Storm kept 'Gold Rush' winner uninformed
AFTER THE 'GOLD RUSH.' Superstorm Sandy knocked out power at Donna Hardesty's Greenlawn home, so without a computer or TV, she had no idea she'd won the $100,000 prize in a Discovery Channel sweepstakes for the gold-mining reality series "Gold Rush." Fortunately, her son in Rochester, N.Y., suspected that the "Donna H." announced on TV might be her. Once alerted, her other son, who lives with her, used his smartphone to check her email -- and there was the network's congratulatory message. She says she plans to share her winnings with her 11 brothers and sisters and some grandchildren.
FINALES. The season five, all-star edition of "RuPaul's Drag Race" crowns a winner Monday night at 9 on Logo. The final four are Airline Inthyrath aka Jujubee, David Petruschin aka Raven, Bryan Watkins aka Shannel and Chad Michaels as him/herself.
PREMIERES.Jenny McCarthy guest-hosts the two-hour season premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Monday night at 9 on ABC . . . Opposite it on TLC is the season-three premiere of the competition "Next Great Baker," followed at 10 by the season-six premiere of its companion show "Cake Boss" . . . and "Invention USA" returns Wednesday at 10 p.m. on History to seek out the next great innovation . . . and Alabama engineers shoot for the sky on season two of National Geographic's "Rocket City Rednecks," blasting off Thursday at 9 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by the new wild and woolly wood-sculpture series "American Chainsaw."
RECAPS.Laura James edged out runner-up Kiara Belen and third-place Leila Goldkuhl to become "America's Next Top Model" . . . Baldwin's Melanie Martinez has made the top eight on "The Voice," following Sylvia Yacoub's and Bryan Keith's ouster . . . In another double elimination, "The X Factor" X'ed-out Beatrice Miller and Arin . . . and Peter Yurkowski did not survive "Survivor: Philippines."