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TV best bets with returns of ‘Breaking in,’ ‘Happily Divorced,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers”

BREAKING IN: Emmy Award-winning actress Megan Mullally (R) joins the cast as Veronica Mann in "The Contra Club" second season premiere episode of BREAKING IN airing Tuesday, March 6 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured Christian Slater (L). ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jordin Althaus/FOX

BREAKING IN: Emmy Award-winning actress Megan Mullally (R) joins the cast as Veronica Mann in "The Contra Club" second season premiere episode of BREAKING IN airing Tuesday, March 6 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Also pictured Christian Slater (L). ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jordin Althaus/FOX

This is one of those weeks where I struggled to find anything all that notable happening. No major shows debuted or ended this week.

Networks are bringing back some sophomore shows that haven’t gotten much buzz. Fox almost killed off ‘Breaking In” last spring but at the last second resurrected it, with Megan Mullally supplementing Christian Slater Tuesday.

TV Land is giving “Happily Divorced” with Fran Drescher another shot Wednesday. And Fox returns its animated series “Bob’s Burgers.”

And the most controversial program? HBO’s “Game Change” Saturday. I interviewed screenwriter and producer Danny Strong last week and will write about it later in the week.

MONDAY

“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — The castoffs talk about Ben.
The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The battle rounds begin! Mentors include Jewel, Lionel Richie and Ne-Yo.
“American Pickers” 9 p.m. History — Dale gets cranked up over Mike’s belly tank racer.
“Being Human” 9 p.m. Syfy —Sally receives an ultimatum from the Reaper.
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” 10 p.m. Food (13th season finale) — The host samples square pizza in Baltimore and turkey fritters in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Lost Girl” 10 p.m. Syfy — Bo believes a prisoner sentenced to death is innocent.
Love Broker” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — New York matchmaker Lori Zaslow helps her upscale clients find a mate.
Smash” 10 p.m. NBC — Karen finds a new acting opportunity.

TUESDAY

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — The teams change trainers.
Cougar Town” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Bobby falls for Travis’ photography professor.
Jane By Design” 9 p.m. ABC Family (first season finale) — Ben knows her secret as she prepares for Fashion Week.
“New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox — Nick hurts his back but has no health insurance.
“Breaking In” 9:30 p.m. Fox (second season debut) — Oz has to sell his business to a new unhinged boss (Megan Mullally).
Property Virgins” 9:30 p.m. HGTV — Host Egypt Sherrod will start as Atlanta R&B/hip-hop station V-103’s new mid-day host March 19.
“The Game” 10 p.m. BET — Melanie tries to connect with Janay by pushing Derwin closer to her fiancé.
Justified” 10 p.m. FX — A shocking murder forces Raylan to face past mistakes.
“Southland” 10 p.m. TNT — Lydia and Ruben probe the death of a nanny.

WEDNESDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The seven men sing Stevie Wonder and six women try Whitney Houston.
Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — An unforgivable betrayal rocks one tribe.
Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” 9 p.m. History — Larry visits the Pentagon, participate in FBI scenario training and working as a tour guide.
Top Chef: Reunion” 9 p.m. Bravo — Paul ran away with this competition.
Revenge For Real” 10 p.m. ABC — A series about real-life stories of vengeance, playing off the scripted series.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — The ladies seek refuge at a lake house.
“My Crazy Obsession” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Extreme collectors and people infatuated with certain lifestyles are profiles. Tonight, we meet a couple with 5,000 Cabbage Patch Dolls.
Psych” 10 p.m. USA — Lassiter hires Shawn and Gun to get to the bottom of strange occurrences at his new condo.
“Happily Divorced” 10 p.m. TV Land (second season debut) — Fran is reluctant to face an old adversary at her college reunion.

THURSDAY

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The first of the top 13 is eliminated.
The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon plays video games instead of attending a birthday party for Amy’s aunt.
“Parks & Recreation” 8:30 p.m. NBC — Leslie lands a big interview on an Indianapolis talk show.
The Finder” 9 p.m. Fox — A hurricane strands Walter.
Japan Tsunami: Tales of Terror” 9 p.m. TLC — A look at the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — This contest still appears to be Mondo’s to lose.
Archer” 10 p.m. FX — Archer’s dead fiancé Katya reappears.
“Awake” 10 p.m. NBC — A superior is concerned by Michael’s bizarre behavior.
The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Agt. Darcy requests Jane’s help with a murder case but Jane suspects she has a hidden agenda.

FRIDAY

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Pitches include body jewelry and a “Rent-a-Grandma” business.
Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS —  Oriental Trading Company CEO works undercover.
Who Do You Think You Are” 8  p.m. NBC — Retired NFL player Jerome Bettis tracks his past.
Ghost Adventures” 9 p.m. Travel (sixth season debut)  — The guys tour the underground Shanghai Tunnels of Portland, Ore.
Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC — An arson-related homicide investigation brings Nick and Hank to the world of Portland fire dancing.
The Mentalist” 9 p.m. CBS (special time) — Jane investigates the homicide of a wealthy man with a terminal illness.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — A bride-to-be’s cheerful personality doesn’t match her finicky entourage.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Erin face off in court when he is put on the stand in a murder case Erin is prosecuting.
Portlandia” 10 p.m. IFC (second season finale) — Portland’s hottest brunch spot has a massive waiting line.
WEEKEND

Of Two Minds” 8 tonight Lifetime — Kristen Davis stars in this film about schizophrenia.
Game Change” 9 tonight HBO — Without having seen the film, Sarah Palin is calling this fiction. Creators dub it fair. You can judge for yourself.
Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC  — Jonah Hill, fresh off an Oscar nomination, hosts.
“Cupcake Wars” 8 p.m. Sunday Food (fifth season debut) — Cupcake artists compete to have their sweets served at the 100th-birthday bash for the Girl Scouts.
Bob’s Burgers” 8:30 p.m. Sunday (second season debut) — The kids enter an abandoned taffy factory to find treasure.
Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — The players create a live event spotlighting a new Buick vehicle.
Army Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Trevor has difficulty adjusting to new houseguests.
Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Mrs. McCluskey, dying of cancer, asks Bree to help her commit suicide.
Oprah’s Next Chapter” 9 p.m. Sunday OWN — Bobbi Kristina talks about late mother Whitney Houston.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Will Kim fire her assistant Sweetie?
The Good Wife” 9 p.m. CBS — Alicia defends a venture capitalist on sexual-misconduct charges.
Shameless” 9 p.m. Showtime Sunday — Monica blows back into town.
“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. AMC Sunday — Is the farm still a sanctuary?
“Shahs of Sunset” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo (new series) — A look at a group of Persian-Americans.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

20 comments Add your comment

Vast Wastrel

March 5th, 2012
11:56 am

Thank heaven for Netflix.

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JJ

March 5th, 2012
12:54 pm

Very busy week for the DVR……Bob’s Burgers is hysterical. I love that show….

BFS

March 5th, 2012
2:02 pm

Don’t forget Harry’s Law on Sunday night. Great show with a great cast. Sort of a thinking mans Boston Legal.

Rodney Ho

March 5th, 2012
2:30 pm

@BFS I would have included “Harry’s Law” but I couldn’t find an immediate cynopsis of this Sunday’s episode so I just moved on. (Time constraints!)

Barney Fife

March 5th, 2012
2:35 pm

Are The Middle, Modern Family and Revenge showing reruns this week?

Rodney Ho

March 5th, 2012
2:41 pm

@Barney Fife. Best place to check if a show is airing repeats or not if you don’t have access to your TV:

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/

Kar

March 5th, 2012
4:12 pm

I’m pleasantly surprised that Breaking In is back. Had a pleasant mixture of sincerity and just over the top weird characters with Christian Slater and unrecognizble Michael Rosenbaum. Not sure if they need Megan Mulhaney to jack up the snarks.

However, what about Raising Hope? A sleeper hit but the punchlines were funny enough to make you stop and check your reality and even on a slow Cloris Leechman was outshining Betty White.

Caduceus

March 5th, 2012
4:33 pm

@Rodney: “cynopsis” that’s like a cynical synopsis, right?

Shemequessence

March 5th, 2012
9:11 pm

GCB is by far the breakout hit of the season…wildly funny! It’s Suburgatory meets Desperate Housewives. A must see zaney comedy!

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March 6th, 2012
5:31 am

Fox should have saved Traffic Light instead

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dagadawgs

March 7th, 2012
8:07 am

Bob’s Burgers? Worst show on. Garbage