The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice!
Director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is the ringmaster for this celebration of two decades of America's first family of animated dysfunction, featuring comments from auteur Matt Groening; executive producer James L. Brooks; writers Conan O'Brien, David Cross and Dana Gould; and voice artists Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith. Also weighing in are pop-culture icons John Waters, Sting, Jimmy Kimmel, Moby, Jerry Springer and Dr. Ruth.
Read on for previews of Chuck, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Big Love and Masterpiece Classic.
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
8 pm/ET HBO
Never underestimate a woman's intuition. An ebullient Jill Scott stars as Precious Ramotswe, a woman who opens the titular agency after her father dies. In the breezy, two-hour premiere episode — which was written by Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and the late Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) and directed by Minghella — Precious sets up shop and investigates all sorts of female-centric malfeasance. The postcard-pretty series, based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith, was filmed entirely on location in Botswana. A nearly unrecognizable Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) costars as Precious' odd assistant.
Read on for previews of Amazing Race 14, United States of Tara, Masterpiece Classic and The Simpsons.
Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
2 pm/ET FOX
Gentlemen, start your season. The struggling economy forced a few race teams to trim cars or merge, but the starting field is still 43-drivers strong for the 51st Great American Race in Daytona Beach. After Florida governor Charlie Crist gives the starting command, look for usual suspects like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and three-time series champ Jimmie Johnson near the front. Sentimental fans may prefer to follow veterans Mark Martin (now in the No. 5 car) and Tony Stewart (now in No. 14) as they debut new rides while chasing their long-sought first trip to NASCAR's ultimate Victory Lane.
Read on for previews of Amazing Race 14, Desperate Housewives, Eastbound & Down and Masterpiece Classic.