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TV Outlook ‘Hannah Montana Forever’ reflects Miley’s real-life celebrity

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Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 12:15 am | Updated: 1:36 am, Mon Jan 3, 2011.

Say you're an international singing superstar who recently took off your blond wig to reveal that you're actually just a mousy teenager from Tennessee.

Who hasn't been through that at some point, right?


Well, Miley Stewart has.

These days on the hit comedy "Hannah Montana Forever," Stewart (played by Miley Cyrus, of course) has reached a turning point - forgoing her secret identity of music star Hannah Montana and telling the world she's really just a normal girl who created another identity so she could have an unencumbered life.

Now, Stewart is paying the price for giving up her Hannah persona. In Sunday's episode (9 p.m. Sunday, Disney Channel), the paparazzi are hounding Stewart, so much so that she is afraid to leave the house or perform anymore.

So what's a troubled superstar to do?

She calls on her Aunt Dolly (Dolly Parton) for advice.

The plot is played for silliness on "Hannah Montana Forever." However, it's not too far from real life.

As "Hannah Montana" draws near its series finale, the show is starting to launch plots that lightly reflect Cyrus' real-life pitfalls of being a celebrity.

Parton has come to the defense of Cyrus more than once in the past year. She says the media are too harsh on the teen star, who recently turned 18.

"We don't want her to grow up," Parton has said about the source of the negative comments that follow Cyrus.

"We don't want Hannah Montana to grow up in front of us. She's not Hannah Montana anymore. She's Miley."

Other highlights for the week of Dec. 19-25 (check local listings):


"Survivor: Nicaragua" (7 p.m., CBS). It's time to name the winner, who will get less than 15 minutes of fame and $1 million (minus taxes).


"Million Dollar Money Drop" (7 p.m., Fox). Contestants get $1 million up front and have to answer trivia questions correctly to keep the cash from dropping through a hole.


"Skating with the Stars" (7 p.m., ABC). The finale will be worth catching just to see the outlandish judges embarrass themselves as they try to hog the camera.


"Ghost Hunters/Ghost Hunters International" marathon (starting at 9 a.m., Syfy). Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a daylong marathon of reality shows about ghost-chasing.

"Top Ten Monks" (9 p.m., HBO). Cistercian monks who became international pop stars with their chants don't exactly live the Hollywood high life in this documentary.

"A Home For The Holidays" (7 p.m., CBS). Maroon 5, Ricky Martin and Nelly perform in this special that intertwines inspirational tales of foster-care adoption.


"It's A Wonderful Life" (7 p.m., NBC). What better way to relax the night before Christmas than to have this classic playing in the background?


"Doctor Who Christmas Special" (7 p.m., BBC America). The good doctor has a yuletide adventure, complete with newlyweds in need, monsters and an opera diva.

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