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Reality Renewals: ‘Gladiators’, ‘Bachelorette’, ‘Nashville Star’

American GladiatorsNow that fans have confirmed interest in its return, has officially decided to renew for a second season.  (This anti-climactic announcement comes as a big relief to the naive contestants; they had already been led to believe they could be a Gladiator.)  No timeline has yet been announced for the show’s next round. The current season will finish its run in February.

After choosing to dust off The Mole, ABC has set its sights on another old friend.  This time it’ll be seeing the light of day.  The series, which will premiere sometime this summer, had been (surprisingly) dormant for a whole three years already. The last woman to hand out the roses was Jen Schefft (Andrew Firestone’s ex) back in 2005.  No details on who the next Bachelorette-to-be have yet been revealed.  Meanwhile another installment is preparing for a March 17 debut.

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Monday Ratings: Howie Mandle Takes on the ‘Terminator’

It was highly doubtful that could maintain its monster-sized numbers from Sunday, but I don’t know if many expected what happened last night.  It wasn’t a group of that brought the show down to size, but rather a comedian and his bevy of suitcase-toting ladies.

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Prison Break

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  • About 14.7 million watched and the showgirl on (4.2/11 in 18-49).
  • (9.5 million, 3.3/9) was basically even with last Monday.
  • About 4.9 million traveled down (2.0/5).

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Monday’s ratings here.)


Sunday Ratings: FOX Terminates the Competition

The tail end of the combined with the debut of gave an indestructible evening.

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  • The first of three installments (3.3/8 in 18-49) wrangled up 15.7 million.
  • Part two of (13.9 million, 5.6/13) grew 3 million from the first hour.
  • (11.5 million, 5.6/12) and (8.6 million, 4.1/9) had a nice lead-in to thank.
  • coverage of the Golden Globes (5.8 million, 1.7/4) was hardly something to celebrate.
  • * (0.4/1) averaged 1.2 million over two hours.

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*denotes repeat

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Monday Ratings: ‘Dance War’ Edges Past ‘American Gladiators’

Although came nowhere near numbers, the premiere episode (barely) surpassed the second episode in viewers.

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  • The season premiere of (3.3/8 in 18-49) lured in 9.6 million.
  • * (9.14 million, 1.8/5) came in a close second.
  • (5 million 1.8/4) lost about 680,000 from its last original episode.

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Debut Review: American Gladiators

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, Renewals,

American GladiatorsZap. Nitro. Lace. Gemini. I’m not just being random here, I’m naming the original . For those of us whose memories stretch back that far, American Gladiators was a great show to watch - and it‘s even better to remember. Original, inspiring and chock-full of muscle-bound beauty, Gladiators ran from 1989 to 1996 and won viewers from a wide range of demographics. Young, old, scrawny or buff, everyone likes to see a single contestant best all the power that strength has to offer.

But I have to make a confession: when I heard was bringing this one back, I rolled my eyes and made a crack about this network’s sheer desperation to find programming. (Frankly, I stand by and maintain I’m not far from wrong. We are talking, after all, about the network which brought back and …I mean, come on).

But I was wrong. There, I said it. I’ll give this one - just this one - to NBC. It was a good idea to bring back , and after Sunday night’s two-hour debut I’m already hooked. and are the perfect hosts, both personable and professionally known for their musculature, and the new gladiators are just as ripped and menacing as the former muscle-bound group who once sent challengers toppling.

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This Week on TV (1/7-1/13)

Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart

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

 

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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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.

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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.

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Hulk Hogan Scheduled to Host ‘American Gladiators’

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Reality, Sports, NBC,

Hulk HoganAs I reported several weeks ago, will be introducing an updated version of .  At the time, I said the classic series reminded me of Iron Chef+Battle of the Network Stars+WWE.  Well, apparently wrestling wasn’t such an original analogy; word has it a former wrestler will now be hosting it.

According to TV Week, has been tapped for the emcee duties.  The

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WWE celebrity and star is reportedly committed to the project and is currently finalizing the deal.  As for the Gladiators who will terrorize the naive competitors, those roles are still being cast.

Be looking for the reality competition sometime mid-season.

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NBC Revisiting ‘Knight Rider’

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, NBC,

Knight RiderYou gotta wonder if the network responsible for resurrecting American Gladiators and Bionic Woman is simply brilliant or desperate for ideas.  It has just been announced that will be dusting off another classic show for today’s audience:  Knight Rider.  A two-hour movie will air later this season; if viewers respond, it will most likely serve as a new series’ pilot.  (The original show, starring , aired from 1982-1986.)

Why Knight Rider?  Well it seems the success of has given the Peacock execs millions of (unoriginal) ideas to play with.  What if K.I.T.T. could also change shapes?  What if there were ‘evil’ versions of the K.I.T.T. mobile?

While I’m tempted to write this movie off altogether, the film is being produced by (Swingers, The Bourne Identity).  (Those of you who regularly watch the FilmCrunch reviews already know how much I love his directorial work.)  So with hesitance, I admit I’ll be watching the remake—if only to see Michael Knight’s retooled leathers.

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