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Catfish: The TV Show continues playing the catfisher to the viewing public’s catfishee

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, June 25. All times are Eastern.


Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, 10 p.m.): MTV’s adaptation of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s 2010 documentary swiftly became the network’s hottest show this past winter—a profile boosted by the Manti T’eo girlfriend hoax and allegations that the show itself is something of a sham. Returning for a second season with its very premise under scrutiny, the hooks our own Myles McNutt into dropping in on the première. Myles aims to find out, once and for all, if Catfish is indeed a compelling television show and not Nev Schulman and Max Joseph pulling the wool over an entire audience’s eyes.



So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 8 p.m.): Having been properly introduced to America last week, the Top 20 must now dance (dance, damn them!) for a nation’s amusement. Oliver Sava greets each and every performance with stern, sustained Citizen Kane clapping.


Six Feet Under (1 p.m.): Zachary Quinto stops by to introduce Claire’s art class to some derivative sketching and an intensely early ’00s haircut. John Teti will have his thoughts on “The Eye Inside” once he gets his own asymmetrical Carlos D bangs out of his eyes.  

The Office (Classic) (3 p.m.): The staff of Dunder Mifflin leaves the confines of the office for the very first time to attend the eighth-annual Dundies Awards. Noted Chili’s enthusiast Erik Adams is mostly excited about Michael’s choice of venue for the awards—he’s already ordered three Awesome Blossoms to mark the occasion.


Scruples (Encore, 8 p.m.): With the third part of this 1980 miniseries airing tonight, we hope this is Encore’s way of signaling its commitment to bringing back the epic, star-studded limited-run series of yesteryear. Or, at the very least, a commitment to bringing back overwrought promos like this, which could make even the goofiest adaptation of a tawdry beach read feel like An Event.


Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 9 p.m.): The fourth season of this TNT police procedural begins with death at a parade, thus putting the kibosh on your What’s On Tonight? correspondent’s plan of selling a three-part miniseries called Death At A Parade to Encore.

Perception (TNT, 10 p.m.): Eric McCormack returns as the FBI consultant who senses more than the average FBI consultant because of his schizophrenic hallucinations. The talking penguin dancing atop our desk tells us the show’s better than its premise suggests.


Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out (MTV, 11 p.m.): The MTV improv series makes an unexpected return after a six-year hiatus, with a première devoted to filling out the ranks of its regular cast. This in spite of the fact that the show will never see a better audition than the one Kanye West turned in in 2005.

The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer (TCM, 8 p.m.): Before he created The Patty Duke Show, I Dream Of Jeannie, and Hart To Hart (and provided the TV miniseries mill with page-turning source material like Master Of The Game and Windmills Of The Gods), Sidney Sheldon won an Oscar by roping Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, and Myrna Loy into one hell of a screwball love triangle.


The Warriors (Sundance, 8:15 p.m.): Waaaaaaaaaaaaaariors! Come out to plaaaaaaaaay-ee-aaaaaaay! On caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaable! With no commeerrrrrrrrrcial interuuuuuuuuuuuuuptions!

College World Series: Finals Game 2: Mississippi State vs. UCLA (ESPN, 8 p.m.): And thus the pivotal middle game of the NCAA’s Division I baseball championship saves us from trying to pass off the Baseball Furies sequence of The Warriors as the night’s sports pick.



Justice League: Oliver Sava returns to reviewing Justice League, just in time to watch the DC Animated Universe expand exponentially with the debut of Justice League Unlimited. How unlimited? Just take a look at the alphabetized list of the 50-plus heroes who appear in the episode.