THE SURREAL LIFE
Sundays at 9 p.m. on the WB
This tackylicious reality-TV veteran returns for a second season, featuring a veritable dream team plucked from the sordid underbelly of American entertainment. Watch Tammy Faye block her ears while porn star Ron Jeremy discusses his schlong; see ex-Chips hunk Erik Estrada play peacemaker as the rapper formerly known as Vanilla Ice flaunts anger-management problems. This is Hollywood eating its own and spitting them out in glorious prime time.
BROWN AND BLACK PRESIDENTIAL FORUM
January 11 at 8 p.m. on MSNBC
Live from Des Moines, the Dems hone their arguments in this debate focused on issues crucial to minorities, just in time for the Iowa caucus.
January 20 at 10 p.m. on PBS
A quiet, intimate profile of a remarkable figure: former minister and small-town Southern doctor Curtis Boyd, who risked his career and safety to perform abortions for women before Roe v. Wade—at the urging of progressive religious leaders.