News & Notes
Over on cable, Discovery Channel has a Close Calls special, HBO has the documentary premiere of The Loving Story, History has the third season premiere of Top Gear and the fourth season premiere of Top Shot, MTV has the fifth season premiere of Teen Mom 2, TLC has the sixth season premiere of 19 Kids & Counting, USA Network has coverage of The 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and VH1 has the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special and the 100 Greatest Women in Music, Part 2.
Last Man Standing (ABC): New. Mike gets NASCAR driver Tony Stewart to appear in the store with his car, which gets him thinking about how much he misses the adventures he used to have while out on the road.
Cougar Town (ABC): Season Premiere. Grayson thinks Jules is predictable. Ellie is starting to worry about how little Stan’s is behaving. Travis has a new place. A very good episode to get things started back up again. I have missed this gang and it is great to have them back on my screen, even if it is a weird timeslot. The only bad thing about the episode is that the promos completely spoils the best part of the episode, which I always find sadly funny, cause the screener I watched starts off with a request not to spoil major plot points ahead of time. At any rate, if you are a fan of the show, you will enjoy this episode.
New Girl (FOX): New. Jess gets Schmidt to be her wingman as she attempts to hookup with a good-looking stranger. Nick seems to be spending more time with Julia’s assistant than with her. Runs 31 minutes.
Raising Hope (FOX): New. Jimmy meets a girl at an improv class that agrees to be his fake girlfriend in an attempt to make Sabrina jealous. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes.
Justified (FX): New. Raylan is attempting to save Dewey Crowe and Boyd has found himself a new adversary. Plays twice and again later. Last week’s episode, “The Devil You Know,” replays in late night as well.
NCIS (CBS): New. DiNozzo has to work with his ex-fiancée while investigating a case that leads the team to an underground society.
The River (ABC): New. Everyone except AJ is suffering from blindness due to some tree spores, which leaves him to overcome his biggest fear in an attempt to figure out a cure.
Parenthood (NBC): New. Julia is trying to stay out of Zoe’s life. Kristina isn’t so sure about Amber going with Bob on a business trip. Max attempts to use his Asperger’s as an excuse to not participate in gym.
- Jane by Design (ABC Family): New. Jane is tasked with keeping tabs on a young model, which proves to be quite difficult. Plays again later. Last week’s episode, “The Image Issue,” replays earlier this evening.
- NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): New. NCIS Assistant Director Granger is back to critique every step of the team’s latest case involving the hunt for a chameleon like killer.
- Ringer (The CW): New. Bridget finds Siohban’s secret office. Olivia will stop at nothing to get a meeting with Gemma’s wealthy father. Tyler has to make a decision.
- Southland (TNT): New. John attempts to stop a suicidal teenager. Sammy is working on a former addict to become an informant. Tang gets a visit from someone from her past. Plays again later.
- Switched at Birth (ABC Family): New. Emmett is trying to get both families together for one group photo. A local gallery owner shows an interest in Regina’s work. Plays again later. Last week’s episode, “Las Dos Fridas,” replays right before.
- ESPN has doubleheader college basketball action with Florida at Alabama followed by Ohio State at Minnesota.
- ESPN2 has college basketball action with Texas A&M at Texas Tech.
- NBA TV has doubleheader action with the Miami Heat at the Indiana Pacers followed by the Washington Wizards at the Portland Trail Blazers.
- NBC Sports has NHL action.
- Royal Pains (USA Network): Repeat. Last Wednesday’s episode, “Bottoms Up,” replays.
Spike TV has seven episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
USA Network has nine episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.