TV highlights: The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC


'PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS': Comedian Seth Meyers plays host to the awards in their 66th year. (Rodolfo Martinez/NBC)
August 24

To truly envelop yourself in a warm blanket of vanity and smarm, tune to “Live From the Red Carpet: The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards” (E! at 6 p.m.) for two hours of the network’s Giuliana Rancic and Ross Mathews tormenting celebrities with the “Glam Cam 360” and “Mani Cam.” (If you can’t stand those gimmicks, NBC’s red carpet coverage is a neat 30 minutes long and starts at 7:30. Warning: There’s a 100 percent chance of Billy Bush.)

In its 66th year, the “Primetime Emmy Awards” (NBC at 8) honor excellence on the small screen, with top nominations going to “Breaking Bad,” “True Detective” and “House of Cards,” among others. Billy Crystal will pay tribute to his friend Robin Williams, and Sara Bareilles will perform. Seth Meyers hosts.

After Clare turns him down, Cody slinks back into his man cave and offers his date card to Marcus, while Jesse attempts to win over new bachelorette Jackie on “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC at 8).

A taste of home comes with a savory apple-dish challenge for the remaining contestants on “MasterChef” (Fox at 8), and although the winner is safe from elimination, the others are faced with a team challenge in which they’re asked to make pot stickers.

The beautifully cruel “America’s Next Top Model” (CW at 9) has the models competing in a fast-paced challenge that asks them to convey different meteorological seasons; even better, it takes place in a New York subway station.

Gordon Ramsay heads to Vermont to revamp the dog-friendly Four Seasons Inn, which shares little in common with the luxury chain, on “Hotel Hell” (Fox at 9).

“Brain Games” (Nat Geo at 9) tests your sense of intuition and breaks down which chemicals go through your brain when you get that strange sensation of knowing something without being able to say how you know it.

News of a death in the family puts a dark cloud over Southfork, and John Ross seeks redemption from Pamela on “Dallas” (TNT at 9).

A group of mysterious men capture Barbie to ask him about his affiliation with the Dome on “Under the Dome” (CBS at 10). Meanwhile, Big Jim makes a life-changing decision for Chester’s Mill residents.

On the late-night front, “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35) plays host to actor Michael Cera, a diving-dog skit and musical guest Lyle Lovett.

Rachel Lubitz

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