Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious



9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
The CW

By scheduling this new "Pussycat Dolls" spinoff, bulging with music and hot women, the CW Network is simply "dancing with the one that brung ya" or, more accurately, dancing with the one that has a pulse. With its weekly elimination and ambitious, photogenic women, the series bears more than a passing resemblance to the CW's highest-rated show, "America's Next Top Model," with which it will be paired when "Pussycat" encores on Wednesdays.

In "Girlicious," three contestants will emerge from 15 finalists to form a new group, Girlicious. (This works out to one opening for every three executive or co-executive producers.) Mark McGrath is the host, but far more prominent is Robin Antin, the force behind the Pussycat Dolls and the new trio.

This, Antin says of the new group, "is what every girl will aspire to." If she's right, it should put an end once and for all to all that talk of Hillary Clinton as a role model. Hyperbole aside, though, it is easy to get caught up with the contestants, an outspoken group that includes at least one lesbian and another with a "tattoo of cherries on my hoo-ha." What's more, it isn't entirely a beauty contest, as the first round of eliminations illustrates.

Each of the 10 episodes will premiere at 9 p.m. Monday and be rerun at 9 p.m. Wednesday.