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TV This Week March 21 - 27

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SUNDAY

Big girls don't cry . . . they headline cable shows making light of their weight issues. First it was her plus-sized comedy "Fat Actress"; now "Kirstie Alley's Big Life" (below) puts the former "Cheers" beauty in a new reality series. (A&E, 10 and 10:30 p.m.)

MONDAY

Got Brenda? "Dancing With the Stars" does. Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Shannen Doherty joins Pam Andersen, Kate Gosselin, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and other celebs as the dance competition returns to trip the light fantastic. (ABC, 8 p.m.)

TUESDAY

The immigration debate turned personal for filmmaker Monika Navarro when her uncles Augie (above) and Gino were deported to Mexico. She shares their stories and others in "Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)" on "Independent Lens."(KCET, 10 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

Fear of flying? Not these "Fly Girls." They're the stewardesses -- sorry, "flight attendants" -- making the friendly skies that much friendlier in this new docu-series. Watch as they point out the safety features of the aircraft, and so on. (KTLA, 9 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Did you know there are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. than there are wild ones in Asia? The special "The Tiger Next Door" profiles one Indiana man who happens to keep a couple dozen of the big cats right in his own backyard. (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.)

FRIDAY

A self-deluded "documenteur" (Rob Carlton, left, with Darren Gilshenan and Rebecca Massey) runs "Chandon Pictures" from his home, bringing his limited skills to bear on weddings and kid's parties, in this Aussie comedy. (Sundance, 9 and 9:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Remember "Fame"? Giddy for "Glee"? If you're a sucker for singing and dancing -- and drama -- the new comedy "Victorious" follows the trials and travails of a talented teen (Victoria Justice) at an elite performing arts high school. (Nickelodeon, 9:30 p.m.)

GENESIS 1:20-25

All creatures, great and small (such as the poison dart frog, right), get ready for your close-ups. From the makers of "Planet Earth" comes "Life," an 11-part look at the species with which we share the planet. (Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC, 8 and 9 p.m. Sun.)

WOMEN ON THE VERGE

Two of TV's loopiest ladies are back as "Nurse Jackie," with Edie Falco as the tenacious title character, and "United States of Tara," featuring multiple personalities all played by Toni Collette, return for their second seasons. (Showtime, 10 and 10:30 p.m. Mon.)

GET OFF HIS LAWN

Seriously, dude, get off his lawn. That's Clint Eastwood, director and star of the gritty 2008 drama "Gran Torino" . . . and he's locked and loaded. So get off his lawn. Or, if you're feeling lucky, punk, then go ahead, make his day, etc. (HBO, 8:30 p.m. Sat.)

 
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I look forward to DWTS this season. I generally only tune in near the end, because the length of the show wears on me. But I the line up is interesting and Buzz is hot, so I will TRY to sit through it.

Other than the grueling length of the show, some of the music is just bad. I realize the emphasis is on dancing, but some of the horrid musical renditions make me cringe. There's more talent on American Idol, and if they're going to bother with a live singer - they need to ensure we can actually hear the vocals. The house band is awesome though.

One of the worse parts of the show is during elimination, when they build up to announcing who will go home - then they break to commercial - then upon return the build up is recreated all over again. What the heck? What is that??? Do the producers really take us for such simpletons that we would find this kind of programming suspenseful?

NO morons...it's annoying!

NBC pulled that same garbage with Minute to Win it. I watched the first hour of it, but found the whole count-down-build-up to the task annoying. The British accented announcer (who decided that was cool???) counts down to 3, then they break to commercial - only to repeat the countdown all over again after commercial break. Geez. It's like elimination Dejavoo all over again. Do they think we will lose count if the don't repeat themselves???

I just don't get who makes these programming decisions...did they really go to college for that???


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