Friday Night Lights - Friday May 7, 8 pm, NBC
The opening episode of season four of this epic and beautiful series is called 'East of Dillon' and finds our favourite coach looking over his lot at East Dillon High, the school that time forgot. As Coach Taylor comes to terms with coaching a team without any of the advantages money can buy, his wife Tami is trying to deal with a new atmosphere at Dillon High. The tension between the haves and the have-nots is mounting. Meanwhile, Matt, Tim and the rest of the kids try to figure out what's left when football is over. Don't expect it to be easy on your heartstrings.
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Melrose Place (Wednesday, November 18, 10 pm, Global/CW)
From the sweeps guest-star pool, the new 'Melrose' has reeled in a mighty big fish. Heather Locklear reprises her role as Amanda Woodward tonight, and she starts things off by walking into her agency and axing half the staff, including Caleb. I want to stand up and cheer just writing about it. Basically, Locklear is gonna come in and run a clinic. Topics include scaring the crap out of employees, how to wear a mini skirt, and how not to get trapped on a sinking ship of a show.
Daniel Wright had the lowest percentage of weight loss, and was immediately eliminated without a chance to plead his case.
Of the remaining contestants, both Amanda Arlauskus and Shay Sorrells fell below the yellow line, despite Sorrell's dramatic 17-pound weight loss. The feat established a new 'Biggest Loser' record, as Sorrells became the fastest female to shed 100 pounds. Still, it wasn't enough to keep her in the competition. Sorrells was eliminated in a close 3-2 vote.
Sorrells and Wright spoke to the press today about their experience on the show. Here's what they head to say.
- At 8, ABC has a new Shark Tank, followed by new episodes of Dancing with the Stars and The Forgotten.
- CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife.
- NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Jay Leno Show.
- There's a new Hell's Kitchen on FOX at 8, then a new So You Think You Can Dance.
- The CW has new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place.
- PBS has another installment of The National Parks: America's Best Idea at 8.
- Also at 8: ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker.
- At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Action.
- At 9, Headline News has the series premiere of The Joy Behar Show.
- At 10, FX has a new Sons of Anarchy.
- Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
- Bravo has a new Flipping Out at 10.
- MTV has the season premiere of The Hills at 10, then the season premiere of The City.
- Current has a new InfoMania at 10, followed by a new Rotten Tomatoes Show.
- Travel Channel has a new Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World at 10.
Check your local TV listings for more.
After the jump, the late night talk shows.
I've recently read on VH1's blog that you were going to be on Celebrity Fit Club. I have a problem with this: you are not a celebrity. Sure VH1 may stretch the definition of "Celebrity," but having a resume that includes backup dancer and being on WWE doesn't suffice. I don't care if you were married to Britney Spears; you're not married to your meal ticket anymore.
I've recently Googled pictures of you and boy did you let yourself go. Maybe you should stop drinking beer. You shouldn't be on Celebrity Fit Club, you need to be on The Biggest Loser. Not only does the title fit you better, you need a smack down from Jillian Michaels.
Over the next two days we have America's Next Top Model, Lie to Me, Lost, Bones, My Name Is Earl, Smallville, Parks & Recreation, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Hell's Kitchen, The Office, Supernatural and even CSI: NY on a special night. And it goes on through the weekend. In an era where ratings are slipping, how can it make good business sense to put all of these finales on against one another all within a few days of each other. I know they've always done that, but I just don't think it makes sense anymore.
Then, a few weeks ago, all that got kind of tossed out the window when the pairs were thrown into two competing groups, even splitting up father and son duo Ron and Mike. Suddenly everybody got really intense and competitive and got their "game" on. Filipe summed it up pretty well this week saying that when he was training with Bob he was thinking about his family and his reasons for wanting to lose weight and be on the show. Now that he's on Jillian's team he thinks about the game. And this week it all went so wrong.
It's either a response to the economy (you know we writers and "reporters" are contractually obligated to mention it at least twice in every 15 minutes of 200 words) or is it us? Laziness on the part of network executives (the nerve you say!) or laziness on us? Or maybe we can blame the Writers Guild of America strike from last year. Or maybe it would be easier to just blame the Bush Administration; another mandate. Or maybe we just miss our made-for-television movies. Whatever the reason, there are more and more longer and longer programs on television.
Just this season, The Biggest Loser and The Bachelor expanded their regular broadcasts to two-hour blocks. We've already been dealing with multiple hours a week of American Idol and Dancing With the Stars for years now. Just this past week, both Brothers & Sisters and 24 offered up back-to-back installments, the former even billing it a two-hour movie event. Now 24 has been known to launch seasons in this way, so it's not such a big deal. But since when did a culture of short attention span Twittering, Facebooking Internet junkies suddenly get the patience for two-hour-long episodes of television shows?
Ultimately, of all the teams there was one that absolutely needed to stay together. I've been a big fan of the Brown Team for a few weeks now. We've gotten to watch some pretty touching moments between Ron and son Mike, and Mike has proven himself to be a genuinely decent kid. However, Ron has really been struggling to hold his own. Their trainer Bob even told Mike point blank that he was going to need to carry his father through the weigh-ins. If ever there was a team that needed one another, it was the Brown Team.
A day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.
The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.
This time we have The Bad Girls Club, The Biggest Loser and other new shows.
- CSPAN and the news channels will have coverage of the NH Primary all night, and the other networks will cut in with results too.
- At 8, NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser, then a new Law and Order: SVU.
- ABC has a new Just For Laughs at 8.
- The CW has two new episodes of One Tree Hill starting at 8.
- There's a new Nova on PBS at 8, followed by a new Frontline.
- At 9, CBS has The People's Choice Awards.
- ABC has a new According To Jim at 9, then new episodes of Carpoolers and Boston Legal.
- Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
- At 10, Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County.
- Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
Check your local TV listings for more.
Caroline Rhea hosted the reality contest for three seasons but has moved on to other projects, so I'm assuming her departure was amicable. The next season of The Biggest Loser begins this fall. And Days fans shouldn't worry, Sami isn't going anywhere.
I know Caroline Rhea is a comedian and can be pretty funny. I haven't seen much of Alison's personality but I know she has a large fan following... will she make a good host?
If you need to drop a significant amount of weight, this is a good way to go. Sure, it's on national television and is humiliating, but it has been so shockingly successful for so many candidates.
Cities and dates for casting calls are after the jump:
Right off the bat , Caroline Rhea leads with the information that one of the final four will not be "making it to the final scale." That's a first for the show, though the circumstances will turn out to be reasonable. The intro is followed by some recapping just in case anyone missed all the recapping that was done last week.
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