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America’s Got Talent battles SYTYCD

So You Think You Can Dance has competition now in the form of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The two reality show hits go head to head tonight on TV.

Last night’s Top TV Picks turned out to be a surprisingly interesting mix. The night began with ABC’s new celebrity competition show The Superstars. I went in prepared to be bored but was hooked by the middle of the first race. The commentators were excellent, giving me just the right amount of information I needed to understand what was happening at any given moment. The kayak race through a man-made water feature was the best. I found myself cheering on my favorite team right from the starting line.

America's Got Talent has started anew on NBCThe finish line was also full of surprises, as supermodel Joanna Krupa and Terrell Owens landed in last place — their cue to exit the show. Joanna went wild, hurling insults at her partner, whom she deemed responsible because of a mishap he had on the obstacle course. She seemed to have forgotten that it was their combined scores from several other events that landed them on the course in the first place. It was an incredible show of poor sportsmanship that turned this fun outing into a talking point all over the ‘net. I guess it’s true that even bad publicity is good publicity. Don’t miss our interview with Superstars star Ali Landry here!

Next up, it was the return of America’s Got Talent — and doesn’t Sharon Osbourne look fantastic? I can’t say I’m sold on Nick Cannon as the host, but he’s probably a better choice for this family-oriented fare than Jerry Springer. This was day one of the audition phase, so we were given only snippets of the good, the bad and the ugly. There was a terrific team of male street dancers, an odd pair of acrobatic dancers who wowed the crowd, and an Obama impersonator who was great… but is that a Vegas act?

Then, America’s Got Talent met the fire dancer who set her hair on fire — by accident; the guy who could turn his feet around and walk backwards; and an overly amorous pair of acrobats who seriously need to get a room. The final act was the showstopper: A trio of children who learned to sing in harmony so they could serenade their mother, who was in a coma after a car accident. Not a dry eye in the house.

Finally, it was the premiere of NYC Prep. I’m at a loss on this one. As the mother of a teenager, I suppose I should be horrified by the antics of these six kids, but I wasn’t. What I saw was a whole lot of posturing and pretending to be grown up. I’m sure it’s hard to speak naturally with a camera in your face, but every line sounded stiff or rehearsed. The frequent pop-outs to the static one-on-one interviews were annoying after a time, and I wasn’t buying anything these kids were selling. “Why date one girl when you can have 16 or more girls a month!” Sebastian is cute, but he’s not that cute. What do you think, SheKnows readers — will you be tuning in every week for more of NYC Prep?

Today’s top TV picks:

So You Think You Can Dance

The top 16 perform for you tonight, then it’s up to you to choose who lands in the bottom three couples. From the graceful lines of ballroom to the sharp edges of hip hop, you’ll be blown away by what these dancers can do after only a week’s rehearsal on So You Think You Can Dance.

Watch So You Think You Can Dance at 8:00 on Fox.

America’s Got Talent

It’s another round of auditions as the judges travel the US looking for the best acts in the country. Expect more singers, dancers and people with talents you never even knew existed. Spinning plates while rapping? Now that’s entertainment.

Watch America’s Got Talent at 9:00 on NBC.

The Philanthropist

Teddy Rist (James Purefoy) is a successful businessman who thrives on danger and taking risks. But his obsessive need to drive to the brink time and again is fueled by grief over the loss of his young son. While on a visit to Nigeria, a hurricane strikes, and Rist finds himself in a position to save a boy’s life. In that, his future becomes clear.

The Philanthropist premieres on NBC

This is what he’s meant to do — use his money, power and knowledge to help people. For a man who buys and sells city blocks as if they were used cars, bargaining with a drug lord is a piece of cake.

Law & Order’s Jesse L. Martin co-stars along with Neve Campbell and Lindy Booth.

Watch The Philanthropist at 10:00 on NBC.

Fall 2009 sneak peek video

Trauma airs Mondays at 9:00 on NBC.

When an accident happens, immediate medical attention can mean the difference between life and death. That’s where the paramedic comes in. In San Francisco, that could mean delivering CPR to a downed boat captain out on the bay, bandaging up victims from a cable car collision, or extracting a child from a collapsed building at a construction site. Trauma is a fast-paced, action-oriented medical drama, and we’ve got a first look for you courtesy of NBC.

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