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MONDAY (1/21)
  • Prison Break (FOX, 8pm):  “T-Bag enlists Bellick to display his gladiatorial skills once again as the battle between Lechero and Sammy for control of Sona comes to a head.”  If they can’t beat , FOX will encourage its characters fight like ‘em.
  • Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC, 8pm):  “Viewers cast their first vote for their favorite teams after they perform live song-and-dance routines.”  They’ve finally reached the phase I actually care about.
  • Wildfire (ABC Family, 9pm):  Season 4 premiere.  I have absolutely no idea what this show is about, but it sounds like a trashy romance novel.  Oh wait - this is a family channel.  Never mind.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 9pm):  “John and Cameron try to fit in a new school.”  Is an education really the most important thing for John at this point?  Shouldn’t he be honing his street smarts or something?

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Real Housewives of Orange County 3

If you’re anything like me, you were absolutely sickened by last night’s episode of .  (Yes - every woman should have a nice 40th, but did Tamra really “deserve” a $40,000 Rolex for her birthday?)  But Tuesday’s airing really didn’t differ from the previous episodes—nor will it keep me from watching again.

Sensing my need to know these women better, has chosen to branch out.  (Now that Jeana and her husband are finally kaput, the awkwardness level has decreased a bit.)  Hoping to tap into a new set of neuroses - while surviving the - the channel will be taking it the other coast.  That’s right.  We’ll soon be introduced to the !  In other words, expect to see more furs (less fake tans), more drivers (less convertibles) and more Broadway openings (the same amount of drunken outings).

The socialites featured in this Housewives spinoff will include a businesswoman, a former model/actress and a countess.  I’m also hoping this installment will include the overworked nannies that are so lacking in the O.C. version (and the hours the mistresses spend writing ‘To Do Lists’ for the help).

Expect more head-shaking entertainment when The Real Housewives of New York City debuts on March 4.

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Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart

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MONDAY (1/7)
  • The View (ABC, check local listings):  returns from maternity leave.  I’d gladly sacrifice her to the union gods for an end to the .
  • Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC, 8pm):  Here’s our chance to see if the judges can actually teach what they preach.
  • American Gladiators (NBC, 8pm):  “In the men’s competition, an engineer takes on a radiation-control technician.”  The year of the nerd has now officially spilled over into 2008.
  • Medium (NBC, 10pm):  Season four premiere.  “Allison has creepy visions of a boy being kidnapped from a toy store.”  I never did trust that Geoffrey Giraffe.
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 10pm):  Anthony travels to Singapore for his latest season premiere.  I don’t like traveling with crusty people, but I love watching them venture on TV.
  • The Daily Show/The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 11:30pm):  Tonight Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will crank out their versions of a writer-less show.  God love ‘em for trying.

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The Closer


MONDAY (12/3)
  • (TNT, 8pm):  The special two-hour holiday episode brings Brenda’s parents into the investigative fold.  Nothing says Christmas like talking blood with your blood.
  • (NBC, 9pm):  (NOTE:  This is the last new episode left.)  ‘Peter squares off against former friends thanks to Adam’s confusing story about the Shanti virus.’  He shouldn’t fault Adam; the confusing storyline is to blame.
  • (FOX, 9pm):  ‘Boulet and Cobb investigate an insurance adjuster’s murder.’  As if there weren’t enough people in New Orleans with a motive.
  • (NBC, 10pm): (First half of the two-parter; 2nd half airs Wednesday).  ‘Evidence points to Reese’s father in the murders that sent Crews to prison.’  I’m guessing this won’t be resolved anytime soon…otherwise, we wouldn’t have a show.

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Phil KeoghanSo evidently I’m really bad at predicting the outcomes of reality shows (which, I know, already happened).  I mean, really exceptionally bad.  Now, I could have just buried my predictions from two weeks ago, but a man has to face his failures, so here we go.  (Oh, and blahblahblahSPOILERALERTblahblahblah.)

Just a few weeks in, and one of my finalists is already gone.  Not only was I wrong about Lorena & Jason being one of the three final teams, I was also wrong about them not annoying me yet.  Lorena’s camel-milking meltdown (and how often did you read that phrase?) was incredibly entertaining and also horribly, cripplingly annoying.  Still, Azaria & Hendekea are running strong and maybe I’ll be right about who ultimately gets to hang out with Phil at the finish line.  But most likely not.

My pick, Heather, was in the Bottom Two last week.  She’s still in it, but her not-great public speaking skills mean she may not be long for this competition.

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Notes from the Underbelly


MONDAY (11/26)

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Thanksgiving TurkeyThanksgiving Day is all about eating, and what goes perfectly with any meal? Plenty of TV – and all the major networks and cable channels will provide you with a feast this year, even despite the that has changed Primetime TV

NBC promises traditional holiday fare with the annual (a long-standing Turkey Day event). This will be later followed by - the version - which is a movie always worth watching. (I make it a point to watch this flick at least once every holiday season – it’s one of those must-holiday-haves, like .)

Or, you can take a small deviation from long-standing tradition with CBS, which will be showing an alternate Thanksgiving Day parade.  A handful of episodes follow, but don’t worry – football starts at 2:00 pm.  Meanwhile, FOX starts broadcasting their own action at noon with Green Bay and Detroit.

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Here are some of the options you can find on the shelves today.  There are several complete collections now available just in time for the holiday season.

Dave Chapelle

  • Chappelle’s Show (Complete Series)
  • Charles in Charge (Season 2)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Season 7)
  • Dr. Katz Professional Therapist (Complete Series)
  • Gene Simmons Family Jewels (Season 2)
  • Inside the Actors Studio: Johnny Depp
  • Love American Style (Season 1, Vol. 1)
  • Mission Impossible (Season 3)
  • Nirvana: Unplugged in New York
  • Queer as Folk (Complete Series)
  • The Universe (Season 1)
  • The Wild Wild West (Season 3)

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DescriptionEvery week I watch and listen to all of the football predictions, but I only really watch a couple of the (sometimes up to) sixteen games.  Sometimes I only watch one (go Steelers!).  What I do watch though is a whole bunch of reality competition shows, and I never ever see programs predict winners on those.  Maybe that’s because most of these shows have been pre-taped and their outcomes have already determined.  But I’m going to ignore all that.  So, even though I don’t have a television show (yet) (or ever, really), I’ll use this forum to make my predictions on all of the reality shows I watch (and a few I don’t).  Here they are in glorious alphabetical order:

Two episodes in, it’s still hard to tell.  You never know who’s going to get a delayed flight or rack up some bad taxi karma, but let me do my best here.  Azaria & Hendekea appear to be doing well, so I’ll put them in the final three.  Lorena & Jason did well in the second leg, and, most importantly, they have yet to annoy me, so they get to be there too.  For the final spot…I say Kynt & Vyxsin.  Yes, I know that before the show I hated them, and I still can’t stand the concept of Goth on principle alone, but they seem to be good competitors and more likeable than I would have guessed.

And the winner is…Azaria & Hendekea.  They’re smart, in shape, and being brother and sister they can fight with each other without having everything come to a grinding halt.  Congratulations, you two, in advance.  Or retrospect.  Or whatever.

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Project Runway


MONDAY (11/12)
  • Prison Break (FOX, 8pm):  ‘Lechero reveals a secret buried beneath Sona.’  He’s been linked to the hatch this whole time. (NOTE:  This will be the last new Prison episode until Jan. 14th.)
  • Heroes (NBC, 9pm):  ‘The calendar turns back four months.’  Does this mean the writers still have a chance to redo this whole season?
  • (CBS, 9pm):  ‘Charlie finds success as a children’s singing star.’  He becomes The Wiggles’ new green-shirted guy.
  • (ABC, 10pm):  This is their opportunity to make up for any embarrassing moments they didn’t have a chance to create.

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