NY AOL. The lives of five outwardly random New Yorkers eventually intersect in "Connected," an online reality show that marks the first half-hour original series on the AOL On Network. Adapted from a same-name Israeli series that's spawned 11 international versions, AOL said, it's scheduled to premiere in January.
CASTING. Fox is seeking 15 participants able to commit to a full year in a new, utopian community for the upcoming "Utopia." The network says the series will follow them "as they leave their everyday lives to move to a beautiful, but isolated and undeveloped location [and] make every decision about how they will live, work and what the rules and laws of 'Utopia' will be." See utopiatv.com/ for details.
PREMIERES. Country-music stars drop by to cook with Kimberly Schlapman of the Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town in season three of "Kimberly's Simply Southern," starting today at 4 p.m. on GAC . . . It's a second season of house-flipping on HGTV's "Flip or Flop," tomorrow at 9 p.m. . . . Opposite it on TLC, the new "Women of Homicide" follows female detectives in Cincinnati and Atlanta . . . Thursday at 10 p.m., the 25th season of what's now called "The Challenge" sends erstwhile "Real World/Road Rules" contestants to South America . . . Friday at 8 p.m. on Fox is the two-episode season-six premiere of Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares," with the first hour revisiting Amy's Baking Company of Scottsdale, Ariz., the only U.S. restaurant Ramsay left in disgust without finishing the revamp . . . Destructive feral pigs are the target of a hunting business on Discovery's new "Boss Hog," premiering with back-to-back episodes Friday at 10 and 10:30 p.m. . . . "Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet" -- pretty self-explanatory -- debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. on National Geographic Wild . . . Opposite it is TLC's "Sex Sent Me to the ER," a series that follows last year's four-episode miniseries . . . At 10 that night, four women friends in Harlem look for "Love in the City" on OWN . . . Sunday at 9 p.m. on Food, amateurs compete to be named "America's Best Cook" . . . and at 10, Animal Planet puts us alongside "Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters."
RECAPS. Billy Dee Williams withdrew from "Dancing With the Stars" due to a chronic back problem . . . The "American Idol" judges used the season's only save to rescue Sam Woolf . . . New York City's Dan Donigan, aka Milk, was cut from "RuPaul's Drag Race" . . . "Hell's Kitchen" took Mike Aresta off the menu . . . Sarah Lacina was voted off "Survivor" . . . Allison Millar exited "The Face" . . . Daran Holt left "Face Off" . . . "Ink Master" erased Bubba Irwin and Keith Diffenderfer . . . and Tina Roland was eliminated on "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge."