NBC gets real

If you love reality TV, NBC might be the network for you at the start of the new year. Seven of its 15 hours of broadcast during the week will be reality-based programming. This includes:
• “American Gladiators”, premiering with a two-hour show on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. before running regularly at 8 p.m. Mondays. I hate to admit this, but I loved this show growing up. Granted, I was a dorky adolescent at the time, but I will likely be checking it out just for nostalgia purposes. I hope the names remain as cheesy like Turbo and Nitro.
• Game shows including “Deal or No Deal” on Mondays and Wednesdays and “1 vs. 100” on Fridays.
• “The Biggest Loser” expands (no pun intended) to two hours on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
• “Celebrity Apprentice” rears its head on Jan. 3. This has B-level stars like Marilu Henner, Gene Simmons and Stephen Baldwin competing for charity to be the top apprentice. Can’t wait to be bored.
But it’s not all reality. “Medium”, starring Patricia Arquette, returns for its season at 10 p.m. Mondays. And “Law & Order” has a full slate of episodes starting Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. Wednesdays and kicking off with a 2-hour premiere on Jan. 2
Other shows on the horizon:
• “Lipstick Jungle”, which stars Brooke Shields as one of a trio of highly successful friends who are trying to survive the ups and downs of their lives. If it sounds like “Sex and the City,” it could be because its based on a book by Candice Bushnell, who wrote the original “Sex and the City” book.
• “The Baby Borrowers”: No, it’s not a story about kidnappers. This has 18- to 20-year-olds being forced to find jobs, manage actual babies and other adult responsibilities during the course of three weeks. Because this will make everything seem so realistic.

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