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Monday Watch List: Memorial Day!

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Monday Watch List: Memorial Day!

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A boy holds up at American flag in the crowded amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery as all await the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington,Va. Monday, May 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and apologize to the gypsy community. LET’S GO!

SINGLE LADIES – 9:00PM (VH1) It may be a slow day for the rest of the country, but there are a stunning number of brand new shows debuting tonight. For TV never takes a day off, except for 30 weeks out of the year. Your first entry is this brand new show from VH1 that is NOT a reality show. I swear! Someone actually bothered to write and script and cast real actors and everything. Following in the wild success African-American hits like “The Game,” this comedy/drama (comama!) features Stacey Dash from “Clueless” (Grrrr!) as one of three friends trying to navigate the craziness of being a single gal. Expect many a heart-to-heart and many a “Oh, he he di’n’t!” ANTICIPATION: YES HE DI’ID!

PLATINUM HIT – 10:00PM (Bravo – An NBC/Universal network) Someone saw fit to hire Kara DioGuardi to appear on television again. A bold if stupid move, but we’ll see if it pays off for this brand new songwriting competition featuring Jewel as the host. Yes, songwriting. All original songs! No, wait! Come back! Where are you running?! ANTICIPATION: TOUGH SELL!

EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION – 10:00PM (ABC) For each episode of this weight loss reality tearjerker, ABC follows one dangerously obese person over the course of the year as they lose dramatic amounts of weight. This represents a total reversal from the original “Extreme Makeover” show, in which subjects underwent a battery of plastic surgery procedures and then scared their loved ones to death after revealing their new faces. This one’s just old-fashioned weight loss, and I think the fact that they follow everyone for a full year could give it a depth you probably wouldn’t expect. ANTICIPATION: SHOCKINGLY HIGH!

FINDING BIGFOOT – 11:00PM (Animal Planet) Join the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (yes, it’s a real organization) as they track down the elusive Sasquatch. Tonight, they start out in Georgia, where they think they’ve found Bigfoot but merely found a 400-pound mountain man instead. ANTICIPATION: BIGFOOOOOOT!

SURPRISE HOMECOMING – 10:00PM (TLC) Just in time for Memorial Day, Billy Ray Cyrus hosts this new show in which US military personnel make a surprise visit home to loved ones. Billy Ray is hosting because Miley kicked him out of the compound. ANTICIPATION: TEARS OF JOY!

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