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American Idol, Jan. 26 – Is the Texas Talent Dried Up?

Let’s see what Galveston, Texas, has as far as auditions tonight on American Idol. The first few nights of the season were really good, but the last two were a little lacking in the excitement factor. I’m figuring they’ll be opening the night with the Glen Campbell song.

Instead, they open the show with Spirit In the Sky, as they’re coming from the International Space Station, flying high above the earth. Is it yet another gimmick like the USS Midway? It turns out Houston is the headquarters here, while Galveston is where the judges have set up shop.

The first contestant is Phong Vu, 25, of Houston, TX, who is lookng for Steven Tyler. The best part of the day for him so far is all the camera action in his face. He believes his spirit will come alive today to wow everyone and make him a superstar. It will feel good inside for him to have such a big achievement. He says, through tears, it would be amazing. He loves singing female pop artist music, especially Celine Dion and J-Lo, and believes it’s in his soul. That’s why he’s going to bring it. Phong sings Unbreak My Heart, and it’s painful, both in the way he’s singing, and the fact that he seriously belives in his talent. It’s heartbreaking, as he’s such a sweet guy.

Jennifer Lopez thanks Phong, who is now crying. Steven asks if he hears Toni Braxton when he sings, and Phong says the energy, emotion and pain is coming through him, and he wants to channel it back to them. Steven acknowledges his power, but tells him his voice isn’t interpreting what she sings. He brought Toni out tonight, but there wasn’t enough of him in it. Phong wants to show them his iconic move before they decide, and it’s an odd jump he does. Jennifer thanks him, but says it’s not going to work this time. He promises America that we’ll see him again next year.

Cameron Dobbins, 22, of Houston, TX, sings That’s My Prerogative, and it’s again painful, but in a different way. Lamounte Hall, 18, a wardrobe stylist from Houston, TX, is Flamboyant with a capital F. The judges just give him a finger pointed towards the door when he’s finished. He screams and leaves. I think the next few guys think they are singing like Scotty McCreery, but they fall very short.

Skylar Laine, 17, of Brandon, MS, is shown riding a four-wheeler and hunting deer. She has the head of one on her bedroom wall. Her family owns a restaurant /grocery store, a “hole-in-the-wall” that has been in her family for seventy-one years. She thinks it’s fun to work there with her whole family. They lost about 25% of their business in the past ten years, but she plans to help with any money made on her singing career. She sings Hell on Heels for the judges, and has a great country girl voice. What Jennifer likes about her is they know exactly who she is. She gets three yeses and is in. She brings her friend, who is obsessed with Steven, in to get a hug from him.

Baylie Brown, 21, a nanny from Nashville is back for her second try at Idol, five years later. She made it to Hollywood in season six. I love it when I remember them too. She was with some friends from New Jersey in group round, and she forgot the words. They stayed, and she went home. She feels that she has matured now and is ready. She sings Bed of Roses, and is gorgeous in her look and her sound. And, she doesn’t forget her words. J-Lo is ready to vote right away. Steven votes yes as a no-brainer. J-Lo wonders what she was like at 16, but votes yes, hoping she holds it together in Hollywood better. Randy thinks she got significantly better. She’s in. J-Lo thinks she has a good country star name.

Kristine Osorio, 28, of Amarillo, TX, won’t get a second chance because of her age. This is it for her. She’s always been into music and has sung in bars and cafes, and then met her husband, and they had a band together. She got pregnant, and it all got put on pause. She now has three kids and is going through a divorce, and knows it will be a hard journey to be a single mom. It’s been hard to find work, so she’s trying to do things out of her house. She took out a loan, but instead of paying her divorce lawyer, she bought a plane ticket to audition for Idol.

As Kristine starts singing One and Only, Jennifer looks up to the sky and says, “Thank you God.” She needs to not close her eyes when she sings, but it was absolutely great. Steven loves when her voice “goes upstairs,” calling it beautiful. She gets three easy yeses and is on her way to Hollywood. Randy tells her that’s how you do it. Apparently this worked out better than the divorce lawyer.

We get to a spot in the auditions where it’s J-Lo vs. the “Boys Club,” as Ryan Seacrest calls them. Rachael Turner, 20, Miss Houston 2011 from Sugar Land, TX, is up, and while Jennifer says yes, the boys club says no. Reagan Wilson, 23, a choir teacher from New Braunfels, TX, takes her shot singing At Last, and Randy doesn’t think she’s quite ready yet. J-Lo asks if he’s crazy, but he didn’t get it.

Can Cheyenne James, 17, of Conroe, TX impress the guys? Steven isn’t sure she’s got it for this year’s Idol. J-Lo thinks he’s joking, because she thought she was soulful and rich. Randy doesn’t think she’s ready either. She wants a show of hands from anyone else in the room who thinks they’re crazy. She tell Cheyenne she would have said yes, and if the people with her were hearing correctly, she would have made it very, very far. She thinks they’ll look back and wonder what they were thinking.

Linda Williams, 24, a bartender, from League City, TX, tries her hand at it, and Steven thinks she can sing, as she offers to pee herself. Jennifer feels like she’s in the twilight zone, as she says there was something in her voice she couldn’t connect with. Randy thinks she has something there, as J-Lo gives him the evil eye. Linda gets the guys’ two votes to get put through, as Jennifer shakes her head, saying it was awful. The poor guy can’t even fix J-Lo’s hair, as she’s so animated and upset about who is and isn’t getting through.

Alejandro Cazares, 26, a cell phone repairman from Houston, has been waiting around doing what needs to be done, taking orders, and following them to a T, but he’d really love to be in front of the judges, blowing their minds. It’s the first day of the revolution, and anyone around will feel that heat. He asks the judges to grant him the power to bring Revolution to the world. Revolution is where the underdog can win once in awhile, a world where Lady Gaga becomes a platinum seller, and a world where Barack Obama can become president. Isn’t that a world that already exists? He’s been on the sidelines all his life. He has a girlfriend and asked her to wish him luck, but she replied she can’t wish something she doesn’t believe in.

Alejandro sings Looking Up, and I’m thinking he judges will all agree on his performance. I also have to note his green tongue matches his shirt. J-Lo doesn’t think his voice is good enough for Idol. He wants to be Steven’s age some day, or even undercut to where he got to, acknowledging that he wrote Dream On before Aerosmith even formed. He promises to fight for it. Randy tells him the voice is terrible and that it’s never going to happen. Steven explains he wrote Dream On back when the Dead Sea was still sick. Alejandro gets down on his knees and begs as they vote, while J-Lo tells him he has too much integrity for that. Randy tells him if he thinks he’s good, and he’s here, he doesn’t even know. Security has to escort him out eventually. He promises that the revolution is not over until he says it’s over.

On day two, J-Lo is showing a little belly, and the guys, meaning her fellow judges are really digging it. The first contestant, Cortez Shaw, 20, a warehouse worker from Garland, TX, envisions being the next American Idol. He grew up in a single parent household, with his mom being strong for him and his brother. He’s struggled a lot, but believes no one else can put a definition on your life. He wants to show that through hard work, determination, and passion, you can do it. American Idol is opportunity at its greatest.

Cortez sings Someone Like You, and that great spirit he talked about previously shows in his singing. Randy tries to stop him early, but Jennifer won’t let him. She jokes, “That’s what that song sounds like,” explaining that a lot of other people try to sing it. Randy asks for something else, and Cortez pleads with him, as he tells him he’s his favorite judge. While he loves all of them, Jennifer is beautiful, and Steven is talented, Randy is his favorite. Randy thinks he has a special talent, a special something. Jennifer tells him he’s sweet and has a great voice, Steven says yes, and Randy thinks he has a good voice and is a goodlooking guy, so … yes.

Julie Shuman, 28, a dancer/nutritionist from Manhattan, sings Rolling in the Deep, and screams the lyrics while wearing tight bronze-colored leather. Steven thinks she would be crazy … on the dance floor. Vanessa Hernandez, 18, from Pasadena, TX, has only one tone when she sings Heard It Through the Grapevine, and it’s not a good one. Erin “Nire” Ketil, 19, from Beaumont, TX, has Randy cracking up the way he used to with Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. J-Lo apologizes for him.

Ryan goes in to figuring out what’s going on, and Steven tries to explain with a mouthfull of food, then wipes his face on Ryan’s tie. That’s where Steven fills in well for Simon. He fits right in with the guys.

Ramiro Garcia, 28, a worship leader from Houston, was born with no ears, and said doctors said he wouldn’t be able to hear or speak. He has nothing on one side, and just a lobe on the other. They eventually found it would be possible for him to hear, and he had surgery to help correct it. It would be surprising to people that know him that he’s auditioning. He sings Amazing Grace, and sings really well despite everything. I’m hoping the judges can agree on him.

Steven likes what he’s hearing and likes Ramiro’s insides as well. Outside with Ryan, his dad knows he’s the best. Steven tells him Ramiro he’s a power of example, and he can sing, so he’s happy. He says yes. Randy is hopeful, and Jennifer tells him they’re taking a leap of faith with him today. As his dad gets emotional, Ramiro comes out with a golden ticket. This is the proof he can make it and can get through it. His dad just remembers doctor saying he wouldn’t speak or hear. He’s happy now.

In a show of everyone’s celebrations, Ryan gets punched in the eye. It’s good they can celebrate, as this was a city that was definitely short on talent, although there were a few really good female voices. They’ve had a lot of great talent to come out of Texas, starting with Kelly Clarkson, so maybe it’s dried up there. Or, maybe editors are holding out on us, and there was more talent there than we were allowed to see.

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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – American Idol in Galveston

After the lackluster auditions in San Diego, American Idol had even more in Aspen. Without the auditioner with the famous father, there was just a bunch of mediocre performances. Can Texas, the home of the original American Idol Kelly Clarkson bring back the talent tonight? Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View Kyle Richards, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Michael Mignano and Melba Wilson are today’s guests. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. Flipped. Very charming movie about two neighbor kids who fall in love, but not at the same time. 11:25 AM CT HBO Comedy

3. Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Did you buy MJ’s new album? Here’s the movie that was put together with footage of rehearsals for his This Is It tour, yett never materialized because of his death. 2:30 PM CT VH1

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are on Ellen’s birthday are Melissa McCarthy, Earth, Wind & Fire, and So You Think You Can Dance dancers, and Jimmy Kimmel cohosts. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. The Big Bang Theory. Penny’s and Leonard’s new relationship has them experimenting, and Raj bonds with his phone’s virtual assistant. 7:00 PM CT CBS

6. 30 Rock. Tracy heads up a protect that defends idiots all over, Jack faces off with Devin Banks and interferes in Liz’s relationship by giving Criss an ultimatum. Will Arnett and James Marsden guest star. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. American Idol. Auditions continue in Galveston, Texas. 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. When Vacations Attack! A small plane loses its only engine and plummets into a small lake in Michigan full of people on vacation. Then a monster truck competition turns to tragedy when one of the trucks flips and traps the driver, and a killer wave breaks a surfer’s back while he’s 100 yards from shore with no help in sight. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

9. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic. 7:00 PM CT TNT

10. Rob. Rob and Maggie don’t agree about a pillow, leading to Fernando and Rosa trying to show them the significance of their first argument, and Hector needs to get a job. 7:30 PM CT CBS

11. Parks and Recreation. A focus group provides feedback, and Leslie and Ben plan a casual bowling party. April, Jerry, and Chris get into a competition to see who can raise the most funds for Leslie’s campaign. 7:30 PM CT NBC

12. 30 Rock. Liz and Jack battle over her contract, Kenneth changes his page assignment, and Tracy and Jenna entertain a bar mitzvah crowd.. 8:00 PM CT NBC

13. The Finder. Walter is asked by a NASA scientist to help find a woman he met at a bar using only her red stiletto she left behind, and Leo’s family secret is exposed by Willa. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. The First 48. The case of a supposed murder of a teenager begins to unravel. 8:00 PM CT A&E

15. World’s Dumbest … World’s Dumbest Brawlers 10 includes homeless people in a fight over a bike tire, a guitar being used as a weapon by a naked buy, and rappers whose boxing is worse than their rapping. 8:00 PM CT truTV

16. NY Ink. After an inspirational tattoo, Ami invites at-risk teens to the shop. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Project Runway All Stars. The designers just just six hours to come up with a new look for model Miranda Kerr. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. Braxton Family Values. At an explosive therapy session, real feelings are revealed. Tamar thinks Toni treats her like a “fan,” Towanda thinks Tamar is mean, Trina asks Towanda to move out and Toni drops bombs when she tells her sisters she’s through carrying them, and thinks Traci needs to lose weight. With Traci furious, the sisters decide to go on a retreat to bond. But things don’t go as planned when Toni continues to separate herself. 8:00 PM CT WE

19. College Basketball. Indiana at Wisconsin. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

20. The Firm. Mitch represents a gambler who claims he’s innocent of a murder charge, and Mitch and Abby get Kinross & Grant to aid in the Althea Sanderson tort case. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Archer. Cyril gets elevated to a higher position as field agent, and Malory begins a strict policy on drug testing. 9:00 PM CT FX

22. Impractical Jokers. Unique questioning of consumers in a focus group, and unfit trainers. 9:00 PM CT truTV

23. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. “The Social Edition.” 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. 24 Hour Catwalk. The designers are tasked with using diapers to create a stylish maternity look, and two designers need to use a giant teddy bear to make a family collection. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. Jersey Shore. Mike finds out Danny made threats about getting new roommates, the ladies get strippers for the birthday party of Pauly and Mike, and the roommates try kidnapping Vinny. 9:00 PM CT MTV

26. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

27. Unsupervised. Gary and Joel play matchmaker for Gary’s stepmom and the wealthy dad of a new student. 9:30 PM CT FX

28. Conan. Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Heder, and They Might Be Giants are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

American Idol, Jan. 25 – The Best Aspen Has to Offer

The first couple of nights of American Idol auditions went really well, but the San Diego auditions failed to win over anyone, despite the famous name being thrown around. Did they have to use the USS Midway just to make it at least a litter interesting? What’s going to happen tonight in Aspen? Do they need the slopes just to make it interesting?

Jenni Schick, 24, of Sterling, VA, has always been overly energetic, to the point people tell her to stop. She teaches music to K-5, and her least favorite part is the recorders. All those kids playing the instrument makes her want to vomit. She believes she will get nervous if she sings in front of Steven Tyler, because he’s so gorgeous. He’s on her list of celebrities she could kiss, as well as Lady Gaga and Adam Levine. On her boyfriend’s list is Adam, Gaga, and Ryan Seacrest. Ryan denies giving her a kiss. Would he give one to her boyfriend?

Meeting the judges, Jenni tells Steven he’s on her list of celebrities she could kiss. She sings Heartbreaker, and isn’t bad at all, although does lose her pitch occasionally. Randy Jackson kind of likes it, thinking it was kind of wild and crazy, like anything could happen. He wants a vote right way, and everyone says yes, with Jennifer Lopez adding she likes her energy. With three yeses, Jenni gets a kiss from Steven. He knows he’ll get in trouble later for the big kiss he gave her.

Curtis Gray, 28, a server from Spring Hill, FL, is ready to get his voice ready, although he wasn’t at 6:00 AM when he first woke up. He has been playing music since he was young, singing in church with his grandma and mom, and now plays in a five-piece group where he plays keyboard and does vocals. If he comes out with a golden ticket, he’ll think all those voice exercises came in handy. He sings It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday, and reeks of emotion.

Randy calls it nicely done and finds the song selection brilliant. He starts the voting off giving Curtis a definite yes. Jennifer tells him he’s goodlooking (Curtis, not Randy, but she might consider him goodlooking as well), and she thinks he sings great, giving him another yes. Steven believes he is a major talent (again Curtis, but maybe he thinks Randy is too), and he also votes yes. He is on his way to Hollywood (Curtis, but Randy as well)

Richie Law, 19, of Centennial, CO, sounds like he tore a page from the Scotty McCreery book. He sings I Wouldn’t Be a Man, and Randy thinks he has a strong, powerful voice. Devan Jones, 26, a hotel clerk from Aurora, CO, sings The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, and Jennifer mentions she likes his natural voice. Mathenee Treco, 25, a dance instructor from Centennial, CO, sings Hey Jude, and has some awesome energy. They all make it to Hollywood.

Tealana Hedgespeth, 19, a color guard coach from Loveland, CO, has a twin sister who is going to school for performing and is her best friend. As the song Sisters from White Christmas starts, Tealana says they’re totally different. They have different personalities, and different voices. She’s the more outgoing of the two. She’s spent her whole life with everyone always tellling her how talented her sister is, “and it sucks.” She knows her sister is amazing, but she can be amazing too. Tealana tells the judges she’s been living in her twin’s shadow for nineteen years.

Tealana sings Bring Me Some Water, and immediately I’m questioning how talented her sister is, because Tealana isn’t. J-Lo leans over to Steven and tells him if he asks for another song, she’s going to kill him. He jokes, “Now I’m gonna,” as both he and Randy offer Tealana some water. Randy tells her she’s funny, and Steven asks if she’s ever recorded her voice and listened back. He thinks she needs to so she can hear what they’re hearing. Jennifer thinks she’s adorable, but gives her a no, as do Randy and Steven.

Haley Smith, 18, of Orem, UT, lives in a log cabin in what she says is the middle of nowhere. She loves natural and loves being outdoors, as it’s where she feels the most at peace. The landscape is to die for. She has three jobs – cleaning houses, a busser at a restaurant, and working in a meat department, despite being a vegetarian. Jennifer gets a 60s/70s vibe from her. Backing that up, Haley sings Tell Me Something Good, and has a very unique tone, although I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

Randy tells Haley he’s just laughing because she brings her own spirit to this great R&B spirit. It’s not perfect, but he actually kind of liked it. Steven likes her voice a lot, and thought it was from his era. He is honored to be there listening to her. J-Lo figuires she’s more comfortable with a guitar, and she adds definitely. Randy mentions her natural gift and appreciates that she is doing her own thing. She gets three yeses.

Alanna Snare, 22, of Fort Collins, CO, serves rocky mountan oysters as a bartender/waitress. She wants people to know those are actually bull testes. They get a lot of regulars in there. Jennifer is grossed out, and Steven just wants to talk about animal anatomy. Alanna sings Jolene and is pitchy at best. Steven asks if she’s eaten the oysters, then tells her she is all over the place with the melody. Randy likes her as a person, and thinks she’s cool, but says singing isn’t her thing. She asks to sing something else and is denied, getting three noes.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Idol Hits the Slopes in Aspen

It’s nice to see American Idol not doing the same ole same ole this year. They’re not just hitting the usual audition towns of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and a few other, they held auditions on the USS Midway in San Diego on Sunday, and tonight they’ll be in Aspen. Will they have people audition from a ski lift? Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The View. Glenn Close, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Chris Cuomo are the today’s guests. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Two teenage guys learn about history my traveling through time. Keanu Reeves stars in one of his earliest films. 11:00 AM CT Comedy Central

3. The Goonies. Is there a better kid adventure movie than this? I don’t think so. Stars Sean Astin and Josh Brolin in their youth. 2:15 PM CT Encore Wam

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Mario Lopez, Ben Flajnik, and Charlie Puth. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. College Basketball. Villanova at Louisville. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. College Basketball. Missouri at Oklahoma State. 6:30 PM CT ESPN2

7. Whitney. Roxanne hires Whitney to be her assistant as well as her office spy, Alex reorganizes things at the apartment, and Mark wants Neal and Lily’s help with a woman. 7:00 PM CT NBC

8. One Tree Hill. Haley struggles at Karen’s Cafe, and gets help from Dan, Quinn finds out Clay has a secret, Chase tries to mend a broken heart, and Julian makes a blunder. 7:00 PM CT CW

9. American Idol. Auditions take place in Aspen, Colorado. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. NBA Basketball. Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

11. In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution. They took over a city square and in 18 days brought down a regime that had ruled for 30 years. Emmy®-winning documentary filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill were on the scene in Cairo, capturing the sights, sounds and passion of a modern-day revolution. It brings viewers into the streets of Cairo to experience first-hand what began as a small, peaceful demonstration and quickly grew into a revolutionary movement that would force the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. 7:00 PM CT HBO

12. Are You There, Chelsea? At Sloane’s church group social, Chelsea meets a guy and decides to pair him up with Dee Dee, and Rick is thrilled when his ex gets a job at the bar. 7:30 PM CT NBC

13. Criminal Minds. A serial rapist assault his past victims in Houston, and Prentiss tires to get past last year’s trauma. 8:00 PM CT CBS

14. Touch. Series premiere. Widower Martin Bohm finds out his emotionally-troubled 11-year-old son can predict the future, and gets together with a social worker and a professor hoping they can help. 8:00 PM CT Fox

15. Ghost Hunters. TAPS takes their cameras under water in Tennessee to search a graveyard that’s said to be cursed by a fallen Indian Chief. Jason and Grant are seen traveling by boat to a mausoleum the Indian Chief is said to cause disturbance. The team places their camera in a water proof container and gets as close to entrance as possible when all of a sudden to see something pop out from down under. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

16. Amazing Eats. “Cheesy Goodness.” 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. College Basketball. Duke at Maryland. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

18. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Catherine Willows makes a life-altering decision, and must say goodbye to the team. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Royal Pains. A rock band gets sick, Hank has a hard time putting trust in Divya, and Evan becomes nervous. 9:00 PM CT USA

20. Dog the Bounty Hunter. Lyssa Chapman ends up in jail and has no memory of how she get there. 9:00 PM CT A&E

21. The Soup. 9:00 PM CT E!

22. Hot in Cleveland. Victoria’s daughter has surprising news, Joy’s blind date is literally blind and believes she’s 26, and Elk does a prank phone call on a Yankee third baseman. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

23. Face Off. The competition heats up as the final 12 contestants vie for rock album cover at immorality. While some are well on their way to finishing their pieces, Tara and Brea face some unexpected challenges with theirs. With only a few minutes left on the clock, these contestants are left having to think fast about how to handle their situations. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

24. Top Chef: Texas. The contestants compete during a food drive/block party. Cat Cora is a guest judge. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

25. Toddlers & Tiaras. Competing against Madi brings Ever Rose and Adriana to diet. 9:00 PM CT TLC

26. The Challenge: Battle of the Exes. Former couples compete as pairs. 9:00 PM CT MTV

27. The Exes. Phil gets nervous when Holly and his top client begin dating, and Haskell introduces Stuart into sports betting world. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

28. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

29. Conan. Elizabeth Banks, Timothy Olyphant, and John Mulaney are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT TBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – State of the Union

Tonight is the last State of the Union address of this term for President Barack Obama. That makes it a very important was as he’s not only addressing Congress and the nation, but campaigning for votes as well. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Cynthia Nixon, Chris Harrison, and Mary J. Blige are today’s guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Little Shop of Horrors. Rick Moranis stars in this musical of a flower shop employee who finds a Venus flytrap-type of plant that only grows by eating human flees and blood. 11:00 AM CT LOGO

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sam Worthington, Michael Strahan, and Seal are today’sy guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. The Good Girl. A young woman with nothing to look forward to in life, working as a clerk and married to a lazy husband, starts a passionate affair with a coworker. Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal star. 4:30 PM CT HBO Zone

5. College Basketball. Michigan at Perdue. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. The Biggest Loser. The Red and Black Teams battle for exclusive rights to the gym; the Aqua Team returns to weigh in, and the heat between Bob and Dolvett gets hotter! 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. 90210. Naomi wants to fix the relationship of her boss, Rachel, and Holly, Navid finds out shocking information about Greg’s daughter, Annie learns that Liam’s girlfriend was possibly involved in the motorcycle accident. 7:00 PM CT CW

8. Switched at Birth. Emmett gets help from Daphne and Bay in keeping his motorcycle, John and Kathryn interview potential lawyers, and Daphne has reservations about Regina and Angelo’s business partnership. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

12. Texas Multi Mamas. In the first hour, despite the recent drama surrounding the group, Candace plans an all-day wine tour for the multi-mamas. On the bus, Tonia and Candace are appalled that Stephanie, Suz and Teryn won’t put down their phones. Casey arrives, and Stephanie breaks down and confesses that her marriage is in shambles. In the second hour, Candace agrees to meet Stephanie for lunch to talk things out, but the lunch turns into Stephanie rattling off everything she despises about Candace. Despite their rocky marriage, Stephanie and Jerald meet with their landlord and sign a lease for their new home. 7:00 PM CT WE

10. NBA Basketball. Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT NBA TV

11. State of the Union. President Barack Obama makes his last State of the Union address of this term. 8:00 PM CT All Major Networks and News Channels

12. Remodeled. Paula is outraged to find a modeling school in South Dakota that teaches women he doesn’t think have a chance at succeeding in the industry. Olga and J.T. help the models set up meetings with designers. 8:00 PM CT CW

13. Jane by Design. Billy and Lulu face grief from their peers when making their relationship public, and Jane and Jeremy show off a new fashion line to a magazine editor. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

14. Hidden City. Marcus Sakey travels to the Florida Keys and focuses on three tales: Black Caesar, one of Blackbeard’s former lieutenants who amassed a fortune in stolen loot; Edgar Watson, a wealthy and powerful businessman whose hired hands mysteriously had a way of vanishing come payday and those who crossed him were often found dead; The Big Pine 29, cops raided an isolated lagoon where armed smugglers were unloading their boat, arresting 29 people and seizing 25,000 pounds of marijuana. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Dance Moms. Brooke has a cheerleading audition the day before a big dance competition. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best. Season premiere. Melissa protests when Joan decides it’s time for yet another plastic surgery tune-up. When Melissa holds a plastic surgery intervention (or “Skintervention”) with Joan’s closest friends, Joan turns the tables on the group, offering to pay for any procedure they want. In the end, when Joan shows off her “new” face, will it all have been worth it? 8:00 PM CT WE

17. College Basketball. Kentucky at Georgia. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

18. Australian Open Tennis. Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals from Melbourne, Australia. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

19. Southland. Tang and Cooper get attacked on the street, Lydia and Ruben take on a convenience store murder case, Ben and Sammy ride with another cop, and Joel Rucker becomes the new captain. 9:00 PM CT TNT

20. White Collar. Neal goes undercover as a teacher to follow up on missing scholarship funds. 9:00 PM CT USA

21. Justified. A murdered fellow Marshal teams Raylan with a woman from his past, and Boyd creates a showdown with Dickie Bennett. 9:00 PM CT FX

22. Ink Master. A tattoo on a head creates a medical emergency, and Tom Jones is guest judge. 9:00 PM CT Spike

23. Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha returns to her stomping ground this week when she ventures to New Jersey to help the owner of Beyond Salon, Aisha, solve the problems of not only her business, but her personal life as well. After the death of her mother, Aisha began to take her anger out on her already lazy and uncooperative staff. The atmosphere in the salon has gone from bad to worse and Aisha’s dream of owning an upscale salon is becoming more and more unrealistic. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. America’s Supernanny. Deborah works with a family with three kids that includes a disabled dad and a violent child. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Tori gets in a car accident while being chased by paparazzo at the kids’ school, and Dean tries to fix his relationship with his sisters. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

26. Teen Mom 2. Jenelle has a disagreement with Keiffer and Tori, Chelsea deals with the breakup, Leah and Adam disagree over his spending, and Jo appeals Kailyn’s request. 9:00 PM CT MTV

27. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trailblazers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

28. Conan. Sam Worthington, Adam Winrich, and Julia Nunes are tonight’s guests. 10:00 PM CT TBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – The Bachelor

Is it just me or do they seem to be trying to create even more drama than the norm on The Bachelor? By that I don’t mean there is more drama, I mean they’re trying to create even more because it’s coming off as a rather dull season. The grandma thing in the beginning was such a hoax, and the whole thing with bring a past bachelorette from another season in last week just seemed odd and went over like a lead balloon with everyone. What will they create tonight? Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Katherine Heigl, Janet Evanovich, and Rosemarie Terenzio are the guests today. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. The Nutty Professor. There are three words that sum up this movie the best. Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Eddie Murphy plays different roles, mostly within his own family, in this movie about a professor who develops a potion to lose weight and turns into a jerk. 1:25 PM WoMax

3. Liar Liar. Jim Carrey plays an attorney who is known his lying. After his wife leaves him, his young son makes a wish that his dad would stop lying, and suddenly the lawyer is affected in all areas of his life, especially in court, when everything that comes out of his mouth is 100% the truth. 2:30 PM CT MoMax

4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Shemar Mmoore, Kym Douglas, and Walk Off the Earth. Syndicated, check local listings.

5. College Basketball. Syracuse at Cincinnati. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. Who’s Still Standing? A teacher from L.A. competes against ten strangers in a trivia battle. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. The Bachelor. Jennifer and Rachel get the one-on-one dates, The group date goes horseback riding, Ben surprises one of the women at the after party, and receives a warning from Emily about one of her fellow bachelorettes. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. Gossip Girl. Blair makes plans to celebrate her upcoming royal wedding with a bachelorette party, but others are secretly scheming to make the night turn out differently than her plans. 7:00 PM CT CW

9. House. An Alzheimer’s patient has a violet temper while participating in a drug trial, and Wilson treats a person claiming to be in a chaste marriage. 7:00 PM CT Fox

10. Pretty Little Liars. Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer try to keep those they care about most safe. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

11. NBA Basketball. Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics. 7:00 PM CT NBA TV

12. The Mortified Sessions. Iconic singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette and TOMS™ creator Blake Mycoskie sit down with host David Nadelberg and explore lesser known aspects of their personalities and Alanis discusses the initial bemused response to her iconic album Jagged Little Pill. Find out more on the show’s Facebook page. 7:00 PM CT Sundance

13. Fear Factor. Stunts include being ripped off the edge of a cliff while attached to a helicopter and bungee cord, bathing in a tub full of leeches, and moving through a five story building that’s on fire. 8:00 PM CT NBC

14. Hell’s Belles. Looking for family history in Bluebell, Zoe finds out she is a legacy to the Bluebell Belles. 8:00 PM CT CW

15. Alcatraz. It’s a race against the clock to catch a child killer. 8:00 PM CT Fox

16. Hoarders. A woman is obsessed with shopping as a means of protection from her family, and a former Marine gets hit with a city order. 8:00 PM CT A&E

17. Being Human. Josh and Nora attend a social event and another couple asks both how long they’ve been dating. With Nora under the influence, she begins denying their intimate relationship and begins to open up a bit about their recent events such as waking up in a pile of leaves, unknown to how she got there. The scene gets rather intense as she discloses a shocking secret that even Josh wasn’t aware of. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

18. America’s Money Class with Suze Orman.Topics include financial scams, saving in the thousands each year, and getting that dream job. 8:00 PM CT OWN

19. The Lying Game. On the night of the country club ball, Emma can only sit outside looking in. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

20. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Taylor comes clean about her marriage, and Pandora gets hitched. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

21. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The final four contestants are tasked with baking cakes to celebrate Miss USA Alyssa Campanella’s life. 8:00 PM CT TLC

22. The Layover. Season finale. Tony has 48 hours to answer that question and find the best that Los Angeles has to offer. A huge city with ethnic enclaves spread out over 468 square miles, Tony’s prepared to do a lot of driving . . . First, he treks to Atwater Village for a killer breakfast burrito, then goes to the heart of Koreatown for “hangover food” with Roy Choi. Later, the guys from Animal treat Tony to chicken hearts, rabbit legs and pigtails. When it’s finally time to “hide out and hole up,” it’s off to his favorite hotel in the world, the Chateau Marmont. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

23. College Basketball. Texas A&M at Kansas. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

24. Rock Center with Brian Williams. 9:00 PM CT NBC

25. Castle The investigation into a dog trainer’s death leads back to a reality TV star. 9:00 PM CT ABC

26. Intervention An alcoholic women lives in an extravagant mansion and has a boyfriend who thinks locking her in a closet is a means to an end for her drinking. 9:00 PM CT A&E

27. Lost Girl. A woodland Faye, Will, visits Bo and Kenzi. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

28. Extreme Clutter. You know your clutter is bad when you need to hide it in an airplane hangar. 9:00 PM CT OWN

29. Extreme Clutter. Brad and Lindsay search for office space, Brad and Gary look forward to their 10-year anniversary, and Brad and Lindsay head to Alabama. 9:00 PM CT OWN

30. Cake Boss. On a Disney cruise, Buddy and Lisa renew their vows, and a storm could threaten a beach wedding. 9:00 PM CT TLC

32. Bizarre Foods America. Season premiere. Andrew travels to his hometown Minneapolis where he discovers the unique food scene in the Twin Cities. In Minneapolis and St. Paul, old fashioned comfort foods are being combined with modern innovation to serve up foods that are a mix of past and present. From casseroles made with organ meats to a restaurant that serves up duck testicles as an appetizer, Andrew reveals that when it comes to food, there’s a lot more to eat in Minnesota than grandma’s tater tot hot dish. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

33. Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas. Seven new bad girls move into a Las Vegas mansion. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

34. How Do I Look? Season finale. Jeannie Mai travels to Sydney, Australia, to help an 80s-obsessed mother of two, Bridget O’Neill, whose sisters desperately want her to let go of the past and move on with her life. 9:00 PM CT Style

35. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

36. Conan. Casey Anderson, Morena Baccarin, and Wilco are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – NFL Championships and Bonus Idol

It’s the championship games today for both the AFC and NFC, determining who will be in the Super Bowl. Surprisingly, some teams won’t be playing today after being eliminated early on. Cough. Cough. Packers. Cough. Cough. Also, Fox is giving us a bonus episode of American Idol immediately following the NFC game. The auditions won’t be in Green Bay either. They’ll be in San Diego. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NHL Hockey. Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins. 11:30 AM CT NBC

2. NBA Basketball. Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards. 12:00 PM CT NBA TV

3. Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! A young woman wins a date with a movie star, then wins his heart, causing the guy back home to have to fight for her. Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel, and Kate Bosworth star. 12:20 PM CT MoreMax

4. Action Sports. Winter Dew Tour: Pantech Invitational, Part 2 from Killington, VT. 2:30 PM CT NBC

5. NFL Football. AFC Championship, Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots. 2:00 PM CT CBS

6. NFL Football. NFC Championship: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers. 5:30 PM CT Fox

7. The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Judd Apatow and Steve Carell together is just too good to pass up. 5:45 PM CT Comedy Central

8. 60 Minutes. Featured tonight are Kenya’s wildebeest migration, communication among elephants, and Jane Goodall heads to Tanzania. 7:00 PM CT CBS

9. America’s Funniest Home Videos. Clips include seniors, football blunders, encounters with sharks, a dog park, and “Pick the Real Video.” 6:00 PM CT ABC

10. Undercover Boss. Dina Dwyer-Owens, chairperson and CEO of The Dwyer Group, goes undercover inside his company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

11. Once Upon a Time. David and Mary Margaret keep struggling with their feelings, Regina and Emma become suspicious of a stranger in town, and Prince Charming’s wedding gets closer. 7:00 PM CT ABC

12. Little People, Big World: Zach’s New Love. While Matt and Amy are struggling with ways to motivate Zach, he finds a new girlfriend changing everything. 7:00 PM CT TLC

15. Mob Wives. Renee hunts down Carla for a confrontation, and Drita tries to get on with her life after Lee. 7:00 PM CT VH1

14. Prime Suspect. In the first hour, Calderon and Duffy must tell a woman her granddaughter was raped and murdered, the Upper East Side is the setting for a woman getting shot, and Jane and Matt discuss their feelings. In the second hour, the team finds a jailed man could be behind a recent crime, Sweeney arranges 24-hour security for a planned hit, and Jane goes along with two others on an uncomfortable date. 8:00 PM CT NBC

15. Desperate Housewives. As Bree drinks even more, her lust for men increases as well, Lynette dates for the first time since her separation from Tom, Susan is confronted by Alejandro’s wife, Gaby finds out Alejandro abused someone else. 8:00 PM CT ABC

16. Oprah’s Next Chapter. Oprah’s guests are George Llucas, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Terrence Howard. 8:00 PM CT OWN

17. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. This week, the housewives jet off to South Africa for what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime, if they can get along that is. But the trip is already off to a rocky start when NeNe shows up to the airport with a surprise guest that the other ladies seem less than pleased to see… Meanwhile, Kim is preparing for a different departure. Kroy is forced to leave Atlanta with barely any notice when the NFL lockout suddenly ends. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

18. Hoarding: Buried Alive. Vickie and Jeff’s marriage reaches a tumultuous point, and Vicki reveals a secret. 9:00 PM CT TLC

19. Snapped. A murder mystery with a chemist, a dying husband, and a suicide. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

20. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. After having a stroke, bride Kristin, a native of Anaheim, CA, went from a size 24 down to a size 6. Her fiancé, having lost weight himself, has stayed by her side through it all. As David turns their backyard luau wedding into a true tropical dream, not only is the wedding is transformed, but so is Kristin. 8:00 PM CT WE

21. Shameless. Fiona connects again with her high school crush who is married, and Frank wants to stay on Dottie’s good side. 8:00 PM CT WE

22. Pan Am. Maggie talks to Ted about her reservations about Amanda, Colette makes friends with an attractive man on a flight to Rome, customs officials looking for a smuggle accost Dean, and Kate learns the art of pickpocketing. 9:00 PM CT ABC

23. American Idol. San Diego auditions. 9:00 PM CT Fox

24. Kourtney & Kim Take New York. Kim makes a confession to Kourtney about her marriage, and Kris’ sister visits. 9:00 PM CT E!

25. Oprah Presents Master Class. The guest tonight is Morgan Freeman. 9:00 PM CT OWN

26. Chef Roblé & Co. Season finale. Chef Roble seems to have everything under control when it comes to catering parties, but does he have his staff under control as well? When Jasmine’s friend offers her a dream job, will Jasmine leave Roble to run the company alone, or will she stick it out and stay loyal to Roble? When emotions run high, it’s likely that this could be a permanent parting for the two. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

27. Conjoined Twins: Separation Anxiety. Maria and Theresa Tapia look to be separated. 9:00 PM CT TLC

28. Finding Bigfoot. The team heads to Canada to check on a taped Bigfoot encounter. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

29. Angry Boys. In the first half hour, Daniel’s mom wants him to spend time with a gay classmate, S.mouse violets probation, and Tim is irritated by Jen. In the second half hour, Daniel tries to reap the benefits of Nathan’s relationships with girls, Blake lends an ex-con his car, and Gran reveals a secret. 9:00 PM CT HBO

30. House of Lies. Marty finds out Greg Norbert is announcing possibly acquiring Galweather. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

31. Californication. Hank is prevented from leaving New York when he is asked to take Kali for a night on the town. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

32. After Lately. Reese Witherspoon makes her return, Sarah fakes being pregnant to get Brad’s parking spot, and Roy becomes jealous of Chuy’s salsa. 10:00 PM CT E!

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Drew Peterson: Untouchable

For those of us in the Chicago area, the Drew Peterson has dominated the news at different times over the past few years. Because of his odd media relations and the odd details of the case, it began to hit the national news too. But one of the more odd headlines to come out of the case is that Rob Lowe plays the starring role in the movie about the case tonight on Lifetime. Going through all that makeup to look like Peterson and less like the pretty boy he is has Lowe’s performance being compared to him looking like he’s doing an SNL skit.

1. College Basketball. Alabama at Kentucky. 11:00 AM CT CBS

2. College Football. Purdue at Michigan State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

3. College Basketball. Xavier at Dayton. 12:00 PM CT ESPN2

4. College Football. Michigan at Arkansas. 1:00 PM CT CBS

5. Red Bull Signature Series. Ice hockey, downhill skating, and boarder-cross competitions in Saint Paul, Minn. 1:00 PM CT NBC

6. College Football. Missouri at Baylor. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

7. Encino Man. If you can forget that Pauly Shore is in this movie, it’s actually a fun flick. Brendan Fraser and Sean Astin also star in this movie of two high school kids that uncover and thaw out a caveman, then try introduce him to their lifestyle. 2:00 PM CT Comedy Central

8. College Basketball. Indiana State at Creighton. 2:00 PM CT ESPN2

9. College Basketball. Kansas at Texas. 3:00 PM CT CBS

10. College Basketball. Florida State at Duke. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

11. Action Sports. Winter Dew Tour: Pantech Invitational, Part 1, from Killington, VT. 3:30 PM CT NBC

12. Year One. Jack Black and Michael Cera star in this comedy about a pair of hunter/gatherers who are forced out of their village. With the talent in this film, which also includes David Cross and Christopher Mintz-Passe, it could have been better. 4:00 PM CT Comedy Central

13. College Basketball. Iowa State at Texas Tech. 4:00 PM CT ESPN2

14. College Basketball. Syracuse at Notre Dame. 5:00 PM CT ESPN

15. College Basketball. Mississippi State at Vanderbilt. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

16. Over the Hedge. Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, and Wanda Sykes provide voices in this animated flick about a raccoon who tricks the other animals into helping him get food after he loses what he stole from a bear. 7:00 PM CT ABC

17. Cops. In the first half hour, Drunk men vandalize a fence, undercover cops break up a drug deal, and a man lays in the street naked. In the second half hour, a high-speed car case leads to the car flipping over, a man hides his pot by eating it, and a man uses a gun to threaten his wife and baby. 7:00 PM CT Fox

18. My Cat from Hell. A couple’s future wedding is threatened because of vicious feline attacks, and an aggressive cat terrorizes a tiny dog. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

19. Drew Peterson: Untouchable. The story behind the Chicago-area cop whose third wife was found dead in a bathtub,and whose fourth wife disappeared, leading to a police case that eventually garners national attention. Rob Lowe stars. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime Channel

20. NBA Basketball. Denver Nuggets at New York Knicks. 7:00 PM CT NBA TV

21. 48 Hours Mystery. In the first hour, a convicted killer could be set free by legal twists years after a fatal vacation. In the second hour, a married couple’s argument ends in gunfire. 8:00 PM CT CBS

22. Pit Boss. The team is put in danger in a drifting houseboat, and Ashley tries to convince Ronald and Sebastian to return. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

23. College Basketball. Louisville at Pittsburgh. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

24. Priest. A warrior priest breaks his sacred vows to rescue his niece who has been kidnapped by vampires. 8:00 PM CT Starz

25. JB Smoove: That’s How I Dooz It. 9:00 PM CT Comedy Central

26. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia and Mariah find a pit bull and her puppies abandoned in the desert. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

27. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT NBA TV

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Randy Jackson Perform

Last night on American Idol Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson had an impromptu jam session while they were waiting for a tardy Jennifer Lopez. The two musicians guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, along with Ryan Seacrest. Later, Tyler and Jackson join up with Tyler’s old Aerosmith buddy Joe Perry for a performance. It’s somewhat like Aerosmith and Journey joining forces. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The View. Cuba Gooding Jr., John Quiñones, and Lindsey Duncan are the guests today. 10:00 AM CT ABC

2. The Soloist. A detective’s friend is murdered, leaving him to take care of his sloppy, destructive dog, the only witness to the crime. Tom Hanks stars. 10:15 AM CT ThrillerMax

3. The Talk. Christina Ricci and Jill Herzig are the guests today. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. Terms of Endearment. Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine star as mother and daughter in this movie that takes us through a range of emotions. Jack Nicholson appears to give us a little more of the emotion and a lot of laughs. 2:00 PM CT 5StarMax

5. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Nealon. Syndicated, check local listings.

6. Chuck. On a Japanese bullet train, Sarah and Chuck face Nicholas Quinn. Casey faces a difficult decision. 7:00 PM CT NBC

7. Shark Tank.The ideas pitched include a unique water bottle from a triathlete, a business investment from a California ghostwriter, an online business to help with funeral-planning from two Minnesota women. 7:00 PM CT ABC

8. Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Ramsey lends his expertise to the El Greco restaurant in Austin, Texas. 7:00 PM CT Fox

9. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Orlando Magic. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

10. Grimm. Nick finds out someone could be “festering” a monster because of a dark childhood, and Monroe is the recipient of an unsettling message. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Primetime: What Would You Do?. The situations include a cosmetics employee putting concealer over a woman’s birthmark, two men adding bugs to soup to scam a free meal, a drunk dad asking his son to drive him, and a man kissing another man while his wife is in the bathroom. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Fringe. In a race against time, the alternate Fringe division goes up against a new foe. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. The JB Smoove Stand-Up Playlist. 8:00 PM CT Comedy Central

14. Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. In the first half hour, two brides with tunnel vision could find the light at the end of the tunnel. In the second half hour, a brides fashionista friend has his own ideas, twins have a plan for their shopping, and a bride’s guests have their own conservative ideas. 8:00 PM CT TLC

15. America’s Most Wanted. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. The Life & Times of Tim. Tim’s past haunts him on a business trip, and Tim and Amy sign a VIP privacy form. 8:00 PM CT HBO

17. On Freddie Roach. Boxing trainer Freddie Roach’s life. 8:30 PM CT HBO

18. Dateline NBC. Police suspect an estranged husband is behind his wife’s stabbing death, but the surveillance video shows he wasn’t around at the time. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Dateline NBC. The latest on the cruise ship crash in Italy. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Merlin. It’s Prince Arthur’s birthday and the town is celebrating with dancers, jugglers and acrobats to entertain the Arthur but he’s not easily impressed. Back in the staging area, we see two circus jugglers discuss their recent delivery of knives which suggests that it might be used for more than just entertainment. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

21. Four Weddings. An artificial tree forest at a reception, garden-grown sunflowers on tables, a 4-carat ring, and a country-chic affair. 9:00 PM CT TLC

22. Confessions: Animal Hoarding. A person entering the breeding business becomes overwhelmed, and a home renovator chooses an unusual living space. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Real Time with Bill Maher. 9:00 PM CT HBO

24. NBA Basketball. Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

25. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Sarah Colonna, and Joe Perry. Tyler, Perry, and Jackson perform. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – American Idol Night 2

The first night of the the auditions for season 11 of American Idol went very well. There were several memorable good voices, instead of just the normal one or two. Are they setting us up for a great season or for a big fall when we’ll hit a city that won’t produce much of anything? Tonight is more auditions, this time in Pittsburgh. Will it be another big success? Catch up with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Dana Carvey guest cohosts, with Ewan McGregor and Elizabeth Banks as guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. My Best Friend’s Girl. A player starts dating his best friend’s ex in order to convince her to go back out with him, but he starts to fall for her instead. Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, and Jason Biggs star. 10:45 AM CT Comedy Central

3. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Rob Lowe and Adam Lambert. Syndicated, check local listings.

4. Letters to Juliet. An engaged woman finds a letter on a wall in Verona, Italy, dedicated to followers of Shakespeare’s Juliet. She becomes obsessed with finding the author and hopefully reuniting her with her lost love, more than forty years after the letter was written. 4:00 PM CT The Movie Channel

5. College Basketball. Wake Forest at Duke. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

6. College Basketball. Vanderbilt at Alabama. 6:00 PM CT ESPN2

7. The Big Bang Theory. With a bit of spontaneity, Leonard invites Penny to a romantic dinner, and it could change everything. 7:00 PM CT CBS

8. 30 Rock. A video of Tracy ranting offensively is leaked, Jack does not approve of Liz’s boyfriend, and Kenneth and Jenna look to Kelsey Grammer for help. 7:00 PM CT NBC

9. Wipeout. Family members compete on obstacles include that include the Frosty Family Tree, Pain in the Ice, and Cold-Hearted Snake. If you want even more Wipeout, check out the webisodes of the people who work setting up these obstacles. 7:00 PM CT ABC

10. The Vampire Diaries. Bonnie wonders if her recurring dreams couple provide the answer to how to kill Klaus, Tyler looks for help as he tries to reclaim his free will, and Alaric’s new friend is intriguing to Damon. 7:00 PM CT CW

11. American Idol. Auditions continue in Pittsburgh. 7:00 PM CT Fox

12. When Vacations Attack! A couple vacationing in Hawaii is taking in the breathtaking beauty when a huge wave hits and wipes them out. Hugh Alexander is washed into a whirlpool of powerful tides, battered into the jagged rocks and then sucked into a cave that no one has ever come out of alive. Then, a tanker truck carrying propane has overturned on the freeway, and a young woman is stuck in her car with her doors melted shut in blinding black smoke. Finally, a skydiver’s parachute malfunctions, and she smashes into a parking lot face first as her husband watches helplessly; and she’s pregnant. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. American Idol. Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT TNT

14. Rob. Rob is convinced by Rosa to have a traditional wedding, but Fernando doesn’t approve, and Hector starts planning the bachelor party. 7:30 PM CT CBS

15. Parks and Recreation. Leslie and Ben clash over her campaign ad, Chris has Ron feeling uncomfortable, and Andy and April visit the doctor. 7:30 PM CT NBC

16. Person of Interest. Reese asks Carter to help with the case of a woman who turned her life around and then became a lawyer. 8:00 PM CT CBS

17. The Office. Kevin suggests Robert throw a pool party for the office before he sells his mansion, Erin tries to get Andy’s attention by flirting with Dwight, and Robert gives a tour of his home. 8:00 PM CT NBC

18. Grey’s Anatomy. A liver transplant for two sisters if Richard’s 10,000th surgery, Derek and Lexie work on an “inoperable” case, Teddy and Cristina try to step one of Alex and Dr. McQueen’s cases, and Meredith works on choosing a specialty. 8:00 PM CT ABC

19. The Secret Circle. Jake comes back and gives Cassie a chance to finally find out what happened when her dad died, but Diana and Adam are suspicious of why he would make this offer. Faye gets trapped. 8:00 PM CT CW

20. The Finder. Walter is asked by a former prison warden to find a bullet that could prove a death row inmate’s innocence, an FBI psychologist evaluates Walter’s consulting ability for federal cases, and a beach party gets Willa in trouble. 8:00 PM CT Fox

21. The First 48. A shooting victim turns up in a scrap yard, and a woman turns up dead in a motel room. 8:00 PM CT A&E

22. World’s Dumbest … World’s Dumbest Parties 18 includes drunk people on horseback in a parade, girls in bikinis falling off yachts, hipsters dancing and at laundromat, and people somehow splashing in empty pools. 8:00 PM CT truTV

23. NY Ink. Ami gets some daddy-daughter time in at South Beach and spends time with the guys of Love/Hate. 8:00 PM CT TLC

24. Project Runway All Stars. The designers are tasked with creating a cocktail dress for Miss Piggy. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. Braxton Family Values. Toni gets inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and asks her sisters to perform a tribute to her at the ceremony. However, the girls just can’t get it together during rehearsals. Tamar once again takes over, Towanda once again leaves, and Traci once again lashes out at Tamar. Ever the peacemaker, Trina tries to pull things together, but they can’t pull this one off, leaving Toni and fans disappointed. 8:00 PM CT WE

26. College Basketball. North Carolina at Virginia Tech. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

27. College Basketball. Illinois at Penn State. 8:00 PM CT ESPN2

28. Up All Night. Ava and Reagan think a rival could be stealing show ideas, and Reagan is jealous of Chris’ new friend. 8:30 PM CT NBC

29. The Mentalist. Jane and the others, with little evidence to go on, investigate a mob boss’ son’s death, and Van Pelt is haunted of memories of O’Laughlin’s shooting. 9:00 PM CT CBS

30. The Firm. Mitch defends a psychiatrist on charges she killed her stalker, Mitch tells Abby and the FBI he believes he could be being watched, and Ray and Tammy work on the Sarah Holt case. 9:00 PM CT NBC

31. Private Practice. A pregnant woman is badly beaten, Cooper, Charlotte, and Amelia advise Erica on a tough decision she must make, and Addison and Jake meet with possible surrogates. 9:00 PM CT ABC

32. Archer. Archer is shocked when his mother dates Burt Reynolds. 9:00 PM CT FX

33. Beyond Scared Straight. Six at-risk teenage Virginians go behind bars to hoping get scared straight. 9:00 PM CT A&E

34. Impractical Jokers. Massaging people at the beach, broadcasting the new from Times Square, and teaching a karate class. 9:00 PM CT truTV

35. 24 Hour Catwalk. The designers are tasked with making a ball gown using a rubber clown mask, and two designers need to use a black plastic mask for a superhero-inspired collection. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

36. Jersey Shore. The roommates try get used to not having Vinny around, Mike confronts hsi demons, and Pauly celebrates his birthday. 9:00 PM CT MTV

37. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz. 9:30 PM CT TNT

38. Unsupervised. In order to hook up with girls, Gary and Joel try to change their image. 9:30 PM CT FX

39. Conan. Gina Carano and Owen Smith are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

40. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tonight’s guests are Wanda Sykes, Mark Cuban, and David Nail. 10:00 PM CT CBS