THIS WEEK IN TV * On Monday, we've got the season finale of The Bachelor followed by the special The Bachelor: After The Final Rose. Also a special two hour 24 on FOX. Also also the season premiere of Rules of Engagement, taking the place of Worst Week. * Then on Tuesday night, ABC has After The Final Rose Part 2. That's how you know it's been a popular season. Also on Tuesday, The CW has the season premiere of Reaper. * Wednesday brings the return of The CW's highest rated show, America's Next Top Model. * Thursday is the start of the February sweeps, but it doesn't appear that ABC and The CW care. Both are airing various reruns Thursday and Friday. FOX, meanwhile, is airing a special Thursday episode of American Idol. * On Friday ABC has prempted Wife Swap and replaced it with 20/20: Sigfried and Roy: The Magic Returns. * The CW's Sunday Night Movie is Easy Money (1983) (The W at Amazon) starring Rodney Dangerfield. Also on Sunday, FOX brought Hole in the Wall back for the first time in a month. I'm surprised they would do that during sweeps. Finally, the two Saturday Night Live specials scheduled to air are entitled "Game Show Parodies" and "Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial".
I read the reports and the Jeff Probst blog on the Entertainment Weekly site, and a few people there raise an interesting point. Russell has a slight advantage over any of these folks in that they never saw him play the game.