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TV best bets with returns of ‘30 Rock,’ ‘Undercover Boss,’ ‘One Tree Hill’

Laura Prepon stars on the new NBC sitcom "Are You There, Chelsea?" on Wednesday. CREDIT: NBC

Laura Prepon stars on the new NBC sitcom "Are You There, Chelsea?" on Wednesday. CREDIT: NBC

The broadcast networks are rolling out mid-season fill-in shows, old and new.

NBC brings back “30 Rock” on Thursday for season six, CBS unveils “Undercover Boss” on Sunday for a third season and the CW debuts the final (and ninth) season of “One Tree Hill” Wednesday.

On NBC, Chelsea Handler tries her hand at humor at 8:30 p.m. with “Are You There Chelsea?” based on her best-selling book, which was actually called “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” and also stars “That 70s Show” star Laura Prepon. Rob Schneider tries again for sitcom glory with “Rob” Thursday on CBS. And Fox Sunday turns “Napoleon Dynamite” into animation and hopes the quirky show translates into big ratings.

MONDAY
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Ben takes the first woman on a one-on-one date in his hometown.
“American Pickers” 9 p.m. History — Mike buys an elephant head from a taxidermist.
Fear Factor” 9 p.m. NBC — Contestants are bound and locked in an underwater cage and later, eat cockroaches and maggots.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” 9 p.m. Bravo — Kim and her new beau arrive obnoxiously late to Hawaii.
Castle” 10 p.m. ABC — A surprising revelation in an investigation may interfere with Ryan and Jenny’s wedding.
Mobster Confessions” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series) — Andrew DiDonato talks about turning in the Gambino family in this documentary series.

TUESDAY

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — Teams try to guess the percentage of weight they’ll lose to gain an advantage.
NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Ray Cruz returns to talk to Ziva about their possible future together.
“Celebrity Wife Swap” 9 p.m. ABC — Flavor Flav’s fiance swaps with Dee Snider’s wife.
NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Jada Khaled is abducted during an ambush.
Shipping Wars” 9 p.m. A&E (new series) — Independent shippers carry items regular shippers won’t handle.
Wild Japan” 10 p.m. Animal Planet — A look at Japan’s coolest animals such as giant salamanders and brown bears.
Body of Proof” 10 p.m. ABC — An undercover cop is killed execution style.
Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC — Adam receives attention from a local newspaper, leaving Crosby feeling left out.
“Tabatha Takes Over” 10 p.m. Bravo (fourth season debut) — Tabatha Coffey tries to fix a salon in Minneapolis. Later this season, three metro Atlanta establishments will be made over.

WEDNESDAY

One Tree Hill” 8 p.m. the CW (ninth season debut) — Brooke adapts to family life with Julian and their new brood.
Are You There, Chelsea?” 8:30 p.m. NBC (new series) — Chelsea tries to get her life in order after getting busted for DUI.
Amazing Eats” 9 p.m. Travel (new series) — Adam Richman explores America’s favorites cuisines. Tonight: pork.
“People’s Choice Awards” 9 p.m. CBS — Kaley Cuoco hosts.
Ghost Hunters” 9 p.m. Syfy (eighth season debut)  — Ohio’s Kings Island amusement park is probed.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Mitch and Cam try to impress potential birth mothers.
Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” 9 p.m. History (second season debut) — Larry travels to Alaska, home to oil, polar bears and 300 reality shows.
“American Restoration” 10 p.m. History (second season debut) — A pair of 1920s visible gas pumps and a 1930s horse-gambling wheel.
Face Off” 10 p.m. Syfy (second season debut) — The makeup artists re-imagine characters from “Wizard of Oz.”
Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — It’s restaurant wars!

THURSDAY

30 Rock” 8 p.m. NBC (sixth season debut) — Jenna gains newfound fame as a hateful judge.
The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon hurts Amy’s feelings and Penny gives him advice.
“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Brennan and Booth look for a new home.
“17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” 8 p.m. VH1 — “The Artist” and “Hugo” lead with 11 nominations apiece.
The Finder” 9 p.m. Fox (new series) — An eccentric, reclusive veteran has an uncanny knack for finding people and things.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — The doctors split into teams for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins.
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” 9 p.m. HBO — The West Memphis Three, convicted of murdering elementary schoolboys, fight to overturn their sentences.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Dwight journeys to Sabre headquarters to land a different job.
“Person of Interest” 9 p.m. CBS — Reese and Finch involve Carter in a case.
Project Runway: All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The all stars spin out elegant ball gowns for a night at the opera.
The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Jane investigates the murder of a high-end divorce lawyer.

FRIDAY

Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — Morgan faces fallout from being the intersect.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 p.m. ABC (series finale) — Seven homes are built in Joplin following a tornado.
A Gifted Man” 8 p.m. CBS — Michael and E-Mo butt heads over treating a patient with a brain tumor.
Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — Chef Ramsay tries to fix Michon’s Smoked Meats & Seafood Restaurant in College Park.
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — A home-invasion investigation becomes complicated.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — Peter takes a dangerous journey to the alternative universe.
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — Brides-to-be who have lost their mothers.
Sweet Home Alabama” 9 p.m. CMT (third season debut) — Southern beauty Paige Duke meets country and city guys.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS  — Danny and Jackie investigate a murder at a diner.

WEEKEND

“Sexting in Suburbia” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A mother figures out that online bullying was involved in her daughter’s suicide.
The 2012 Miss America Pageant” 9 p.m. Saturday ABC  — Brooke Burke Charvet and Chris Harrison host.
“Collision Earth” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy  — A solar event puts Mercury on a collision course with Earth.
Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC  — Daniel Radcliffe hosts.
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — Ricky Gervais is back as host. Bring on the jokes!
“Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (third season debut) — The CEO for Diamond Resorts International goes undercover.
“Napoleon Dynamite” 8:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series) — An animated take on the 2004 film.
Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Gaby asks Lynette to help her woo an important company to sign with Carlos’ firm.
The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Alicia defends a lawyer who refuses to reveal a client’s identity to the government.
Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (fourth season finale) — The team enlists the services of past allies and even foes to crush nemesis Latimer and an old rival.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Bravo — Kandi’s mom tries to get Kim and NeNe to reconcile. Good luck with that!
“Hell on Wheels” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (first season finale) — Cullen’s past and future collide.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

6 comments Add your comment

Rickster

January 9th, 2012
11:48 am

Next week at this time, thank goodness Rodney willl be able to list “American Idol: Season Premiere” as one of his best bets!!

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Kramer

January 9th, 2012
2:53 pm

Really, 30 Rock is still on with it’s audience size? Only on NBC. which stands for Nothing But Crap.

KimZ'sPackage

January 9th, 2012
4:29 pm

Chelsea is a Drunk Tramp and is now Famous for it? What the Hell has happened to good sense and morals? Why are we making people rich that are just TRASH?

jarvis

January 10th, 2012
3:16 pm

@Kramer, if you don’t think 30 Rock is funny, you’re too dumb to get the joke.

Jer

January 11th, 2012
1:28 pm

How are you not going to mention Harry’s Law? One of the best shows in a while and it doesn’t get mentioned over One Tree Hill or Larry the Cable Guy? Lame.