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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s bullhorn wielding host is headed across the pond of his ABC special, Ty’s Great British Adventure which airs on August 2. . ABC is also bringing a new show to its roster on the 2nd, futuristic astronaut drama Defying Gravity.
People with big business on the brain will dive into ABC’s Shark Tank on August 9 to compete for a chance to bring their ideas to fruition.
Also on the 9th, CBS unveils their reality series, There Goes the Neighborhood, a series that will pit families against one another to win cash and prizes.
The Queen of the Barbed One-Liner, Joan Rivers, gets her due when she’s roasted by her peers on Comedy Central. The Roast of Joan Rivers airs on August 9.
Tired of the Twilight phenomenon? Then do not tune into Fox for the Teen Choice Awards on August 10! The vampire chick flick is up for twelve awards and is bound to take home most of them.
We’re still years away from the Summer Olympics, but that doesn’t mean we’re not due for a good pommel horse routine. Tune to NBC for the US Gymnastics Championships are on August 15.
August 16th is a night of premieres for the E! network. First, Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff Kourtney & Khloe brings a hurricane of vapidity and vanity to Miami. Then wanna-be celebrities get theirs on Reality Hell, a show that makes fame-seekers think they’re on a real reality series when they’re actually being punked by actors.
On the 18th Shaquille O’Neal takes on the sports world in Shaq vs. on ABC. The series brings the basketball champ head to head with other world-class athletes to see if he can beat them at their own game.
Big changes are afoot for Heidi and the rest of the Project Runway crew on August 20. The award-winning show will move to Lifetime for its sixth season. In addition to the move, a new show centering on the human clothes hangers that strut their stuff every week is also launching. Models of the Runway hits the airwaves immediately following Project Runway’s premiere.
NBC will have two very different but equally half-naked specials this month. The Miss Universe Pageant airs on August 23 and the 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania is on August 29. You know, if they combined these events, the Peacock would probably dominate the ratings.
Some of our favorite shows are returning this month including Monk (USA- August 7), Psych (USA- August 7), Mad Men (AMC- August 16), Top Chef (Bravo- August 19) and The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo- August 25).
Finally, August is a big month for music TV. ABC will have two huge concerts: Sugarland: Live on the Inside (August 3) and the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock (August 31). CBS gets in the act on August 14th with Neil Diamond- Hot August Night: NYC. Then VH1 will delve into the phenomenon that is Woodstock with Woodstock: Then & Now (August 14).

are you ready for some (preseason) football?
It’s nearly football season again and many of the preseason games are being aired on network TV for your viewing pleasure. The big question is will we get to see our Jacksonville Jaguars in action? The answer is yes and no.
Jacksonville’s CBS affiliate will be broadcasting the team’s away games- at Miami on August 17 and at Philadelphia on August 27- but the home games against Tampa Bay on August 22 and against Washington September 3 will be blacked out. If you have the NFL Network, you’ll have access to the home games a couple days after the fact, but if not you’ll have to either read about them or head down to the stadium to see them in person! Go to for tickets and times.

dvd releases

August 4
Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Second Season (Not Rated)
Race to Witch Mountain (Rated PG)
The Soloist (Rated PG-13)
Obsessed (Rated PG-13)

August 11
17 Again (Rated PG-13)
I Love You, Man (Rated R)
90210: The Complete First Season (Not Rated)

August 18
Dexter: The Complete Third Season (Not Rated)
Hannah Montana the Movie (Rated G)

August 25
Duplicity (Rated PG-13)
Adventureland (Rated R)
Sunshine Cleaning (Rated R)
Fighting (Rated PG-13)