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What to Watch on Tuesday: Carolina Hurricanes on 'The Biggest Loser'

Pioneers of Television (8pm, UNC-TV) - The second season episodes have ended, but this is a really good repeat from Season 1 focusing on late night television. Segments on Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson, and interviews with Regis Philbin, Dick Cavett, and Arsenio Hall. Highly recommend.

Biggest Loser: Couples (8pm, NBC) - Tonight's show features a segment taped at the North Carolina Food Bank in Raleigh as part of a national Pound for Pound Challenge. That segment features members of the Carolina Hurricanes volunteering at the Food Bank and stuffing backpacks for the Backpack Program.

Glee (8pm, Fox) - Brittany tries to help Rachel into McKinley High's social scene, and Sue suffers from depression following the Cheerios' loss. The music of Justin Bieber is featured. Take that, Esperanza Spalding!

Raising Hope (9pm, Fox) - The Chances' new obsession with cleanliness leads to a discovery via old home movies of the secret behind the family's history of good health.

Parenthood (10pm, NBC) - Max has a birthday party hosted by a man (Michael Emerson from 'Lost,' right) with Asperger's syndrome.

Southland (10pm, TNT) - Lydia gets suspended and makes a connection with a hurt witness, John tries to improve a neighborhood, and Chickie is bothered by memories of a high-speed chase.

The Game (10pm, BET) - Malik is pushed to the limit in rehab, and Kelly tries to stay involved with the Sunbeams.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - Diane represents a young internet billionaire who sues a film studio for allegedly defaming in him a movie. Meanwhile , Alicia confronts Will about the message he left on her voicemail months earlier. Rita Wilson and F. Murray Abraham guest star.

Love/Lust (10pm, Sundance) - This series, which looks at the history behind fashion staples. tonight examines the bikini. Featured: Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Halle Berry, and Britney Spears.

Motivation by competition

One family is using the Biggest Loser model to create a little friendly competition as they work to shed pounds.

What to Watch on Tuesday: Aliens, Paula Abdul, and 'Southland' return

Live to Dance (8pm, CBS) - Do we really need another dance contest competition show? Maybe so, since this one's claim to fame is that Paula Abdul is one of the judges. Tonight: auditions in New York and Los Angles. Each week, six acts face off with two (one chosen by judges, one by viewers) advancing to face winners of subsequent rounds.

No Ordinary Life (8pm, ABC) - The Powells befriend a couple (Rick Schroder, Annie Wersching) after Jim saves the husband's life, but Jim starts to wonder if their family is hiding a secret of their own.

Biggest Loser: Couples (8pm, NBC) - A new round of this show begins and this time players must choose whether they work out with Bob and Jillian or two new unknown trainers.

V (9pm, ABC) - The second season begins as riots erupt during the fourth day of the red sky. Ryan briefly reunites with his offspring before returning to earth, and some are beginning to doubt Anna's ability to lead.

Detroit 1-8-7 (10pm, ABC) - Fitch, Washington and Mason investigate the murder of a high-profile actress who was filming a movie in Detroit.

Southland (10pm, TNT) - In tonight's Season 3 premiere, detectives search for the killer of a cleaning lady and a bank robbery leaves an officer in need of rescue. So happy to see this show return!

What to Watch on Tuesday: 'Biggest Loser' finale, Hallmark holiday flick

Three Wise Women (8pm, Hallmark) - A hospital administrator (Amy Huberman) is visited by her past and future selves at the behest of her guardian angel (Hugh O'Connor). Their visits are designed to help her realize she's about to marry the wrong man.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (8pm, ABC) - Linus and Lucy's little brother, ReRun, tries to avoid the Van Pelt family's holiday nuttiness by hanging with Snoopy and his own sibling, the desert-dwelling Spike. Based on previously published comic strips by Charles S. Schulz.

The Biggest Loser (9pm, NBC) - The winner of the $250,000 prize is determined in the Season 10 finale, and eliminated players return to weigh in for the $100,000 at-home prize.

The Good Wife (10pm, CBS) - Alicia tries to get a stay of execution for a death row inmate as Peter prepares for his first debate in the state's attorney race.

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas (10pm, BBC America) - At home with this family, Chef Gordon Ramsay prepares roast turkey, pork-apricot-and-pistachio stuffing and cranberry-apple sauce n the premiere of this instructional cooking series.

What to Watch on Wednesday: Tina Fey feted, 'Modern Family' gives thanks

The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (8pm, UNC-TV) - The work of chief White House photographer Pete Souza is explored. The documentary follows him inside the Obama White House, aboard Air Force One, and backstage at the State of the Union.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (8:30, NBC) - Po (voice of Jack Black) is disappointed to learn he'll have to host an even at Jade Palace on his favorite holiday, Winter Feast, which he usually spends with his father. The obligation leaves Po torn between his family traditions and the job he loves. Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross all reprise their roles from the 2008 film.

Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - A Thanksgiving visit from Cameron's force-of-nature mother (Celia Weston) makes Mitchell nervous, Phil is distraught over Haley's breakup with Dylan, and Jay's stomach ailment worsens after he and Manny read a medical website. All the ABC sitcoms have special Thanksgiving episodes tonight.

Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize (9pm, UNC-TV) - Tina Fey is awarded the 13th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Those paying tribute: Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, and Betty White.

The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now (9pm, NBC) - Upudates on more than 30 contestants from the first nine seasons of the show.

Terriers (10pm, FX) - As Hank, Britt, and Laura Ross unravel the Ocean Beach conspiracy, they put themselves and people around them in danger. Meanwhile, Britt receives assistance from an unexpected source, and Katie learns something new about Britt.

What to Watch on Tuesday: Big night for Fox and cops

NCIS (8pm, CBS) - In the eighth season opener, the Reynosa cartel tries to hurt Gibbs by going after those he loves, and Gibbs must take extreme stesp to protect them from harm.

Glee (8pm, Fox) - Always with the budget cuts. In the Season 2 opener, the glee club faces more budget cuts while trying to recruit new members. The most interesting thing about tonight's debut is the introduction of the school's new football coach, who promises to be a formidable opponent for Sue Sylvester. Here's more on tonight's premiere episode.

Biggest Loser (8pm, NBC) - Season 10 has Bob and Jillian leading community-wide fitness challenges in seven cities as part of the season's "Pay it Forward" theme.

Raising Hope (9pm, Fox) - From the creator of "My Name is Earl," a funny new pilot about a somewhat coarse working-class family adjusting to the sudden addition of a new baby. Read our review of "Raising Hope."

 

Keep reading for more of tonight's big premieres.

'Biggest Loser': Cue the confetti

Oh, Migdalia. Our local homemaker from Sanford was not "The Biggest Loser." She was the biggest loser on "The Biggest Loser," in fact. Her 19.62 percentage overall loss was the smallest of the 22 contestants at the finale by far. The next lowest was James, one of the Brown Team twins who was among the first to go home, who lost 26.39 percent of his body weight.

Migdalia's mother, Miggy, however, was looking all glam with her sporty new haircut and 91-pound weight loss, which put her about in the middle of the pack with a 37.92 percentage loss.

What sweet Daris was sporting was a new girlfriend!

'Biggest Loser': What Daris loses is his mind

Daris, baby, put down that spoon! What are you doing eating cereal in the middle of the night? ?? You're depressed because you haven't found a girlfriend yet when thousands of women in America want to take you home and kiss on your cute face?

Finding out Daris had gained two pounds over the four weeks he was home was a rather depressing end to a great "Biggest Loser" episode of inspiration and intrigue.

The intrigue? Is there kissy face going on between Ashley and Michael or is calling each other for pep talks now that they're home and making pacts to run the Biggest Loser marathon together just what real support looks like? It was his calling her "shortcake" and her calling him "baby" -- twice -- that made me raise my eyebrows. Hmmm.

'Biggest Loser': It was a [bleep] kind of night

First, sweet Koli started in with an (apparently) F-word laced tirade about how he was going to make it to the Final Four. He didn't care about the tension over cousin Sam's getting voted off last week. "This is the animal that's been created," he said with a sneer (a sneer!). "I'm going to win this show."

Then Michael (the biggest contestant ever at 526 pounds) had an F-word-laced mental breakdown of some sort because he was tired of looking at Daris and Koli and Sam being all hot and all while he still weighed in the 300s. I'm not sure what he expected. Uh, Michael, you've lost ONE HUNDRED NINETY TWO pounds! Dude!!

Michael should have just been thanking his lucky stars he was even still there. Ashley and Daris realized pretty quickly this week that their pact to keep Michael last week and to vote off Sam might have been a mistake.

'Biggest Loser': Makeover Week! Goodbye to the mops!

This was the night. This was the night we got to see whether these people are the fine human beings they have seemed to be. Would they vote to keep the player who had little chance of winning to better their own chances? Or would they vote to keep the player with the farthest to go? The one who needed to stay the most?

Of course, the choice wasn't quite that clear, given that Sam has been an exemplary player, always encouraging others, staying focused working hard. Maybe Michael (the heaviest contestant ever) messed up his own chances for mercy by being so hard to like for so long, by playing at it for the first few weeks.

But first: Makeover Week.

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