What to watch in Nashville: August 17 and 18
Tuesday, August 17
7 p.m. ABC (Local WKRN Channel 2)
All that’s known about this week’s new episode of Wipeout is that the title of the episode is “Totally, Totally Inappropriate,” but for a show that features segments such as Bruiserball and makes viewers bounce across the big balls after being sucker punched into a wading pool full of mud, I think inappropriate is what most viewers have come to expect.
Gates of Hell
7 p.m. History Channel
This two hour History Channel special takes viewers around the world to several locations which have all been marked as the entrance to Hell itself. Locations include a cave in the jungles of Central America, a lake of fire in Africa, and a volcano in Iceland, all of which share strangely eerie similarities.
9 p.m. Comedy Central
In this new sitcom from Comedy Central, Josh Franklin (Chris Gethard) refuses to give up on his dreams, despite losing his Wall Street job and being forced to move back in with his parents (whose retirement fund he lost during his stint in high finance). Together with two of his high school friends, played by former Saturday Night Live cast members Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell, Josh sets out to save his hometown.
Wednesday, August 18
7 p.m. Fox (Local WZTV Channel 17)
The greatest achievement of this show’s four week run is probably showing the world that Gordon Ramsey is not actually the meanest chef in this world. This week, one team is safe from elimination after winning a challenge where they have to feed hundreds of Marines, and the losing team faces a pressure test.
Live From Lincoln Center
7 p.m. PBS (Local WNPT Channel 8)
Lincoln Center’s Tony Award winning revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific” is presented this week and stars Kelli O'Hara as Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and Tony winner Paulo Szot as the French planter Emile De Becque. The musical features several familiar songs, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime” and “Bali Ha’i.”
Hot in Cleveland
9 p.m. TVLand
This first year sitcom has been a ratings winner for TVLand, and in this season finale, the aptly titled “Tornado,” a tornado threatens to hit Cleveland, leaving the ladies (Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves) desperate to find shelter. But they find more than that when they enter Elka’s (Betty White) secret storm shelter.