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Gossip Girl returns and The Bachelor’s back

The Bachelor’s back, while Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill kick off winter TV’s return — as they did in the fall. All are equally hot enough to melt these cold nights!

Now we Dance!Bit by bit, they’re trickling in — new shows, new episodes of returning shows — before you know it, my DVR will be overloaded once more. I can’t wait.

Last night I got hooked on Superstars of Dance.

Superstars of Dance is a great competition series that showcases traditional dances from all over the world in singles, couples and groups. We saw jangly Bollywood dances, the fast pace footwork of Irish step dancing, and the sultry and seductive Argentinean Tango. It was interesting to see the similarities from culture to culture but at the same time, it’s the individual nuisances that make it their own.

I was very impressed with most of the dancers and I like that there is an international panel of judges. The South African judge and I have similar taste it seems, but I don’t know what’s up with the Argentinean judge, she’s all over the map. There were also a couple of familiar faces on the show including Pasha from So You Think You Can Dance, taking on the couple’s leg for the Russian team.

Tonight is the second half of the quarter-finals. The scores will be added together and one country will be eliminated. Geez, that sounds harsh. Maybe we should say they’ll be asked to ‘step aside’ while the other continue. If you love dancing, you’ll love Superstars of Dance.

Now let’s see what else is on tonight.

Tonight On TV – Monday, January 5

ABC starts the new year right with two premieres. First Bachelorette alum Jason Mesnick becomes The Bachelor and then it’s a test to see if beauty is skin deep on True Beauty.

True Beauty's cast gives it a go

NBC is also all new with the great new variety show Superstars of Dance followed by Momma’s Boys.

CBS has their usual line-up but it’s still all reruns; The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.

Depending where you live, you’ll find football on FOX. It’s the Fiesta Bowl ’09: Texas vs. Ohio State!

Leighton Meester gets it done on Gossip GirlThe CW has new episodes of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. First on Gossip Girl, Serena returns from South America and then Adrianna learns something that changes her life.

Over on cable

Lifetime will help you deliver on that New Years’ resolution with their new show DietTribe.

ABC Family premieres an all new season of The Secret Life of an American Teenager.

ION delivers the action with an NCIS marathon.

MyNetworkTV goes for chills with Twilight Zone and a new Masters of Illusion.

MTV has new episodes of Bromance and The City starting at 9:00.

News and notable

The BCC has chosen a relatively unknown actor to play Doctor Who. Matt Smith is only 26 and he’ll be the youngest actor to ever take on the role.

USA Network has ordered episodes of Royal Pains about a doctor to the rich and famous residents of the Hamptons.

Lipstick Jungle’s Robert Buckley will be moving in to The CW’s Privileged who recently released young hottie Michael Cassidy from his contract.

Congratulations go out to Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff who got engaged at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Photo credit:
Superstars of Dance: Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Eric Ambarian, Georgia Luna of USA — NBC Photo: Chris Haston
True Beauty — ABC Photo by Adam Larkey

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