MONDAY, MARCH 21
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?
TUESDAY, MARCH 22
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.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
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.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
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.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
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!
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
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.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27
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!