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The New Two-A-Days

THE MTV hit reality series Two-A-Days has returned for a second season looking more like an MTV show—in other words, it has turned down the sports a bit while turning up the young love. When we last saw the No. 1--ranked Hoover (Ala.) High football team, they had won a fourth straight state title; this season was set up to see them focus on the mythical national crown, but a loss to No. 12 John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) ended those hopes in the show's opening minutes. "Really, it is like, what do we even have to work for any more?" said receiver Charlie Zorn (left). With the football drama deflated, the show (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) gives more attention to defensive end Mark McCarty and cheerleader Brittany Benton, a couple worrying about their future. Zorn and girlfriend Kristen Padalino's more lighthearted relationship also gets more airtime, and we see the mushy side of coach Rush Propst, who after the loss says to his players, "I love you. I don't tell you that enough." At MTV, it seems, love always finds a way.