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Archive for Monday, January 3, 2011

New season of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ features former contestant Brad Womack

January 3, 2011

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Former contestant and typecast cad Brad Womack returns to “The Bachelor” (7 p.m., ABC) to face some of the women he has wronged. Over the course of this season, “The Bachelor” will showcase musical acts including Train and Seal, and travel as far as South Africa for romantic getaways. Let the rose petals fall.

• “Antiques Road Show” (7 p.m., PBS) kicks off its 13th season with a three-week stay in Miami Beach, Fla. Fans of collecting and appraisal may also enjoy “Cash and Cari” (9 p.m., HGTV), starring treasure hunter Cari Cucksey, who helps homeowners discover, restore and resell antiques and overlooked treasure.

• Few TV producers have as avid a fan base as Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). I should know: I heard from them when I gave his series “Firefly” a bad review when it premiered in 2002. I was not the only viewer underwhelmed, and “Firefly” quickly disappeared from the Fox schedule. But apparently, it has never been far from fans’ hearts. Tonight Ovation will kick off a weeklong “Firefly” marathon, airing three episodes a night all week, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Another cult favorite returns as IFC begins to air repeats of “The Larry Sanders Show” (10 p.m., IFC) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday every week. A hit for HBO in the pre-“Sopranos” years, Garry Shandling’s comedy, set on a fictional talk show, anticipated the loose, awkward, seemingly unscripted patter of “The Office” and other comedies. It received 56 Emmy nominations and introduced too many performers to list here. It allowed “real” guests to lampoon their public image, a tradition continued on series including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Entourage.”

In the show’s final season, the fictional Larry was continually threatened by his fictional network to increase his ratings or be replaced by another talk show host — a then-little-known guy named Jon Stewart.

Tonight’s other highlights

• The mysterious messages continue on a new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” (7 p.m., ABC Family).

• Stanford and Virginia Tech meet in the Orange Bowl (7:15 p.m., ESPN).

• Lightman grills a suspected wife-killer on “Lie to Me” (8 p.m., Fox).

• A rehab facility comes under question “The Closer” (8 p.m., TNT).

• “American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) enters a new season with a warts-and-all profile of Gen. Robert E. Lee, hero of the Confederate military cause whose popularity in life ascended to near deification after his death in 1870.

• Jake McDorman stars in the ripped-from the-headlines drama “The Craigslist Killer” (8 p.m., Lifetime).

• McGarrett’s sister is held hostage on “Hawaii Five-O” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Castle’s recent novel “Heat Wave” is adapted for the big screen on “Castle” (9 p.m., ABC). Laura Prepon (“That ’70s Show”) guest stars.

• Reports on his former bookie worry Joe on “Men of a Certain Age” (9 p.m., TNT).

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