Samuel L. Jackson, The 2009 ESPY Awards Samuel L. Jackson, The 2009 ESPY Awards

ESPY Awards
9 pm/ET ESPN
This 17th annual mingling of athletes and celebrities in L.A. comes on the heels of an Olympic year, which always adds a little intrigue to some of the 37 fan-voted award categories. Host Samuel L. Jackson can expect to see as many swimmers and gymnasts as NBA and NFL stars on the Nokia Theatre stage, which is graced by a variety of nonsports presenters from comedian Andy Samberg to model Marisa Miller to musician will.i.am. Kobe Bryant and Candace Parker are crowd favorites for Best Male and Best Female Athlete, but Michael Phelps and Nastia Liukin loom from the Beijing contingent. — Roger Leister

Labor Pains
8 pm/ET ABC Family
Lindsay Lohan headlines this new cable movie about down-on-her-luck Thea, a woman who uses a sympathy ploy when she's about to be fired — she tells her boss she's pregnant. It works and she gets to keep her job, but there's a problem: The pregnancy is a lie. She then has to keep lying in order to keep her job. A coworker (Cheryl Hines) tries to help her with this increasingly complicated endeavor, but this ruse has a deadline and Thea needs to find a way to stop the lies before everything backfires. — Jennifer Sankowski

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas
9 pm/ET TV Land
With a slew of accolades for acting and producing, including two Oscars, Michael Douglas will have to make room on the mantel for yet another prestigious statuette when he receives the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award. Jack Nicholson, who won the award in 1994 and earned an Oscar for the Douglas-produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), does the honors as presenter, and the black-tie gala's guests include Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Oliver Stone, Kathleen Turner and Sharon Stone. — Joe Friedrich

HGTV Design Star
10 pm/ET HGTV
The Design Star gang heads to Los Angeles this time around as the fourth season of the interior-design competition kicks off. New to the show this year are popular designers and HGTV hosts Genevieve Gorder and Candice Olson, who join Vern Yip on the judges' panel. Tonight's premiere introduces the 10 finalists and three semifinalists who must duke it out for the 11th spot in the competition. The group also faces their first challenge: sprucing up their new Hollywood home. — Brie Hearn

Most Popular
10 pm/ET WE
Graham Norton, popular TV personality and host of several British talk shows, comes Stateside to host a new game show that examines the power of first impressions. Seven contestants compete for a $10,000 prize by revealing small tidbits about themselves and handing their fate over to the audience members, who decide who moves on and who is eliminated based on their first impressions. Tonight's batch of ladies — all brides — include a former Bridezilla and a woman who popped the question. — Brie Hearn