Here are selected highlights for tonight August 19, 2010;
7 P.M. (YES-ESPN outside Yankees region) YANKEES BASEBALL Detroit Tigers in third game of Stadium series. A-Rod still out of action?
8 P.M. (WNET13) Great Performances at the Met ARMIDA The soprano Renée Fleming plays Rossini’s vengeful sorceress opposite six tenors — Lawrence Brownlee, John Osborn, Yeghishe Manucharyan, José Manuel Zapata, Kobie van Rensburg and Barry Banks — in this infrequently heard 1817 work, given its Metropolitan Opera premiere in April and presented here by “Great Performances at the Met.” “This was Ms. Fleming’s show, and she was impressive over all,” Anthony Tommasini wrote in his review in The New York Times.
8 P.M. (SNY) METS BASEBALL Mets take on the Houston Astros in Texas.
8 P.M. (National Geographic) MONSTER MOVES: EGYPTIAN TEMPLES A team of engineers races to save more than 20 Egyptian temples from rising waters — and moves a mountain in the process. This special watches as the 3,000-year-old, 250,000-ton edifice of the pharaoh Ramses II is sliced into manageable pieces and reassembled on higher ground.
8 P.M. (Sundance) THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977) In this surreally brooding drama from Luis Buñuel, Fernando Rey plays an urbane widower tortured by his lust for a Spanish girl portrayed by two actresses who could never be mistaken for each other: the French Carole Bouquet (above with Mr. Rey) and the Spanish Ángela Molina. The film, Buñuel’s last, is his “Don Giovanni,” Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times. “With an effortlessness matched by no other director today,” he said, “Buñuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.”
9 P.M. (TLC) AMERICAN CHOPPER: SENIOR VS. JUNIOR Last week Paul Teutul Jr. announced his plan to open his own custom-bike business and become the biggest competitor of his father and former employer, Paul Sr., of Orange County Choppers. This week, Paul Jr. goes after Paul Sr.’s vendors. Now Dad is really unhappy.
9 P.M. (Discovery) PITCHMEN Season 2 begins as the infomercial pitchman Anthony Sullivan tries to recover from the death of his friend and partner, Billy Mays, while continuing to make inventors’ dreams a reality, starting here with a former Marine who says he has built a better flashlight.
9 P.M. (Lifetime) PROJECT RUNWAY The milliner Philip Treacy judges a challenge in which the contestants must design clothes inspired by outlandish hats. In “On the Road With Austin & Santino,” at 10:30, the “Project Runway” alumni Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice travel to Malvern, Ark., to dress a mother and daughter for the town’s annual Miss Brickfest Pageant.
9 P.M. (Bravo) THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF D.C. Michaele and Stacie bond on a trip to Paris with their husbands. Back at home, Cat focuses on writing a book, and Mary hosts a high-drama dinner featuring a celebrity hairstylist.
9 P.M. (USA) BURN NOTICE Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) tracks down a womanizer who seduces his victims and then steals their life savings. In “Royal Pains,” at 10, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Emily (Anastasia Griffith) disagree about how to treat a patient. Evan (Paulo Costanzo) has his own gripe with Emily when he discovers that her online site is getting more hits than his.
10 P.M. (WABC) NIGHTLINEPRIME: SECRETS OF YOUR MIND — WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO ABC News inaugurates its first prime-time series with this four-part special, which explores the mysteries and science of the brain through some unusual case studies. In this premiere episode, the “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden, left, examines the brain in love, starting with the story of a love lost — and found again — after a traumatic head injury. She also speaks with a man who is literally paralyzed by romantic feelings for his wife and views the before-and-after brain scans of a couple who took a journey to deepen their relationship.
10 P.M. (MTV) JERSEY SHORE The women feel guilty that they haven’t told Sammi about Ronnie’s inappropriate behavior, so they spill the details in an anonymous letter.
10 P.M. (WE) YOU’RE WEARING THAT?!? Mothers and daughters transform each other’s wardrobes and reconnect in the process with the help of the stylist Luciene Salomone. This series begins with the story of Kimberley Locke, 31, a former contestant on “American Idol,” who dresses to show off some formidable assets, and her mother, Christine, 54, a cancer survivor who wants nothing more than to hide her own. At 10:30, Ms. Salomone deals with the curious case of 18-year-old Ashley and her mom, Lisette, 54. Lisette thinks her daughter should stop revealing every last curve and start dressing with some class. Lisette then models her favorite outfit, a super-short leather skirt topped by a black bra and a see-through mesh sweater.