On TV this week
XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC We're in that unfortunate lull between men's figure skating and women's figure skating, so that leaves only the dreaded ice dancing. The plus side: The Americans are expected to do well.
One Tree Hill, 8 p.m., CW Brooke is all mad at Julian for screwing around with Alex. Wait, which one is the girl and which one is the boy again?
24, 9 p.m., Fox Remember when TV shows tried to convince you government agencies are brutal, calculating executors of justice insusceptible to the common backbiting and office politics of your own crappy job? Yeah, those days are long gone.
XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC Finally, the ladies figure skating short program, when guys all over the country convince their gals they are sensitive by watching cute girls in tiny skirts be amazingly flexible. Like you never thought it.
American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox Tampa-born Janell Wheeler gets to sing her first song in anger tonight for Ellen DeGeneres. We'll check it out later on DVR. Dude, ladies figure skating!
Explorer, 10 p.m., NatGeo A 400-year-old dead body found in Venice has a brick inserted into its mouth, apparently touching off centuries of vampire stories. Either that, or the guy wouldn't shut up in life.
XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC Two of our favorite events: The women go for gold in freestyle skiing (where they do the aerial tricks) and men try to medal in 500-meter short-track speed skating. We love the events where there is a high probability of someone crashing and/or sabotaging each other.
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr., 8 p.m., PBS The Harvard professor shows from whence celebrities like Meryl Streep, Eva Longoria Parker and Yo-Yo Ma came. Fascinating and all, but why use celebrities? Joe Blow from Riverview came from somewhere, too.
Shear Genius, 10 p.m., Bravo All of Bravo's shows would be better if Tabatha Coffey could be a guest judge.
XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC Rachel Flatt and Mirai Nagasu try to avenge Sasha Cohen's chokefest at the U.S. Nationals by getting on the podium for women's figure skating. South Korea's Kim Yu-Na will probably put the smack down, though.
Past Life, 9 p.m., Fox Kate and Price investigate a girl who exhibits physical manifestations of her traumatic past-life memories, but end up finding a serial killer instead. Why do none of their cases involve poor saps who just got hit by a bus or ate poisonous berries or something?
Fight Science, 9 p.m., NatGeo SWAT officers bring their weapons to a lab for stress tests. The overworked officers could probably use a stress test, themselves.
The 41st NAACP Image Awards, 8 p.m., Fox Nominees this year include Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Whitney Houston. Which one of those people don't quite fit the profile?
The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO Stephen shares a story about 42 Cambodian little people being mutilated by fighting a lion. Too bad Snopes.com told us that one wasn't true.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand, 10 p.m., Starz Spartacus plans to escape when he finds out his wife has been found after she was sold to merchants. So, it's like Gladiator if Maximus' family hadn't been slaughtered.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org