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Beauty, beast in ‘Double Exposure’

June 15, 2010

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She’s lovely. He’s hideous. We’ve all known couples like that. Photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani star on “Double Exposure” (9 p.m., Bravo), the latest of the network’s too many shows set in the ridiculously brittle world of high-fashion media.

Indrani is a former model who briefly dated photographer Klinko before they both decided to become “just friends” and partners behind the camera. On paper, their combined efforts make a great deal of sense. She knows what it’s like to pose and be bossed around. She brings a soothing, cheerful presence to nervous clients, including models, music stars and other fabulous types.

I rarely gush about reality stars, but Indrani is one long, cool glass of water, a pleasure to behold and seemingly sane, sympathetic and reasonable. That’s what makes Klinko’s behavior all the more odious.

The world of fashion photography and its high-strung inhabitants has inspired comedy from “Zoolander” to “Austin Powers.” Klinko explains why. Shrill, self-involved, fussy and dictatorial, he’s like some enraged Teutonic poodle forever straining on his leash. A childish diva, he makes a habit of booking lavish penthouses for himself when on the road and consigning Indrani to more modest digs. She gently complains that she finds this personally and professionally humiliating and a visible sign of her unequal status. But when she raises this point, he pouts and plays the victim.

Klinko spends almost the entire second half of the pilot shouting — or rather screeching — at his partner, assistants and clients. He may be the most hateful creature ever to have his own Bravo show. And we all know the competition is fierce.

l “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (8 p.m., Bravo) enters its sixth season with Kathy sharing the story behind her cameo on “Law & Order: SVU.” This amusing adventure offers an interesting glance at the awkward intersection of reality television and traditional drama. Highlights include some acting lessons from Liza Minnelli and Griffin’s offscreen preparations for her onscreen kissing scene with Detective Stabler (Christopher Meloni), who does a good job of acting annoyed. A repeat of Griffin’s cameo on “SVU” can be seen tomorrow night.

As always, Griffin’s mother steals the show, deflating Kathy’s delusions of stardom with passive-aggressive asides. In an upcoming episode, Griffin travels to Wasilla, Alaska, to make some pre-emptive digs at Sarah Palin’s yet-to-be-scheduled reality show on TLC.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Auditions continue on “America’s Got Talent” (7 p.m. and 8 p.m., NBC).

• A cooking competition feeds the college crowd on a two-hour “Hell’s Kitchen” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Game Six of the NBA Finals (8 p.m., ABC).

• Bakers battle to keep their batter in the liners in the debut episode of “Cupcake Wars” (8 p.m., Food).

• A helicopter attempts a risky rescue on “Deadliest Catch” (8 p.m., Discovery).

• The new series “It’s Effin Science” (8 p.m., G4) challenges nerdy stereotypes by building neat things and blowing them up.

• A drug company plays hardball during a lawsuit on “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS).

Cult choice

A stand-up comic offers something to offend everyone in the 2005 comedy “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic” (9 p.m., Sundance).

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