What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Valentine’s Day Treats Tempt the Losers

On The Biggest Loser, the contestants are tempted with Valentine's Day treats, and something tells me it's more than just conversation hearts. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. David Spade and the Lumineers are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings

2. How I Met Your Mother. Ted is leery of breaking things off iwth his unstable girlfriend, and Robin holds Marvin for the first time. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. The Biggest Loser. The contestants face Valentine's Day temptation with treats, the trainers help the teenagers work towards their goals at home, and two contestants get reunions with loved ones. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4 The Bachelor. Sean and the ladies travel to St. Croix, one woman has a shocking revelation during a date, and Sean's sister helps him make a decision. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. The Carrie Diaries. Carrie gets invited to a Manhattan soiree, Mouse looks for help from Walt, Maggie goes up against Donna and her friends, and Tom loses his wedding ring and comes to a realization. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Bones. Brennan is hospitalized after being shot at the lab and struggles with visions of her mother than go against logic, and Brennan's attacker my be linked by evidence to the Jeffersonian. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Continuum.Kagame's return begins with a reset of Liber8's agenda, away from violence and towards blending into the community and fostering their revolution through co-opting existing structures. But they have a vulnerability – the possibility that if their ancestors, living in this time, are murdered, they might cease to exist. A test of this theory is devised and Kiera and her grandmother are the guinea pigs. 7:00 PM CT Syfy

8. Switched at Birth. NOah and Travis have a confrontation at Bay's Anti-Valentine's Day party, and Regina doesn't agree with John and Kathryn with the handling of Daphne's situation with the food truck. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

9. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kyle and Lisa talk about their relationship, Lisa hosts a tea party that brings Adrienne and Brandi together for the first time since their fight. 7:00 PM CT Bravo

10. Next Great Baker: Road to the Finale. Before the season finale, the final three sit down with those who were eliminated to discuss the season. 7:00 PM CT TLC

11. Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence. The team travels to New Mexico and the Valles Caldera National Preserve to look into alleged sightings. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. Bizarre Foods America – Fan Faavorites. a one-hour special featuring highlights from past episodes taped in the U.S. and voted on by fans. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Jerseylicious. After her fight with Gigi, Tracy turns to an unlikely source, Olive dates Jackie's cousin, and Anthony wants to make expensive improvements to the salon. 7:00 PM CT Style

14. Rules of Engagement. Audrey and Jeff get the names of the women Russell has slept with in order to know what baby names to avoid, and Adam humiliates himself after spending a lot of money on a new bicycle and gear. 7:30 PM CT CBS

15. 2 Broke Girls. Max gets tickets to a music awards show in Los Angeles, and she and Caroline board a private jet to the event and meet rapper 2 Chainz 8:00 PM CT CBS

16. 90210. Max and Naomi cohost a charity football game and rekindle their feelings, Adrianna hopes to be released from her contract by sabotaging a performance, and a publisher discovers Annie's blog. 8:00 PM CT CW

17. The Following. Maggie hatches a plan to put an end to Hardy, Paul releases a secret that Jacob has been keeping from Emma, and Hardy and Claire's relationship is delved into. 8:00 PM CT Fox

18. Dallas. Christopher tries keeping an important deal alive, J.R. tries to undermine Pamela, and Cliff Barnes comes back to meet with a visitor. 8:00 PM CT TNT

19. Being Human. Liam is hunting vampires, while Aidan starts to have vivid nightmares. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

20. Bunheads. Michelle and Milly fight the town preservation society for a new amphitheater, Sasha and Rowa make their relationship public, and Talia has big news. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

21. Vanderpump Rules. In a bathroom, Jax and Laura-Leigh get caught having sex, Frank insults a customer, and Lisa decides to let someone go. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. Budds brings the bakers to Vegas, and the final three are asked to bake, sell and decorate with help from past competitors and Buddy's family. 8:00 PM CT TLC

23. Bizarre Foods America. Season premiere. Andrew Zimmern visits Washington, D.C., but instead of government and sightseeing tours, he's exploring the branches of the food scene. From Salvadoran favorites, to food trucks that feed hordes of hungry federal workers, to taking a trip back into history to taste what our forefathers ate, the district is a melting pot of flavors, both old and new. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

24. Teen Mom 2. Leah has news about her pregnancy, Jenelle has a discussion with Jace's dad, Chelsea holds on to Adam, and Kailyn works on accepting Jo's girlfriend 8:00 PM CT MTV

25. Mike & Molly. Victoria agrees to be Harry's Valentine's Day date, shocking everyone, and Carl thinks he and Samuel will meet women at the laundromat. 8:30 PM CT CBS

26. Hawaii Five-0. The team investigates a LUa master's murder, and McGarrett ha a P.I. follow his mom. 9:00 PM CT CBS

27. Deception. After finding out the truth about her biological mom, Mia and her boyfriend run away, and Will alunches an investigation into Edward's home. 9:00 PM CT NBC

28. Castle. A “The Wives of Wall Street” star is murdered, and Castle's plans to give Beckett a Valentine's Day gift go awry. 9:00 PM CT ABC

29. Monday Mornings. Doctors try to convince a 13-year-old to have surgery, Ty looks for support from Dr. Tina Ridgeway, Dr. Buck Tierney bullies a resident wit the hopes of pronouncing an organ donor brain dead, and Sydney gets Villanueva's help with a patient. 9:00 PM CT TNT

30. Lost Girl. When humans start dissolving into piles of goo, Bo uncovers a nefarious twist to a sexy Key Club. Meanwhile, Kenzi gets clingy with Bo—and a little Machiavellian with the others—forcing Bo to make an extreme revelation about her bestie. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

31. Hotel Impossible. Anthony Melchiorri heads to beautiful Palm Springs, CA, known for its abundant sunshine, relaxing atmosphere and swanky, boutique hotels. Arriving at the Palm Springs Travelodge, Melchiorri has just four days to transform this 150-room former chain motel into a trendy boutique hotel for two slick real-estate investors-turned-hoteliers. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

32. Cake Boss. Tim McGraw needs a cake from Buddy to reveal the surprise of a new house to a military veteran, and the Next Great Baker winner starts working at Carlo's. 9:30 PM CT TLC

33. Late Show with David Letterman. Bill O'Reilly and The Avett Brothers are the guests tonight, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover is revealed, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models present the Top Ten. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

Survivor: Caramoan – Preview – Fans vs. Favorites Part Two. Electric Boogaloo.

Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside.

Season 26 is kicking off this week, and we are continuing the recent trend of returning players. And why not? It works. As you know, this is the eighth season to incorporate returning players. All-Stars and HvV were all returning players, so of course the Finals had all returners. And both seasons were very entertaining for varying reasons – ie, Rob and Amber and Really Dumb Heroes. In Guatemala, Steph’s evil twin strong armed her way through many alliances to the end. In Redemption Island, Boston Rob played the most perfect game of Survivor ever. In South Pacific, Coach 3.0 almost pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the show’s history as he put much distance between himself and buffoonish Coach 1.0. Last season, Skupin slipped into the Finals in one of the most unlikely paths to the jury as we have ever seen.

And back in Season 16 we had Fans vs. Favorites. Ten superfans (although many proved to be dumb superfans) against 10 returning favorites. Not all-stars, but favorites. Although, if you recall that original 10 Favorite list, there were no winners, but it had tons of Survivors who made it very deep into their original seasons. Cirie (4th), Amanda (3rd), Parvati (6th), Ami (6th), and Eliza (4th) for the ladies. And, Yau-Man (4th), Fairplay (3rd), Ozzy (2nd), James (7th) and Jonathan (7th) for the guys. There were favorites with a lot of game. Ozzy, Cirie, Amanda, Yau-Man and Fairplay all had legit chances to win their seasons if they got better breaks at the end, or played a jury a bit better. Eliza was one of the greatest scramblers ever. James and Penner were there for personality, and Ami had a dominant alliance she controlled before she got blind to the threat from within. That was a solid, if not spectacular group.

And you know what? That season rocked. It started off in grand fashion with Yau-Man slamming Fairplay headfirst into a canoe. We had Fairplay essentially mailing it in and quitting after a couple of days. We had the Odd Couple battling of Joel and Chet. We had the pairing up of Favorites into couples – with Ozzy and Amanda making out at one point. We had Ozzy trying to do more than physical dominance as he tried to lead an alliance. We had injuries galore – with Penner going out in one of the more brutal challenges ever. We had Kathy virtually having a mental breakdown, and James getting one of the lamest Survivor injuries ever.

And boy, did we have blindsides. Eliza thought she was getting an immunity idol from Jason, only to discover he had been fooled by the worst attempt at a fake idol ever. “It’s a effing stick!!” is going down in Survivor quote lore. We had the women banding together to upset Ozzy’s apple cart and give perhaps the best blindside ever. We had Jason quitting on an immunity challenge to score points with the tribe, only to have the tribe vote him out. We had Amanda find an idol when she needed it most and do her best acting ever to use it properly. And we had Erik give up his Final Five immunity necklace in what still ranks as the dumbest move ever. The Black Widow alliance powered to the end and conspiracy theorists still question the fact that there was a Final Two, and thus preventing Cirie a chance to play for the win. It is considered a Top Three Survivor season of all-time.

A lot to live up to for the new crop. And speaking of the new crop…this ain’t exactly the most stellar collection of returning players ever assembled. It’s not that it isn’t populated with past jury members – it mostly is. Only one Finalist, and amazingly, one who lasted only three days the first time around. It is that unlike that first crew, this group failed to really show a lot of skill the first time around. Some did, but most were case studies on what not to do on Survivor. Some were certifiable mental cases. And yet, I will be selecting at least two of them to make the finals, because that’s what returning players do. If this group pulls that off, you know that it is a mega-advantage to have played this once before, assuming the current evidence of that does not already indicate this phenomenon.

So, without further ado, our new (and old) crop of Survivors. As always, the bio info is courtesy of the CBS Survivor website and the Dalton Ross gallery on Entertainment Weekly website.

Top Chef: Seattle/Alaska – Ep 14 – Creating the World of Bitterness

I have a new goal in life. It is to visit Tracy’s King Crab Shack. Have you ever seen a more awesome looking local dive restaurant? And those crabs? They were like “Clash of the Titans’” monsters. Before I depart this earth, or before the Zombie Apocalypse, or before the bizarre “Revolution” technology neatly decimates modern society, I will set foot in that shack and have giant crabs. If I take nothing away from this season, it will be that. And Brooke’s pig tails.

We are still in Alaska this week, albeit finally on land in 49th state. We also have 100% fewer Finns this week – and the chefs lament the Thumb’s departure. Interesting to hear OTV say how much he will miss Stefan, when you consider his initial reaction was not very positive way back in Week 1. Brooke called him good-hearted and Papa Smurf thought he was the frontrunner. Back in Week 1, I would have called him a frontrunner and not good-hearted. Week 14, I reverse that. Stefan lost the vote to CJ this week – and is officially out. That means the last shot for a returning chef to win is if CJ wins the final vote, then wins the LCK final challenge, then comes back in the Final Three in two weeks to steal this thing.

This week, we learned one thing about life in Alaska. We all knew that crabs and salmon were huge in Alaska, but who knew about their love of sourdough? I don’t recall that scene from “Game Change.” I also didn’t realize that starter kits for making the bread were super old. Some are older than I am. OTV said you have to take care of the yeast like a child. And I am instantly worried about his soon-to-born child…Daddy thinks you are bread. Stay away from the toaster.

I also learned that if you gather a bunch of Alaskans together in an outdoor event with food, you are required to have one bear family attend. I mean, there was a bear in the tree hanging out above the salmon feast. It was like having your dog hanging out at the kitchen table waiting for scraps, except, you know, bears.

I also learned that you cannot show much sex on TV, nor allow many bad words, but you can show ample fish guts. Cue the all-powerful fish lobby. Oh, and speaking of fish, could that salmon look more fresh and more delicious? My goodness. I’ve been craving salmon ever since. Again, I must get to that shack – crab and salmon.

When it came down to the Final Four challenge, the food looked really good, even though the actual dishes were kind of boring. When all was said and done, the chefs made three soups and a sandwich. Papa Smurf had been on a roll in recent weeks but this is now two weeks in a row he has arguably deserved to go home and barely survived. Is this just a blip on his path to the win, or has he reached his ceiling? Although, I can’t fault him for not realizing that the locals don’t actually eat “chum” salmon. I mean, how would a chef from Hawaii actually know about that? Other than the fact that it is named “chum,” of course. And, another thing, how snobby with fish can a city be where one entire species of fish is frowned upon as a food source for humans?

But this week was one of those where all of the chefs made good food. It was a nitpick decision, which is always tough, but I would imagine it is much easier for a chef to depart knowing they made good food, but left only because someone had to. However, Lizzie failed to learn from past mistakes and wound up being the one to go. What mistake? Did she not recall CJ’s downfall? Of course she did – his was the memorable moment used in the tiebreaker battle between Lizzie and Monkey. What was that dish? A burger and pickle. So what did she make here? Basically, a salmon burger and pickle. Why tempt fate?

That simple dish has now claimed three chefs this season. It must be stopped before it claims any more.

So, Lizzie bites the dust. She was unspectacular this season, but very steady. She just got to the point where she needed to be spectacular as there is no margin for error at this stage. Unfortunately, she made a fish slider. And anyone who notices these things must have speculated some looming problem after we witnessed Lizzie sobbing over her deceased dad during the fishing portion of the episode. Oftentimes, a chef who gets a teary confessional is a chef who gets a Padma knife later in the episode.

I wonder where our eventual champ is going to rank among the roster of Top Chef winning men and Steph. It will be either Papa Smurf, OTV, Brooke, Kish or CJ at this point. Do we have a Harold, Voltaggio or Blais in that group? Not sure. I think Kish may be on that level – but a Kish win would forever be tainted with the fact that would be the only champ to ever get knifed. I guess we shall see – on the positive side, I don’t believe we have any stinkers in that group, as all five are very good. Just not sure if we have an “all-star” in that group.