The Boob Tube: Must-See TV For The Week Of August 16, 2010

Ah, the final month of summer. The sun is shining, the outdoors are calling, and the last thing you want to do is stay inside watching TV. Luckily, the television gods are right there with you because there isn’t a ton of new stuff on this week. So what should you be recording, besides the obvious? (“True Blood,” “Mad Men,” “Bachelor Pad,” and “The Rachel Zoe Project.”) After the jump, find out what small-screen goodness awaits you.

The Show: “The Big C”
Set Your DVR For: Tonight, 10:30 p.m. (EST), Showtime
Laura Linney is kind of the best. So we can’t wait to see this series where she’s diagnosed with cancer and decides to change her boring, sad life.

The Show: “Melissa & Joey”
Set Your DVR For: Tuesday, 8 p.m. (EST), ABC Family
A sitcom where Joey Lawrence is Melissa Joan Hart’s manny? It’s the perfect brainless TV to watch while cleaning your apartment. Also, how does Melissa Joan Hart have teenage kids in this one?

The Show: “Drop Dead Diva”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 9 p.m. (EST), Lifetime
Finally, the episode where “Bachelor” Jake Pavelka stars. He went method for the role and the results look … terrible. But totally entertaining.

The Show: “Keeping up with the Kardashians”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 10 p.m. (EST), E!
At first, I was sort of ho-hum about this season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” because, well, I’m Kardashianed out after this season of “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.” But after seeing the previews, which look kinda juicy, I’m interested again.