CTV Weekly Highlights: 'American Idol' returns, 'Big Bang Theory' celebrates 100th episode
Get ready to find the next “American Idol.” The hit show returns for its 11th season Wednesday night with judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler kicking off the cross-country auditions in Savannah, Georgia. And don’t miss the special 100th episode of “The Big Bang Theory” where Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) go on a romantic date. The week caps off with a new episode of “Grimm” Friday night, and NFL action on Sunday, followed by more “American Idol.”
More CTV highlights:
Wednesday, Jan. 18
8 p.m. – AMERICAN IDOL –TWO-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE, Part 1
Host Ryan Seacrest and superstar judging panel Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler return for the 11th season, and travel across the country to audition the good, the bad and the outrageous for their shot at stardom. The second part of the premiere continues on CTV Two on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
10 p.m. – CSI – “Ms. Willows Regrets…” – NEW EPISODE
When Willows (Marg Helgenberger) works with the FBI after a professional hit takes place at a law firm she recommended to her friend, the CSI team identifies shocking similarities at the crime scene.
Thursday, Jan. 19
8 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY – “The Recombination Hypothesis” – NEW EPISODE
Everything might change when Leonard (Johnny Galecki) offers Penny (Kaley Cuoco) a spur of the moment invitation to a romantic dinner for two, on the 100th episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
8:30 p.m. – UP ALL NIGHT – “Rivals” – NEW EPISODE
Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Ava (Maya Rudolph) face complications at work when rival talk-show host, Shayna (guest star Megan Mullally, WILL AND GRACE), is suspected of stealing their show ideas. At home, Regan feels jealous towards Chris’s (Will Arnett) new female friend (guest star Jennifer Hall, UNLEASHED).
9 p.m. – GREY’S ANATOMY – “Hope for the Hopeless” – NEW EPISODE
Richard (James Pickens, Jr.) performs a liver transplant for his 10,000th surgery. Meanwhile, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Lexie (Chyler Leigh) take on a case previously believed to be inoperable.
10 p.m. – THE MENTALIST – “My Bloody Valentine” – NEW EPISODE
Jane (Simon Baker) and the CBI investigate the death of a mob boss’ son with very little evidence, while Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) is haunted by the memories of O’Laughin’s (Eric Winter) shooting.
Friday, Jan. 20
9 p.m. – GRIMM – “Of Mouse and Man” – NEW EPISODE
While Nick (David Guintoli) is investigating a frightening homicide, he learns that a seemingly mild-mannered resident may be festering a potential monster created from a dark childhood. Meanwhile, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) receives a disturbing message from the creature community.
Saturday, Jan. 21
4 p.m. – 2012 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS – LIVE
Men's Short and Women's Free final.
7 p.m. – 2012 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS – LIVE
Pairs Free and Dance Free final.
Sunday, Jan. 22
3 p.m. – NFL – AFC Championship
Baltimore Ravens vs. the New England Patriots.
6:30 p.m. – NFL – NFC Championship
New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers
10 p.m. – AMERICAN IDOL – NEW EPISODE
The auditions continue on a special, broadcast of “American Idol” as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar.