The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Monday

On TV this Monday: Whitney Houston makes her acting debut, nun’s the word for House‘s Dr. Chase, how Barney Stinson met his match, the Smash showdown heats up and more. We’ve boiled down tonight’s many offerings to a dozen to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Bodyguard (Lifetime) | Revisit Whitney Houston’s acting debut, as a pop star who requires the protection of a former Secret Service agent (played by Kevin Costner). (Find more Whitney-related programming here.)

8 pm House (Fox) | In a Jesse Spencer-centric episode, as Chase treats a cloistered nun on the verge of making life-changing vows, they form a unique connection that tests their faith and reason. (Get more scoop.)

8 pm Gossip Girl (The CW) | On Valentine’s Day, Blair can’t resist playing cupid for someone she loves, Georgina stirs up drama by crashing Nate’s party and Serena is shocked by something she witnesses. (View photos!)

8 pm The Voice (NBC) | The blind auditions continue! Hey, maybe tonight Christina will be called upon to remember Pink from their “Lady Marmalade” video?

8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | Kevin and Robin discussing taking their relationship to the next level; Barney meets his match in Ugly Betty alumna Becki Newton. (Watch exclusive video.)

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9 pm The Lying Game (ABC Family) | Discouraged by Dan’s inability to crack the case, Emma takes it upon herself to find a way to vindicate Ethan, who while in hiding with Sutton lowers his guard; Alec questions Rebecca’s motives after she agitates Ted and Kristin.

9 pm Being Human (Syfy) | Aidan and Suren’s love affair heats up; Sally gets entangled in her own romantic triangle. (Read about Being Human‘s Season 3 renewal.)

9 pm BET Honors 2012 (BET) | In this pre-taped event, Gabrielle Union hosts as honors are paid to poet/author Maya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee and others. Performances include Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland.

9:30 pm Mike & Molly (CBS) | When Mike forgets to make dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day with Molly, he gloms onto Carl’s elaborate plans with Christina.

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10 pm Castle (ABC) | In the opener of a two-parter, Castle and Beckett are joined on the case by a CIA agent (guest star Jennifer Beals, The Chicago Code) with whom Rick has a, um, “complicated” past. (Read preview!)

10 pm Smash (NBC) | Wannabe Marilyns Ivy and Karen jump through hoops for director Derek Wills; Eileen fights to finance the musical in the midst of her acrimonious divorce.

10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | When Five-0 nearly causes an international incident, the lieutenant governor calls for a team member’s head. (Get more scoop on the episode here.)

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

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44 Comments
  1. Nate says:

    Whitney Houston’s acting debut was actually on an episode of Silver Spoons. The Bodyguard was her motion picture debut.

  2. Snapy says:

    Watching PLL, taping The Voice and Alcatraz!

  3. Vannesa says:

    Castle for sure…I love to see Castle squirm and Beckett’s jealousy showing. ;) :D
    Also looking forward to Gossip Girl, The Voice, Hart Of Dixie & Smash.

  4. kirads09 says:

    Alcatraz!
    Hawaii Five O
    Pawn Stars

  5. ck says:

    A Chase-centric episode is definitely not to miss.

  6. Tuffie L'Rue says:

    Hey Matt, can’t wait for the Worth Watching tomorrow when you put Cougar Town on the list! Can’t wait for this gem to be back on tv!

  7. Brandy says:

    Pll, lying game, 2 broke girls, Smash, Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie

  8. kim says:

    Watching House tonight because Jesse Spencer/Chase is awesome!

  9. Liz says:

    Watching Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, and Castle
    DVRing Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game,and Hawaii Five-0
    Catching HIMYM online and Smash on Saturday encore
    Monday is a crazy night.

    • Magically Suspicious says:

      When did Monday turn into the busiest night on TV? Thank goodness I’ve lost all interest in The Bachelor. And I really like the Saturday encores. I wish other networks would do this more often.

  10. Sue says:

    Ooooh fun tv night: House, Alcatraz, H50 and can’t miss Castle. Jennifer Beals back on my tv. Score!

  11. juan says:

    Wow monday’s are so too busy nowadays, will watch/DVR/online
    PLL, Lying Game, Being Human, Lost Girl, Castle, The Voice, Smash

  12. Justin says:

    Mondays are quite busy for me now. I’ll be watching Being Human, Lost Girl, House, Alcatraz, 2 Broke Girls and Hawaii 5-0.

  13. ITalkFast says:

    Castle! The two-part stories are always awesome!

  14. Cindy says:

    House and Castle!!

  15. SAM says:

    “Castle” and recording “Lost Girl”.

  16. kevin says:

    THE VOICE & HAWAII FIVE-O.

  17. HIMYM, The Lying Game, and maybe Smash. DVRing Castle even though I haven’t watched the episodes I have on my machine yet! Robin doesn’t respond to “taking relationships to the next level” very well, so I doubt that’s going to end well. Also, I appreciate the modified format for displaying the related links in the article. :) Thanks!

  18. Michael says:

    How I meet your mother

  19. Bella says:

    Alcatraz and Castle.

  20. Velvet says:

    Hart of Dixie
    Being Human
    Castle
    Lost Girl

  21. Velvet says:

    Did anyone besides me watch the 12 hour Firefly marathon yesterday on Bio? All Fillion all day :)

  22. KBC says:

    Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and The Voice.

  23. Winnie says:

    I’m doing a RuPaul’s Drag Race sit-in. Not by staying in the same place and making my voice heard in a dignified manner, but by (rather annoyingly) bringing it up every Monday as frequently as Denny Crane referenced… Denny Crane. This is, of course, until at least an honorable mention in the “campy tv shows TVLine no longer finds worth watching on Monday but will still mention for the love of one strange reader and the saner individuals who enjoy the show”. Who’s comin’ with me?!
    *tumbleweed*
    *cleared hallways a la Parker Lewis Can’t Lose*
    [Here lies the realization that a Parker Lewis Can’t Lose reference rarely helps.]

  24. Velvet says:

    Can’t wait to see Tony Stewart, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, on Last Man Standing tomorrow.

  25. Rachael says:

    Nice, I see you guys adjusted the way you list out the shows at each hour to make it more clear and avoid people freaking out with “WHAT ABOUT MY SHOW!?” ;-) The only thing I watch on Mondays is Castle, but I’ll probably record Smash on the other tuner just to see if the second episode of that one is any good.

  26. paula says:

    How I met your mother, 2 broke girls, The lying game (my guilty pleasure of the new shows) and maybe Smash

  27. Nicky C says:

    Will be watching HIMYM, 2 Broke Girls, The Voice, Gossip Girl, Smash, Castle, as well as catching up on last night’s Pan Am episode.

  28. Marcos R says:

    What about Rupaul’s drag race!?

  29. fernando says:

    Pretty Little Liars, Hart of Dixie, DVR Lying Games, Bad Girls club, and DVR Smash

  30. Sid says:

    Watching PLL Hart of Dixie and Five-0!!! I love Mondays! :D

  31. Britty says:

    I’ll be watching Gossip Girl, Alcatraz, and Smash!!
    Mondays has become must see TV for me! :)

  32. G says:

    PLL
    Lying Game
    Hart of Dixie
    H50

  33. Flora says:

    “Revisit Whitney Houston’s acting debut, as a pop star who…” guest starred on Silver Spoons in the 80s.

  34. nitemar says:

    Castle!!! House, maybe, it doesnt even cause any stirs anymore, too predictable..I’m saving it for last series episode.

  35. Zach says:

    Smash :D!