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TV best bets with the Olympics and whatever rivals are throwing at it

vancouverlogo-300x286CBS and Fox both have ceded most of this week and next to NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage by running a vast number of repeats. And very few new series are debuting.

What remains? Mostly serialized shows such as “24″ and “Lost,” as well as reality shows such as “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “The Bachelor” and ‘The Amazing Race.” ABC is also airing a new “Desperate Housewives” on Sunday.

Cable, too, has plenty to offer if the Olympics are not your cup of tea. The season finale of TNT’s drama “Leverage” airs Wednesday and dog lovers can lap up the Westminster Dog Show on USA is on Monday and Tuesday. Plus, there are fresh episodes of cable reality shows such as “Celebrity Fit Club” (VH1, Mondays), “The Michael Vick Project” (BET, Tuesdays), “Sheer Genius” (Bravo, Wednesdays) and “Project Runway” (Lifetime, Thursdays),

MONDAY
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Jake frolics in St. Lucia with Tenley, Gia and Vienna.
“The Penguins of Madagascar” 8 p.m. Nickelodeon — “How I Met Your Mother” may be in repeats but Neil Patrick Harris fans can hear his voice as evil Dr. Blowhole.
Celebrity Fit Club” 9 p.m. VH1 — K-Fed looks way too well fed, which is always good for a laugh.
RuPaul’s Drag Race” 9 p.m. Logo — Contestants perform for Tanya Tucker. (Former Atlantan RuPaul signs books at Outwrite Books in Midtown Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
“24” 9 p.m. Fox — Jack is in deep with the Russian mob and that means he gets tortured for a change.
Men of a Certain Age” 10 p.m. TNT — Joe’s gambling problem continues when he bets $25,000 on a single basketball game.
TUESDAY
Sesame Street” 11 a.m. PBA — Sarah Jessica Parker hangs with Super Grover.
American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The final 71 get trimmed to about 50. Early leaders: Katie Stevens, Didi Benami, Casey James and Crystal Bowersox.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show” 8 p.m. USA — Mario Lopez, taking a break from “America’s Next Dance Crew,” co-hosts with David Frei.
Lost” 9 p.m. ABC — Locke (or is that fake Locke?) gets the focal point.
The Michael Vick Project” 10 p.m. BET — Surely a popular show to watch during commercial breaks of the Westminster Dog Show.
Paranormal Cops” 10:30 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — What’s next? Paranormal doctors and lawyers?
WEDNESDAY
The View” 11 a.m. ABC — Victoria Beckham guests. Maybe Whoopi will convince her to eat something.
American Idol” 9 p.m. Fox — “We’re sorry to say… you’re in!” Every year, judges love to “trick” the contestants who make the top 24.
Ghost Hunters International” 9 p.m. SyFy (second-season finale) — The hunters visit Costa Rica and Jamaica.
Man vs. Wild” 9 p.m. Discovery (fourth-season finale) — Bear crosses the Sahara desert to the North Africa coast, where he catches an octopus and munches locusts. Yum!
“Leverage” 10 p.m. TNT (second-season finale) — A scam to take down a corrupt mayor goes bust and the FBI starts sniffing around.
Nip/Tuck” 10 p.m. FX — Desperate times call for desperate measures for Christian and Sean.
THURSDAY
The Deep End” 8 p.m. ABC — Addy’s long-distance boyfriend arrives with an agenda.
Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Too early to say if Russell can get the best of the likes of Boston Rob and Parvati.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Richard, Bailey and Callie recall key past cases.
Past Life” 9 p.m. Fox — Dismal ratings has probably doomed this blend of “Cold Case” and “Medium.”
“Reporter” 9:30 p.m. HBO — A look at the tragedy in Congo hosted by New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and produced by Ben Affleck
Project Runway” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Atlanta’s Anthony Williams is still hanging in there though he doesn’t appear to be a frontrunner.
America’s Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m. MTV — Three Atlanta crews vie for the national title.
FRIDAY
Smallville” 8 p.m. the CW — Lois moves in with Clark and they plan their nuptials.
Caprica” 9 p.m. SyFy — Joseph has a change of heart and tries to stop Sam from killing Amanda.
Famous Crime Scene” 9 p.m. VH1 — Revisiting Anna Nicole Smith and her death.
The Ricky Gervais Show” 9 p.m. HBO (new series) — A podcast is turned into an animated TV series.
The Life & Times of Tim” 9:30 p.m. HBO (second-season debut) — Tim’s post-breakup beard interferes with his work.
Real Time With Bill Maher” 10 p.m. HBO (eighth-season debut) — Maher will assess Obama’s recent performance with his progressive eye.
Spartacus” 10 p.m. Starz — Spartacus works with Crixus to try to defeat an unbeaten champ in the arena.
WEEKEND
It’s Me or the Dog” 8 p.m. tonight Animal Planet— Two roomies are terrorized by their overly aggressive Yorkshire terriers.
Survivors” 9 p.m. tonight BBC — Thugs loot the area, leaving survivors short on food and water.
Olympics” 7 p.m. Sunday NBC — Check out… ice dancing!
The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Plenty of likable teams such as the cowboys and grandma-granddaughter combo. Too early to pinpoint villains.
Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — An ex stripper gives seduction techniques to Bree.
“The Family Crews” 9 p.m. BET (new series) — Cameras follow around funnyman Terry Crews (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and his family.
“Las Vegas Jailhouse” 10:30 p.m. Sunday TruTV (first-season finale) — A gang member, an abusive wife and two aggressive cousins all get arrested.
“Secrets of Aspen” 11 p.m. Sunday VH1 (first-season finale) — A huge party ends season one.

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2 comments Add your comment

LizDawg

February 15th, 2010
8:40 am

Will Michael Vick be watching his own show or sizing up some potential pit bulls in the Westminster Dog Show?

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war eagle

February 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

Doogie Howser? Man, his career really is washed up if he is doing voice overs now.
MVick? Please-a hasbeen football player and now a convicted FELON!