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What's on TV this week, March 2-8


. SERIES PREMIERE: Oprah's Big Give,
9 p.m., WFTS-Ch. 28.

Oprah truly does have an infinite supply of Oprahness. Winfrey's latest project is a reality show in which she gives 10 regular people
$1-million and tells them they must use it to make other people's lives better. Over eight weeks, through missions that combine the spirit of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Amazing Race, The Apprentice and every reality show with judges, the field will be winnowed to a winner, who doesn't know that he or she will get $1-million for being the best giver.

SERIES PREMIERE: Unhitched, 9:30 p.m., WTVT-Ch. 13.

All you really need to know about this sitcom is that it's from the Farrelly brothers, who have already given us Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary. If you're a stickler for details, the show follows a group of newly single friends in their 30s as they re-enter the dating scene. So it's like a combination of Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary.


20/20: The Royal Family,
8 p.m., WFTS-Ch. 28.

ABC culled this from a five-part BBC series that documented a year in the life of Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the Windsors. It's a private as well as public look, achieved with what the BBC called exceptional access provided by the family. The project's possibly greater claim to notoriety is the mini uproar when a media preview was re-edited to make it look, erroneously, like the queen had stormed out of a sitting with photographer Annie Leibovitz.


n SEASON FINALE PART II: Project Runway, 10 p.m., Bravo.
It's down to Jillian, Rami and Christian. Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham helps choose the winner, which is like me being asked to be guest chef at Bern's because I make a pretty decent Chex mix.


American Idol, 8 p.m., WTVT-Ch. 13.

After another interminable hour of eliminations, the field will be down to David Archuleta and 11 people desperate for something seedy/illegal/repulsive — preferably all three — from his past to be revealed so America can become disillusioned and stop voting for him.


SERIES PREMIERE: New Amsterdam, 9 p.m. WTVT-Ch. 13.

This drama was supposed to debut in the fall but got postponed when Don't Forget the Lyrics! became a hit for Fox. Then Fox reportedly shut down production after seven episodes. That brings a bit of irony to the main plot point: Our hero is a New York City homicide detective who is immortal until he finds his true love. (Another new episode airs Thursday, and the series moves into a regular Monday slot March 10.)

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

What's on TV this week, March 2-8 03/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:49am]
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