The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

Coming to your screen this week: Eight premieres (including Project Runway Season 9 and the return of ThunderCats), two season finales, beloved guest stars galore, and the arrival of Shark Week! As a supplement to the fresh features and reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 37 programs to keep on your radar.

8/7c Eureka (Syfy) |
Geek out! Both Wil Wheaton and Stan Lee guest star this week.
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | Did you know Robin Sparkles once hosted a kiddie space show?
9 pm Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) | This is the one that riffs on Broadway’s Spider-Man disastercal. Cynthia Nixon makes like Julie Taymor.
9 pm Hoarders (A&E) | This guy hoards paper and keeps his gas stove on all the time? Is there a Rescue Me crossover coming?
9 pm Switched at Birth (ABC Family) | Regina shares her secret — that she knew about the switcheroo! How happy is ABC Family that she kept it under wraps this whole time?
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | Fans of Tony Dennison and G.W. Bailey are well-served this week, as Flynn and Provenza embark on another ill-advised side line of work.
9 pm Warehouse 13 (Syfy) | Bionic woman Lyndsay Wagner returns as Dr. Vanessa Calder, while a (ahem) “mystery” lands Pete and Myka in bed together.
10 pm Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) | Who ya gonna call when you need to cast Frost’s dad? Ernie Hud-son!

Nathan Fillion Previews the ‘Repercussions’ of Castle‘s Love Confession, Premiere’s Big Fight

8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) |
Emily’s feeling homesick after moving. Why, not enough illicit goings-on, kiddo?
9 pm Deadliest Catch (Discovery) | In the season finale, the Cornelia Marie returns home, facing an uncertain future. (Psst, guys, you got renewed for Season 8 months ago.)
9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Sharif Atkins finally gets his due when Jones gets out of the van… and promptly gets pwned by a masked man. Spoiler alert, ladies: Watch for Sharif in his dress whites.
10 pm HawthoRNe (TNT) | No longer an associate of a certain Human Target, Chi McBride pops up as the interim COO of James River Hospital.

Glee Boss: Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele Are Staying, But Sam Won’t Be Back

8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) |
The Top 8 compete, with elimination night airing Thursday at 8.
8 pm Big Brother (CBS) | Is it true? The poor man’s Olivia Wilde is gone? :(
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | This Valentine’s themed repeat finds Sue looking for a boy she locked lips with, and Mike accidentally letting slip Brick’s crush on a classmate.
9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) | Evan learns the real reason why grandpa Ed Asner hasn’t been a part of his life.
9 pm Franklin & Bash (TNT) | “I don’t wanna wait/for our lives to be over….” James Van Der Beek guest-stars as Janie’s fiance.
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Phil and Claire trade “good cop, bad cop” roles for a day, with very amusing results. (This is a repeat! That’s right, the fall season has not started just yet!)
10 pm Rescue Me (FX) | Tommy opens up to Kelly, while the boys urge Lou to diet.

Community Cast Talks Time Jumps, an Annie/Abed Baby and the Inevitable Greendale Porno

8 pm Wipeout (ABC) |
This week’s theme is boss/employee teams — alas, too late for Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen to make a go at the big red balls.
8 pm Community (NBC) | It’s D&D night, meaning Annie is heretofore Hector the well-endowed.
9 pm Project Runway (Lifetime) | Season 9, and Heidi’s still lookin’ fine.
9 pm Black Tide: Voices from the Gulf (Animal Planet) | This two-hour special looks at the 2010 Gulf oil spill and how it affected lives, business and the ecosystem.
9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | Sam goes undercover with a heroin dealer, but soon run afoul of CIA protocol. Beloved* Grey’s Anatomy alumna Lauren Stamile guest stars. (*I say that to taunt.)
10 pm Rookie Blue (ABC) | Beloved NCIS alumna Lauren Holly shows up as Gail’s mother, Superintendent Peck.
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | Beloved Cold Case alumna Tracie Thoms guest stars. (I have much belove to spread this morning!)
10 pm Louie (FX) | It’s Louie vs. the subway! Let’s hope they spare us the stereotypical graffiti.

Nikita @ Comic-Con: Chicks Brawling, ‘Mikita’ Running, and Fierce Amanda Playing Top Dog

8 pm ThunderCats (Cartoon Network) |
The good: ThunderCats is back! The meh: Only Entourage beauty Emmanuelle Chriqui’s voice is on display, as Cheetara.
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | Road trip! Destination: Los Angeles.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | The town’s docks start attacking people…? Meanwhile, Audrey II looks into Audrey I’s identity(s) crisis.
11 pm Wolverine/Iron Man (G4) | The two new anime incarnations debut, back-to-back.

9 pm Age of Dragons (Syfy) |
This TV-movie stars Danny Glover — not too old for this s–t, apparently — as an Ahab-like adventurer on quest to slay a mighty fire-breather.
11:30 pm Friday Night Dinner (BBC America) | The BBC sitcom makes its Stateside debut. Don’t make the mistake I made, thinking it has anything to do with Friday Night Lights.

True Blood Boss On Bill-Sookie-Eric Threesome Buzz, Jessica’s New Crush and Major Deaths!

9 pm True Blood (HBO) |
Sookie hunts for Jason during a full moon, which to me just sounds like a questionable idea.
9 pm The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All (ABC) | The main theme being, “Whew, dodged that bullet”…?
9 pm Great White Invasion (Discovery) | The cabler’s annual Shark Week kicks off with this hour-long look at Jaws sightings.
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | The partying at Jesse’s place start to get out of control. I’m sorry — start to?!
10 pm Against the Wall (Lifetime) | This new series stars Aussie looker Rachael Carpani as an Internal Affairs cop in Chicago. I do not know what the “twist” is, if any.
10 pm The Real L Word (Showtime) | The season finale finds Romi grappling with her feelings for Whitney, whose San Fran honey is about to hit town. Meanwhile, Kacy and Cory contemplate using the insemination gizmo they got from Alyssa — though I’m pretty sure a male will at some point need to be involved.

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.

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  1. George says:

    So pissed that Directv doesn’t have G4. How am i supposed to watch the Marvel Anime? I hope they’ll pop up on iTunes or G4’s website.

    • Wes says:

      If it’s the anime series, and I suspect it is, it’s not exactly must-see. Wasn’t really blown away by Wolverine and the character designs kinda made me cringe. See shoujo Logan in a red leather jacket.

  2. Remy says:

    Once again Leverage is left off this list!!
    Don’t you know a good tv show when you see one Mitovich???

  3. Pam says:

    I am looking forward to Alphas tonight. The second ep was not as good as the pilot but I will still watch! :)

  4. CJ says:

    White Collar is ALWAYS must-see! Season 3 has really added a lot of twists and turns. And it’ll be good to see Jones getting into some action – but he’s not the only one in dress whites! I mean, have you seen the promos with Matt Bomer in uniform?!?!?!?

  5. Sparky says:

    SUITS, SUITS, SUITS. Love me some Harvey!!!!

    • Danielle H. says:

      He was way hotter in Because I Said So. That’s where I first saw him and fell in love with him. If he’d just muss his hair up a bit, I’d swoon ;)

  6. fernando says:

    Can we Please get some Weeds love, Season 7 by far has to be the second best season of the entire series, season 3 still to me is the best season ever but after season 5 being really lame and then season 6 picked up a little, came along season 7 and BANG it’s back on top once again, it just sad that only rarely 1 million people watch it, I think this show can go on for at least 1 or 2 more season, season 7 should not be the last.

    • Lisa says:

      No no no no. Please let it be the last. Weeds has been steadily declining since they left agrestic. I watch it more out of loyalty now than anything.

      • fernando says:

        Then how about (YOU) stop watching it and let us fans who still want more seasons get our seasons. It’s as SIMPLE as that!

        • Lisa says:

          Don’t you think if people stopped watching then you WOULDN’T get your seasons? Think before you write.

  7. Danielle H. says:

    I think Project Runway is a bit played out. I decided after last season to bid it auf.

  8. fernando says:

    Look Lisa, I was talking about (YOU) not everyone else, snice your the only one saying you don’t like this season, then (YOU) can stop watching the show just because we fans lose 1 person does not mean the show will get cancel, so let me say this again (YOU) can stop watching this wonderful show that is still wonderful and with every season gets better, And I think before I write, and one more thing, Weeds will get another season because it’s getting the same rating as all it’s other shows which are low because SHO is not a big channel.

    • Lisa says:

      (YOU) dont need to get all upset about it. I’m not the only one that thinks weeds has gotten worse (Was not just saying this season by the way, the earlier seasons 1-3 were fantastic) I still find it mildly entertaining and love Doug and Andy so why should I stop watching it? I can make my own decisions without (YOU) telling me what to do.