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What's New In...Reality TV

Jessica Shaw reviews ''Top Design,'' ''I Love New York,'' and others

What's new in reality shows

I Love New York
VH1 (Mondays, 9 p.m.) The chain-smoking star has the word ''Princess'' tattooed on her left breast, the contestants actually say things like ''You put the hurt on my penis,'' and New York's adviser, her mom (named Sister), questions suitors' sexuality with ''Some of them have a touch of gay.'' Who needs class? This Flavor of Love spinoff is deliciously wrong. B

Grease: You're the One That I Want
NBC (Sundays, 8 p.m.) Though shamelessly similar to American Idol, this star search for the leads in a Broadway revival of Grease is extremely addictive. Perhaps that's because the producers have wisely included some plus-size Sandy and Danny wannabes who seem to be channeling a T-Bird version of Frank Stallone. B+

Armed and Famous
CBS (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) Why on earth did Muncie, Ind. (pop. 67,000), agree to let the likes of La Toya Jackson and Erik Estrada serve as police officers? Was it the C-listers' love of law enforcement? ''I've always wanted to work at McDonald's and I always wanted to be a police officer,'' says Jackson. Some reality ideas really are criminal. C-

Top Design
Bravo (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.) It's no Project Runway, the obvious inspiration for this interior decorating competition, but the contestants are highly entertaining (''When other kids were outside playing baseball, I was inside watching Dynasty and commenting on the interiors'' one says) and host Todd Oldham is a worthy, if subdued, Tim Gunn. A-

Originally posted Jan 26, 2007 Published in issue #918-919 Feb 02, 2007 Order article reprints