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This Week on TV (1/28-2/3)


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


MONDAY (1/28)

**Live coverage of the State of the Union Address (9 PM Eastern) will alter many schedules.  Double-check your local listings for times.**

  • Dance War (ABC, 8pm):  “One contestant from the losing team is ousted after the first round of competition.”  Those remaining will learn ‘I’m Still Standing’ routine.
  • Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm):  Pilot repeat.  Late-comers can finally learn why is this season’s guiltiest pleasure.  (And when I say ‘gossip’, I mean the show, of course.)
  • In Treatment (HBO, 9:30:  Series premiere.  New therapy drama airs 5x a week with a different patient every night.  Apparently can’t handle them all at once like the masterful Dr. Drew.
  • Making the Band 4 (MTV, 10pm):  brings back all the winners and throws them together in one house.  If they end up killing each other, he can finally start anew.

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Wednesday Ratings: FOX Delivers With ‘Truth’

Finally, American Idol is no longer responsible for carrying a whole network.  With assistance from Truth, notched another victory in its ratings belt.

Power of 10

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Shining ‘Moment’ for FOX

Moment of TruthWednesday night saw the arrival of the show I’ve been anticipating most: on . Wisely, the network premiered this new game show right after number one . Scoring 23.2 million viewers, it’s safe to say the show was a success. (It’s the biggest ratings for any premiere this season.)  Meanwhile, Idol won 26.8 million viewers, far outpacing ’s and Mandel’s million-dollar mission. For weeks, Moment has been getting quality promos and a lot of ad time, so it’s no surprise the followed. But…how good is the show, really?

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Hollywood Reporter

FOX Tests Contestants in ‘The Moment of Truth’

FOX logoOver the years, FOX has really pushed the limits on what can be considered acceptable television viewing – especially when it comes to the network’s reality lineup. Shows like Temptation Island became titillating, guilty pleasures, while the Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire extravaganza inspired plenty of attention-grabbing headlines. FOX became famous for reality with , and has tried re-creating that success with several similar carnations of the hit series. But now, the network is doing something a little different with . Unlike the hit , this is not the sort of game show you’re going to want to watch with your kids.

You’ve probably seen the trailers. A single contestant sits in a chair in the middle of a huge audience. The stage is in the round, so the pressure comes from all angles. The contestants are asked questions of a highly personal nature – do you really care about starving children in Africa, are you repulsed by obese people, have you ever cheated on your wife? Here’s the twist – the contestants are hooked up to a polygraph machine, also known as a lie detector test. One contestant will even have to face his own father, a man who was not a part of his life. It’s a little sadistic, highly compelling, and just the formula FOX needs to continue the network reputation as being cutting edge.

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Reality TV World

Upcoming Television Premiere Dates

Thanks to the , the Fall TV Programming Schedule I put together many months ago will now have to be burned.  Reality shows and mid-season replacements are now being brought in earlier than expected. 

Here’s a list of the TV premieres announced so far.  will be publishing a revamped programming schedule as soon as more dates are released.

American Idol