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What to Watch: TV Picks for February 7-13

by Rich Keller, posted Feb 6th 2011 2:00PM
'The Chicago Code' premieres on FOX at 9PM.MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7

'The Chicago Code' (9PM, FOX) series premiere
Cops and corruption are two themes that producer Shawn Ryan is very familiar with. That's because he took those subjects and merged them into fan and critical favorite 'The Shield,' which ran from 2002 to 2008 on FX. For his newest production, 'The Chicago Code,' Ryan throws the two subjects together in the middle of the Chicago Police Department. Starring Jennifer Beals as the city's first police superintendent, the series initially focuses on the creation of a task force to go against a powerful and corrupt alderman. The team includes a veteran cop, a number of newbies and an Irish street thug who blends in with the local crime community.

'House' -- Candice Bergen returns as Cuddy's mom and this time she's a patient at Princeton-Plainsboro with some mystery symptoms. Which would be right up the alley for House and his team, except she doesn't want him on the case. Time for some unprofessional and very illegal means of treatment. Paula Marshall also guest stars as Cuddy's sister. (8PM, FOX)

'Chuck' -- After the fantastic events of last week's episode, Chuck and his team are reunited and head off to Morocco to rescue debonair agent Roan Montgomery (guest star John Larroquette). Meanwhile, Mary Bartowski works to strengthen her family ties while Morgan gets ready to meet Alex's mother.

'How I Met Your Mother' -- Ted gets hooked up with Zoey's cousin, played by Katy Perry, but Ted actually has feelings for Zoey. Time for an intervention. (8PM, CBS)

'The Bachelor' -- Brad and the remaining contestants head to Costa Rica. In the end, two more will perish not be given any roses (8PM, ABC)

'Explorer' -- The science of tissue engineering is examined, including looks at how scientists are using the technology to build new body parts and vital organs. (8PM, National Geographic)

'The Unpoppables' -- Because there needs to be a reality show for everything, this series takes a look at a team of balloon artists as they go about their business. (8PM, TLC) series premiere

'Power Rangers Samurai' -- New team, new powers, new network, same cheesy villains and dialogue. After years in the Disney universe, the 'Power Rangers' move over to Nickelodeon with five new karate kids fighting against the evil of Master Xandred. (8PM, Nickelodeon) series premiere

'Top Gear'
-- Series 16 of the UK version kicks off with a look at the Porsche 911 and Ariel Atom V8. In the second episode of the evening the team races up the U.S. East Coast comparing a number of sports cars. (9PM, BBC America) season 16 premiere

'Being Human' -- Shades of 'Twilight': Josh befriends a werewolf who doesn't like vampires (9PM, SyFy)

It's not the greatest day for the cast of 'Glee' as they try to marshall through Valentine's Day.TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

'Glee' (8PM, FOX)
While there have been plenty of romantic connections on 'Glee' none have really gone the way of, shall we say, perfect. So, despite its Valentine's Day theme, don't expect too many love connections this episode. In fact, there are going to be a number of hearts broken after New Directions sets up a kissing booth for the holiday. It also doesn't help that Will asks the kids to perform love songs for the week's assignment.

'No Ordinary Family' -- After a friend is attacked, Jim and Stephanie have a contest to see whose crime-fighting skills are the best. On the domestic side of things, Daphne is upset about her father's double standard on dating. (8PM, ABC)

'Pioneers of Television' -- The season 2 finale focuses on local children's television shows including 'Time for Beany,' 'Romper Room,' and early shows from both Jim Henson and Fred 'Mr. Rogers' Rogers. (8PM, PBS) season finale

'Traffic Light' -- This new comedy focuses on three male friends who are on different romantic paths in their lives. One is married with children, one is just moving in with his girlfriend and the third is in a constant dating pattern. (9:30PM, FOX) series premiere

'Hellcats' -- During an initiation ceremony, the Hellcats recall how they first became Hellcats. (9PM, CW)

'Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy'
-- Larry travels the country to explore its unique people and places. First up, he learns the history of moonshine as well as table manners from a matronly woman in Vermont (9PM, History) series premiere

'Detroit 1-8-7'
-- Detroit native Tommy 'Hitman' Hearns guest stars as himself in an episode that has the detectives investigating the death of a boxer's finance who, it seems, was the former girlfriend of his opponent. (10PM, ABC)

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'
-- Now that the reunion is over the mandatory unseen clips episode must air. Seriously, it's in the network guidelines! (10PM, Bravo)

'Lights Out' -- Lights heads back to the ring after a financial planner gives him some bad news about his money situation. (10PM, FX)

'White Collar' -- Billy Dee Williams guest stars as a friend of June's husband who pays a visit after being released from prison. (10PM, USA)

Matthew Perry and Allison Janey star in the new ABC comedy 'Mr. Sunshine.'WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

'Mr. Sunshine' (9:30, ABC) series premiere
One 'Friend' leaves, another 'Friend' arrives. Now that Courtney Cox and her Cul-de-Sac Crew of 'Cougar Town' are on hiatus, Cox's 'Friend' Matthew Perry takes over the spot in the new comedy 'Mr. Sunshine.' In the series, co-creator Perry stars as the manager of a second-tier sports arena who is just realizing what his life is all about has he turns 40. While trying to figure this out he's also trying to keep his boss (Allison Janey) happy while chaos reigns around him. We can only hope that Perry has better success with this series than he did with the hapless 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.'

'The Middle' -- Love is everywhere on this Valentine's Day-themed episode. Axl has a new girlfriend he wants to impress, Brick has a crush on one of his classmates, and Sue tries to find the person she kissed during last Halloween's hayride. (8PM, ABC)

'American Idol'
-- One more audition round to go before everyone heads to Hollywood. Tonight it's San Francisco. (8PM, FOX)

'Live to Dance'
-- While 'American Idol' is just getting started, this series is coming to its end as the competition winners are named. (8PM, CBS) season finale

'Modern Family' -- Phil and Claire resume their alter egos of Clive and Juliana for another Valentine's Day meet-up. (9PM, ABC)

'Human Target'
-- In the season finale, Chase discovers information on Ilsa's late husband that may tear the team apart. At least until next season (9PM, FOX) season finale

'Reagan' -- The former president and his pivotal roles are profiled, with commentary from Sam Donaldson and former Secretary of State George Shultz. (9PM, History)

'Nova' -- The story of Watson, the supercomputer built by IBM engineers to compete on 'Jeopardy,' is detailed. (10PM, PBS)

'Top Chef: All-Stars' -- The remaining chefs cater Jimmy Fallon's birthday party and are later judged by the talk show host himself. (10PM, Bravo)

'Justified' -- Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens returns just in time to face off against a new criminal organization filling the void after Bo Crowder's alleged death. Yet, Boyd Crowder is lurking in the wings to continue his battle with the Marshall. (10PM, FX) season 2 premiere

'American Idol' heads to Hollywood starting tonight.THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10

'American Idol' (8PM, FOX)
It's "put up or shut up" time! With the silliness of the audition episodes out of the way, the series moves to Hollywood to thin out the ranks of the semi-finalists. This is where we'll really see how the new team of SteveTy, JLo and RandyJack handles the selection of finalists and if they have the guts to remove those that, while fan favorites, aren't really 'Idol' material. This will also be a chance for viewers to see some of the production changes made for this season, including the giant obstacle course featuring humongous red bouncing balls. Oh wait, I'm probably thinking about 'X Factor.'

'Bones' -- Love is in the air as federal agents and Squints alike feel Valentine's Day sting. For two of them, the fever just might make them do something drastic. For one of them, a particular Seeley Booth, a move towards commitment may mean another damaged friendship. (9PM, FOX)

'The Office'
-- Michael and Holly's relationship heats up, much to the chagrin of the office staff who aren't too happy about their constant public displays of affection. (9PM, NBC)

'Private Practice' -- Charlotte's attacker, Xander Harris, arrives at the hospital in critical condition after being beaten up by his girlfriend. He may be grave condition when Charlotte gets done with him. (10PM, ABC)

'30 Rock' -- Matt Damon returns as Liz's boyfriend Carol as the two decide on a romantic getaway that doesn't get much farther than the airport tarmac. Jack and Avrey also take a romantic getaway, only to have to rush back to the U.S. in order to avoid having their first child in Canada. (10PM NBC)

'Million Dollar Listing'
-- As a favor to his mom, Josh Altman takes on the sale of a less-than-million-dollar home. The result: possibly losing his large commission. (10PM, Bravo)

-- Archer may be the father of his favorite call girl's child, which is always somewhat awkward. (10PM, FX)

'Ace of Cakes'
-- The long-running series comes to a close as the folks at Charm City Cakes create a 'Back to the Future' cake for the movie's 25th anniversary. (10PM, Food Network) series finale

'Jersey Shore' -- After a hard breakup with Sam, Ronnie considers leaving the shore house for good. (10PM, MTV)

Clark witinesses the shooting of his mom on Friday's episode of 'Smallville.'FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11

'Smallville' (8PM, CW)
Here's a note to network executives: when you are looking to change up your schedule don't do it two days before the shows are about to air! Such was the case last week when the CW decided to move back the return of 'Smallville' and 'Supernatural' back one week, but didn't tell anybody until the last minute. Not only did it muck up all of our schedules, but it pissed off a whole bunch of fans who were angry we mucked up our schedules. Fortunately, it looks like things are synced up now. Which is why we can say with confidence that in tonight's episode of 'Smallville' Clark sees his mom get shot while watching a pro-vigilante rally on TV and Lionel Luther tries to reclaim his company from Oliver and Tess. That is, until the network changes the schedule again.

'The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!'
-- In a Valentine's Day episode, Nick and Sally disagree on how to decorate a holiday card they're making for Cat. As they battle on, they visit a farm where they learn that cow's milk makes a whole bunch of food. (8:30AM, PBS)

-- Sam and Dean are lured to a small town where Sam not only once lived but worked on a case with his grandfather. (9PM, CW)

'Fringe' -- Meanwhile, back in the alternate universe...the Fringe team investigates a bio-terrorist who unleashes a flesh-eating insect. That, and Olivia reunites with her boyfriend. (9PM, FOX)

'20/20' -- The news magazine features the harrowing story of a California family who survived in the Oregon wilderness after taking a wrong turn off a road and getting stranded in a snowstorm for nine days. (9PM, ABC)

'Phineas and Ferb' -- The boys are joined by a princess, who looks exactly like sister Candace, as they build a giant jukebox full of live bands. (9PM, Disney Channel)

'Modern Marvels' -- This installment of the program looks at a favorite topic: candy. Among the items reviewed are how starlight mints are created and how one eats chocolate-covered bacon and doesn't have a heart attack. (9PM, History)

'Auction Packed'
-- Because there aren't enough auction-based reality series out there, this one focuses on a family of auctioneers who struggle to keep their business afloat while tracking down new merchandise. (9PM, National Geographic) series premiere

'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' -- Staff and gladiators choose sides as the father-son battle for the House of Batiatus increases its fervor. (10PM, Starz)

'Ghostly Lovers' -- The stories of three women who experienced a sexual attraction to ghosts (called spectrophilia) are investigated. (10PM, Travel Channel)

'The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards' air at 8PM on CBS.SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12-13

'The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards' (Sunday, 8PM, CBS)
While the world prepares for the Academy Awards at the end of the month, the music industry takes the stage for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony. This year everyone will be looking to see how many awards Eminem will win, as he is nominated for 10 of them. We'll also find out if the Academy has a big enough sense of fun to select Cee Lo Green's 'F*** You' as Record of the Year. This year's performers include Eminem, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Usher, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and B.o.B.

'Must Love Cats' -- If you're a cat lover you'll be into this series which focuses on nothing but felines. If you're a cat hater, 'Dogs 101' is on at 9PM. (Sat., 8PM, Animal Planet) series premiere

'iCarly' -- Sitcom plot #557: Carly and Sam hire an attractive male intern who turns out to be bad at his job. (Sat., 8PM, Nickelodeon)

'Accidentally in Love' -- Jennie Garth stars as a single mother who butts heads with a kids-show actor after a car accident. Being a Hallmark movie, look for these two to hook up. (Sat., 9PM, Hallmark Channel)

'Stand Up for Family' -- Family-friendly routines are performed by comedians Earthquake, Doug Williams and Nikki Carr. (Sat., 9PM, Showtime)

'Kidnap & Rescue'
-- The episode profiles Ty Ritter, founder of Project Child Save. (Sat., 10PM, Discovery)

'Saturday Night Live' -- Russell Brand is the host with musical guest Chris Brown. (Sat., 11:30PM, NBC)

'The Simpsons' -- Marge goes gray! I think that's all that needs to be said. (Sun., 8PM, FOX)

'British Academy of Film Awards' -- The 64th annual ceremony has a distinctive American flavor to it. In addition to 'The King's Speech,' the other Best Film nominees include 'True Grit,' 'The Social Network,' 'Black Swan' and 'Inception.' (Sun. 8PM, BBC America)

'Desperate Housewives' -- Lynette refuses to be in a family portrait that includes her mother's obnoxious new husband, played by Larry Hagman. Elsewhere, Bree continues to keep Keith in the dark that he's going to be a father and Susan gets an unlikely kidney transplant offer (Sun., 9PM, ABC)

'Family Guy' -- Adam Corolla returns as Death in order to show Peter a life of sobriety after he's sentenced to attend AA meetings. (Sun., 9PM, FOX)

'Oprah Presents Master Class' -- Condoleezza Rice talks about her years in the Bush Administration, including the 9/11 attacks. (Sun., 9PM, OWN)

'Californication' -- A compromising photo of Hank with two young ladies causes a stir amongst his friends, protectors and the local district attorney. (Sun., 9PM, Showtime)

'The Queen' -- A profile of Queen Elizabeth, including how she has managed the many love lives of the Royal British Family. (Sun., 9PM, TLC)

'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' -- It's Atlanta's turn for a housewife reunion. As usual, Andy Cohen hosts the festivities. (Sun., 10PM, Bravo)

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what?!?!?!? you left out Southland for Tues., one of the better series on TV!

February 06 2011 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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