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SERIES PREMIERE American Pickers, 9 p.m., History. A pair of professional trash pickers comb through piles of garbage, old barns and abandoned houses looking for valuable stuff. Wait till they meet the folks from Hoarders.

24, 8 p.m., Fox. We hope Chloe's new nemesis works out better than the tiresome sniping with Janeane Garofalo last season. Otherwise we're sending Jack after her.

SERIES PREMIERE Life Unexpected, 9 p.m., CW. A teenage foster child becomes emancipated and tracks down her parents, who seem to be very welcoming for a couple who abandoned their child 15 years ago.

TUESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE The Millionaire Matchmaker, 10 p.m., Bravo. A couple of Patti's new clients are afraid women are only after their money. Well, yeah, they have zero personality and questionable social skills, can't dress themselves and are more arrogant than the New England Patriots. Money's all they've got.

SEASON PREMIERE Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, 10 p.m., HBO. This show should be sponsored by Timex, it has been on so long.

SERIES PREMIERE Paranormal Cops, 10:30 p.m., A&E. Little-known fact: This is what they were going to call Ghostbusters back in the day, before the shooting location changed from Chicago to New York.

WEDNESDAY

Steven Seagal: Lawman, 10 p.m., A&E. Has anyone else noticed yet that Seagal has no responsibilities whatsoever on this show?

CSI: NY, 10 p.m., CBS. Listen up, Tampa Breeze; This episode is about a Lingerie Football League quarterback who ends up murdered in a locker room hot tub. The moral: Don't use the hot tub at the Forum.

Toddlers & Tiaras, 10 p.m., TLC. New episodes return with these freaky families showing up in Florida for the Little Miss Glitz pageant. We knew those people on TLC's chat boards couldn't keep this creepfest down.

THURSDAY

SERIES PREMIERE The Deep End, 8 p.m., ABC. Oh, look, a high-powered L.A. law firm has not one, not two, not three, but FIVE hotshot rookie lawyers wreaking havoc. It'll be on after the New York cop show and the busy urban hospital show.

30 Rock, 9:30 p.m., NBC. Liz organizes a road trip for the gang in order to beat a case of cabin fever, but anyone with an ounce of sense understands you shouldn't vacation with your co-workers. That's why we go on vacation!

The Mentalist, 10 p.m., CBS. Sharon Lawrence, who was on NYPD Blue (another cop show), guest stars as the mayor, whose aide has been murdered. She should call those folks from The Deep End.

FRIDAY

Law & Order, 8 p.m., NBC. A family of four is murdered, supposedly by a runaway who was friends with the family, but we know better than that. Where is that kid with post-traumatic stress disorder? Oh, here he is.

SERIES FINALE Dollhouse, 9 p.m., Fox. We keep hearing how awesomely talented Joss Whedon is, but will he ever have another successful TV series? Unless Buffy returns, we say no. Hey, we can only watch Firefly on DVD just so many times.

SERIES PREMIERE Caprica, 9 p.m., Syfy. Ever wondered where the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica came from? You'll find out in this new series. Take notes, Mr. Whedon.

— Joshua Gillin, jgillin@ tampabay.com

What to watch on TV 01/17/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 17, 2010 11:14pm]
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