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Tuesday On TV: Cougar Town Returns! Plus: Southland, Justified

Courtney Cox, Josh Hopkins

Now here's about the nicest Valentine's Day present anyone could hope for: the long-awaited return of Cougar Town, a show that's so much fun to love, you can't help but wonder if ABC kept it off the air so long just to make our hearts grow fonder. read more

Matt's Guide to the Week in TV, Sept. 6-8: Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me Finale

Rescue Me

Fasten your recliner belts. With Labor Day behind us, it's time for some heavy TV lifting as new seasons begin and summer seasons continue to wrap things up. TV Guide Magazine's Fall Preview issue is out this week, which means the "regular" TV season is just around the corner. But there's still plenty to watch right now. Here's a quick look at the highlights for the rest of the week in TV.

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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

Read on for previews of Frontline, Millionaire Matchmaker, NCIS, The Haney Project, Teen Mom and Onion SportsDome. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

NCIS

NCIS
8/7c CBS
Robert Wagner reprises his role as Tony's father. The last visit was an uneasy surprise for Tony. This visit catches the entire team off guard, because he's there at the request of Gibbs, who asked for his help on a sensitive case. — Bill Ecklund

Read on for previews of No Ordinary Family, Dancing with the Stars, Frontline, The Good Wife, The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection and World Series of Poker. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

No Ordinary Family

No Ordinary Family
8/7c ABC
For the last few weeks, JJ's super brain has been a secret to his parents, and mostly used for academic pursuits (or learning Hebrew to impress a girl). But can it help him succeed at sports? Tonight he goes out for the football team by using the X's and O's as variables in math equations, but the undersized JJ finds out the hard way that the game is more than just physics: It's physical. Meanwhile, a case of mistaken identity makes Jim look like the culprit of a crime he's trying to prevent. — Joe Friedrich

Read on for previews of Millionaire Matchmaker, Parenthood, 30 for 30, Scream 2010, Frontline and Mad Mel: The Rise and Fall of a Hollywood Icon. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Top Chef

Top Chef
10/9c Bravo
Play ball! The game of simmer meets the game of summer when the six remaining foodies step up to the plate for a baseball-themed challenge. Here's the pitch: They must commandeer two baseball concession stands at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., then cover all the bases to come up with top-flight game snacks. Baseball players Matt Capps and John Lannan make appearances, as does the Nationals' sultan of swing, Adam Dunn. Rick Moonen is the guest judge.

Read on for previews of America's Got Talent, Ghost Hunters, MasterChef, Frontline, WNBA Playoff and The Real World. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lost

Lost
9/8c ABC
Sadly, we must scratch Sayid, Sun and Jin from the list of candidates to succeed Jacob. That leaves Jack, Sawyer and Hurley, who, along with Kate, are back on the beach and awaiting the final battle with the Locke Monster, whose motives become clear (or at least as clear as things get on Lost) in this episode. Speaking of battles, expect background on the epochal Jacob-Man in Black tilt. And Allison Janney becomes part of the Lost universe, playing a character listed as "Woman."

Read on for previews of The Good Wife, Biggest Loser, Justified, Dancing with the Stars, 30 for 30 and Frontline/World. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

V

V
10:02/9:02c ABC
Whenever a drama takes a brief siesta, the show's shepherds typically use the last episode to drop cliff-hanger bombshells to hook viewers for the series' return, like putting Erica's son in harm's way,  Chad's grave prognosis and that creepy cross-species pregnancy. The re-imagined sci-fi series awakens from its winter slumber to address those suspenseful scenarios, with genre babes Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica) and Lexa Doig (Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda) along for the ride.

Read on for previews of Dancing with the Stars, Melrose Place, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Frontline. read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

Ophelie David

Winter Olympics
8/7c NBC
Newly crowned national women's champ Rachael Flatt and 2008 winner Mirai Nagasu are the U.S. contingent as women's figure skating starts with the short program. Flatt, a high-school senior, hopes to study biomechanical engineering in college. "I don't like all the attention," she says. "I just like to skate." She won't be able to avoid the attention here, especially if she is able to out-skate favorites Kim Yu-Na and Mao Asada. Ski cross continues with the women's qualification, featuring France's Ophelie David, and the women's bobsled event begins, with American driver Shauna Rohbock back to try to improve on her silver-medal performance in Torino in 2006. Skiing features Bode Miller and Ted Ligety in the rescheduled men's giant slalom, as well as Nordic combined's team event, combining cross-country and ski-jumping. "You need two different hats," says Bill Demong, part of a strong U.S. foursome. "The ski jump is reflex, the cross country is far more cerebral and you have to dig deep." Johnny Spillane won the first-ever U.S. medal in the sport last Sunday.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010

Lost

Lost
9/8c, ABC
Juliet certainly took one for the team last May and is definitely dead, but she's slated to return (in one way or another) this season. Claire and Boone are back, too. Tonight, in fact. But in the flesh or as ghosts? And last we saw Locke, he was alive in Jacob's bunker inside the Taweret statue and dead in that crate on the beach. What gives?  All we really know about the final-season opener is what the producers have told us: "The aftermath from Juliet's detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed... read more

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