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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:59 pm | Updated: 12:58 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

For a cynic like Joel McHale, hosting “The Soup” is not exactly difficult. “Television is easy,” he says. “It’s just me reacting.”

And on “The Soup Presents: The Best of ’09 So Far” (10 p.m. Monday, E!), McHale gets to look over the year to date and mock away. His likely targets: Jon and Kate Gosselin, Lindsay Lohan and reality TV.

For a cynic like Joel McHale, hosting “The Soup” is not exactly difficult. “Television is easy,” he says. “It’s just me reacting.”

And on “The Soup Presents: The Best of ’09 So Far” (10 p.m. Monday, E!), McHale gets to look over the year to date and mock away. His likely targets: Jon and Kate Gosselin, Lindsay Lohan and reality TV.

“As everyone in my life can attest to, I am overly opinionated on everything from TV shows to local bands,” he says. “I feel like 90 percent of any art (stinks).”

So picking on Heidi and Spencer from “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here” or “Maury” won’t be a stretch.

“The Best of ’09 So Far” will be a countdown of the show’s 20 best clips. It will include “American Idol” moments and scenes from “The Bachelorette.”

If it’s a train wreck, McHale wants to be there to see it.

For the next four Mondays, “The Soup” will present special clip episodes. Aug. 31 will center on dysfunctional couples; Sept. 7 will look at icky and odd TV couplings; and Sept. 14 will be “cringe-worthy” moments of the year so far.

“The more channels that are out there, the more there will be (bad TV),” he says, “but, then, there’s also more of a chance of good things to watch, too.”

Other highlights for the week of Aug. 23-29:

SUNDAY

“Mad Men” (10 p.m., AMC). The Drapers dine with stuffy British folks.

MONDAY

“The Fresh Beat Band” (noon, Nickelodeon). This comedy aimed at pre-schoolers looks at four friends attending a music school.

“Which Way Home” (9 p.m., HBO). Migrant children travel by train to the United States, alone and hoping to find a new life, in this documentary.

TUESDAY

“The Rachel Zoe Project” (10 p.m., Bravo). The overbooked hairstylist jets from coast to coast to solve hairy dilemmas.

THURSDAY

“Marked” (9 p.m., History). The six-part series looks at the history and trends of tattoos.

SATURDAY

“Wrestlemania” (8 p.m., NBC). The wrestling event’s 25th anniversary is earmarked.

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