TV tonight: Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson on Celebrity Wife Swap

The Gosselin clan is back in the news with an appearance on Celebrity Wife Swap.
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WASHINGTONFebruary 26, 2013 —Just when you thought the attention-starved Kate Gosselin had slipped into obscurity, she pops up in yet another questionable reality show.

Tonight the domineering mom swaps places with former Playboy Magazine cover girl Kendra Wilkinson on Celebrity Wife Swap.

Kate Gosselin is well known for her rigidly structured child-rearing philosophy, a fact that makes swapping with a former girlfriend of Hugh Heffner a potential recipe for disaster. Kendra Wilkinson is the polar opposite of Gosselin, preferring a laid back approach to child rearing, and to life in general.

I understand that Gosselin has to make a living, but treating her children like a commodity is inexcusable. Any semblance of normalcy for the children was surrendered long ago. This latest stunt is sure to lead all of them to the therapist’s couch at some point in their over-exposed young lives.

According to inside sources, the children were frightened and confused, having no idea who their surrogate mom was, or why they were left alone with her to be filmed by strangers. In addition, they were instructed by their mom not to speak a word about it to anyone. I think it is safe to say Kate Gosselin will not be nominated for mom of the year any time soon.

After her sad performance on Dancing With the Stars, and this incredibly irresponsible choice to drop a stranger into her children’s lives for a week, what is next for Gosselin: a guest appearance on Buckwild?

Go home and raise your children, Kate. Check that Texas-sized ego at the door and focus on your children before you send them down the well-worn path of former child stars gone bad. You have traumatized them enough.

Tonight’s viewing

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: Celebrity Wife Swap: (New) When reality-TV stars Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson switch places, Kendra struggles to get used to taking care of eight kids while Kate enjoys a more relaxing life.

CBS: NCIS: (New) The NCIS team races to track down Ducky and Jimmy after the two disappear while transporting a body from a crime scene.

FOX: Raising Hope: (New) The Chances’ birthday party for Hope gets a lift from former rock star Smokey Floyd and a group of Natesville residents. In the second half-hour, Sabrina’s new pal happens to be Jimmy’s ex-girlfriend who broke his heart when they were teens.

NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (New) Guest star Nick Cannon discovers Betty’s dark side.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (New) With the sudden nuptials of Wanda (guest star Mallory Moye) and Tom (guest star Ross Philips) in BlueBell, Zoe (Rachel Bilson) agrees to be maid of honor, which entails the difficult job of watching Wanda’s crafty mother. Zoe uses her wedding duties to try to avoid the awkwardness between her and Wade (Wilson Bethel), but has a feeling something is wrong.

PBS:  Makers: Women Who Make America: (New) The modern women’s movement is chronicled. Included: first-person accounts from movement leaders (Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes Norton); opponents (Phyllis Schlafly); celebrities (Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric); political figures (Hillary Clinton).

8:30 p.m.

NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (Repeat) Senior pranks include an oldster writing a lusty text message. Also: A senior petitions that only attractive people can reproduce; a flight attendant with a hangover grumbles about passengers; Ted Lange (“The Love Boat”) serves up an IV solution to a hospital patient.

9 p.m.

ABC: The Taste: (New) The contestants are pushed out of their culinary comfort zones when asked to not waste any parts of an animal; Greg Morin and David McMillan serve as guest judges.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) Callen is concerned that Sam might be too invested after he takes on a missing persons case for an Afghani elder who helped him years ago when he was wounded on a mission.

FOX: New Girl: (New) Winston interviews a professional football player, who shows an interest in Jess. Elsewhere, Nick and Schmidt butt heads while planning a party to celebrate 10 years of being roommates; and Cece receives a surprise offer.

NBC: Go On: (New) Ryan’s wedding ring gets in the way of romance; Mr. K babysits Anne’s kids. Bradley Whitford guest stars.

CW: Cult: (New) Jeff enlists tech-savvy E.J. (guest star Stacy Farber “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) to help in his search for his brother Nate (guest star James Pizzinato “Alcatraz”). Skye finally reveals to Jeff that she took the researcher job on “Cult” to learn more about Steven Rae.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) Mindy’s reunion with an old crush takes them down memory lane to the time they shared at Jewish summer camp, which just might lead to a rekindling of their adolescent romance.

NBC: The New Normal: (New) Despite being completely against having a baby shower, Bryan and David finally relent after seeing how much the girls want to throw one for them.

10 p.m.

ABC: Body of Proof: (New) Megan cracks the serial killer case but can’t reveal the answers to her team while Lacey’s life is in danger; District Attorney Dan Russell targets Kate.

CBS: Golden Boy: (New) Street cop Walter William Clark Jr. ruffles some feathers when he’s promoted to homicide detective in the opener of this drama, which follows his meteoric rise to becoming the youngest police commissioner in New York City’s history, and the price he paid to achieve it.

NBC: Smash: (New) Peter challenges Julia’s pride while Jimmy trips over his; Ronnie defies her powerful mother. Daniel Sunjata and Sheryl Lee Ralph guest star.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Dual Survival: Untamed at 8 p.m. on DSC

Dual Survival at 9 p.m. on DSC

Top Gear at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Income Property at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on Life

Face Off at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Strip the City at 9 p.m. on SCI

Doomsday Preppers: Bugged Out at 9 p.m. on NGC

Storage Wars Texas at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan at 10 p.m. on BBC

Real Husbands of Hollywood at 10 p.m. on BET

The Millionaire Matchmaker at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Justified at 10 p.m. on FX

Ultimate Soldier Challenge at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Snooki & JWoww at 10 p.m. on MTV

Robot Combat League at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Cougar Town at 10 p.m. on TBS

Diggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

Armed & Ready at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on Travel Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on AMC

The Bone Collector on CINEMAX

Ali on ENC

Suspect Zero on FLIX

The Other Guys on FMC

Batman Forever on IFC

Red on SHO

Mommie Dearest on SUND

Dodsworth on TCM

9 p.m.

The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT

The Lucky One on HBO

Collateral on MOMAX

Miracle on STARZ

Later tonight:

Eye See You at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

Facing Your Danger at 9:45 p.m. on TCM

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

The War of the Roses at 10:15 p.m. on SUND

Constantine at 10:30 p.m. on AMC


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