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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

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Bent 9 p.m., Channel 7

NBC doesn’t appear to have much faith in this new comedy, with plans to air it in back-to-back installments during the next three weeks. It’s too bad because, although slight, “Bent’’ definitely has its charms, as a tightly wound single mom (the game Amanda Peet, pictured) and the charismatic slacker contractor she hires to renovate her house (genial Boston native David Walton) do the rom-com shuffle with brisk aplomb. Plus, it brings back to TV a trio of always welcome faces, J.B. Smoove of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,’’ Jeffrey Tambor of “Arrested Development,’’ and Jesse Plemons of “Friday Night Lights.’’

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Couples Therapy 9 p.m., VH1

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be inside the troubled union of marginally famous people, then “Couples Therapy’’ - which logs couch time with rapper DMX and an assortment of “stars’’ from reality shows like “Jersey Shore,’’ “The Amazing Race,’’ and “The Bachelor’’ - is the show for you.

American Idol 8 p.m., Channel 25


The top 10 contestants will be feeling the pressure and hope to avoid having to say goodbye to Hollywood as they sing Billy Joel songs.

Psych 10 p.m., USA

It’s an a cappella investigation as Gus and Shawn hook up with a doo-wop group.

South Park 10 p.m., Comedy Central

The boys try to trade gold for burritos.

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