Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year.
It seems, as usual, reality programming is taking the lead as 2010 starts. Tonight, "The Bachelor" (ABC, 8 p.m.) kicks off with its season premiere.
It will be interesting to see how the latest installment holds up after the last bachelor broke up with "the winner" to date the runner-up girl. (Or was that two "Bachelors" ago? I don't really keep up with it.)
The fact is, only one couple has made it last in all of the various "Bachelor" series, and I'm wondering if the backlash against shows like "Jon & Kate" may mean America is starting to tire of these artificial fix-ups. Answer? Probably not.
"The Bachelor," however, seems like Shakespeare compared to the series following it called "Conveyor Belt Of Love." The premise: Five women check out 30 guys who rotate around on a conveyor belt. The belt stops and the guys get one minute to state a case why they should be picked. If two women pick the same guy, the guy gets to pick.
Of course, with any of these shows, they always pick contestants that look like models anyway, and you wonder why any of these people have difficulty getting a date. But I suppose actually going out and trying to meet women doesn't carry the same celebrity potential as rotating on a conveyor belt.
In other reality news, the latest "Celebrity Apprentice" candidates have been announced. The men include: Darryl Strawberry, Bret Michaels, Goldberg, Michael Johnson, Rod Blagojevich, Sinbad and Curtis Stone. The women include: Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Selita Ebanks, Maria Kanellis, Carol Leifer and Summer Sanders.
The new season is set for March. Remember when they used to have young MBAs actually trying to get a job with Donald Trump? I vaguely do.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: If you're a guy and not into dating shows, the "other" title game of undefeated Texas Christian vs. undefeated Boise State faces off in the Fiesta Bowl (Fox, 8 p.m.)
"Heroes" (NBC, 8 p.m.) returns with a two hour episode as NBC tries to burn it off to make room for "Chuck," set to return in a couple of weeks.
On cable, ABC Family has "Secret Life of an American Teenager" at 8 p.m., followed by the premiere of "Make It Or Break It" at 9 p.m.
There's also a new "Men Of A Certain Age" (TNT, 10 p.m.)