The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, 8 p.m., CBS
Somewhat laughable, given the slaughter of soap operas in 2010 and 2011, but they still soldier on. “Festivities at the Las Vegas Hilton salute excellence in daytime television; Wayne Brady hosts; Oprah Winfrey receives the Crystal Pillar Award; Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The 2011 Miss USA Pageant, 9 p.m., NBC
“Contestants vie for the crown in the 60th annual pageant; Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic host.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey, 10 p.m., Bravo
“Caroline serves advice on her new radio show; the Gorga siblings table their issues in a sit-down that opens old wounds.” OK, in college, I took a class in Old English. We read Beowulf in the original Old English. I understood that better than I get this.