Can a bad girl ever grow up?
April 10, 2012 12:00 AM
What happens when someone known for scandal and outsized rants wants to settle down? Can a human train wreck ever become a daily commuter?
Laura Dern’s character on HBO’s “Enlightened” has tried that maneuver. Perhaps that’s why the show remains more acclaimed than watched. Elizabeth Taylor was widely admired when she focused on charity work and White Diamonds. But she sure was a lot more fun when she capsized “Cleopatra” and launched a thousand tabloid headlines.
So what’s Shannen Doherty to do with the rest of her life? Over eight episodes of “Shannen Says” (10 p.m. on WE), the former “Beverly Hills, 90210″ bad girl will plan her wedding to photographer Kurt Iswarienko and try to convince us that she’s ready to become someone’s wife.
“Shannen Says” tries to compensate for the lack of drama in Doherty’s life with the manic production of a reality TV-sized wedding. Apparently, preparing a catered event for family and friends has become an undertaking as complex as the Apollo Project or Operation Overlord.
The purpose of shows like “Bridezillas” and its many spawn is to turn ordinary women into monsters. Doherty, in contrast, is a reformed monster who just wants to have a normal life, or at least one approximating “Tori & Dean.” It’s doubtful that anyone wants to hear what “Shannen Says.” Nor will we ever “Listen to Lohan” or “Love that Courtney!” when those shows arrive.
— with a title that sounds like a punch line, “The Titanic with Len Goodman” (8 on WGBH) features interviews with descendants of passengers from the historic 1912 shipwreck. Presumably, none of them sparkles with glittery skin like the contestants on Goodman’s principal gig, “Dancing with the Stars” (9 on ABC, TV-PG).
— Speaking of disasters at sea, “Love for Sail” (10 on Lifetime, TV-14) offers a “docu-dating” look at single women on cruise ship vacations. “The love Boat” meets “The Dating Game” in the Bermuda Triangle.
— “Big Easy Justice” (10 on Spike) follows a bounty hunter in new Orleans. will he join forces with “Steven Seagal Lawman”? only time can tell.
— Gearhead experts make specialty cars for rich people with money to burn on the new series “Dream Machines” (10 on Syfy). First up, rapper 50 Cent wants a Formula One race car.
— Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) guest-stars on “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— Results and elimination on “The Voice” (9 p.m., NBC).
— a sleepover gets complicated on “New Girl” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— a documentary crew examines the life and death of Hope’s mom on “Raising Hope” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— a suspect carries a grudge to explosive extremes on “Unforgettable” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— do sponsors get a break for sponsoring the department stores that sponsor the talent on “Fashion Star” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG)?
— Megan confronts a killer she once put behind bars on the season finale of “Body of Proof” (10 p.m., ABC, TV- 14).
— a friend’s murder brings a new intensity to Raylan on the season finale of “Justified” (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
A deranged plastic surgeon goes to grim lengths to fashion a new face for his beloved daughter in the 1959 French horror film “Eyes Without a Face” (10:15 p.m., TCM).
A trip to Colombia on “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … “The biggest Loser” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) … Rethinking the team’s roster on “Last Man Standing” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) … much ado about a soundtrack on “90210″ (8 p.m., CW, r) … Shaky wedding plans on “Cougar Town” (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
One car bomb may lead to another on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … Catherine’s ruse unravels on “Ringer” (9 p.m., The CW, TV-14).
Elon Musk is scheduled on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) … Phil and Willie Robertson and M. Ward appear on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS) … Kathy Najimy, Michael Yo, Loni love and Chris Franjola are booked on “Chelsea Lately” (11 p.m., E!) … Richard Hersh sits down on “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
Sean Hayes, Jim Gaffigan and Shooter Jennings appear on “Late Show with David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS) … Jay Leno welcomes Josh Hutcherson, Rachel Maddow and Epic Turner featuring Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) … David Spade and Slash appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (midnight, ABC).
Christina Applegate, Jane Goodall and White Rabbits visit “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (12:35 a.m., NBC) … Craig Ferguson hosts Guy Pearce and Jessica St. Clair on “The Late Late Show” (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at email@example.com.
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