Back in the day, summer television was all repeats and the only reason to watch was to finally see that episode of “Melrose Place” your VCR messed up recording. Luckily, the dark ages are over and summer nights are now filled with good shows. Okay, so it may not classify as “good,” but “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” has your back Mondays through Thursdays. Meanwhile, two of our favorite shows, “Weeds” and “True Blood” are both starting up this week. And you’ll want to catch the premiere of “Top Chef Masters,” which is kind of like regular “Top Chef” mixed with “Iron Chef.” After the jump, your television sked for the week.
The Show: “Weeds”
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 10pm (EST), Showtime
The last season of “Weeds” found Nancy in a tight spot, being called in for questioning by the DEA. Now, everyone seems to be after her. While we weren’t fans of the promotional posters that showed an overly sexy Mary Louise Parker caught in a spider web, we’re pretty pumped for the actual season. Especially since Jennifer Jason Leigh will be guest-starring as Nancy’s sister, and Alanis Morrisette will be her OB-GYN.
The Show: “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here”
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 8pm (EST), NBC
Ever since the season premiere last Monday, Heidi and Spencer have been stirring up drama. After leaving in a flair-up, the king and queen of the tabloids want back on the show. Tonight, in a two-hour live episode, the group will vote on whether to give them another shot or not. The angel on our shoulder hopes they decide “not.” But the devil that just wants a ridiculously good few hours of television says, “Yes, please.”
The Show: “Top Chef Masters”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10pm (EST), Bravo
By definition, spin-off reality television shows are usually terrible. (See: “Daisy of Love.”) But this newest version of “Top Chef,” where 24 big name chefs who already have successful restaurants (think Wylie Dufresne and Anita Lo) battle it out on foodie challenges, could actually be really good. Utensils down, hands up.
The Show: “True Blood”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 9pm (EST), HBO
Vampire movies/shows/books are so hot right now, but “True Blood” is one of our absolute faves. Sookie and Bill are way more interesting than Bella and Edward, any day.