CITYTV PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS: MONDAY, JANUARY 23 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
- A killer who has a penchant for kidnapping children re-emerges from the past on a chilling new episode of Alcatraz –
-Blonde bombshell Denise Richards stands up for idiots everywhere in a hilarious episode of 30 Rock –
-Martin Short guest stars as Marshalls’ boss in an encore presentation of How I Met Your Mother-
- The battle of the bulge rages on as the teams compete for exclusive rights to the gym on an inspirational episode of The Biggest Loser -
(Toronto – Friday, January 20, 2012) A week after a chilling Alcatraz premiere, the team faces another prisoner from the past – a hostile serial murderer with a proclivity for kidnapping children and returning their lifeless bodies home. Then, on The Biggest Loser, the competition takes over, as the teams come head-to-head in a battle for exclusive rights to the gym. Also, Denise Richards guest stars in a ridiculously funny episode of.30 Rock, uniting idiots everywhere when Tracy challenges Liz.. Plus catch funnyman Martin Short in a guest starring role in an encore presentation of How I Met Your Mother.
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Below is a chronological listing of detailed highlights January 23 – January 29. All programming is subject to change. Please kindly note specific changes to network airings for The Bachelor andThe Biggest Loser.
Alcatraz (s/FOX): Monday, Jan. 23 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
A child killer, who kidnaps his victims and returns their lifeless bodies home, reappears from the past, spurring an intense manhunt.
The Bachelor: Monday, Jan. 23 at 8pm ET (9MT) on OMNI.2 (s/ABC) and OMNI Alberta (s/ABC); 6PT (10CT) on Citytv
Ben and the remaining 13 bachelorettes head to Park City, Utah, for an adventurous expedition filled with kayaking, rappelling, fishing, and horseback riding. The trip concludes with a sexy rain-soaked dinner and an exclusive concert by famed country star Clay Walker.
How I Met Your Mother (s/CBS): Monday, Jan. 23 at 8pm ET/PT (9MT, 7CT)
“The Naked Truths”
When Marshall gets the job of his dreams, he worries that once the company discovers videos he made in the past, they may rescind their offer. Meanwhile, Ted can't decide who to bring to the Architects Ball. Martin Short (Canada’s Got Talent) guest stars.
2 Broke Girls (s/CBS): Monday, Jan. 23 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
“The Hoarder Culture”
Caroline (Beth Behrs) and Max (Kat Dennings) walk into a hoarding nightmare and end up waist-deep in clutter when they take a job cleaning an apartment to make extra money. Plus, Max discovers that Johnny (Nick Zano, What I Like About You) has been keeping a secret from her.
Law & Order: UK: Monday, Jan. 23 at 10pm ET/PT, (8MT, 9CT)
“Dawn Till Dusk”
The team takes on three cases over the course of one long day, beginning with the investigation of a man shot dead in his car. Then, on their way back from the crime scene, they are called to a nearby office to look into a sibling spat that has taken a murderous turn. After a chaotic morning, the day takes an unexpected twist when one of the detectives is accused of police intimidation.
The Biggest Loser (s/NBC): Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8pm ET on OMNI.1; 6MT/PT (10CT) on Citytv
The stakes are high this week as the teams compete in a fierce battering ram challenge that will give the winners exclusive rights to the gym, and force the losers to find other creative ways to burn calories. Both trainers – Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince – struggle with certain contestants who they feel aren’t giving it their all.
Last Man Standing (s/ABC): Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
***Two Back-to-Back Episodes***
“Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”
Mike (Tim Allen) meets his lesbian neighbours and learns he has a lot in common with one of them; and Mandy (Molly Ephraim) discovers that her boyfriend lied to her, and she gets Kristin (Alexandra Krosney) and Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) to help her make a special music video to get revenge.
“The Passion of Mandy”:Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
Mike (Tim Allen) takes Mandy (Molly Ephraim) under his wing at work when she offers to start an Internet campaign to keep Ed’s (Hector Elizondo) favourite barber shop hangout from closing. Meanwhile, an exhausted Vanessa (Nancy Travis) insists that she can still take care of the household despite her hectic work schedule, until she falls asleep during her own business presentation.
New Girl: Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) convince Jess (Zooey Deschanel) to get her stuff out of her ex-boyfriend’s apartment. Then, Jess meets new roommate Winston (Lamorne Morris), who has just returned from playing basketball in Latvia.
Raising Hope: Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT, 10:30MT)
When Jimmy (Lucas Neff) watches a home video of himself at 13, he discovers that he was a musical prodigy with a promising career – until a horrible accident rendered him talentless. Jimmy recruits Burt (Garret Dillahunt), Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) to help him rediscover his lost abilities.
Rules of Engagement: Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
***Two Back-to-Back Episodes***Encore Presentation***
When Audrey (Megyn Price) realizes her job is making her miserable, she contemplates quitting her job, with Jeff's (Patrick Warburton) encouragement. Meanwhile, Timmy (Adhir Kalyan) takes his frustrations out on Russell (David Spade) after Allison (Taryn Southern) tells Timmy she wants to slow things down, in an effort to get to know each other better.
“The Home Stretch”*Encore Presentation*10:30pm ET/PT (8:30MT, 9:30CT)
Timmy (Adhir Kalyan) and Russell (David Spade) battle for the same woman. Jeff (Patrick Warburton) fires Audrey's (Megyn Price) pilates instructor after seeing that he is very attractive. Meanwhile, Jennifer (Bianca Kajlich) is mortified when she learns that Adam (Oliver Hudson) was never on the football team in high school.
The Middle (s/ABC): Wednesday, Jan.25 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is thrilled when she learns that the Orson Community Theatre is putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz, and that kids don’t need to audition to be munchkins as they will be automatically cast – which is a perfect scenario for a hapless Sue (Eden Sher). But things quickly go awry when Frankie is cast in a singing role and learns the director is not happy with Sue’s performance, and may cut her from the play. Meanwhile, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) asks his unreliably quirky Uncle Rusty (Norm Macdonald, Saturday Night Live) to attend his school’s “Special Friends Day” – with disastrous results.
Suburgatory (s/ABC): Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
“Driving Miss Dalia”
New driver Tessa (Jane Levy) is hired by Dalia (Carly Chaikin) to help her stalk her crush, but the plan might backfire when Tessa discovers a mutual attraction with her nemesis' obsession. Meanwhile, George (Jeremy Sisto) jumps through hoops to join the local country club.
Modern Family (s/ ABC): Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
“Door to Door”
Jay (Ed O’Neill) helps Manny (Rico Rodriguez) sell wrapping paper for a school fundraiser; Claire (Julie Bowen) campaigns for a stop sign at a busy intersection; Phil (Ty Burrell) and Luke (Nolan Gould) throw themselves into making a viral video sensation; and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) loses Stella the dog.
Happy Endings (s/ABC): Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9:30pm ET/PT (8:30CT, 10:30MT)
When Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) hears that Jane’s (Eliza Coupe) old sorority sister is coming for a visit, he lies and says he has a work retreat out-of-town, but he’s actually on “staycation” in a fancy hotel in the city. Meanwhile, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) meets a new guy, Liam (Josh Casaubon, Too Big to Fail), but his dates are over-the-top; and Max (Adam Pally) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) make a commercial to promote the “Steak Me Home Tonight” food truck.
Revenge (s/ABC): Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
The Graysons’ 25th wedding anniversary is a less than celebratory occasion when their desire to lay low is interrupted with a high-profile story in the paper and a volatile family dinner featuring unwanted guests. The fate of Lydia (Amber Valletta, Hitch) hangs heavy over everyone, and Frank (Max Martini, The Unit), desperate to prove his steadfast loyalty to Victoria (Madeleine Stowe), digs deep into Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) past and uncovers too much.
30 Rock (s/NBC): Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
“Idiots Are People Three”
Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) challenges Liz (Tina Fey) by leading his own protest in defense of idiots everywhere. A group of picketers join his cause, led by guest star Denise Richards (Blue Mountain State). Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) faces off with his arch nemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett, Arrested Development) yet again, but still manages to find time to interfere with Liz’s relationship by giving Criss (James Marsden, Straw Dogs) an ultimatum.
Parks and Recreation (s/NBC): Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
“Bowling For Votes”
Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) decide to hold a casual bowling party after hearing feedback from a focus group. April (Aubrey Plaza), Chris (Rob Lowe), Donna (Retta) and Jerry (Jim O’Heir) have a contest to see who can raise the most money for Leslie’s campaign by cold calling.
Person of Interest (s/CBS): Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9pm ET/PT (8CT, 10MT)
***Encore Presentation ***
Reese (James Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) discover that their high-tech expertise is all but useless when they try to protect their newest person of interest – a man with Cold War espionage connections that have come back to haunt him.
Private Practice (s/ABC): Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10pm ET/PT (8MT, 9CT)
***Encore Presentation ***
Sam (Taye Diggs), Cooper (Paul Adelstein), Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) team up to save the life of their friend Pete (Tim Daly) after he suffers a heart attack. Meanwhile, Addison’s (Kate Walsh) desire to have a baby leads her to see Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt), her recent mystery man, in a most surprising place.
Fringe (s/FOX): Friday, Jan. 27 at 9pm ET/PT (10MT, 8CT)
Olivia (Anna Torv) is preoccupied by a warning from the Observers, while Peter (Joshua Jackson) helps with the search for a girl with mysterious powers to see the future.
The Quon Dynasty: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT)
***Encore Presentation***Citytv Original Series***
“Chop Suey on the Prairie”
A museum curator offers to showcase the Lingnan, one of Alberta’s oldest Chinese restaurants, at the opening of a travelling exhibit called “Chop Suey on the Prairie.” Amy dithers over what outfit to wear for the occasion, but Miles is more worried about having to leave the restaurant in the hands of his greenhorn siblings. Mandy and Marty quash his concern since, after all, it’s only for a few hours. What could go wrong?
Extraordinary Canadians: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT)
***Encore Presentation ***Citytv Original Series***
“Mark Kingwell on Glenn Gould”
Genius, enigma, hypochondriac: a life shrouded in mystery. Mark Kingwell shows how Glenn Gould, rock star of classical music, was in fact a great philosopher and innovator, and in this intimate portrait, he looks beyond the eccentricities of the man behind the music.
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