The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

Coming to your screen this week: Six premieres, including the arrival of Entourage‘s final season, plus one out-of-the-world Star Trek “reunion” event. As a supplement to the fresh features and reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 36 programs to keep on your radar.

Warehouse 13 Scoop: Guess… Who’s… Back?!

8/7c Hell’s Kitchen
(Fox) | Season 9 kicks off with 18 contestants vying to score a head chef gig at NYC’s BLT Steak restaurant. (Personal aside: YUMMM.) The show then lands in its regular time slot Tuesday at 8.
8 pm Eureka (Syfy) | A real “rocket scientist” hits town — but she’s played by the adorkable Felicia Day, so we’ll totally allow it.
8 pm Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (Lifetime) | Pegged to the recent telease of a certain art-house indie, this TV-movie features Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace, star of this fall’s Unforgettable) as the woman who gave birth to Harry Potter.
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | Yeah, so about that new org chart….
9 pm Degrassi (Teen Nick) | Season premiere. Did I ever tell you I crushed on Caitlin back in the day? The way she’d say “aboot”…. [Wistful sigh]
10 pm Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided (PBS) | In this episode, Abe sits himself down and writes a little ditty called The Emancipation Proclamation.
10:30 pm The Big C (Showtime) | Cathy meets — and forms an instant, sure-to-deepen bond with — a fellow cancer patient played by Hugh Dancy (Elizabeth I).

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9 pm Memphis Beat
(TNT) | Dwight’s investigation of a party boat heist leads him to run into an old flame (played by Jessica Collins of the MIA Network’s Tru Calling).
9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | A Vulture descends on Mozzie, and in the very best of ways.
10 pm Covert Affairs (USA Network) | Auggie’s trek to an Istanbul jazz fest winds up revealing to us how he lost his eyesight. Rebecca Mader (Lost) guest stars.
11 pm Web Therapy (Showtime) | Broadcast premiere: Friends alum Lisa Kudrow plays a therapist who tries treating patients via three-minute online sessions. But what if my webcam doesn’t reach me over on the couch?
11 pm Awkward. (MTV) | Know what’s awkward? Having to include that period in the name of this new series. Not quite $#*! My Dad Says annoying, but….

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8 pm So You Think You Can Dance
(Fox) | Do I think I can dance? Heavens no. Barely danced at my own wedding — and we all know how that turned out. P.S. It’s Top 10 night; eliminations announced Thursday at 8.
8:30 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Clive Bixby returns!
9 pm Franklin & Bash (TNT) | A courtroom light saber duel gets F&B admonished by judge Kathy Najimy. Also filling a bench this week: Tommy Chong, as a justice who busts Infield’s niece for (irony alert!) pot possession.
9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) | Hank and Evan fly to Florida for Dad Fonzie’s parole hearing.
9:30 pm Hollywood Hi-Tech (DIY) | This new series makes us all feel inadequate as it follows, for example, Entourage‘s Kevin Connolly getting a 110-inch TV/theater system installed in his home.
10 pm Damages (DirecTV) | Patty counsels Ellen on her case against High Star, while Erickson and henchman Boorman plot to make the lawsuit — or at least the star witness — go away.
10 pm Rescue Me (FX) | Beloved ER alum Maura Tierney returns as Tommy’s onetime romantic interest, Kelly.
10 pm South Beach Tow (truTV) | Exec-produced by Jennifer Lopez, this series promises to “take you inside the action-packed world of towing.” Or at least charge you $500 to reclaim your DVR space.
10 pm Storage Wars (A&E) | Time for a second season of this series in which “treasure hunters” forage through abandoned self-storage containers. Suddenly, South Beach Tow does sound action-packed.

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8 pm Community
(NBC) | Britta broadens her horizons by BFFing a lesbian chick… who believes she is doing the same with Britta.
9 pm The Office (NBC) | It’s Valentine’s Day, meaning many awkward PDAs from Michael/Holly.
10 pm Love Bites (NBC) | Michelle Trachtenberg, Bret Harrison and Matt Long are all back this week — and joined by some bedbugs!
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | It’s Kate! (Or is it Allie?) Susan St. James playsa toy company titan on the cusp of a big deal.
10:30 pm Wilfred (FX) | The titular pooch proves to be a rock star when Ryan volunteers at a hospice.

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8 pm The Captains
(Epix) | In this… documentary… William Shatner sits down… for… chats with… Patrick Stuart… Kate Mulgrew… Chris… Pine… and other onetime Star Trek… captains!
8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Get used to this time slot, Agents.
8 pm Flashpoint (CBS) | The team tracks a serial robber who broadcasts his heists on the Internet.
8 pm Bones (Fox) | Remember when Booth came back from his summer vacation with a new lover?
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | While on the lam, Jack comes face-to-face with Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman). Also: Don’t give us that look, Dichen Lachman!

Spend the day here at, consuming absurd amounts of San Diego Comic-Con coverage!

9 pm Same Name
(CBS) | This is the new show where celebs “swap lives” with ordinary folk who bear the same name as them. If any of you out there is named Charlie Sheen, now’s a good time to get current on all your shots.
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Sam teams up with Tommy; Bill gets involved in the necromancy problem.
10:30 pm Entourage (HBO) | The eighth and final season opens up with the boys trying to keep Vince, fresh out of rehab, on the straight-ish and narrow-ish. Ari, meanwhile, labors to get back together with his Mrs.
10 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | An unanticipated new enemy emerges. Does it look like Morena Baccarin, by chance?
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Uneasy about doing Gus’ bidding — if only because the guy takes, like, 15 minutes to get dressed — Walt wastes no time sniffing out other business opportunities.

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. Jessica says:

    Henry Winkler plays Eddie so how can he trek to Florida to see himself? It should be Hank and Evan. :)

  2. Adriaan says:

    Damages, Torchwood, True Blood and Breaking Bad! Yay for awesome summer shows.

  3. 8daysaweek says:

    No Pretty Little Liars? That makes it kinda difficult to take this list seriously.

  4. Oscar says:


    Will you guys be attending the FX pilot sneek peak at Comic-Con on Sat at 9:30?

    I’m really curious what that is. American Horror Story? Powers?

  5. Suzanne says:

    It would be nice if you indicated which episodes were new and which were just repeats (i.e. Modern Family)

  6. Rebecca Parker says:

    Sam teams up with Sammy?

    I’m confused!

  7. Sally says:

    You forgot about Rizzoli & Isles! It’s on TNT tonight (monday). Such a great show, I can’t believe it’s not in there..

  8. Araceli says:

    Aaw, you’re missing Alphas and Pretty Little Liars!

  9. Diana says:

    James Patrick Stuart?

    If you mean the actor who played Captain Picard, you mean Patrick Stewart.

    Or should I say…

    Sir Patrick Stewart.

  10. Stormy says:

    So glad this is the last season of Entourage. Good show, but I want Adrian Grenier on the big screen. The guy is a movie star.

  11. eveateden says:

    No Warehouse 13?

  12. Joann says:

    I love the new show Royal Pains. Also looking forward to seeing Web Therapy, Modern Family, and Magic Beyond Words.

  13. Haley says:

    Doesn’t Alpha’s premiere tonight? Shouldn’t that be a part of what’s worth watching!

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      ALPHAS debuted LAST week. In lieu of including it on this week’s TVLINE-UP, I included as you see a link to a very recent news story, for those who need that “reminder.”

  14. Rookie says:

    I’m curious after reading this. You have Friday night (22nd) at 9:00 on FOX – Bones with Booth returning from vacation with new girlfriend. I just checked my DVR/Guide and it’s not listed that way. Is there a scheduling conflict or what?

  15. sue says:

    You forgot Guliana and Bill on Style TV. Returning for season 4 (?)TONIGHT. Love this show…such a postive vibe and what a nice change from other realty programming!

  16. Amber says:

    I see you included Wilfred this week, Matt. Does that mean you’re giving into us pressuring you, or did you really like this week’s episode? =)

  17. Sara says:

    Hey Matt – can we get a little love for Haven on SyFy Friday? It’s at least as good as all of those reruns you’re pushing.

  18. Remy says:

    Umm…Hello?? What about Leverage and Burn Notice? Along with White Collar these three shows are the ones I never miss.