Tonight is the Series Premiere of Alcatraz. Tuesday night Justified and Glee are both back with new episodes. Wednesday night American Idol begins a new season. Thursday night The Finder looks for a bullet. Friday night Chuck deals with a bullet train. Saturday night watch Over the Hedge with the kids. Sunday night there are two new episodes of Prime Suspect.
US television highlights for the week of January 16, 2012. Times are ET, shows are new unless noted as repeats. Tagged for your pleasure: tvtw .
CBS Comedies, All New. 8pm - 10pm, CBS.
How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men , and Mike & Molly are all new.
Alcatraz, Pilot & Ernest Cobb. 8:00pm, Fox.
* Series Premiere * When a detective investigating a homicide comes across fingerprints from a former Alcatraz Penitentiary inmate believed to be dead, she decides to search for the man with the assistance of an Alcatraz expert, but a government agent tries to stop her. 2 hrs.
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl, special, 1½ hrs., 8:00pm, NBC.
Actors, celebrities and other individuals from throughout renowned comic Betty White's 60-year television and movie career gather to celebrate her 90th birthday and her ongoing legacy with musical performances and surprise appearances.
The Layover, London. 9:00pm, Travel.
Host Anthony Bourdain travels to London and catches up with old chef friends; Anthony picks up a treat from a very curious taxidermy shop and visits his favorite, hidden dive bar, which is known only to its eccentric members.
Hawaii Five-O, Pu'olo. 10:00pm, CBS.
The Five-0 team investigates a smuggling case which leads to Chin Ho telling McGarrett some shocking news about Joe White that causes a face-off; Danny plays mid-wife for his ex-wife when she unexpectedly goes into labor.
Castle, Dial M for Mayor. 10:00pm, ABC.
A woman is found dead in a car that is traced back to the Mayor Robert Weldon's motor pool which causes a rift between Castle and his longtime friend and brings scandal that threatens to bring down the mayor's administration.
Rock Center with Brian Williams. 10:00pm, NBC.
Ted Koppel travels to South Carolina before the Republican presidential primary and talks to humorist Stephen Colbert; Kate Snow interviews the founder of the social gaming company Zynga, Mark Pincus; the re-shoring trend starts in North Carolina.
Pawn Stars, Crosby, Stills and Cash. 10:00pm, History.
The sellers' items evaluated for authenticity and value are a pair of bomb fins from the Second World War designed to guide bombs and a Martin guitar signed by famed 1960s folk-rockers Crosby, Stills & Nash; the guys interview night-shift applicants.
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Frontline, Nuclear Aftershocks. PBS, check local listings for time.
Nearly one year after a deadly natural disaster almost destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Japan, a correspondent examines how the accident affected safety protocols in America and how it will shape the future of nuclear energy.
Glee, Yes/No. 8:00pm, Fox.
Will enlists the assistance of the glee club to plan a special surprise for Emma in order to sweep her off her feet; Becky sets her sights on Artie; Finn makes a surprising announcement to the glee club about his life plans after high school.
Body of Proof, Sympathy for the Devil. 10:00pm, ABC.
A mother is found innocent in court of her son's murder, but is murdered after her acquittal; Megan and the team are forced to get justice for the victim, regardless of their true feelings, but a reporter makes it more difficult than expected.
Parenthood, It Is What It Is. 10:00pm, NBC.
Zeek receives startling news from his doctor while Crosby moves toward a new relationship; Amber becomes confused over her boss's actions; Adam and Kristina worry over college costs, and Julia worries Zoe is changing her mind about the adoption.
Justified, The Gunfighter. 10:00pm, FX.
The constant fighting in Rayland's town is made even worse when a new criminal mastermind and demented Dixie Mafia hitman arrive in Harland, where they manage to completely ruin the organized chaos that he has worked so hard to keep under control.
Southland, Wednesday. 10:00pm, TNT.
A former Marine is partnered with Detective Lydia Adams, but her personal life continues to steal her attention; John returns to the force after getting surgery, and he is welcomed back by a new partner; Sammy continues to mourn for his last partner.
White Collar, Checkmate. 10:00pm, USA.
New, no info.
Jamie Oliver's American Road Trip, New York. 10:00pm, BBC America.
Jamie travels to the ethnically diverse city of Queens, New York, where he is introduced to the underground restaurant scene; Jamie learns about supper clubs, in which people deliver restaurant-quality food to strangers in their home.
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American Idol, Auditions #1: Savannah. 8:00pm, Fox.
The judges are back as the "American Idol" crew scours the country to find the next big singing sensation; Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson return as they audition competition hopefuls in Savannah, Georgia; season 11 auditions commence.
ABC Comedies, All New. 8pm - 10pm, ABC.
The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, and Happy Endings are all new.
Criminal Minds, True Genius. 9:00pm, CBS.
A series of bizarre murders in San Francisco bearing the tell-tall signs of the infamous Zodiac Killer have BAU wondering if the killer has returned; Reid ponders if he should be doing something more meaningful with his genius abilities.
Harry's Law, New Kidney on the Block. 9:00pm, NBC.
Harry, Cassie and Adam defend a 21-year-old dying of kidney failure who is accused of illegally purchasing a kidney from a willing donor; Tommy and Oliver defend identical twins married to the same man when they are accused of his murder.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ms. Willows Regrets. 10:00pm, CBS.
Catherine Willows works with the FBI again after a professional hit takes place at a law firm that she recommended to a friend, but the CSI team identify some shocking similarities at the crime scene which lead to further suspicions.
Revenge, Commitment. 10:00pm, ABC.
Daniel's romantic proposal may have long-term consequences; Charlotte is crushed when she has to move back home with her mother; Jack's life is jeopardized when he's deceived by someone he adores; Nolan makes Emily think again about her actions.
Top Chef, Fit for an Evil Queen. 10:00pm, Bravo.
In this week's quickfire challenge, each chef must incorporate incoming ingredients into their 30 minute meals; to avoid elimination, the chefs must embody evil with their newest dishes that will impress guest judge, Charlize Theron.
Royal Pains, A Farewell to Barnes. 10:00pm, USA.
Hank blames Dr. Van Dyke for giving a patient the wrong type of medicine, which has caused him to lose consciousness and has put him at serious risk of dying; Evan and the rest of the HankMed team are asked to attend a divorce party.
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NBC Comedies, All New. 8pm - 10pm., NBC.
30 Rock, Parks & Rec. The Office and Up All Night are all new.
Big Bang Theory, The Recombination Hypothesis. 8:00pm, CBS>
The possibility of Leonard and Penny finally getting back together in a relationship could prove to have disastrous results when Leonard offers Penny a spur-of-the moment invitation to a romantic dinner date just for the two of them.
American Idol, Auditions #2: Pittsburgh. 8:00pm, Fox.
The judges are back as the "American Idol" crew scours the country to find the next big singing sensation; the crew travels to Pittsburgh in hopes of finding an undiscovered superstar; season 11 auditions start with a bang, bad auditions and all. 1 hr.
The Vampire Diaries, The Ties That Bind, 8:00pm, CW.
Bonnie thinks her dreams about Klaus' coffins will reveal how he can be killed; Bonnie catches her mother, Abby, whom she hasn't seen in 15 years and does her best to explain the past; Tyler turns to an ally as he attempts to regain free will.
The Finder, Bullets, 9:00pm, Fox.
A former warden enlists Walter's help to find a bullet that could prove a death row inmate's innocence days before his execution; psychologist Lance Sweets evaluates Walter's competency to consult federal cases and begins to understand Walter's gift.
Person of Interest, Legacy, 9:00pm, CBS.
When Carter finally comes face-to-face with Reese, he persuades her to join forces to assist with their latest person of interest, a scrappy young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who turned her life around and became a lawyer.
The Secret Circle, Witness, 9:00pm, CW.
Jake returns to warn Cassie that she needs to find out how her father was killed, but Adam and Diana suspect he has ulterior motives; Charles and Dawn try to get Ethan as an ally; Faye gets trapped in a precarious situation with one of Lee's friends.
Grey's Anatomy, Hope for the Hopeless. 9:00pm, ABC.
Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on sisters who come for a transplant; Derek and Lexie take on a case that had been deemed inoperable; Teddy and Cristina try to steal a case; Meredith searches for a specialty; Adele is found on the streets.
The Mentalist, My Bloody Valentine, 10:00pm, CBS.
Jane and the CBI team investigate the death of a well-known mob boss' son with very little evidence at hand; while taking an eyewitness in for some questioning, Van Pelt is suddenly haunted by the memories of O'Laughlin's shooting.
The Firm, Chapter Four, 10:00pm, NBC.
Mitch takes the case of a female psychiatrist accused of murdering one of her ex-patients that had been stalking her; Ray follows a hunch as he continues working on the Sarah Holt case with help from Tammy; Mitch feels like he is being watched.
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Chuck, Chuck Versus the Bullet Train. 8:00pm, NBC.
When a mission on a Japanese bullet train spirals out of control, everyone closest to Carmichael Industries is affected; Chuck and Sarah must face their newest enemy, the merciless Nicholas Quinn; Casey is left with an impossible decision.
Fringe, Enemy of My Enemy. 9:00pm, Fox.
Peter's dangerous venture to the Other Side to confront Walter's alternate personality continues and intensifies as the alternate FRINGE division prepares to face off against a formidable new enemy in a harrowing race against time.
Grimm, Of Mouse and Man. 9:00pm, NBC.
During an investigation, Nick discovers that a seemingly mild-mannered resident could be harboring a monster caused by a troubled childhood; Monroe receives a message from the creature community, wanting to know if he is loyal to a Grimm.
The J.B. Smoove Stand-Up Playlist, special, 3 hrs., 9:00pm, Comedy Central.
Interested viewers are provided with a series of stand-up performances by a group of comics that are considered among some of JB Smoove's favorites.
Merlin, The Wicked Day. 10:00pm, Syfy.
Camelot hosts a carnival in celebration of Prince Arthur's birthday, but the tranquility of the event is threatened by an old adversary who is set on murdering the young prince; the town mourns when Uther's health begins to quickly deteriorate.
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10:00pm, HBO.
Scheduled guests: Journalist Bill Moyers, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Former Democratic Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm, author of The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words Matt Lewis, and former Republican Governor of Louisiana Buddy Roemer.
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Over the Hedge, 2006 movie, 2 hrs., 8:00pm, ABC.
A cunning raccoon cons a family of forest creatures into helping him obtain food by invading a new, odd place known as suburbia that sprang up while they were hibernating, but the raccoon has motives that are hidden from the rest of the group. Voices of: Garry Shandling, Bruce Willis, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Steve Carell, and Wanda Sykes.
J.B. Smoove: That's How I Dooz It, special, 1 hr., 10:00pm, Comedy Central.
Highly expressive stand-up comic J.B. Smoove provides interested viewers with a look into his unique way of thinking by sharing his thoughts and observations about random topics such as police chases, flip-flops and King Kong.
Saturday Night Live, Repeat from November. 11:30pm, NBC.
Actress Emma Stone hosts and musical group Cold Play performs.
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60 Minutes, 60 Minutes Presents: Into the Wild. 7:00pm ET, CBS.
Scheduled: a look at the great wildebeest migration in Kenya and the threats to this natural spectacle; an in-depth look at the secret language of elephants and the research being done; Jane Goodall goes back to the jungles of Tanzania.
Once Upon a Time, 7:15 A.M. 8:00pm, ABC.
Mary Margaret and David continue to grapple with their unanswered love; Emma and Regina grow mistrustful over a mysterious stranger in town; Snow White aches to ease her broken heart as Prince Charming's wedding to King Midas' daughter approaches.
Desperate Housewives, What's the Good of Being Good. 9:00pm, ABC.
Bree's alcohol consumption and her lust for men continues to rise; Lynette goes out on a date with Renee's hairdresser; Alejandro's current wife confronts Susan; Gaby discovers that Alejandro's step-daughter was also abused; Ben has a plan for Renee.
Prime Suspect, Ain't No Sunshine. 9:00pm, NBC.
Duffy and Calderon are working the case of a young girl who was raped and murdered and now face the task of informing the victim's grandmother of the death; Jane and Augie investigate a mysterious shooting of a woman on the Upper East Side.
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain, special, 1 hr., 9:00pm, Comedy Central.
From the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, stand-up comic Kevin Hart regales viewers with humorous anecdotes about moments from his life, including his awkward childhood memories, his dysfunctional family and his current financial issues.
Shameless, I'll Light a Candle For You Every Day. 9:00pm, SHO.
Fiona feels that her luck has faded away after she reconnects with a high school crush, who is now married to someone else, until she finds a purse with five-hundred dollars inside; Frank tries anything in his power to stay in Dottie's good graces.
American Idol, Auditions #3. 10:00pm, Fox.
Steven, Randy and Jennifer continue their search in hopes of finding America's next superstar by scouring the country in cities such as Portland and San Diego; despite a few hair-raising auditions, the judges find several potential contenders.
Pan Am, New Frontiers. 10:00pm, ABC.
Maggie tells Ted why she is hesitant about Amanda; Colette reveals she has asked for a transfer; Colette befriends a mysterious man and decides to show him around Rome; Dean is stopped by the local customs officials; Kate learns to pickpocket.
Prime Suspect, Stuck in the Middle With You. 10:00pm, NBC.
Jane and the team find out that a jailed hit man may be responsible for the latest drive by at a local store; Sweeney orders security for 24 hours a day when a hit is ordered on one of his own; Jane becomes a third wheel on an uncomfortable date.
Iron Chef America, Zakarian vs. Sawyer. 10:00pm, Food Network.
Cleveland chef and restaurateur Jonathon Sawyer decides to put his cooking skills to the test and enter the extreme heat of Kitchen Stadium to challenge the newest Iron Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, in an intense culinary competition.
Angry Boys. 10:00pm, HBO.
Daniel's mother makes her son spend some time with a gay classmate after his remarks about homosexuality go too far; while trying to prove how famous he is, S.mouse breaks the terms of his probation; Jen's actions annoy Tim.
Californication, Boys & Girls. 10:30pm, SHO.
Hank thinks he has his ticket out of town when he delivers his completed script to Samurai Apocalypse, but when his acquaintance from the flight asks him to a night on the town, he is forced to stay back in order to get closer to his friend.