On TV this Tuesday: The McAdmiral’s on deck on NCIS, New Girl slips on blue suede shoes, The Game kicks off another season and The Face and Face Off pick winners. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Jamey Sheridan (Homeland) guest-stars as McGee’s never-before-seen father, a Navy admiral who becomes involved in the team’s investigation of an incident aboard the USS Borealis. Also: Stan Burley is back! (View photos.)
8 pm Here Comes Peter Cottontail (The CW) | This 1971 Rankin-Bass holiday special – about a young rabbit who dreams of becoming Chief Easter Bunny — features the voices of song-and-dance legend Danny Kaye and American Top 40‘s Casey Kasem.
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) | In Part 2 of this planted spin-off, the Red team — populated by Kim Raver (24), John Corbett (Parenthood) and Scott Grimes (ER) — work with their L.A.-based counterparts to track down a terrorist before he disappears.
9 pm The Face (Oxygen) | Season 1 finale: The final four fight it out to become the face of Ulta Beauty. (Not yet renewed.)
9 pm Face Off (Syfy) | Season 4 finale: The three remaining contestants create waterproof looks for the Vegas show Le Reve. (Already renewed.)
9:30 pm The Mindy Project (Fox) | When Mindy’s not hitting it off with Danny’s childhood friend (played by Bill Tangradi, Argo), she’s trying to sabotage Josh’s ex-girlfriend’s application to move into her building. Ellie Kemper (The Office) returns as Heather; Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) also guest-stars.
10 pm The Game (BET) | Season 6 premiere: Derwin’s life is in disarray after he is traded from the Sabers. (Neither Pooch Hall nor TV wife Tia Mowry are back as series regulars.) Meanwhile, top draft pick Bryce “Blue” Westbrook (newcomer Jay Ellis) celebrates joining the Sabers by attending Malik’s pop-up party and kissing childhood crush/actress Keira Michelle Whitaker (90210‘s Lauren London).
10 pm Golden Boy (CBS) | Clark’s mother (returning guest star Polly Draper, thirtysomething) asks for help with a loan shark.
10 pm Smash (NBC) | Sam’s back in town! So why isn’t Tom happy? Elsewhere, Jamey Sheridan turns in his second guest turn of the evening and original Rent cast member Daphne Rubin-Vega appears.
10 pm Justified (FX) | In this season’s penultimate episode, the Drew Thompson case becomes a fiasco that Raylan can only fix by besting Boyd in a hunt for the unwitting woman caught in the middle.
10 pm Cougar Town (TBS) | Partridge Family mom Shirley Jones shows up as half of an elderly couple that enlightens Jules and Grayson about the perks of being old.
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