You have to love the way Project Runway segues immediately
into a new season of Top
Chef (Bravo, 10 PM) without even a week off. You knew they
wouldn't leave us high and dry on Wednesday nights.
The fourth season takes place in the novel setting of Chicago (I
know I must be forgetting something, but I can't recall a reality show
taking place in the Windy City since The Real World went there
about eight years back). The first challenge involves putting a new
spin on the traditional deep-dish pizza, with Rocco DiSpirito on hand
to help judge. As the season proceeds, we can expect plenty of drama,
Padma Lakshmi groping for the correct words, and lots of trips to the
kitchen to satisfy appetites with unhealthy food. OK, that last one is
me and not so much the contestants.
Chef Preview: Pizza
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Next Top Model (CW, 8 PM): Cycle Eight winner Jaslene is back
as a guest judge and proves a surprisingly tough critic; the women head
to the meatpacking district for (Danger! Irony Alert!) a photo shoot
with pieces of meat.
(CBS, 8 PM): The houseguests know someone is leaving the house tonight
(Sharon or James), but they don't know someone is returning. America
has a 50% chance of driving the house crazy by bringing back any of the
three women so far bounced. Did we do the right thing?
Explorer (National Geographic, 8 PM):
Examining the pros and cons of the prospect of drilling for oil in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Real Life Mysteries (TLC, 8 PM): Looking
into an adoption scam in which a woman collected money for babies that
she never delivered.
Wife Swap (ABC, 8 PM): A woman whose kids
help her run a hotel based on a cheesy Swiss chalet theme swaps with
the wife of an ex-bodybuilder who caters to her children.
Idol (Fox, 9 PM): Katharine McPhee, last seen getting
dumped (by her label) and getting married (to that bald boyfriend she
had two seasons ago) is back to perform along with her new mastermind,
David Foster. And someone will be voted out, although that someone
probably won't be Kristy Lee Cook, whose version of The Beatles' "Eight
Days a Week" last night was like the soundtrack to the "descent into
insanity" sequence in a movie of the week from 1974 starring Karen
Ghost Hunters (SciFi, 9 PM): A museum that
was once a jail seems to be very spooky; a Connecticut family says
their house is haunted.
Supernanny (ABC, 9 PM): A couple with a
promising cookie business that they run out of their home needs help
with their three young children, two of whom like to hit mom and dad
In Treatment (HBO, 9:30 PM): Sophie, who is
still defending her father, tells Paul he is appearing in her dreams as
a threatening figure.
Destination Truth (SciFi, 10 PM): Title an
episode "Death Worm," and I'm there with my mescal. It exists in
Mongolia...unless it doesn't. Also, a visit is paid to East Africa to
see ruins that may harbor spirits.
Dinner: Impossible (Food Network, 10 PM): To
commemorate the 400th anniversary of Santa Fe, Robert Irvine is tasked
with preparing dinner for 60, working outdoors in the cold and using
only 18th century equipment.
High School Reunion (TV Land, 10 PM): Three
new classmates join the mix; Lana and Mike keep bringing up their old
issues; Matt wonders if he might actually be finding love.
House Hunters (HGTV, 10 PM): A pair of
Georgia empty nesters want something smaller, but not too small.
Law & Order (NBC, 10 PM): CSI
had its dogfighting episode earlier in the year, and now it's time for L&O
to tackle the issue (I don't suppose they're penning a May episode
about a sinning governor right now?). Lara Flynn Boyle guests as the
proverbial unscrupulous reporter.
Men in Trees (ABC, 10 PM): Marin and Jack
decide to move in together, but have trouble adjusting to each other's
quirks; Jane alerts The New York Times to her wedding;
Patrick gets a kick out of flying Buzz's plane.
South Park (Comedy Central, 10 PM): The new
season begins with Cartman dealing with tonsillitis...or so he believes.
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS, 10 PM and
10:30 PM): Episode one finds Calvin getting reacquainted with an old
girlfriend who promises she's not the same evil wench he once knew. At
10:30, a men-versus-women game night is thrown into a tizzy when
someone blurts out a secret.
Lewis Black's Root of All Evil (Comedy
Central, 10:30 PM): When Lewis Black is mad, his fans are thrilled.
This new series features Black as the moderator of debates on subjects
we have all mused about over the years. Tonight, Greg Giraldo argues
that Oprah Winfrey is more evil than the Catholic Church, while that
contrarian Paul Tompkins claims just the opposite.