Critic’s corner

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / July 20, 2010

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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 10 p.m., Bravo

Last week, Kathy Griffin (pictured) stirred a minor controversy when a joke about Scott Brown’s daughters triggered a disapproving comments from Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Brown. This week, she’s strictly doing good works. Remember when Katie had a colonoscopy? Now Kathy is having a pap smear — outside, in broad daylight, in a bikini — to bring attention to women’s health issues. She’s so unusual!

Teen Mom 10 p.m., MTV

You just know that, soon, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are going to sell a reality show about teen parenthood. Right? That would be the perfect next step in a romantic arc that has already moved from pregnancy to media wars to Playgirl photos to reengagement. Meantime, this series returns for another season, following four young mothers who are taking care of infants and trying to grow up.

Wipeout 8 p.m., Channel 5

Wreck and roll.

Deadliest Catch 9 p.m., Discovery

Just something in my eye, dude.

White Collar 9 p.m., USA

Neal down, y’all.

Covert Affairs 10 p.m., USA

“Alias’’ for dummies.