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Tuesday on TV: HBO's 'Real Sports' exposes soccer stadium death spiral in Qatar

Published July 22, 2014 10:23 am
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We just got through the 2014 World Cup - congratulations, Germany - but Real Sports (8 p.m., HBO) looks ahead two more cycles to the 2022 World Cup scheduled in Qatar.

It's not so much about how bribery was involved in getting the games to this tiny, hot nation that is totally unsuited for hosting a summer event. It's about "how this tiny, wealthy country has in recent years conducted an obsessive campaign to achieve glory through sport at seemingly any cost, including human lives."

If the death rate continues unabated, more people will die building soccer stadiums in Qatar than died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



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Extreme Weight Loss (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A 315-pound former gymnast tries to lose weight.

Food Fighters (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Series premiere of this competition in which amateur chefs take on professionals.

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Rizzoli & Isles (7 and 9 p.m. TNT): Jane tries to solve the perfect murder without Maura.

America's Got Talent (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): It's Judgment Week. (But, really, isn't every week judgment week?)

Sullivan & Son (8 p.m., TBS): Steve's rival opens a bar right across the street.

Perception (8 and 10 p.m., TNT): A baby is kidnapped.

Celebrity Wife Swap (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The wives of soap stars Tyler Christopher and Ronn Moss swap places.

Frontline (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look at the economic crisis through the eyes of three young women in Middle America.

Pretty Little Liars (9 and 11 p.m., ABC Family): Ali clashes with Caleb, which makes things awkward for Hanna.

Chasing Life (10 p.m., ABC Family): April visits a fertility doctor before starting chemotherapy.

Royal Pains (10 p.m., USA): Hank and Divya treat a house-sitter in the Hamptons.

POV (11 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A look at the world of professional ballroom dancing in Denmark.

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Finding Carter (11 p.m., MTV): Bird betrays Carter.

Covert Affairs (11 p.m., USA): A mission in Paris is complicated by Auggie's emotional history.

 

 

 

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