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7:30 p.m. on DISN

The Disney studio added another member to its collection of animated princesses with a story that seems to take a cue from "The Hunger Games," since its heroine, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), is proficient with a crossbow. She appears destined for a marriage she doesn't want, and when she goes against tradition, her entire homeland is placed in peril that she must vanquish. Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane and Craig Ferguson also are heard.

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

Mike (Tim Allen) proves to be a big help when Kyle (Christoph Sanders) seeks a suddenly missing acquaintance, a homeless man, in the new episode "Kyle's Friend." Impressed by their selflessness, Mandy (Molly Ephraim) decides to extend herself to someone staying at the women's shelter, a young mom. Nancy Travis, Kaitlyn Dever, Amanda Fuller and Hector Elizondo also star.

World's Funniest Fails
8 p.m. on FOX

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess what sort of videos will be shown in the course of an hour titled "Baby Got Fail." Expect to see a lot of youngsters doing things that prove amusing, though they might not have been intended that way. The one deemed the funniest - or, in this show's parlance, the "Fail of the Week" - is declared by host Terry Crews at the end of the episode.

Hart of Dixie
8 p.m. on CW

A visibly flirtatious Wade (Wilson Bethel) upsets Zoe (Rachel Bilson) in the new episode "The Butterstick Tab," and seeking advice from Lavon (Cress Williams) doesn't do much to help Wade out of the very problematic situation. Lemon (Jaime King) is unsettled by the reappearance of a past acquaintance. George and AnnaBeth (Scott Porter, Kaitlyn Black) find it tough to move on together. Tim Matheson also stars.

Cold Justice
8 p.m. on TNT

Tackling their latest cold case, Kelly and Yolanda must figure out who would want to kill a beloved community figure and why, after a Little League coach in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Texas, is found bludgeoned to death in his own bed in a new episode called "Little League Dad."

The Signal
8:15 p.m. on MAX

A surprise awaits three college students - played by Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent"), Olivia Cooke and Beau Knapp - who think they have tracked a rival computer hacker to a shed in the Nevada desert in this low-budget science fiction thriller, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Critics mainly praised the cast, which also includes Laurence Fishburne, but not the movie's often muddled screenplay.

8:31 p.m. on ABC

Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) has a reason of her own for encouraging Isabella (Isabella Day) toward qualifying for an advanced school program in the new episode "Gifted and Talented," but her mentoring rubs Natalia (Terri Hoyos) the wrong way. Maddie's (Justine Lupe) latest car accident results in Trent (Sam McMurray) reassigning her to the mail room. Carlos Ponce and Gabriel Iglesias also star.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

Daniel Dae Kim, alias this show's Chin Ho, makes his directing debut with the new episode "Kuka'awale" - Hawaiian for "Stakeout," which is what McGarrett and Danny (Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan) are on. While at a strained point in their teamwork, they wait for a woman who was party to a diamond theft to return to her apartment. Cloris Leachman, "Saturday Night Live" alum Jon Lovitz and Jessica Lowndes ("90210") guest star.

Shark Tank
9 p.m. on ABC

Does the idea of an exercise outfit that provides built-in weight training grab you? A Georgia man hopes so ... and also hopes it does the same for the Sharks as he presents his unique clothing line in this episode. A Spokane man with a view toward maintaining well-kept facial hair also is featured, as are New Yorkers whose karaoke machine lets its users sound like actual music superstars. The Sharks include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary.

Great Performances
9 p.m. on PBS

Not only have movies for Italy long been renowned for their stars and directors, but also for their soundtracks. The new episode "La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema" takes its title from one such film, with Josh Groban, Renee Fleming and Joshua Bell joining the New York Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert in a concert of related selections. Nino Rota ("The Godfather") and the prolific Ennio Morricone are among composers represented.

9 p.m. on FOX

It might seem like an honor for amateur singers to be requested to perform at a bar mitzvah - but the members of New Directions find it more of a headache in the new episode "Child Star." The young guest of honor tests the group's patience, and more than once ... many times, in fact. Spencer (Marshall Williams) tries to get Roderick (Noah Guthrie) to take better care of himself physically. Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9 p.m. on CW

Comic and character actor Gary Anthony Williams ("Malcolm in the Middle") joins recurring performers Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie for a half-hour of improvised games, fueled primarily by random suggestions supplied by the studio audience. Aisha Tyler ("The Talk," "Archer") is the host, and another episode follows.

King of the Nerds
9 p.m. on WTBS

In the new episode "Murder at Nerdvana," Pom Pom Kitty has disappeared, and the Nerd's must discover what dastardly villain is behind her inexplicable absence. Elsewhere, a master at strategy wrestles with issues of loyalty, while two of the cleverest players bash some zombie brains to make it through another night. Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong host.

Blue Bloods
10 p.m. on CBS

Shunned as a turncoat after she testifies against her partner, an officer (guest star Tonya Glanz) gets a new patrol mate in volunteer Jamie (Will Estes) - who also finds himself an outcast for supporting her - in "Forgive and Forget." Even Eddie (Vanessa Ray) turns against him. Football veteran Boomer Esiason appears as himself, asking Frank (Tom Selleck) for a favor. Guest star Eric Laneuville also directed the episode.

10 p.m. on MAX

In the new episode "All the Wisdom I Got Left," Lucas and Brock (Antony Starr, Matt Servitto) head to the infamous Underground fight club in Louisiana, where they hope to find Chayton (Geno Segers). Back in Pennsylvania, Stowe (Langley Kirkwood) pieces together details about the Camp Genoa heist and who might be behind it, while Sugar (Frankie Faison) tries to repay an old boxing debt. Rebecca (Lili Simmons) puts Proctor and Emily (Ulrich Thomsen, Tanya Clarke) in jeopardy.

Sex Box
10 p.m. on WE

Adapted from a UK series, this isn't your grandma's "dating show." Heck, it may not even be your sexy aunt's. Each episode features a real couple whose relationship has hit a rough patch. First, they have sexual relations inside an opaque and soundproof on-set box, then immediately afterwards join a panel of experts for an "emotionally honest" discussion about intimacy. Panelists include therapists Fran Walfish and Chis Donaghue, as well as Florida pastor Yvonne Capehart.

Preachers' Daughters
10:02 p.m. on LIFE

Kayla decides to stay in Cabo but only ends up in a major fight with Lolly at the mission. The other girls have gotten so fed up with Lolly's shenanigans that they decide to confront her, which only prompts Lolly to blow a gasket yet again. Afterwards, however, she must face the consequences of her behavior in the new episode "A House Divided."


That Awkward Moment
7:15 p.m. on MAX

Three pals - played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") and Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") - grapple with moving romantic relationships from the casual to the more committed in this 2014 comedy. They make a pact not to involve themselves deeply with women anymore, but of course, their prospects improve as soon as they've struck that accord. Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas play the objects of their confusion.

NCIS: Los Angeles
8 p.m. on CBS

When software for a new, unmanned aerial vehicle is stolen - and the lead engineer's 10-year-old daughter disappears - Sam (LL Cool J) is certain the two events are connected in "One More Chance." He has a special interest in the case, as he once was on the protection detail for the child in Saudi Arabia. Chris O'Donnell, Linda Hunt, Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah also star.

Good Witch
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on HALL

Catherine Bell reprises her bewitching role as Cassie Nightingale in this new series spinoff of several successful TV movies. The recently widowed Cassie's life with her teenage daughter, Grace (Bailee Madison), is complicated by a new neighbor, Dr. Sam Radford (James Denton, "Desperate Housewives"), who is alarmed that so many locals prefer Cassie's herbal treatments to his own medical practice. Catherine Disher and Peter MacNeill also star in the series premiere, "Starting Over... Again."

Endless Love
8 p.m. on HBO

Also the source of a 1981 Brooke Shields movie that yielded a classic title song (no trace of which is found here), Scott Spencer's novel is the basis of this 2014 update starring Alex Pettyfer as a young man whose involvement with a former classmate (Gabriella Wilde) leads her to change her plans for her future. That makes her father (Bruce Greenwood) determined to break them up, with unforeseen results. Joely Richardson and Robert Patrick also star.

Shania: Still the One Live From Vegas
9 p.m. on ABC

She's wrapped her two-year run as a Las Vegas headliner, but Shania Twain is seen taking the stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in this new special, offering highlights from her concerts as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Don't expect the most objective portrait, since Twain also is the executive producer here, but that likely won't matter to the country-crossover star's many fans. Highlights include - brace yourself - a flying motorcycle.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Is the end of the world at hand? It seems so if you ask Ichabod (Tom Mison), who prepares for an all-out battle between the forces of good and evil in "The Akeda." Big choices, some of them of the life-or-death kind, have to be made as the fight proceeds. Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood also star.

Kobe Bryant's Muse
9 p.m. on SHOW

The 16-time NBA AllStar allowed an unprecedented level of access to his personal and professional life for this 105-minute film, which Bryant has described as less a documentary than "therapy on film." Footage spanning from Bryant's childhood to his career as a Los Angeles Laker enhance the project, an attempt by the hoops star to cement his legacy even as he contemplates his life after sports.

A Few Good Men
10:30 p.m. on TCM

A brash young Navy lawyer and a by-the-book colleague (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore) defend two closemouthed Marines accused of murdering a fellow soldier deemed to have "broken the code." Base commander Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson), who regards himself as untouchable, stonewalls the attorneys. Kevin Bacon and Kevin Pollak also star in director Rob Reiner's 1992 version of Aaron Sorkin's play, which picked up four Oscar nominations, including best picture and best supporting actor (Nicholson).


The Great British Baking Show
7:30 p.m. on PBS

For the three contenders still in the competition, it comes down to this ... the "Final," presented in a new episode. Their tests are considerable, starting with a culinary effort they must accomplish in three hours, though it normally takes a full day. They're given no recipe for the technical challenge, then they have to concoct "perfect" pastries including petits fours. The person not eliminated by the hour's end will be the season's Great British Baker.

Bob's Burgers
7:30 p.m. on FOX

Emmy winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") supplies the guest voice of Gayle, Linda's (voice of John Roberts) sister who's distressed over a canceled date, in the new episode "The Gayle Tales." She had tickets for a show, giving her younger relatives an idea of how to get around being grounded. They vie to become her replacement date, and they have to write essays to make their case to accompany her.

Once Upon a Time
8 p.m. on ABC

The fantasy series resumes with a new episode with a title Bruce Springsteen fans will appreciate, "Darkness on the Edge of Town." Gold's (Robert Carlyle) absence means a chance for Storybrooke's citizens to rebuild their lives, but a new evil presents itself. Cruella de Vil (guest star Victoria Smurfit), the villainess of "101 Dalmatians," is sought out by Gold and Ursula (guest star Merrin Dungey). Filmmaker Jon Amiel ("Copycat") directed the story.

The Simpsons
8 p.m. on FOX

Ever get an e-mail claiming a member of foreign royalty wants to cut you in on a fortune? Moe (voice of Hank Azaria) did, and he wants to reclaim the money that was scammed from him in the new episode "The Princess Guide." He thinks the Nigerian princess (voice of Yaya DaCosta, "Whitney") being guarded by Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) can help. Joe Mantegna reprises his voice role as Fat Tony. Entrepreneur Richard Branson voices his animated likeness.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30 p.m. on FOX

The "Boyle-Linetti Wedding" is imminent in this new episode, with the parents (guest stars Stephen Root and Sandra Bernhard) of Charles and Gina (Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti) ready to tie the knot. Terry (Terry Crews) is assigned to preside over the nuptials, which Jake and Amy (Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero) might end up missing, since they're pursuing a felon. Nick Cannon also guest stars.

Secrets and Lies
9 p.m. on ABC

Inspired by an Australian show, this new drama stars Ryan Phillippe ("Crash") as a man who finds a deceased boy's body - and is immediately suspected of causing the death. Juliette Lewis ("The Firm") returns to series television as the principal police detective on the case. The cast also includes KaDee Strickland ("Private Practice") and Natalie Martinez ("CSI: NY"). The opening episodes, "The Trail" and "The Father," feature guest star Melissa Gilbert.

Masterpiece Classic
9 p.m. on PBS

"Downton Abbey" fans never are happy to see another round of the series end, but it happens again with the new "Season 5: Episode 9," also known as the Christmas episode when it was shown earlier in England. Indeed, it's the holiday, and it means a shooting party for the Crawley family. Staged by the Sinderbys, it could be a less-than-pleasant occasion if that clan's butler (Alun Armstrong) makes good on his vengeful intentions.

The Last Man on Earth
9 p.m. on FOX

Also the show's creator, "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte has the title part in this new sitcom, which puts spins on a concept treated seriously in such movies as "I Am Legend" and "The Omega Man." In the year 2020, Phil Miller (Forte) apparently is the sole survivor of a virus - and just as he's convinced no one else is alive, he gets a surprise. This hour-long premiere combines two episodes, "Alive in Tucson" and "The Elephant in the Room."

All-Star Academy
9 p.m. on FOOD

Ted Allen hosts this new culinary competition series, in which 10 home cooks from across the country are paired with such Food Network celebrity chefs as Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Curtis Stone as they compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judge Shaun Majumder decides which home cooks will move on in the series premiere, "Choosing Teams."

9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on HBO

Before attending an unusual art show, Hannah (Lena Dunham) goes out for drinks with Fran (Jake Lacy), a new coworker. While Hannah spends some private time with Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs), the latter's friend Ace (Zachary Quinto) manages to completely unnerve Adam (Adam Driver). Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) helps Ray (Alex Karpovsky) with his election campaign for a spot on his community board in the new episode "Ask Me My Name."

Battle Creek
10 p.m. on CBS

The title Michigan city supplies the setting of this seriocomic new crime series from executive producers Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad") and David Shore ("House"). The premiere, "The Battle Creek Way," brings an FBI agent (Josh Duhamel) to town to join an old-school police detective (Dean Winters) in probing a double murder, though their methods differ greatly. Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Aubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. also are in the cast.

Cutthroat Kitchen
10 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "You're Bacon Me Crazy," one chef must use finger tools while preparing a bacon-wrapped dish, while another must drive around the kitchen in a race-car seat while making lasagna. Finally, a chef is required to double up the recipe steps on a black-and-white prep station while making black-and-white cookies. Alton Brown is host; Antonia Lofaso is guest judge.

Red State
10 p.m. on MAX

Ever-unconventional filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks") took a unique approach to selling this 2011 melodrama, deciding to distribute it independently. The central characters are teenagers who respond to an online offer apparently too good to resist - only to find themselves immersed in terror once they discover the company they're in. Oscar winner Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Kaylee DeFer ("Gossip Girl") and Kerry Bishe ("Scrubs") are in the large cast.

Legend of the Superstition Mountains
10:03 p.m. on HIST

In a new episode called "Curse of the Black Legion," as Wayne Tuttle and his expedition venture more deeply into the Superstition Mountains of Arizona in search of the Lost Dutchman's gold mine, these hunters begin to worry that they are about to become the hunted when they start to come across what appear to be physical signs of the mythic Apache Black Legion. According to legend, these ferocious warriors guard the mine and its gold from any interlopers.


2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

Lindsay Lohan guest stars in "And the Wedding Cake Cake Cake" as Claire, a bride-to-be who wants Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) to make - you guessed it - her wedding cake. It soon becomes apparent that this won't be an easy job, and not just because wedding cakes are tricky. Claire has a rampant case of indecisiveness and keeps changing her mind about everything, posing a big challenge to the "broke girls." Jennifer Coolidge also stars.

The Voice
8 p.m. on NBC

"The Blind Auditions, Part 3" continues as part of the competition's newest round. Singing hopefuls perform in front of coaches and mentors Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams ... the latter of whom undoubtedly remains "Happy" about his recent success at the Grammy Awards. The auditions continue in Tuesday's episode. Carson Daly is the host.

The Bachelor
8 p.m. on ABC

Every round of this series has its "Women Tell All" edition, and just before Chris Soules makes his choice between the last two contenders in next week's season finale, those already sent packing return to give their views on him - and, in many cases, on one another. Of course, Chris Harrison is on hand as host and also as mediator, given how intense some of the exchanges between former rivals often get.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

At the Iowa State Museum in Des Moines, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Wes Cowan examine a variety of finds. They include a late Victorian 14-karat gold vest chain and fob, a pair of 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers signed footballs, and a rare collection of movie memorabilia from the golden age of Hollywood in "Des Moines (Hour One)."

8 p.m. on FOX

There's plenty of suspicion to go around the city in the new episode "Everyone Has a Cobblepot," as Gordon (Ben McKenzie) investigates Commissioner Loeb (guest star Peter Scolari) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is thought to be in cahoots with Dr. Dulmacher (guest star Colm Feore). The young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) gets a new reason to pursue his own campaign against crime. Nicholas D'Agosto (as Harvey Dent) and Nicholle Tom ("The Nanny") also guest star.

The Originals
8 p.m. on CW

Klaus (Joseph Morgan) tries to protect Cami (Leah Pipes) from a vengeful, rampaging Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) in "Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire." Hayley and Jackson's (Phoebe Tonkin, guest star Nathan Parsons) efforts to generate peace between vampires and werewolves are thwarted by Vincent. Elijah (Daniel Gillies) worries about Rebekah's (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) sudden absence.

The Fosters
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on FAM

As Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) turns her attention to organizing a student protest over an administrative incident at school, Callie (Maia Mitchell) risks defying Stef's (Teri Polo) orders so she can help her friend Kiara (Cherinda Kincherlow) in the new episode "Now Hear This." Elsewhere, Jude (Hayden Byerly) finally confronts Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) over the maddeningly mixed signals he has been sending her. Rosie O'Donnell guest stars.

9 p.m. on CBS

The mission is personal for the team - particularly Cabe (Robert Patrick), since his ex-wife (guest star Jessica Tuck, "True Blood") is the object of it - in "Rogue Element." She becomes a target upon learning questionable information about a congressman's death, so Walter (Elyes Gabel) and his comrades step in to help keep her safe from those who might want her silenced forever. Katharine McPhee and Eddie Kaye Thomas also star.

The Following
9 p.m. on FOX

If Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) seems happier as Season 3 begins, don't bet it will last very long. Then again, followers of this Kevin Williamson-created show likely know that by now anyway. There's a new woman in Hardy's life (played by Zuleikha Robinson), but his nemesis Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is still around - and another dark element of his past may remain, too. Shawn Ashmore and Jessica Stroup also return in the season opener, "New Blood."

Jane the Virgin
9 p.m. on CW

Jane (Gina Rodriguez) suddenly finds herself with plenty of options in "Chapter Eleven." Just as she's handed a permanent teaching job, Rogelio (Jaime Camil) offers her an internship as a writer for his telenovela. Xo (Andrea Navedo) struggles with following through on a decision she made about Rogelio. Michael (Brett Dier) takes action on his hunch about Rafael (Justin Baldoni). Joanna Kerns ("Growing Pains") directed the story.

Chasing Life
9 p.m. on FAM

After some of her cancer symptoms recur, April (Italia Ricci) starts to fret about how fragile her remission may be. A twist of fate may encourage her to reconnect with Leo (Scott Michael Foster), however. Brenna (Haley Ramm) gets frustrated with Sara's (Mary Page Keller) lofty expectations about the former's academic future. Beth's (Aisha Dee) increasingly heavy job demands start to take a toll on her personal life in the new episode "Rest in Peace."

Swamp People
9 p.m. on HIST

In a new episode called "Pirate of the Bayou," one team goes after a one-eyed alligator who has been their elusive quarry for several years, while another hunts down a gluttonous gator that keeps stealing the bait off their lines. Meanwhile, a solo hunter matches wits and strength with an aggressive bull gator that has been bending his hooks and tripping his lines.

American Dad
9 p.m. on WTBS

After Steve (voice of Scott Grimes) uses crude language to Francine (voice of Wendy Schaal), she refuses to cook for him, forcing him to learn his way around the kitchen himself. To everyone's surprise, he becomes a successful chef, appearing on a popular morning TV show in the new episode "Morning Mimosa." Meanwhile, Stan (voice of Seth MacFarlane) becomes convinced he can make people invisible by snapping his fingers.

NCIS: Los Angeles
9:59 p.m. on CBS

Callen and Sam (Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J) are up to their necks in danger - quite literally - in "Deep Trouble, Part II." The agents are aboard an armed submarine primed by terrorists to strike an aircraft carrier in San Diego ... but the sub may end up becoming a target itself. Hetty (Linda Hunt) abandons a planned trip to Washington. D.C. to stay and help her operatives.

The Night Shift
10 p.m. on NBC

Matters are decidedly western for the medics in the new episode "Back at the Ranch." TC (Eoin Macken) is among the responders trying to save a woman accidentally shot by her rancher husband, then he's sent to a teen ranch party where he has to attempt surgery on one of the attendees. Jordan and Kenny (Jill Flint, JR Lemon) treat a beauty queen whose predicament worsens. Topher (Ken Leung) debates how to tell Jordan he wants to keep her former job.

Independent Lens
10 p.m. on PBS

"The Revolutionary Optimists" tells the story of Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur who has transformed some of the poorest slums of Kolkata, India, by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. Using street theater, dance and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half, increased polio vaccination rates, and turned garbage dumps into playing fields.

Appalachian Outlaws
10:03 p.m. on HIST

In the new episode "Snakes and a Plane," Tony Coffman feels the pressure with only one more day to meet his midseason deadline to deliver half a ton of ginseng to the Chinese syndicate. Sam Lunsford and his gang use intimidation to build their ginseng empire in North Carolina, while Mike Ross and Mitch Simpson continue their efforts to drive poachers out of West Virginia. Obie Bennett finds a huge honeyhole of ginseng.


Fresh Off the Boat
8 p.m. on ABC

When things appear to be going perfectly, one shouldn't get too comfortable - a lesson learned anew by Louis (Randall Park) in the new episode "Showdown at the Golden Saddle." His well-placed billboard becomes the repeated target of vandals. Eddie's (Hudson Yang) crush on a young woman (guest star Luna Blaise) takes a hit when Jessica (Constance Wu) enlists her to be his babysitter. Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks") also guest stars.

The Life of Muhammad
8 p.m. on PBS

An encore of this 2011 miniseries begins with "The Seeker," as host and journalist Ragah Omaar recalls the society into which the prophet Muhammad was born and in which he was nurtured in Mecca. This first of three parts also traces Muhammad s marriage to Khadijah and the initial revelations that set him on his path in life ... a journey that he had early struggles with, en route to his contributions to Islam.

Hell's Kitchen
8 p.m. on FOX

It isn't kids' stuff as Gordon Ramsay segues from the latest Junior Edition of "MasterChef" into the 14th round of this competition, in which the rivals are old enough to handle whatever he dishes out ... supposedly. The opening episode, "18 Chefs Compete," divides the new contenders into male and female teams, with the winners getting an up-close celebrity encounter with William Shatner. One aspiring chef will be gone by the hour's end.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

Former "Smash" regular Andy Mientus plays Dr. Wells' (Tom Cavanagh) former protege - now his enemy - in "The Sound and the Fury." The one-time pupil uses sound as his weapon in seeking vengeance. Iris (Candice Patton) gets a reporting job ... and a difficult colleague (guest star Roger Howarth). Joe (Jesse L. Martin) tries to keep a request he's made of Eddie (Rick Cosnett) from Barry (Grant Gustin). Danielle Panabaker also stars.

Pretty Little Liars
8 p.m., 10 p.m. on FAM

Aria, Emily and Hanna (Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson) intensify their efforts to prove Ali's (Sasha Pieterse) innocence without implicating Mike (Cody Christian), especially after the district attorney offers Ali an attractive plea bargain ... if she names one of the Liars as her accomplice. Far away from all this suspenseful drama, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) enjoys a night out on the town in London in the new episode "To Plea or Not to Plea."

The Artist
8 p.m. on TCM

This best-picture Oscar winner is an affectionate tribute to movie history, with director Michel Hazanavicius going so far as to make it a silent film. Jean Dujardin also earned an Academy Award as an actor who fears what the dawn of talking pictures may mean for his career - and who falls for a chorus girl (Berenice Bejo) whose star is rising. John Goodman and James Cromwell also are in the cast ... as is Uggie, a dog who comes close to stealing the show.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 p.m. on ABC

Fresh dangers replace others for the agents as the second season resumes with the new episode "Aftershocks." The literally empowered Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father (guest star Kyle MacLachlan) has a score to settle with Coulson (Clark Gregg), while the transformed Raina (guest star Ruth Negga) also is vengeful. Ward (Brett Dalton) has a dangerous new comrade. Hydra's latest scheme may involve a S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor. Ming-Na Wen and Elizabeth Henstridge also star.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

About to star with Billy Crystal in the FX series "The Comedians," Josh Gad - known to "Frozen" fans as the voice of Olaf - guest stars in the new episode "Walk of Shame." He plays party host Bearclaw, whose attendees include Jess and Cece (Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone). Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) fears letting Nick and Winston (Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris) close to his new girlfriend (guest star Meaghan Rath). Justin Long also guest stars.

9 p.m. on CW

You never know what you might find on the Internet, as Sam (Jared Padalecki) discovers anew in "There's No Place Like Home." He sees video footage of what appears to be Charlie (Felicia Day) assaulting a prosecutor, and Dean (Jensen Ackles) believes there's more to it - such as the lawyer being a demon. The Winchester brothers are surprised when they learn the truth.

Switched at Birth
9 p.m. on FAM

In the new episode "The Player's Choice," Bay (Vanessa Marano) decides to get involved when Travis's UKMC baseball celebrity starts to affect his relationship with Mary Beth (B.K. Cannon). Elsewhere, Iris (Sharon Pierce-Louis) tries to get Daphne (Katie Leclerc) to enhance her college experience by rushing a sorority, while Toby (Lucas Grabeel) tries to find the courage to ask Lily (Rachel Shenton) to move in with him.

Counting Cars
9 p.m. on HIST

On a special one-hour episode called "Count's Car Show," Danny must restore a '73 boat-tail Riviera to be the main attraction of a huge car show he is hosting. As he hunts down a gasser, Danny comes across a collection of jaw-dropping muscle cars. Meanwhile, Mike, who's in the doghouse with Danny, wants a piece of the Riviera action.

Rizzoli & Isles
9 p.m. on TNT

In a new episode called "Gumshoe," the squad is forced to work with a private investigator when a clothing designer is found poisoned and his wife is reported missing. Meanwhile, Jane (Angie Harmon) notices Angela (Lorraine Bracco) is being reckless with her spending, so she asks Maura (Sasha Alexander) to teach her mother how to handle her finances more wisely.

The Mindy Project
9:30 p.m. on FOX

A novice in the field of fertility treatments, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) finds her new clinic less than packed with clients in the new episode "Fertility Bites." While acquainting themselves with Dr. Bergdahl (guest star Dan Bakkedahl), the nurses of Shulman & Associates start an initiative to benefit plus-sized peers. Chris Messina, Ed Weeks and Ike Barinholtz also star.

Storage Wars
9:30 p.m. on A&E

In the season finale, "Too Fast, Too Curious," Jarrod has difficulty finding his groove as the auctions return to Riverside, Calif. Ivy tries a new strategy to make a score, while another item stumps Dave. Mary discovers the romantic side of purchasing lockers as she holds her own against the veteran buyers.

Chicago Fire
10 p.m. on NBC

Trying to cover for an error he made, Chief Pridgen (guest star Matthew Del Negro) passes the blame off on Casey (Jesse Spencer), prompting Severide (Taylor Kinney) to intervene in the new episode "Red Rag the Bull." Pridgen then puts Welch (guest star Kenny Johnson) in the position of backing him or siding with the firefighters. Mouch (Christian Stolte) is stunned to learn the result of a sperm donation he made many years ago. Monica Raymund also stars.

10 p.m. on ABC

Veteran stage and screen actress Jane Alexander ("Kramer vs. Kramer") guest stars in the new episode "Social Engineering," and in a role pivotal to this series: Henry's (Ioan Gruffudd) first wife. She threatens to expose the secret of his eternal life, but his true background also could be discovered as he and Jo (Alana De La Garza) seek the killer of a computer hacker. Judd Hirsch also stars.

10 p.m. on FX

The title of this new episode, "The Hunt," turns out to have a double meaning. First, a visit from his adorable baby daughter threatens to distract Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) from the hunt for a dangerous fugitive. More ominously, however, there's also the hunting trip Boyd (Walton Goggins) decides to take Ava (Joelle Carter) on - and now that he has learned she's been lying to him, it may well be her last.

Gangland Undercover
10 p.m. on HIST

In the new episode "A Tough Prospect," a late-night request gives federal informant Charles Falco, now a Vago prospect, access to witness an arms-for-drugs deal, while a knockout punch earns him a new road name: "Quick." A Vago veteran helps pimp out Falco's Harley, then later, Falco nervously undertakes his very first drug deal for the motorcycle club.

Born in the Wild
10 p.m. on LIFE

This new unscripted series follows couples who are eager to take the concept of "natural childbirth" to a whole new level. They don't merely eschew drugs, they take a pass on all man-made surroundings - including walls and ceilings - in favor of giving birth outdoors, in the arms of Mother Nature. Not surprisingly, occasionally that poses some unexpected challenges.

10 p.m. on TNT

In a new episode called "Mirror," Pierce and Moretti (Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook) uncover an international scandal while investigating the murders of a Bangladeshi diplomat and a Chicago reporter. Moretti struggles to balance the demands of this complex case with the preparations for her upcoming wedding to Donnie (Scott Wolf), so she turns to the obsessively organized Daniel for help.

Shipping Wars
10:01 p.m. on A&E

In the new episode "Broken Dolls and Duck Boat Stalls," Jarrett checks into a hotel in an attempt to protect antique Christmas dolls from severely cold conditions. Elsewhere, Chris Kikelhan moves a WWII-era amphibious vehicle called a "duck boat" that somehow survived a slew of German attacks.


College Basketball
7 p.m. on ESPN2

An intriguing battle of nationally ranked ACC rivals starts off this ESPN2 doubleheader, as Jerian Grant and the No. 10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish invade the home court of Terry Rozier and the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals in these teams' first and only (barring the NCAA Tournament) meeting of the season. Then it's a clash of Pac-12 rivals with a long history - and not much else - as the unranked UCLA Bruins host the dreadful USC Trojans.

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Jerry Van Dyke returns as Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) father in the new episode "Flirting With Disaster," seeking Mike's (Neil Flynn) help in avoiding losing his driver's license. Frankie comes to regret possibly having gotten a bit too friendly with Axl's (Charlie McDermott) friend (guest star Matthew Atkinson), especially after she talks about it. Sue (Eden Sher) isn't pleased to have to bring Brick (Atticus Shaffer) to a science-fiction convention.

8 p.m. on PBS
Originally sho
wn in honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, Part 1 of the three-part miniseries "Attenborough's Life Stories: Life on Camera" focuses on three fields that he believes have been transformed most profoundly over time: filmmaking, science and the environment. Newer interviews are featured in which Attenborough revisits the content, stories and locations originally featured in his landmark series.

American Idol
8 p.m. on FOX

The season's finalists have been whittled down even more, with the remaining number reflected by the title of this new episode, "Top 8 Guys Perform." Judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban give their latest assessments of the contenders, which may - or may not - influence how viewers cast their votes. The top eight females will be showcased in Thursday's airing. Ryan Seacrest is the host.

8 p.m. on CW

Laurel (Katie Cassidy) may be on a dangerous path in trying to assume Sara's place, and Arsenal and Diggle (Colton Haynes, David Ramsey) caution her against possibly getting hurt - or worse - in "Midnight City." Staying out of trouble isn't easy for her though, when Brick (guest star Vinnie Jones) stages a mass kidnapping of local politicians. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is surprised by Ray's (Brandon Routh) willingness to help fight Brick.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

Politically active Erica (Hayley Orrantia) tries to sway Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), who typically votes in lockstep with Murray (Jeff Garlin), toward her favored candidate - Walter Mondale- in the new episode "Just Say No." The plan backfires when Beverly develops more of a mind of her own than Erica banked on. Barry (Troy Gentile) tries to compensate for a wrestling loss by competing on a sports-themed game show. George Segal also stars.

Criminal Minds
9 p.m. on CBS

Series co-star Thomas Gibson turns director again with the new episode "Lockdown," which puts his character Hotch and the other members of the BAU on the search for the killers of two guards at a Texas maximum-security prison. They look within the facility for the suspect ... or suspects, since they come to believe there could be more than one. William Ragsdale ("Justified ") guest stars. Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore and Jennifer Love Hewitt also star.

9 p.m. on PBS

"Deadliest Volcanoes" takes a look at how scientists are attempting to discover how likely volcanoes are to erupt, when the eruptions might happen and how deadly they could prove to be. Past examples of such cataclysms are considered, including surveys of the devastation they left behind - the extent of which surpassed, in some cases, anything ever seen in any movie ever made about a volcano.

9:01 p.m. on FOX

Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club") guest stars as Lucious' (Terrence Howard) main competitor in the music business in the new episode "Unto the Breach." Their clash runs parallel to one between Cookie and Anika (Taraji P. Henson, Grace Gealey) as the fate of Empire Entertainment hangs in the balance. Jamal (Jussie Smollett) gets to know a famous singer (guest star Estelle) better. Derek Luke and Gabourey Sidibe also guest star.

9:31 p.m. on ABC

Fresh off his run on "The Millers," Beau Bridges teams with Anna Deavere Smith ("The West Wing") to play Bow's (Tracee Ellis Ross) parents in the new episode "Parental Guidance." They turn up just as Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow are about to renew their marriage vows, and their presence sparks immediate conflict with Pops and Ruby (Laurence Fishburne, guest star Jenifer Lewis). Michael Schultz ("Car Wash") directed the story.

CSI: Cyber
10 p.m. on CBS

Fresh from her Oscar run for "Boyhood," former "Medium" star Patricia Arquette returns to television work as the "CSI" franchise expands again. Introduced on the parent "CSI" show, Avery Ryan (Arquette) leads a team specializing in cybercrimes as they trace an abduction to a hacked baby monitor in "Kidnapping 2.0." Fellow series veterans James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek") and Peter MacNicol ("Ally McBeal," "NUMB3RS") also star.

10 p.m. on ABC

Country-music stars Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan play themselves as Rayna (Connie Britton) is feted by the Grand Ole Opry in the new episode "That's the Way Love Goes." Rayna invites Deacon (Charles Esten) to be part of the event. Sadie (guest star Laura Benanti) discloses very personal information to Robin Roberts (also playing herself) during a "Good Morning America" appearance. Series creator Callie Khouri wrote and directed the tale.

To Catch a Comet
10 p.m. on PBS

Is it actually possible to do what the title of this special suggests? Scientists have attempted it very recently, and the hour traces the effort to send an orbiting spacecraft's lander onto the surface of a comet far from Earth - quite a complex matter, since the speed of such a body of the solar system clocks in at 67,000 miles per hour. The success of such a mission could yield new information on the origins of mankind and the universe.

10 p.m. on A&E

In the season finale, "Grand Opening, Eh?," joined by new wife Jenny and son Elijah, Donnie travels to Canada to help a stressed-out-as-usual Paul during the grand opening of a new Wahlburgers in Toronto. Mark urges pal Johnny Drama to give it his best shot when Johnny is invited to star in an independent film.

The Americans
10 p.m. on FX

In a new episode called "Born Again," Gabriel (Frank Langella) holds some surprising information, while Elizabeth (Keri Russell) decides to start taking family matters into her own hands. Stan (Noah Emmerich) seeks support from Sandra (Susan Misner) as he gets some upsetting news from his past.

10 p.m. on USA

In the season finale, "Not Just a Pretty Face," after Sean Cahill (guest star Neal McDonough) fails to link his corrupt boss to shady tycoon Charles Forstman (guest star Eric Roberts), Harvey (Gabriel Macht) revisits his own uneasy past in order to put Forstman and disgraced former U.S. Attorney Eric Woodall (Zeljko Ivanek) away. Elsewhere, Donna (Sarah Rafferty) helps Louis (Rick Hoffman), while Mike and Rachel (Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle) confront their different roles. Gina Torres also stars.


That Gal... Who Was in That Thing
7 p.m. on SHOW

Filmmakers Brian Volk-Weiss and Ian Roumain follow up their 2012 documentary "That Guy... Who Was in That Thing" with this 2015 companion piece, which features eight character actresses sharing their experiences making it in the movie industry. The featured performers include Paget Brewster ("Criminal Minds"), Roma Maffia ("Nip/Tuck"), Catherine Hicks ("7th Heaven"), Cristine Rose ("How I Met Your Mother") and Roxanne Hart ("Chicago Hope").

The Slap
8 p.m. on NBC

The new episode "Manolis" finds that character - played by Brian Cox - doing what he can to resolve things for all concerned in the aftermath of the slap. He tries to bring Harry and Aisha (Zachary Quinto, Thandie Newton) back together, and when his efforts fall short, he goes on a drinking binge that has an unexpected outcome. Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Melissa George and Thomas Sadoski also star.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

On their birthday, Liv and Luke (guest stars Penelope Mitchell and Chris Brochu) make an appeal to someone very specific - their father - to let Jo and Kai (guest stars Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Chris Wood) substitute for them in the merge ceremony in "Prayer for the Dying." Elena, Stefan and Damon (Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder) share Caroline's (Candice Accola) vigil over her mother at the hospital. Michael Trevino also stars.

NBA Basketball
8 p.m. on TNT

Teams with postseason hopes make up this TNT doubleheader, which gets going in Chicago, where Derrick Rose and the Central Division-leading Bulls get their first look of the season at Kevin Durant and the on-the-bubble Oklahoma City Thunder. Then, Western Conference foes collide as LaMarcus Aldridge and the Northwest-leading Portland Trail Blazers host Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, teams that have split the first two games between them this year.

The Blacklist
9 p.m. on NBC

Multiple foes - all of them related -- pose new dangers for Red (James Spader) in the new episode "T. Earl King VI." The wealthy clan made a fortune through illegal means, and they're determined not to be brought down. The situation also spells peril for Liz (Megan Boone), as does Tom's (Ryan Eggold) latest initiative. Jennifer Ehle ("Fifty Shades of Grey") and Lance Henriksen ("Millennium") guest star. Diego Klattenhoff also stars.

9 p.m. on ABC

Washington, D.C. frequently gets national attention - and it does so for an unfortunate reason in the new episode "The Lawn Chair." A tragedy occurs that has people talking, and not just domestically. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and his inner circle have to decide what to do about the vice presidency. Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") guest stars. Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young also star.

9 p.m. on FOX

Veteran actor Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown") is faring well with playing television fathers: Not only does he recur as Tim Allen's on "Last Man Standing," he turns up here as Rainn Wilson's in the new episode "Enemy of My Enemies." The elder Backstrom is a sheriff who joins his estranged son in probing an oil-pipeline explosion. Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") also guest stars as the younger Backstrom's ex-fiancee. Dennis Haysbert also stars.

9 p.m. on CW

Sam (Jared Padalecki), in a bid to get Dean (Jensen Ackles) out of the bunker, persuades him to help investigate an odd case in which people disappear - leaving behind only their clothes. At first, the brothers suspect fairies or angels are involved, then discover Hansel (guest star Mark Acheson) from the Grimm fairy tale is turning the victims into their younger selves at the behest of the wicked witch (guest star Lesley Nicol, "Downton Abbey") in "About a Boy."

The First 48
9 p.m. on A&E

The clock on the all-important 48-hour period starts counting down as detectives in Tulsa, Okla., encounter a neighborhood under siege by young thugs after a man is killed in his home by a stray gunshot in a new episode called "Stray Shot." The unexpected but rampant violence only complicates their desperate attempts to find the killers before even more blood is shed.

PGA Tour Golf
9 p.m. on GOLF

Trump National in Doral, Fla., is the scene for the WGC Cadillac Championship, the first of four World Golf Championships on the 2015 calendar. The field for the single-elimination event consists of players from the top of the Official World Ranking and the money lists/Order of Merit from the six main professional tours. Patrick Reed is the defending champion.

Pawn Stars
9 p.m. on HIST

In the new episode "One Man's Junk," Corey examines a baseball believed to be signed by the 1959 World Series Champion Dodgers. Rick, meanwhile, is presented with a very rare Berndt-Maurer movie camera dating back to the 1930s. Later, the Old Man gets his feathers ruffled when Rick bans any and all junk food from the shop.

10 p.m. on NBC

Alex's (Gavin Stenhouse) discovery of his family's history coincides with the search for a mole inside the FBI in the new episode "Tipping Point." Worried about taking a polygraph test from a special agent (guest star Paul Ben-Victor) brought in for the probe, Alex has to determine his loyalties. Victor (Morgan Spector) strikes upon a novel way to keep an eye on Katya and Mark (Hope Davis, Scott Cohen). Robert John Burke also guest stars.

American Crime
10 p.m. on ABC

Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" screenwriter John Ridley is the prime creative force behind this new drama series, examining the fallout of a murder through its effects on various people. Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives") head the ensemble cast as a grieving, long-estranged couple; additional stars of "Episode One" include Penelope Ann Miller, W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood"), Elvis Nolasco and Caitlin Gerard.

10 p.m. on FX 

Wisecracking but good-natured agent Ray Gillette (voice of series creator Adam Reed) tries to lend a hand as the Slater (voice of recurring guest star Christian Slater) hands the team their latest assignment: swindling the royal family of Durhani. And given Ray's largely bionic constitution, when we say "lend a hand," there's a good chance we're talking literally. H. John Benjamin and Aisha Tyler head the main voice cast in the new episode "Pocket Listing."

10 p.m. on HIST

In the new episode "Warrior's Fate," King Ecbert (Linus Roache) visits the Viking settlement to watch the first crops being sown while, in Mercia, the Wessex and Viking forces mount a unified assault in a battle at the Hill of the Ash. Back in Kattegat, the charismatic Harbard (Kevin Durand) charms Aslaug and Helga (Alyssa Sutherland, Maude Hirst), but Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) can't shake the suspicion that the handsome newcomer is somehow behind strange and tragic events in the community.

10 p.m. on USA 

Tim Kring ("Heroes") is among the co-creators of this eerie new action drama, which stars Jason Isaacs (the "Harry Potter" movie series) as Peter Connelly, an FBI agent working in Israel. Investigating the murder of a young American, Peter finds himself drawn into an international mystery that includes an ancient "The Da Vinci Code"-style conspiracy. Anne Heche, David Costabile ("Suits"), Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") and Richard E. Grant ("Downton Abbey") co-star.

Duff Till Dawn
10:30 p.m. on FOOD

In the season finale, a new episode called "Fairies vs. Goblins," two teams compete to see which of them can most successfully bring a fairy to life in cake form. Teammates Natalie Sideserf and Julia Doubleday push the boundaries of cake art with their surreal vision, while Sarah Myers and Timbo Sullivan favor a more whimsical approach. Elena Fox and Aarti Sequeira are the guest judges. Duff Goldman, the host, also renders judgement.


World's Funniest Fails
8 p.m. on FOX

When it comes to amusing videos, children always can be relied upon to provide humor, and a lot of that is showcased in the new episode "Kids Survive the Darndest Things." As the title implies, many things don't go as planned for the young subjects - all the better for a panel that includes comics Baron Vaughn, Julian McCullough and Mamrie Hart to have choices from which to choose the Fail of the Week. Terry Crews is the host.

Hart of Dixie
8 p.m. on CW

With a somber Zoe (Rachel Bilson) wanting a family treasure she can give her child, Wade (Wilson Bethel) tries to find her such an item in the new episode "61 Candles." Brick's (Tim Matheson) birthday seems to go unnoticed by everyone, but he suspects a surprise party is in store for him when Wade and Lavon (Cress Williams) take him fishing. George's (Scott Porter) visiting parents are dismayed by his choice of lifestyle. Jaime King also stars.

Cold Justice
8 p.m. on TNT

A family that moved from India to Florida in search of a better life has those dreams dashed when the young mother abruptly vanishes without a trace in the new episode "American Dream." Kelly and Yolanda head to Fort Myers, Fla., and confront language barriers and clashing cultural traditions in their quest for answers.

In an Instant
9 p.m. on ABC

True stories of people who faced their moment of truth (which was the original title of this show) in various ways are dramatized in this new series, normally to be seen Saturdays and premiering with "Flying Blind." Individuals caught in such situations as a bridge collapse and a grizzly-bear attack tell their tales, with staged sequences illustrating what happened at the cruclal point of life or death. How their lives changed afterward also is considered.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
9 p.m. on PBS
Initially noted for his p
aintings of African-American men, New York-based artist Wiley recently began a project involving female subjects. That is the focus of this documentary, which shows each model posing for Wiley while wearing a couture gown. Those captured in the portraits represent a wide range of backgrounds, from a prison guard to a teen mom aspiring toward an educational equivalency degree. Paris and Beijing are among the other locales.

9 p.m. on FOX

As the series nears its end, guest stars abound - including Whoopi Goldberg, Geraldo Rivera and singer Michael Bolton - in the new episode "The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester." Jane Lynch's character clearly figures strongly into the plot, which also involves the destruction of Dalton Academy in a fire ... prompting a merging of the Warblers and New Directions. Rachel (Lea Michele) wants to go back to New York. Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9 p.m. on CW

As anyone who's seen the series "The Goldbergs" or the movie "Bridesmaids" knows, Wendi McLendon-Covey is a funny lady, so she has the goods to stay on her toes with this show's regulars as the principal guest star in this episode. She joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to engage in improvisational humor, generated by suggestions from the on-site audience. Comedian Jonathan Mangum also appears. Aisha Tyler is the host.

King of the Nerds
9 p.m. on WTBS

As the moment of victory for one of their group draws closer, the remaining nerds are hindered by an alien queen, but one nerd uncovers an effective ploy in Nerdvana, in the new episode "Invasion of the Nerd Snatchers." Acid melts the face of one nerd, while another must compete in a double elimination. Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong are the hosts.

Craft in America
10 p.m. on PBS

"Service" demonstrates how involvement in the world of art can be beneficial for past and current soldiers. The G.I. Bill and the Army Arts & Crafts Program are among the initiatives cited as the program surveys works that reflect the experiences - and, in many cases, the direct talent - of military members. Leathersmith Eugene Burks Jr. is among the artists showcased.

10 p.m. on MAX

In a new episode called "Even God Doesn't Know What to Make of You," a pensive Lucas (Antony Starr) reflects on his long friendship with Job (Hoon Lee), even as he wonders whether they will share a future. Rebecca's (Lili Simmons) recklessness comes at a cost to Proctor and Emily (Ulrich Thomsen, Tanya Clarke). Carrie and Gordon (Ivana Milicevic, Rus Blackwell) try to rebuild their shattered relationship. Tom Pelphrey also stars.


Good Witch
8 p.m. on HALL

In the new episode "Running Scared," Cassie (Catherine Bell) welcomes a frightened young woman (Rayisa Kondracki) to Grey House and realizes the girl is being followed. Next door, Sam (James Denton) struggles to find the right combination of love and discipline for his troubled son Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond), who also is complicating the life of Grace (Bailee Madison). Shane Harte also stars.

8 p.m. on HBO

The fraternity guys led by Zac Efron are not the neighbors that new parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne want in director Nicholas Stoller's ("Get Him to the Greek") raucous 2014 comedy. Being reasonable quickly goes out the window as an option, and the two factions engage in all sorts of stunts and pranks ... with the married couple unusually engaged in trying to get the best of the next-door tenants before it happens the other way around. Christopher Mintz-Plasse ("Superbad") also appears.

Killer Crush
8 p.m. on LIFE

College co-ed Paige York (Daveigh Chase) develops a burning crush on one of her professors, Dr. Lucas Emery (Rick Roberts), but things don't take a scary turn until Paige gets hired to care for Dr. Emery's wife, Gabby (Sydney Penny). Gabby is struggling with multiple sclerosis, but the greater danger to her welfare by far is Paige's growing conviction that she, not Gabby, is the professor's true soulmate - and nothing will get between Paige and the wedding of her dreams. Colin Macphee also stars in this 2014 TV movie.

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) may get some heavenly help, literally, from an angel named Orion (guest star Max Brown) in their crusade against evil in "Paradise Lost." Katrina (Katia Winter) is on her own quest that she hopes will be beneficial on a large scale. John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood also star.

Inside Llewyn Davis
9 p.m. on SHOW

Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo") again earned wide acclaim for their 2013 portrait of a fictional early-1960s folk singer, superbly played by Oscar Isaac. While lacking social graces, Llewyn Davis has undeniable talent, which he tries to parlay into stardom as he encounters a variety of people during a weeklong odyssey. John Goodman gives a colorful performance in a cast that also includes Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
10 p.m. on DISC

In a new episode, Kevin and Grant try to reach 30 miles per hour aboard a makeshift rocket skateboard, then a catapult built from scraps is used in a basketball shooting competition. Later, Kevin believes the power of buoyancy will allow a 400-pound concrete canoe to float.

Caesar and Cleopatra
10:15 p.m. on TCM

Before Elizabeth Taylor, there was Vivien Leigh in the role of the seductress with the steel-trap mind. When Julius Caesar (Claude Rains) visits Egypt to pay his respects, he and Cleo strike up a relationship. But is it more than just love and lust? Flora Robson and Anthony Eustrel also star in the 1945 film based on a George Bernard Shaw play.

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