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TV best bets with return of ‘Saving Grace,’ ‘Law & Order: CI,’ ‘In Plain Sight,’ ‘V’

115949_D_0144rABC is bringing back the surprisingly durable reality show “Wife Swap” Friday but is probably more concerned about its sci-fi remake “V,” which returns Tuesday after a long winter break.

The show’s ratings fell off sharply over four episodes so its future is as much in doubt as the human race, as it gets ready to fight off the aliens.

TNT is reluctantly letting go of “Saving Grace,” a victim of high costs. It begins its nine-episode concluding run Monday night.

USA carts out two of its dramas this week: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” Tuesday and “In Plain Sight” Wednesday.

And CBS is hoping to nurture yet another medical drama “Miami Medical” on Friday night, a tough night to launch shows nowadays.

MONDAY
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Everyone gets a second dance. Pamela Anderson can stand there and jiggle and garner votes.
“10 Things I Hate About You” 8 p.m. ABC Family (second-season debut) — Kat, suspended, sneaks into school to take a test. Foolish or dedicated? Take your pick.
“Greek” 10 p.m. ABC Family (third-season finale) — Seniors ponder life after graduation during spring break.
Damages” 10 p.m. FX — Patty’s clients want her thrown off the Tobin case while Ellen’s job is in jeopardy.
“Kell on Earth” 10 p.m. Bravo (first-season finale) — Poor ratings don’t bode well for this reality show.
“Pawn Stars” 10 p.m. History (third-season debut) — Just a few weeks after the second season ended, History brings back its most popular show ever.
“Saving Grace” 10 p.m. TNT (fourth-season debut) — Grace’s miraculous survival from the building fall draws all sorts of unwanted attention.
TUESDAY
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — The first celebrity goes home. It won’t be Evan Lysacek or Chad Ochocinco, that’s for sure. The Beach Boys (with John Stamos on drums) will perform.
“Lost” 9 p.m. ABC — Sun and Jin keep looking for each other.
“Blue Mountain State” 10 p.m. Spike (first-season finale) — The Mountain Goats get an unexpected bowl game invite.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” 10 p.m. USA (ninth-season debut) — Lots of change in store with Goren leaving for good.
“Little Chocolatiers” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Steve and Katie try to combine chocolate and beer.

V” 10 p.m. ABC (spring debut) — Ryan is understandably concerned about Val’s pregnancy. And V leader Anna and journalist Chad continue their wary give and take.
WEDNESDAY
“America’s Next Top Model” 8 p.m. the CW — Marietta’s Alasia, who did well last week, must be glad whiny Ren is gone. Tonight, the theme is vampires.
“American Idol” 9 p.m. Fox — Maybe this will be the week Tim Urban goes. Usher and Diddy are set to perform.
“In Plain Sight” 10 p.m. USA (third-season debut) — Donnie Wahlberg guests. Mary and Marshall look for Mary’s would-be killer.
“The Real World” 10 p.m. MTV (23rd season finale) — This show is now older than many MTV viewers. A reunion show follows.
“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — Jaclyn Smith and Ann-Margret guest star.
“Ugly Betty” 10 p.m. ABC — It’s reunion time for Betty, who’s in London for Fashion Week as she runs into Gio and Christina.
THURSDAY
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” 8 p.m. CBS — After last week’s incredible tribal council, Russell and Boston Rob are like two genius “Survivor” chess players.
Beasts of the Bible” 8 p.m. Animal Planet — Examining Biblical animals such as Jonah’s whale.
Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Brennan’s second book becomes an instant best seller.
“Food Tech” 9 p.m. History (first-season finale) — Looking into baseball park grub.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox (second-season spring debut) — Walter flashes back to 1985 – without a hot tub or DeLorean.
“The Mentalist” 9 p.m. CBS (special time) — With “CSI’s” numbers down, this could end up being a permanent move to 9 p.m. as Patrick chases down the Red John monster.
Project Runway” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Mila should have gone home last week instead of Atlanta’s Anthony Williams, who will be missed.
America’s Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m. MTV — Stone Mountain’s Jungle Boogie got cut last week, sadly enough.
FRIDAY
“Ghost Whisperer” 8 p.m. CBS — A ghost infiltrates a graphic novelist and writes stories that come true. Creepy? Of course!
Wife Swap” 8 p.m. ABC (sixth season debut) — A wife treats 14 special plastic dolls as actual babies. Creepy? Yup.
“Medium” 9 p.m. CBS — Allison and her daughters are dreaming about the same enigmatic girl.
Stargate Universe” 9 p.m. SyFy — Aliens kidnap a crew member while Dr. Rush finds himself on an empty planet.
Merlin” 10 p.m. SyFy (second season debut) — New servant Cedric elbows past Merlin to become Arthur’s manservant. This used to be on NBC.
Miami Medical” 10 p.m. CBS (new series) — Yet another Jerry Bruckheimer creation, this time focused on trauma doctors.
WEEKEND
“30 for 30: Guru of Go” 4 p.m. Saturday ABC — The story of coach Paul Westhead and star player Hank Gathers, who dies under Westhead’s watch.
“It’s Me or the Dog” 8 p.m. Saturday Animal — An owner obsesses over her three Maltese dogs.
“Sunday Best” 8 p.m. Sunday BET (third season debut) — Gospel is global: auditions in Nigeria.
“Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Teams go to Malaysia.
“Tool Academy” 9 p.m. Sunday VH1 (third season finale) — It’s between Jacob and Angelo for the $100,000 prize.
Breaking Bad” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Walt’s efforts to remain in touch with his son sets off Skyler.
How to Make It in America” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (first season finale) — Cam mulls confronting Rene about a recent theft.

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14 comments Add your comment

Stackhouse

March 29th, 2010
9:19 am

Chuck on Mondays. Un-ban my account. blah blah blah

Tom

March 29th, 2010
9:47 am

No love for FlashForward? Hmmph.

nobama

March 29th, 2010
9:47 am

dont the Braves start playing soon/////////////

Rodney Ho

March 29th, 2010
9:49 am

Opening day is April 5

Rodney Ho

March 29th, 2010
9:50 am

Can’t highlight everything, especially on Thursday, which is pretty packed. I’m glad someone is STILL watching it…

Unclebuck

March 29th, 2010
10:33 am

Flash Forward is getting better. But my questions is “Justified” on FX Tuesday? Has to be the best new show.

Bob

March 29th, 2010
11:36 am

Thursday

The Mentalist move to 9:00PM looks like CBS thinks it might do better against Fringe than the worn out mess that is now CSI (Las Vegas) I’m thankful for my DVR since I like both shows. I haven’t really been able to get into Bones this year. I don’t like it on Thursday night and I think the plots aren’t very good this year.

In general, I’m really sick of March re-runs. That’s what happens when they only produce 24 episodes fora 34 week season.

Donna P.

March 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

I’ll miss Saving Grace. She was naked in most of the episodes! LOL!

Tom

March 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Well it is cyclical… the less people think about it, the less people are inclined to watch it… that’s why they say there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

kt

March 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

What abt the Biggest Loser?

Brandy

March 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Sunday – Undercover Boss and Celebrity Apprentice.

Huh?

March 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

No FX’s JUSTIFIED notice/recommendation?

CJ

March 29th, 2010
9:26 pm

I like Law & Order. CI is my favorite but I will not enjoy it without Goren!

a$$play

March 31st, 2010
8:15 am

Breaking Bad is the best show on TV! Thank god for DirectTV. …. On another note… History Channel is doing a huge documentary on the Shroud of Turin. It is called “The Face of Jesus” and they are recreating the body and face of “whoever” was in the shroud. It looks VERY interesting and is a top story on the major news sites.