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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

The Middle

The Middle
8/7c ABC
The Heck family have a heck of a lot of problems in this episode. Frankie's predicament is trying to get Mike to stop giving her the cold shoulder after she accidentally spends $200 on a small bottle of eye cream. Axl's cross to bear is taking care of a mechanical infant doll for health class. And Sue and Brick's dilemma is a doozy — trying to figure out a way to fix the hole they caused in Sue's bedroom wall. — Fred Mitchell

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

Lights Out

Lights Out
10/9c FX
The Learys live in a New Jersey mansion that the Sopranos wouldn't find unfamiliar, and paterfamilias Patrick (Holt McCallany) made his money violently. But that's where the similarities end (some of them, anyway): Patrick (aka "Lights") is an ex-heavyweight boxing champ. Alas, retirement hasn't been good to Lights, and his money's running out (so, yes, he'll get mixed up with the mob). But Lights' story isn't all boxing-movie clichés. For starters, he's married to a med student (Catherine McCormack) and he's a responsible father. And when he's diagnosed with "pugilistic dementia" in the series opener, it's only the beginning of the story. — Paul Droesch

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Lie To Me

Lie to Me
8/7c Fox
Cal and Co. pull double duty as they return from their six-week holiday hiatus with two episodes, airing back to back. First up: A rich friend of Cal's daughter whose father is in a pricey mental hospital thinks something fishy is going on, so Cal gets himself committed there to snoop around. But Cal might not be just acting crazy. Paula Malcolmson (Sons of Anarchy) plays Cal's late mother in a hallucination sequence. Then a wealthy woman hires the Lightman Group to check out her new young boyfriend (Sam Page). There's something fishy about him, too. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of the BCS Championship Game, Inside the Actors Studio, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, Men of a Certain Age and The X Life. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

Episodes

Episodes
9:30/8:30c Showtime
Brimming with wit and cleverness, and blessed with a stellar cast, this new cable sitcom tells the story of British-TV producers Sean and Beverly Lincoln (the exquisitely matched Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig), whose award-winning show is bought by American network honcho Merc Lapidus (the engagingly slick John Pankow). Merc brings the Brits to L.A. with a "stronger than stone" promise of free rein and no interference. Well, you know what they say about promises, and soon the Lincolns need to decide if they can get with the program. — Ray Stackhouse

Read on for previews of NFL Playoff, The Cape, Bob's Burgers, Desperate Housewives, Masterpiece Theatre and Shameless. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live
11:29/10:29c NBC
It'll be Jim-dandy when the late-night lampooner returns for the first show of 2011 with Jim Carrey taking on hosting duties. The star of I Love You Phillip Morris, The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind teams up with the primed-for-prime-time players to lacerate today's headline-splashing people and events. Meanwhile, alt-rock darlings the Black Keys deliver their bluesy-rock blast on the music stage. The guitar-drum duo released the CD Brothers in 2010. — Dean Maurer

Read on for previews of NFL Playoff, Clash of the Titans, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Victorious, Perfectly Prudence and Primeval. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Sela Ward and Gary Sinise

CSI: NY
9/8c CBS
It's no laughing matter when a man in a full clown costume murders the owner of a bakery. Normally, a clown would be easy to spot in New York, but when the CSIs arrive on the scene they discover numerous men dressed in identical clown outfits. Back in the office, things aren't any merrier when Jo's FBI agent ex-husband (David James Elliott) visits. — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star, the Cotton Bowl, Supernanny, Merlin, Say Yes to the Dress and Dog Whisperer. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore
10/9c MTV
After a satisfying stint in Miami, the "GTL"-loving crew are heading back to where they belong — Seaside Heights, N.J. — when the new season of the reality hit kicks off tonight. Thankfully, the twice ousted and always annoying Angelina is staying in Staten Island this time around, with Snooki's provocative pal, Deena, taking her place in the house. Even with Angelina out of the picture, it doesn't take long for old tensions to resurface, and on their first night out, it becomes clear that some Miami grudges haven't gone anywhere. — Karen Kelty

Read on for previews of Wipeout, Grey's Anatomy, The Facebook Obsession, Ace of Cakes, CSI and College Basketball. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Modern Family

Modern Family
9/8c ABC
Living with a Colombian wife and her son, Jay's horizons broaden every day, but tonight it's apparent that the phrase "like riding a bike" means nothing to them — because they don't know how. So while Jay teaches them what to him feels like an American birthright, Claire is driven to distraction by a person speeding through the Dunphys' neighborhood; and Mitchell and Cameron are just plain distracted by the New Agey, hot-tubbing and frequently shirtless guy (James Marsden) who moved in upstairs. — Joe Friedrich

Read on for previews of the People's Choice Awards, Law & Order: SVU, Are We There Yet?, Top Chef, Primetime and Ghost Hunters International. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011

Live to Dance

Live to Dance
8/7c CBS
While many will see this new dance contest program as a return for Paula Abdul as a judge in an entertainment competition, the series — hosted by Andrew Günsberg, and also featuring judges Kimberly Wyatt and Travis Payne — really marks her return to her beginnings in dance and choreography. Tonight, the contest, which promises a $500,000 prize, opens with auditions in New York and Los Angeles. Each week, six of 18 acts face each other and only two advance. One of the acts is chosen by judges, the other is picked by viewers and announced at the beginning of the next round. — Bill Ecklund

Read on for previews of No Ordinary Family, Biggest Loser, the Sugar Bowl, V, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Southland. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

The Bachelor

The Bachelor
8/7c ABC
In the annals of Bachelor history, no villain has been more hissable than Brad Womack (Booooooooooo!!!), the Austin saloonkeeper who spurned both Jenni and DeAnna in 2007. Brad says that has paid dearly for his sins ("I hit rock bottom"), and that therapy has made him more kissable. He hopes. We'll see, beginning tonight, when he meets the 30 gals he'll be sifting through over the next two months. A dentist, an undertaker and a "manscaper" are among them. But first there's an encounter with Jenni and DeAnna. Then the first gal out of the limousine slaps him. Hard. — Paul Droesch

Read on for previews of the Orange Bowl, The Closer, American Experience, Greek, Hawaii Five-0 and Castle. read more

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