The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

Between the broadcast and cable networks, there are exactly 1 kajillion different things to watch this week. We’re here to tell you about 21 of ’em.

9/8c | The Cape (NBC)
| David Lyons, Summer Glau, James Frain and a scene-stealing Keith David star in this pulp-y look at a costumed hero fighting to get his life back. (See related TVLine Q&A.)

9 pm | Californication (Showtime) 9:30 pm | Hank must face the music for his unwitting act of statutory rape. Annnnd on a lighter note, guests for Season 4 include Rob Lowe (channeling Brad Pitt), Carla Gugino (Sin City) and Michael Ealy (The Good Wife).

9:30 pm | Episodes (Showtime) | This new series finds Friends alum Matt LeBlanc (played by Friends alum Matt LeBlanc) cast as the lead in a U.S. adaptation of an acclaimed U.K. comedy — bristling the show’s British creators. Slow start rife with double-talking Hollywood stereotypes, but stick with it; the laughs begin to aggregate around Week 3.

10 pm | Shameless (Showtime) | William H. Macy (Fargo) is the forever-sauced pop of a dirt-poor brood of six. As the eldest child, Emmy Rossum (Mystic River) labors to rule the roost. Very funny, instantly engaging. (See related TVLine Q&A.)

8/7c | Lie To Me (Fox) | Truth — you get two episodes this week. First, Cal goes a bit cuckoo in a mental hospital. After that, he tries to find out what guest star Sam Page (Gossip Girl, Mad Men…) is up to — other than popping up on virtually every TV series this season.

10 pm | Hoarders (A&E) | Rats, its the season finale! No, really — it’s about amassing rats.

Castle Exclusive: Adrian Pasdar To Play FBI Hero

9/8c | V (ABC) | Anna and her mother, Diana (Jane Badler), exchange threats, while Erica begins to suspect that her pregnancy with Tyler was no ordinary one.

10 pm | Lights Out (FX) | Holt McCallany is “Lights” Leary, a boxing champ tempted to bob-and-weave his way out of retirement. Stacy Keach (Fat City) plays his pop. Another knockout from FX.

10 pm | The Game (BET) | After this sitcom was dropped by The CW back in 2009, BET — already home to its reruns — stepped up and ordered a fourth season. Now, at long last, The Game is on.

10:30 pm | The Onion SportsDome (Comedy Central) | What if SportsCenter was brought to you by the people who fashion such headlines as “Christ Returns To NBA”?

The Good Wife: 6 Burning Questions Answered

8/7c | Human Target (Fox) | Busting Guerrero out of prison requires the gang to no, not resurrect Michael Scofield, but unlock their shady associate’s secrets-filled briefcase :-O

9 pm | Modern Family (ABC) | When Cameron meets Mitchell’s high-school squeeze (played by 24‘s Mary Lynn Rajskub), the she hits the fan.

10 pm | Off The Map (ABC) | From the producers of Grey’s Anatomy — Shonda Rhimes included — comes this drama about preternaturally pretty docs toiling at a South American clinic. Familiar faces include Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Jason George (Grey’s) and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls).

10 pm | Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Oscar winner Jeremy Irons guest-stars as a sex therapist. His No. 1 piece of advice: Reversal of foreplay. Also appearing: Criminal Minds alum A.J. Cook, as the lesbian lover of Irons’ daughter.

Exclusive: Scrubs Scene-Stealer Heads To Cougar Town

9/8c | Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Seattle Grace welcomes a fresh crop of interns. But we’ll be watching to properly evaluate Meredith’s bold new bangs.

8/7c | Medium (CBS) | In the series’ penultimate episode, Allison and Joe are unsettled when Marie has a breakdown in school.

9 pm | The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO) | Think of the animated series’ Season 2 premiere as a warm-up for the assuredly unique humor Ricky will bring as host of next Sunday’s Golden Globes. (If you’re an impatient bloke, you can watch the full premiere right here.)

10 pm | Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | It’s the ninth season of the show that asked you to believe that Zach Galifianakis wasn’t smoking a real joint. Right.

4:30/3:30c, 8/7c | NFL Divisional Games (CBS, Fox) | Steelers vs. Baltimore/Kansas City, then the Falcons take on Green Bay/Seattle.

11:30 pm | Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Oh Gwyneth Paltrow, we’ll never “Forget You” and your rousing visit to Glee. So our hopes are high to see you host SNL, with Cee-Lo Green as musical guest.

Forgettin’ Awesome! Gwyneth To Host SNL

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to make tune-in suggestions of your own!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Kath (canakatydid) says:

    What about Castle…with magical guest Giles Marin and a sexy character hook-up?!

    Plus in Canada we have a new Flashpoint and the season primiere of Republic of Doyle.

    • Trent says:

      I gotta side with you Kath, Castle is one of the few shows I feel is can’t miss tv each and every week. Although I am excited to see Episodes and Lights Out as well this week, I have high expectations for original shows from both Showtime and FX.

      • Zach says:

        Watched a preair of Episodes and it was pretty stinking funny. If it really gets going around episode three thats a great sign cause I loved the premiere!

  2. tejas says:

    SVU’s the only thing you listed that sounds remotely interesting.

  3. Michael says:

    Saw the first episode of “Episodes” thanks to Showtime’s ‘freeview’ this weekend with Comcast. It was actually quite funny, that half hour went by really quickly. But the first episode only has like 30 seconds of Matt LeBlanc and is mostly people peaking in British accents (which can get aggravating… just in case you’re one of those XD)

    Also, SVU IS A MUST :D

  4. Rachel says:

    Parenthood on Tuesday’s on NBC is a must!

  5. Rachel says:

    I’m not surprised that you don’t mention The Game as you never have supported it. This show is back because of the fans. Are you not mentioning it because you’ve seen the preview and its not as good as it once was or because as always, you didn’t bother to see it?

    I’m a big fan of yours but disturbed at your lack of diversity.

  6. Angellina says:

    Ummm….The Good Wife? Parenthood? I never miss those…

  7. Megan says:

    You missed Castle and NCIS. I’m a little perturbed.

  8. Brainst0rms says:

    Only one worth even trying to remember to see, Human Target. Five or six of them are on HBO/Showtime which I don’t get. You list the NFL playoffs but not Monday’s BCS Championship game – sad, sad. V? Didn’t like it first go around or the second. This is the third recycle, I think? What about NCIS?

  9. mir4 says:

    How did you leave out The Good Wife?

  10. Corie says:

    PARENTHOOD!!! Come on, this show is so good. Definitely can’t miss.

  11. 3rdrocker says:

    (People’s Choice Award winner) Lie to Me* is the only show in this list I’ll be watching! Thanks so much for giving it some well deserved recognition. God knows Fox won’t. Fingers crossed for a fourth season!

  12. Briana says:

    Downton Abbey tonight, Castle tomorrow, Off the Map Wednesday JUST because Zach Gilford is in it, and SNL Saturday due to Ce Lo.

  13. Elka says:

    New Good Wife!!!

    Also super-stoked about V and Modern Family, but Good Wife is what I have been hanging out for ever since shows started coming back from hiatus.

  14. Trish says:

    I’m looking forward to Shameless, Off The Map, and GP on SNL (think she’ll sing?). Also, Downton Abbey on PBS tonight! Tonight is so overloaded with goodness, I have to wait til tomorrow night to dvr The Cape. And Sunday for Globes, natch!

  15. I’m anxious for The Cape

  16. hannah says:

    How about some love for your BFF Lauren Graham and Parenthood. An extremely well-written show and Lauren Graham, IMHO the best actor on TV. Even without knowing the storyline, she’s a must see.

  17. Sue says:

    Unfortunately, Hawaii Five-O is a repeat this week.

  18. Tiffany says:

    So very excited for AJ’s episode of SVU. I miss having her on my TV every week!

  19. Iris says:

    Can’t wait for Lie to Me!

  20. Leon Redbone says:

    Jan. 17 (Chuck) and Jan. 20 (Parks and Recreation) are never going to get here! What’s taking so long? Oh, yea. Time.

  21. melodious says:

    Grats on the new gig, Matt. So very happy you and Mikey are working together again. (I stuck with you ;D).