MONDAY, JANUARY 24
8/7c | 90210 (The CW) | The first of many CW series returning this week finds Naomi and Silver being held captive by Mr. Cannon.
9 pm | Gossip Girl (The CW) | You know you don’t want to miss the Dan/Blair ***s. Maybe it happens tonight. Maybe next week. Who knows?
10 pm | Castle (ABC) | Speaking of can’t-miss lip-locks, it’s time for Rick and Kate to nom on each other. But more than that, this gripping episode picks up the mystery of Johanna Beckett’s murder.
10 pm | Skins (MTV) | One million PTC members can’t be wrong.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
8:30 am/7:30c | Academy Award nominations (ABC) | Hit the water already, van!
8 pm | One Tree Hill (The CW) | Ain’t no party like Brooke’s bachelorette party — especially when tattooed man Dave Navarro stops by.
9 pm | Hellcats (The CW) | When last we tuned in, the Hellcats’ travel bus was en route to sectionals and overflowing with awkward after Marti ‘fessed up to once hooking up with Dan.
9 pm | State of The Union Address (multiple outlets) | The real deal is far more entertaining than Fred Armisen.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
8/7c | American Idol (Fox) | Are J.Lo, Steven Tyler and the first crop of crooners making you a Season 10 believer?
9 pm | Criminal Minds (CBS) | Guest star Adrienne Palicki (Lonestar Friday Night Lights) goes on a Natural Born Killers-esque rampage.
10 pm | Face Off (Syfy) | I was neutral on this new competition series about Hollywood make-up magic until this month’s TCA press tour, where they turned a totally hot chick into a ridiculously old lady. Cooool.
11 pm | Being Erica (SoapNet) | As Season 3 of the Canadian “time travel” series premieres, somewhere a U.S. version is being cooked up for ABC. That’s called “Being Derivative.”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
8/7c | The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Werewolves? There, wolves! Burning question: Did getting bit turn Rose into a lycanthrope… or a recurring Chuck guest star?
9 pm | Bones (Fox) | File this under “Be careful what you wish for,” as the end of the Gravedigger storyline brings on a big, new, very bad.
9 pm | Nikita (The CW) | Alex living on the outside can’t possibly be good for Nikita’s revenge business, right? Check back Thursday for a kick-ass Maggie Q&A.
9 pm | The Office (NBC) | Michael Scott crosses paths with his U.K. counterpart David Brent when that other Office boss, Ricky Gervais, makes a cameo.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 28
8/7c | Smallville (The CW) | All eyes are on Chloe as she returns from her unannounced field trip with the Suicide Squad. “Chloe has had missteps at times, like with Doomsday, so Black Canary is not quite as accepting as Lois and Clark are,” EP Brian Peterson previews.
9 pm | Supernatural (The CW) | Dragons are kidnapping virgins! As if Justin Bieber didn’t get enough press.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29
9/8c | Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (Syfy) | Take ’80s pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, add in lots of latex and cable-caliber CGI, and you get one of the guiltiest pleasures in recent memory.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30
9/8c | The Lost Valentine (CBS) | You don’t want to watch ABC repeats or, worse, the NFL Pro Bowl, so suck it up and let Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lowe Hewitt and Betty White make you weep.