MONDAY, JANUARY 17
8/7c | House (Fox) | Watch out, House, it’s a parent trap! Candice Bergen guest-stars as Cuddy’s mother. (Watch video here.)
8 pm | Chuck (NBC) | Welcome back to our favorite nerds! You were missed.
10 pm | Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho bumps into his ex, played by Reiko Aylesworth. So many Lost memories for them share — a good 24 of ‘em, I’d say.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18
8/7c | NCIS (CBS) | Hi, Bob… Newhart.
8 pm | Life Unexpected (The CW) | Tears expected. The charming yet undersampled CW series draws to an end with a two-hour finale.
10 pm | Parenthood (NBC) | Sarah stresses out over Drew’s wrapping-paper fundraiser. Been there, done that, bought eight rolls from my own munchkins.
10 pm | The Good Wife (CBS) | Series cocreator Robert King told TVLine that this is a critical episode with regards to Diane’s plan to split off into her own firm. I smell a twist!
10 pm | White Collar (USA Network) | Is Mozzie still with us…? [Gulp] As you ponder that, stay tuned to TVLine for an exclusive, rollicking side-by-side Q&A with both Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
8/7c | American Idol (Fox) | At long last, Season 10 and its slew of changes is upon us. Me, I’m just thanking our lucky stars that we have No. 1 Idol Loonie Michael Slezak to tell us how it is every week.
9 pm | Modern Family (ABC) | If you don’t know about The Scene at the heart of this week’s ep, I’m not about to spoil it here. We saw it at TCA last week and it is riotous. Now excuse me as I go wash my eyes.
9 pm | Criminal Minds (CBS) | Reid is suffering mysterious headaches and hallucinations… and so am I after polishing off that medium pouch of peanut butter M&Ms in one sitting.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
8/7c | The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Guest-casting this CBS hitcom can be a tall order — especially when you tap NBA star Rick Fox to play Bernadette’s supersized ex. (Awesome photo here.)
8 pm | Community (NBC) | Theo Huxtable is in the house, as we meet Shirley’s ex-husband (played by former Cosby kid Malcolm Jamal Warner).
9 pm | Bones (Fox) | New time slot! Booth says too much! New time slot!
9 pm | Royal Pains (USA Network) | Guest stars for the winter run include Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy), Jim Gaffigan (My Boys), Gilles Marini (seemingly everything these days) and Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: CI). And of course “The Fonz” (whom I met the other day!) will return.
9:30 pm | Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Finally, the peeps of Pawnee are back. Now watch as Leslie clumsily coerces Ann into seducing more funding out of Rob Lowe. (I know what the ladies out there are thinking: “Tough job, but….”)
10 pm | Fairly Legal (USA Network) | Life‘s stunning Sarah Shahi stars as a lawyer-turned-mediator; Battlestar alum Michael Trucco is her equally telegenic ex.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21
8/7c | Medium (CBS) | In the series finale, Allison and Joe’s new careers threaten to pull them in separate directions. She didn’t see this coming?
9 pm | Fringe (Fox) | Great Scott! The spook-tacular series dives into its new time slot with guest star Christopher Lloyd. I better see 1.21 gigaviewers show up.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
3/2c | NFC Championship (Fox) | The Packers and Bears slug it out to see who will face my New York Jets in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.
6:30 pm | AFC Championship (CBS) | The Jets take the final, requisite step toward Super Bowl XLV.
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!