Tonight: Big Brother 6 and Rock Star: INXS conclude, and Dancing with the Stars’ dance-off begins

Tonight’s a busy TV night, so make sure the DVR has plenty of room on it. Since when did Tuesdays get all the action?

From 8:30 to 10:01, Dancing with the Stars returns for a dance-off between John O’Hurley and Kelly Monaco. Viewer votes will determine the winner, who will be announced Sunday.

At 9, a summer of friendship and fun concludes on CBS with the one-hour finale of Big Brother 6. The jury will be forced to award either Maggie or Ivette $500,000, and then after that they’ll fade into oblivion as two of the most hated reality stars ever.

Also at 9, R U the Girl concludes on UPN. Unlike Rock Star: INXS, TLC is not looking for a replacement member, just some free publicity.

At 10, CBS’ Rock Star: INXS airs its finale, as one of the final three–J.D., Marty, or Mig–will become INXS’ new lead singer.

Also at 10, ABC’s Wife Swap returns and will confront racism as an African-American woman enters a household with a father who likes to use the n-word.

Of course, there’s also a regular episode of The Biggest Loser 2 at 8, and the premiere of NBC’s My Name is Earl and The Office at 9, which run opposite of a new Supernatural and House, M.D.

Dancing with the Stars [ABC]
Big Brother 6 [CBS]
R U the Girl [UPN]
Rock Star: INXS [CBS]
Wife Swap [ABC]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.