It’s a fairly quiet week until Sunday, when networks throw out a bunch of new shows and season debuts of a few existing ones.
That night, ABC tries out its hope for the next feel-good reality show. Evoking “Undercover Boss,” “Secret Millionaire” features rich folks working surreptitiously with groups that help poor folks, then deciding who to dole out their cash to.
NBC not only carts out another season of “Celebrity Apprentice” with the likes of LaToya Jackson, Jose Canseco and Mark McGrath but it launches “The Next Great Restaurant” as folks try to come up with the next P.F. Chang’s or Olive Garden.
Lifetime that night brings back its popular “Army Wives” while Bravo returns the sixth season of its original “Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
A&E is going for its latest scripted offering, a potentially fun drama called “Breakout Kings.”
And Animal Planet carts out the strangest reality program concept in recent memory: Mike Tyson does pigeon racing!
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — House has an existential crisis.
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Brad takes his remaining trio to South Africa.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — Chuck and Sarah’s wedding plans heat up.
“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Robin dates a guy who acts like a dog.
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” 9 p.m. Travel (seventh season debut) — Bourdain visits Haiti with Sean Penn.
“The Chicago Code” 9 p.m. Fox — A teenager tries to rob Gibbons.
“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS — Mike and Carl work double shifts during a snowstorm.
“Bethenny Ever After” 10 p.m. Bravo (second season debut) — Bethenny visits Jason’s in laws.
“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett need to work with Agent Fallon to avert a catastrophe.
“Harry’s Law” 10 p.m. NBC — Jenna’s car is stolen.
“Fashion Police” 10 p.m. E! — Joan Rivers & Co. pick apart the Oscar red carpet fashions.
“CNN Newsroom” 9 a.m. CNN — Atlanta water bill problems are highlighted .
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Early favorites include bearded Casey Abrams and gospel singer Jacob Lusk.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A new special agent joins the crew.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Sam and Callen fly to Yemen to rescue the hostage son of a Saudi prince.
“Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” 9 p.m. History — Larry breeds mules said to be from George Washington’s herd. Take that, Mike Rowe!
“Raising Hope” 9:30 p.m. Fox — Burt gets a vasectomy.
“The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — Eli gets a tip that he hopes drives Childs out of the race.
“Our America With Lisa Ling” 10 p.m. OWN — This is the first OWN show to get renewed for a second season.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Top 12 gals perform, including Rossville, Ga. resident Lauren Alaina.
“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — The first redemption island challenge is blindsided Matt vs. Francesca.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Claire becomes preoccupied with a feud between Haley and Alex.
“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — Prentiss believes her old Interpol nemesis is behind a series of murders.
“Hoarding: Buried Alive” 10 p.m. TLC (second season spring debut) — A motivational speaker hides a hoarding problem – until now.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Victoria ponders a way to boost her career with a sex tape.
“Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Rachel’s brother-in-law escapes from a halfway house.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — Now in the final five, Richard Blais has won three major challenges.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 13 are named.
“Rules of Engagement” 8:30 p.m. CBS — Russell and Timmy go on a double date.
“Archer” 10 p.m. FX — Cyril injects a virus into the mainframe and then tries to “fix” it so he can be a hero.
“Beyond Scared Straight” 10 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — Five teen girls visit a Maryland women’s prison.
“Fairly Legal” 10 p.m. USA — Kate defends a soldier against a Homeland Security prosecutor.
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Sammi returns to the house. Will she reconcile with Ronnie for the 83rd time?
“Ice Brigade” 10 p.m. Food (new series) — This series follows a Michigan-based team of ice sculptors.
“The Defenders” 8 p.m. CBS — Nick and Pete defend a man who strangled a casino host.
“Supernanny” 8 p.m. ABC — A couple with five out-of-control kids gets help. Apparently, the smack-the-kids-with-a-spoon methodology was ineffective.
“42nd NAACP Image Awards” 8 p.m. Fox — Wayne Brady and Holly Robinson Peete host.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC — Lionel Richie travels the Southeast trying to solve mysteries of his family tree.
“Flying Wild Alaska” 9 p.m. Discovery — Ariel’s flying lessons come to a disastrous end.
“American Loggers” 10 p.m. Discovery (third season debut) — The Pelletiers decide to construct their own logging trailers.
“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” 10 p.m. Animal Planet — A woman’s 37 cats drives out her own teen daughter.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Miley Cyrus hosts for the first time.
“America’s Next Great Restaurant” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC (new series) — Contestants square off to create the next great restaurant chain.
“Basketball Wives” 8 p.m. Sunday VH1 (second season finale) — Evelyn travels to Cincinnati with Chad Ochocinco.
“The Family Crews” 8 p.m. Sunday BET (second season debut) — Terry gets a surprise from his kids after a trip to Connecticut.
“Ruby” 8 p.m. Sunday Style (fourth season debut) — Ruby still having issues with her ex-boyfriend Denny.
“Secret Millionaire” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (new series) — Rich people pretend to be poor before aiding deserving recipients.
“The Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC (fourth season debut) — Among the competitors: Star Jones, Meat Loaf, David Cassidy and Atlantans NeNe Leakes and Lil Jon.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Susan needs a new kidney.
“Army Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (fifth season debut) — Pamela mulls a job offer in Atlanta.
“Breakout Kings” 10 p.m. Sunday A&E (new series) — A special team to chase fugitives features existing escape artists so they can reduce their own sentences. It’s worth a look.
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo (sixth season debut) — Boozy Gretchen misbehaves at a social
“Taking On Tyson” 10 p.m. Sunday Animal Planet (new series) — This is not an Onion joke: Mike Tyson returns to his old neighborhood to race pigeons.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog