What's On: Kathy Griffin Branches Out
Tonight, Kathy Griffin attempts to win over a new demographic with a cable stand-up act that incorporates Mexican blue collar humor and a ventriloquist dummy named BJ. Just kidding. Her 7th Bravo comedy special airs tonight with expected jabs at Jon Gosselin, Homecoming Princess Dakota Fanning and Michael Jackson.
Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steel [9 PM, Bravo]
The other victims of Griffin's act tonight include Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Paula Abdul. In the performance, taped at the San Diego Civic Theatre, Griffin also recounts an argument with Barbara Walters and finally explains (or mines all of the humor out of) her Levi Johnston-escorted appearance at the Teen Choice Awards.
90210 [8 PM, CW]
Start boning up on 90201 2.0's token lesbian Gia (Rumer Willis) now so that come January's same-sex kiss, you'll have a shot at understanding why, amidst all of the hetero hotties to seduce, Gia chooses teenage mother, Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes). Speaking of gays who have tempted straight girls into the throes of lesbian passion, DJ Samantha Ronson guest stars as a wise version of herself who doles out romantic advice to Navid (Michael Steger). Hip hop artist Pharrell also appears during a N.E.R.D. concert attended by Ryan (Ryan Eggold) and Jen (Sara Foster).
The City [10:30 PM EST, MTV]
Last season, Whitney learned damning information about her Aussie squeeze Jay while sunning in Miami Beach. Tonight, MTV promises to shake up Whitney's Hamptons vacation with some surprising gossip about her current producer-pushed fling, Freddie. Given how little chemistry Whitney and Bottle Tan Freddie have, any information on a prostitute-filled past is welcome, but we'd much prefer to just have Nevan back. Meanwhile, no one is surprised when Olivia screws up a big assignment for Elle and Joe Zee rushes to her defense.
Grapes of Wrath [10 PM EST/7 PM PST, TCM]
Older people like to say that the current generation of 20-30-somethings has been spoiled and will never know hardship like they experienced. This film might be Exhibit A in that case. The story of the Joad family and their exodus from Oklahoma is both heartbreaking and inspiring and is a great introduction to director John Ford if you are scared of Westerns or John Wayne. If you also have a fear of sincerity, you might want to turn away from the screen every time Henry Fonda appears.