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Oprah’s 30 Rock night

Oprah visits 30 Rock with Tina Fey and CBS debuts a new game show tonight, Million Dollar Password.

“Never judge a pizza by its toppings.”

Yesterday I talked with Food Network’s Guy Fieri and boy is he a hoot! He was talking to us on his cell phone while sitting in his truck outside his house because the camera crew that was there filming Chefography kicked him out. They wanted to interview his family and they said Fieri was talking too loud. I don’t think he knows how to be anything but loud — in an ‘I’m so excited, I could burst’ way. He talked about his new show Ultimate Recipe Showdown and about cooking in general and I’ll have it all for you next week right here on

In honor of Guy, I cooked a new recipe last night — Rachael Ray’s Stuffed Cabbage Stoup — and I watched nothing but reality TV.

First up was the finale of Stylista. Johanna won but she was put through the ringer first when she got saddled with Kate and newly fired Megan as her challenge assistants. Megan had a meltdown of the kind I’ve always expected to see on shows like this. She had only been eliminated for two hours when they told her she had to go back to the house to help someone else win. She walked out. Told the producers she’d had it and snapped at the cameramen to get out of her face. Off go the cameras and Megan returns because she’s not the kind of person who would leave a friend out in the cold like that. Yeah, right. Megan returned because the producers showed her a contract that said you’re here until the end or we’ll sue you.

Top Chef had it’s own share of drama when a refrigerator was left open over night. Duck and pork ribs ended up in the trash leaving two chefs with nothing to offer up to a room full of 300 guests. After the initial panic, all of the chefs chipped in to help their fallen comrades but I bet they wish they hadn’t. Both chefs ended up in the top four and one won the challenge.
Tonight, it’s slim pickins, so I suggest you pull out those TV on DVD box sets that you’ve been meaning to watch. Second season of Gilmore Girls, anyone?

TV tonight — Thursday, December 18

NBC is all reruns with My Name is Earl, Kath & Kim, The Office, 30 Rock double dose and The Office.

Tina Fey and Oprah fly the 30 Rock skies

Don’t ask me why, but CBS is debuting a new game show tonight, it’s Million Dollar Password. That’s followed by reruns of CSI and Eleventh Hour.

ABC has reruns of Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.

The CW has reruns of Smallville and Supernatural.

Secret Millionaire highlights FoxFOX is all new with the finale of Secret Millionaire and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Holiday Special.

TV tonight — over on cable

PBS has a lovely Christmas concert tonight, Faith Hill, Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special Event. Check your local listings for times.

Tonight’s holiday movies include The Christmas Clause on ION, Holiday Affair on Lifetime, The Christmas Choir on Hallmark and the live action Grinch on ABCFamily.

AMC has the original Willy Wonka and that’s always fun to watch.

TV news and notable

ABCFamily’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager returns on January 5.

TVLand’s High School Reunion returns for season two in February.

SOAPnet is working on a new series based on Julia’s Tango about a girl from Boston who runs a bed and breakfast in Argentina.

A contestant on The Price is Right guessed the actual price of the showcase this past week, something that hasn’t happened since 1970.

SCI FI Channel has made a deal to bring back more Ghost Hunters and to develop a college version of the series. Haunted frat houses, perhaps?

Photo credit:
30 Rock: Believe in the Stars — Pictured: (l-r) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, Oprah Winfrey as Herself — NBC Photo: Nicole Rivelli
Secret Millionaire: Secret Millionaire Molly Shattuck (C) of Baltimore, MD and her mother Joan (R) reveal themselves to Brenda Bainbridge (L) and present her with a gift of $70,000. Michael Yarish/FOX

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