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Love Island USA's Singles are Ready to Mingle (or Face Elimination)

ALSO: Bring the Funny, All-Star Baseball, Pose, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and more
  • Alana Morrison, Cashel Barnett, and Alexandra Stewart are among the eleven singles competing in tonight's premiere episode of Love Island. (CBS)
    Alana Morrison, Cashel Barnett, and Alexandra Stewart are among the eleven singles competing in tonight's premiere episode of Love Island. (CBS)
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    The history of British and imports translating to American hit TV shows is a long and proud one, going back at least to All in the Family (based on the BBC sitcom Till Death Do Us Part) and Sanford and Son (based on the British Steptoe and Son) in the 1970s. Much of the modern-day reality TV genre owes its existence to imports like American Idol (which launched in the UK under the name Pop Idol), and CBS still packs its summer schedule with Big Brother, a show that's been infinitely more popular and central to the cultural zeitgeist in its native Britain.

    CBS is hoping that another across-the-pond import will help set this summer ablaze: the dating/hook-up extravaganza Love Island, which makes its American premiere tonight. In its attempts to game-ify modern courtship, reality TV has given us everything from The Bachelor to Temptation Island to Flavor of Love to Are You the One?. Some shows are better than others — and some shows are certainly more successful than others. On its surface, Love Island feels slightly more upfront in its mercenary mission to have its singles hook up and partner off in order to win money, but the line between honest and trashy in this case might end up being a thin one.

    SERIES PREMIERE: If you're planning to watch Love Island this season, you better have been doing your endurance training. CBS will air the series every weeknight, Monday through Friday. That's a lot of loving happening in those cabanas. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES PREMIERE: Something of a spiritual successor to the network's Last Comic Standing, NBC is premiering Bring the Funny, which will search for America's next great comedy act. How different is a "comedy act" from a stand-up comedian? That's up to judges Kenan Thompson (a sketch comedian), Jeff Foxworthy (a stand-up comedian), and Chrissy Tiegen (a cookbook author). 10:00 PM ET on NBC

    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: You have to feel a little bad for the MLB All-Star Game this year, coming so quickly on the heels of the United States Women's National Team and their World Cup victory. But while it'll be hard to out-shine Megan Rapinoe and company, the baseball all-star game has always been less about fierce competition and more about an easy summer evening watching baseball's best play on the same field. 7:30 PM ET on FOX

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: HBO documentaries continue to provide compelling stories that will just strip you of any faith you had in human beings. I Love You, Now Die tells the unsettling true story of the prosecution of Michelle Carter, who at 17 years old was accused of encouraging her 18-year-old long-distance boyfriend to commit suicide by text message. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Pose returns from a week off with a powerful episide co-written by Ryan Murphy and Janet Mock and directed by Ryan Murphy. When a member of the community is brutally attacked, the ballroom scene is shaken to the core. 10:00 PM ET on FX
    • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills closes out a deeply strange season where original cast member and star Lisa Vanderpump seemingly walked away from all social obligations. See if she shows up for one last kiss-off. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo
    • Apollo: Back to the Moon is yet another program timed to this month's 50th anniversary of the moon landing. This one promises the untold stories and contingencies (what if the astronauts weren't able to return?) of the Apollo 11 mission. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
    • Animal Kingdom continues to ride that tension wire of who's going to turn on who, but for real: Emily Deschanel's Angela is going to ruin someone's life, right? 9:00 PM ET on TNT

    TOPICS: Love Island, CBS, Reality TV