TV highlights: Paul McCartney's Gershwin Prize ceremony, ‘Plain Jane' and more

"TOP" OF THE HILL: "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi with congressman Aaron Schock on the "Power Lunch" episode.
"TOP" OF THE HILL: "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi with congressman Aaron Schock on the "Power Lunch" episode. (David Giesbrecht/bravo)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS

"In Performance at the White House" (WETA at 8 p.m.) features "Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song," with President Obama awarding the prize to the legendary singer. The broadcast also has performances from the one and only . . . Jonas Brothers! Oh, and a few other people you might recognize, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello, Jack White, Emmylou Harris and Faith Hill.

On new reality series "Plain Jane" (CW at 9), fashion expert Louise Roe tries to take a shy tomboy who loves baggy clothes and scuffed shoes and turn her into a stunning, confident gal who rocks tight dresses and high heels. In the premiere, Roe travels to Los Angeles to help 24-year-old music business assistant Cristen, who's had a secret crush on her buddy Ty for years but is planted firmly in "the friend zone."

Lots of familiar D.C. faces show up on Wednesday night's "Top Chef" (Bravo at 9), as the contestants prepare lunch for politicians including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), as well as TV anchors Savannah Guthrie, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and chef Art Smith.

Singer Mike Posner and dance group Jabbawockeez perform on "America's Got Talent" (NBC at 9) before four more acts get into the semifinals.

"The Bachelor: Then and Now" (E! at 10) checks in with former contestants to see if their lives have gotten better or worse in the wake of their reality-TV stints.

Elka's love live heats up on "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land at 10), just as Melanie's ex-husband arrives to make everything more complicated.

An old friend asks for Gus and Shawn's help to track down an alien on "Psych" (USA at 10), so the guys attempt to assist while keeping an open mind.

"Countdown to Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the New York Jets" (HBO at 11) offers a 12-minute preview of the fun to come on "Hard Knocks" (premiering Aug. 11), which looks behind the scenes of the New York Jets football team at training camp in Cortland, N.Y.

Actor Michael Keaton is a guest on "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35), along with the band the Flaming Lips.

"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35) hosts actress Eva Mendes, Old Spice commercial star Isaiah Mustafa and singer Robert Cray.

-- Emily Yahr


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