Archive for Monday, March 14, 2011

Tune In: ‘Bachelor,’ ballet and bling

March 14, 2011


“The Bachelor” (7 p.m., ABC) wraps up its 15th season tonight as Brad looks back at his second chance to find true love with millions of TV viewers looking on, not to mention being surrounded by producers, editors, camera operators and sound booms in a fake-resort environment. A mere mortal would find that all distracting. But not a man with love on his mind.

You have to give Brad credit for persistence. Apparently and despite all of the distractions of being part of the publicity machinery of this prime time soap opera, he has lost his heart this season. Not once, but twice — to women named Chantal and Emily.

Just what are the chances that somebody named Brad would encounter a Chantal in the first place? Was it fate or just casting? Before popping the question to one lucky lady, Brad will sit down with Chris Harrison and stare square-jawed into the camera to share his thoughts about both women and his experience. Experts have written that names can sometimes bring destiny. I just wonder if you name your baby Brad will he have a higher chance of appearing on something as fake as “The Bachelor”?

After Brad makes his big decision and distributes one last long stem, the instant retrospectives continue on “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” (9 p.m., ABC).

• On a similar theme, VH1 introduces “Wedding Wars” (8 p.m., VH1), yet another nuptial-themed reality contest in which a dozen prospective brides and grooms take out time from planning their lives together to compete for the prize of a destination wedding/honeymoon.

• “Beverly Hills Fabulous” (9 p.m., VH1) documents the Elgin Charles Salon, the only African American-run beauty salon located in the posh neighborhood.

• “Love & Hip Hop” (9:30 p.m., VH1) explores the women of the music scene as they struggle against the genre’s rampant sexism and cope with their second-class status.

• The crossover between pop culture and ballet doesn’t stop with the Oscar-winning “Black Swan.” Tonight, America’s favorite perky cartoon character prepares for her big recital on “Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ballet Adventure” (6 p.m., Nickelodeon)

Tonight’s other highlights

• Bradley Cooper appears on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” (6 p.m., Bravo).

• Based on a book of the same name by Naomi Klein, the 2009 documentary “The Shock Doctrine” (6:05 p.m., Sundance) offers a critique of global capitalism.

• Casey’s impulsive moves imperil the team on “The Event” (7 p.m., NBC).

• It’s hard to heal a matador’s broken heart on “House” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Martinez takes charge on “The Event” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Perps prowl a posh precinct on “The Chicago Code” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Tony visits Nicaragua on “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (8 p.m., Travel).

• Kidnapping, amnesia and murder on “Hawaii Five-O” (9 p.m., CBS).

• A jealous husband’s desperate measures on “Harry’s Law” (9 p.m., NBC).

• An intern (Jonah Hill) has his hands full with a decadent rocker (Russell Brand) in the 2010 comedy “Get Him to the Greek” (9 p.m., Cinemax).


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

"• Based on a book of the same name by Naomi Klein, the 2009 documentary “The Shock Doctrine” (6:05 p.m., Sundance) offers a critique of global capitalism."

The basic premise is "The rich way we're broke, so the poor must pay." That pretty much describes the Republican agenda these days.

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