Jenny’s TV Guide: Thursday July 17

Thursday marks the series premiere of The Gong Show with Dave Attell on Comedy Central at 10/9c. Dave Attell and Comedy Central are bringing back the original and best comedy variety show, The Gong Show! It will consist of eight to ten unusual, absurd, bizarre, twisted, unique and hilarious acts that will be judged by a panel of three revolving celebrity judge. Stars will be made. Feelings will be hurt.

Following that is the series premiere of Reality Bites Back on Comedy Central at 10:30/9:30c. If competitive reality television is your bag, you can’t miss this latest twist on the genre. Ten comedians enter, one comedian leaves with a fat cash prize to stave off their side gigs, if only for a little while. Michael Ian Black serves as ringmaster for this circus of the stand-ups with parodies of American Gladiators, The Amazing Race, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and more of your elimination show favorites. Contestants on the show include a son of hippies, “Sheen” from Jimmy Neutron and “Ashy Larry.” Culled from the ranks of seasoned comedy veterans and up-and-comers across America, these stand-ups will do anything for cash and glory. No stunt or psychological game is too humiliating for these comic warriors. How much physical and mental abuse can they take beyond what it takes to make it as a stand-up comedian?

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Premiere*Reality Bites Back – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *Series Premiere*The Gong Show with Dave Attell – Comedy Central @ 10/9c
  • *Special*Rock Honors: The Who – VH1 @ 9/8c (2-Hour Special)
  • *New*Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Burn Notice – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*Dragons’ Den – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Fear Itself – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Greatest American Dog – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Hopkins 24/7 – ABC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D-List – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Last Comic Standing – NBC @ 9/8c (2-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*My Boys – TBS @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*Penn & Teller: Bullshit – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *New*Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*So You Think You Can Dance – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *New*Swingtown – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Bill Engvall Show – TBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Works – History Channel @ 10/9c

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