In Bravo’s world, chefs and designers are bigger than movie stars
By Kevin McDonough
Fewer than two weeks after the MTV Movie Awards, fans of instantly forgettable award shows can feast on the newly concocted "The A-List Awards" (9 p.m., Bravo), saluting the best, the most celebrated or at least the most hyped in a range of surprising categories.
Things kick off with "A-List Cewebrity," the person or people whose fame is entirely dependent on their Web presence, and whose fame would not exist without the Internet, blogs and viral videos.
Of the four categories for television, two concern the "drama" kings and queens of reality series, and one honors scripted dramas and comedies combined.
The show’s flippant stabs at humor can be gleaned from the "A-List" categories for celebrity "Must-Haves," the accessory that he or she cannot be without. They include iPhones, the "Rock Band" video game, a rehab stint or a baby.
We also get a list of A-list chefs, clothing designers and restaurants. I’m a tad surprised there is no mention of albums or CDs, or must-have downloads or musical artists of any kind. So A-listers and those who follow them would rather be playing "Rock Band" than actually listening to a band.
It’s hard to ignore the complete absence of any movie category. Are you listening, Hollywood? On Bravo, at least, there exists a universe where fashion designers and chefs are bigger celebrities than movie stars.
The "A-List Awards" coincides with the return of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (8 p.m., Bravo, TV-MA). The documentary-style series about Griffin’s private life and public humiliations enters its fourth season.
Two sitcoms created for TBS return for their second seasons. Jordana Spiro stars in "My Boys" (8:30 p.m., TBS, TV-PG) as PJ, the 20-something Chicago sportswriter whose "one-of-the-guys" identity has put a crimp in her love life. On a positive note, the show has dispensed with the "Sex & the City"-inspired narration in which PJ makes forced sports analogies about relationships. But the writing still seems generic. The dialogue about the show’s Chicago setting sounds like it was lifted from a Chamber of Commerce brochure.
On the other hand, "My Boys" is a Shakespeare festival compared to "The Bill Engvall Show" (8 p.m., TBS, TV-PG), a throwback to the bad 1980s family-sitcom scripts that made everybody hate sitcoms. TBS deserves some credit for keeping the sitcom flame burning. But it doesn’t help that "My Boys" strives so hard to be inoffensive, while "Engvall" appears so content to be dreadful.
Round one of U.S. Open golf (4 p.m., ESPN).
George Wendt and John Ratzenberger scour Nashville for talent on "Last Comic Standing" (7:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
The Lakers host the Celtics in game 4 of the NBA finals (8 p.m., ABC).
"Ultimate Factories" (8 p.m., National Geographic) visits the nerve center of UPS.
Business and pleasure and bunnies mingle on "Swingtown" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
A detective (Eric Roberts) breaks down during an assignment in a haunted house on "Fear Itself" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).