- Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9 p.m.): “Kate and the kids board a train and travel to New York City for a day of sightseeing.” See Mommy on TV. See Mommy get her extensions fixed.
- Lie to Me (FOX, 9 p.m.): “A young woman’s disappearance leads to an investigation of crime in the pornography industry.” Heidi Montag’s been on the run ever since she stole her sex tape back from Vivid.
- Dating in the Dark (ABC, 10 p.m.): “The contestants don swimwear and frolic on a makeshift beach in the darkroom.” Note to self: Bathing suit can now be worn in dark rooms.
- Intervention (A&E, 9pm): “A woman battles an eating disorder that is combined with a drinking problem.” Those diet shakes can be hard to digest.
- Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 10pm): “Jane’s mother (Lorraine Bracco) plays Cupid and arranges a surprise date for her daughter.” She insisted the guy was a good fella.
- James May’s Toy Stories (BBC, 10pm): “The host tries to build a record-breaking model-train track that’s 10 miles long and links two towns.” It’s a train even Ricky Stratton and his father would be envious of.
- The Bachelorette (ABC, 8pm): “Ali questions some of the bachelors’ sincerity. Indeed, two of them seem to be as focused on each other as they are on her.” Well, they did they say they came there looking for love.
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8pm): “Amy runs into Bristol Palin in her dorm, and soon she realizes the music program is for teen moms.” Palin clearly wasn’t accepted into the program for her actual talent.
- Incredible to Edible (TLC, 10pm): “A couple think they can cook, but their inedible boiled fish and microwaved eggs prove otherwise.” Oh, hold up - you can microwave eggs?
- The Bachelorette (ABC, 8pm): “Ali takes one to a bathhouse, another to a bazaar and four others to a historic fort, where they slather themselves in olive oil and wrestle with each other to earn one-on-one time with her.” The one who enjoys it the least is the one who will win the date.
- All Worked Up (truTV, 10pm): “A showgirl uses her dance training in vain to avoid getting towed.” Elizabeth Berkley is proof showgirl experience won’t get you far.
- Obsessed (A&E, 10pm): Season premiere. “A woman’s need to exercise constantly leaves her little time to spend with her family.” She makes sure to wave at their avatars when she runs past them on Wii Fit.
“That’s why our generation is so important. We’re in a position where we can take a stand on things and our voice will be heard.”
In just a few weeks, MTV will ring in the new year with its contribution to this “era of change.” That’s when eight strangers - including a hot-tempered Portuguese beauty, a Puerto Rican/Italian glam rocker/rapper and a small town girl from Texas - will have their lives taped while trying to “express their opinions and pursue their passions” in our nation’s capital.
Will the Real World‘s 23rd season just bring more booze, sex and scandal to Washington, D.C.? Or will the political backdrop actually inspire the cast members to become role models rather than reality stars? Find out when The Real World DC debuts on December 30.
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(To get a look at TV Envy’s 2009 Fall Programming Schedule, click here.)
- Dating in the Dark (ABC, 9pm): Season finale. “In the first season closer, an ex-FBI profiler assists the contestants.” Let’s hope proper background checks were part of his services.
- The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo, 10pm): Season premiere. “Season 2 opens with celeb stylist Rachel Zoe and her mod squad assigned to dress up five actresses for the Golden Globe awards. Meanwhile, a slumping economy affects the rich and famous when the production of couture gowns drops.” In other news: Us Weekly will devote an entire issue to dresses worn twice.
- Hoarding (A&E, 10pm): “A woman whose children were removed from her home because of her hoarding wants to clean her home so that her children can return.” Until then, she’ll manage with the few children she kept hidden underneath the clothes.
- Nurse Jackie (Showtime, 10:30pm): “The movie reviewer awakens from his coma to find that his critical senses have been radically altered.” Fortunately, his ability to sniff out crap was insured by Lloyd’s of London.
(You can view TV Envy’s Programming Schedule here.)
- Jon & Kate Plus Eight (TLC, 9pm): Jon & Kate make some life-changing decisions. Well, Kate technically made the decision; Jon just didn’t want to argue.
- Charm School (VH1, 9pm): Season premiere. “Former contestants from VH1 reality shows work for charity (and a chance to win $100,000).” No good deed comes without incentives.
- Make It or Break It (ABC Family, 9pm): Series premiere. “In this drama focusing on the lives of teen gymnasts who strive to make it to the Olympics, new girl Emily Kmetko begins training alongside veterans who are both impressed with and threatened by her.” This could bring a whole new definition to the term “punch front.”
- Run’s House (MTV, 10pm): “The family rallies around JoJo after he’s charged with marijuana possession.” This whole time they had a connection within the home.
A few weeks ago I said the Real Housewives franchise was coming dangerously close to becoming the next Real World. Who knew it was actually the other way around?
Weeks before the launch of Season 22, the producers of the MTV series announced their newest destination: Washington, D.C. That’s the same location Housewives will be hitting up next. Has President Obama started a trend?
“Young people have never been more engaged in what’s happening in this country and Washington, D.C., is the perfect place for The Real World cast to express their opinions and pursue their passions,” executive producer Jonathan Murray said in a statement.
Look for the nation’s capital edition to debut sometime in 2010. Meanwhile, Real World: Cancun premieres on June 24.
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Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:
- The Chopping Block (NBC) - Effective immediately.
- Lipstick Jungle (NBC) - Officially, officially canceled. (Sorry, Brooke)
- Friday Night Lights (NBC) - Seasons 4 & 5
- Kitchen Nightmares (FOX) - Season 3
- The Real World (MTV) - Seasons 23-26
- Real World/Road Rules Challenge (MTV) - Seasons 18-21
- Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nickelodeon) - Season 3
(To get a look at TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule, click here.)
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(You can view TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule here.)
- Greek (ABC Family, 8pm): “Casey returns from her summer internship with secret plans to move out of her sorority house.” Unfortunately, she couldn’t wait to change her Facebook profile.
- Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm): “Charlie blows off steam by sharing a drunken night with Alan, Herb and his neighbor after Chelsea discovers nude photos of another woman on his cell phone.” Kinda makes you wonder what Denise Richards has on her ex.
- Rules of Engagement (CW, 9:30pm): “Jeff and Audrey lie to get out of Jennifer and Adam’s dinner party in favor of a better bash.” Fondue parties are so 5 years ago.
- CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm): “Ryan is kidnapped and forced to betray Horatio and the team.” Cue Horatio lowering glasses in disappointment.
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