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The third season of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" starts at 9 p.m. on Jan. 9.

Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" swings in with new season

The reality television scene has transformed over the years, with more of the shows centering around a project, or are personality-based, contrived and even scripted. It's television, and the most important part is to get viewers to be invested in the show.

One program that has been successful, stayed true to reality TV and centers around projects is "Treehouse Masters" on Animal Planet. The third season will start on Jan. 9 at 9 p.m.

Pete Nelson returns to help families build a retreat of their dreams, taking great designs and blending them into the landscape. The self-proclaimed tree whisperer creates a honeycomb hideaway for a Washington couple, a meditation mecca with a cleansing salt wall in a maple for a super-Zen couple and a floating treehouse for tastemakers in Maine, in the new episodes.

Interior designer Tory Jones, foreman Daryl McDonald, riggers Alex Meyer and Seanix Zenobia, craftsmen Chuck McLellan and Dylan Rauch, Pete Nelson's wife Judy and twin sons Charlie and Henry all return for the third season.

ON THE ROAD: Former Green Bay Packers lineman Gilbert "The Grave Digger" Brown will take is "Grave Digger Radio" show to Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc at 6 p.m. on Friday.

"Having a Super Bowl Champion and Hall of Famer broadcasting live on Friday evening is certain to create a fun and exciting atmosphere here for our holiday shoppers," said Robert Moakley, the owner of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson. "We are definitely honored to have Gilbert Brown in our midst here this Friday! Who wouldn't want to hang out with Gilbert on a Friday night?"

"Grave Digger Radio," can be heard locally on WOKY-AM 920 and on other radio stations in Wisconsin. On the show, Brown brings his own brand of sports talk to listeners, talking about sports, music, family and life in general with fans.

The organizers of the event at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson report that Brown will be available for photos following the show. Wisconsin Harley-Davidson is located at 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive in Oconomowoc, off of I-94 on Highway 67 South.

TV SPECIAL: A tune-in reminder for tonight to catch WISN-TV's "12's Season to Celebrate" at 7 p.m. Read more about the show here.

SPECIAL REPORT: Egypt is facing a gas crisis despite it having been one of the largest gas producing countries in Africa. Al Jazeera is airing a special report "Egypt's Lost Power" and 9 p.m. tonight.

Journalist Clayton Swisher from Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit examines the hidden story of Egyptian energy, including the decades of crooked deals that undermined the country's energy sector, and the tycoons who made billions from corrupt energy deals approved by the Egyptian state.

"Egypt's Lost Power" tracks the role of energy in one of the most important relationships in the Middle East – Israel's peace accord with Egypt – and uncovers how allegations of corruption, in addition to the political controversy surrounding the gas deal with Israel, contributed to the uprising that engulfed Egypt in January 2011.

Using confidential documents obtained by Al Jazeera, energy analyst Mika Minio-Paluello calculated that Egyptian taxpayers lost possibly $11 billion through deals the government made through Hussein Salem and his associates, including contracts exporting gas to Israel and other countries. Salem is an Egyptian businessman and former intelligence officer once convicted of fraud in the U.S.

Now, Egypt's energy sector is in a full-blown crisis. Years of corruption have destroyed the country's relations with global energy companies, and Egypt is facing liabilities of $20 billion from known debts and legal cases, including claims by Salem and others.


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