Ah - it's not a new TV season until there's a fresh "cycle" of "America's Next Top Model."
Now, don't roll your eyes at me - this show is great. Any reality show with "challenges" that involve stilletos, kohl eyeliner and the wrath of host Tyra Banks, well, count me in.
If you happened to tune in to Wednesday night's two-hour season premiere, then you obviously got a glimpse of Sacramento's own A.J., whom my colleague Leigh Grogan first wrote about for 21Q. The 20-year-old college student not only made it to the final 13 but was also, happily, not the first to be eliminated from that group. (That unfortunate distinction went to Christian, the South Carolina bank teller who copped all the "Tyra" poses).
In fact, the pretty, quirky brunette seemed to do pretty well despite a strange little last-minute emotional meltdown. (Note to A.J.: The judges clearly picked you for the show because you're different.)
The show airs in Sacramento at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Channel 31, with a repeat showing at 9 p.m. Sundays.