The new Batman flick, The Dark Knight, opened this weekend to rave reviews, sold out crowds and a record-breaking performance at the box office—it took in $155.34 million, according to the Associated Press, surpassing the $151.1 million Spider-Man 3 made on its opening weekend a little over a year ago. When a blockbuster generates this much hype, the networks can cash in with primetime tie-ins that appeal to TV-addicts regardless of whether or not they’ve actually seen the movie. It starts tonight with The Dark Knight‘s predecessor, Batman Begins, on FX at 5 p.m. Then at 9, turn to the History Channel for Batman Tech, which answers the question posed by the Joker in the original 1989 remake of Batman: “Where does he get those wonderful toys?” According to the History Channel, “Viewers will go deep inside the Batcave to examine these incredible tools—many of them inspired by amazing real-life military developments. Discover just how close they come to real-life technology.” After that, stay tuned for Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight: “Delve into the world of Batman and the vigilante justice that he brought to the city of Gotham. Batman is a man who, after experiencing great tragedy, devotes his life to an ideal—but what happens when one man takes on the evil underworld alone? Examine why Batman is who he is—and explore how a boy scarred by tragedy becomes a symbol of hope to everyone else.”
Literary viewers should be sure to turn on IFC at 9:05 p.m. for Oliver Parker’s 2002 adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s classic satire of Victorian society, starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. Meanwhile, you might as well start getting used to watching Lifetime since you’ll have no choice once Project Runway joins the lineup of the oft-ridiculed women’s network. Pickings are slim, but at 10 p.m., give the second season premier of How to Look Good Naked a chance. Tonight, sassy former Queer Eye host Carson Kressley tries to rescue a mom who’s distressed over her lingering post-pregnancy pounds.
Speaking of Project Runway, if you missed the season five premiere last week, which revisited the inaugural challenge of designing an outfit made of materials purchased at a Gristedes supermarket, here’s what you need to know to catch up: First, indie rock crush object Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is a contestant on the show! OK, no she’s not. But a spacey 27-year-old California chick, who looks like her and shares the same last name, is. There’s this terrible, obnoxious, worst-guy-on-earth sort of designer, the 23-year-old Blayne, who’s trying really hard to make himself seem like “the new Christian.” (Blayne is to the overused and made-up term “girlicious” as Christian was to the overused but nevertheless applicable-to-fashion term “fierce.”) The first auf wiedersehen of the competition went to 32-year-old Jerry—who looks like a cross between New York designer Ben Cho and Lloyd from Entourage—for dressing his model up in a train wreck of an outfit that sort of made her look like the deranged hatchet-wielding sister from So I Married an Axe Murderer. And! Shockingly, judge Michael Kors made drastic changes to his staple runway-show wardrobe, switching from a black blazer, black t-shirt, black loafers with no socks and blue jeans, to a black blazer, black t-shirt, black loafers with no socks and white jeans. Tonight, the designers participate in a green-themed challenge with guest judge Natalie Portman—don’t forget the show’s switch to the 9 p.m. time slot! (Bravo)
The summer’s reaching its halfway mark and you feel like you’re in need of a weekend getaway. The Travel Channel’s harmlessly annoying host Samantha Brown (poor man’s Anthony Bourdain?) has your back with a new season of Passport to Great Weekends. In two new episodes tonight, Ms. Brown takes you to London for some pub-crawling and Indian food (10), and then heads back to her New Hampshire roots for some seaside relaxation (10:30). And on Bravo at 10, Kathy Grifin has a getaway of her own in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, where she opens “The Kathy Griffin Leadership Academy” in an attempt to garner some Oprah-worthy press on My Life on the D-List.
In case the only getaway you have planned for this weekend involves your couch and a six-pack of summer ale, you can get lazy tonight with Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet at 8:30, a new episode of The Dog Whisperer on National Geographic Channel at 9 and, just in time for you to fall asleep in front of the tube, Pulp Fiction on VH1 at 11:30.