It's not enough to cook anymore. You have to hit the road.
The days of Julia Child or Sara Moulton standing vigil over the kitchen range are over. You have to travel to exotic places and eat weird food prepared in colorful ways by strange people.
The blending of travel and food has become so
intrinsic to cable that it's easy to confuse the Cooking, the Food and the Travel channels.
Famed chefs and gourmands Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern did their eating on the Travel Channel's dime. Zimmern's "Bizarre Foods America" returns July 1. Bourdain's "No Reservations" ended its run on the Travel Channel, but he can still be seen on "Parts Unknown" on CNN.
"Tripping Out With Alie & Georgia" (10:30 p.m., Cooking) becomes the latest series to invite viewers on a road trip. This series emphasizes the breezy friendship between the two hosts and their whimsical take on culinary discoveries. Their sojourn begins in Las Vegas and will, over the course of a season, visit mud bath lovers in California and synchronized swimmers in Miami while taking time to sample
regional fare along the way.
---Do you still send a Christmas card to your brother on death row? What's it like to have a notorious sibling?
"Anderson Cooper Spe cial Report: The Madman in My Life" (10 p.m., CNN) visits with family members of infamous killers and criminals,
including the daughter and brothers of Ariel Castro, the father of cannibal serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the widow of Joe Stack and the brother of Ted Kaczynski.
---On a similar theme, Lifetime offers up two scoops of paranoia with the 2003 made-for-TV movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" (8 p.m., TV-PG), followed by the 2013 nonfiction account "Cleveland House of Horror: Beyond the Head- lines" (10 p.m., TV-14).
Can't wait until Sunday for Lifetime's new melodrama
"Devious Maids"? There's always "A Nanny's Revenge" (8 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network, TV-14) and "The Baby sitter's Seduction" (10 p.m.,
Lifetime Movie Network, TV-14).
---A ruthless television executive (Faye Dunaway) makes the most of a deranged broadcaster (Peter Finch) in the 1976 media satire "Network" (8 p.m., Sundance). Written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, "Net work" anticipated the unhinged demagoguery of "tabloid television" more than a decade before it arrived.
---Scheduled on "Need to Know" (8:30 p.m., PBS): A look at a Mexican-American studies program that has divided the residents of Tucson, Ariz.
---"In Performance at the White House" (9 p.m., PBS) presents a celebration of the Memphis soul music of the 1960s. Performers include Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake.
---Ike hatches a new scheme to end Ben Diamond's partnership with the hotel on "Magic City" (9 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
TCM airs three dramas adapted from potboiler novelist James M. Cain. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in director Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" (11:15 p.m.) from 1944. Lana Turner and John Garfield heat up the screen in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1:15 a.m.), released in 1946. Mario Lanza and Joan Fontaine star in the 1956 melodrama "Serenade" (3:15 a.m.).
---A gravesite does double-duty on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---A CEO camps out on "Un dercover Boss" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).
---A dark twist on the mini-muffin on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---Amanda pins a murder rap on Sean on "Nikita" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14).
---A football weekend excites Danny on "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Gods, zombies and amnesia on "Supernatural" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14)
---Maggie tries to stop Hardy on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---Voodoo rites and wrongs on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Melissa Joan Hart, Thomas Dale, Loni Love, Ryan Stout and Ross Mathews appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Jenna Fischer, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with the Steep Canyon Rangers appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Terry Bradshaw, Steve Byrne and Joseph Arthur on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Jack Black and Metta World Peace appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC, r).
---Jason Statham, Adrian Peterson and Zedd visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Maggie Gyllenhaal on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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