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TV This Week: From 'Worst Cooks' to 'Watchmen'

January 2, 2010 |  7:25 pm
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This week's TV Movies


The new docu-soap "Secrets of Aspen" charts the lives of sexy single ladies Star, Erin, Shana, Robin, Laura and Brooke as they search for Mr. Right -- or Mr. Right Now -- among the male population of the tony but tiny Colorado resort town. (VH1, 10 p.m.)


Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert engages famous faces -- including Larry David, Alanis Morissette and Katie Couric -- as well as ordinary people in a discussion about how we feel in the three-night special "This Emotional Life." (KCET, 9 p.m.)


He ain't heavy, he's my brother . . . or cousin, spouse, parent or child. It's a family affair once again on a new edition of the weight-loss-themed reality series "The Biggest Loser," with a cast of contestants said to be the heaviest in the show's history. (NBC, 8 p.m.)


Celebrities such as Rachael Ray pretend to be everyday folk in the special "I Get That a Lot," then everyday folk vote for their favorite celebrities on "The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards," hosted by Queen Latifah. Now that's symbiosis. (CBS, 8 and 9 p.m.)


Heisman Trophy-winning Alabama running back Mark Ingram and the top-ranked Crimson Tide take on No. 2 Texas in college football's "BCS National Championship Game." What we wouldn't give to hear Keith Jackson call this one. (ABC, 5:30 p.m.)


The new series "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show" showcases the sometime "Daily Show" correspondent and pals such as Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn and Janeane Garofalo doing what they do best: bringing the funny. (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.)


In the effects-laden 2009 thriller "Watchmen" -- based on Alan Moore's graphic novel -- the fate of a world-gone-wrong is in the hands of some seriously flawed superheroes. Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup and Carla Gugino star. (HBO,8 p.m.)


"Law & Order's" Benjamin Bratt guest stars as Manny's (Rico Rodriguez) ne'er-do-well dad on "Modern Family," while Lisa Kudrow reunites with "Friends" co-star Courtney Cox on the latter's new series "Cougar Town." (ABC, 9 and 9:30 p.m. Wed.)


Computer imagery is used to illustrate the possible post-apocalyptic decline of such religiously significant structures as St. Peter's in Rome on the second-season premiere of the fascinating "what if?" science series "Life After People." (History, 10 p.m. Tue.)


Chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan put a dozen of the "Worst Cooks in America" through culinary boot camp in this new reality competition. A $25,000 grand prize -- and the grateful taste buds of family and friends -- awaits the winner. (Food, 10 p.m. Sun.)