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How will Chelsea handle guest Jennifer Love Hewitt and her new show?

May 3, 2012

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While I’ve never been a huge fan of talk show host Chelsea Handler, I’m curious about tonight’s “Chelsea Lately” (10 p.m., E!). The host, also an actress and author, has a good sense of the ridiculous and absolutely no scruples about discussing the intimate, embarrassing and disgusting.

Both talents should come in handy when chatting with Jennifer Love Hewitt, whose new Lifetime series, “The Client List,” is ridiculously disgusting. For the uninitiated, “The Client List” is about a hapless single mother who drives 200 miles a day to work at a massage parlor, where sexual “extras” are on the menu. The show would be tragic if it weren’t so stupid and absurd. Given the material, I’m curious to see what Handler makes of “The Client List” and its star.

• The 2009 documentary “65-RedRoses” (8 p.m., OWN) makes its television debut. It tells the story of Eva Markvoort, a woman who fights a genetic disorder and bonds with fellow patients while awaiting a crucial transplant.

‘‘Roses” sounds important, well-meaning and redemptive. In short, it’s like much of the prime-time programming on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

It’s no secret that OWN has been struggling since its debut in January 2011. It’s never easy to start a new network, even when its founder was the host and executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” But OWN has too much educational “Oprah” and not enough fun, celebrities-jumping-on-the-couch “Oprah.” It’s become the eat-your-broccoli network.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Each study group member reacts to tragedy differently on “Community” (7 p.m., NBC).

• A new nemesis is exposed on “Missing” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Angie Jordan’s (Sherri Shepherd) boutique line is launched on “30 Rock” (7:30 p.m., NBC).

• Finch wants Reese to recharge his batteries on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Jim and Dwight join forces to fend off competition from a sister branch on “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Jake’s numbers enable Martin to help a French woman find her birth mother on “Touch” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Leslie continues to campaign on “Parks and Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC).

• Lisbon and Cho reconsider relationships past and present on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

• An apparent case of gang violence may require a fresh look on “Awake” (9 p.m., NBC).

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