I was on vacation for just over a week, basking in 100+ degree heat in Palm Springs, and as part of that vacation, I didn’t turn on the television in my hotel room, at all.

I love TV. I really do. But sometimes you just have to take a break from the things you love. My TiVo was working overtime for me back home, and I’ll be spending the next few weeks just catching up on the things I missed. And I’ll have fun doing that. But for one week, it was nice to just lay in raft in an outdoor pool at night, with the evening air still hovering in the 90’s, instead of sitting inside watching some Real Housewives bitch about the lack of canapes at a social event.

And, as if the TV gods just knew I’d have a lot of TV to occupy my time this week, there’s hardly anything new worth watching at all!

On Wednesday, July 25th, you can spend an entire hour watching commercials, as “The CLIOS: World’s Best Commercials” airs at 8 P.M. on NBC. If you DVR it, be careful with which commercials you actually skip over!

I guess summer television just can’t get enough of dating, as yet another dating show is premiering Thursday, July 26th at 10 P.M. on CBS. It’s called “3,” and involves three single ladies going on a “dating tour” across America. Do not ask me what these three women might have that makes their search for love worth watching for several weeks, because I could not tell you. But bless ’em. Bless ’em!

On Friday, July 27th, the London Olympics will hold their opening ceremonies, and the big show is being directed by Danny Boyle. I am assuming the spectacular won’t include athletes having to cut off their own arms, or visit to the worst toilet in Scotland, although, frankly, those things are far less disturbing than the official Olympics mascots this time around. Seriously. Watch at it all starting at 7:30 P.M. on NBC.

Finally, on Saturday, July 28th, Syfy forsakes their usual monster-of-the-week for a made-for-TV remake of the 1984 film The Philadelphia Experiment. I remember that movie as being a tad silly, but also kind of intriguing because it was supposedly based on a real event. Of course, it’s about as “real” as Roswell, or the Bermuda Triangle, but it’s still fun to believe, isn’t it? Also, fun fact: Michael “Eddie and the Cruisers” Pare stars in original and this remake! 9 P.M.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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