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On TV this week, Jan. 12-16

On TV this week


24, 8 p.m., Fox Two more hours continuing Sunday's season opener, in which Jack Bauer decides that maybe he should just never go outside, ever again.

Intervention, 9 p.m., A&E Oh, goody, a follow-up episode! First is recovering methhead Tressa, who must face her trashy family. Then there's Josh, who lost 200 of his 500 pounds so he doesn't end up on some TLC documentary.

Ancient Discoveries, 10 p.m., History Leeches and torpedo fish as medical instruments? You bet. Think about that the next time your health insurance denies a claim.


SEASON PREMIERE American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox For everyone who moans about this show being on yet again, a word of advice: Turn off the TV, already! Can't wait to see how the gang reacts to new judge Kara DioGuardi.

Homeland Security USA, 8 p.m., ABC Do you find it odd that some dude driving into Detroit has a human skull and two undeclared handguns? Typical day at the office around there, we'd think.

The Ascent of Money, 9 p.m., PBS An economist tries to explain that if we understood money and how it works, none of this current economic mess would have happened. It sure would help us if we had any right about now.


Lost, 8 p.m., ABC Watch last season's marathon finale to get you all warmed up for next week's premiere, and try to recall why you started watching this show in the first place.

Dog the Bounty Hunter, 9 p.m., A&E The big guy tries to make up for all those racially charged comments last year by visiting a home for needy children and the kids of a man who turned himself in. See, he ain't all bad.

Robert Schimmel: Life Since Then, 10 p.m., Showtime Somehow, if you make the jokes filthy enough, cancer and heart attacks actually do seem funny.


Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Tyne Daly turns up as McDreamy's mom, which is sure to go over well with uber-neurotic Meredith. She no doubt will find a way to hate her for something that's not really her fault, too.

SERIES PREMIERE The Beast, 10 p.m., A&E Patrick Swayze is back, pancreatic cancer be damned. He stars as an FBI agent who specializes in kicking death's ass — even after ending up in the hospital with pneumonia (The Juice*, Page 28).

SERIES PREMIERE Treasure Quest, 10 p.m., Discovery What with the recession and all, why not a show about diving for sunken treasure? Because this isn't 1825, that's why.


Supernanny, 9 p.m., ABC A mom who lost her home and her husband to economic calamity lets her kids run roughshod over her and asks Jo for help. First lesson: If you want to eat, you'll sit down and shut up.

Don't Forget the Lyrics!, 9 p.m., Fox It's kind of cheating to let Meat Loaf compete on this show. But he's doing it for charity, so pick easy songs.

SEASON PREMIERE Battlestar Galactica, 10 p.m., Sci-Fi The show that reminded us that Starbuck didn't always denote coffee and that robot aliens could be pretty hot starts its final season. Too bad that whole Earth thing doesn't seem to be working out.

— Joshua Gillin

On TV this week, Jan. 12-16 01/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:44am]
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