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Monday: Choose your spandex-clad antics: "American Gladiators" or "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann"? Plus: What did you think of "The Wire" on Sunday?

By Salon Staff

Published January 7, 2008 11:00AM (EST)

Prime Pick

Photos: ABC, NBC

Wrap your heads around this one, desperate TV watchers of the world: Tonight, fishing around for something to watch in a sea of reruns, you'll be forced to choose between NBC's "American Gladiators" (8 p.m. EST on NBC) and "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" (8 p.m. EST on ABC). It seems America just can't get enough of attractive humans battling it out in spandex. Whether you want to see those spandex-clad humans singing and dancing or hurling giant wrecking balls at each other's heads is really a matter of personal taste. If only the networks would collaborate a little, we could watch "American Gladiator Dance War" instead, and enjoy the sight of muscular behemoths knocking each other off 10-foot-high balance beams while crooning "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter -- a fitting theme for these desperate times on the small screen.


"Antiques Roadshow" (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings) returns for a 12th season tonight, starting in Baltimore, while John Cusack pours on the angsty charm in "High Fidelity" (9 p.m. EST on E!). The "Critics Choice Awards" air at 9 p.m. EST on VH1. Patricia Arquette returns for a fourth season of "Medium" at 10 p.m. EST on NBC, and Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" returns for its fourth season at 10 p.m. EST on Travel.

Sunday night

What did you think of "The Wire" on Sunday? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Carson Kressley, Hulk Hogan and guest co-host Pat Sajak

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Scott Baio, Kym Douglas, piano prodigy Marc Yu

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Ask Dr. Oz III

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Madeleine Albright, Philip Pullman, Saad Mohseni

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Dr. Dean Ornish, Oprah's chef Art Smith

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

New show with guest TBA

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Andrew Sullivan

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Tom Hanks, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dropkick Murphys

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST


Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Colin Powell

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST


Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST


Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST


Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Amy Reiter

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