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Tuesday TV: A Henson Challenge, Brooklyn Finale, NCIS's Big Easy Spinoff

Gigi Edgley

If you like Syfy's Face Off (as I do), then you're already predisposed to enjoy the channel's new reality competition series Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesday, 10/9c), which often feels like a shot-by-shot copy, complete with fetching female host (Farscape's Gigi Edgley), insane time pressures in producing elaborately fanciful Henson-esque creatures, and a three-member judging panel including the likable Brian Henson (Jim's son and chairman of the Henson Company with its fabled Creature Shop). What Creature Shop may lack in originality it makes up for in creative energy, with the contestants further challenged in mentoring sessions by being made to focus on having the full-body costumes be fully functional for the skilled Henson puppeteers within. The climactic "Screen Test" reveals are fun to watch, and the critiques (as in Face Off) are smartly constructive.

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Soledad O'Brien Joins HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien is joining HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the network announced on Wednesday. 

"Soledad is a perfect fit for Real Sports," Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports, said in a statement. "She's an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we're thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports."

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Girls, Louie, Southland, ABC's Robin Roberts Special Win Peabody Awards

Lena Dunham

Girls, Louie, Southland, Dr. Who and Switched at Birth were among the 39 winners of this year's Peabody Awards honoring the best in electronic media in 2012. One of the prizes also went to the ABC special Robin's Journey, about Robin Roberts' bone marrow transplant and subsequent recovery.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
8/7c CW
This episode pays tribute to the 2009 film The Hangover, with a slight twist: A wild and crazy adventure happens at a bachelorette party instead of at a bachelor party. The guest of honor is bride-to-be Brooke, and when she awakens in the morning, she can't remember the details of the prior outrageous night. Her friends who were with her are in the same boat, so together they try to piece together exactly what happened. Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro guest stars as himself. — Jennifer Sankowski

Read on for previews of the State of the Union Address, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best, Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection, Lights Out, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and Stand Up Mother. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

Melissa & Joey

Melissa & Joey
8/7c ABC Family
Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence were successful sitcom kids in the 1980s and 1990s, and now they've teamed up to star in (and executive produce) a new comedy reminiscent of such favorites as Who's the Boss? and Charles in Charge from that era. In tonight's series opener, busy politician Mel (Hart) gains custody of her teenage niece and nephew after their parents get in trouble with the law. Mel needs help looking after the kids, and that's when unemployed Joe (Lawrence) enters the picture.

Read on for previews for HawthoRNe, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Gates of Hell, Explorer, Big Lake and Rachel Zoe Project. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Scrubs

Scrubs
9/8c ABC
J.D. has gone through many changes throughout the last nine seasons as he moved from timid intern to experienced doctor to mentor for the next generation of docs. But some things never change. He finds he still hungers for approval, and this time he wants it from Turk. Lucy, meanwhile, faces her own demons when she tries to summon the courage to perform a medical procedure on a real, live person.

Read on for previews of Scrubs, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, National Geographic's Most Incredible Photos: Afghan Warrior, Dirty Jobs and Family Style. read more

Bryant Gumbel Reveals Lung Cancer Surgery

Bryant Gumbel

Bryant Gumbel underwent cancer surgery two months ago to remove a malignant tumor in his lung, he announced on Tuesday's Live with Regis and Kelly.

Gumbel, who filled in for Regis Philbin, made the announcement after telling Kelly Ripa he could not dance due to the surgery and a "note from my doctor."

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"They opened up my chest. They took a malignant tumor, part of my lung and some other ...
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Real Sports Interviews Olympian Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Fans of sports magazine shows get a double bonus Tuesday night with the return of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel and a new episode of ESPN's year-old E: 60. On Real Sports (10 pm/ET, HBO), Gumbel travels to Jamaica to interview Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinter Usain Bolt. Though the world-record speedster isn't a big talker, the piece offers a nice snapshot of his life both before and after the Beijing Games. Bolt tells Gumbel... read more

Former Lost Boy Finds His Way Onto U.S. Olympic Team

Lopez Lomong by Kirby Lee/ WireImage.com

Tuesday nights Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel is mostly new but one updated segment is definitely worth watching Mary Carillos report on middle-distance runner Lopez Lomong originally aired last September and is revisited with news of Lomong earning a berth on the US Olympic team July 22 10 pmET HBOOn July 6 Lomong one of the so-called Lost Boys of Sudan finished third in the 1500-meter run at the US Olympic Team Trials for track and field He completes an especially diverse trio for this event world champion Bernard Lagat originally hails from Kenya while Leonel Manzano the NCAA winner for Texas was born in MexicoThe 23-year-old Lomongs journey to Beijing was long and turbulent When he was just 6 he was captured by militia fighters during Sudans civil war and separated from his parents He soon escaped to a refugee camp in Kenya where he stayed until 2001 As part of a program for the so-called lost boys Lomong was taken in by a family in upstate Ne read more

Sports News Briefs, Tuesday Tune-in Edition

John Henson and John Anderson by Craig Sjodin/ABC

• SportsCenter anchor John Anderson expands his resume as the host of the latest entry into the summer reality sweepstakes, Wipeout (Tuesdays, 8 pm/ET, ABC). The obstacle-course competition puts everyday folks up against bruise-inducing events like Big Balls, Dizzy Dummy and Sucker Punch. Ex-Talk Soup and TV Guide Network host Chris Henson is Anderson's on-air partner.• HBO's Real Sports returns with a (mostly) Olympic-themed episode (June 24, 10 pm/ET). Host Bryant Gumbel takes a typically smug (and borderline xenophobic) look at the demanding Chinese sports schools that are producing scores of potential medalists for the Beijing Games — and some tears among the students (because we Americans never push our kids too hard at sports). Additionally Andrea Kremer cheerleads for the return of softball into the Olympics. The American-dominated sport has its swan song in Beijing, booted by the IOC due to “lack of global appeal” — and three straight gold medal... read more

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