As the television world order currently stands, Sunday nights are king with the perfect combination of “True Blood” followed by “Mad Men.” But that does not give you permission to turn your set off all the other days of the week. This week, check out a slew of new series—”Growing Up Twisted” (which follows Dee Snider’s family), “Plain Jane” (which takes an unsure-of-herself lady and turns her into a maneater), and “On the Road with Austin and Santino” (starring two of the most dramatic “Project Runway” personalities ever). Oh, and how could I forget that “Jersey Shore” is back, fist-pumping in another season of boozy drama.
The Show: “Homeless: Motel Kids of Orange County”
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 9 p.m. (EST), HBO
Watching this documentary about homeless kids whose parents live in a pay-by-the-week motel will counteract at least four hours you’ve spent watching any of the “Real Housewives” franchises. Break out the Kleenex.
The Show: “Growing Up Twisted”
Set Your DVR For: Tuesday, 10 p.m. (EST), A&E
This show is kind of like “The Osbournes” rebooted, only slightly more ludicrous since it follows the family of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. Wait, he wears a wig on stage?
The Show: “Plain Jane”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 9 p.m. (EST), The CW
This new makeover shows takes a lady with a crush, teaches her to dress, and has her work with a dating coach to boost her confidence. Oh, and they also electrocute her on repeat. Fun!
The Show: “Jersey Shore”
Set Your DVR For: Thursday, 9 p.m. (EST), MTV
Because they didn’t want to wait a full year to shoot season two, MTV packed up our guidos and sent them to Miami. Expect intense new drama, like Snooki sleeping with Vinnie and J-Wow competing with Sammi for Ronnie. Or so the preview would have us believe.
The Show: “Project Runway” and “On the Road With Austin & Santino”
Set Your DVR For: Thursday, 9 p.m. (EST), Lifetime
I’m a little bored of “Project Runway” at this point. But I’ll watch it as a lead-in to this new series starring one of my favorite contestants of all time, Austin Scarlett, and one of my least favorite of all time, Santino Rice.
The Show: “Rubicon”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 8 p.m. (EST), AMC
AMC has pretty much the best reputation for great shows—they’re responsible for both “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” So we have hopes for this new mind-bending conspiracy series.