Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 - Featured


* Royal Pains (10/9c USA Network)


Hank's got a lot on his plate in tonight's first-season finale. He worries about the future of HankMed as he considers replacing Divya after she ties the knot. Hank also butts heads with his brother over Evan's financial practices. In the midst of these concerns, he still has a client to treat: a woman suffering hallucinations. Add a dash of romantic woes as Charlie moves in with Jill, and it's a recipe for disaster.


* Battle of the High School Musicals: Guys 'N' Divas (8:30/7:30c Showtime)


Forget the glitter, gloss and glamor of Disney's High School Musical franchise. This involving documentary is the down-and-dirty real deal. It's an intriguing chronicle that follows the intense and demanding competition among a trio of secondary schools in southern Indiana, where they attempt to mount productions to qualify for a prestigious summer-theater festival. The film is chock full of aspiring Zacs, Vanessas, Ashleys and Corbins, and the talent is extremely polished.


* Project Runway (10/9c Lifetime Television)


Season 6 commenced last week in high style. Not only were there weepy dramas (Johnny was ready to throw in the towel), but actress and tabloid darling Lindsay Lohan was the guest judge. It all got fishy real fast: Contestant Ari Fish got the hook when her outfit was dubbed a "disco soccer ball" by judge Michael Kors, and she became the season's first fashion victim. And then there were 15: The remaining clothiers in this couture club are slated to create a look for a celeb in tonight's challenge.


* Bully Beatdown (9:30/8:30c MTV)


Former geeks rejoice! This satisfying series returns for a second season, with more victims of bullying getting sweet revenge by pitting their former tormentors against professional MMA fighters. So-called tough guys get two options: accept the challenge (and the chance to win big bucks if they succeed in the ring) or bow out like cowards. With any luck, this series will make future bullies think twice about picking on the little guy.


* Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary (7/6c MSNBC)


"Join us...to stand for progress...to go forward until the United States achieves that great goal of practicing what it preaches." From a lofty Barack Obama speech? Nope. Try John F. Kennedy circa 1960. Reported by Chris Matthews, this look at the lives and legacies of Kennedy brothers Jack, Bobby and Ted - who each, in his own way, shaped America, its culture and politics - features archival clips, including Ted's stirring eulogy of Robert, and interviews with Kennedy insiders and scholars.


* Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (10/9c Showtime)


Holy cow! What kind of bull has gotten Penn and Teller riled up now? As if The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons haven't vexed and perplexed the Catholic Church hierarchy enough, now these two muckrakers are on a crusade to expose the inner workings of the Vatican. It's the series' seventh-season finale, and there's going to be hell to pay. Do the guys dig deep? Does the Pope wear a tall hat?


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