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Tune In Tonight: ‘Shrinks’ hurt more than they help

March 4, 2013

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The doctors’ creed, “first, do no harm,” should apply to their reputations as well. The new Bravo series “LA Shrinks” (9 p.m.) puts three glossy, photogenic therapists on the couch as they discuss their career and relationship woes with their own analysts.

Don’t go looking for the measured approach of Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) on “The Sopranos.” These “healers” appear to have gone to medical school by way of “The Real Housewives” franchise. Look for a lot of screaming, spilled chardonnay and a Niagara of bleeped-out obscenities. “Shrinks” proves that, on Bravo, it doesn’t matter how many advanced degrees you have earned. Once the cameras start rolling, everybody has the emotional maturity of a toddler and the vocabulary of an emotionally disturbed hairdresser. Enjoy.

• Speaking of expanding vocabularies, tonight’s “Switched at Birth” (7 p.m., ABC Family) becomes the first TV drama in history to be enacted almost entirely in American Sign Language.

In tonight’s episode, Daphne leads a student demonstration to protest the planned closing of the Carlton School for the Deaf. The story is loosely based on protests at Gallaudet University in 1988, a milestone in the history of the deaf community that was an assertion of identity and pride.

Tonight’s other highlights

• An African civil war victim comes home on “Bones” (7 p.m., Fox).

• A video game company seems to be at the center of otherwise unrelated fatalities on “Continuum” (7 p.m., Syfy).

• Carroll wants a change of scenery on “The Following” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Bobby plots revenge on “Dallas” (8 p.m., TNT).

“First Ladies: Influence & Image” (8 p.m., C-SPAN) profiles Abigail Adams.

• Robert’s suspicions grow on “Deception” (9 p.m., NBC).

• An elderly hospital employee falls under scrutiny on “Monday Mornings” (9 p.m., TNT).

• New technology and challenged assumptions on “Bang Goes the Theory” (9:20 p.m., BBC America).

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