Friday, July 20, 2007

Painful Reality

You know, if beating the snot out of reality stars was a staple to all reality shows, I'd probably be a bigger fan of the genre.

As it is, I'll have to settle for "Human Weapon," (History Channel, 10 p.m.), in which the show's two hosts travel the world studying various forms of hand-to-hand combat.

Though I miss the days when the History Channel used to show excellent documentaries on all sorts of subjects, for some reason "Human Weapon" sounds like a lot of fun to me, so I'll likely be checking it out. If nothing else, one of the hosts each week is supposed to take on a master of unarmed combat (in tonight's case, it's Muay Thai), and likely will end up the worse for it.

Sadly, neither of the show's hosts is Rosie O'Donnell.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: The Doctor and Martha get stuck in the mother of all traffic jams on "Doctor Who" (Sci Fi, 9 p.m.), which also features a return of the Face of Boe. It's followed by a new "Painkiller Jane."

"Monk" and "Psych" are both new on USA, beginning at 9 p.m, while the remaining few episodes of "Standoff" (Fox, 9 p.m.) continue to air.

On Saturday, "Hex" (BBC America, Sat., 9 p.m.) finishes its run.

On Sunday, HBO's lineup of "John From Cincinnati," "Entourage" and "Flight of the Conchords" are all new, beginning at 9 p.m., as is USA's combo of "The 4400" and "The Dead Zone." "Mystery" (PBS, 10 p.m.) continues with its Miss Marple series.

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