On TV this week
The Cape, 9 p.m., NBC So, have you decided whether this is a Batman ripoff yet or not? We're afraid to get involved in any series starring Summer Glau.
Ancient X-Files, 9 p.m., NatGeo Experts go looking for the lost Ark of the Covenant underneath Jerusalem. We thought Indiana Jones already covered this.
Gossip Girl, 9 p.m., CW Chuck and Serena team up against Lily, which should be the biggest handicap match since Andre the Giant took on the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff in a cage match in the '80s.
SERIES PREMIERE Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, 9 p.m., WEtv Joan Rivers finally decides to focus on her family by making a reality series when she's a hundred years old. First up: Move back in with her daughter, who must be loving that.
SEASON FINALE The Fashion Show, 10 p.m., Bravo The finalists put their collections up against each other to decide the big winner. You'd think they could just do that with all the contestants during the first episode.
SERIES PREMIERE A Stand Up Mother, 10 p.m., WEtv Tammy Pescatelli, a finalist on Last Comic Standing 2, apparently rated high enough to get her own reality show chronicling her life as a comedian and mother. Or you could rent Punchline to see Sally Field do it.
Nova scienceNOW, 8 p.m., (check local listings), PBS Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explores why our bodies age and our cells break down. Hint: It's from watching his guest appearances on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report after 11 p.m. every week.
Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC Manny is having an emotional crisis. Yeah, Manny, we've seen your mom, Gloria, too. We can see where you're coming from.
SERIES PREMIERE Desert Car Kings, 10 p.m., Discovery A father and son own a 100-acre auto-parts lot in Arizona, and they provide parts to people restoring classic cars all over the country. Where were they when I needed a quarter-window for my 1979 Ford Fairmont in high school?
Winter X Games, Noon, ESPN2 It's time to head back to Aspen, but this year they've added the snowboard best-method event, a 10-minute jam by the six top snowboarders judged by fans. All events should be that way.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, 9 p.m., Bravo The cast gets back together for the usual reunion episode. Why these women ever agree to be around each other again is beyond our capacity for reason.
Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E Five teens go to the California State Prison in Corcoran, where Charles Manson has lived. He's not speaking to them, though, which feels like kind of a letdown.
SERIES PREMIERE Working Class. 8 p.m., CMT Carli Mitchell stars as a single mom who moves her three kids to a rich suburb, but finds keeping up with the Joneses is pretty difficult. We can't imagine Roseanne giving a whit about what the snobby neighbors thought.
Supernanny, 8 p.m., ABC We've had 100 episodes of Jo Frost, yet some people still can't care for their children — like the rageaholic truck driver and the widow in this episode.
The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO Ricky discusses whether or not sharks can get cancer, while Karl discusses the Congo. This is a particularly bookish episode, don't you think?
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]