Klum is an unfunny joke on April Fools show
By Kevin McDonough
United Feature Syndicate
CBS celebrates April Fools’ Day with a reverse "punk’d" scenario. Celebrities participate in hidden-camera high jinks on "I Get That a Lot" (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
Jeff Probst ("Survivor") works at a supermarket checkout counter and is besieged by shoppers who think they recognize the guy from around the tribal-council campfire. Probst fibs sheepishly and insists, "I get that a lot," a line employed by fellow performers in similarly everyday situations, including LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Ice-T and Mario Lopez.
Every segment ends with a pleasant "reveal," where the celebrity in nondisguise finally admits that his or her adoring fans have been right all along and they’ve been on candid camera, or whatever.
Most of this is pretty harmless and mildly amusing. But the first segment, featuring Heidi Klum as a pizza-parlor clerk, crosses the line between mere slumming and clueless condescension. While chatting up a customer, Klum complains about her salary ($10.50 an hour) and wonders aloud if she should take up work at a strip club instead. She then goes through several clumsy pole-dancing maneuvers.
I’m sure the mothers watching this show with their daughters will be thrilled to see stripping as a plausible alternative to a regular job. And how are viewers who make an hourly wage ($10.50 far exceeds the federal minimum wage) supposed to feel about millionaire Klum’s dismissive attitude toward their work, their paychecks and their futures?
This is not the segment to air when people are lining up at 4 a.m. for a job. Any job.
No, it’s not cool for a rich TV star to treat her audience with thoughtless contempt. But Klum just can’t help herself. When a feisty customer reveals that he is from New Jersey and is of Sicilian descent, the "Runway" host asks him casually, "Are you in the Mafia?"
Other programming tonight
• Ray Suarez hosts "Jerusalem: Center of the World" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings), a survey history of the 4,000-year-old city that dates back to the Old Testament’s Abraham and the origins of monotheism. Along the way, we’re also offered a quick history of the three faiths that have laid claim to the city by spiritual, political and military means.
• The harrowing series "Locked Up Abroad" (9 p.m., National Geographic) enters a new 14-episode series with the tale of a tourist who runs afoul of Peruvian justice for carrying contraband in her luggage. Future episodes promise glimpses of rough justice in Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines and Venezuela.
• "Pedro" (7 p.m., MTV) recalls the life of Pedro Zamora, a veteran of "The Real World" who brought awareness to HIV and AIDS when he was on the reality series. He died in 1994.
• An embezzler drives two to desperate deeds on "Lie to Me" (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• A gun-control advocate perishes on "Life" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• David Cook and Lady Gaga perform on the "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) results show.
• Jack’s decision puts Kate on the spot on "Lost" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
• A mystery caller makes Sam a tempting offer on the series finale of "Life on Mars" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
• Patty and Ellen head for a clash on the season finale of "Damages" (9 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
Spatulas fly on "Chopping Block" (7 p.m., NBC, TV-14) ... Elliot waffles on "Scrubs" (7 p.m., ABC, TV-14) ... Tyra Banks hosts "America’s Next Top Model" (7 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... High tech and low expectations on "Better off Ted" (7:30 p.m., ABC, TV-14) ... The team must walk the evidence backward on "Criminal Minds" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Liam’s wild ride on "90210" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) ... An insider’s murder offers a tour of a shady world on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... A building accident may have been premeditated on "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
Expect Peter Orszag on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (10 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Marg Helgenberger, Francisco Palacios and Ray LaMontagne appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Michael Caine, Dennis Rodman and musical guests Spinal Tap (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer) on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Amy Poehler, Jordana Brewster and Les Claypool appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., ABC) ... Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Stevie Nicks and Nick Thune chat on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Craig Ferguson hosts Jennifer Tilly and Heidi Newfield on "The Late, Late Show" (11:37 p.m., CBS).