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Monday December 31, 2007 1:36 am

This Week on TV (12/31-1/6)

Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest

(Reminder: You can view the whole Revamped TV Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY (12/31)
  • Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008 (ABC, 10pm):  and will co-host the event.  Is old enough to be associated with a drinking holiday?
  • New Year’s Eve Live (FOX, 11pm):  Idol alums and will perform.  In just a few short weeks, we’ll start caring about a new batch of .
  • Tila Tequila’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade (MTV, 11pm):  NYC masked ball will include Kid Rock and Mary J. Blige.  Has it already been a year since we were forced to watch and kiss?
  • NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (NBC, 11:35pm):  Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz will be performing.  This may be the first time in a while someone has stayed awake to watch show.
  • The Biggest Loser (NBC, 8pm):  Season 5 premiere.  This time around we’ll have teams of two.  If we’ve learned anything from , this could get interesting (and ugly) very soon.
  • Just for Laughs (ABC, 8:30pm):  Any time a show tells you it’s aiming for laughs, it’s probably setting the bar way too high.
  • According to Jim (ABC, 9pm): Season 7 premiere.  “A one-hour block of .”  That sentence alone is enough to give me chills.
  • Law and Order: SVU (NBC, 10pm):  “A Park Avenue socialite’s body is found and Detectives Benson and Stabler initially suspect her wealthy boyfriend.”  It simply wouldn’t be an episode of if someone wasn’t being wrongly accused first.


  • Wife Swap (ABC, 8pm):  Season 4 premiere.  “A doting mom who heartily endorses her daughter’s involvement in beauty pageants swaps families with a feminist mother who homeschools her daughters to be strong, academic and independent.”  I’m obsessed with pageant moms.  Obsessed.
  • Power of 10 (CBS, 8pm):  Season premiere.  “Contestants try to predict the results of a national survey to win $10 million.”  If I were ever polled, I’d do my best to throw the numbers off.  Why would I help someone else win?
  • Supernanny (ABC, 9pm):  Two-hour season premiere.  “Jo meets parents so over-protective, they cannot take their kids for a walk.”  What the $%^&?
  • Law and Order (NBC, 9pm):  Two-hour season premiere.  joins the cast of the long-running show.  He’ll always be slimy Billy from to me.
  • The Return of Late Night TV (Various):  Letterman, Leno, O’Brien and Kimmel all return tonight.  Unfortunately this means less late-night hanky panky for husbands everywhere.


  • Celebrity Apprentice (NBC, 9pm):  Season 7 premiere.  Place your bets now:  Which washed-up celebrity will ‘compliment’ first?  I’m going with .
  • ER (NBC, 10pm):  New episode.  “A familiar face returns to the ER and confronts a dreaded eventuality.”  He/she realizes that the show will continue to survive without them?


FRIDAY (1/4)
  • 1 vs. 100 (NBC, 8pm):  Season 2 premiere.  The first episode will feature appearances by actors Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island).  I guess we know which demographic the show’s targeting now.
  • Women’s Murder Club (ABC, 9pm):  New episode.  “The club investigates the decapitation of a wine broker.”  Would it be fair to say the victim was uncorked?
  • Friday Night Lights (NBC, 9pm):  New episode.  “Landry and Tyra attempt to put the murder behind them.”  I hear men can forget anything when they are busy watching football.
  • Las Vegas (NBC, 10pm):  New episode.  “Delinda cooks up plans to find a chef for the casino restaurant.”  I have a feeling this is where the next winner will go.


  • New Hampshire Debates (ABC, 7pm EST):  Charles Gibson will moderate back-to-back Democratic and Republican .  This will potentially be more action-packed than the NFL playoffs.


  • American Gladiators (NBC, 9pm):  **Special premiere (will regularly air on Mondays)**  So are we supposed to root for the challengers or the gladiators?  I can never quite decide.
  • Desperate Housewives (ABC, 9pm):  New episode.  “Lynette faces the possibility that her family may not have survived.”  It’s not like we ever see the twins anymore anyway.
  • The Wire (HBO, 9pm):  The fifth and final season.  Maybe I’ll have a chance to catch up now!
  • The L Word (Showtime, 9pm):  Season 5 premiere.  BTW - whatever happened to ?
  • I Love New York Reunion (VH1, 9pm):  New York and Tailor Made.  If that doesn’t say ‘Happily Ever After’, I’m not sure what does.
  • Cashmere Mafia (ABC, 10pm):  Season premiere.  **Special premiere (will regularly air on Wednesdays)** If it looks and smells like , you can blame/thank creator .



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