TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Mad Love”
debut, 8:30 p.m., CBS.
Ben and Kate are people we root for,
especially on Valentine's Day. She (Sarah Chalke) is smart and
beautiful; he (Jason Biggs) is warm and optimistic.
Larry and Kate are the sidekicks TV
requires. He (Tyler Labine) is loud and scruffy; she (Judy Greer) is
consumed with pessimism.
Mix them together, atop the Empire
State Building, and you have fireworks (literally). “Mad Love”
has lots of cliches, but uses them well; next week, “Rules of
Engagement” moves to Thursdays.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Chicago
Code,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Last week's terrific debut ended with a
jolt. A gunman aimed for Teresa Colvin, the new police commisioner;
he killed her aide, who had given her his bullet-proof vest.
Was the shooter sent by the alderman?
By the cop she just demoted? A search builds.
Don't make any assumptions here. “Code”
– from “Shield” creator Shawn Ryan – is a smart show with
complex characters; this episode again shows that it's the season's
best new broadcast-network drama.
TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE: “Jake and the
Never Land Pirates,” 8:30 a.m. and noon, Disney Channel.
This marks the start of Disney Junior.
For now, that's a block (4 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, 4-9 a.m.
weekends) on Disney; next year, it will be all day, replacing
Most of the shows were already around –
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (9 and 11:30 a.m.), “Handy Manny”
(9:30 a.m.), “Babar” (10 a.m.) and more. The animated “Jake,”
however, is new.
Three cheery kids say they are pirates;
the real pirating, however, is attempted by Captain Hook and Mr.
Smee. (Both characters look and sound like they did in Disney's
“Peter Pan.”) The result looks great, makes little sense and has
zesty music from Captain Bogg & Salty. Junior is off to good
Other choices today include:
– “Cheaters,” 9 a.m., G4
(generally via satellite or digital cable). Countering the Valentine
spirit, here are13 hours of people cheating on mates. At 10 p.m. is a
report from the Adult Entertainment Expo.
– “The Martha Stewart Show,” 10
a.m., Hallmark. Last-minute Valentine's Day tips include heart-shaped
cookies and crafts. At 11 a.m., “Martha Bakes” has cheesecake; at
11:30 is a rerun of Lucinda Scala Quinn making her husband's holiday
favorite, tender sirloin steak, plus chocolates.
– More Valentine, PBS (check local
listings). A new “Clifford” has the big red dog seeking the
perfect Valentine gift; there are also holiday episodes of “Cat in
the Hat,” “WordGirl” and more.
– “The Bachelor,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
This may or may not be your idea of Valentine romance. Brad romps
with six women in Anguilla, before dumping two. Three of the women
grab bikinis for a Sports Illustrated shoot – and Michelle insists
on being photographed lying atop Brad's torso.
– “House,” 8 p.m., Fox. A
patient's feud with her sister gets in the way of any treatment.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. Lily surprises Marshall on Valentine's Day. Meanwhile,
Robin spends the day with her single girlfriends, while Ted and Zoey
try to figure out their relationship.
– “Two and a Half Men,” 9 p.m.,
CBS. In the last new episode scheduled until Charlie Sheen returns
form rehab, Charlie finally learns that Rose's “husband” is a
– “Castle,” 10 p.m., ABC.
Castle's woe: His friend is a killer or Beckett is arresting an
– “The Late Show With David
Letterman,” 11:35 p.m., CBS. Sports Illustrated swimsuit models
read the top-10 list and reveal this year's cover.