As 2009 ends, it’s time for finales and premiers

Posted Dec. 03, 2009, at 4:58 p.m.

We’re four weeks away from the end of 2009, which means ’tis the season for finales. Next week brings the much-anticipated end of “The Biggest Loser” season eight with Danny Cahill and Rudy Pauls already slated as two-thirds of the final three.

Viewers will decide whether Amanda Arlauskas or Liz Young make it to the final weigh in, but I don’t think viewers can make a wrong choice.

Both contestants have sweat it out and are deserving of being among the ranks of Danny — one of only four contestants to ever lose more than 200 pounds at the ranch — and Rudy.

All four reached a milestone in their weightloss journey this week as they completed a marathon — all 26.2 miles — and all are deserving of becoming “The Biggest Loser.” They’re inspiring and all have intentions of paying forward what they’ve learned.

Tune in to the finale at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Bravo also is wrapping things up this holiday season.

“Top Chef” aired the first of a two-part finale on Dec. 2 with the final four contestants heading to Napa Valley’s wine country. After Wednesday night’s elimination, it’s down to the boy’s club. The final three are Kevin and brothers Michael and Bryan. Nothing like a family feud to the end. Part two of the “Top Chef” season finale will air at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

But never fear — where there’s a finale, there’s a premiere. We’ll just have a wait a while.

Bravo is set to air season three of “Shear Genius” at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, and a new one inspired by the world of fashion (big surprise), “Kell on Earth,” with fashion public relations expert Kelly Cutrone.

And a week in reality TV just wouldn’t be complete without a bad publicity roundup. Adam Lambert’s performance appears to have already been forgotten by most (except his father, who thought he should publicly apologize for his — ahem — actions), but there are plenty of others lining up to take his place.

“Big Brother” winner Adam Jasinski may have been release on bail, but now has to go to substance abuse counseling. Probably not a bad idea considering he was arrested this fall for attempting to sell drugs to a Drug Enforcement Administration witness and admitted that he used his “Big Brother” winnings to support his drug habit.

Then there’s the Tiger woods scandal (aka “transgression”) with former VH1 “Tool Academy” contestant Jaimee Grubbs. I’d like to know if she really counted the number of encounters she had with Woods. What was she doing? Making notches in her “tool” belt?

Check back next week for this season’s holiday must-give gifts for the reality TV fan in your life.

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