Undercover Boss

CBS, Feb. 7, after Super Bowl XLIV |

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REALITY

Scoring the coveted post-Super Bowl slot, the premiere of this new series follows Larry O'Donnell, president and chief operating officer of Waste Management, as he spends a week "undercover" in various low-level roles at his trash-disposal company. (Each episode will feature a different incognito exec.) In this economy, watching a corporate suit—even one as affable as O'Donnell—suction a Porta Potti carries a certain satisfying pleasure, but the show is so determinedly upbeat that it packs all the sugary artificiality of a break-room vending machine. Nearly every employee O'Donnell meets has a smile and a can-do attitude. Seriously? Not a single disgruntled worker in the bunch? I want to root for a reality series that uplifts, but for this one to work, it either needs to be more fun or more real.

Past Life

FOX, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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GENRE

"I never would have believed what just happened if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes." "I quit trying to make sense of people like that a long time ago." "I saw it on a bumper sticker once." Yes, that's what passes for dialogue in this new drama about "past-life specialists": a psychologist (Kelli Giddish) and an ex-cop (Nicholas Bishop) who solve crimes by unlocking the memories of reincarnated souls. It's standard murder-of-the-week type stuff with just a hint of pseudo spirituality. Trouble is, characters who speak in clichés don't deserve to be in your living room. I saw that on a bumper sticker once.

Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp

VH1, Feb. 8, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

If Dancing with the Stars is the holy grail for celebs seeking reality TV rebirth—and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! is fame's Grim Reaper—then Celebrity Fit Club falls somewhere in between: a C-list series starring D-list has-beens (Baywatch's Nicole Eggert, Skid Row rocker Sebastian Bach) who used to be pretty hot and kinda famous. Now, not so much. This go-round, a tired-looking Bobby Brown struggles to act like he's there for anything other than the paycheck, and Britney Spears' ex Kevin Federline (who appears alongside his ex Shar Jackson) comes off like a man defeated. Bummer, dude.

>1 PUPPY BOWL VI

SUN. 2/7 3 P.M.

ANIMAL PLANET

Puppies? Aw. Puppies playing football? Cuteness touchdown.

2 SUPER BOWL XLIV

SUN. 2/7 6:28 P.M.

CBS

Colts (with QB Peyton Manning) vs. Saints. Let's hope the commercials rock.

3 AMERICAN IDOL

TUES. 2/9 8 P.M.

FOX

In the Hollywood round, Randy Jackson welcomes new judge Ellen DeGeneres.

4 SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS

THURS. 2/11 8 P.M.

CBS

Bad girl Jerri Manthey is back for this good vs. evil installment.

5 WINTER OLYMPICS

FRI. 2/12 7:30 P.M.

NBC

The games kick off in Vancouver, where U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir goes for gold.

>1 HE SINGS IN BETWEEN SEGMENTS

Robin Roberts says she hears her new co-anchor, who started on GMA Dec. 14 (he replaced Diane Sawyer, who now anchors ABC World News), humming during commercial breaks. "It's true," says Stephanopoulos, 49. "You really get intimate when you co-anchor with someone, huh?"

2 HE WAS ONCE ADDICTED ... TO DONUTS

"I used to have a ritual," he says. "It began one weekend when I ate two donuts before my old show, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and the show started to do well. For months I continued to have two donuts before every show, and I just had to stop. Thankfully I gave it up, or I wouldn't be able to fit behind the desk."

3 HE WEARS SHORT SHORTS

"I have a little bit of arrested development in the casual clothes wardrobe," he says. "You have to absolve my wife [actress Alexandra Wentworth] of any responsibility. She's been trying to get me to change my workout gear for a long time. They're just shorts, the same thing I wore as a teenager."

4 HE'S KING OF THE KITCHEN

"My wife says I'm very alpha in the kitchen, which she doesn't always appreciate," he says. "I'm pretty good in the kitchen. I do a lot of braising of short ribs, lamb shanks. I'm very Greek."

5 HE MISSES HIS FAMILY

GMA tapes in New York City, so Stephanopoulos only sees his Washington, D.C.-based family—Wentworth and their daughters Elliott, 7, and Harper, 4—on weekends. "They're figuring out it's not a bad way to leverage extra treats!"

>Breaking up is hard to do. And yet, after a five-year relationship with Project Runway, I'm finally giving it the double-cheek kiss-off. There was no single reason for the split. Yes, last year's L.A. run was underwhelming, but when season 7 kicked off, I realized I just wasn't that into it anymore—the challenges, the designers, the L'Oréal Paris Makeup Room. Tim and Heidi, I hope we can still be friends.

>• The new mom (she and beau Matthew McConaughey welcomed Vida on Jan. 3), 27, hosts the Bravo hairstyling series, back Feb. 3.

ANY DISASTROUS HAIR CUTS?

When I was pregnant with [18-month-old] Levi, I woke up one day and needed change. I wanted a Sophia Loren-like haircut. It ended more like Katie Holmes. I was unhappy and used extensions for about a year!

HAS LEVI RECEIVED HIS FIRST HAIRCUT?

No. We want to leave it pure. I look at pictures of myself when I was a girl, before I did anything to my hair, and it was perfect. So at this stage in his life, I'm leaving it as pure as possible.

CONGRATS ON VIDA!

I'm very excited to have a girl. It's a big blessing. Vida's a beautiful and peaceful girl. I'm going to have so much fun with her hair. We will have long talks about it. I have a lot to share with her.

>• You could say The Jay Leno Show was an experiment. Yes, and so was Frankenstein. After one of the most stupidly rancorous TV messes ever, Leno ends his 10 p.m. show Feb. 9, then resumes hosting The Tonight Show in March—less than a year after he handed the reins to Conan O'Brien. (Sorry, Coco.) NBC, which dismantled its weeknight schedule to make room for Leno, will now return to its traditional three hours of weeknight programming. Someday we'll look back on this and laugh!

>1 PUPPY BOWL VI

SUN. 2/7 3 P.M.

ANIMAL PLANET

Puppies? Aw. Puppies playing football? Cuteness touchdown.

2 SUPER BOWL XLIV

SUN. 2/7 6:28 P.M.

CBS

Colts (with QB Peyton Manning) vs. Saints. Let's hope the commercials rock.

3 AMERICAN IDOL

TUES. 2/9 8 P.M.

FOX

In the Hollywood round, Randy Jackson welcomes new judge Ellen DeGeneres.

4 SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS

THURS. 2/11 8 P.M.

CBS

Bad girl Jerri Manthey is back for this good vs. evil installment.

5 WINTER OLYMPICS

FRI. 2/12 7:30 P.M.

NBC

The games kick off in Vancouver, where U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir goes for gold.

>1 HE SINGS IN BETWEEN SEGMENTS

Robin Roberts says she hears her new co-anchor, who started on GMA Dec. 14 (he replaced Diane Sawyer, who now anchors ABC World News), humming during commercial breaks. "It's true," says Stephanopoulos, 49. "You really get intimate when you co-anchor with someone, huh?"

2 HE WAS ONCE ADDICTED ... TO DONUTS

"I used to have a ritual," he says. "It began one weekend when I ate two donuts before my old show, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and the show started to do well. For months I continued to have two donuts before every show, and I just had to stop. Thankfully I gave it up, or I wouldn't be able to fit behind the desk."

3 HE WEARS SHORT SHORTS

"I have a little bit of arrested development in the casual clothes wardrobe," he says. "You have to absolve my wife [actress Alexandra Wentworth] of any responsibility. She's been trying to get me to change my workout gear for a long time. They're just shorts, the same thing I wore as a teenager."

4 HE'S KING OF THE KITCHEN

"My wife says I'm very alpha in the kitchen, which she doesn't always appreciate," he says. "I'm pretty good in the kitchen. I do a lot of braising of short ribs, lamb shanks. I'm very Greek."

5 HE MISSES HIS FAMILY

GMA tapes in New York City, so Stephanopoulos only sees his Washington, D.C.-based family—Wentworth and their daughters Elliott, 7, and Harper, 4—on weekends. "They're figuring out it's not a bad way to leverage extra treats!"

>Breaking up is hard to do. And yet, after a five-year relationship with Project Runway, I'm finally giving it the double-cheek kiss-off. There was no single reason for the split. Yes, last year's L.A. run was underwhelming, but when season 7 kicked off, I realized I just wasn't that into it anymore—the challenges, the designers, the L'Oréal Paris Makeup Room. Tim and Heidi, I hope we can still be friends.

>• The new mom (she and beau Matthew McConaughey welcomed Vida on Jan. 3), 27, hosts the Bravo hairstyling series, back Feb. 3.

ANY DISASTROUS HAIR CUTS?

When I was pregnant with [18-month-old] Levi, I woke up one day and needed change. I wanted a Sophia Loren-like haircut. It ended more like Katie Holmes. I was unhappy and used extensions for about a year!

HAS LEVI RECEIVED HIS FIRST HAIRCUT?

No. We want to leave it pure. I look at pictures of myself when I was a girl, before I did anything to my hair, and it was perfect. So at this stage in his life, I'm leaving it as pure as possible.

CONGRATS ON VIDA!

I'm very excited to have a girl. It's a big blessing. Vida's a beautiful and peaceful girl. I'm going to have so much fun with her hair. We will have long talks about it. I have a lot to share with her.

>• You could say The Jay Leno Show was an experiment. Yes, and so was Frankenstein. After one of the most stupidly rancorous TV messes ever, Leno ends his 10 p.m. show Feb. 9, then resumes hosting The Tonight Show in March—less than a year after he handed the reins to Conan O'Brien. (Sorry, Coco.) NBC, which dismantled its weeknight schedule to make room for Leno, will now return to its traditional three hours of weeknight programming. Someday we'll look back on this and laugh!