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The week ahead on television

What to watch

TODAY

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 lousy job? Yeah, those days are long gone.

TUESDAY

XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC. Finally, the ladies figure skating short program, when guys all over the country convince their girls 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 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.

WEDNESDAY

XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC. Two of our favorite events: The women go for the gold in freestyle skiing (big aerial tricks) and men race 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.

Shear Genius, 10 p.m., Bravo. All of Bravo's shows would be better if Tabatha Coffey could be a guest judge.

THURSDAY

XXI Winter Olympics, 8 p.m., NBC. Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu try to avenge Sasha Cohen's chokefest at U.S. Nationals by getting on the podium in women's figure skating. South Korea's Kim Yu-Na tries to spoil things, 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.

FRIDAY

The 41st NAACP Image Awards, 8 p.m., Fox. Nominees for awards this year include Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Alica Keys, Rihanna and Whitney Houston. Which one of those people doesn't quite fit the profile?

The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO. Stephen shares a story about 42 Cambodian little people being mutilated 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 after finding 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, jgillin@tampabay.com

The week ahead on television 02/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 21, 2010 9:25pm]

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