There were those who believed that the magic that was The Girls Next Door could not be transferred to the women individually once they were out from under the shade of Hef's robe. But all three are giving it a shot. Holly Madison had a stint on Dancing With the Stars, albeit not one that will be fondly remembered. Bridget Marquardt has let her career take its natural course, and has wound up on something called Bridget's Sexiest Beaches. But Kendra Wilkinson has landed the starring role in a new reality show, featuring a real boyfriend this time, and thus has to be considered the early leader in the battle for solo stardom. Her recently announced pregnancy doesn't hurt either.
This week on Kendra (E!, Sunday 10 p.m.), the would-be starlet and her football-playing fiancee Hank Baskett take a road trip to New Mexico to visit his parents, and then make a side trip to Roswell to see the out-of-the-world sites. Now, if there weren't cameras around, a well-known nude model and an NFL player would no doubt fly that distance, but there's no way you can fill out a full half hour with just airplane footage.
Also this week:
Monday: I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (NBC, 8 p.m.): The major developments here in the last week: 1) We're now short one Baldwin after Daniel was sent packing by America; 2) Holly Montag replaced sister Heidi and actually ended up being sort of likable; and 3) somebody out there seems to like Janice Dickinson, despite her constant complaining and apparent thievery.
Tuesday: Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo, 10 p.m.): A very successful first season ends (if you don't count the inevitable reunion) with the housewives gathering at Teresa's for a climactic party, during which the proverbial dirt is dished and secrets spilled. Casting women who are mostly related to each other seemed like an iffy idea at first, but the ratings tell the story.
Wednesday: Gordon Ramsay's F Word (BBC America, 8 p.m.): How many series can this guy do at one time? That's a lot of cursing for just one man. This series is more like a Food Network series than Hell's Kitchen, since the focus is on celebrity guests like Geri Halliwell, who pops up this week challenging Ramsay to make better meatballs than her. She's spicy!
Thursday: Burn Notice (USA, 9 p.m.): Paxson (the very cool Moon Bloodgood) ramps up her investigation of Michael, who has his own more immediate concern as arms dealer Brennen kidnaps Nate. The price to keep Nate safe? Michael must help Brennen pull off a heist.
Friday: The Chopping Block (NBC, 8 p.m.): "Burn Notice" could be an alternate name for this time of year on network television, as canceled series are brought back to have their never-seen episodes aired. The remaining teams prepare meals for couples on blind dates, and also (could this be a coincidence?) learn to cook with aphrodisiacs.
Saturday: Man vs. Cartoon (TruTV, 10 p.m.): This has to be the greatest idea since the Puppy Bowl: a team of stuntmen testing out the strategies that Wile E. Coyote employed against the Roadrunner to see if any of them can be made to work. What could be more fun on a Saturday night than watching explosives hanging off a cliff, or seeing a stuntman on rocket-equipped roller skates?