Exciting programs coming in January

Posted Dec. 25, 2008, at 6:19 p.m.

The end of December typically is the time when we reflect on the greatest moments of the year — the ones that made us laugh and cry and beg for more. Although there were several memorable reality moments in 2008, there is one that stands out above the rest, and that is Bob Crowley’s performance on “Survivor: Gabon.”

So, instead of dwelling on moments past, I’d like to take you instead on a trip to the future and share some of what 2009 will hold.

ABC recently announced the lineup for the 13th season of “The Bachelor,” with the show’s star a returning favorite (and reject) from last season’s “The Bachelorette.”

At 8 p.m. Jan. 5, Jason Mesnick, a 32-year-old estate and legacy planning account executive, will meet his potential wife. The ladies could have some interesting decisions to make, and so will Mesnick, since he’s the show’s first single father.

Amid much controversy revolving around “American Idol” judge and pop legend Paula Abdul, the show is set for its eighth season starting with a two-night premiere at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14. This may just be the longest “Idol” season ever with extra Hollywood audition shows and the top 36 contestants not being revealed until Feb. 11.

Then there are three weeks of semifinals and the 12 actual “Idol” finalists won’t perform until March 11. Talk about a long, drawn-out process — it’s like waiting for spring training to be over and the real baseball season to begin.

And although The Man on the Couch turned his nose up at the latest dance craze to hit reality TV, I have to say I’m excited (and I think my Nana would agree) for “Superstars of Dance” on NBC to air at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, before assuming its regular Monday night broadcast.

The show pits the best dancers from around the world against each other in an ultimate “Dancing With the Stars”-like competition of traditional dance from each country. And who says reality TV isn’t a cultural experience?

There’s plenty more new reality coming our way in the next month, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest previews and reviews. Have a safe and happy new year and if you’re out and about try not to get yourself featured on any TruTV crime shows.

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