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What to watch the week of Jan. 24

TODAY

The Cape, 9 p.m., NBC: So, have you decided whether this is a Batman ripoff yet?

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 back in the '80s.

TUESDAY

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.

SEASON FINALE, The Fashion Show, 10 p.m., Bravo: The finalists put their collections up against each other to decide the big winner.

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.

WEDNESDAY

Nova scienceNOW, 8 p.m., (check local listings), PBS: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explores why our bodies age and our cells break down.

Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC: Manny is having an emotional crisis.

SERIES PREMIERE, Desert Car Kings, 10 p.m., Discovery: A father and son own a 100-acre auto-parts lot in Arizona and provide parts to people restoring classic cars all over the country.

THURSDAY

Winter X Games, noon, ESPN2: This year they've added the snowboard best method event, a 10-minute jam by the six top snowboarders judged by fans.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, 9 p.m., Bravo: The cast gets back together for the usual reunion episode.

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.

FRIDAY

SERIES PREMIERE, Working Class, 8 p.m., CMT: Carli Mitchell stars as a single mom who moves three kids to a rich suburb, but finds keeping up with the Joneses is pretty difficult.

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.

Joshua Gillin, jgillin@tampabay.com

What to watch the week of Jan. 24 01/23/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 23, 2011 5:27pm]

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