It’s a fairly routine week in TV.
The most notable series return is FX’s critically acclaimed and often convoluted drama “Damages” Monday night starring Glenn Close.
The most notable departure is Fox’s “Dollhouse” on Friday. This Joss Whedon-created drama probably would have thrived on SyFy but died after two seasons on Fox:
And the show that used to matter many years ago: the Miss America pageant is on TLC Saturday night.
Plus, the Grammys arrive on CBS Sunday with many of the usual suspects. In case you care, here is a quick review of the nominations:
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Jake takes ladies on trips to Big Sur, a winery and dune-buggy racing.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — Chuck meets a love interest on a plane while on his first solo spy mission.
“Top Gear” 8 p.m. BBC America (13th season debut) — The hosts race from London to Edinburgh via train, car and motorcycle.
“Damages” 10 p.m. FX (third season debut) — Patty helps victims of a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme scammer.
“Greek” 10 p.m. ABC Family (third season winter debut) — Gamma Psi holds a fundraiser to help rebuild their fire-ravaged house.
“Tracey Ullman State of the Union” 10 p.m. Showtime (third season debut) — Among the skits; Ullman as an airport screener who does a Michael Jackson-style dance with passengers.
“La La Land” 11 p.m. Showtime (new series)— Marc Wootton plays three characters who all arrive in Hollywood to pursue their dreams.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Auditions in Los Angeles feature guest judges Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry.
“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — The winning team gets to influence the weigh-in of three other groups.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Tony and Ziva may have to deal with an assassin on a flight.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — The team discovers one of their own may be in danger.
“Human Target” 9 p.m. Fox — While seeking a friend’s killer, he ends up battling with bad guys at the Russian embassy.
“Teen Mom” 10 p.m. MTV (90-minute first-season finale) — Catelynn and Tyler try to let go of their daughter Carly while Maci and Ryan celebrate Bentley’s first birthday.
“24/7 Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona” 10 p.m. HBO (new series) – A four-week series about this race-car driver.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Bring on the funny: Neil Patrick Harris is a guest judge in Dallas.
“Tavis Smiley Reports” 8 p.m. GPB — Smiley faces Hillary Clinton.
“Property Virgins” 8 p.m. HGTV (seventh season finale) — A couple tries to find a reasonably priced mansion in Princeton, N.J.
“State of the Union Address” 9 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, BET— Expect Pres. Obama to take a more populist tone after the surprise loss of a Democratic seat in Massachusetts last week.
“Nip/Tuck” 10 p.m. FX — Great casting choice: Kimber’s mom is played by plastic surgery victim Melanie Griffith.
“Psych” 10 p.m. USA (fourth-season winter debut) — USA cross-promotion alert: WWE star John Cena guests as a soldier.
“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Those remains at a Civil War site are relatively new, not 150 years old.
“VH1 Storytellers: John Mayer” 8 p.m. VH1 — The former Atlantan and Twitter nut shows off why he became famous in the first place.
“Live For the Moment” 8 p.m. CBS — This inspirational special hosted by Jeff Probst gives a man with ALS a chance to live great moments. If it does well, it could become a series.
“The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Stefan and Damon try to figure out who the new vampire is.
“Project Runway” 10 p.m. Lifetime — A recipe for tension: the contestants are paired up.
“America’s Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m. MTV (fifth season debut) — Five dance crews from the South get tested. R&B singer Omarion joins the judges’ table.
“Dollhouse” 8 p.m. Fox (series finale) — Last week’s Haiti telethon postponed this finale by a week. Echo and the crew try to save humanity from extinction.
“Smallville” 8 p.m. the CW — Oliver squares off against the Dark Archer, his former mentor.
“Supernanny” 8 p.m. ABC — Mike Ruggles subs for Jo Frost so they dub him “Supermanny.”
“Medium” 9 p.m. CBS — A seemingly normal gal may be behind the death of her own parents.
“Caprica” 9 p.m. SyFy — Zoe’s avatar tries to get used to living in a robot’s body.
“Kitchen Nightmares” 9 p.m. Fox (third-season debut) — Chef Gordon Ramsay is back to try to save the day, this time in Philadelphia.
“Numb3rs” 10 p.m. CBS — Colby and Nikki get into a car crash.
“Miss America 2010” 8 p.m. Saturday TLC — People actually used to care about this, didn’t they?
“Meteor Storm” 9 p.m. Saturday SyFy — A comet attacks Earth! No deep impact here.
“Pit Boss” 10 p.m. Saturday Animal Planet — Huge ratings last week for this show about a man who saves pit bulls.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Jon Hamm hosts.
“A Family is a Family is a Family” 7 p.m. Sunday HBO — Rosie O’Donnell celebrates families — straight and gay.
“Grammy Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Performers include Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
“Larry the Cable Guy Tailgate Party” 9 p.m. Sunday Comedy — When jokes about bass fishing and Garth Brooks are up your alley.