If you like Syfy's Face Off (as I do), then you're already predisposed to enjoy the channel's new reality competition series Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesday, 10/9c), which often feels like a shot-by-shot copy, complete with fetching female host (Farscape's Gigi Edgley), insane time pressures in producing elaborately fanciful Henson-esque creatures, and a three-member judging panel including the likable Brian Henson (Jim's son and chairman of the Henson Company with its fabled Creature Shop). What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within. The climactic "Screen Test" reveals are fun to watch, and the critiques (as in Face Off) are smartly constructive.
Soledad O'Brien is joining HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the network announced on Wednesday.
"Soledad is a perfect fit for Real Sports," Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports, said in a statement. "She's an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we're thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports."
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Girls, Louie, Southland, Dr. Who and Switched at Birth were among the 39 winners of this year's Peabody Awards honoring the best in electronic media in 2012. One of the prizes also went to the ABC special Robin's Journey, about Robin Roberts' bone marrow transplant and subsequent recovery.
One Tree Hill
This episode pays tribute to the 2009 film The Hangover, with a slight twist: A wild and crazy adventure happens at a bachelorette party instead of at a bachelor party. The guest of honor is bride-to-be Brooke, and when she awakens in the morning, she can't remember the details of the prior outrageous night. Her friends who were with her are in the same boat, so together they try to piece together exactly what happened. Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro guest stars as himself. — Jennifer Sankowski
Read on for previews of the State of the Union Address, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best, Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection, Lights Out, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and Stand Up Mother.
Melissa & Joey
8/7c ABC Family
Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence were successful sitcom kids in the 1980s and 1990s, and now they've teamed up to star in (and executive produce) a new comedy reminiscent of such favorites as Who's the Boss? and Charles in Charge from that era. In tonight's series opener, busy politician Mel (Hart) gains custody of her teenage niece and nephew after their parents get in trouble with the law. Mel needs help looking after the kids, and that's when unemployed Joe (Lawrence) enters the picture.
Read on for previews for HawthoRNe, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Gates of Hell, Explorer, Big Lake and Rachel Zoe Project.