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 22 of ‘em.

8/7c | Chuck (NBC) | Series bosses Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz told that the final scenes of this midseason finale “are the best 10 minutes of Chuck ever.” Add that to what Zach teased in hit TVLine Q&A, and color us intrigued!
8 pm | Human Target (Fox) | Briefly sidelined by Idol, Chance & Co. swing back into action on this special night, then again on Wednesday.
9 pm | Lie To Me (Fox) | Cal takes on a Mark Zuckerberg type in this bubble show’s Season 3 finale. But might the episode also feature a change in someone’s “Relationship Status”…?
10 pm | Harry’s Law (NBC) | A Practice vet make perfect casting when Steve “Eugene” Harris guest-stars as a convict.

Exclusive Lie To Me Finale Preview/Video: ‘Fans Will Be Only More Hungry For a Season 4!’

8/7c | One Tree Hill (The CW) | C’mon, you can’t just show up for last week’s bachelorette party and not also attend the wedding. Didn’t you see the pretty?
9 pm | NCIS: LA (CBS) | Pete Cambor resurfaces as Nate Getz, the team’s operational psychologist, when Sam goes undercover as a prison inmate.
9 pm | V (ABC) | Oded Fehr (Sleeper Cell), who like bacon makes everything better, begins an arc as a Mossad agent fronting a rather violent faction of Fifth Column. Oh, and Anna hops a shuttle to the Vatican!
10 pm | The Good Wife (CBS) | Three promises to be a crowd when Cary recruits his own Kalinda/Blake-type, played by Tim Guinee (Lie To Me).

Exclusive First Look: Brooke and Julian’s One Tree Hill Wedding!

9:30 pm | Cougar Town (ABC) | Celebrate Valentine’s Day early by hanging with the Cul De Sac Crew one last time before Matthew Perry borrows this time slot for 10 weeks.

ABC Midseason: Matthew Perry Sitcom Will (Briefly) Replace Cougar Town

8/7c | The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon takes acting lessons from Penny? There is so much wrong with that sentence, it can only turn out right.
8 pm | Community (NBC) | A cute librarian (Quarterlife‘s Maite Schwartz) threatens to bust up Troy and Abed’s bromance.
8:30 pm | $#*! My Dad Says (CBS) | Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors tries to muscle in on Capt. Kirk’s would-be romance with Jean Smart. (See photos here.)
9 pm | CSI (CBS) | A wise man I work with perhaps put it best: “Is Grissom Returning?”
9 pm | Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Kevin McKidd (“Owen”) stepped behind the camera to direct this episode, in which Derek’s Alzheimer’s trial gets underway, and newly winged Charlie’s Angel Rachael Taylor debuts as Callie’s obstetrician. (Full McQ&A coming later this week!)
9:30 pm | Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Leslie’s latest project is threatened by a Twilight obsesssive played by, no, not a 13-year-old girl, but SNL‘s Will Forte.

Community Scoop: Will a Girl Come Between Troy and Abed?

8/7c | Smallville (The CW) | Same midseason premiere mentioned here last week, now on a “new” night!
9 pm | Fringe (Fox) | A possible biological warfare attack leads the team to a man from Walter’s past who has ties to Olivia.
9 pm | Supernatural (The CW) | Same midseason premiere mentioned here last week, now on a “new” night!
10 pm | Barbara Walters Special: A Matter Of Life and Death (ABC) | Babs interviews fellow heart surgery patients President Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Regis Philbin and Charlie Rose.

Erica Durance Previews Smallville‘s Return and Her Own Kick-Ass Future

9/8c | Billy Gardell: Halftime (Comedy Central) | The Mike & Molly star takes his stand-up act back home to Pittsburgh, tackling such topics as hand sanitizers, the rules of marriage, and technology overload.

6/5c | Super Bowl XLV (Fox) | Come for the commercials, stay for the slim chance you’ll win your office’s grid pool.
Who Knows? pm | Glee (Fox) | Human cannons. Flame-shooting bras. Katie Couric getting ripped by Sue Sylvester. A thematically off-the-wall take on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” It’s alllllll here. Here’s a video clip:

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

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  1. yaeli says:

    what about THE VAMPIRE DIARIES?!?!?!?!?!

  2. vjw says:

    Puppy Bowl? Anyone? Anyone?

  3. Hey look, real shows! says:

    Fringe. Community. Big Bang Theory. Chuck. A much better smattering of programs this week than last week’s CW-a-thon. Maybe I don’t have to rely on Jeff Jenson after all.

  4. Rush says:

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Fringe will be the only regular TV I’ll be turning off Netflix and the XBOX for.

  5. Wolf says:

    What about MTV’s Skins? The second episode with Tea was a vast improverment over the pilot episode.

  6. samjacklover (kaye bauer) says:



  7. mina says:


  8. L says:

    What about PARENTHOOD!?!? I think it’s worth watching!!

  9. Lorie says:

    Love Tim Guinee! Can’t wait to see him on TGW. The Super Bowl better not go into overtime. I don’t want Glee to be delayed.

  10. Emma says:

    Fringe, Community, and the Good Wife

  11. Derek64 says:

    “Grey’s Anatomy”… that’s not how you spell Bones.

    • Rush says:

      Fox ought to put the IDOL results show opposite Grey’s and drive a stake in the heart of that show once and for all.

  12. Go NBC Comedy! says:

    Thanks for mentioning Community and Parks & Rec — two unappreciated, on-the-bubble shows that everyone should be watching!

  13. Kristen says:

    Thanks for choosing Lie To Me, Matt! I’ll definitely be glued to the TV tonight after your article from last week!

  14. Heidi says:

    Can’t wait for the Lie to Me season finale. Just hoping it won’t be the series finale as well. It’s such an amazing show.

  15. Melinda says:

    Will Cougar Town be off the air for 10 weeks while Matthew Perry takes the spot, or will Cougar Town be moving to a new time slot/day?
    Cougar Town is my crack! I can’t get enough! LOL

  16. EL says:

    LIE TO ME is such a great show. Keep telling it.

  17. olga says:

    Supernatural yeah!

  18. cassi says:

    I’m looking forward to Supernatural but let’s wait til Thursday if the CW is even gonna air it. Maybe there is thunderstorm in Chicago and the CW decides that not enough people will have electrity to watch TVD and decide to delay the Supernatural midseason premiere for another week.

  19. michael says:

    You really should have waited until Thursday before including Smallville. I hear Dawn O won’t recieve her TV guide until then.

  20. Pat says:

    LIE TO ME !! Come on Fox bring it back for o 4th season

  21. Sue says:

    Thanks for mentioning Human Target! I hope it makes it to another season! I love those guys!

  22. LInda says:


  23. Karen says:

    Where’s Detroit 187?

  24. Emily says:


  25. Lisa says:

    Too bad you had to include both Supernatural and Fringe as must see. Supernatural has so much positive buzz for this episode and Fringe is struggling badly – they just can’t seem to find a storyline to stick to. I’ll be watching Supernatural and might catch Fringe in a re-run sometime…

    • Emily says:

      “Fringe is struggling badly – they just can’t seem to find a storyline to stick to.”
      On the contrary, Fringe has been better than ever this season. I gave up on Supernatural awhile ago…

  26. raelee514 says:

    Thanks for keeping Smallville and Supernatural on the list, Matt!

  27. Lara says:

    I’ve seen the promos for this week’s Parenthood, and it looks amazing! Can’t believe it’s not on here. I’m seriously beginning to think this site hates that show – every week on here I see people having to beg for it to be added. That’s bizarre to me, by FAR my favorite show on tv right now. Not too sure about tvline. : (

  28. DarkHawke says:

    Here’s what you missed in your column: THE CAPE, Southland, Lights Out, Blue Bloods (not the best of the new this season, but better than half of what you DID cover!), Archer, Young Justice and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. You’re welcome.

  29. DarkHawke says:

    Ah, AND Detroit 1-8-7, which IS the best new show this season (and a fantastic show period), which will conclude a BIG cliffhanger from two weeks ago! Watch it!

  30. Ben Phelps says:

    EW is reporting that William Petersen will definitely be returning sometime this season, so combined with Ausiello’s news, it seems like this week will be it

  31. Jesse says:

    So excited for Smallville!

  32. b says:

    I’m glad you picked Lie To Me, but no Bones? It’s not likely to be as good as last week’s (but that was probably one of the top 10-15 episodes of the entire series), but I think the show is gearing up to give us a last half of the season that’s way better than the first half.

  33. Thom says:

    Fringe is the best show on TV bar none. It’s excellent. Let’s go Steelers!!!!!

  34. sabi says:

    Why are people constantly leaving out NCIS? It’s the show with the most viewers at the moment and the show still doesn’t get the credit it deserves. What a weird and twisted world! :S

  35. Pv says:

    “Oded Fehr, who like bacon makes everything better”

    hhaha. So true. So true.

  36. Ka says:

    Only Parenthood for me on Tuesday!!

  37. Janah says:

    Aww, I cant wait to see LIE TO ME!!! Amazing show, hopefully it will be back in fall with a fourth season!!!

  38. CJ says:

    Gotta have White Collar on Tuesday!!!

  39. Cee says:

    Parenthood Tuesdays, dudes! Can’t get enough of the Bravermans. My favourite drama currently.

  40. Actually... says:

    FYI, I believe that NBC switched up the air dates for Community. This week is, according to the NBC press site, now the D&D episode (Yes, the gang sits in a room and plays D&D. Another bottle episode!). Which shouldn’t in any way change Community’s inclusion on this list, because this episode should be amazing, too. After all, the last bottle episode was one of the best episodes from both seasons.

  41. Lang says:

    I LOVE Cougartown. I really dislike Better With You or whatever that crap is called. Bump that (permanently) and insert Matthew Perry/Allison Janney comedy. PERFECT WEDNESDAY!

  42. nuni says:

    And where is Parenthood?? The best show on right now. John Corbett will guest star this week and the next two. It’s gonna be great.

  43. Becca says:

    CHUCK!!! It’s so AWESOME! Also so cannot wait until the Dungeons and Dragon episode on Community!!!

  44. Janine says:

    Ummm, Modern Family ???

  45. Neptuny says:

    I don’t get why Katie Couric is guest-starring. Oh, ‘Glee,’ you trainwreck, you.

  46. Lisa says:

    I am so sick of the Cougar Town WINOS. I am cutting them out of my weekly lineup.

  47. meliot says:

    Barbara Walters??? Really??? I don’t care who or “how important” her guests are, it’s usually just a bunch of fluff. It’s time for her to retire!