What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Gymnastics and Track and Field

The Olympics is great summer TV. Any time there isn't something more interesting on, NBC fits the bill. Tonight they have more Individual Gymnastics competitions, and several Field and Track events, as well as other events. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. XXX Summer Olympics. Track and field qualifying: Women's 100m hurdles, women's 1500m, and women's steeplechase final. Men's water polo, USA vs. Hungary. Men's volleyball: USA vs. Tunisia. Equestrian. Cycling. Synchronized swimming: duet qualifying. Canoeing. 9:00 AM CT NBC

2. MLB Baseball. New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

3. XXX Summer Olympics. Gymnastics finals: Men's Still rings, Men's vault, Women's uneven bars. Track and Field finals: Men's 400m, Men's 400m hurdles, Women's pole vault. Men's beach volleyball, USA vs. Latvia. Diving: Men's springboard qualifying. Cycling. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Bachelor Pad. An ice cream-themed obstacle course, three-on-one dates, and the contestants start coupling up. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Amy is jealous of Ricky's new life in college 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Stevie tries to save his relationship with Mimi, Erica gets disturbing news, and Rashida and Kirk fight. 7:00 PM CT VH1

7. The Closer. Outside of a home, and security guard and veteran are found dead, and the DA's office stifles Brenda's investigations. Raydor and Pope find the department leak. 8:00 PM CT TNT

8. Warehouse 13. Everyone pitches in to prevent a a box of accidentally unleashed artifacts from wiping a small town off the map. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

9. Bunheads. Michelle finds out Fanny has a long-distance boyfriend, and Fanny gives Boo a sought-after role in a performance after Sasha acts up. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

10. The Real Housewives of New York. Over lunch, LuAnn confides in Sonja that she's trying to have a baby with Jacques. Sonja worries whether not Jacques intentions with LuAnn are pure, and drunkenly confronts him at the housewife holiday party. Her attack on Jacques seems to hit too close to home, leaving most of the housewives wondering if Sonja is really just taking her own issues out on him instead…. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

11. Bizarre Foods America. Andrew Zimmern creates a menu inspired by his travels around the world for a hungry dinner crowd in Los Angeles. He works and eats as he shops for the unique ingredients he plans to serve at his one-night-only pop up restaurant. From learning how to make pig-face bacon, to having some tense moments surrounding sea urchin aspic, to working against the clock in a cramped kitchen to feed inpatient diners, Zimmern faces some great challenges. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Single Ladies. Keisha makes her choice, and April and Reggie's conflict brews into a storm. 8:00 PM CT VH1

13. The Glass House. The eliminated contestants come back into the house, team compete in a skill and endurance challenge, and a contestant is permanently eliminated. 9:00 PM CT ABC

14. Perception. Pierce and Moretti tend to the investigation of the murder of a young man who made claims of hearing the word of God, and Pierce gets an award from the university for his research. 9:00 PM CT TNT

15. Alphas. An investigation leads Harken and Hicks to go undercover in a secret, underground Alphas-only Fight club. Guest starring Erin Way. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

16. Miss Advised. In the season finale, Amy discusses how her prom disaster date may be the last time she puts herself out there for love. While one love expert still struggles to find a match, another’s future in love looks pretty solid. Emily's trip to Napa with David takes a sudden turn and morphs their relationship forever. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Four Houses. A suburban ranch modern country retreat, an eco-friendly bungalow, and a bohemian chalet. 9:00 PM CT TLC

18. Hotel Impossible. Anthony Melchiorri heads to Daytona Beach, FL to transform The Dream Inn. While he renovates the beachside hotel’s dilapidated rooms and hideous yellow exterior, Melchiorri simultaneously works to amend the family owners’ damaging and confusing management style – all to keep this hotel from going under. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Bad Girls Club: Mexico. The girls vacation in sunny La Paz with new housemate Andrea, and Christina's fiery temper targets Ashley. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

20. Teen Wolf. Scott helps with the championship lacrosse game, and Allison and Argent search for Derek and his wolves. 9:00 PM CT MTV

21. Push Girls. The girls head out on a challenging ski trip, and Cody's boyfriend needs to prove he can be a caretaker. 9:00 PM CT Sundance Channel

22. Conan. Eric Stonestreet, Dominic Monaghan, and Nora Jones are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

 

Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 2 – Lady Gaga’s Sad Pineapple Cake

Looks like I am back in midseason form – with a column woefully late. Blame the talented Olympic athletes from around the world, along with the need to work and do some quality parenting. Oh, and Tony Horton has played a part in my tardiness.

Anyway, we have Episode 2 of Masters to talk about, so let’s get started with the Quickfire. What’s that? No Quickfire? Well, that sure makes that section easy to write about. And it likely means a grueling elimination challenge is coming their way. As Stone arrives with a young man and woman next to him, the likelihood of a wedding challenge becomes strong. And in fact, that’s exactly what we have. Meet Jay and Christine – who have had some issues with their wedding. Christine’s best friend died in a car crash before their wedding, and prompted them to postpone. Upon the rescheduling, the place they found for the wedding absconded with their deposit. Strike Two. One would start to wonder if fate was trying to tell them something. However, I am not one of those people. Romantic at heart, dontcha know.

So, the cupids at Magical Elves came to the rescue and lined up several world-class chefs to cook them a wedding feast at Ravella’s in Lake Las Vegas. The chefs will cook as one team and make a spread for 200 people – from cocktail hour to dessert – at the wedding the next day. Record scratch sound! Tomorrow? They have to make it all in one day! Yikes. Thankfully for some of them, the couple is fans of Asian flavors – right in some chefs’ wheelhouse. They also want a many-layered cake, thus putting one chef firmly on the firing line thanks to the show’s long history of cake failures. Art chooses to do the cake, humblebragging that he has made cakes for Lady Gaga, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey. It won’t be the last time Gaga’s cake gets a shoutout this episode. The name dropping? Getting old.

As Kerry sings Viva Las Vegas – not Viva Las Gaygas (that’s for all of you Chandler Bing fans) – they head to purchase ingredients and supplies. Bring me 15 pounds of crab meat! Get your okra over here!! Debbie wants to make a light Thai papaya salad. What could go wrong with that plan? Oh, no papayas. Yeah, she’s doomed. Takashi shouts for pickles. Art stacks up some yogurt. And CC and Takashi do an amazing last second run and relay for pork belly. Part of the Mens’ 200-meter Meat Toss competition. Unfortunately for Kerry, in the scramble to get to the checkout, his cart full of canned crab fails to make it out of the store.

Prep time – four hours worth – begins and Chris and Art squabble over the oven. This is going to get tiresome between these two. Chris is so much a kitchen diva I think he needs a diva-like nickname. For now, he’ll be CC unless I can think of something better. Regardless, he wants the oven and doesn’t want crap from Art. Stone shows up and comments on Kerry’s corn. There’s a euphemism in there somewhere. We also learn that Tom was best man at Kerry’s wedding, and did the food. Ok, if Tom likes this guy, I will have to go along. Of course, if Tom liked almost anyone, I’d give it a go. He is just that cool.

Not all that surprising, Mark lets us know that his charity is a Maine group pushing for same sex marriage legislation. He and Clark have been together for 25 years, and cannot get married in Maine. That’s right – these two guys are a threat to marriages across the board. (massive sarcasm) One thing is for sure, these guys won’t be eating any pickle/chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A anytime soon. And judging by the fit he had when The Hat took some of Clark’s shelf space, I wouldn’t want to get in their way. And I’d like to say, that instead of getting fired up over shelving, he should look into a class action lawsuit against his hairdresser.

With two hours to service, CC puts on his apron like it was body armor and Art and Lorena head to a separate dessert-only kitchen. And all of a sudden – the kids get married! Hooray! Mazel Tov! There as guests for the ceremony were Bert, Ruth, Stone and Krista. One note – Krista sent me a really great tweet last week playing along with my Katniss reference and promising to go to the red carpet in a flaming chariot. First of all, I’m holding you to it. Second of all, awesome sense of humor. And third, you can’t encourage me on these pages, because I can’t help myself. Say bye bye to mild-mannered food critic Krista, say hello to “girl on fire” food critic Katniss.