“American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., Fox.
splendid at the Golden Globes, Jennifer Lopez returns to the
less-glitzy neighborhood of her roots. The auditions are in Long
Island, but we see her visit the Bronx neighborhood where she grew up
with her father (a computer technician), mother and two sisters.
Adam Lambert fills
in as judge. He subbed for Keith Urban, who was back home in
Australia for the funeral of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman, a
biochemist and psychologist who died at 75.
“The World Dog Awards,” 8-10 p.m., CW.
Humans get plenty of
awards, so now dogs have a turn. This show has some moments for
real-life heroes, but focuses on show business.
Hosting is George
Lopez, whose “Beverly Hills Chihuaha” is nominated for best dog
movie in the past 25 years – a category that excludes Lassie, Benji
and Rin Tin Tin. The other nominees are “Marley & Me,”
“Turner & Hooch,” “Beethoven” and “Air Bud.” Jason
Gann is a presenter and a nominee for best actor playing a dog ...
which he really does in “Wilfred”; the others in the category
just do voices.
ALTERNATIVE: “Babylon,” 10 p.m., Sundance.
Last week's debut
introduced a public-relations whiz (Brit Marling), trying to manage
the image of London's blunt police chief (James Nesbitt). Now we see
just how good this show can be, as they face a crisis: Arrested on
drug charges is the son of the deputy mayor who has been battling the
It's clever TV, but
faces three problems: The British accents are thick ... the side
stories about street cops are so-so ... and the show collides with a
comic gem (“Portlandia”) on IFC. “Portlandia” airs at 10 p.m.
and 1 a.m. ET., at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT; Babylon is 10 p.m. and 1
a.m. in both zones.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. A funny rerun finds the three women in Las
Vegas, where Penny – usually the party type – is accused of being
a “buzzkill” because of her new job. Back home, the guys want to
invent the next big thing; mostly, they find ways to procrastinate.
p.m., CBS. Like Penny in “Big Bang,” Christy never planned to be
a waitress this long. Now she takes steps toward a new career.
Movie Awards,” 9-11 p.m., A&E. On Sunday, viewers saw Golden
Globes go to “Boyhood” (drama) and “Grand Budapest Hotel”
(comedy). This time, those filma are lumped with eight others for
best picture, with Michael Strahan hosting. “Boyhood” has eight
nominations and “Grand” has 11, trailing “Birdman” (13). This
comes on the day Oscar nominations are announced.
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. Walden hits a snag in his plan to keep Louis:
The social worker (Maggie Lawson) learns that Walden and Alan have
only been pretending to be a gay couple.
9:31 p.m., CBS. Gerard (Joey McIntyre) clings to memories of sports
stardom; now his mom (Laurie Metcalf) lets him believe he's been
inducted into the high school hall of fame.
p.m., NBC. Two weeks from the finale of this richly layered series,
the grandparents find mysterious rolls of film. Also, while Sarah
ponders Hank's offer, she and her sister Julia discuss their
relationship woes. And Joy intervenes in the decision about the
future of the record studio.
p.m., CBS. Holmes and Watson – each with major news for the other –
probe the murder of a brilliant bio-engineer.
p.m., FX. The team must work with Conway Stern (Coby Bell) again,
possibly facing some resentment; last time, Lana cut his hands off.
Also, Archer and Lana pose a key question: If they're killed, who
gets their baby? His mom thinks she would qualify, but promptly loses