Lifetime has doubled down on cringe.
Once known as "Tele vision for Women," famous for women-in-peril movies that may or may not have starred Valerie Bertinelli, Lifetime has decided to get a little more "daring." That's TV-speak for "obvious." Two weeks back, they launched "The Client List," starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a suddenly single mother walking that fine line between masseuse and hooker -- frequently in a skimpy nighty. It's been called "camp," but it's not smart enough to earn that description.
Now comes "7 Days of Sex" (10 p.m., TV-14). This new
reality show follows couples who have lost a certain spark. Maybe it's work. Perhaps it's the demands of screaming kids. There's the chance they weren't terribly compatible in the first place. So to save their marriages and hit the reset button on intimacy, each couple agrees to have conjugal relations every day (or night) for a week. And talk about it on camera. At first, the men think they've hit the jackpot with the mandatory sex arrangement. But they soon lose their ardor because, at the end of the day (or night), this agreement boils down to talking about their feelings.
---Immediately following "7 Days of Sex," Lifetime will introduce "The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet" (11 p.m.), a new talk show hosted by the British TV star and photographer. Demi Moore is co-executive producer.
---Can you picture yourself paying to join a "club" located in a nondescript warehouse, where you walk endless aisles unadorned with advertising or other gimmicky enticements? You're not the only one.
"The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant" (9 p.m., CNBC) explores the retail phenomenon, which has more than 64 million card-carrying members who generally purchase way more than they intended to when they walked in the door -- all while convincing themselves they are saving money.
We see Costco's no-frills approach to merchandising. We meet a woman with no background in wine who has become one of the most influential beverage buyers in the world, due to the volume of her orders. We meet a man who claimed that he bought his engagement ring at Costco. And we're introduced to experts who put every piece of merchandise -- from candy to toilet paper -- through
extensive product testing.
What the show doesn't do is question if it's more than a tad depressing to buy fine wines, not to mention engagement rings, in the same place where we purchase huge quantities of toilet paper.
---The search for a science
project saboteur on "Community" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---A singer goes home on "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
---Kenneth makes the case for live TV on a live episode of "30 Rock" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Andy doggedly pursues a fundraising goal on "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The numbers game adds up at the poker table on "Touch" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Leslie readies for her debate on "Parks & Recreation" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Death is a cabaret, old chum, on "The Mentalist" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Britten watches a football game from two very different perspectives on "Awake" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---A dictator needs help on "Scandal" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Released in 2001, "Apocalypse Now Redux" (8 p.m., AMC, TV-14) restores scenes and characters cut out of the original 1979 movie.
---Howard's history gives Bernadette pause on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Becca must plumb her memory for an alibi on "Missing" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Alaric's new companion on "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Undercover in an armored car on "Person of Interest" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Richard and Catherine's chance encounter on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---The case of the missing crystal on "The Secret Circle" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Robert Draper is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stew art" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Jack Black, Simon Doonan and Ingrid Michaelson appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Alison Brie, Chris Franjola, Jen Kirkman and Matt Braunger are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Jack White sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Robin Williams and Andrew Luck appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Diane Keaton, Natalie Coughlin and Moby on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Emily Blunt, Dave Salmoni and Adam Lambert appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC).
---Jason Segel, Leelee Sobieski and the Lucas Brothers visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Toni Collette and Mike Massimino on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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