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Gender-specific programs abound

June 11, 2009

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OK, we get it. Some cable networks and even some networks target one specific gender. ABC departs “Grey’s Anatomy” country to broadcast game 4 of the NBA finals (8 p.m., ABC) between Orlando and Los Angeles. I guess all those ads for “The Bachelorette” and “Brothers and Sisters” are lost on this audience.

Could this be the reason why Jimmy Kimmel seems like such an afterthought for the alphabet network? He does a credible job as the every-schlub interviewer, but that may not cut it on a network dedicated to “Desperate Housewives” and the search for the next McDreamy.

Meanwhile, on cable, the estrogen flows freely. Want to clear every man from the room? Tune into “How To Find A Husband” (8 p.m., Fine Living Network). Experts help Sally, a thirtysomething woman, find Mr. Right. She’s more than dedicated to the task, having quit her job to concentrate on husband-hunting. Great, thinks EveryGuy. She’s desperate and she’s unemployed! Now that’s fine living!

• Proof that plagiarism and programming go hand-in-hand can be found on “Raising Sextuplets: Life Is a Marathon With Six Kids!” (9 p.m., WE). The folks at WE are surely hoping that the fascination with raising multiples has not been tarnished by that other show about raising sextuplets and all of its tabloid troubles.

First-time parents Bryan and Jenny Masche cope with the daily challenges of raising sextuplets in the premiere episode of this reality series. “Raising” catches up with the Masches as they prepare to celebrate the kids’ second birthday. No, this is nothing like that other show about raising sextuplets!

In addition to this light fare, “Raising” deals with Jenny’s need to go back to work and Bryan’s battle with the sympathy weight he put on during his wife’s pregnancy. Jenny dropped all of the 80 pounds she gained, but Bryan is having the hardest time with his 30-pound spare tire.

• On a similar if more serious note, the new documentary series “16 & Pregnant” (9 p.m., MTV) follows six young women as they cope with pregnancy and the challenges they face telling their family about their situation, the difficulty in attending school full time and coping with reactions from friends. They also confront a whole new set of financial burdens. And then, of course, there is the pregnancy itself. “16” will follow all of the young women over the final five to seven months of their pregnancies as they face hope, heartbreak and the unknown.

Tonight’s other highlights

• “Speeders” (7 p.m., Tru) enters its eighth season with the 100th episode of pedal-to-the-metal excess and consequences.

• Undercover fatalities on “CSI” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Down to 18 on “So You Think You Can Dance” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) star in “Baby Mama” (8 p.m., HBO), the 2008 surrogacy spoof.

• The animated reality-show satire “Total Drama Action” (8 p.m., Cartoon Network) kicks off with a movie-themed elimination round. This is a cartoon spin-off of “Total Drama Island.”

• An explosive situation unfolds on “Burn Notice” (8 p.m., USA).

• Murder in wine country on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

• A homeless man may have clues to a girl’s disappearance on “The Listener” (9 p.m., NBC).

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