TV tonight: The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser

Jillian Michaels demonstrates her tough love tonight on The Biggest Loser.

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WASHINGTON, January 7, 2013 —Tonight, reality shows compete for audiences with the airing of The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser. Last night on the season premiere of The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels demonstrated her trademark motivational technique of tough love that helped make her a household name. After last night’s two-hour special, the show will fill its regular Monday nighttime slot on NBC.

Also tonight, The Bachelor’s 16th season is more about the drama and backstabbing of contestants than the show’s original premise of a fairy tale come to life. 25 women competing for the attention of one man on national television is hardly a formula for finding a lasting relationship. The abysmal track record of previous season’s picks demonstrates just how ridiculous this premise plays out after the cameras fade and the roses die.

Let’s face it, any reality show selling true love as the end product is a joke. Making a love connection with anyone is difficult at best, but to do it as a competition for the entertainment of others is a recipe for disaster. I guess that’s where the appeal is: watching the train wreck unfold while all these “beautiful people” sell their souls for 15 minutes of fame.

When The Bachelor can run for 16 seasons and counting, it should come as no surprise that shows like Honey Boo Boo and Buckwild follow in its wake. All the reality shows that exploit the ugliest sides of humanity have become standard TV fare these days. Personally, I see enough examples of mankind’s shortcomings in real life. The last thing I want to watch for entertainment is more proof that people will choose to surrender their humanity for personal gain.

That said, I still think Andy Griffith is one of the greatest shows ever made, so I may be a bit out of touch. If I have to enjoy exploitative reality shows to stay current, just call me a dinosaur and be done with it. 

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelor: (New) Sean gets advice from his friend Arie; Sean meets the women and offers one the first rose.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Ted goes on a date without checking her out online; and Lily and Marshall come to terms with the question of knowing the gender of their baby.

FOX: Bones: (Repeat) A corpse found in the woods may be connected to a feud between two families that’s been going on for more than 100 years. Meanwhile, Max’s offer to babysit his granddaughter, Christine, dredges up unpleasant memories for Brennan about her childhood.

NBC: The Biggest Loser: (New) Episode Synopsis: The players push themselves during exercise sessions at outdoor gyms set up by the trainers; the adults receive health assessments; the NFL’s Antonio Gates encourages the contestants during a football-theme challenge; and the kids take a fitness test.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) A distracted Lavon needs help with Pioneer Day, so Zoe and Wade portray the town’s Founding Couple while Lemon and AnnaBeth cater the First Feast. Elsewhere, George counsels Brick on his love life.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Two Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline get a credit card and then disagree over what to charge on it. Meanwhile, Earl’s estranged son comes to New York in hopes of becoming a stand-up comedian.

9 p.m. 

CBS: Two Broke Girls: (Repeat) A handsome owner of a candy store is sweet on Caroline, but she’s too embarrassed to see him after a humiliating experience in his store.

FOX: The Mob Doctor: (New) In the series finale, Grace’s world is falling apart when her family’s in danger and the FBI’s ready to make a move. Meanwhile, Al Trapani increases his involvement in Constantine’s business; and what Franco wanted to remain hidden is no longer a secret.

CW: Beauty and the Beast: (Repeat) Vincent admits to Cat that he has feelings for her.

9:30 p.m. 

CBS: Mike and Molly: (Repeat) Molly and her mother turn to Mike for help when Victoria is arrested for a number of driving violations.

10 p.m.

ABC: Castle: (New) Castle and Beckett investigate a divorce attorney’s homicide and compile a long suspect list full of angry ex-spouses. Meanwhile, Alexis’ mom nurses her ill daughter back to health at the loft, where Beckett is also bunking while her place is fumigated.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) McGarrett captures his nemesis, Wo Fat, in a special-ops raid but then discovers that the Japanese Yakuza wants to kill them both.

NBC: Deception: (New) The series premiere of a drama about a detective named Joanna Locasto, who, in the opener, keeps her job under wraps as she reenters the lives of the wealthy Bowers clan to investigate the mysterious death of her childhood friend, the troubled Vivian Bowers.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO

American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

The Layover with Anthony Bourdain at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

The Haunting Of… at 8 p.m. on Bio

Diners, Dive-Ins and Drives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Pawn Stars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

Cake Boss at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

Hotel Impossible at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Green Mile on AMC

The Descendants on CINEMAX

Valley Girl on ENC

The Constant Gardener on FLIX

The Da Vinci Code on FMC

Hancock on FX

Titanic on HBO

9 p.m.

Joyful Noise on HBO

Pulp Fiction on MOMAX

Darling Companion on STARZ

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 

Later tonight:

Varsity Blues at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Bound at 10:15 p.m. on IFC


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