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THE NYE WHO SAYS, "KNEE." Bill Nye the Science Guy, 57, injured his knee badly enough last Monday on "Dancing With the Stars" to require a hospital visit. "Working with a partially torn ligament," he tweeted the next day. "Plan to be dancin' next week. Stand by (or rather, 'elevate your leg by. ..')," the Emmy Award-winning science educator joked. He posted an Instagram photo of himself in an examining room with a bandaged left leg and dance partner Tyne Stecklein. "We can confirm Bill Nye was injured during his performance last night and is currently seeking medical attention," an ABC representative told E! last week. "We will continue to keep you posted on his progress."
PREMIERES. "Top Chef" goes New Orleans for season 11, beginning Wednesday on Bravo ... The game wardens of Maine are back for season three of Animal Planet's "North Woods Law" Thursday at 10 p.m. ... Friday at 10 p.m. on CMT, "Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame" goes behind the music-biz scenes with the winner of "The Voice" season three ... Ellen DeGeneres guest-stars Sunday at 8 p.m. on the series premiere of HGTV's "Cousins Undercover," in which neighborhood heroes' homes get renovated ... Then at 9 p.m. on TLC, Hicksville's Theresa Caputo returns with the midseason premiere of 15 more season-four episodes of "Long Island Medium" ... opposite it on Food, "Halloween Wars" is back for a third season of scary-goods cooking competition ... and at 10 p.m., TLC launches "Alaskan Women Looking for Love" in Miami.
RECAPS. Douglas Keane won "Top Chef Masters" ... Pro football player Keyshawn Johnson and partner Sharna Burgess were the first to be eliminated on "Dancing With the Stars" season 17 ... Returning castaway Rupert Boneham was sent off on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" ... Alexander Pope and returning designer Kate Pankoke were cut from "Project Runway" ... and "Face Off" sent Scott Ramp home.