So many shows, so little space on the TiVo.
Monday - March 28
Fear Factor (NBC, 8:00pm EST)
Last week, a California woman nearly drowned when her car was swept away in a flash flood. But she had seen an episode of Fear Factor in which contestants had to escape from a sinking car and, using the tactics detailed on the show, managed to escape. Host Joe Rogan greeted her the next morning on Good Morning America with a bouquet of flowers. So, while I would normally advise against watching this show, it's hard to say "skip it" this week. Verdict: Watch it.
The Bachelor (ABC, 9:00pm EST)
Now in its seventh iteration, the original reality dating show has enlisted Charlie O'Connell (late of Sliders and Dude, Where's My Car?) to choose his mate from a bevy of 25 beauties. This version of the show has been touted as more unpredictable, with multiple eliminations and other rule-bending tricks. Verdict: TiVo it.
Tuesday - March 29
House (Fox, 9:00pm EST)
Never mind the increasingly improbably plotlines. It's worth a willing suspension of disbelief just to watch Hugh Laurie chew up scenery as TV's crankiest doctor. The supporting cast (including Chi McBride, Robert Sean Leonard, and Omar Epps) is equally impressive. Verdict: Watch it.
Starlet (The WB, 9:00pm EST)
It's no American Idol (heck, it's not even America's Next Top Model), but it could be worth checking out tonight to see the remaining four wannabe starlets perform a scene from Friends at a Hollywood comedy club. Verdict: TiVo it.
The Amazing Race 7 (CBS, 9:00pm EST)
As if it wasn't painful enough to watch Rob and Amber lie and cheat their way to the top on Survivor: All Stars, now we have to see it again on what was previously one of the better reality competitions. Verdict: Skip it.
Wednesday - March 30
Alias (ABC, 9:00pm EST)
Continuing its strong fourth season, J.J. Abrams' original prime-time thrill ride (yes, Lost is finally back tonight) takes a cue from Kill Bill in tonight's episode, which finds Syd buried alive and the rest of the team in quarantine. Verdict: Watch it.