Here's what to watch on TV this week:
1 PM on ESPN
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is traditionally a big day for the NBA, and this year is no exception, with three nationally televised games beginning with this tilt between Derrick Rose's Chicago Bulls and the Grizzlies in Memphis. In the evening, the TNT doubleheader has the big Eastern Conference rivalry between the Orlando Magic and the Celtics in Boston, followed by Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers hosting Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
8:30 PM on Channel 4
Rules of Engagement
We've all been out with someone we wished would just disappear, but this is ridiculous. Russell (David Spade) takes a date to a magic show, and the magician proceeds to make her vanish. Audrey (Megyn Price) wishes she could disappear after inadvertently spilling the beans to Brenda's (Sara Rue) girlfriend about the baby. Illusionist Criss Angel guest stars in the new episode "Uh-Oh It's Magic."
9 PM on Channel 17
The new episode "Dinosaur Wars" recalls the rivalry that erupted between two 19th-century paleontologists: Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. Between them, they uncovered the remains of dozens of prehistoric species, including 130 dinosaurs. Their work revolutionized the field of paleontology and the world's understanding of evolution, but their professional rivalry all but ruined them. (G)
10 PM on Channel 2
David E. Kelley and Kathy Bates. If that sounds like a winning combination, you'll like this new series from the creator of "L.A. Law" and "Boston Legal," starring the Oscar-winning actress as lawyer Harriet "Harry" Korn. Downsized out of her job at a blue-chip firm, she opens a practice in a tough Cincinnati neighborhood, where the cases are quite different from what she's used to. Nate Corddry, Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen also star. (14)
8 PM on Channel 17
Pioneers of Television
Airing three years after its original incarnation, a new season of this nostalgic series spotlights the television genres that Season 1 didn't get to. The opener, "Science Fiction," remembers such iconic series as "Star Trek" and "The Twilight Zone" with reminiscences from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and others. Later episodes, airing in subsequent weeks, cover Westerns, crime dramas and local kid shows. (G)
9 PM on Channel 4
NCIS: Los Angeles
When a classified Pentagon document is uploaded to a blog site, Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and the team race the clock to find the person responsible before the file's decryption code falls into the wrong hands. LL Cool J and Linda Hunt also star in the new episode "Archangel."
10 PM on Channel 4
The Good Wife
Will (Josh Charles) thinks the judge presiding over his current case is biased against him, so the firm hires a jury consultant who allegedly can predict the outcome of a case by reading people's expressions. Will also picks up some information about Bond's (Michael Ealy) intentions regarding the firm in the new episode "Two Courts." Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski also star. (14)
10 PM and Midnight on TNT
Ben (Ben McKenzie) wants revenge when the man who raped his mother is released from prison. A chain saw that may be a murder weapon causes contention between Lydia and Josie (Regina King, Jenny Gago). Sammy (Shawn Hatosy) deals with betrayal at home. Kevin Alejandro and Michael Cudlitz also star in the new episode "Discretion." (MA)
8 PM on Channel 7
Brick (Atticus Shaffer) starts reading up on football so he'll be ready to watch the Super Bowl with his dad. Mike (Neil Flynn) is pleased, but Axl (Charlie McDermott), who's always been Mike's football buddy, feels threatened. An invitation to attend a management seminar with Mr. Ehlert (Brian Doyle-Murray) has Frankie (Patricia Heaton) optimistic about her career. Eden Sher also stars in the new episode "Super Sunday."
9 PM on Channel 17
What do you get when you cross a goat with a spider? An eight-legged beast that eats tin cans? Not quite. In the new three-part series "Making Stuff," technology reporter David Pogue investigates how scientists are creating revolutionary new materials. In the opener, "Making Stuff Stronger," he visits with a scientist who is splicing goat and spider DNA in an effort to mass-produce spider silk -- one of the strongest materials found in nature. (PG)
9:31 PM on Channel 7
A broken television set derails the gang's movie night, so Jules (Courteney Cox) invents a new game -- a variation on hide-and-seek -- for everyone to play. Ellie (Christa Miller) complains about everyone always doing what Jules wants. Grayson's (Josh Hopkins) trash talking makes Andy (Ian Gomez) angry. Bobby (Brian Van Holt) introduces everyone to a new friend. Dan Byrd also stars in the new episode "Lost Children."
10 and 11:15 PM on BRAVO
"Pop-Up Restaurant Wars" is the name of the game in this new episode, as the elimination challenge requires the chefs to open eateries under the stars in New York that will exist for one night only. The quickfire challenge has Anthony Bourdain judging the chefs' fish-filleting skills at the renowned seafood restaurant Le Bernardin in the new episode "Restaurant Wars: One Night Only." (14)
10:30 and 11:30 PM on TVLAND
Retired at 35
Don't be misled by that title. If you're looking for a show that tells you how to manage your money and retire early, you won't find it on TV Land. But you will find this smart new sitcom starring Johnathan McClain as the titular retiree, who walks away from a high-powered executive job to move in with his parents (George Segal, Jessica Walter) in a Florida retirement community. Once he moves in, though, Mom moves out. Christine Ebersole also stars. (PG)
8 PM on Channel 2
When Annie's (Alison Brie) crush, Rich (Greg Cromer), enrolls at Greendale, the study group debates whether to admit him and Senor Chang (Ken Jeong). The arrival of Shirley's (Yvette Nicole Brown) ex-husband (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) leads to a big announcement. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and Danny Pudi also star in the new episode "Asian Population Studies." (PG)
9 PM on Channel 7
Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) estranged sister, Dr. Amelia Shepherd (guest star Caterina Scorsone) pays a visit, causing old sibling rivalries to resurface. Past traumas are affecting Alex and Cristina (Justin Chambers, Sandra Oh) as well; the former is still afraid to use the elevators since the shooting, and Cristina's post-traumatic stress means she needs help from Derek and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in returning to surgery in "Superfreak." (14)
9, 10:15 PM and Midnight on BRAVO
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The women are all excited about Taylor's birthday party, which is to be held on a luxurious hotel rooftop, but family dramas threaten to spoil the fun. After years of pent-up frustration, sisters Kim and Kyle finally come to blows, while Camille gets the word from Kelsey that he wants to end their marriage in the new episode "Unforgivable." (14)
10 PM on A&E
Beyond Scared Straight
In the new episode "Jessup," five teens are taken inside a Maryland prison, where they're surrounded and taunted by dozens of inmates. The youngsters include Brandon, 17, who has five arrests on his record; Steve, also 17, who likes the "outlaw" life; and Sahn, who's only 13 and steals polo shirts to feed his "passion for fashion." Let's hope someone tells him this could lead to a life in ugly jumpsuits. (PG)
10:01 PM on Channel 7
Sam (Taye Diggs) is torn between his personal feelings and his professional obligations when the man responsible for killing Dell and endangering Maya arrives at Oceanside Wellness with a heart problem. Pete (Tim Daly) jeopardizes a patient's life when he defies Violet (Amy Brenneman) and helps a friend at his home medical clinic. Addison's (Kate Walsh) new romance isn't well received in "Playing God." (14)
8 PM on Channel 7
Danielle is a former parenting educator, but she's having trouble translating what she knows about raising children to her own offspring. Four-year-old Carlo is a picky eater with a piercing scream, 3-year-old J.J. is a hitter, and poor little Julia, 1, is getting lost in the chaos. Danielle is overjoyed to see Jo, but they soon clash over the issue of nap time in the new episode "Colombo Family." (PG)
9 PM on SHOWTIME
Movie: The Hurt Locker
Director Kathryn Bigelow, a specialist in action dramas such as "Point Break," turns her attention to the Iraq War with this acclaimed story of a U.S. military unit assigned to defuse bombs. The film gives a realistic depiction of the endless tension the soldiers face in trying to determine the locations of such explosives, as well as the intentions of those they encounter. The excellent cast includes Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes.
11:15 PM on TCM
Movie: Little Caesar
"Mother of mercy ... is this the end of Rico?" It may have been as far as this 1930 crime classic is concerned, but it was just the start of the screen legacy of Edward G. Robinson, who attained immediate stardom as the snarling gangster whose luck as an underworld kingpin eventually runs out. Director Mervyn LeRoy's drama also stars Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell and Sidney Blackmer.
10 AM and 9 PM on SHOWTIME
Countless fans of Stephenie Meyer's popular book series eagerly awaited the first screen adaptation, and they showed up in such force, a sequel got the go-ahead the day after this movie opened. Director Catherine Hardwicke's moody version casts Kristen Stewart as heroine Bella, whose adjustment to a new high school encompasses her attraction to the magnetic Edward (Robert Pattinson) -- a vampire, as she soon learns. The sequel follows.
8 and 10:45 PM on OXYGEN
Movie: The Notebook
This is one of those good dramatic films that ultimately is so depressing that you have to hug your dog. A young couple (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams) are separated by her parents, who disapprove of his family. After not hearing from him for some time, she marries someone else (James Marsden). Years later, she sees in the paper that he restored the old house he'd promised to fix for her. James Garner and Gena Rowlands also star in this 2004 love story set in the 1940s.
9 and 11 PM on LIFETIME
Movie: The Truth About Cats & Dogs
A shy British photographer (Ben Chaplin) intrigued by the voice of a radio call-in pet show host (Janeane Garofalo) asks her out over the phone. Complications arise when the woman, an attractive brunette insecure about her looks, gets her beautiful, blonde friend (Uma Thurman) to impersonate her. Directed by Michael Lehmann, the 1996 film also stars Jamie Foxx.
10 PM on Channel 2
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Benson and Stabler (Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni) investigate the rape of a 10-year-old girl who is so traumatized she can't even tell them her name. After Fin and Munch (Ice-T, Richard Belzer) help them identify her, they discover another possible reason for the poor girl's confusion: Her mother has a disorder that renders her incapable of recognizing her own daughter. B.D. Wong also stars in "Bullseye." (14)
10:15 PM on TCM
Movie: The Uninvited
Cinematographer Charles Lang scored an Oscar nomination for his atmospheric black-and-white camerawork in this elegant 1944 supernatural mystery about a brother and sister (Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey) who move to a coastal mansion haunted by two ghosts, one of whom has sinister designs on the former owner's granddaughter (Gail Russell). Donald Crisp and Cornelia Otis Skinner also star.
3 PM on Channel 29
The NFL postseason is down to the final four teams as the conference championship games today decide who will play in Super Bowl XLV. The winners here get two weeks rest before clashing in the big game Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. As always, CBS will air the AFC championship while Fox airs the NFC title game.
8 PM on FAMILY and 10 PM on FAMILY
Movie: Mean Girls 2
A clique of girls makes life difficult for a new high-school student in this reboot of Tina Fey's iconic 2004 movie comedy. This new TV movie revolves around a newcomer (Meaghan Martin, "Camp Rock") who agrees (for a fee) to help one of her peers (Jennifer Stone) navigate the treacherous shoals of their high school. "Mean Girls" original cast member Tim Meadows returns as the school principal. (14)
8 PM on Channel 17
Scientists search for the fantastically colorful bird of paradise in the New Guinea rain forest, hoping to record the species' extraordinary mating displays, in the new episode "Birds of the Gods." David Attenborough is host. (PG)
9 PM on HBO and 10 PM on HBO
Bill (Bill Paxton) stages a meeting for polygamist leaders, but the gathering quickly founders because of Alby (Matt Ross) and Home Plus objectors. Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) tries to find common ground with her mother (guest star Ellen Burstyn). Nicki (Chloe Sevigny) is shocked to discover how isolated her mother (Mary Kay Place) is. Ginnifer Goodwin also stars in the new episode "A Seat at the Table." (MA)
9 PM on SHOWTIME and 12 AM on SHOWTIME
Hank (David Duchovny) uses the mistaken impression that he tried to commit suicide to his advantage, moving back home with Karen and Becca (Natascha McElhone, Madeleine Martin), but the latter is on to him. Charlie (Evan Handler) becomes obsessed with reaching a sexual benchmark, while Marcy (Pamela Adlon) is pursued by a wealthy producer in the new episode "Home Sweet Home." (MA)
9 PM on Channel 7
Lynette (Felicity Huffman) is angry when Renee (Vanessa Williams) starts spending a lot of time with Tom (Doug Savant). Bree (Marcia Cross) finds herself falling for Keith (guest star Brian Austin Green). Susan (Teri Hatcher) feels guilty about lying to Mike (James Denton) about her risque side job as a Web hottie. Paul (Mark Moses) introduces his new wife (guest star Emily Bergl) in "You Must Meet My Wife.'' (PG)
9 PM on Channel 17
As he grows into his role as heir, Matthew (Dan Stevens) sparks an intense rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith (Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael), each of whom wants to marry him. Embittered servants Thomas and O'Brien (Rob James-Collier, Siobhan Finneran) scheme against the earl's valet, Bates (Brendan Coyle), who receives warm support from Anna (Joanne Froggatt), the head housemaid, in part three of "Downton Abbey." (PG)
9:30 PM on SHOWTIME
Beverly (Tamsin Greig) feels left out when hubby Sean (Stephen Mangan) spends the day bonding with her nemesis, Matt (Matt LeBlanc), during an impromptu road trip the boys have taken to Las Vegas. The budding bromance leads Beverly to a confrontation with Matt that unexpectedly turns revealing in the new "Episode 3." (MA)
10 PM on E! and 11:10 PM on E!
Kourtney and Kim Take New York
Buh-bye, Khloe! Kourtney and Kim Kardashian strike out on their own as they head to New York to open their third Dashboutique while pursuing new prospects in music and acting. In the premiere episode, Kourtney contemplates letting native New Yorker boyfriend Scott move into her hotel suite, but Kim is cool to the idea. (14)
10 PM on SHOWTIME and 11 PM on SHOWTIME
The Gallaghers frantically search for their long-lost Aunt Ginger, who owns their house and whose assistance checks they have been cashing for years, after a bureaucrat (guest star Jillian Armenante) becomes suspicious. Steve (Justin Chatwin) refuses to give up when Fiona (Emmy Rossum) turns her attention to Tony (Tyler Jacob Moore), a cop who has carried a torch for her for some time. William H. Macy also stars in the new episode "Aunt Ginger." (MA)