Sunday, December 5th

Bama Belles, series premiere at 10pm on TLC

– Oooooh, they mean (Ala)Bama Belles as opposed to (O)Bama Belles! Right, okay that makes a bit more sense although that seems much less interesting. This new reality series follows a group of down-home Alabama women as they juggle their careers, home lives and relationships with one another. So basically a middle class rural version of Real Housewives? Also, this show isn’t trying to combat any existing stereotypes about Southern women, just reaffirming them. So invite them into your TV screens and let them show you some of that Southern Comfort!

Monday, December 6th

The Sing-Off, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– This returning a capella reality competition series is a love it or hate it kind of show but the Schedulers at NBC are smart because at this time of year it’s slim pickings on the Big 4 networks, so if you even remotely enjoy music there’s a good chance you’ll tune in. The Sing-Off is a five-night event hosted by former 98 Degrees singer and former Newlyweds star Nick Lachey. This one-of-a-kind battle of voices will continue on December 8, 13 and 15, culminating with a live finale on Monday, December 20 at 8pm. The show will feature the country’s top ten a cappella groups performing popular songs like you’ve never heard them before. There’s no lip-syncing, backup bands, or safety net. They’ll be singing for America’s vote, with the winner walking away with the ultimate prize – a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000. Last year’s runner-ups, Tuft University’s The Beelzebubs, are the real voices behind Glee’s new rival group the Warblers…so yeah, these groups make a cappella sexy. Last year’s celebrity judges, all members of top-selling vocal groups, are returning for another run: Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls).

American Country Awards, special awards show from 8 to 10pm on FOX

– The early winter months before the New Year are apparently an all-out country-fest on TV with a new awards show seemingly every week! This is the ONLY (FOX really wants you to understand THIS country awards show is unique) country music awards show that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories but also in previously unrecognized areas of the business such as touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has. Country superstar Trace Adkins will serve as host for the first annual American Country Awards. The event will feature performers Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, Steel Magnolia, Josh Turner and Uncle Kracker, as well as participants Laura Bell Bundy, Rodney Carrington, Jewel, Lady Antebellum, Bret Michaels, Ty Murray, Jeff Dunham, Michael Waltrip and Elliott Sadler.

Tuesday, December 7th

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, series premiere at 10pm on Sundance

– With a title like that how could you not tune in out of sheer curiosity? In actuality it’s a real-life Will & Grace. GWLBWLB is a groundbreaking series that explores a special kind of relationship: a woman and her gay best friend. A bond that goes deeper than friendship, it’s a fresh perspective on love, companionship, and the meaning of “happily ever after” that is catching the attention of a wider community.

Thursday, December 9th

A Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, The Next Chapter, special from 9 to 10pm on ABC

– It’s a double dose of Barbara tonight with two back-to-back specials (see directly below). But ABC scheduling team, if you think that’s going to make up for the fact that we won’t have any new Grey’s until 2011 then you’re dead wrong! Anyway, as Oprah Winfrey prepares to close one door and embark on a new path in her illustrious career, she sits down with Barbara Walters to speak candidly about this momentous time in her life. The hour special will explore the past 25 years of both Oprah’s personal and professional life, and will also examine her new network, OWN – just weeks before its January debut – with an exclusive preview of some of its programs.

Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, special from 10 to 11pm on ABC

– For the 18th year, we look to Barbara Walters to tell us who is cool. This year, ABC only revealed eight of the people on her list instead of the usual nine. The list so far:

Justin Bieber: Okay, who of us hasn’t made fun of the Biebs at one point? He is a major player in pop culture nowadays, from his trademark hair to his catchy-ass songs and his Usher-wannabe moves, so get used to it.
Sandra Bullock: This is clearly early 2010 but she was America’s Sweetheart for the first half of the year and we still love her!
LeBron James: Barbara, I’m gonna assume this is just your shot at trying to be inclusive of the sports community.
Jennifer Lopez: SERIOUSLY? Just because she’s the new judge on American Idol?!?!?! The most fascinating thing about J-Lo is how many celebrities she dated and almost married in the late 90s/early 2000s!
Kate Middleton: Biggest engagement of the century!
Sarah Palin: This woman has her hand in every single cookie jar – Sarah Palin’s Alaska, two New York Times bestselling memoirs, possibly running for the 2012 presidential campaign – and she is the leader of a major Republican cult (Tea Party), mobilizing millions of people to highjack the Dancing With The Stars online voting system, oh and also THEY ARE CRAZY!!!
Betty White: classic, we all love Betty and this has been her year.
The cast of The Jersey Shore: haters can hate but I love the cast of Jersey Shore for making me feel better about myself.

I guess the top 2 most fascinating people must be REALLY important this year. So who should be on the list?

The Obamas: Barack topped the list in ’08 and Michelle won in ‘09, are they really gonna be shown the door that quickly?

Lady Gaga: HELLO don’t you know she’s my idol?!?! Have you seen her videos or live stage performances? After all the Grammy snubs, we need way more Lady Gaga love circulating.

Mark Zuckerberg: With David Fincher’s critically acclaimed The Social Network’s outstanding box office performance this fall, the controversial Facebook Founder and CEO has never been more intriguing or hated. Furthermore, there’s major Oscar buzz around The Social Network as the frontrunner for Best Picture and Jesse Eisenberg as Best Actor for his deep portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has never been more important or relevant to more than 500 million people’s daily lives than this year…so far.

The cast of Glee: They may have lost well-deserved Emmy wins to Modern Family but Glee has penetrated deep into pop culture and makes a constant appearance on the Billboard Top 100. Also, the cast of Glee ALWAYS dominates my iTunes playlist.

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