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By Seth Freilich | Industry | December 5, 2007 |

With the strike still going full-force, NBC is digging into its reality TV trenches for the long winter, adding three more reality shows to the January roster. On Fridays, “1 vs. 100” comes back to show us that the general public is collectively just as stupid as the individual members of the public, or something like that. And if that’s not proof enough, well, the Hulkster’s got the answer for you on Mondays: “That’s right, brother. Hulkamania is back, brother! This time in ‘American Gladiator’ form!! Hosted by ME brother!!! Can. You. FEEL IT?!”

*sheepeshly looking around to make sure nobody is watching*

Yes, Hulkster, I can feel it. I’ll be watching, brother.

…Ahem. So yeah, I don’t think “American Gladiators” will be good by any stretch, and I’m already sick of Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali as the show’s hosts, but I can’t help it — I have lots of nostalgia for the original and I’m a-gonna tune in.

I won’t be tuning in, however, for “The Biggest Loser” — never have, never will. One of you out there may be a fan of the show, and may be thinking, “but TV Whore, the show’s already on.” Right you are. But NBC is coming back with a new season of “The Biggest Loser” almost immediately after the current season ends on December 18, quicker than a fat chick scooping up the last chocolate doughnut (send your complaint e-mails to [email protected]). And if fatties aren’t your speed, maybe you’ll be happy to know that the original “Law & Order” is also returning to NBC on January 2, in its old Wednesday slot. And the Peacock is so desperate for programming that the previously relegated-to-the-USA-network “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” will be joining the grandaddy “L&O” the following week.

Speaking of NBC, I recently told you that it was looking like the end was all but nigh for “Journeyman.” Still looking that way. But at least NBC is going to air the last two episodes for us fans. We’ll be getting a the second-to-last episode on Monday, December 17, with the pseudo-series finale coming that Wednesday, December 19. But be sure not to tune in early either night, as both episodes are preceded by two-hour episodes of “Clash of the Choirs,” and if you’ve seen the commercials for this monstrosity, well then, yeah.

Meanwhile, CBS has finally announced its “Jericho” plans, and the show the nuts brought back will be returning on Tuesday, February 12, at 10 p.m. “Cane’s” not doing too well in that timeslot right now, and I don’t imagine “Jericho” and Skeet Skeet Skeet Ulrich will do much better. But all you fans who sent the nuts best tune in to watch the fruit of your labors.

But the crappy network TV just doesn’t matter because God bless HBO. I’m not positive, but I think I may have mentioned my increasing excitement over the return of “The Wire” once or twice. Well on January 11, HBO will also be bringing back “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Love him or hate him, if you’re at all politically interested, “Real Time” is by far the most intellectually stimulating (and sometimes infuriating) of the talking points-type shows. And as my regular viewing moves more and more into the realm of reruns and crap, I fully welcome “Real Time” back into my fold.

And finally, a trip back in time. When “Survivor” was new! The Stevphens! Jon Stewart’s hair!

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. What he really wants to know is, why isn’t Jimmy the SuperFly Snuka hosting? Come on Hanukkah Harry — hook him up with the holiday present he really wants.


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Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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