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Last Comic Standing semi-finals begin

Gandolfini sells the shirt off his back and the comics take the stage in Las Vegas for the semi-finals of “Last Comic Standing.”

Bill holds court over Last Comic's semi-finalsLesson from last night: don’t brag because that will make you look all the more stupid when you’re cut in the first round. “Shear Genius” is back and it really is! They put those braggarts to the test by making them cut hair blindfolded. Then the stylists had to do a practical version of cartoon-inspired hair. And how apropos, since this year, the personalities are bigger than Marge Simpson’s blue-do!

Last night was also week three for the “So You Think You Can Dance” contestants. I give you my opinion on each and every dance in my weekly recap which can be found here.

I also made it through another episode of “Celebrity Circus.” I think it’s the human need to rubberneck that makes me keep tuning in week after week. That and seeing Antonio Sabato Jr. without his shirt. 

Tonight on TV

It’s pretty slim pickings.

ABC pulls the wraps off a new hospital docu-drama called “Hopkins” after reruns of “Ugly Betty” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

CBS has a new “Swingtown” after reruns of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “CSI.”

NBC begins the Vegas semi-finals on “Last Comic Standing” at 8:00 and finishes with a new “Fear Itself,” this one directed by John Landis.

The CW has their usual “Smallville” and “Supernatural” one-two punch.

FOX goes with “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” and then it’s the “So You Think You Can Dance” elimination show. 

Over on cable

The Bill Engvall Show” and “My Boys” are both new on TBS. Bravo has “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.”

Rascal Flatts guests on “Live From Abbey Road” on Sundance at 10:00 and HGTV has several new episodes including “Designed to Sell” and “Rate My Space.”

And it’s 2006 and 2007 on “I Love the New Millennium” on VH1

News and notable

“Deadwood’s” Timothy Olyphant is joining the the cast of FX’s “Damages.”

Hart Bochner is joining the cast of USA Network’s The Starter Wife playing Molly’s (Debra Messing) new love interest.

The wives of NBA player Eric Snow and NFL linebacker Ed Hartwell, will join three other women for Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

An auction of 25 outfits worn by James Gandolfini on “The Sopranos” brought in more than $187,000 dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project which helps wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Smallville’s” John Schneider has begun work on an independent TV production being shot on Catalina Island. It’s an unusual move to shoot without distribution, but Schneider, who is an investor in the series, has faith in the project.

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