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‘Prejudice’ a sign of the times

Kevin Mcdonough United Feature Syndicate

GSN presents “Without Prejudice?” (9 p.m., GSN), a psychology experiment masquerading as a reality show offering a weekly variation on “Twelve Angry Men.” There’s a cash prize. Does that make it a game show?

On “Prejudice,” a panel of five people is asked to judge another group of five in the next room. In each episode, the panelists will vote off players one by one and reward the last person $25,000. And they are encouraged to vote for and against players based on their gut instincts.

In the first round, a middle-aged guy gets voted off when the women panelists find him “creepy” at first sight. A burly panelist with a slight resemblance to the Rock says he can’t stand one player because “I don’t like black people.”

This elicits a strong response from another panelist, a black man. He’s not so much shocked by the man’s overt bigotry but by his exhibitionist need to reveal this “truth.”

“Prejudice” is not without sociological import. We live in an age when writers like Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Blink,” tell us that all of our major decisions are snap judgments. And, at any given moment, a zillion young people are pouring over “Facebook” and “MySpace,” trolling a vast ocean of to make a personal connection.

A therapist trades quips with his feisty mother, wacky fellow doctor, gorgeous wife and three cute, precocious children on the new sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show” (9 p.m., TBS). This is not the worst TV comedy ever written. But it’s close.

A retired British soldier and his family leave London for the country and try to grow their own food and generate their own electricity in the engaging weekly series “It’s Not Easy Being Green” (9 p.m., Sundance).

Other highlights

Fresh from rehab, House confronts a difficult patient on “House” (9 p.m., Fox).

Mike learns the old art of tanning leather on “Dirty Jobs” (9 p.m., Discovery).

A force field poses problems on “Eureka” (9 p.m. Sci Fi).

A brainy student buys the farm after a booze binge on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10 p.m., NBC).

Scheduled on “Primetime” (10 p.m., ABC): family secrets.

A magazine article divides the clubhouse on “The Bronx Is Burning” (7 p.m., ESPN), part two of eight.

Scary personal visions unfold on “Room 401” (10 p.m., MTV).

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