A quick look at the last seven days and the seven days ahead:
- This third week of October, 2009 started with two dads getting in trouble: Jon Gosselin got sued, and Richard Heene is facing felony charges over the balloon boy hoax. Let’s hope parading your vomiting kid on TV is a felony, too. Also in trouble: the Big Brother winner who was arrested for drug trafficking, having allegedly spent his $500,000 on drugs. On the opposite end of the winner spectrum, one of the best Survivor winners got a job in the Obama administration. In show news, a fantastic spin-off got a second season, and SYTYCD found its top 20, finally. The Real Housewives of Atlanta ended but NeNe says it was fake, maybe because she came off as looking the worst. Also this week, I tried to get attention by taunting a local news anchor who idiotically accused me of “slander,” but he didn’t take the bait, and I also got mad about the Voltaggios.
- Friday, Oct. 23
The already-scary reality series My Super Sweet 16 has been adapted into a scripted film, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, which debuts tonight [MTV, 10 p.m.] Its producer told the NYDN, “Let’s give these kids what’s coming to them.”
- Saturday, Oct. 24
Leading up to their Nov. 14 fight, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will be followed on HBO’s series 24/7 [HBO 10:15 p.m.]. Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway tour is the subject of a black-and-white documentary, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful [Showtime, 9 p.m.]. Also tonight, the third season of The Academy debuts [Fox Reality Channel, 10 p.m.], and follows people being trained to become Orange County firefighters.
- Sunday, Oct. 25
Antonio Sabato, Jr. ends his televised search for love [VH1, 10 p.m.], and Diddy his series Starmaker [MTV, 10 p.m.] Football is scheduled to end at 5, which means The Amazing Race [CBS, who knows] should debut around Halloween.
- Monday, Oct. 26
A special episode of So You Think You Can Dance [Fox, 8 p.m.] will consist of performances from each of the top 20, and may feature Paula Abdul for some unknown reason. Cake Boss returns [TLC, 10 p.m.] for a second season, while Real Chance of Love ends its second season [VH1, 9 p.m.].
- Tuesday, Oct. 27
Muhammad and Larry, Albert Maysles entry in the 30 for 30 sports documentary series, debuts [ESPN, 8 p.m.], and follows the relationship between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes before their 1980 fight. Also tonight, Jen Arnold and Bill Klein return in their docudrama The Little Couple [TLC, 10 p.m.], and the cast of Flipping Out reunites [Bravo, 10 p.m.], which means one awesome thing: Andy Cohen hosting! Actually, Jeff Lewis is a great foil for Andy, so it should be more fun than a usual AC reunion.
- Wednesday, Oct. 28
TV Guide product placement serves as the inspiration for the quickfire challenge on Top Chef Las Vegas [Bravo, 10 p.m.], while Natalie Portman shows up for the elimination challenge.
- Thursday, Oct. 29
The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunite [Bravo, 10 p.m.] for the first part of their two-hour reunion, which means we get Andy Cohen twice in a week, and he’s even promised to irritate me. Awesome.