The best SYTYCD dances and a “Rumble on the [Project] Runway” both air next week

It’s time for Past Forward: what happened last week, and what to watch on TV next week, which is kind of slow as we wait for the blast of fall shows to arrive.

The Past

The Forward

  • Sunday
    After a slow weekend, we’ll find out what the insane, crazy, creative, or just lame new twist is on Big Brother [CBS, 8 p.m., unless Andy Rooney pushes it back], while Tool Academy [VH1, 9 p.m.] returns for a second season, and although I didn’t watch the first, I heard good things from people who don’t have pureed brains, so I might give it a shot. On The Human Family Tree [National Geographic Channel, 9 p.m.], scientists test the DNA of people in Queens, New York, to trace our common ancestors–which the network did for TV critics this summer, having us swab our cheek cells to find out who we came from and add our data to The Genographic Project. Finally, Design Star [HGTV, 10 p.m.] continues to be great television, although I swear I get more frustrated every week with the stupid judging. Just let us hear the judges discuss the designers by name! Dammit.
  • Monday
    Surprise hit Dance Your Ass Off [Oxygen, 10 p.m.] ends its season with a 75-minute finale, although a reunion will follow a week later.
  • Tuesday
    Tonight HBO rebroadcasts its documentary about Ted Kennedy, Teddy: In His Own Words [HBO, 7 p.m., and On Demand]. The first 10 acts in the top 20 perform on America’s Got Talent [NBC, 9 p.m.], which, yes, is still on the air. I’m enjoying Flipping Out [Bravo, 10 p.m.], but Jeff Lewis hasn’t really flipped out yet. The preview suggests someone quits tonight, perhaps his new assistant, who I’m not very fond of anyway, so I’m hoping for fireworks.
  • Wednesday
    Get your friends who’ve never watched So You Think You Can Dance, those people who think American Idol is a talent showcase, and get them to watch to tune in to the hour-long “best-of” special [Fox, 8 p.m.], that will show the past five season’s best dances. Top Chef Las Vegas [Bravo, 10 p.m.] is still one of my favorite shows, but it’s testing my patience by force-feeding us the brother storyline, never mind the gimmicky crap. Just cook.
  • Thursday
    Tim Gunn has teased a dramatic, controversial episode of Project Runway [Lifetime, 10 p.m.], and tonight’s episode is titled “Rumble on the Runway.” Will there be a fight, or are they making clothes for wrestlers?

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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