Critic's NotesOn Tonight:Two Model Searches Start, 'Knight Rider' Ends.
By Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant
TV critic, March 4, 2009
The 12th cycle for "America's Next Top Model"
(The CW, 8 p.m.) begins in Las Vegas at Cesar's Palace. Host, head judge and co-creator Tyra Banks tries to bring in unusual women into the mix.
This time they include a street preacher, a young woman with huge eyes and a woman scarred by accidental scalding who refuses to hide the marks. In many ways, the women seem the same: pretty, leggy and tall (it's the next cycle where all the candidates will be 5-foot-7 inches and shorter).
The 34 hopefuls at the start of the show are reduced to 13 by the end of the first hour and down to an even dozen at the end of the second hour.
It's not the only runway challenge starting tonight.
The second season of "Make Me a Supermodel"
(Bravo, 10 p.m.) begins in New York, with Tyson Beckford in the Tyra role. The biggest difference between the two shows is that this one has men and women, battling it out in New York. Early include a couple of foreign-born runway walkers.
But in the first episode, it looks like the leader might be a Mennonite woman who stands out in the way that the country girl Holly Kiser did in winning the first season.
Until this week's "Bachelor" finale at least, the biggest outrage in reality world was the winner of Bravo's biggest cooking show. Tonight, the judges defend their choice of Hosea Rosenberg over Stefan Richter and Carla Hall in the "Top Chef: Reunion"
(Bravo, 9 p.m.)
But the big reality show is "American Idol"
(Fox, 8 p.m.) in which home viewers' final choices for the Top 12 are revealed. Lil Rounds is only one who seems a shoo-in from Tuesday's relatively weak grouping. Tomorrow, the judges pick the final three in one-day wild card round.
The season finale for "Knight Rider"
(NBC, 8 p.m.) will likely also serve as its series finale.
Still rolling, but just for now is "Life on Mars"
(ABC, 10 p.m.) which the network said this week it is not renewing for a second season and will have its finale in its 17th episode next month.
On a couple of shows actually worth watching, Sawyer moves from dispensing nicknames to emitting lies on a new "Lost"
(ABC, 9 p.m.) (preceded by last week's episode at 8); and Patty goes on the offensive against the FBI on "Damages"
(FX, 10 p.m.).
Fox News ratings may dip Wednesdays this month as Turner Classic Movie presents its salute to Ronald Reagan, actor, with a series of films, starting with his films as Lt. Brass Bancroft in "Secret Service of the Air"
(8 p.m.), "Code of the Secret Service"
(9:15 p.m.), "Smashing the Money Ring"
(10:30 p.m.) and "Murder in the Air"
College hoops tonight include North Carolina at Virginia Tech (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Marquette at Pittsburgh
(ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.) and Kansas at Texas (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.). NBA action: Spurs at Mavericks
(ESPN, 9 p.m.).
Set your alarm tonight to catch the first game in the World Baseball Classic, starting at a predawn hour: China vs. Japan
(ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 4:30 a.m.).
: Dr. Phil McGraw, U2.Jay Leno
: Russell Brand, Gordon Ramsay, Neko Case.
: Bonnie Hunt, Nathan Fillion, Oren Lavie.
: Cameron Diaz, Billy Crudup, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
: Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
: Little Boots.
: Rick Santelli.
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