Work Out returns, Tori & Dean: Inn Love debuts tonight

Bravo’s Work Out returns for a second season tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The show again follows Jackie Warner and the trainers at her high-end L.A. gym, including Amazing Race team member Rebecca Cardon.

The good news for reality TV drama: besides all of the trainers, Jackie’s crazy girlfriend Mimi, who likes to bite people instead of talk to them, is back. (The Boston Herald also has a spoiler about their relationship, if you must know.)

The season will include the death of trainer Doug Blasdell, which according to some critics, affects the whole season. The Boston Herald’s Mark A. Perigard says there’s “a bit of foreshadowing that will no doubt upset viewers who like their soap with dumbbells. But even a show dedicated to the pursuit of perpetual beauty can’t hide from some of life’s sad truths.”

At 10:30, Oxygen debuts its new series Tori & Dean: Inn Love. The cute title explains the show’s content: Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott open a bed and breakfast. Oxygen says that “[a]s Tori & Dean work on opening the hippest B&B in the universe, we watch the couple as they try to adjust to small town life, befriend their neighbors, renovate their new inn, learn to run a business, plan a gala grand opening and become first time parents … all the while continuing to pursue acting roles and develop their careers.”

But The New York Daily News’ David Bianculli says “Starting a bed-and-breakfast could be the right move for this couple. Making a TV show out of it isn’t. If you’re tired of all the attention you’re getting, guess what? So are we.” And the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Karla Peterson says “it is kind of a snooze.”

Work Out [Bravo]
Tori & Dean: Inn Love [Oxygen]

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