Democratic National Convention (CBS, ABC, NBC, 10 p.m.) — Honestly, whether you’re political or not, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, Michelle Obama’s speech is probably the best thing going on television tonight. It’s a dead week for television, the sort of week that makes me miss something as bad as Dallas because at least then we had something to talk about.
Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, 8 p.m.) — Hell’s Kitchen is a terrible reality competition, but don’t let that dissuade you from watching some of Gordon Ramsey’s British cooking shows. The original Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares is still television’s best cooking show.
19 Kids and Counting (TLC, 9 p.m.) — Tonight, there are back-to-back episodes of the Duggars’ reality series, which provides back-to-back reasons to destroy your television set.
Covert Affairs (USA Network 10 p.m.) — FACT: In some alternative universe somewhere, Piper Perabo beat out Emilia Clarke for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Rev (Hulu, Anytime) — I haven’t actually seen it myself yet, but my plan during this dead television week is catch up on Children’s Hospital and then watch all of the British series Rev on Hulu. I’ve heard nothing but great things.
LATE NIGHT LISTINGS: Claire Danes is on Letterman promoting the next season of Homeland, Ron Paul is on Leno, Jamie Foxx is on Kimmel, Kathy Griffin is on Ferguson, Chris Christie is on Fallon, and Tom Brokaw is on Jon Stewart to talk politics.