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TV best bets with returns of ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Amazing Race’

Russell Hantz and "Boston" Rob Mariano face off again. CREDIT: CBS

Russell Hantz and "Boston" Rob Mariano face off again. CREDIT: CBS

CBS is unveiling the latest seasons of two of the longest-running reality shows out there: “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”

In its 22nd incarnation Wednesday, CBS’s “Survivor” this time will allow contestants who get eliminated to come back via competitions on something called Redemption Island. And for better or worse, “Boston” Rob Mariano is the first person to participate in FOUR “Survivor” shows. This will be the first time “Survivor” will regularly compete against “American Idol.”

“The Amazing Race” on Sunday is also working on the “redemption” theme for 11 teams who didn’t win the past few years. Besides lovable duo Jet and Cord, the Harlem Globetrotters and the deaf kid and his mom are back.

And CBS is introducing a spin-off of “Criminal Minds” Wednesday because the network can’t get enough of more gruesome crime investigations.

UPDATE: I almost forgot! IBM has created a Watson computer that is competing Monday through Wednesday with two of the biggest “Jeopardy” champs Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. You can check it out locally on WATL-TV at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Brad goes to Anguilla with the six remaining gals.
How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Barney declares February 13 “Desperation Day” for single women.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — The squad goes after Augusto Gaez (Lou Diamond Phillips.)
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — A woman with a perfect memory suffers temporary paralysis.
“135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show” 8 p.m. USA — The start of a week-long competition with 2,500 dogs representing 179 breeds..
“Mad Love” 8:30 p.m. CBS (new series) — Just think “How I Met Your Mother” redux.
“American Pickers” 9 p.m. History (second season finale) — The pickers seek stuff for William Shatner and it hopefully won’t be $#!+.
“The Chicago Code” 9 p.m. Fox — The cops try to figure out who killed Teresa’s right-hand man. Does Alderman Gibbons have anything to do with it?
“Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. CBS — Rose uncovers Alan’s Ponzi scheme.
“Castle” 10 p.m. ABC — Castle’s old school friend is the prime suspect in his own wife’s murder.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — Pirates kidnap a group of spring breakers on a cruise.

TUESDAY

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — Teams must push a train 800 feet while answering food-related trivia questions.
Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Sue is depressed after her Cheerios loss.
NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Gibbs investigates the death of a marine who sacrificed his life to protect the life of the defense minister.
NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Are corrupt cops working with military personnel?
“The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — Diane reps a young Internet billionaire who sues for allegedly defaming him in a film.
“Hardcore Pawn” 10 p.m. TruTV (third season debut) — A sketchy customer comes with a valuable sports car.
“Our America With Lisa Ling” 10 p.m. OWN (new series)  — Lisa Ling visits a Fort Mill, S.C. faith-healing revival.
“Southland” 10 p.m. TNT — Lydia gets suspended.

WEDNESDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Half the Hollywood contestants were eliminated in the first round. Now it’s group sing time!
“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (22nd season debut) — Russell Hantz and “Boston” Rob Mariano return yet again.
Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Mitchell’s mom (Shelley Long) shows up to Lily’s birthday party with Claire’s ex-boyfriend (Matt Dillon).
Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — The crew investigates mysterious disappearances in upstate New York.
Mr. Sunshine” 9:31 p.m. ABC — Solid opening for last week’s debut. Will viewers stick around tonight?
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” 10 p.m. CBS (new series) — This spinoff stars Forest Whitaker.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land— The women return to Los Angeles for Victoria’s appearance on “All My Children.”
Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Raylan and Tim have problems transporting a pregnant federal prisoner.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo— The final seven create cookies to impress “Sesame Street” puppets.
“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — Debra Messing plays a TV host of a show that is like “Dateline: To Catch a Predator.”

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Leonard and Raj’s sister rekindle their relationship.
The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW— Stefan admits he had killed members of Elena’s family.
Bones” 9 p.m. Fox— Remains are found in a tanning bed and no, it’s not Snooki.
“CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — Ray testifies against serial killer Nate Haskell.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Meredith runs the ER for a night and it’s not a quiet night.
“Man vs. Wild” 9 p.m. Discovery (sixth season debut) — Bear Grylls faces the Arizona mountains.
“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA — Evan learns why Paige won’t spend the night.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC— Michael unveils his action flick “Threat Level Midnight.”
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Lisbon is injured, prompting Hightower to join Jane in the field for the first time.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Ronnie is an emotional wreck without Sammi.
“Fairly Legal” 10 p.m. USA — A man hit by a truck seeks money from an insurance company.

FRIDAY

The Defenders” 8 p.m. CBS — A judge (Dan Aykroyd) is charged with drug possession.
Supernanny” 8 p.m. ABC — A woman whose husband is in Afghanistan tries to raise four adopted children.
Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC — Rosie O’Donnell explores her late mother’s life.
CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — A serial rapist is murdered and found restrained the same way as his victims.
“Say Yes to the Dress” 9 p.m. TLC — A client wants to elope and races to find a dress.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Frank is the target of an assassination attempt.
Gold Rush: Alaska” 10 p.m. Discovery (first season finale) —  A cave-in endangers Jack.

WEEKEND

“Being Human” 9 tonight BBCA (third season debut)  — In this original British version, Annie is stuck in purgatory.
“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (18th season debut) — Eleven teams that didn’t win are back, including Jet and Cord.
“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Halle Barry plays herself.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Porter and Preston Scavo move out – but not too far.
Saturday Night Live Backstage” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — A behind-the-scenes look at the long-running show.
Worst Cooks in America” 9 p.m. Food (second season finale) —Atlantan Carlos Manuel failed to make the top two last week.
Episodes” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Showtime (first season finale) — The pilot for “Pucks” is done.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Part two of the reunion.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

7 comments Add your comment

TrafficHeadache

February 14th, 2011
10:22 am

Only thing I look forward to this week is the Jennings/Rutter/Watson the Computer matchup on Jeopardy. Everything else…feh.

Kennesaw Dave

February 14th, 2011
11:42 am

Hey Rodney, What happened to Blue Bloods? Isn’t that on Wednesday’s at 10?

Rodney Ho

February 14th, 2011
11:49 am

That was temporary. Blue Bloods goes back to Fridays at 10 p.m. now.

Jere

February 14th, 2011
12:47 pm

I’m a die hard Survivor fan but I wont be watching this time unless that pig, Russell gets voted off early on. That guy is disgusting

Miles

February 14th, 2011
4:14 pm

When does Lost come back on?

Josh

February 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

I certainly hope there aren’t any black people on Survivor this year. I just wanted to slap that ghetto bitch on the last one.

Unclebuck

February 15th, 2011
8:49 am

Ding Ding we have a winner. JOSH