December 15, 2010

TV TimeZ - December 15

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CBS:  Survivor Nicaragua, Criminal Minds, The Defenders
FOX:  Human Target, Hell's Kitchen
The Sing-Off, L&O: SVU

E! continues to follow members of the Kardashian family as the newest series Kourtney and Kim Take New Yorkpremieres January 23 at 10p. Sisters Kim and Kourtney are opening a new boutique in NYC and take advantage of all the glamour and glitz the Big Apple has to offer. The series is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim-Murray Productions. 

In February, syndicated game show Jeopardy!, distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution will air the first-ever man vs. machine battle as  two of the highest-winning contestants on Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter will take on a specially-built IBM computing system named "Watson." The special competition will air over three days on February 14-16. Watson is named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson and was built over four years by a group of IBM scientists who wanted to replicate a human's ability to answer questions posed in real language with speed, accuracy and confidence. Watson's competition includes Ken Jennings, who broke the game show's record for the most consecutive games won at 74 games during 2004-2005 and over $2.5 million in winnings, and Brad Rutter who became the highest dollar winner ever by a single Jeopardy! player at more than $3.2 million. The prize money at stake next February is $1 million for the winner, $300,000 for second place and $200,000 for third. Rutter and Jennings will donate 50% of what they win to charity while IBM has agreed to donate 100% of Watson's winnings to charity. 

Even though American TV audiences won't be seeing David Hasselhoff any longer on his short-lived A&E Network reality series, UK viewers will as the actor/entertainment is joining Britain's Got Talent as a judge. The judge panel also consists of newly-tapped Michael McIntyre, existing judge, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell who offers his opinions during live segments of the show.