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'Under the Gunn' finale, AOL On Network to air 'Connected' and more reality TV news

"Under the Gunn" host Tim Gunn attends the

"Under the Gunn" host Tim Gunn attends the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on Dec. 6, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Credit: Getty Images / Charley Gallay

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 for details.

FINALES. Designers Oscar Lopez, Sam Donovan, Shan Keith and Asha Daniels are the finalists on the season-one closer of "Under the Gunn," Thursday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime, with guest judges Heidi Klum and Neil Patrick Harris.

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."

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