Wednesday TV: Stars in Danger, People's Choice Awards, Barter Kings, The Truman Show
Jan 09 2013 07:52 am CET

Tonight's television features celebrities taking on the High Dive, the return of the Barter Kings, a look back at proto-reality TV on The Truman Show, and this year's People's Choice Awards. Here's what's on TV Wednesday.

First, Fox has managed to get the jump on ABC's Celebrity Diving with the new special Stars in Danger: The High Dive. Among those "in danger" are JWoww from Jersey Shore, football player Terrell Owens, and model/reality personality Antonio Sabato Jr. (who we all know how he looks in a speedo). Troy Dumais, who won bronze in Synchronized Diving at this past summer's Olympic Games, will offer advice to the celebrities. Find out if the special is a splash or a bellyflop at 8pm.

Over on CBS, the night begins with the celebrity prank special I Get That a Lot at 8pm. This includes one of Larry Hagman's final TV appearances. Then at 9pm, the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre. Kelly Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory will host the event featuring favorite performances in TV, Film and Music.

Cable features two premieres tonight. First, A&E's Barter Kings are back for a second season. Meanwhile, MTV has a new reality series called Washington Heights, which tracks a group of friends from the upper part of Manhattan. Both shows air at 10pm.

Finally, AMC will be airing the 1998 film The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey as the unwitting star of a massive reality show. Bear in mind that Survivor (which spawned the modern Reality era) didn't premiere until the summer of 2000. I haven't seen the movie since it came out, so it would be interesting to see how well it holds up…and how ahead of its time it may or may not have been. The film airs at 10pm.

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