TV highlights: NBC launches ‘The Winner Is . . .’ and ‘Hollywood Game Night’

July 10, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES PREMIERE: Turns out, it’s not just cars and homes that can be repossessed — on the new docu-series “Airline Repo” (Discovery at 8), a team — hired by very unhappy banks — goes around to take away airplanes when owners have fallen behind on their payments.

SERIES PREMIERE: NBC hosts a night of games, starting with The Winner Is . . .” (NBC at 9), hosted by Nick Lachey, which is a combination singing competition and game show. In each episode, six acts go up against one another to try to win a $1 million prize, and also avoid cash temptations as the show goes on. Next up is the appropriately named “Hollywood Game Night” (at 10), featuring various celebrities playing games at a “cocktail party atmosphere.” First up: Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Martin Short, Kristen Bell and more.

SERIES PREMIERE: Reality competition series “Summer Camp” (USA at 8) sends adults back to their camper days with fewer swimming lessons and more classic camp games disguised as challenges. Billed as an “epic battle of the sexes,” the teams face off against each other in a contest hosted by “American Idol” finalist Matt Rogers, for some reason.

Noticed an uptick in celebrity babies? E! special “Hollywood Baby Boom” (at 8) runs down the list of all the famous people giving birth this year — Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, etc. — and looks at everything from how they shared the big news to how they splurged on ridiculously posh baby showers.

Alona Tal guest stars on “Burn Notice” (USA at 9) as a former Russian operative who is now part of a mysterious organization and must work with Michael to outsmart a shifty counterintelligence expert in the midst of locking down the island.

Briggs and Charlie get back into spy mode and pretend to be a hot-and-heavy couple on “Graceland” (USA at 10) to get information about a drug supplier; meanwhile, Mike delves deeper into a shady organization.

Actor Kevin James, snowboarder Shaun White and country singer Darius Rucker are guests on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35).

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35) hosts actress Helen Mirren, actor Ben Schwartz and a performance by the Olms.

Actor Jeff Bridges and reality star Jeff Lewis are on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), along with musical guest Capital Cities.

— Emily Yahr

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