'F.A.T. Chance'

'F.A.T. Chance'

with Mo'Nique

Is Paris ready for Mo'Nique? The actress and comedienne hosts the plus-sized beauty pageant in the city of light and love on the third helping of "Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance" (8 p.m., Oxygen).

Don't get hung up on "fat." Monique has redefined the "f" word as "fabulous and thick." She and her producers auditioned more than 2,000 women before choosing the five women who will compete tonight. Before their walk down the catwalk, the models visit some Paris landmarks. At least one woman is moved to tears by the sheer beauty of the architecture.

After a visit to a gallery of paintings featuring some plus-sized gals from the 17th century, Mo'Nique also arranges for the worthies to sit for a portrait painter. But like models for these works by Reubens and Titian, they must expose their avoirdupois in the altogether. We're talking nude. This brings up any number of issues, including pride, shame and body image. But Mo'Nique turns the challenge into a celebration when she insists that she, too, should be immortalized in oils. Needless to say, "F.A.T." is more than a little over the top. But this good-natured exercise in empowerment and self-esteem remains one of the most popular shows in Oxygen's history.

The wobbly real estate market may worry Wall Street, but don't tell TLC. Its schedule tonight includes a new episode of "Property Ladder" (8 p.m., Saturday, TLC) as well as two new offerings of "Flip That House" (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Aug. 16 marks the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. TV Land promises a festival of Elvis-themed programming during the next month. The King plays a racecar driver in the 1968 musical "Speedway" (7 p.m., TV Land), co-starring Bill Bixby as his shady manager and Nancy Sinatra as an IRS agent in hot pursuit. Look for cameos from NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough.

Superb cinematography captures birds in flight in the 2001 documentary "Winged Migration" (7 p.m., Animal Planet). Lyrics matter on "The Singing Bee" (8 p.m., NBC, r). Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway star in the 2004 sequel "The Princess Diaries 2" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-G). National Geographic gets a jump on Shark Week with three blood-in-the-water specials: "Shark Battleground: The Red Triangle" (8 p.m.), "Whale Attack" (9 p.m.) and "Planet Carnivore: Sharks" (10 p.m., r). Jerry Springer provides the voice of reason on "America's Got Talent" (8:30 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG). "Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Grilling" (9 p.m., Food) offers tips on increasing your BBQ I.Q. An escaped killer (Eric Stoltz) targets Allison on "Medium" (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

A silent-movie shoot disturbs the tomb of an angry spirit in the 2007 shocker "Sands of Oblivion" (9 p.m., Sci Fi), starring Adam Baldwin, George Kennedy, Richard Kind and Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson!).

Bags packed for Pakistan on "The Unit" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... On back-to-back episodes of "Cops" (Fox, TV-14, D, L), domestic violence (8 p.m.), beer guzzlers (8:30 p.m., r) ... A phone operator vanishes on "Without a Trace" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14,V) ... John Walsh hosts "America's Most Wanted" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).

Kevin McDonough, a syndicated columnist who lives in Narrowsburg, can be reached at kmcdonough@unitedmedia.com.

Also worth watching

Brandon de Wilde, who won acclaim as a child actor, managed to keep career momentum going into his adult years before he died in a car accident at age 30 in 1972. Tonight, Turner Classic Movie screens his four biggest movies, "Hud" at 8 p.m., "Member of the Wedding" (which de Wilde first played on Broadway) at 10 p.m., "Shane" (for which de Wilde was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor) at midnight and "All Fall Down" at 2 a.m.

Dennis Sprick