Tonight on Alctraz there's a landmine bomber on the loose. Tuesday night Cougar Town returns with a new episode. Wednesday night is the Season Premiere of Survivor. Thursday night on Person of Interest Reese infiltrates a smuggling ring. Friday night it's time for The 43rd NAACP Image Awards. Saturday night Maya Rudolph hosts Saturday Night Live. Sunday night is the Seeason Premiere of Amazing Race.
US television highlights for the week of February 13, 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.
House, Chase. 8:00pm, Fox.
A nun on the verge of making her vows forms a bond with Chase during her treatment, and his judgment is compromised when her condition worsens and requires a risky surgery; House and Taub try to stay a step ahead of each other's pranks.
Alcatraz, Paxton Petty. 9:00pm, Fox.
When the unlikely trio of investigators attempts to track a sick landmine bomber who has returned only to place bombs throughout densely populated areas of San Francisco, methods from the past are applied to the present.
Hart of Dixie, Aliens & Aliases. 9:00pm, CW.
Wade talks Lemon into dressing up as Joelle to convince Joelle's ex-boyfriend that he didn't see Wade and Joelle together; Lavon asks Zoe to help him determine why Didi has been avoiding him; George asks Zoe for advice about one of his clients.
Smash, The Call Back. 10:00pm, NBC.
Ivy and Karen must jump through hoops for the brilliant and temperamental director of the new show in order to obtain the role of a lifetime; Julia and Frank are frustrated with the international adoption process; Eileen tries to finance the show.
Hawaii Five-O, I Helu Pu. 10:00pm, CBS.
When Five-0 nearly causes an international incident while on a case, Lt. Governor Denning tells them one of the team members will pay for it with their job.
Castle, Pandora. 10:00pm, ABC.
Castle and Beckett chase a cold-blooded killer who, they discover, is part of a diabolical, international conspiracy, and also joining the case with Castle and Becket is Sophia Conrad, a CIA agent who has a complex past with Castle.
Pawn Stars, Bear-ly There. 10:00pm, History.
Before entering negotiations with sellers, the Vegas staff must determine the authenticities and values of a rare 1870 Volcanic pistol, a United States Navy gas mask from World War II, and a rare Steiff bear toy from the early 1900s.
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Tuesday - Valentine's Day
Frontline, The Interrupters. PBS, check local listings for time.
While Chicago is being plagued by numerous violent incidents, cameras follow three individuals as they work with anti-violence organization CeaseFire to defend their communities from the very same brutality they once employed. 2 hrs.
Glee, Heart. 8:00pm, Fox.
In honor of Valentine's Day, Will challenges the New Directions to find and perform the world's greatest love songs; Rachel's two dads pay a visit to McKinley.
NCIS, Secrets. 8:00pm, CBS.
Agent DiNozzo is forced to work together with his ex-fiance when a Navy captain is found dead with a very unusual costume hidden underneath his uniform, causing NCIS to uncover a secret society of real-life super heroes in their hunt for the villain.
The 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, special, 3 hrs., 8:00pm, USA.
At the opening night of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which has been held continuously since 1877 and is arguably the most famous of its kind, competitions are held for the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups.
Cougar Town, Ain't Love Strange. 8:30pm, ABC.
Jules is annoyed when Grayson, who has other motives, calls her "predictable"; Ellie is worried that little Stan is turning into a bad kid; Travis is enjoying his new off-campus housing, until Bobby tries to convince him to take dog Travis in.
The River, Los Ciegos. 9:00pm, ABC.
After the whole crew of the Magus goes blind, AJ will have to overcome his fear in order to find a cure before the blindness becomes permanent; the local Morcego tribe stalks the crew to determine if they are worthy to stay in the jungle.
NCIS: Los Angeles, Crimeleon. 9:00pm, CBS.
NCIS must track down an elusive international killer with chameleon-like personas who has been able to evade law enforcement agents, including their own agent G. Callen, all while under the watchful eye of a critiquing Assistant Director Granger.
Ringer, It's Easy to Cry, When This Much Cash is Involved. 9:00pm, CW.
Bridget visits some of the last locations Siobhan went before she disappeared and makes a discovery; Olivia uncovers information about Henry and blackmails him into introducing her to Gemma's wealthy father; Tyler struggles with a moral decision.
Body of Proof, Cold Blooded. 10:00pm, ABC.
When the owner of a family owned and operated Italian restaurant turns up dead in the restaurant's freezer, Dr. Hunt and the team take a closer look into matters of the family; Detective Baker must face up to her own haunted past.
Unforgettable, The Following Sea. 10:00pm, CBS.
When a key witness in Al's murder case disappears before testifying in court, he scrambles to try and find her before the suspect walks free on the case.
Parenthood, Tough Love. 10:00pm, NBC.
Julia has a hard time trying to detach herself and not get too involved with Zoe's life; Kristina learns about Amber and a male co-worker's plan to go on a weekend business trip together; Drew finds out about Sarah and Mark's plan to have a baby.
Justified, Thick as Mud. 10:00pm, FX.
Dewey Crowe's internal organs are in jeopardy of being removed and sold on the black market by a band of criminals if Raylan cannot save him in time; the emergence of a new villain leads to Boyd having to face off against a worthy adversary.
Southland, Legacy. 10:00pm, TNT.
The skeletons from her past come back into her life when Tang is visited by an old friend; John encounters a troubled teen threatening to end their life; Lydia and Ruben investigate a suspicious break-in that seems to be covering up a darker crime.
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Survivor: One World, Two Tribes, One Camp, No Rules. 8:00pm, CBS.
* Season Premiere * Contestants from across the U.S. are brought to a deserted Samoan island where they are divided by gender into two tribes and expected to outlast their competition; the tribes are expected to live together, making alliances difficult to keep. Jeff Probst hosts again.
ABC Comedies, All New. 8pm - 10pm, ABC.
The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, and Happy Endings are all new.
American Idol, Hollywood Round, Part 3. 8:00pm, Fox.
Emotions run high as the groups perform, hoping to make it past day 3 eliminations; the judges rethink some of their choices in Hollywood by sending some of the competitors home during the next round of cuts; sickness continues to spread. 2 hrs.
Criminal Minds, Closing Time. 9:00pm, CBS.
The BAU team hit rough waters on the beaches of Southern California when they investigate a series of bodies hidden in lifeguard towers along the coast.
Rock Center with Brian Williams. 9:00pm, NBC.
Built around the week's most prevalent and interesting events with meaningful and in-depth stories, Brian Williams and an all-star cast of journalists draw on the unparalleled strength of America's premiere news organization to keep viewers informed.
Revenge, Chaos. 10:00pm, ABC.
Emily and Daniel's engagement party turns frightful when her vendetta takes an unexpected turn, putting those she loves and hates in danger; Jack resolves to find Amanda; Charlotte takes desperate measures to ease the pain of her family's betrayal.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Seeing Red. 10:00pm, CBS.
Russell asks one of his former colleagues for advice and assistance on a case that involves the death of a man's ex-girlfriend.
Top Chef, Culinary Games. 10:00pm, Bravo.
The final four hopefuls are whisked away from the Texas heat to Whistler, British Columbia, for a challenge that pays homage to the Olympic Games; the four remaining competitors must prepare food on a moving gondola.
Royal Pains, Hank and the Deep Blue Sea. 10:00pm, USA.
Hank attempts to provide comfort to Jack when his illness begins to take a toll on him; Evan is asked to repair the relationship between Boris and his cousin; Divya has a financial problem; Jill's nephew seeks HankMed's assistance with his boss.
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NBC Comedies, All New. 8pm - 10pm., NBC.
30 Rock, Park & Rec, The Office and Up All Night are all new.
Big Bang Theory, The Rothman Disintegration. 8:00pm, CBS>
Sheldon clashes with his nemesis at work, Kripke, when an office at the university opens up; a gift from Amy makes Penny feel uncomfortable at the gesture.
American Idol, Performance Challenge. 8:00pm, Fox.
The remaining singers must perform a challenging number in order to impress the judges; hopefuls look to stay around for the semifinals; during a grueling group number, some feel overwhelmed by performing songs that are not familiar to them. 2 hrs.
The Vampire Diaries, All My Children, 8:00pm, CW.
Elena is upset that no one agrees with her on how to deal with the Original family's power struggle; Bonnie and Abby take part in a ritual to appease the spirits of nature; Damon and Stefan look for help that leads to a terrible choice.
Person of Interest, Blue Code, 9:00pm, CBS.
Reese uncovers more to a story than he first imagined when he infiltrates a smuggling ring in hopes of getting close to the latest person of interest.
Grey's Anatomy, Have You Seen Me Lately?. 9:00pm, ABC.
Amelia begs Derek for help with the case to save Erica's life; Cristina and Owen have a heated argument; Alex realizes that he needs better people skills; Meredith is given a chance to shine with a man who got his hand stuck in a meat grinder.
The Secret Circle, Return, 9:00pm, CW.
Cassie is stunned when someone from her past shows up; she becomes suspicious when he asks her to return the medallion she found; Cassie runs off, but is captured by Eben; Jake offers to trade himself for her freedom; Adam calls the Circle for help.
The Mentalist, War of the Roses, 10:00pm, CBS.
A woman who Jane helped imprison for murder is given furlough in exchange for information that she claims to have about the murder of a charity worker; Rigsby and Sarah try to adjust to the impending life of parenthood.
Grimm, 10:00pm, NBC.
A homicide detective suddenly begins to experience a series of disturbing visions that he can't explain, until he learns that he is a member of an elite group charged with the task of hunting and destroying supernatural creatures and villains.
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The 43rd NAACP Image Awards, special, 2 hrs., 8:00pm, NBC.
The 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards celebrate the best achievements and performances of people of color working in television, music, film and literature; nominees include last year's supporting actress winner, Sofia Vergara for Modern Family.
Nikita, Origins. 8:00pm, CW.
Nikita and Michael try to help Carla remember her past in order to take down Division; Carla recalls the night Nikita was arrested which shocks Nikita; Alex announces herself at a Zetrov press conference where Semak is speaking and demands a trade.
20/20, One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston. 9:00pm, ABC.
An in-depth look at the voice of the century, from her achievements and legacy to her personal life and battle with addiction; also including Diane Sawyer's interview done exactly 10 years ago, and the latest developments about her final days. 2 hrs.
A Gifted man, In Case of Co-Dependents. 9:00pm, CBS.
When a spoiled pop star comes to Holt Neuro experiencing unusual symptoms, and a young girl at the Clinica exhibits similar symptoms on the same day, it forces both teams of doctors to try and piece together their common link.
Fringe, A Better Human Being. 9:00pm, Fox.
The Fringe team investigates a mentally ill patient connected to a series of murders, and clues are uncovered leading Olivia to some shocking revelations.
Blue Bloods, Parenthood. 10:00pm, CBS.
The Reagans debate how far they would go to protect their family when a man's family is robbed and beaten in front of him; when a college student gets arrested at a student rally, Frank wrestles with her sentence due to her identity.
Merlin, The Secret Sharer. 10:00pm, Syfy.
Morgana meets an enigmatic wizard and succeeds in convincing him to use his power to help kidnap and torture Gaius, hoping to find out the true identity of Emrys, the powerful sorcerer destined to unite the old and new ways.
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10:00pm, HBO.
Scheduled guests: former Governor Eliot Spitzer; economist Steve Moore; reporter Erin McPike; and comic Alexandra Wentworth.
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Wild Hogs, 2007 movie, 2 hrs., 9:00pm, ABC.
A group of middle-aged men unsatisfied with the directions their lives are taking hope to end their midlife crises and regain their youth by setting out on a motorcycle road trip that provides them with thrills, excitement, adventure and road rash. Stars: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Ray Liotta, and Marisa Tomei.
The Firm, Chapter Seven, 9:00pm, NBC.
Mitch's latest case becomes complicated when the young man's brother is named as a co-defendant; Mitch must convince a man to go against his own brother as a witness for the prosecution; Tammy finds a potential ally to help with the Sarah Holt case.
Saturday Night Live, New. 11:30pm, NBC.
Actress, comedienne Maya Rudolph (formerly of SNL) hosts and musicial guest Sleigh Bells performs.
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60 Minutes. 7:00pm ET, CBS.
Trapped in Unemployment, As the number of Americans without work for a year or two rises into the millions, Scott Pelley reports on a program designed to help the long term unemployed back into the workplace.
Treating Depression, A Harvard psychologist says drugs used to treat depression do work, but for the most part, it's not the chemical that's making people feel better, it's the placebo effect. Lesley Stahl reports.
The Mozart of Chess, Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is the number one chess player in the world and he loves to see his opponents squirm. Bob Simon reports.
The Amazing Race 20. 8:00pm, CBS.
* Season Premiere * Unknowing of the challenge set before them, 11 teams set out to begin the journey of a lifetime that will take them to dozens of countries across the globe; pairs include twins, professional clowns and a previous winner of Big Brother.
Once Upon a Time, What Happened to Frederick 8:00pm, ABC.
With their love for each other growing stronger, David finally agrees to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret; while Prince Charming searches for Snow White, he agrees to aid Abigail on a mission to recover something precious.
The Simpsons, At Long Last Leave. 8:00pm, Fox.
The Simpsons are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town, and when Homer and Marge try to sneak back into Springfield, they are welcomed with hostility from their former friends and neighbors.
Napoleon Dynamite, Bed Races. 8:30pm, Fox.
Uncle Rico and Napoleon team up to participate in the annual bed races and prevent Grandma from winning again this year, but during the race Uncle Rico persuades Napoleon to cheat in order to beat her and restore him to his former glory.
The Good Wife, Live from Damascus. 9:00pm, CBS.
The Lockhart & Gardner firm lead a class action lawsuit against a software company that allowed the Syrian government to mysteriously "disappear" American citizens; Will faces a hard decision after the Grand Jury proceedings.
Desperate Housewives, Get Out of My Life. 9:00pm, ABC.
Susan discovers the identity of Julie's baby daddy; Orson tries to nurse Bree back to health; Gaby takes Roy in after he is thrown out; Lynette is furious when Porter and Preston are evicted from their apartment and try to move back home.
Family Guy, Be Careful What You Fish For. 9:00pm, Fox.
When Peter tries to salvage a sunken Mercedes, he promises a favor to a helpful dolphin, but when he outstays his welcome at Peter's, he moves into Cleveland's house; Peter tries to reunite the dolphin with ex-wife, but his plan backfires.
Luck. 9:00pm, HBO.
With concern for his welfare, Jerry's associates attempt to force him to walk away from his gambling archrival; Ace has a meeting with a man he has worked with for a very long time; Leon's weight problems turn Rosie's excitement into anger.
Shameless, A Bottle Of Jean Nate. 9:00pm, SHO.
Summer comes to an explosive ending as tensions rise after Carl blows up the meth lab, Fiona invites Jasmine, Steve and Estefania onto David's boat, Karen kicks Judy out of the house, Lip and Ian fight, and Kev and Veronica attempt to replace a pet.
CSI: Miami, Last Straw. 10:00pm, CBS.
When the sisters of a sorority in Miami are picked off one by one, the CSI team try to end the murder spree and find the person responsible for these murders.
Pan Am, 1964. 10:00pm, ABC.
Colette is in courtship with a foreign prince, and Dean is still distraught over losing her; Amanda and Ted's wedding plans are racing forward; Kate's spy supervisor is shot and she tries to figure out whether he or someone else is a double agent.
The Walking Dead, Trigger Finger. 10:00pm, AMC.
Rick, Hershel and Glenn attempt to fight off the lifeless walkers that mindlessly seek them out, while also fending off the living enemies they have managed to acquire; Shane puts himself in danger in order to save Lori from a grim fate.