Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - Featured


* America's Got Talent (9/8 CT)


There will be huge gambles in Las Vegas tonight in the conclusion of the two-part "Vegas Verdicts." In last night's Part 1, battling judges David Hasselhoff, Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne deliberated and debated the contestants' fates, only to land in a deadlock. Now they continue to determine destinies as they try to round out the sought-after Top 40. The pressure's on: The live performance shows begin next week, with 10 of the Top 40 acts showcasing their talents on Tuesday.


* Leverage (9/8 CT TNT)


With real-life Ponzi schemers and millionaire corporate crooks pasted all over the news lately, it's only fitting that our dream team takes aim on a fictional one tonight. It's the Ford difference when Nate Ford and his crack crew hone in on a thieving hedge-fund manager who greedily gobbled up people's nest eggs. But for their sweeping brand of justice to work, they must commandeer a whole hospital floor and stage the deadly outbreak of a virus.


* Holidate (10/9 CT SOAPnet)


Taking a cue from the Cameron Diaz-Kate Winslet movie The Holiday, this new reality dating series takes two women who've been struggling on the romantic front and has them switch cities with one another, hoping the new locale will result in better luck. First up: A model from Los Angeles heads out to New York City to date the owner of a hedge-fund company and a real-estate broker. Swapping with her is a NYC entrepreneur who looks for love in L.A. when she dates three men who work in the entertainment industry.


* Top Chef Masters (10/9 CT Bravo)


The Champions Round begins, turning this savory series into a pressure cooker. The winning chefs from the six previous episodes - Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Anita Lo, Art Smith and Suzanne Tracht - return to compete in the final four championship shows. This Top 6 must whip up their signature dishes tonight. But in a culinary twist, our masters of meals are then assigned to re-create their competitors' distinctive meals.


* Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars (10/9 CT CNBC)


It is one of the most brutal sports around and has become one of the most successful - despite initial resistance from TV and sponsors alike. This look at the UFC mixed-martial arts promotion features interviews with UFC president Dana White and co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and profiles some of the fighters, including former math teacher Rich Franklin.


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