The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

As a supplement to the awesome feature stories and scoops TVLine has coming your way this week, here are 23 shows you might want to keep on your radar.

8/7c How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
| Barney’s daddy issues are finally addressed when John Lithgow (Dexter) begins a two-episode arc as the long-missing father.
8 pm Chuck (NBC) | A spy is snuffed while inside Castle’s walls?! How does that happen?
8 pm Dancing With the Stars (ABC) | Lord knows they didn’t come close to finding a “Palin” this season, and Kirstie Alley is already annoying me to no end with her shameless and incessant lobbying. But give the premiere a whirl if only to catch up with “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio.
9 pm The Chicago Code (Fox) | Of any midseason bubble show, this one deserves your full attention.
9 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | The “Who killed Alison?” mystery supposably will be answered in this season finale. I’m thinking… Leland Palmer?
10 pm Castle (ABC) | Caskett investigate the death of a soap opera scribe. Lemme guess, he was drowned in the Pennsylvania Ocean?

Exclusive: Castle Nabs Prison Break Hunk for Hollywood Murder Mystery

8/7c NCIS (CBS)
| Gibbs and Vance vehemently disagree on how to interrogate a teenage boy (played by Cameron Monaghan aka Shameless‘ Ian).
10 pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green) | If you watch only one season premiere starring two farmers, 80 goats, a pair of pigs, a dozen chickens and a Llama, make it this one.
10 pm Big Brian: The Fortune Seller (truTV) | Series premiere: You know those people who prowl estate sales looking for hidden “treasures”? This guy smokes ’em all.
10 pm Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen (Syfy) | What, Syfy can’t have a cooking show? In related news: Food Network is now showing X-Files reruns!
10 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | For a very, very savvy few of you out there, your worst suspicion will be confirmed.

9/8c Modern Family
(ABC) | It’s strange bedfellows night as Jay hangs with Cam and Mitchell, while Haley babysits Lily.
9:30 pm Mr. Sunshine (ABC)
| I had three sports idols as a kid: Reggie Jackson, Joe Namath, and the very bratty tennis great guest-starring on tonight’s episode. (No, not McEnroe. The other one.)
10 pm Hot In Cleveland (TV Land) | Hot off her Raising Hope drop-by, Amy Sedaris resurfaces in Ohio.

Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Grey’s Anatomy, House and More!

8/7c Community (NBC)
| What part of “A Pulp Fiction-themed birthday party for Abed” doesn’t have you right now quadruple-checking that the DVR is properly set?
9 pm  The Office (NBC) | Michael has something he wants to ask Holly — and it’s not, “Who should replace Steve Carell on that NBC workplace comedy?”
10 pm Fairly Legal (USA Network)
| I saw a TVLine commenter call this “the best legal drama” currently on TV. Check out the Season 1 finale to see if ol’ bhm1304 was on the mark.

Benjamin Bratt Joins Private Practice Cast

8/7c Shark Tank (ABC)
| Season premiere: Where was this show back in 1985, when I came up (yet did nothing) with the idea of Walkman headphones built into earmuffs?
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Anna Torv told me that pregnant Bolivia will be “showing” when we catch up with the Other Side in this episode. Based on the promos, “showing” doesn’t seem to quite cover it!

Ratings for March 18: Foul! Fringe Hits Friday Low

10/9c No Ordinary Family (ABC)
| Things aren’t looking so great for this freshman drama, so if you’re a fan, don’t miss the penultimate episode, relegated here to TV’s Saturday graveyard.

9/8c Mildred Pierce (HBO)
| Kate Winslet stars as the titular woman of substance in this five-part miniseries. I foresee a Claire Danes-style awards sweep starting with the Emmys.
9 pm Californication (Showtime) | Hank’s imminent sentencing, surprising news about Becca, a big party, and Rob Lowe doing “the Full Moody” all figure into the Season 4 finale.
10 pm CSI: Miami (CBS) | Speaking of the Pennsylvania Ocean (and I was, above on the Monday section): Eva LaRue’s Natalia has a deadly date with a kidnapper; Mark Pellegrino (Lost) guest stars.

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the comments to politely share tune-in recommendations 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. Julie says:

    Loved the All My Kids reference. My mom and I — both PV fans — have often wondered where that beach is in Pennsylvania. I just wish TPTB at ABC would get that they are more in love with Rylee (and the actors who play them) as the fans are.

  2. Stephen says:

    What about Shameless US? Would rather go with that than the garbage that is CSI: Miami, even tough Pellegrino is playing a bad guy.

  3. Dennis says:

    Please people, watch fringe live

  4. Sally says:

    Can’t wait for the new HIMYM episode! And House!!! Post-Huddy it’s finally worth watching again!

  5. Kayla says:

    What, no Grey’s Anatomy? There’s supposed to be an OMG ending this week!

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Let’s not miss the very first four words of this weekly column, folks… ;)

      • KCB says:

        Oh, here I thought you were saying the “TV Worth Watching This” part! ;)

      • Babygate says:

        Agree that Grey’s should have been mentioned. Especially since this week’s episode makes the way for next week’s music episode, making this week’s a must watch.

  6. will says:

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH FRINGE LIVE TO SAVE IT FROM CANCELLATION. it’s the best tv show out there right now and it’s going out just like firefly and tscc did if we don’t do anything about it.

    • katie says:

      Totally agree with you! And also people should start watching CHUCK live too, ’cause it’s not doing so good according to the nielsen ratings…

    • Lucy says:

      It doesn’t matter what people watch for the ratings if they don’t have a Nielsen box.

      • Zak says:

        Exactly, it’s about time they update how the rating system works, because I will be surprised if the numbers they get for each show is anywhere close to being accurate.

    • Cortexifan says:

      Watch it anyway, will you, whether you have a nielson box or not. Don’t give up! Fringe rules and it needs to stay.

    • Melody says:

      No chance in hell!! I loved Fringe it was in my top three and then this season happened. What the hell were they thinking? Still, I was forgiving and chose to ignore to the best of my ability the annoying plot holes and continued to watch hoping for an explanation or at least something amazing to make it all worthwhile…and then the pregnancy. CHEAP TRICK CRAP!!! Now all I want is to see Fringe fried!

  7. Natalie says:

    I was right!!! Alicia is pregnant, The Good Wife is getting crazy!

  8. J says:

    What, no H5O love?

  9. Fred Roberts says:

    Add to that the Community episode is the one directed by Richard Ayoade from The IT Crowd.

  10. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the heads up on NOF.

  11. Jason says:


  12. Ronnette says:

    What do you have against Hawaii Five-0? You never suggest it as what is worth watching. Just for the record, Hawaii Five-0 is the best new drama on TV this season and is ALWAYS worth watching.

  13. Karen says:

    How how how how HOW did you forget about Grey’s coming back on Thursday?!?! You broke my <3

  14. Jen says:

    I understand the ‘supplement’ part, but I’m still missing the inclusion of Hawaii Five-O and the Grey’s musical episode.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      GREY’s “musical episode” is NEXT week….

    • swthompson says:

      Why do we need to have every show listed? The whole purpose is to highlight shows. By definition, highlight doesn’t mean give us every detail known to humankind.

  15. Linda says:

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say you forgot to put up Parks and Recreation!

  16. Lucy says:

    You’ve managed to miss out the best show currently airing: Jusified (FX, Weds, 10 pm).

  17. Bonnie says:

    I dint know if there’s nothing else on Fridays or you are subtly fighting the good fight by recommending Fringe every week but I appreciate it!!!!

  18. Jeff says:

    Where’s the lve for “Being Erica”. This is really a smart, well-written, original drama. Wish we could have more of this on a more prominent network and in primetime. Please give us your thoughts.

    • mdaily says:

      Was going to suggest the same thing, Jeff. Talk about being “under the radar.” And SoapNet did no one favors by scheduling this delightful show at 11 p.m. on Wednesdays. But if anyone out there, including Matt, has not seen this wonderful little show that could, please do check it out. Nothing quite like it on network or cable TV at the moment.

  19. Kelly says:

    So excited for the ‘Pulp Fiction’/’Community’ episode, but I thought that Shirley was dressed as Jimmy McMillan!

  20. Liz says:

    Being Human! My God, man!

  21. Gerald says:

    What about Shameless, Matt? Its the season finale and its a great show!

  22. Gerald says:

    Shameless last episode!

  23. Taylor says:

    C’mon Matt – spell check! “supposably” is not a word. “Supposedly” is, however.

  24. the girl says:

    Love Fairly Legal! Glad that it got a shout out.

  25. Chatty says:

    Great information, Matt. That said, please don’t call Altivia by the “Bolivia” moniker. Why? Because Bolivia is a country! I forget who came up with that, but it’s really annoying. Thank you.

    Save Chuck and Fringe!

  26. Mike says:

    with those choices I’ll stick to Ax men,Holmes on homes, undercover boss, house hunters

  27. Adria says:

    And to Chatty, please don’t call her Altivia. The name that has now officially been used within the series is Fauxlivia.

  28. Chris says:

    How could you leave Justified off the list?!?!!!!

  29. Becca says:

    Chuck and Community!!!!!!! Chuck needs to renewed NOW!!! Just give at least one more season.

  30. Sam says:

    Re: Pretty Little Liars mystery reveal…. supposably?

    that’s not a word. Aren’t you a writer?????? It’s “supposedly”. WOW! Weep for American educational institutions.