “Dog” Chapman says farewell.
“Dolphin Tale” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut, as do Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” (Starz, 9 p.m.) and “The Debt” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).
The way movies are made at Syfy is a random word generator that takes one and mashes it with another. Hence “Arachnoquake” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).
After the success of the New York-based series, the offshoot “Oddities: San Francisco” (Science, 9 p.m.) looks at a similarly strange antiques shop in the city by the bay, specializing in taxidermy and oddball art.
Giada De Laurentiis shows what she served Kate and Will when they visited the U.S. last year on the special “Giada at Home: The Royal Treatment” (Food Network, 11 a.m.).
For its second season, “My Big Redneck Vacation” (CMT, 9 p.m.) did not go to “Redneck Island” (CMT, 10 p.m.) for some reason.
The Olympic track and field trials (NBC, 8 p.m.) find a primetime slot from Egene, Ore.
“CC Standup: The Bonnaroo Experience” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.) looks into the action at the Tennessee festival. Others in the special include hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Andy Daly, Jon Dore, Natasha leggero and Judah Friedlander.
Maria Banford, the woman who plays the crazy holiday Target shopper, is among the comediennes on the double helping of “StandUp in Stilettos” (TV Guide Network, 10 and 10:30 p.m.).
It’s Natalie Wood night on Turner Classic Movies, with “Rebel Without a Cuase” (8 p.m.), “Sex and the Single Girl” (10 p.m.), “Cash McCall” (midnight), “Splendor in the Grass” (2 a.m.) and “Kings Go Forth” (4:15 a.m.).
WNBA action today includes Chicago at Minnesota (ESPN, 12:30 p.m.) and Los Angeles at Phoenix (ESPN, 9 p.m.).
Interleague baseball includes Nationals at Orioles (Fox, 7 p.m.).
It’s the 40th anniversary of Title IX, duly marked with a panel discussion “USA Soccer: Leveling the Field” (ESPN2, 5 p.m.).
Lyle Lovett and Bob Schneider play on a rerun of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).
The Jonah Hill-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) is rerun with The Shins and Tom Hanks in a cameo.