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Posted on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 11:25 a.m.

"Biggest Loser" gets moving; TV in 3D; can Sam Mendes direct 007?

By Bob Needham

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Andrea Hough and Darrell Hough of Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor contestants Darrell Hough and Andrea Hough made their initial appearance last night on "The Biggest Loser," as NBC's popular weight-loss competition started its new season.

Click here for's full rundown of the episode, while The Detroit News' take can be found here. Note that there's spoiler info included.

If you need more, here's's recap of the first episode, and here's the new entry from's "Biggest Loser" blog. And finally, here's a brief recap from


• So, have "Up" and "Avatar" made you ready to try 3D on the small screen? Although obviously there are huge technical and availability hurdles to overcome, the Los Angeles Times reports today that two different efforts — one from ESPN, and one from Discovery Communication, Sony and the Imax Corp. — are likely to offer 3D TV in the next year or so.

• The LA Times also notes today that Sharon Stone will guest star on four epidsodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" later this season.

• It's only a pilot at this point, but the Detroit Free Press says that ABC has OK'd production for a pilot of a mockumentary cop show set in the Motor City. The show is set to be called "187 Detroit," though it's not yet clear if the pilot will be shot in Michigan.

Alan Alda returns to the science beat on PBS tonight with a new 3-part program called "The Human Spark," The New York Times writes.


• The Kirkus Reviews — the famed books journal that recently announced its closure — may get a reprieve from a buyer, the Associated Press reports.


• The Rap Radar blog ranks Kid Cudi's album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" as the third best of 2009. As previewed yesterday on, Cudi plays a sold-out show at the Michigan Theater next Monday.

• The Grammy Awards are coming up on Jan. 31. Do your prep work — did the Flatlanders really not get nominated for best Americana album? — at the Grammys web site.


The AP reports on the casting of Viola Davis for this spring's Broadway revival of August Wilson's "Fences" alongside Denzel Washington. The story quotes Washington as being "blown away" by the original production's acting by James Earl Jones and Mary Alice. Jones, of course, is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

If you missed it, check out Jenn McKee's preview of "K2," the new show at Performance Network, starting previews Thursday. It will be fascinating to see how the Network addresses the challenge of a play set on a frigid mountainside.


• interviews Michael Cera, star of "Youth in Revolt," the partly-locally-shot comedy opening Friday. Also check out's look ahead to the movie, and come back to our site tomorrow for a Mega-Guide to all things YIR.

• The Detroit News has an item about the new season of classic movies offered by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society at the Redford Theatre in Detroit, starting this weekend.

• LA Times writer Patrick Goldstein isn't happy with the news that Sam Mendes of "American Beauty" is in talks to direct the next James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig.

• If you're still waffling about seeing "Up in the Air," the fine new movie starring George Clooney (and partly shot at Detroit Metro Airport), the Michigan Daily weighs in with yet another glowing review.

Finally, if you're getting excited about the May 28 release of "Sex and the City 2," there's a trailer up on YouTube: