Coolio's girlfriend trades places with the spouse of singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) for a week on "Ce lebrity Wife Swap" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). It's come to this: Coolio's girlfriend.
Faithful network viewers are beginning to grumble that the words "celebrity" and "star" have been diluted. The announcement of the forthcoming lineup for "Dancing With the Stars" caused some to complain it was beginning to resemble Kathy Griffin's infamous "D-List." Andy Dick, anyone?
For pure freak-show, has-been recycling, nothing tops (or bottoms) "All- Star Celebrity Appren tice " on NBC on Sunday nights. It almost goes without saying that Gary Busey is on board. The true tragedy is that the cast features Marilu Henner. As we learned on "60 Minutes," the former "Taxi" star has a nearly photographic memory. That means she'll never be able to forget a second of this pointless experience.
---CNBC shakes up its schedule and changes its image. The launch of something called "CNBC Prime" includes "Treas- ure Detectives" and "The Car Chasers," and while they may be new to CNBC, you've already seen them a hundred times.
"Treasure Detec tives" (9 p.m.) offers a
variation on the well-traveled buying-and-selling-stuff genre. Its slightly different hook is its focus on forgeries. Detective Curtis Dowling separates the wheat from the chaff, informing folks the valuable collector's item they just purchased is
actually fraudulent. Of course, the Keno brothers on "Antiques Road show" have been doing that since before the turn of the century.
"The Car Chasers" (10 p.m.) becomes the umpteenth series to follow dealers who buy and sell classic and collectible cars. It also features the contrived sitcom antics of a couple working and living together and coping with a know-it-all dad. Although set in Lubbock, Texas, few folks here sport any recognizable accent. But most of them speak loudly, as if unsure anybody is watching or listening.
If these generic reality offerings represent CNBC's new direction, the network needs a different navigator.
---Don't go looking for "Cult." The CW head-scratcher was yanked from Tuesday nights, where it has yet to find an audience, and moves to Friday nights this week.
Some think the baffling show-within-a-show just doesn't fit well on a night that kicks off with the relatively wholesome "Hart of Dixie." Others think it's being exiled to Friday nights, where many shows go to die.
---Ten semifinalists perform on "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Spencer vanishes on "Pretty Little Liars" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---A car thief's desperate deal on "The Lying Game" (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---Seven finalists emerge on "The Taste" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---One clue leads to
another on "Golden Boy" (10 p.m., CBS).
---Julia feels the tension between Peter and Tom on "Smash" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---An abuse case takes on occult overtones on "Body of Proof" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---An explosive fishing expedition reels in unexpected information on "Justified" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
If you drink to world peace every time the clock radio plays "I Got You Babe," you might not make it through the 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day" (8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., IFC).
---Gibbs' barber needs help on "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---Zoe keeps her feelings under wraps on "Hart of Dixie" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Sam's wife goes undercover on "NCIS: Los Ange les" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Ryan takes up an old vice on "Go On" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Sandra Day O'Connor is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Colin Farrell, Jenna Elfman and Frightened Rabbit on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---John Caparulo, Arden Myrin, James Davis and Ross Mathews are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---James Franco sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Buddy Guy appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Jennifer Lawrence, Phil and Willie Robertson and Andy Grammer on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r).
---Zach Braff and Lauren Cohan appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Larry King and Abbie Cornish on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.