The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

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

House Video: Hugh Laurie and Co. Deliver Urgent Message to Fans

8/7c | 90210 (The CW) |
The first of many CW series returning this week finds Naomi and Silver being held captive by Mr. Cannon.
9 pm | Gossip Girl (The CW) | You know you don’t want to miss the Dan/Blair ***s. Maybe it happens tonight. Maybe next week. Who knows?
10 pm | Castle (ABC) | Speaking of can’t-miss lip-locks, it’s time for Rick and Kate to nom on each other. But more than that, this gripping episode picks up the mystery of Johanna Beckett’s murder.
10 pm | Skins (MTV) | One million PTC members can’t be wrong.

Exclusive Video: Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski Teases a ‘Whole New’ Sarah

8:30 am/7:30c | Academy Award nominations (ABC) |
Hit the water already, van!
8 pm | One Tree Hill (The CW) | Ain’t no party like Brooke’s bachelorette party — especially when tattooed man Dave Navarro stops by.
9 pm | Hellcats (The CW) | When last we tuned in, the Hellcats’ travel bus was en route to sectionals and overflowing with awkward after Marti ‘fessed up to once hooking up with Dan.
9 pm | State of The Union Address (multiple outlets) | The real deal is far more entertaining than Fred Armisen.

Exclusive: Grey’s Beauty To Recur On One Tree Hill

8/7c | American Idol (Fox) |
Are J.Lo, Steven Tyler and the first crop of crooners making you a Season 10 believer?
9 pm | Criminal Minds (CBS) | Guest star Adrienne Palicki (Lonestar Friday Night Lights) goes on a Natural Born Killers-esque rampage.
10 pm | Face Off (Syfy) | I was neutral on this new competition series about Hollywood make-up magic until this month’s TCA press tour, where they turned a totally hot chick into a ridiculously old lady. Cooool.
11 pm | Being Erica (SoapNet) | As Season 3 of the Canadian “time travel” series premieres, somewhere a U.S. version is being cooked up for ABC. That’s called “Being Derivative.”

New Players Complicate Community Triangle!

8/7c | The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Werewolves? There, wolves! Burning question: Did getting bit turn Rose into a lycanthrope… or a recurring Chuck guest star?
9 pm | Bones (Fox) | File this under “Be careful what you wish for,” as the end of the Gravedigger storyline brings on a big, new, very bad.
9 pm | Nikita (The CW) | Alex living on the outside can’t possibly be good for Nikita’s revenge business, right? Check back Thursday for a kick-ass Maggie Q&A.
9 pm | The Office (NBC) | Michael Scott crosses paths with his U.K. counterpart David Brent when that other Office boss, Ricky Gervais, makes a cameo.

Great Scott! Fringe Tops Friday Ratings

8/7c | Smallville (The CW) |
All eyes are on Chloe as she returns from her unannounced field trip with the Suicide Squad. “Chloe has had missteps at times, like with Doomsday, so Black Canary is not quite as accepting as Lois and Clark are,” EP Brian Peterson previews.
9 pm | Supernatural (The CW) | Dragons are kidnapping virgins! As if Justin Bieber didn’t get enough press.

Erica Durance Previews Smallville‘s Return

9/8c | Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (Syfy) |
Take ’80s pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, add in lots of latex and cable-caliber CGI, and you get one of the guiltiest pleasures in recent memory.

9/8c | The Lost Valentine (CBS) |
You don’t want to watch ABC repeats or, worse, the NFL Pro Bowl, so suck it up and let Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lowe Hewitt and Betty White make you weep.

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  1. Mark says:

    90210 over House? Wow.

  2. melodious says:

    Who’s Jennifer Lowe Hewitt?

  3. Delia says:

    Where is Fringe? And 90210 and Skins over House and Lie To Me? What in God’s name?

  4. Avery says:

    Was this a list of most boring shows….zzzzzzx

  5. xwiseguyx says:

    This is about the worst list of recommendations for the week I’ve come across in quite some time. (Unless I was a 13 year old girl…)

  6. Andy says:

    When is a CW show EVER watchable?

    • Michelle says:

      3 of my 4 favorite shows are on the CW. And I’m 31. TVD, Supernatural and Smallville are firing on all cylinders this year.

  7. Bette says:

    Wow, I only watch Criminal Minds and The Office of all shows mentioned. I’m not surprised though, considering you rather watch CW shows than House, Lie To Me, Fringe.

  8. Alice says:

    I’d rather watch a rerun of Grey’s Anatomy than to sit through a CW show. This list is a joke.

  9. cortexifan says:

    Fringe all the way. Watching it live while I’m taping it. Then rewinding the tape watching it again. And on Saturday watching the episode on hulu and at 11/10pm on Tv again. Did I mention I love Fringe!

  10. kaitlyn says:

    wow nice list i watch almost everything looking forward to start my week and dan/blair ***s would so get me to scream all week long until next week that is

  11. Pat says:

    Looks more like a list of shows to avoid-if this is considered quality Tv then boy are we hurtin. House(yes even tough some consider this not to be it’s best year) and Lie to Me don’t make the list??

  12. silver says:

    Seriously ?? This is your list ?? Where are Fringe and Chuck ?? Well at least there is Castle……

  13. lamloum says:

    i will sure not be watching this list …. come on no house or chuck on monday … and worst of all no community or parc and recreation on thursday??? seriously guys … GG, 90210, the hellcats and vampires diary… what the hell??

  14. Sourabh says:

    That show might be more interesting if they turned a totally old lady into a ridiculously hot chick.

  15. Sofia says:

    Humm..Where is Fringe? Whatever..

    Excited for Chuck, Castle, Vampire Diaries, Bones & FRINGE.

    • Lisa says:

      Definitely Chuck, Castle, Vampire Diaries, BONES and Fringe. Supernatural has always been awesome! Now, I can watch 30 Rock because they finally got a good time slot. I had watch all last season online. Parks & Rec is okay. Modern Family is great. The Middle is watchable but I am seriously considering altogether cutting the Cougar Town “Winos” out of my lineup.

  16. nicole says:

    Im freaking excited about Smallville…Its the best show that should not end yet….

  17. Irishgirl says:

    Uhhhh……’Fringe’???? ‘White Collar’??? You list ‘Gossip Girl’, ‘One Tree Hill’, and a craptastic SyFy movie with two 80s has-beens, and you leave off ‘Fringe’ and ‘White Collar’???

  18. Cheri says:

    Where’s Fringe, White Collar and House? There are way too many CW shows on that list…that list makes me not want to watch tv!

  19. Mars says:

    Clone Wars is starting a new arc on Cartoon Netork, will probably be more mature than most of the drama on the CW

  20. Alex says:

    No White Collar? Come on!

  21. Leslie says:

    Chuck, Castle, and Fringe!! Bones has been kind of meh for me lately. I am a bit excited to see Chloe back on Smallville though. Glad that show is ending on a relatively decent high note. That’s the only CW show I watch anymore. Now that it’s ending, I will never have to be subjected to a Hellcats commercial again.

  22. allie says:

    you reccomend kid porn Skins but not Fringe? No credibility.

  23. allie says:

    maybe you get some sort of special kickback from the CW?

  24. Anita says:

    Dragons are kidnapping virgins! As if Justin Bieber didn’t get enough press.


  25. XK says:

    The only show I watch on this entire list is Castle. Please leave the CW-mongering for your frienemies over at E!

  26. Kristen says:

    Gossip Girl > Lie to Me? No.

  27. Gary says:

    This season of SPN has: Brotherly angst, vampires, brotherly angst, people coming back from the dead for the second or even third time, brotherly angst, angels, brotherly angst, demons, and did we mention that brotherly angst? It’s clear that SPN is must-watch TV!

  28. I miss Burning Questions with Matt says:

    Where’s Fringe? Chuck? Being Human? I just found TVline, but if these are the shows you focus on Matt, we may have to break up. That Jeff Jenson is certifiable, but at least he has the good sense to love Fringe.

  29. jack says:

    fringe is one of the most slow’st shows on tv you watch it and at the end of the show you still don’t know what the heck still happend i get a headach just watching it and that bald guy is just a rip off of lex luther very bad one.

  30. eliz says:

    No love for Being Human?

  31. Mary says:

    Very excited about Castle, but… where is Fringe?

  32. SaraK says:

    SouthLand and White Collar are woefully missing.

  33. Nikki49 says:

    What about Spartacus on Friday night?

  34. Ali says:

    Agreeing with some. Where’s Fringe?? And White Collar?? Now those are shows that are definately worth watching.

  35. Nalex says:


  36. BF says:

    Please people, calm yourselves. In case you didn’t know, some people don’t like House or Fringe. And the CW has done some good shows, like… well I know there is at least one. But I must admit Skins? Really? The US one is just another attempt from America trying to steal a great British show and turning it into something boring and tame.

    • Hannah says:

      BRITISH SKINS CANNOT BE TOPPED. America needs to stop trying to have a scandalous show, especially because viewers here are really into censorship, unlike in the UK.

  37. Jesse says:

    I can’t wait for Smallville on Friday. So excited!

  38. Mary says:

    Thanks Matt! I admit that the only shows that I think are worth watching on the CW are Smallville, Supernatural and the Vampire Diaries. I am over 30 so def. not a teenager. I don’t care for anything else on the network. But those 3 shows entertain me more than any other!

  39. Marci says:

    UGH!! Not even Betty White can induce me to watch anything with Jennifer Love Hewitt in it.

  40. ZBZ Chick says:

    What about GREEK’s All About Beaver episode tonight?! It’s getting great reviews from & ..

  41. Wayne says:

    OMFG, where is Fringe on friday?? We’re trying to get the ratings up here and you not listing it is not going to help…

  42. Hannah says:

    What is up with all of the CW hate on here? Some of their shows are good, and definitely guilty pleasures! Excited for almost everything on this list!!!

  43. Karen says:

    What’s up, no Chuck on Monday, for heaven’s sake the best shows on Monday are Chuck and Castle who gives a fig about 90210. That was over decades ago. The proposal arc on Chuck is “awesome” and lip lock on Castle I am so there. If this garbage is what you recommend forget this silly TVline, I am back with EW.

  44. Kat says:

    Supernatural is a definate must see! Jensen and Jared are doing an amazing job with their characters! House has gotten tedious, Bones needs to get rid of Hannah and rebuild the B & B chemistry and Glee is tanking. On the bright side, we have Supernatural (again), The Mentalist, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Castle and Two and a Half Men.
    Mike & Molly eps are either really good or truly awful and Off the Map is growing on me. The biggest problem viewers have is network execs who rely on Nielson (bad idea) and who insist on giving viewers what the networks think they need instead of giving the viewers what they want.

  45. KevyB says:

    Where is Archer? Jeez, I’d think even the okayish Harry’s Law and Fairly Legal would deserve to be on this list over 90% of the CW offerings (go, Nikita!).