By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times –
ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE — If the polls are correct, TV viewers across the country could be in for a long, tense night on Tuesday as we wait to see if Barack Obama or Mitt Romney occupies the White House over the next four years. Naturally, the major networks, cable news channels and PBS will go all-out to provide results, crunch numbers and spew exhaustive analysis. In addition to the presidency, 33 Senate seats, all of the House of Representatives and 11 governors’ offices are up for grabs. (Coverage varies; consult listings for times and channels).
SUNDAY: Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King team up to host “Black Girls Rock 2012,” the star-studded gala that celebrates exceptional women of color. Performers include Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and others. 7 p.m., BET.
SUNDAY: “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” weaves interviews with archival footage to recount the mission that took down the notorious terrorist leader. 8 p.m., National Geographic.
MONDAY: “Witness” is a compelling four-part documentary series from filmmaker Michael Mann that follows combat photographers into some of the world’s most dangerous places. Up first: Juarez, Mexico. 9 p.m., HBO.
MONDAY: Are geeks the new rock stars? “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” would have us believe so. The new series follows six young professionals hoping to become the tech world’s next big shots. 10 p.m., Bravo.
TUESDAY: On the hidden-camera series, “Prank My Mom,” sons and daughters play outrageous tricks on their mothers. In tonight’s episode, a woman is asked to take her kid’s drug test for a job interview, while another is offered a chance to sell her daughter to a billionaire for one year. 10 p.m., Lifetime.
WEDNESDAY: Food fight! “Top Chef” returns for its 10th season and moves the culinary warfare up to Seattle. Celebrity chef and restaurant mogul Wolfgang Puck joins the judges panel. 10 p.m., Bravo.
THURSDAY: Don’t let the submarine thriller “Last Resort” take a dive in the ratings. Fall’s best new drama returns with another tense episode in which an unknown force attacks the crew and puts Marcus (Andre Braugher) and Sam (Scott Speedman) on the defensive. 8 p.m., ABC.
THURSDAY: Apparently, not all dogs sit around for hours and scratch themselves. Some actually contribute to society. And so Kristin Chenoweth hosts the “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.” Among the honorees: A canine who served in Iraq, searching for explosives and weapons. 8 p.m., Hallmark.
FRIDAY: Would you fork over big bucks for a “motorized vehicle suit”? That’s just one of the wild ideas being pitched on tonight’s episode of “Shark Tank.” 9 p.m., ABC.
SATURDAY: Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau head the cast of “Wedding Band.” It’s a new sitcom about a group of regular dudes who, when Saturday rolls around, become “weekend rock gods.” 10 p.m., TBS.