A preview of the week's top shows
- Last Updated: 10:55 PM, June 30, 2012
- Posted: 10:39 PM, June 30, 2012
With economy still in a precarious state, it warms the heart to see gazillionaires such as Steve Kaplan, serial entrepreneur and author of the business strategy book “Bag the Elephant,” check out how the other half lives, or, in the case of folks on the South Side of Chicago, ekes out an existence. Kaplan spends a week in this crime-ridden neighborhood, hanging with deserving people and organizations that are making a real difference. Kaplan visits an after-school program to keep children off the streets, a low-income senior citizen living community and a charity that collects everyday items to give to those less fortunate — and ultimately surprises these heroes with donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars from his own bank account. Ka-ching!
Today, 8 p.m., ABC
Now that she is with child, Snooki heads to the gyno’s office for an ultrasound. She meets with Dr. Russo, who actually delivered her fiance, Jionni, and lived to tell the tale. “Eww!” exclaims the future soccer mom when she sees the fetus on the monitor. JWoww has a more conventional reaction: “It’s so cute!” Snooki asks if the baby is a boy or a girl and Dr. Russo says it’s soon soon to tell. Snooki observes that the baby has a big nose like Jionni.
SNOOKI & JWOWW
Thursday, 10 p.m., MTV
Something of value
With a massive property and a motivated seller, the “American Pickers” head to the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Ky., where a mysterious wooden box captures Mike’s attention. Frank is sure it’s a magic box; Mike disagrees which leads to a serious wager. An appraiser identifies the strange box. Meanwhile, a random stop at a South Carolina service station pays off with a rare oil sign and a 1950s zombie relic.
Monday, 9 p.m., History
Don’t put anything in writing
Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) hires an economics reporter (Olivia Munn) who is smart and gorgeous. While they chat, the new hire reveals that Will’s (Jeff Daniels) infidelity was the reason Mackenzie broke up with him. The news producer is a little clueless about how her ex is perceived so she does some damage control by sending him an e-mail in which she reveals that she was an unfaithful lover. Unfortunately, she hits the wrong button on her computer screen and the missive goes to everyone in the newsroom and all the executives in the Atlantis Cable News corporate offices. Mortification sets in like rigor mortis and Will bursts into the newsroom to publicly discuss intimate matters he and Mackenzie swore they’d keep private. Co-starring Alison Pill and Dev Patel.
Today, 10 p.m., HBO
Regis’ roman candle
You thought Regis was gone for good when he left his morning talk show, right? Not so fast. He’s staying up late on July 4 to host the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on NBC. The special features an all-star line-up of performances, including Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. This year, the fireworks display returns to the Hudson River. More than 40,000 shells will ignite the sky for the nation’s 236th birthday party, choreographed to a rousing patriotic score. “Ignite the Night,” the theme of the show, is produced by Macy’s and designed in conjunction with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza of Rialto, Calif.
MACY’S 4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR
Wednesday, 9 p.m., NBC
Case for the social worker
Andy’s (Missy Peregrym) personal life turns upside-down when she answers a domestic disturbance call and the social worker on the scene turns out to be her estranged mother, Claire, who abandoned her 15 years ago. Now Andy must deal with her private issues as she works alongside her mother to investigate the secrets of a family in turmoil. Meanwhile, Sam (Ben Bass), Nick (Peter Mooney), Chris (Travis Milne) and Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) are in a race to find the desperate mother and her two children before she makes a tragic mistake. And Det. Jerry Barber’s badge may be on the line when a stash of guns he recovered ends up resurfacing on the streets.
Thursday, 10 p.m., ABC