On TV this Tuesday: Smash cuts, prints and moves on with its second season; NCIS gets a major cyber lead; Yes, Dear, there’s a fun reunion on Raising Hope; and Betty White turns 90… again. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special (NBC) | Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes and a bunch more stars are on hand to help the Golden girl celebrate that which is otherwise known as her 91st birthday.
8 pm Raising Hope (Fox) | Yes, Dear alumni Brian Doyle-Murray, Mike O’Malley and Liza Synder guest-star in an hour-long episode that finds Hope recruited as an actress on Yo Zappa Do and Burt and Virginia searching for a personal (and incriminating) home video.
8 pm Pioneers of Television (PBS) | Season finale: Get behind-the-scenes details on some of TV’s biggest miniseries, including Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots and The Thorn Birds.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | The team takes on a hacker who could help track down the most-wanted cyber terrorist in the world. Greg Germann returns as Deputy Director Craig, and Vik Sahay (Chuck) guest-stars.
9 pm Smash (NBC) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Bombshell‘s run in Boston was a success, so now it’s time for Eileen, Julia, Tom, Derek and the crew to begin the transition to Broadway. Meanwhile, Karen meets a new mentor (played by Dreamgirls‘ Jennifer Hudson) and discovers new talent in an unexpected place, and Ivy wonders whether she has a future with the show. (Read fresh preview, watch a video sneak peek and a musical interlude and get lotsa scoop.)
9 pm The Bachelor (ABC) | ABC “happened” to wind up with a “spare” two-hour episode this season, so here it is, shamelessly aiming to empty some seats at the Smash premiere.
9 pm Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW) | Series finale: Emily decides to proceed with a relationship with Micah, but Will doesn’t like it. (Yep, cancelled.)
9 pm New Girl (Fox) | After last week’s sizzling kiss, Nick and Jess are put in a compromising position in front of Sam.
10 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Peter and Neal work a forgery/money-laundering case that leads them into two of the most iconic New York institutions. (Hmm… could that be what creator Jeff Eastin refers to in this preview?)
10 pm Tosh.0 (Comedy Central) | Season 5 premiere: All of the cringeworthy video you could possibly stuff into a half-hour is back.
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