Woeful winter welcomes spring reality TV lineup

Posted Feb. 19, 2009, at 6:10 p.m.

At last America has smartened up and we don’t have to listen to a full season filled with another obnoxious “Idol” contestant. Even though she could sing, Tatiana was worse than Sanjaya when it came to being the “Idol” nutcase.

I also must make my first prediction and say that if Alexis Grace can keep it up, she and Danny Gokey will be in the top five. It’s going to happen.

As for the rest of the winter reality lineup, it’s coming to an end and the new spring slew of shows is just around the corner. Wrapping things up next month is the premiere of a new season of Donald Trump’s brainchild, “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and the “Dancing With the Stars” season 8 debut.

This time around The Donald is betting once again that a classic country boy, Clint Black, will come through to help ratings. I’m betting he follows in the footsteps of nice guy Trace Adkins.

Also on tap are comedian Tom Green, and my favorite pair of fashion critics — Joan and Melissa Rivers.

The show is set to air at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 1, on NBC, and for The Donald’s sake let’s hope it’s enough to get Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. out of bankruptcy for the third time. The company filed paper again this week, and The Wall Street Journal has reported its stock has fallen from upwards of $4 per share a year ago to about 23 cents per share. Ouch! I wonder who’s getting fired for this one.

Unfortunately for the many who enjoy it, I think “Dancing With the Stars” may be headed down the same path of destruction if the judges can’t get their acts together and the show doesn’t come up with some contestants that will end my desire to channel surf. I’m afraid that the 8 p.m. Monday, March 9, premiere on ABC might be the last.

In other desperate reality news, creator, producer and writer Mike Fleiss — best known in the reality circle for “The Bachelorette” and “High School Reunion” — is trying to bring back a dud with “Are You Hot?” which first came out in 2003.

The show wasn’t hot then and I’m not expecting great things if it makes it to TV screens this time around. I’ll warn you so you’ll know when not to watch.

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