When was the last time you could count on a news program to be far and away the most entertaining and engaging program on TV? That's the case tonight with Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination for president in a speech from Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver.
My recommendation is again to go with CNN if you have cable, and PBS if you don't. CNN will have more thorough reporting and commentary starting at 6 p.m. But PBS will have Jim Lehrer, the dean of TV anchors, to lend perspective starting at 8 p.m.
There are other options. One of the most encouraging aspects of this year's political coverage involves the rising tide of diverse voices. TV One, which targets African-American viewers, will be offering three hours of coverage hosted by Joe Madison, XM Satellite and WOL-AM radio talk show host, and Arthur Fennell, host and managing editor of Art Fennell Reports on CN8, the Comcast news channel. (8 p.m. TV One)
CUT IT OUT Tabatha Coffey, the Gordon Ramsay of the hair salon circuit, goes to Pasadena, Calif., in Tabatha's Salon Takeover on Bravo. This is week 2 of this new series, and already I'm bored. Focus on the client, Tabatha. That would be me, the viewer. (Bravo, 10 p.m) * 1/2
THE 'TRUTH' HURTING The lie-detector reality series, Moment of Truth, returns with a two-hour episode, but here's a bit of truth: Moment has been bumped from the fall and will disappear until midseason. This is a show on the way down. (Fox, 8 p.m.) *