What’s Hot on TV Tonight – DWTS 2nd Elimination

The celebrities of Dancing with the Stars face their second elimination tonight. It wasn't so much of a shock to see Pamela Anderson go home last week. If tonight's results yield the same, we'll see Bristol Palin go home after she scored much lower than everyone else. She'll need a lot of at-home votes to save her. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Lea Michele, David Spade, and Matchbox 20 are today's guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NCIS. An NCIS facilities manager's body is found four months after he disappeared, the team faces mandatory psych evaluations, and Gibbs is worried about Abby's recurring nightmares. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Voice. The best of the blind auditions. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Dancing with the Stars. The first hour looks back on last night's performances, and in the second hour, Katherine Jenkins, Placido Domingo, and Cher Lloyd perform, and the second couple is eliminated. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Hart of Dixie. Season premiere. Zoe has a hard time choosing between Wade and George, and Lemon tries to find a job and her own apartment. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Raising Hope. Season premiere. The Chance family meets Sabrina's mother at Sabrina's grandmother's funeral, and Sabrina and Jimmy's relationship is affected by Nana's last will and testament. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Giuliana & Bill. Giuliana goes into nesting mode after seeing the baby's ultrasound, and Bill tries to keep her grounded. 7:00 PM CT Style

8. Ben and Kate. Kate has to admit the truth to Maddie's principal after being caught in a lie, and Ben tries to teach Kate about confronting fears. 7:30 PM CT CW

9. NCIS: Los Angeles. A retired Marine's remains are found after a drone strike on a bomb-making compound in Afghanistan. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. Go On. Ryan realizes he needs to do things for himself, the group helps Lauren study, and Steven asks Ryan to be his wingman. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. The Next. The remaining six finalists compete. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. New Girl. Jess and Nick talk about their relationship, Schmidt pretends he's a son of Mitt Romney in order to date a beautiful Republican. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. Face Off. The contestants enter the steampunk world of Bethesda's hotly anticipated video game, Dishonored! 8:00 PM CT Syfy

14. Airport 24/7. In the first half-hour, a TSA officer intercept a firearm tucked inside a carry-on bag through the checkpoint x-ray and a potential terrorist with three forms of ID, of Middle Eastern descent, and a knife deliberately hidden in a sneaker. In the second half hour, a driver comes within inches of his life when his car flips over outside the terminal. Customs hones in on a shipment of tractor parts originating in South America, traveling through Miami onto Africa. Security Director Lauren Stover arranges to help a young lady surprise her boyfriend – a soldier who is returning from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. How Playboy Changed the World. How Playboy magazine changed the world while impacting people's daily lives. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

16. The New Normal. David plans a family dinner to inform his mom about the baby, Bryan and Goldie commiserate about mother-in-law problems, and Jane looks for David's medical advice after having an unusual sensation. 8:30 PM CT NBC

17. The Mindy Project. Mindy chooses a reformed ex-con as the new nurse, and Jeremy tests his breakup skills by firing a problematic, elderly nurse. 8:30 PM CT Fox

18. Vegas. A craps dealer is killed during a home robbery, and it seems to be connected to a similar case. Savino needs to get his new count room manager to trust him. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Parenthood. Crosby, Jasmine, and Jabbar's family dynamic could change, Sarah spends time with her boss's daughter, Zeek makes a new friend, and Victor tries going to an after-school activity. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Private Practice. Addison's house is the setting for doctors reminiscing, and Sheldon counsels a patient who is suicidal and makes a confession. 9:00 PM CT ABC

21. Sons of Anarchy. The Sons get together to face a new adversary, bringing complications. 9:00 PM CT FX

22. Hot Set. Two set designers compete to create a throne room fit for extraterrestrial royalty. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

23. Flipping Out. In the wake of Andrew’s recent (and dramatic) departure from Jeff’s employment, the crew receives a call from him begging to be re-considered for the position. Can Jeff forgive someone who removed his microphone, and sped away in his car after being confronted about a simple lie? Meanwhile, Jeff faces additional work drama after visiting his property and realizing his staff is way behind deadline. And he doesn’t seem to care. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

p>24. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Carol Burnett and Armie Hammer. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

Amazing Race 21 – Premiere Commentary – Have You Not Had Fallopian Tube?

Welcome back TARFans – and please, please, as always, read Laura’s recaps for the goings on in Phil’s World. I’m just here for backup. We have another Race! Before we go further into my take on the show – a quick meet and greet for the teams:

Jaymes/James – Really? James with a Y? I’m already mad at them. They are Chippendales dancers. Less mad, because, hey, it’s a living. Team Magic Mike have brought their collars with them – THAT will get annoying.

Caitlin/Brittany – A pair of tall blondes who were college buddies. They are athletic, beautiful, one snorts when she laughs, and I will never, ever be able to tell them apart.

Amy/Daniel – She had bacterial meningitis and lost her spleen, a kidney, part of her hearing and both legs. Damn. Now she’s a competitive snowboarder. I stand corrected. It’s not Phil’s World, it’s Amy’s World. We’re just passing through. Dan is the on-again, off-again boyfriend.

Natalie/Nadiya – Twin Sisters – Born in New York, raised in Sri Lanka. Well, really, that old story? They finish each others’ sentences, appear to play rugby and do yoga by iconic bridges, and broke up with boyfriends for each other. Oh, and they screech at each other. Hopefully that stops soon.

Josh/Brent – The Fabulous Beekman Boys. If that means something to you. I never saw it. They were NYC exec. Now they are goat farmers in Sharon Springs, NY. Life partners too. Very dry sense of humor.

Abbie/Ryan – Dating Divorcees. Uh oh. That is rarely a good combo on this show. She’s a dance instructor and he’s a jujitsu dude. He seems to think choking her is a metaphor for the Race. I think he’s been watching a different Race. Or he just remembers his stint trying to be Martha Stewart’s Apprentice. Really. He was on that show.

James/Abba – Both look like they played Hair Metal, but it seems only James has. With White Lion. Wait. That’s awesome. Abba – and that’s a nickname – is an entertainment lawyer. And I guess lawyers in that industry could get away with that look.

Rob/Kelley – They are both monster truckers. He’s a big dude.

Gary/Will – Superfans Unite!! They finally got on the show after seven tries. Gary’s a giant, Will’s a hobbit. They should be lots of fun. And judging by their shirts – they are from Michigan.

Rob//Sheila He’s a lumberjack, and he don’t care. She gave up her career to be with him. And apparently, to be dominated by him. So that’s a special relationship to watch on TV.

Trey/Lexi – Stereotype youngsters from Texas who could have come directly out of a rejected spec script for Friday Night Lights.

The big news for the Race took place right at the starting line – if a team wins Leg 1 and goes on to win the whole thing…they get $2 million. I’ve been wondering when Survivor and The Amazing Race would get around to upping the ante with the prize money. It’s been the same since 2000 & 2001 respectively. So many other format twists have come and gone – but not the prize. Personally, I would like to see one where it is a huge prize – five mil or something – and you only get winners on the island or on the Race course. Get moving Burnett and Bertram – get that cast, stat!

As we learn later on, one team’s generosity with information could wind up costing them $500,000 each should they win the whole Race. Which leads into the old share info or not share info debate. I think there is a place for both plans – and the decision to share here came solely from it being the first leg, with adrenaline kicking in. If this decision came after a few legs and they became hardened Racers – no way would info be shared.