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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Idols Go to Vegas

American Idol continues this season the extra round of performances that they inserted just after Hollywood last year. The contestants will get one last shot at impressing the judges before the semi-finalists are chosen and announced next week Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Josh Groban guest cohosts, and Tracy Morgan, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Vinny Guadagnino are today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chris Harrison, and the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl. Syndicated, check local listings.

3. Born Free. I was shocked this week to find out today’s generation has no idea what “Born Free” is. It was somehow a cornerstone of things during my day and age. And if you don’t know the movie, you should at least know the song. 3:15 PM CT Turner Classic Movies

4. College Basketball. Wisconsin at Michigan State. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Virginia Tech at Florida State. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

6. The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon competes with his nemesis for a corner office, and Penny receives a gift from Amy that makes her feel uncomfortable. 7:00 PM CT CBS

7. 30 Rock. Jack gets mugged, prompting him to run for mayor to protect the city’s elite citizens, Liz puts herself ahead of the good of the city as a whole, and Jenna and Paul try to act average 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. Wipeout. Obstacles include the Arctic Circle where contestants encounter Garry the Eskimo. 7:00 PM CT ABC

9. The Vampire Diaries. Elena learns of Damon’s most recent indiscretion, Abby and Bonnie participate in a ritual appeasing the spirits of nature, and Elijah gives Stefan and Damon and ultimatum putting Elena in danger. 7:00 PM CT CW

10. American Idol. The remaining contestants head to Las Vegas to perform for the last time for the judges before they are narrowed down to the semi-finalists for the live shows that will air in two weeks. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls. 7:00 PM CT TNT

12. Rob. Maggie and her parents use a cute baby to tempt Rob into changing his mind about becoming a dad, and the family makes a commercial. 7:30 PM CT CBS

13. Parks & Recreation. While looking for an endorsement from the Chief of Police, Leslie and Ben run into her ex, and Andy conducts a search for a campaign theme song. 7:30 PM CT NBC

14. Person of Interest. Resse gets involved in a smuggling ring trying to pursuit the latest person of interest. 8:00 PM CT CBS

15. The Office. In Tallahassee, Dwight tries impressing Sabre’s special projects president, and Andy tries to avoid raise requests. 8:00 PM CT NBC

16. Grey’s Anatomy. Amelia shows up at Seattle Grace begging Derek to help with the gliosarcoma case, Cristina and Owen argue during marriage counseling, and Alex figures out he needs to better his people skills to be a good doctor. 8:00 PM CT ABC

17. The Secret Circle. An evil figure from Cassie’s past comes back, Jake is selfless trying to save Cassie, and Diana and Faye have concerns when Melissa and Callum start spending more time together. 8:00 PM CT CW

18. World’s Dumbest … World’s Dumbest Brawlers 11. Danny Bonaduce, Leif Garrett, Judy Gold, Chuck Nice and Tonya Harding provide hilarious commentary as they present footage featuring the most idiotic criminals, drivers, fans, daredevils, competitions and partiers. 8:00 PM CT truTV

19. Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview. Oprah’s 2009 interview with Whitney. 8:00 PM CT OWN

20. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Clips that had previously ended up on the cutting room floor, including the Malibu Beach party fight. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

21. NY Ink. Jessica shows off tattoos she’s been doing on the side, and Tim brings Ami surfing. 8:00 PM CT TLC

22. Swamp People. When their gators get poached, Jay Paul and R.J. face a new fight, while Liz and Christy end up in dangerous waters. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

23. Project Runway All Stars. The designers are challenged to create outfits for Godspell on Broadway. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

24. Braxton Family Values. With Vince out of a coma and unable to fly, Tamar’s stress level is on overload. Towanda tries to help but gets more concerned when she discovers Tamar’s temporary home is a big mess. Meanwhile, Trina is set to perform original material with her band in New Orleans on her birthday weekend, while an upset Gabe is worried she’ll cheat again. Evelyn drops a big surprise on Towanda when she reveals she’s engaged to Doc. 8:00 PM CT WE

25. College Basketball. West Virginia at Pittsburgh. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

26. College Basketball. Vanderbilt at Mississippi. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

27. Up All Night. For the first time, Reagan and Chris travel with Amy, and old tensions are renewed when Ava agrees to officiate at her former bandmate’s wedding. Alanis Morissette guest stars. 8:30 PM CT NBC

28. The Mentalist. A murderer Jane helped put behind bars claims to have information on the murder of a charity worker, and Sarah and Rigsby get ready to become parents. 9:00 PM CT CBS

29. Private Practice. A crossover episode with Grey’s Anatomy has Charlotte and Cooper bringing Erica to Seattle to talk about a risky surgery with Amelia, Derek, and Lexie, Scott wants Violet to take their relationship to the next level, and Addison gets caught in a dispute about a patient . 9:00 PM CT ABC

30. Archer. Malory ends up in a compromising position with the Italian Prime Minister and looks for help from Archer and Lana. 9:00 PM CT FX

31. Impractical Jokers. The guys head to White Castle and pose as bouncers and offer fake horoscope readings. 9:00 PM CT truTV

32. 24 Hour Catwalk. The designers use a granny panties to create a first-date look, and have to use a negligee in an innerwear-as-outerwear collection. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

33. Jersey Shore. The group focuses on their relationships, and Roger has a problem with Jenni’s outfit. 9:00 PM CT MTV

34. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trailblazers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

35. Unsupervised. Gary and Joel stage a student uprising when they find they’re in the slow track at school. 9:30 PM CT FX

36. Conan. Rebecca Romijn, Steve Martin, and Cake are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

37. Inside Comedy. Billy Crystal, Martin Short, and Brad Garrett are the guests this week. 10:00 PM CT TBS

38. Late Show with David Letterman. Joan Rivers, Andrew Lincoln, and Jason Mraz are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT CBS

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