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What to Watch: Week of January 16 - January 22

Lots of new goodies on this week....

By Kaili Markley on 1/17/2012

Monday

 Alcatraz - "Pilot" 2 Hour Series Premiere (8PM EST FOX)
"From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Lost and half of the other shows on TV) comes Alcatraz, a thrilling new series that follows a unique trio investigating the mystifying reappearance of 302 of Alcatraz’s most notorious prisoners and guards, 50 years after they vanished.

When San Francisco Police Department Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a seemingly impossible suspect: Jack Sylvane (guest star Jeffrey Pierce), an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer (Robert Forster), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued. When the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) tries to impede her investigation, she becomes doggedly committed to it."


Tuesday

 Glee - "Yes/No" (FOX 8PM EST)
"When Will tries to plan a special surprise for Emma, he enlists the glee club to help him sweep her off her feet. Meanwhile, Becky sets her sights on Artie, and Finn makes an announcement about his life plans after high school that surprises the glee club."

 New Girl - "The Story of the 50" (FOX 9PM EST)
"Schmidt's birthday plans got ruined and Jess takes over to plan him a birthday party with the help of her school's party-hungry vice principal. Meanwhile, Nick has a first date at Schmidt's party with a beautiful lawyer who has a secret, and the gang wonders who added 50 bucks to the douche-bag jar."

 Justified - "The Gunfighter" Season Three Premiere (FX 10PM EST)
"The arrival of a dangerous new player in Lexington puts Raylan on a collision course with a sadistic Dixie Mafia hitman."


Wednesday

 Modern Family - "Little Bo Bleep" (ABC 9PM EST)
"Claire gets ready for her televised debate with Duane Bailey for the town-council seat. Meanwhile, Lily's going to be a flower girl, but she picks a heck of a time to learn her first bad word; and Jay blames Gloria for Stella's recent bad behavior."

 Happy Endings - "Makin' Changes" (ABC 9:30PM EST)
"Penny tries to change the slacker (Ryan Hansen) she is dating to suit her needs; Brad starts acting the way he did in college; Alex and Max try to convince Dave to give up V-neck shirts."


Thursday

 30 Rock - "Idiots Are People Two!" (NBC 8PM EST)
"Liz strives to keep her boyfriend under wraps while a rant from Tracy unleashes a publicity nightmare. Kelsey Grammer guests."

 Parks and Recreation - "Campaign Ad" (NBC 8:30PM EST)
"Faced with a tough new opponent, Leslie and Ben disagree on the content of her first campaign ad."

 The Office - "Pool Party" (NBC 9PM EST)
"Robert California invites the staff to his house for one last hurrah before he moves out."

 Archer - "The Man From Jupiter" Season Premiere (FX 10PM EST)
"Archer is shocked to learn that his mother is dating Archerʼs idol/hero/man-crush, Burt Reynolds."


Friday

 Chuck - "Chuck Vs. The Bullet Train" (NBC 8PM EST)
"Chuck's held hostage on a Japanese bullet train as Casey and Sarah must go to unprecedented lengths to save him."

 Fringe - "Enemy Of My Enemy" (FOX 9PM EST)
"Peter’s visit to the other side intensifies as the alternate Fringe division faces off against a formidable new foe in a harrowing race against time."

 Portlandia - "Cool Wedding" (IFC 10PM EST)
"Militant bike messenger Spyke and his fiancée Iris strive for non-conformity in their upcoming nuptials; Carrie drops her beloved iPhone, and her life flashes before her eyes; Two overly-polite drivers come to a standstill at an intersection when neither wants to be the first to go; A grocery shopper (Jack McBrayer) finds scorn when he forgets his reusable shopping bag; A bestselling author (Shoreh Agadashloo) visits the feminist bookstore to do a book-reading."

 Todd Margaret - "How The Liver and The Salad Conspired to Ruin Todd's Good Deed" (IFC 10:30PM EST)
"High on morphine, Todd mistakes a small teddy bear for Hudson, Alice's former boyfriend, whom he rightly suspects of trying to win her back. Desperate to make it to La Molecule before Hudson, Todd steals a test tube of toxic spores on the way. Meanwhile, Brent Wilts and Doug Whitney, Todd's former boss back in Portland, Oregon team up to track down the malevolent force that is 'Mountford.'"


Saturday

 Battlestar Galactica - "The Razor, Parts 1 and 2" (BBCA 7PM EST)
"A series of flashbacks reveals the chronicles of the Battlestar Pegasus and its crew from the initial Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies, up to its meeting with Galactica, while Apollo's new XO deals with the harsh reality of Admiral Cain's legacy. Chronologically, this fits into Season 2 between the episodes "The Captain's Hand" and "Downloaded."  
 
 
 
 Kevin Hart: "Laugh At My Pain" - Special Stand-Up Presentation (Comedy Central 9PM EST)
Kevin Hart on his mother's funeral: "My uncle comes up, taps me on the back. He's like, 'Kevin, I just want to let you know whoever did this is going to die tonight.'...I said, 'Cancer did it. It was cancer.' He said, 'Well, you tell Cancer I'm looking for him, and when I find him, I'm going to shoot him in the face -- twice.'"


Sunday

 Shameless - "I'll Light A Candle For You Every Day" (SHO 9PM EST)
"Fiona ponders the morality of getting involved with a high-school crush who's now married; Frank pulls out all the stops in an effort to stay in the good graces of his meal ticket, Dottie; and Harry's health issues leave Debbie obsessing over death. Meanwhile, Kevin considers buying the Alibi; Lip takes a meeting with an Army officer to see about getting Ian into West Point; Jody asks for Frank's permission to marry Karen."

 Californication - "Boys & Girls" (SHO 10:30PM EST)
"Hank finishes a draft of the film script, presents it to Samurai and proceeds to hit the road, but his attempts to leave hit a snag when he's asked to squire Kali around town. Meanwhile, a beat-up Tyler crashes at Karen and Becca's place, and Charlie's son's nanny saves Charlie from a serious parental faux pas."
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MikeDeas879 on January 17, 2012
I'm interested if you've seen all of these eps already. Are these shows that you thought were good in the past and are recommending? Or do you get preview copies? If there's an episode of How I Met Your Mother that's fantastic in two weeks, will you recommend it? Or is this just the series' you watch? Not criticizing. Honestly I'm just curious. I like most of the shows you posted about.
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