The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Tuesday

On TV this Tuesday: NCIS gets an alt-reality check, ABC’s wild River starts flowing, a Parenthood couple engages in baby talk and more. On this very busy first Tuesday of sweeps, we’ve singled out 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Episode 200: When Gibbs finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun, it forces him to question choices he has made in the past and present. (Read our in-depth preview.)

8 pm Switched at Birth (ABC Family) | When Kathryn’s mother (Family Ties‘ Meredith Baxter) comes for a visit, it makes Bay and Daphne question their new roles in the family; Bay and Regina grow closer as they try to find out what happened to Angelo. (Get some scoop!)

8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | In the first of two new episodes, Vanessa and Mike discover that a woman who lived in their house over 100 years ago died upstairs. Then, Kim Kardashian guest-stars as herself. Oops, my bad, just one episode tonight.

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9 pm The River (ABC) | Two-hour premiere: Leslie Hope (24), Joe Anderson (Twilight: Breaking Dawn) and Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) lead this thriller-chiller about a trip up the Amazon River to find a missing adventurer. Watch it with the lights off, I dare ya. (Read our review.)

9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) | As Callen and Sam celebrate five years as partners (awww), they face one of their biggest challenges when they go undercover for a case. Me, I’m tuning in for guest star Alana de la Garza (Law & Order).

9 pm Ringer (The CW) | Juliet’s mother (Rescue Me’s Andrea Roth) arrives in town, where she proceeds to wreak havoc on Andrew and Bridget’s relationship.

9 pm New Girl (Fox) Jess goes against Nick’s wishes and makes it her mission to get their landlord (Sons of Anarchy mayor Jeff Kober) to like her, but in doing so inadvertently jeopardizes their living situation.

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10 pm Parenthood (NBC) | In an episode directed by Peter Krause, a friend’s engagement party stirs up baby talk for Sarah and Mark; Amber questions her qualifications when she receives a promotion; and Zoe’s behavior causes Julia and Joel to question their adoption agreement. (Watch a preview!)

10 pm Unforgettable (CBS) | Carrie is taunted by a serial killer who has knowledge of her mad memory skillz. Emmy winner Jane Curtin (Third Rock from the Sun) joins the cast as an M.E.

10 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Sara (played by Hilarie Burton) is back and she wants Neal — for business, and not so much for pleasure.

10 pm Justified (FX) | A prison escape puts Raylan on the trail of two old adversaries; Boyd confronts a traitor in his inner circle.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to share your own tune-in suggestions!

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  1. abc123 says:

    It’s all about The River tonight!
    P.S. You were right initially, there are in fact two new Last Man Standing episodes tonight.

  2. sam says:

    but only one is worth watching!

  3. rush says:

    so does this mean glee isnt worth watching tonight??

  4. rob60990 says:

    Kim Kardashian does guest star tonight on Last Man Standing in the 8:30pm episode. Why did you cross it out? There are 2 episodes tonight.

  5. Amy says:

    Where’s the SouthLAnd love? One of the best shows on! TNT @ 10pm!

  6. kevin says:

    SOUTHLAND. On Demand: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles & Parenthood.

  7. Hibsta says:

    Justified is the only one of this list that I’ll be watching

  8. Brandy says:

    90210, jane by design

  9. Tee says:

    Switched at Birth, Ringer, and Justified.
    I gotta give Ringer credit, as ‘meh’ as I am on it, I still seem to tune in every week.

  10. kirads09 says:

    NCIS for sure
    Torn between The River and new NCIS LA – will DVR one and watch the other.
    DVR: White Collar

  11. Sue says:

    NCIS and DVR Switched at Birth….And then The River. I am really excited for this show…Can’t wait….

  12. Lorie says:

    Can’t wait to see NCIS!

  13. Michael says:

    NCIS and White Collar
    wont DVR anything because im not that lazy

  14. Sue says:

    Glee 90210 ringer and the river!!

  15. Tuffie L'Rue says:

    I can’t wait for next week’s TV Worth Watching This Tuesday, I expect COUGAR TOWN will grace us with a mention! :)

  16. juan says:

    wow this is also a busy night, will watch Switched at Birth, Jane By Design, The River, Parenthood, and the Biggest Loser but that one after everything.

  17. Velvet says:

    I will not waste 2 hours of my life on another crap Spielberg show (The River).

    • CJ says:

      I don’t think Spielberg’s apparently tangential involvement with the show is a reason to avoid it. I’m not saying it’s necessarily a “Must See,” but I doubt Spielberg has much to do with it either way–I think he’s lending his name for the prestige value more than genuinely steering all of the shows and movies that bear it lately.

  18. Velvet says:

    Last Man Standing x 2
    New Girl
    Raising Hope
    Dirty Jobs
    White Collar

  19. Velvet says:

    The new season of Swamp People starts Thursday.

  20. Emgee says:

    WHITE COLLAR! Welcome back, Sara Ellis!!

  21. l says:

    I still enjoy glee unlike a lot of ppl lol.
    Also the funny and awesome new girl along w raising hope.

  22. fernando says:

    90210, The River, Ringer is going to the DVR and so is Parenthood for tonight.

  23. Justin says:

    NCIS, NCIS: LA, Unforgettable, The River (looks like it could be good), and White Collar. Wow, another busy night of tv for me!

  24. CJ says:

    I’m mildly interested in The River, but not enough to skip New Girl and Raising Hope, so I’ll just watch the second half and hope I can follow it.

  25. Nadine says:

    Ringer, New Girl, Raising Hope, and oh, no new Body of Proof…

  26. Velvet says:

    Man, I’m getting tired of speed watching my Tivo’d shows everyday to make room for more shows.

    • Bad Breaker says:

      I know what you mean. I was the same way until I got my new dvr with over 90 hour capacity. It sure gave me a little breathing room.

  27. Che says:

    Yo quiero ver The River!!!

  28. Bad Breaker says:

    I’m going to give The River a shot to see what all the buzz is about, also Justified, White Collar and Southland.