After suffering the bad, good TV on horizon

By Aimee Thibodeau, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 07, 2010, at 7:02 p.m.

Talk about terrible. While we saw a couple of bad shows hit our screens this week, things are beginning to look up as it’s time for new seasons of “The Biggest Loser,” “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” and the list goes on.

The ridiculousness started Monday with “Bank of Hollywood.” I didn’t watch because I was repulsed by the preview, but was told by a family friend and reliable source I didn’t miss much. Produced by Ryan Seacrest, the show gives ordinary people a chance to convince a panel of wealthy entertainment biz figures that they deserve a piece of their wealth. Not much in the way of entertainment or reality TV drama.

We also were blessed (insert sarcasm) with another TV special, “I Get That a Lot.” This one I admit tuning into through the first skit, but couldn’t take any more. The Man on the Couch actually took the remote away — it was that bad.

But with the bad comes the good.

Season nine of “The Biggest Loser: Couples” premiered Tuesday night and there’s plenty of hype about it being even better than last season. Once again, we’ve got the heaviest contestant ever at 526 pounds, but for right now I’m rooting for Cheryl. A mom and wife, she has put everyone else first her entire life and now I think it’s time for her to shine.

“American Idol” also is ready to kick off a new season with the premiere next week set to include the debut of Ellen DeGeneres as Paula Abdul’s replacement. I previously said they made a mistake when bringing on DeGeneres, but I may have to bite my tongue since she was voted favorite talk show host at this week’s People’s Choice Awards. The awards show proved to be a big night for “Idol” in a few ways when the show was voted favorite TV competition and former winner Carrie Underwood was selected as favorite country music artist.

While the audition shows usually aren’t my favorite until the field is narrowed down, I always manage to get sucked in, and I imagine this season won’t be any different.

The two-night season premiere kicks off at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, with the Boston auditions. Catch a sneak peek of our fellow New Englanders trying to get their shot at fame at www.americanidol.com.

And while you’re online, check out the new cover of People magazine to see Kate Gosselin’s snazzy hair extensions. Stylist Ted Gibson of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” added the extensions, and I must admit they look really good. Let’s just hope that Stacy and Clinton also showed up to give her some fashion advice.

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