It's Survival In The City

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For all of those Hills aficionados who didn't think Whitney Port was strong enough to support an east coast spin-off in which unknown characters lament their dead-end relationships, the hardships of their glamorous jobs, and the limits of their trust funds, Port has at least managed to survive into her second season tonight. Free of that dead-weight Aussie boyfriend Jay, Whitney can now taxi from posh LES eatery to posh LES bar and flirt with other paid bit players (but can we please see more of Olivia's couch-surfing cousin James this season?).

The Hills / The City [10 PM/10:30 PM, MTV]

Tune into MTV's all new, faux reality power block. In the first half hour, Kristin Cavallari quickly establishes herself as the bitchy replacement to Lauren Conrad. In The City's second season premiere, Whitney celebrates being single and readjusts her focus from Jay, her deadbeat, two-timing "musician" boyfriend.

The Good Wife [10 PM, CBS]

One of the strongest new dramas this season (and one of the few that isn't a medical drama or police procedural) airs its second episode tonight, in which Alicia (Julianna Margulies) represents a stripper that claims she was raped during the bachelor party of a well-known businessman.

Shark Tank [8 PM, ABC]

Like Mark Burnett's other business competition show The Apprentice, Shark Tank features a boardroom full of wealthy suits behind a conference table evaluating entrepreneurs plucked from a deep stack of applications received by NBC. While everything is staged and reaches the kind of dramatic pitch that only a Mark Burnett production can, there is something educational about watching these entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to the sharks, and determining which sells are worth an investment.

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The Bride Wore Black [8 PM, TCM]

If you're in the mood for some culturally important cinema before you tune into The Hills, catch Francois Truffaut's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Jeanne Moreau stars as a widow whose husband was shot dead by five men, right outside of the church after their marriage ceremony. The '68 film is said to have been source material for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, although the director claims not to have seen it.



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