TV highlights: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ allows male contestants for the first time

June 6, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS

RETURNING SHOW: “America’s Next Top Model” (CW at 8 p.m.) is back for another season but with a twist — this time, men are allowed to compete in the find-a-supermodel competition. In the opener, both male and female aspiring models participate in a runway-show challenge and pose in the streets of Hollywood while random people on the street vote for who looks best. Judges Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone and Rob Evans take the votes seriously as they add up scores to decide who to send home.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Gold Rush” doesn’t return until the fall, but in the meantime, limited series “Gold Rush: South America” (Discovery at 9) follows mining crew leaders Todd Hoffman, Fred Hunt and Parker Schnabel as they gear up to find new, rich ground. Executive producer Christo Doyle hosts “Gold Rush: The Dirt” (at 8) for an advance look at the series.

SERIES PREMIERE: Former beauty queen Michele Strom re-lives her pageant days — she is a former Mrs. Nebraska — on docu-series “Obsessed With the Dress” (WE tv at 10), which follows Strom as she runs the pageant dress shop Winning Crown Boutique in Omaha. In the premiere, Strom, a single mom with two kids, pressures her staff to increase sales as the employees help a mother-daughter duo, and Strom coaches three Miss Nebraska contestants.

SERIES PREMIERE: Ever wonder about Boston’s underworld that’s featured so often in movies? New series “Saint Hoods” (Discovery at 10) showcases various crews in Boston’s Southie, Roslindale and Dorchester neighborhoods as they extend their sports-gambling businesses.

FINALE WATCH: Randy helps his last bride of the season on “Randy to the Rescue” (TLC at 10), as he travels to Miami to help one woman choose two gowns for a destination wedding and assists another bride in selecting a demure dress.

The team on “Tanked” (Animal Planet at 10) fills an order for a Coney Island restaurant that wants an aquarium to reflect the legacy of the famous boardwalk; meanwhile, a Las Vegas bakery wants a wedding-themed tank.

Talk show host Meredith Vieira, comedian Jim Norton and country singer Charlie Worsham are on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35).

— Emily Yahr

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