Tuesday TV: Dental Crisis, Crafting Competition

As the Supreme Court readies its decision on the constitutionality of health care reforms, it’s instructive that “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m.) takes a look at free market effects of dental care.

States where Medicare payments for dental care are miniscule, private clinics are springing up – including outfits like Cool Smiles – where their for-practice methods have been challenged. Miles O’Brien, the onetime CNN anchor seems to have found his Will McAvoy moment with a deliberately paced, solidly argued report that gains more urgency as the issue becomes a bigger metaphor for the country’s health lapses.

The latest reality competition involving some form of creativity is “Craft Wars” (TLC, 10 p.m.) in which three different crafty types each week, armed with glue guns, get to their challenges with gusto. The host is Tori Spelling, in what might be her sixth different reality show. The judges are Stephen Brown, Erica Domesek and Jo Pearson. The first challenge is making a playhouse out of school supplies; the prize is $10,000.

Teri Hatcher begins a four episode run on “Jane By Design” (ABC Family, 9 p.m.).

For the season finale of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) they’ll probably do something different and argue about party invitations and snubs.

More than one person has said “The Glee Project” (Oxygen, 10 p.m.) is actually better than “Glee” itself.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trails in Swimming (NBC, 8 p.m.) have actually been quite entertaining, more so certainly than “Love in the Wild” (NBC, 10 p.m.). Although I’ve already had my fill of the overcooked Olympic metaphor commercials.

Jessica Walters returns for a second season of “Retired at 35” (TV Land, 10 p.m.), and Marissa Jaret Minokur has also joined the cast that includes George Segal.

There’s another two new episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 8 p.m.) and “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

The “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 9 p.m.), continuing Vegas rounds, is also supposed to be new.

A crew on “The Deadliest Catch” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) hits ice.

It’s a night of River Monsters on Animal planet, with “River Monsters: The Lost Reels” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.) and the two hour “River Monsters: Unhooked – Killer Catfish” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.).

Men like to hunt on “American Colony: Meet the Hutterites” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.).

Robert Altman’s fashion flick “Ready to Wear” (Flix, 8 p.m.) gets a replay. Stanley Kubrick’s war movie, “Full Metal Jacket” (Encore, 8 pm.) is on, as is Terence Malick’s war flick, “The Thin Red Line” (IFC, 8 p.m.).

Some movies come in pairs: “Back to the Future” (HBO Family, 7 p.m.) with “Back to the Future II” (HBO Family, 9 p.m.) and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) with “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (Showtime, 10:10 p.m.).

Gregory Peck’s war films are on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “MacArthur” (8 p.m.), “The Purple Plain” (10:30 p.m.), “The Guns of Navarone” (12:30 a.m.) and  “Days of Glory” (3:15 a.m.).

Set your alarm for Wimbledon (ESPN2, 7 a.m.).

In WNBA action, it’s Seattle at Washington (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Emma Stone, Joe Manganiello, Sylvia Browne, Tyler Perry. The View: Elizabeth Banks, Rielle Hunter. The Talk: Cedric the Entertainer, Janet Evanovich, Cat Cora, Susan Koeppen. Ellen DeGeneres: Reese Witherspoon, Nathan Lane (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: LeBron James, Andrew Garfield, Maroon 5. Jay Leno: Matt LeBlanc, Sig Hansen & Keith Colburn, Robin Thicke. Jimmy Kimmel: Louis C.K., Zoe Kazan, Katy Perry. Jimmy Fallon: Emma Stone, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Mark Sweet. Craig Ferguson: William Shatner, Breckin Meyer. Tavis Smiley: Kristen Johnston. Carson Daly: Juliet Simms, Benh Zeitlin, the Naked and Famous (rerun). Jon Stewart: Seth MacFarlane. Stephen Colbert: Richard Ford. Conan O’Brien: Russell Brand, Big K.R.I.T. Chelsea Handler: Nelsan Ellis, Bobby Lee, Heather McDonald, Keith Robinson (rerun).

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