The week to come in reality TV – because everyone on a Louisiana-based show is busy with Mardi Gras:
The Bachelor (ABC, 8 p.m.): Sean and his final six head to St. Croix, where a familiar face shows up to assist him in making some big decisions. Also, this may be Tierra’s last stand, but we know this one won’t go down without a fight.
The Biggest Loser (NBC, 8 p.m.): Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest bad eating days of the year, so our losers are tempted with chocalatey goodies. Also, the kids get special encouragement, and two challenge winners receive visits from loved ones.
The Taste (ABC, 8 p.m.): The teams must create a dish using five particular ingredients; in the individual challenge, the contestants have to consider what dishes would pair best with certain wines.
Snooki and Jwoww (MTV, 10 p.m.): Snooki and Jionni are experiencing stress over the disruption to their lives created by the baby; Roger and Jenni have yet another fight. What is her fascination with Roger, anyway? The guy is worse than being single.
American Idol (Fox, 8 p.m.): The women clearly look like the stronger gender this Idol season, and they get their spotlight this week as their numbers are cut to 20 (or so) in Hollywood.
Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites (CBS, 8 p.m.): Let’s hope the newbies who show up are better than the starstruck dolts who were so badly outschemed in the original fans vs. favorite season. Brandon Hantz is back, proving yet again nobody cares what I think.
My Strange Addiction (TLC, 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.): Among the healthy folks we meet in the season premiere episodes: a gentleman who dotes on his bathtub inflatables, and a couple who are obsessed with coffee enemas.
Swamp People (History, 9 p.m.): The new season begins with a hurricane getting in the way of the opening of gator season, and a new complication in the form of hunting upstarts from Texas.
Freakshow (AMC, 9:30 p.m.): AMC is really moving into the reality field in a major way now. One of two new entries this night, Freakshow deals with Todd Ray and the collection of oddballs he has brought together on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Immortalized (AMC, 10 p.m.): Did you realize that competitive taxidermy even existed? The things you can learn from reality TV…
Spontaneous Construction (HGTV, 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.): The flash mob phenomenon comes to the home makeover show. This doesn’t sound like a thrilling idea, but maybe they can make it work.
Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual (WE, 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.): This show hasn’t exactly rocketed up the charts, so we’ll have to see if gets a second season. The finale covers preparations for release of Cyndi’s memoir.
The Amazing Race (CBS, 8 p.m.): Season 22 begins with the usual 11 teams, and with a new twist involving a second Express Pass. I will personally be rooting for the hockey guys, Bates and Anthony. TAR could use a penalty box.
Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (E, 9 p.m.): Young Rob is dealing with a breakup, and who better to help him cope than his sisters, considering their histories of successful relationships? Also, Kourtney wants to get out of the hotel and into a genuine home.
Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, 9 p.m.): There are always a lot of laughs from this show, hosted again this year by Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay, but what’s most interesting this season is that Alex Stein, the would-be “supervillain” from last summer’s Glass House, is one of the contestants. He’s gone from burning others to burning the roast. That’s not a step up!