Sometimes, an enjoyable show has a pretty dumb title.
"L.A. Frock Stars" (8 p.m., Smithsonian, TV-G) features an upscale vintage boutique run by Doris Raymond. A far better title for the show, "The Way We Wore," is the name of the boutique, where Raymond is a smart, tireless and discerning judge of the futures market for things of the past.
Along with her cheerful staff, she services the wealthy as well as celebrities who trust her judgment about the beauty and investment value of distinctive hand-me-downs.
We first meet client and friend Dita Von Teese, an actress and performance artist famous for reviving the American burlesque tradition. She frequently borrows mid-century outfits that would not be out of place on "Mad Men" to wear at red carpet events, resulting in great exposure for the boutique.
Costume designer Lou Eyrich scours the store for ideas and garments to be worn in an upcoming
episode of "Glee." She
explains the demands of supplying new outfits for a weekly episodic series like "Glee," which
focuses on performance and has frequent costume changes.
"Frock Stars" should appeal to viewers who love clothes and respect the intelligence behind their history and design. Don't go looking for diva behavior or staged melodramatics. Unlike many Bravo shows, "Frock Stars" is for and about people who can be passionate without resorting to adolescent antics.
---Viewers who used to watch Animal Planet for pure escapism should think again.
"Battleground: Rhino Wars" (9 p.m., TV-14) features three ex-Navy SEALS and a former Green Beret who go to South Africa's Greater Kruger area to help protect a dwindling herd of endangered rhinos from an increasingly organized, violent and brazen brand of well-armed poachers. Just last year, more than 700 rhinos were criminally slaughtered. More than 100 park rangers have been murdered by poachers.
"Rhino" emphasizes the heartbreak of these needlessly killed animals. But there's also much talk about the four stars' talent as snipers and marksmen. While the series "Whale Wars"
environmentalism, it stopped short of gunfire. Will viewers tune into Animal Planet to watch humans shooting each other?
---Duct tape inspires on "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG). Also, it was recently announced that Heidi Klum will become a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
---Jeff sees his long-
estranged father on "Com- munity" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The first elimination round unfolds on "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---An energy drink gets the once-over on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG). This replaces the just-canceled "Zero Hour," which premiered in this time-
---Six new numbers add up to the search for a killer on "Person of Interest" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Dwight fights to keep Darryl on "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
---Movie music celebrated on "Glee" (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Expert testimony on "Anger Management" (9:30 p.m., FX, TV-14).
---"Delocated" concludes on "Adult Swim" (12:30 a.m., Cartoon Network, TV-14).
Impetuous teens (Corey Haim and Corey Feldman) take an epic road trip in the 1988 comedy "License to Drive" (8 p.m., VH1 Classic).
---The guys mentor young women on careers in science on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Alan moves out on "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Skip's podcast proves revealing on "1600 Penn" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Tom Coughlin is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---James Franco and Robert Kirkman appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Jeff Wild, Loni Love and Julian McCullough are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---John Sexton sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Jennifer Lawrence, Alan Zweibel and A$AP Rocky appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Anne Hathaway, Lester Holt and the Eli Young Band on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r).
---Kobe Bryant, Dominic Monaghan and Rival Sons appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Joel McHale, Al Roker and Matt Pond visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Zach Braff and Alison Brie on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.