Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and count down the days until the “Mad Men” season premiere. Only four days to go. So close! I should throw a premiere party. I could serve old fashioneds and everyone could dress in 50’s attire and butt-pinching would be allowed! Sweet. LET’S GO!
WORK OF ART – 10:00PM (Bravo – an NBC/Universal network) It’s now safe to say this show is better than “Top Chef,” which airs right before it. Every creative competition show is only as good as its cast for any given season, and “Work Of Art” has a much more interesting cast in its first season than “Chef” does in its seventh. Last week’s “Work” episode was downright fascinating. We had Erik checking out of a team challenge and being ostracized by his teammates. Erik has brain damage, mind you. Not sure his teammates remembered or cared. So I found it virtually impossible to pick a side. Was Erik being a stubborn idiot? Yep. Were his teammates egocentric nutjobs who purposely left him hanging? Yep.
Best of all, Erik called out Miles for playing up his OCD, and some of the other guy contestants totally agreed. Then they cut to that one Hipster Dude doing an impression of Miles and it pretty much discredited Miles entirely. I can’t take anything he says seriously anymore. I think he’s an actor now. So Erik was right about him, but Erik was also a nutjob himself. So yeah, this show is interesting. Largely because these people are insane. ANTICIPATION: NARCISSISM!
TOP CHEF – 9:00PM (Bravo – an NBC/Universal network) Just when I’m ready to like Kenny, he goes in front of the camera and says something like, “I’m definitely the alpha dog of the group.” No one who has ever uttered that sentence has ever been a likable human being. It’s just not possible. Also, Angelo is a creep. ANTICIPATION: FIRE THE CAST!
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – 9:00PM (NBC) Performing tonight… TRAIN! “Hey soul sister…” Is that stuck in your brain now? Forever? Until you have to saw off your head to rid yourself of it? Good. Also, Cirque de Soleil performs a selection from their show “Ka,” which is one of the more useful two-letter words in Scrabble. ANTICIPATION: KA-RIFFIC!
CONFESSIONS: ANIMAL HOARDING – 10:00PM (Animal Planet) That’s right. It’s hoarding, only with a new twist. These people hoard animals. Stacks of dogs! Closets crammed full of rabbits! A garage spilling out hamsters! You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a dead cat! ANTICIPATION: ANIMAL WOODSTOCK!
CHASING MUMMIES – 10:00PM (History Channel) Shouldn’t be hard to chase a mummy. It’s not like you ever see them walk briskly. ANTICIPATION: HEAVY GROANING!