What’s Hot on TV Tonight – 30 Rock Finale

I like that 30 Rock is going out with its series finale tonight on a good note. It didn't overstay its welcome on the schedule, staying just long enough to enjoy the spoils of success. Following the finale and an hour of The Office, catch the series premiere of Do No Harm. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ryan Seacrest and a 4-year-old geography expert are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon loses confidence when he is forced to work with his nemesis, and Raj and Howard buy action figures resembling themselves. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. 30 Rock. Series finale. Jack takes a look at his life, Liz has a difficult time being a stay-at-home mom, Kenneth gets acclimated to his new job, and everyone gets together for one last episode of TGS. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Vampire Diaries. Klaus wants help from Stefan, Bonnie has an unexpected visit and a scary run-in, and Elena tells Stefan her plan. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. American Idol. Night six of auditions, this time in Chicago . 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NBA Basketball. Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder. 7:00 PM CT TNT

7. Dateline on OWN. In the first hour, a girl disappears from her parents' Portugal' hotel room. In the second hour, investigators can't make sense of a case. 7:00 PM CT OWN

8. Two and a Half Men. Alan is in trouble with Lyndsey when he doesn't give her a key to the beach house, and Walden, Alan, Herb, and Billy share commiserate about their relationship troubles. 7:30 PM CT CBS

9. Person of Interest. A former acquaintance captures Reese, and is planning a deadly act of cyber-warfare. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. The Office. In the first half hour, David Wallace wants Dwight to find a new part-time salesperson to replace Jim, Pam looks for a new deskmate, and Erin looks for her birth parents. In the second half hour, Nellie and Dwight help Pam who finds a vandal has defaced her mural, and Darryl struggles with Jim's habits. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Grey's Anatomy. Derek an dApril try to find a solution for the hospital, Cristina tries to respect the wishes of the family of a dying boy, and Arizona and a teenager are facing similar situations. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Beauty and the Beast. Vincent is torn between memories and feelings with Alex and Cat, and Tess investigates a rich adventurer's wife's death 8:00 PM CT CW

13. Glee. The glee club creates a calendar to raise funds, and Rachel gets a role in a student art film. 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. The First 48: Missing Persons. A man complains that he received an ominous phone call from his missing girlfriend, and a Chicago teenager is under a gang member's influence and considered to be armed and dangerous. 8:00 PM CT A&E

15. Project Runway The designers must create server uniforms and ballboy outfits for ping pong social clubs. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Mary Mary. Mary Mary earns a lifetime achievement award for her Essence performance. 8:00 PM CT WE

17. Anger Management. Charlie's dad gets involved with a bad crowd. 8:30 PM CT FX

18. Elementary. During his NYPD suspension, Sherlock investigates a conspiracy theorist's involvement in a hit-and-run, and Watson looks for peace between Gregson and Sherlock. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Do No Harm. Series premiere. A neurosurgeon struggles to control his alter ego. 9:00 PM CT NBC

20. Scandal. Olivia comes apart are her colleagues find out the truth about the rigged election, and Mellie tries to land Fitz. 9:00 PM CT ABC

21. King of the Nerds. One nerd earns respect from the others, and Team Orange experiences shockwaves. 9:00 PM CT TBS

22. Suits. Harvey is up against Rachel's dad in a gender discrimination case. 9:00 PM CT USA

23. Archer. Archer's fear of cyborgs is realizes when Krieger tries to make Gillette a pair of robotic legs. 9:00 PM CT FX

24. Beyond Scared Straight. A football prodigy turned thief, a pot-smoking teen from the 'burbs, and an aspiring rap star get a chance to see life behind bars 9:00 PM CT A&E

25. Lost and Found. A missing child is reunited with her mom, albeit thirty years later, a Super Bowl rings is lost in the ocean, and a 5-year-old finds a treasure 9:00 PM CT OWN

26. Kathy. Jeremy Irons and Lisa Ling are the guests. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

27. Buckwild. The guys bring the girls camping, Tyler and Katie drive Cara crazy, Cara's ex visits, Shain wants to become a millionaire, and ghosts take over the Holler. 9:00 PM CT MTV

28. NBA Basketball. Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors. 9:30 PM CT TNT

29. Legit. Jim and Steve make a fake online dating profile to help Bill meet girls, and Steve goes to a bar tests out Jim's pickup strategies on a coworker 9:30 PM CT FX

30. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight include Al Pacino, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Super Bowl Commercials

Whether you watch the game or not, Super Bowl commercials are always entertaining. Tonight CBS is featuring a special that includes a countdown of he best commercials ever. Will the Clydesdales make the cut? Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicholas Hoult, and Sloane Stephens. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2013. Boomer Esiason and Aisha Tyler host. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Whitney. Whitney is contacted by a terrible ex wanting to get back with her, and R.J. presents Roxanne with a theory. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Arrow. Oliver looks for the deal who supplied Thea with a drug called vertigo, Laurel defends Thea, and Felicity shares new about Moira that is disturbing. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. American Idol. The fifth night of auditions. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Big Rich Atlanta. Ashlee and Harvin's friendship causes problems with Meyer, Ashlee is asked by Diana and Anandi to be their pageant coach, and Kahdijiha house hunts while her mom is busy meddling. 7:00 PM CT Style

7. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Guys with Kids. Marny is overwhelmed and lies to Gary hoping to getting more time alone, and Chris signs up the grup for trivia night, leading to Nick and Sheila's competitive natures to surface. 7:30 PM CT NBC

9. The Neighbors. The Weavers and Bird-Kersees deal w h class and race issues competing for a country club membership. 7:30 PM CT ABC

10. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The detectives work undercover to arrest a man responsible for brutally attacking other men, and a touch D.A. complicates ADA Barba's case 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Supernatural. Sam and Dean's hotel room is visited by a man claiming to be Henry Winchester and demanding to know where John Winchester is, an dDean and Sam finds out more about their family history and their dad. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. Ghost Hunters. The team investigates an insane asylum that has been closed for nearly 40 years. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

13. Toddlers & Tiaras. Brooklyn, Bella, and Emma Belle compete. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover. In the one-hour special, viewers will visit NFL games to see how superfans tailgate in cities like Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Kansas City and more. After learning from the nation’s foremost tailgate experts, Adam Richman puts this knowledge to good use. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Kimora: House of Fab. Staff members compete with viral videos, OK! magazine interviews Kimora, Sarah and Ashley get fashion bloggers Elle and Blaire Fowler ready for an awards show. 8:00 PM CT Style

16. Suburgatory. Yakula gets depressed, leading Dallas to look for yelp from Yoni, and the Shays ask Tessa to fix up Lisa with a date. 8:30 PM CT ABC

17. Chicago Fire. A troubled teenager sets a fire that kills a man, Severide gets in contact with his dad, Otis takes some shifts at the slowest firehouse in the city, and Shay and Dawson end up in a bad situation. 9:00 PM CT NBC

18. Necessary Roughness. Dani treats famous rockers, TK deals with team politics, and the team works on getting used to Juliette's leadership. 9:00 PM CT USA

19. The Americans. Series premiere. Married KGB spies impersonate Americans in D.C. after President Reagan is elected. 9:00 PM CT FX

20. Hot in Cleveland. Melanie fixes Joy up on a date, Elka pretends to be Victoria's agent, and game night exposes secrets. 9:00 PM CT TVLand

21. Ghost Mine. The miners may have finally hit their first big strike, while the investigators make a discovery of their own. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

22. Top Chef: Seattle. The chefs sail to Alaska, elevate iceberg lettuce for the Quickfire, and prepare surf and turf in the Elimination Challenge. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

23. Cheer Perfection. Two weeks before their biggest competition, Youth Silver has a dress rehearsal, Ann finds out Andrea is named team mom president, and the Parent's Squad takes the floor. 9:00 PM CT TLC

24. Washington Heights. Ludwin look for support from Frankie when his brother gets in trouble, Reyna comes to a big decision, and JP's mom would like him to pay the electric bill. 9:00 PM CT MTV

25. Happily Divorced. Fran agrees to watch Cesar's son and Neil's daughter under the belief that parenting is easy. 9:30 PM CT TVLand

26. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

27. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Charlie Sheen, David O. Russell, and Holly Williams . 10:35 PM CT NBC

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – CBS is Back

After oddly taking a couple weeks off, CBS is back tonight with all new episodes of everything across the board. Let's hope this keeps up all week. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Sally Field and Quvenzhané Wallis. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NCIS. Abby is upset by childhood memories during the investigation into a car accident. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Betty White's Off Their Rockers. In the first half hour, NeNe Leakes is the guest. In the second half hour, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer, and Kyle Richards are the guests. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Taste. Auditions. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Hart of Dixie Bluebell is put on lockdown during a flue epidemic, forcing Wade to stay at his ex's place, Lemon starts to feel sick, possibly ruining her perfect night with Walt, and George directions Lavon's commercial for tourism. 7:00 PM CT CW

6. Raising Hope. Sabrina's mom hires the Modern Family camera crew to film Jimmy and Sabrina's wedding, Maw Maw and Rev. Bob disagree, and the family goes to L.A. for a taping of Hope's favorite show. 7:00 PM CT Fox

7. Pretty Little Liars. Aria considers telling Ezra about his son, Hannah believes Caleb is keeping a secret from her, Spencer doesn't want to play games anymore, and Emily finds out more information about Ali 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

8. The Bad Girls Club: Atlanta. Which girl gets her membership permanently revoked? 7:00 PM CT Oxygen

9. NICIS: Los Angeles. Callen is required to infiltrate a network of Chechen terrorists who are planning their next U.S. attack and recruiting firefighters. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. Go On. Ryan keeps pursuing Simone, even though Lauren warned against dating group members, and Yolanda, Anne, Sonia, and Fausta use Owen as a body double while shopping for a wedding dress for Lauren. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Happy Endings. In the first half hour, Max promises revenge when he is tricked into thinking he won the lottery, but his plotting interferes with a proposal from Pete, and Brad lands a new job. In the second half hour, Penny finds out Pete wants to elope, so Jane tries to change his mind by taking them to a wedding expo, and Dave and Alex face their unresolved issues. 8:00 PM CT ABC

12. Emily Owens, M.D. The hospital is overrun with bus crash victims, Emily runs E.R. triage, Cassandra questions Will's feelings for Emily, and Micah makes a big decision. 8:00 PM CT CW

13. New Girl./span> Nick and Schmidt start competing over a woman, Winston falls for a girl who doesn't reciprocate the feelings, and Jess' night alone goes astray from her plans 8:00 PM CT Fox

14. Face Off./span> The contestants must make ice demons 8:00 PM CT Syfy

15. The Lying Game./span> Emma believes Sutton wasn't altogether truthful about the night her car went into the lake, Ted invites his family to an event honoring him, and Rebecca and Alec play a game of cat and mouse. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

16. Starter Wives Confidential./span> Series premiere. Monica hosts a big party celebrating her blog's anniversary but decides not to share the guest list with everyone. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Edge of America./span> Geoff Edgers battles his way through Pennsylvania on a quest to be the last man standing, smashing through a demolition derby, struggling over a haggis eating contest and barely surviving an apocalyptic zombie race. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. Top Gear./span> Season premiere. The guys find the cars they drove in college and take them to Mexico for spring break to find out who had the best college car. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Dance Moms. Melissa tries to get Maddie back to being in Abby's favor, Mackenzie has a hard time with her new role, and the dancers compete agains the replacement dancers. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

20. The New Normal. Bryan buys apparatus that lets him simulate breastfeeding, Shania is upset when she finds out she was not breastfed in her younger years. 8:30 PM CT NBC

21. The Mindy Project. Mindy thinks her new guy and his female best friend are too close, and Morgan tries to help Danny get Jillian back. 8:30 PM CT Fox

22. Vegas. Mia's dad blindsides Jack, Dixon realizes a girl he saved from drowning was poisoned, and Savino and his crew get stranded in the desert. 9:00 PM CT CBS

23. Dateline NBC. Charlene Shunick discusses her sister's disappearance. 9:00 PM CT NBC

24. Cougar Town. The girls investigate Tom's new girlfriend, Ellie helps Bobby with his table manners, and Andy and Grayson start a rebellion against the girls' rules. 9:00 PM CT TBS

25. White Collar. Peter and Neal investigate the connection between Senator Pratt and corrupt cops. 9:00 PM CT USA

26. Justified. Raylan gets into a confrontation with a brawler because of his hunt for the stolen money, and Boy and Ava are faced with a decision that could destroy them. 9:00 PM CT FX

27. Total Blackout. Siblings team up to tackle four tanks filled with unknowns, donuts and more. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

28. Our America with Lisa Ling. Why childhood obesity could be changing the expected lifespan. 9:00 PM CT OWN

29. The Millionaire Matchmaker. Denis Richards' dad, widowed, look for love, and a 30-year-old is used to her share of unemployed losers. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

30. America's Supernanny. Deborah helps a family after the 19-year-old daughter contacts her tired of being forced into a parenting role because of her parents' fighting. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

31. Snooki & JWOWW. Snooki and Jionni make adjustments as new parents, and Jenni and Roger visit Maine to see his family. 9:00 PM CT MTV

32. Late Show with David Letterman. The guests tonight are Sylvester Stallone and former Vice President Al Gore. 10:35 PM CT CBS

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – More Medical Mishaps on The Bachelor

Tierra fell down the stairs last week on The Bachelor, and some of the girls thought it was a big hoax to get Sean's attention. Tonight, there will be yet another incident with one of the girls, this time while they're duking it out during a roller derby. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sean Hayes and Jillian Michaels are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings

2. The Biggest Loser. The contestants are challenged to stock a kitchen with a week's worth of healthy food while on a budget, and of the losers tries to keep going despite having setbacks. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. The Bachelor. Sean takes one woman rick climbing, while a roller derby match ends with a hospital trip, and Sean surprises one date with a shopping trip and Ben Taylor performance. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Carrie Diaries. Tom won't let Carrie see SEbastian, so she snoops through his files and finds surprising info about his past, and Maggie tries to get over her breakup with Walt. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Bones.Two bodies are found in the same burial plot, Brennan and Booth talk about arrangements for their demise, and Daisy comes back for the first time since the breakup.7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Continuum.Carlos and Kiera investigate murders where victims are drained of their endocrine fluid. 7:00 PM CT Syfy

7. Switched at Birth. Boy invites Lana to dinner so that she and Bay can meet, Daphne tries to help Travis with his struggles at home. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

8. Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

9. Jerseylicious. Season premiere. The stylists plan a casino-themed party for Anthony's 40th, Tracy takes her bridesmaids shopping for dresses, and Olivia fights with Gigi 7:00 PM CT Style

10. 90210. Annie goes through an alternate reality that has her staying in Kansas, while she's engaged to her high school boyfriend, Dixon doesn't have any contact with his family and is a successful hip hop artist, and Adrianna is the bad girl of Hollywood. 8:00 PM CT CW

11. The Following. Ryan, Agent Weston, and FBI Specialist Debra Parker look into Carroll's psychic history, and Emma, Jacob, and Paul plot their next move while holding Claire's son. 8:00 PM CT Fox

12. Dallas. Season premiere. In the first hour, Christopher and John Ross disagree, Christopher tries to get his divorce to go his way, John Ross gets revenge on Christopher and Elena, and Ann gets blackmailed by her ex. In the second hour, J.R. and John Ross make a deal to take control of Ewing Energies, Pamela Rebecca Barnes wants to get revenge agains the Ewings for her dad. 8:00 PM CT TNT

13. Being Human. Nora and Josh meet a teen runaway, Sally tries to fix things with Troy, and Aidan and Henry look for clean blood. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

14. Hoarders. A hoarder is forced to clean up after a neighbor reports her, and a former antiques dealer's home is turned into a fire hazard. 8:00 PM CT A&E

15. Bunheads. Michelle's brother visits after after failed marriage, Melanie becomes interested in roller derby, making Ginny feel abandoned, and Boo and Carl are busy with child-care duties. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

16. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kyle's daughter graduates sixth grade, Brandi and the others go to Vegas, and the women find out new things about each other over dinner. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

17. Cake Boss: Next Great Baker. The bakers are asked by Michael Strahan to make the perfect birthday cake for Kelly Ripa. 8:00 PM CT TLC

18. The Layover with Anthony Bourdain. In the town of excess, New Orleans, Bourdain indulges in fresh crab & shrimp, drinks Sazerac with Davis Rogan, a Treme inspired character, hits the Kingpin and tops it all off with tacos from one of the nation’s top 20 food trucks. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

19. Built. Series premiere. A wealth suburbanite gets her attic turned into a closet, and Mike tries to stay in shape for an underwear modeling job. 8:00 PM CT Style

20. Deception. Joanna figures out Julian is hiding something about the night Vivian was murdered, Edward gets disturbing news, and Robert and Sofia are introduced to Mia's boyfriend. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Lost Girl. Bo’s houseguest Vex brings ‘greetings’ from a vengeful Morrigan. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

22. Intervention. A 32-year-old with an overbearing personality has blackouts and seizures because of his alcoholism. 9:00 PM CT A&E

23. Oprah's Next Chapter. Cissy Houston is the guest. 9:00 PM CT OWN

24. Vanderpump Rules. The staff goes to Vegas for Stassi's birthday, leaving Lisa shorthanded, and Jax causes a fight after crashing the party. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

25. Cake Boss. Buddy makes a 5-tier Bollywood wedding cake with special lighting effects, and Marissa tries a new cookie recipe. 9:00 PM CT TLC

26. Hotel Impossible. Claudia Gaitka has been in the hospitality business since she was a child. Her parents owned a hotel in Wildwood, New Jersey and once that closed down, her dad helped her purchase her own hotel – the Periwinkle Inn. With surrounding hotels and motels selling their properties to condominium developers, the Periwinkle is losing its advance bookings – and about $50,000 a year. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

27. Teen Mom 2. Leah and Jeremy get serious, Chelsea breaks down on Adam's birthday, Jenelle wonders about Andrew's paternity, and Kailyn gets asked out for a date. 9:00 PM CT MTV

28. Late Show with David Letterman. Melissa McCarthy, David Morissey, and David Byrne are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT CBS

Project Runway 11: No “I” in Team

The beginning of the eleventh season of Project Runway actually combines two shows:  Road to the Runway, which introduces us to the designers and shows clips of their auditions, and the premiere proper.  Road is hosted by Zanna Roberts Rossi and has Mondo Guerra (Season 8) and Laura Kathleen Planck (Season 9) serving as judges.

Zanna starts off by explaining the “twist” that everybody and their mother has probably heard about by now:  The designers will be working in teams throughout the whole season.  In the real world, fashion design is a collaborative process; nobody really works alone.  Zanna then tells the viewers a little about the audition process, which spanned several cities.  Aspiring contestants had to send videos of themselves and give interviews.  They also had to bring a collection for the judges to examine.

The first group of designers seems to consist of people who have had relationship troubles of some sort.  Emily Pollard, 24, hails from Falls Church, VA and is apparently hyper-competitive.  She charmingly tells us that she views competitors as “enemies,” and that she’s basically destined to win.  This despite the fact that she’s the second-youngest designer and has less experience than most of them.  She also shows off a jacket with two collars at her audition.

Benjamin Mach, 35, was born in Sydney Australia and currently lives in London.  His mother taught him to sew when he was nine.  He bravely talks about having been in an abusive relationship.  He likes period clothing.  Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34, lives in Portland, OR and had auditioned to be on the show the previous year.  She works at home, which she says isn’t idea, because of the “distractions,” which include her pets and the mailman.  She tells us she’s having affair with him– despite being married.  Charming.  Amanda Valentine, 31, lives in Nashville, TN, considers herself ambitious and competitive.  She also prides herself on being the “black sheep” of the family and had left the Mormon Church when she was 14.  She likes leather.

The next group are the unconventional designers.  Patricia Michaels, 46, lives in Taos, NM– and arrives at her audition with a parasol in hand.  She is inspired by Native American dress and even gave her own wedding dress a Native American flavor.  She also makes her own fabrics.  She’s divorced, as her husband had told her to choose him or her career– and she picked her career.  Joseph Aaron Segal, 30, lives in Providence, RI.  He likes knits and adores cats.  He collects a lot of cat-themed knick-knacks and incorporates a lot of cat imagery in his work.  Cindy Marlatt, 59, lives in Kent, WA.  She grew up near Seattle in a poor family and learned to sew as a child.  She used to be a funeral director and now wants to launch her own clothing line.  Daniel Esquivel, 48, lives in Austin, TX.  He turns up at his audition wearing shorts and patent leather shoes and shows of a voluminous black dress with polka dots.  He had dropped out of school in the 9th grade and has had alcohol and drug problems.  He also loves suits and hats.

Zanna describes the next group as the “pushy” designers.  That probably means “obnoxious camera hogs.”  Here’s hoping they’re either more tolerable than they sound or make quick exits.  Kate Pankoke, 23, is the baby of the group and hails from Chicago, IL.  Despite her youth, she had started her clothing line within the last year.  Her specialty is bridal dresses and she has auditioned three times to be on Project Runway.  She describes herself as a “psychological manipulator.”  Richard Hallmarq, 39, lives in Sacramento, CA.  He loves the sound of his own voice and goes on and on about something.  At his audition, he shows off a garment made of lace that he’d painted gold.  James Martinez, 29, lives in Dallas, TX.  He talks about how he used to get bullied a lot– as did several of the other contestants.  He likes suits and has given his sewing machines names.  We may have found this season’s kook.

Last up are the “quiet” designers, who hopefully won’t lose all their screen time to the “pushy” folks.  Layana Aquilar, 28, lives in New York City, but was born in Brazil.  During her audition, she impressed Mondo by telling him that a piece he’d been admiring was made of the cheapest fabric she could buy.  He responded that it didn’t look cheap at all.  Tu Suthiwat Nakchat, 26, lives in Springfield, VA, but was born in Thailand.  He was briefly a monk, but came to the U.S. and went to Parsons The New School for Design.  Samantha Black, 28, lives in Brooklyn, NY.  She likes menswear and uses it as an inspiration for women’s designs.  She also likes colors, prints, and patterns.  Matthew Arthur, 30, lives in New Orleans.  He describes his clients as people who like to party and he incorporates drug imagery in the jewelry he makes.  He knows a lot of drug users and worries about the possibility of becoming an addict himself.  Last up is Stanley Hudson, 44, who lives in West Hollywood, CA.  He arrives at the audition wearing a suit that he’d made.  He has wanted to be a fashion designer ever since he was a child, when his grandmother gave him a copy of Vogue.

After introducing everybody, Zanna then asks the designers how they feel about working in teams.  Inevitably, some people say they hate the idea.  At least half the designers describe themselves as a leader.  Unless the teams in questions are pairs, that’s not going to work very well.  I can also guarantee that the older designers are not going to cede leadership to the younger ones.  This season, only six designers are in their 20’s; the rest are at least 30.

On that note, it’s time for the actual premiere.  The designers, as usual, arrive in New York City, but then they head straight for the runway.  Layana from Brazil is the first to arrive and she tells us that she’s lived in New York City for the past three years.  Michelle describes her style as “geek chic.”  Daniel talks about how he’s had no formal training, which is often a drawback.  Emily says she’s used to going without sleep and adds that the other designers may as well go home since she’s going to win.  Benjamin talks about how he’d moved to London from Australia with 300 pounds in his pocket.  He also likes “faded glamour.”  Cindy tells us she went to design school– after having been a funeral director for 23 years.

Heidi and Tim come out on the runway and welcome everybody to the show.  They then announce the twist:  All the challenges will be team challenges.  Cue the usual moans and groans, but some designers, like Daniel, are actually okay with team challenges.  There will be two teams of eight.  Daniel, Amanda, Patricia, Stanley, Kate, Layana, Joseph, and Richard form one team, while Benjamin, Cindy, Michelle, Samantha, James, Matthew, Tu, and Emily form the other team.

Heidi then describes the challenge.  Each designer is to make an outfit that represents their own aesthetic– but with input from their teammates.  New York City itself will serve as the designers’ inspiration.  Daniel’s team will get a “far view” of the city from aboard a boat, while Benjamin’s team will get a “near view” of the city from the roof of Atlas Apartments.

Daniel’s team quickly christen themselves Team Keeping It Real.  While they sketch and get to know each other over champagne, Stanley talks about how he’d been a T.V. costume designer.  The team on the roof also get champagne and decide to call themselves the Dream Team.

Om the boat, Patricia talks about how she’s the first Native American to appear on Project Runway, as far as she knows.  (I think she’s right.)  She then startles her peers with a war whoop, prompting Layana to decide she’s “weird.”  Richard admires a bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Afterwards, the designers go to Atlas Apartments.  Amanda and Michelle bond, despite being on opposing teams.  Amanda describes herself as a “lone ranger,” and isn’t happy about being on a team.

The next morning, the designers head to the workroom, which has been split down the middle to give each group their own work area.  Cindy and some others check out the accessory wall, which has been stocked by Lord & Taylor.  Tim welcomes them, and tells them that each team will have a budget of $1200, which averages to $150 per contestant.  The teams caucus, and then head to Mood, where they spend 45 minutes shopping.

Back at the workroom, the designers start work.  Emily assures us that she will be in the Top 3.  Somebody get this cocky idiot off my T.V. already.  Patricia is dyeing and painting her fabric, which worries some of her teammates, who wonder if she’ll finish in time.  Daniel notes that some of his teammates have poor construction skills and decides to help them.

Tim comes in to make his rounds.  He talks to the teams, rather than individual designers as in previous designs.  He also encourages the designers to critique each other.  He starts with the Dream Team.  Cindy had been planning to make a print dress paired with pants, and Tim and the rest of the Dream Team nix the pants.  The general consensus is that Cindy should concentrate on making a dress out of her print.  Emily, who has accomplished very little and is consequently starting to get nervous, has nonetheless planned to make a jacket and a dress.  She’s told to concentrate on the dress, since she obviously won’t be able to make both piece in the time left.  Over on Team Keeping It Real, nobody likes the sleeves on Kate’s look.  She’s told to get rid of them.

When the models come in for their fitting, Cindy finds her dress is way too long.  Emily has fallen very behind.  Worse, to her teammates’ annoyance, she has tried to make a jacket anyway, despite being told to make a dress.

On the day of the runway show, the members of the Dream Team debate among themselves whether to help Emily or not.  They don’t want to lose because of her, but they don’t want to carry a weak designer either.  Cindy points out, “We do need to cull the herd.”  Ironically, Cindy does help Emily, and makes a short skirt.

Tim comes in to send in the models.  Before doing so, he advises the designers that styling will affect their overall score.  They should therefore use the accessory wall thoughtfully.  The models get dressed and go to hair and make-up.

On the runway, Heidi introduces the judges.  The usual suspect Nina Garcia is back, but Michael Kors has been replaced by fashion designer Zac Posen.  Michael will be back for the finals.  Christian Siriano, the winner from Project Runway’s fourth season, is the guest judge.

Heidi then describes the prize package the winning designer can look forward to.  These include 100 grand from L’Oreal, a 2013 Lexus, 50 grand’s worth of technology from HP and Intel, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, and the chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord and Taylor.

Team Keeping It Real is up first.  Stanley made a sleeveless jumpsuit out a metallic dark blue fabric.  Kate made a sleeveless beige dress with black trim.  Richard made an asymmetrical black and gray dress.  It has one long sleeve and one short sleeve.  The collar and the skirt are also asymmetrical.

Patricia’s dress is deceptively simple-looking.  It just looks like a sleeveless white dress with gray print– but some of the gray parts are actually square flaps.  Amanda made gray pants and an asymmetrical  blue top.  Layana made a Little Black Dress that has lacing in the back.  Joseph made a draped, sleeveless dress apparently made of swatches of yellow, beige, and gray fabric.

Daniel is the last to go, and he made a solid black outfit.  It includes pants cropped at the knee and a top with mid-length sleeves that end a little past the elbow.  The top also has a peplum.

The Dream Team is next.  Matthew made a sleeveless ivory top and a brown print mini-skirt that flares out to the sides.  Samantha made a sleeveless blue mini-dress.  Tu made a mini-skirt with a matching top that has an exposed zipper down the front and a bare midriff.  The ensemble is white on the front and black on the back.

James made a white tank top with a diagonal pleat on the front.  He also made a color-blocked black and orange skirt.  Emily made a messy-looking top out of translucent blue material.  Her model also wore a very short black skirt.

Benjamin made a tan dress with a train.  Cindy made a long print dress.  The top part resembles a tank top.  There’s also an odd, built-in sash with a red and white checkerboard pattern, that simply does not go with the brown and blue color scheme or the rounded shapes of the print.   Michelle made a black dress with brown trim.

Heidi then announces that Team Keeping It Real is the winning team, while the Dream Team is the losing team.  The winning designer will come from Team Keeping It Real, while somebody from the Dream Team will be sent home.  The Dream Team goes backstage, while the judges talk to Team Keeping It Real.

The judges announce that Daniel, Richard, and Patricia are the top designers.  They then start with Daniel, who was inspired by some of the buildings he saw.  Zac likes the draped look of the outfit.  Nina thinks it could work in other colors besides black.

Next up is Richard.  Zac praises him for his use of asymmetry, noting that it is a difficult technique to use correctly.  Asymmetrical garments can be unflattering, but Richard dodged that particular bullet.

Patricia goes on and on about how she was inspired by the windows in New York’s buildings.  After (politely) telling her to shut up, Heidi praises her for her skill in manipulating leather.  Zac likes the tactile effects of the design.  Nina deems it a good idea to use a simple form.  She also likes how the panels create movement.

The judges then turn their attention to the bottom three designers:  James, Cindy, and Emily.  James says he likes color-blocking and adds that his teammates had talked him out color-blocking his top.  The judges all describe his look as “pedestrian,” “uninspired,” and “not special.”  In other words, boring.

Emily admits that she ran out of time, but she doesn’t admit that 1) Cindy made the skirt for her and 2) the other designers all had the same amount of time as she did.  The judges all hate the top, describing it as “shredded looking,” and “unfinished.”

Cindy tells the judges that she saw a checkerboard painting and had incorporated it into her look.  Heidi doesn’t think it’s a good mix of prints.  Nina doesn’t think the dress looks all that urban.  (I agree:  Checkerboard patterns, particularly red and white checkerboard patterns, look more rural to me.)  Zac simply thinks the dress is boring.

The judges then have their chat.  Heidi says she loves team challenges, as they force the designers to trust each other.  Keeping It Real already seems to have gotten the hang of working together.  As for the top designers, Patricia did a good job of manipulating fabric.  Daniel accomplished a lot in one day, and the results were sculpted and detailed.  Richard’s look was both urban and versatile.

As for the bottom designers, James’ look resembled something that could be found at the mall.  Cindy’s dress looked like something from the 90’s.  Emily’s look showed originality, but was still an ugly mess.  As soon as the judges brought up Emily’s “creativity,” I started getting annoyed.  Having a bunch of good ideas doesn’t matter if you don’t have the skills or knowledge to put them into practice.  James and Cindy may have turned out boring looks, but they at least were able to make finished pieces within the time constraints.

The judges then announce their decision.  Daniel is the winner.  Richard, Patricia, and James are all safe, while Cindy and Emily are in the bottom.  Cindy is in, so Emily and her cockiness are out.

Subsequent weeks:  The previews show a European challenge, Heidi holding a goose, and Patricia breaking down.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Obama and Hillary on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes is one you won't want to miss this week. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are both appearing. Additionally, the Anti-Doping Agency CEO checks in saying that Lance Armstrong wasn't entirely truthful with Oprah Winfrey. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. College Basketball. Michigan State at Indiana. 12:00 PM CT CBS

2. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics. 12:00 PM CT ABC

3. PGA Tour Golf. Final Round of Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego. 2:00 PM CT CBS

4. Figure Skating. U.S. Championships, Men's Free Skate. 2:00 PM CT NBC

5. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City thunder at Los Angeles Lakers. 2:30 PM CT ABC

6. Cris Collinsworth's Sunday Night Football Special. 4:00 PM CT NBC

7. NBA Basketball. Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks. 5:30 PM CT ESPN

8. 60 Minutes. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart who claims Lance Armstrong wasn't entirely truthful with Oprah Winfrey. 6:00 PM CT CBS

9. 2013 Pro Bowl. From Honolulu. 6:00 PM CT NBC

10. The Cleveland Show. In this parody of mob movies set in Italy, Cleveland has to decide between Rallo and Cleveland Jr. as his successor, Cleveland Jr. wants to have a Quincezñera in Mexico, and Cleveland builds a robot. 6:30 PM CT Fox

11. The Simpsons. A tornado has Homer and Marge trying to set up guardians for the kids, and Marge questions the motives of the possible guardians. 7:00 PM CT Fox

12. 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Among the awards, Dick Van Dyke receives the Life Achievement Award. 7:00 PM CT TNT

13. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kenya and Phaedra keep working on workout videos, Kenya finds out Phaedra has been gossiping about her, Cynthia keeps building her agency, and NeNe has a difficult time staying at the top. 7:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Trip of a Lifetime. A sweepstakes offers one lucky viewer a chance to build and win the most over-the-top, multi-destination trip. Hosted by travel expert Samantha Brown, and featuring Adam Richman, Bert Kreischer and Anthony Melchiorri, this special introduces viewers to the stunning highlights of this extravagant vacation. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. The Simpsons. A tornado has Homer and Marge trying to set up guardians for the kids, and Marge questions the motives of the possible guardians. 7:30 PM CT Fox

16. The Good Wife. A substantial financial risk comes along with a career-changing offer for Alicia, Diane and Will confront creditors, and Eli and Jordan can't agree on a possible attack on Maddie's campaign. 8:00 PM CT CBS

17. The Makeover. Based on Pygmalion, an education consultant tries to turn a beer vendor into a congressional candidate. 8:00 PM CT ABC

18. Family Guy. Quagmire accidentally marries a hooker during a visit to Harvard, and tries to get out of his marriage by pretending that Peter is his lover. 8:00 PM CT Fox

19. Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. Scott learns about the lesbian lifestyle, and Kim treats her psoriasis with Kourtney's breast milk. 8:00 PM CT E!

20. Oprah's Next Chapter. LL Cool J is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

21. Shahs of Sunset. After a breakdown at lunch, MJ asks her mom to go to therapy with her, a friend informs Lilly her business might not be seen as respectable for a Persian wife, and Rez gets everyone together to come to a decision about GG. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

22. Snapped. A woman and past having a secret affair becomes suspects in a murder. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

23. Girls. Hannah makes friends with a junkie and parties with Elijah, and Marnie has an encounter with an artist 8:00 PM CT HBO

24. Shameless. Trying to scan a charity, Frank tells Carl he has cancer, and Lip finds the pedophiles living in the neighbordhood. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

25. American Dad. Francine invites Stan's dad to a party, as a dark secret involving the Smith family's past comes out. 8:30 PM CT Fox

26. Enlightened. Amy gets a letter from Levi, Levi escapes. 8:30 PM CT HBO

27. The Mentalist. A link to Red Jon and Visualize group is found in an investigation into a 225-year-old cast, and Lisbon considers the future. 9:00 PM CT CBS

28. Chasing the Saturdays. Mollie gets pushed to meet a new man, and Una has concerns about Rochelle's shopping habits. 9:00 PM CT E!

29. Plastic Wives Four women married to plastic surgeons. 9:00 PM CT TLC

30. Finding Bigfoot. The team pour over photos of an alleged sighting in West Virginia and set a trap. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

31. Mob Wives. Drita and her girls visit Lee in prison, Jo secretly plans to end his marriage to Carla. 7:30 PM CT VH1

32. House of Lies. Marty and Clyde try to score a casino king's business, Jeannie assesses Tamara, and Monica comes up with an unlikely connection. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

33. Californication. Hank and Faith attend a funeral, and Karen finds Hank in a compromising position. 9:30 PM CT Showtime

 

Top Chef: Seattle – Episode 12 – The Colonel Would Be Ashamed

I love the complicated challenges and the elaborate set ups that Top Chef puts their contestants through each and every season, but sometimes it is the simplest of challenges which proves to be the most difficult. Case in point – this week’s challenge to make something moms (and dads – no sexism here) around the country have been making for centuries. Something you can take a short ride from your house to seek out and find dozens of restaurants and fast food joints that will serve it to you with fries, slaw and a large soft drink.

Fried chicken. So easy, but perhaps too easy for these six over-tired, talented chefs. Tom made it clear to them – nothing fancy needed, just make good fried chicken. Did you ever hear of Popeye’s? That line of instruction is probably what doomed them. These chefs are too creative and have been plowing through so many huge challenges with minimal sleep for weeks at this point – to make them step back and do something easy is almost cruel. This is one of those challenges where bells and whistles, and fancy techniques or creative twists, would not be beneficial to them. Just make the chicken good. And amazingly, not enough of them managed to do that.

Both challenges this week focused on simplicity – make good fried chicken, and make good sushi for the Quickfire. Raw fish and deep fried bird are not really connected in any way, except that they are basic staples for two types of cuisine, and are treated as holy manna by those who love them. There are people whose sole purpose in life is to seek the best fried chicken in the world (for me, it is a truck stop in Central Pennsylvania), or the place that serves such good sushi it transcends dinner and becomes art (still looking for that place).

The chicken challenge got into the heads of too many chefs – only one chef seemed to not only make great chicken, but managed to not make any mistakes. Watching the judging, I don’t recall a recent challenge where it was so obvious who won. In fact, not only did OTV win this challenge by a mile – he was the Secretariat of fried chicken – but also this week was his finest hour. He dominated the elimination challenge and piled on the wit in his exchanges in the kitchen with Josie and Brooke. His only set back was making bacon and egg sushi. Really?

OTV made up for it later as he prepped his chicken. Josie was chirping about how her fried chicken recipe and how this style of cooking is in her blood. You know, Southern cooking. OTV asks her, “you mean…South Florida?” Because Josie’s from Miami. Let me agree here with OTV – Miami ain’t the South. Yes, it is IN the South, but it ain’t the South. It’s Havana North and NYC South. Let’s be honest. OTV makes an Arsenio “things that make you go hmmm” joke, but I would have gone C+C Music Factory instead.

Then the comedy team of OTV and Brooke took over. He asked about if she was making healthy fried chicken, because it doesn’t exist. She is only using the breast. He asked if she was skinning it. She was. He threw up a little in his mouth. In fairness, Brooke has an elaborate scheme to fool the world-class judges by infusing the skin into her batter to make it seem like it has skin. Come on, Brooke; just use the skin the way God or Gandalf intended. OTV threatens to break up with her, and Brooke breaks out her irresistible giggle. Awww….I’m rooting for these two.

But here is where I bury the lead, the Josie Show is over. Finally. It was only a gazillion weeks overdue. Greasy fried chicken on a banana leaf finally ended the insanity. Let’s check out the challenges now.

American Idol 12, Jan. 23 – The Big Fight That Wasn’t

With the first four hours of auditions last week, we definitely saw a few contenders as well as a couple of people who stole our hearts. Note that the new judges weren't anywhere near stealing anyone's hearts. Possibly Keith Urban, but definitely not Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Tonight the auditions are coming out of Charlotte, North Carolina. We get shades of what is to come in an argument between Mariah and Nicki, and are then told that we're flashing back six hours earlier. Scotty McCreery is on hand to wish everyone well as they enter the auditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Randy is looking for another chair.

Naomi Morris, 28, a bartender, Charlotte, loves fashion as it allows her to express herself. She makes it herself, so that it's all of her coming out. She wants the judges to remember her for what she has on as well as her voice. Nicki greets her when she walks in and tells her she's popping out. It's an odd joke. Nicki wants her to change her name to Omie and also advises her to wear fake lashes.

Naomi sings Respect and doesn't show as much fashion in her voice as she shows in the way she's dressed. Nicki even clutches her heart. Naomi finishes and apologizes, saying she knows she sings better but she's just shaking so bad. Nicki tells her she shocked her. Noami does open mikes all the time. Nicki encourages her to breathe, and Keith does as well.

Restarting with Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Naomi isn't any better. Randy Jaackson votes umm, and Mariah tells her not to let it bring her down, as she's a pretty girl. Keith says no, and Nicki tells her it's a no, but “God bless you and continue to shine as a fashion designer.” Mariah wants to call her about the skirt, and Nicki likes the bra.

Joel Nemoyer, 20, a fast food worker, Carlisle, PA, is also having a hard time with nerves. He tries jumping backwards off a ledge and falls and nearly hits his face. He also can't remember how old he is. He sings better when he lies on the ground. They go back to a clip of Chris Daughtry being told to sing lying down. He checks his watch as he walks into the audition, and Randy wonders if they're keeping him. He thinks Nicki's outfit is reminiscent of cotton candy. Nicki asks him to dance, but it's a little frightening. Regardless, Nicki thinks he's cute and wants to call him Jumanji.

Joel lies down on the floor to sing Feeling Good, and the panel can't help but laugh. It's really not that great. Nicki tells him it's a first, seeing someone lay down to sing, so if nothing else, he made history. Keith tells him he's swet, but he isn't sure if it's his thing. Mariah agrees. He gets noes from the judges and bows on his way out of the room. Nicki asks him if he's ever been to Tokyo. Odd.

Brian Rittenberry, 27, a bookkeeper, Jasper, GA, calls his son his biggest supporter. In 2009 his wife was diagnosed with stage four appendix cancer, and it grew from the size of a grapefruit to the size of a basketball. The doctors couldn't guarantee two years, and it was difficult for him to watch her go through all that. But the hardest was explaining it to his son. Yet, three year's later, she's still doing well. He tells the judges that his wife begs him to go to the basement when he sings. She loves Keith Urban, but Keith is worried he'll be sent to the basement. She even got her hair and nails done knowing she'd get to meet him.

Brian sings Let It Be, and actually has a good voice, a good booming voice. Keith tells him when he came out and starting talking, he was hoping he'd sing with that voice. Mariah didn't expect it, and it took her by surprise. Keith thinks he has a good light about him, and that he's husky and he's cool. Nicki loves the tone and raspiness, as well as the commitment. He gets four yeses. His wife gets a chance to come in to see him, and of course Keith. He tells her to stop sending her man down into the basement.

Nicki checks out what Keith is snacking on, trail mix, and he sets her up with some of her own. The next auditioner, Jimmy Smith, 25, a social worker, Waynesboro, TN, walks in and says Keith is his inspiration. Keith jokes he's going to Hollywood. He saw the ad to audition for Idol on a break from work. He sings Broken Road and is quite good. He has the voice, and with some guidance, he could be terrific.

Nicki says “poppin' over and over, and says she feels like Jimmy's voice is the one she was waiting to hear today. It has the sweetness she's been waiting to hear from a country singer. Keith loves his voice and thinks he sounds like he was influenced more by Gary Levox than him. He thinks we can see his personality in his tone. Mariah thinks he has something incredible and unique that she can't wait for the world to hear. He gets four easy yeses.

Sara-Joi Crowe, 17, Columbia, TN; Haley Dvis, 26, a hairdresser, Charleston; and Na'Chelle Fullins Lovell, 19, Charlotte (with an amazing range!) all make it through to Hollywood as well. Keith is waiting to pass out from hunger. The trail mix must not be doing it for him. The judges discuss Billie Holiday on the way to lunch, but Keith isn't familiar with her stuff. Mariah informs him he needs to get with it.

While Scotty is taking marriage proposals, Matthew Muse, 23, Florence, SC, just laughs when asked how badly he wants the golden ticket. He started singing a little at a time through different karaoke clubs. He likes to communicate wit his eyes, then just gets moving. It will be an honor for him to meet Keith. He tells Keith that he's been told he sounds like Brad Paisley. Keith tell him he looks like him too.

Matthew sings When I Get Where I'm Going, and his main problem seems to be sustainability. Mariah stifles a laugh while Nicki gives him a “yuck” look. He's quite animated, causing Keith to say it's a pity Brad plays the guitar, because he could pick up some great hand gesture tips from Matthew. Randy comments on the stance and asks Matthew if he dances, while he goes into something far and away from a boot-scootin' boogie. Randy tells him he's nowhere near ready for this, while Nicki recommends he become a model. She asks him to walk like he's on a runway, and he obliges. They all agree he's a cool dude, but … no.

One day earlier Randy hopped on a school bus to go surprise Isabel Gonzalez, 16, Alpharetta, GA, who was nominated for an audition by her Aunt Bernie. She thinks she has an amazing voice, but is too nervous to audition on her own. Randy walks into the school while the principal is talking about PSAT scores. Randy calls up Isabel and gives her an audition tag.

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Adam Levine on SNL

Sure, The Voice was over and decided a month ago, but we're not done with Adam Levine. We get more of him when he hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend. Kendrick Lamar is the musical guest Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Nikita. Owen and Nikita tend with a rogue cleaner, Michael starts new responsibilities at Division, and Nikita and Michael's relationship hits a rough patch. 7:00 PM CT CW

2. Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Gordon Ramsay lends his expertise to the Olde Hitching Post in Massachusetts. 7:00 PM CT Fox

3. Four Weddings. Kale does her own dance at her wedding, Jennifer gets serenaded by sorority sisters on a wedding cruise, Christa sticks with a black and white decor, and Araceli lassos her husband during a garden party 7:00 PM CT TLC

4. NBA Basketball. San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

5. Dateline NBC. Years after the crime, new evidence turns up to help the investigation of a murdered comic book store owner. 8:00 PM CT NBC

6. Killer Karaoke. Contestants sing songs while enduring an obstacle course filled with snakes and cacti, an enormous fan blowing debris in their faces, and more. 8:00 PM CT truTV

7. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, designer dresses on clearance. In the second half hour, a former miss DC is looking for the perfect dress, Tamara wants a gown out-of-the-box that makes a statement, and Stephanie isn't sure if she made the right choice while she's being fitted. 8:00 PM CT TLC

8. Ghost Adventures. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin travel internationally. They visit a notorious Jamaican plantation, a haunted island that has been declared off-limits by the Italian government, and underground caves where an English secret society was rumored to participate in pagan worship and orgies. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

9. 20/20. Stories cover alleged deception, looking at how men and women mislead others. 9:00 PM CT ABC

10. Merlin. Merlin has to realize Morgana's deception for what it is as she uses Princess Mithian to lure Arthur to his doom. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

11. Police Women of Dallas. Yvette heads to a stabbing call, Tracy takes care of a bickering couple, Cheryl lends a hand with an imagined dog problem, and Angela questions suspected carjackers. 9:00 PM CT OWN

12. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best. The favorite top 10 dresses. 9:00 PM CT TLC

13. The Dead Files. Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan examine frightening paranormal activity at a family home in Westminster, Colorado. A single mother's children live in fear of something unexplained. They've heard voices, seen things move and her son is too terrified to go anywhere alone in the home. 9:00 PM CT TLC

14. Teen Trouble. Josh tries helping a 15-year-old addicted to coke and prescription drugs. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

15. Real Time with Bill Maher. The panelists include David Avella, former Vt. Gov. Howard Dean, Kristen Soltis, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and Jon Tester. 9:00 PM CT HBO

16. Banshee. A mixed martial arts title bout is being planned at the Kinaho Moon Casino, run by tribe leader Benjamin Longshadow (Russell Means) and his son Alex (Anthony Ruivivar). Huge profits are anticipated for Banshee investors, but the enterprise is threatened when the champion (Cedric Stewart) arrives and angers Lucas and especially Siobahn. Will Lucas keep his mouth shut and allow the fight to go on as planned? 9:00 PM CT Cinemax

17. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Robert De Niro, Sherri Shepherd, and The Grascals. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. College Basketball. Louisville at Georgetown. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

2. College Basketball. Ohio State at Penn State. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

3. College Basketball. Maryland at Duke. 12:00 PM CT CBS

4. College Basketball. Alabama at Tennessee. 1:00 PM CT ESPN 2

5. PGA Tour Golf. Third Round of Farmers Insurance Open from Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego. 2:00 PM CT NBC

6. Figure Skating. U.S. Championships: Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance. 2:00 PM CT NBC

7. X Games. From Aspen. 3:00 PM CT ABC

8. College Basketball. Oklahoma at Kansas. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

9. College Basketball. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee State. 3:00 PM CT ESPN 2

10. College Basketball. Temple at Butler. 5:00 PM CT ESPN 2

11. College Basketball. North Carolina at North Carolina State. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

12. Figure Skating. U.S. Championships, Ladies Short Program and Free Skate. 7:00 PM CT NBC

13. UFC. Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson, flyweight; Quinton Jackskon vs. Glovier Teixeira; Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone; and Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch. 7:00 PM CT Fox

14. Six Little McGhees: Special Delivery. Two full hours of all the little McGhees. 7:00 PM CT OWN

15. College Basketball. Florida at Mississippi State. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

16. 48 Hours. In the first hours, an unarmed cop tries to stop a home invasion by tackling the gunman. In the second hour, a look into the murder investigation of hotel heir Benji Novack Jr. 8:00 PM CT ABC

17. The Lost Valentine. Susan Allison, jaded TV reporter, receives a sentimental Valentine's Day news assignment: the story of Caroline Thomas, who has waited 60 years for her pilot husband — declared missing in action during World War II — to return to her. After first scoffing at the assignment, Susan finds she has much to learn from both the story and Caroline's demonstration of love, faith and remembrance. 8:00 PM CT Hallmark Channel

18. Abominable Snowman. A group goes searching for their friends during a blizzard and a chilling discovery. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

19. 48 Hours: Hard Evidence. In the first hour, a media sensation occurs when a man staffs his private detective agency with soccer moms, but an undercover investigator has his own illegal secrets. In the second hour, three friends begin an investigation of their friend who disappeared from her Dallas area home and become suspicious of her girlfriend. 8:00 PM CT TLC

20. Pit Boss. Shorty has to break into a home to save a pit bull, and things don't go as planned when Ashley tries to produce a commercial for Shortywood. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

21. Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unsusual. In the first half hour, Cyndi shoots a True Colors Fund PSA, and the guys play golf. In the second half hour, Cyndi tries to balance a busy day with dinner at home with David. 8:00 PM CT WE

22. Spartacus: War of the Damned. Season Premiere. Spartacus and his army continue outwitting the best commanders in Rome, and the powers of the Empire try to turn to a wealthy politician for help destroying the rebellion. 8:00 PM CT Starz

23. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Mariah finds out a friend died, several dogs get dropped off at Villalobos, pushing the limits of the kennel, and people from Tia's past adopt some dogs. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

24. Saturday Night Live. Adam Levine is guest host, and Kendrick Lamar are the musical guest. 9:00 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Glee’s Return

After being off for the holidays, Glee is finally back tonight. Don't look for anything on CBS, though. They're taking the night off again. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Kristen Bell, Cedric the Entertainer, and a 105-year-old woman are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. 30 Rock. Criss and Liz get unexpected news, Liz tries to rally the staff to not allow TGS to be cancelled, and Kenneth causes interference as Jack tries to choose the new president of NBC. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Last Resort. Season finale. The Colorado i left open to capture by a outsider with a manipulative plan during a brutal battle for control. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Vampire Diaries. Klaus puts Matt in danger trying to control Jeremy, Rebekah wants a new ally, Bonnie has some questions for Shane, and Elena tries to secure Jeremy's safety 7:00 PM CT CW

5. American Idol. Night four of auditions, this time in Chicago . 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NBA Basketball. New York Kicks at Boston Celtics. 7:00 PM CT TNT

7. Project Runway Introducing the designers for season 11. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime

8. Parks and Recreation. April and Leslie try getting more female hires in government, Tom wants to learn basketball from Ben and Andy, and Ron watches Diane's kids. 7:30 PM CT NBC

9. The Office. Dwight tries to prevent Darryl from leaving, Pam gets upset when Jim misses Cece's first recital citing work reasons, and Erin and Pete are exposed by Nellie . 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Grey's Anatomy. Seattle Grace's newest doctor has others on edge, Arizona has a difficult time with a phantom limb pain, and Meredith goes up against her worst fear. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Beauty and the Beast. Vincent deals with repercussions of the past, while he's in the hospital, Cat tries to control her feelings for him, and J.T. has an unexpected visit. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. Glee. The glee club ladies plan a dance that sees people paired off interestingly, Sam tries to find evidence to show the Warblers cheated at sectionals, and Kurt look for his niche. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. The First 48: Missing Persons. Detectives delve into the subculture of Chicago's black gay males when a young man turns up missing after leaving a disturbing voice mail message. 8:00 PM CT A&E

14. The Millionaire Matchmaker. An entrepreneur wants a woman who isn't after his money, and another single guy looking for love is a perfectionist. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Mysteries at the Museum A makeshift harness involved in a mine rescue, a surfboard the shows evidence of an attack, and a crude explosive device from a bank heist. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

16. Project Runway Season premiere. The designers are surprised to find they'll be competing in teams. They must use New York as inspiration for their first garments. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

17. Mary Mary. Ashley gets confronted while at her divorce party, Virginia is worried about investing in her daughters' business, and Meagan and Ashley fight over a mutual boyfriend. 8:00 PM CT WE

18. 1600 Penn. The president locates an important person, Emily entertains the Austrian chancellor and his wife, making things difficult, and Skip finds his true calling. 8:30 PM CT TNT

19. Anger Management. Charlie starts up a relationship with a past patient. 8:30 PM CT FX

20. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry, Dr. Eric Topol, Ron Popeil, and Gen. Martin Dempsey. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. King of the Nerds. Team Blue and Team Orange compete, heroes against villains. 9:00 PM CT TBS

22. Suits. Harvey needs to protect Pearson Hardman from a rival firm, and Louis and Mike pay the piper for their previous actions. 9:00 PM CT USA

23. Archer. Archer and his ex-best friend are together in the Vermont wilderness. 9:00 PM CT FX

24. Impractical Jokers. The guys teach a dance class, try to sell Broadway tickets, and insist on a rematch in sudden death debates. 9:00 PM CT truTV

25. Beyond Scared Straight. A promiscuous teen shares a cell with a family member in Virginia's Western Tidewater Regional Jail, and finds it doesn't make anything easier 9:00 PM CT A&E

26. Kathy. Season premiere. T.I. is the guest. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

27. What Not to Wear. Academics have always come first for Simona, but now she needs a more appropriate and up-to-date style. 9:00 PM CT TLC

28. Buckwild. Ashley gets everyone compete in a bull-riding competition, the situation picks up between Tyler and Katie, and Joey gets pressure to take Shae out. 9:00 PM CT MTV

29. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns. 9:30 PM CT TNT

30. Legit. Jim and Steve try to sneak Billy out of the adult care facility to party it up one last time, but are forced to bring along Billy's mentally challenged roommate 9:30 PM CT FX

31. Double Divas.Molly and Cynthia design a mobile bra shop 9:30 PM CT Lifetime

32. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Dustin Hoffman, Jillian Michaels, Kenny Loggins, and Blue Sky Riders 10:35 PM CT NBC