Sunday, March 18th
Frozen Planet, series premiere at 8pm on Discovery Channel
– From the makers of Planet Earth and Life, Frozen Planet is the ultimate portrait of our earth’s polar regions, where the scale and beauty of the scenery and sheer power of the natural elements are unlike anywhere else on the planet. A co-production of Discovery Channel and the BBC, and narrated by award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, the production of this seven-part series spanned four years. Among the jaw-dropping footage seen in the first two programs premiering Sunday: the killer whale “wave wash” behavior in which orcas swim in a line to make waves that knock a seal off an ice floe, and a pack of 25 patient wolves working together to separate a bison from its herd.
Monday, March 19th
Dancing With The Stars, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– Get ready for a new season of quicksteps, salsas and spray-tans as Dancing with the Stars returns for its 14th season with an all-new cast vying for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy! From the world of television we have steamy soap star Jack Wagner, Family Matters man Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd from The View, Little House legend Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, Latin heartthrob William Levy and Extra host Maria Menounos. We’re wondering if top pop singer Gavin DeGraw, sexy soprano Katherine Jenkins and music legend Gladys Knight will get to dance to one of their own songs. The sports world is well represented with Green Bay Packers star Donald Driver and tennis great Martina Navratilova.
Styled By June, series premiere at 9:30pm on VH1
– When you think of the fashion world, you think photo spreads, models, runways, and amazing opulent outfits. But fashion is more than what you’re wearing. It’s about your attitude. It’s about branding. And, more important, it’s about staying relevant in the public eye. VH1 goes inside the world of fashion in a unique docu-soap series with the ultimate “Curator of Style” – June Ambrose. She is THE celebrity stylist. From Puffy to Jay-Z, she rebranded hip-hop as upscale in the 1990s. And in the 21st century, she has reshaped and re-launched the careers of hundreds of celebs, including Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, and Will Smith. June pushes the envelope and specializes in the unexpected, making us all stand up and take notice. June is a triple threat. She is a design guru and styling expert, a rebranding genius, and a rock mom to boot (to two kids Chance, 10, and Summer, 7). In this series, June forges forward revamping her clients with her group of trusty assistants. Together the team takes celebrities and reimagines their look and brand for 2012 and beyond. Each episode will follow a celebrity’s EMANCIPATION (a June-ism), culminating in a re-launch that coincides with a high profile event: new album, new tour, new music video, etc.
Tuesday, March 20th
The Little Couple, season premiere at 10pm on TLC
– Bill Klein and Jen Arnold are just like your average newlyweds – except for the fact that they’re both under 4 feet tall! TLC’s newest reality series follows the couple as they embark on their new life together. They’ll face not only the struggles of two little people in an average-sized world, but will also move to a new city, negotiate the purchase of a home, and weigh the risks of planning a family – all while navigating the ups and downs of any new marriage!
Wednesday, March 21st
Bent, series premiere at 9pm on NBC
– This new romantic comedy follows a womanizing, surfer dude contractor and his beautiful, no-nonsense, type-A client, who work together to remodel each other’s lives as they renovate her Venice, California home. On the surface, Alex (Amanda Peet) and Pete (David Walton) could not be more different. The recently divorced Alex is a hard-working, high-strung lawyer who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Charlie as a single mom following her husband’s incarceration for insider trading. Unwilling to let anything get in her way, she downsizes into a smaller house and hires the charismatic Pete, a free-spirited ladies man and recovering gambling addict who desperately needs this gig with Alex to jumpstart his life – and prove that he is no longer a screw-up. Upon hiring him, Alex quickly realizes that she has met her match in Pete, who – along with his motley construction crew – will not only tear apart her kitchen, but also transform her worldview in the process.
Duck Dynasty, series premiere at 10pm on A&E
– A&E Network introduces the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. Ask anyone in Louisiana and they’ll tell you that the bayou state’s favorite first family doesn’t live in the governor’s mansion but in the backwoods, where the Robertsons’ rags-to-riches story is still unfolding. A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood. This newly minted multimillionaire family is kept in line by business-savvy Willie, who runs Duck Commander with the help of his brother Jase, their respective wives Korie and Missy, patriarch and founder of the company, Phil, and uncle Si. Together they run a booming business that employs half their neighborhood, but at the end of the day, you can find the whole family around matriarch Miss Kay’s dinner table.
Thursday, March 22nd
Touch, world premiere at 9pm on FOX
– It’s been almost two whole months since the sneak peek of the pilot of this Kiefer Sutherland starring series about a man trying desperately to connect with his son who can’t or won’t speak. If you’re planning on tuning in for the first time, make sure you catch a repeat of the pilot on Monday night at 9pm. From creator and writer Tim Kring (Heroes) and the executive producers of New Girl and Terra Nova, this new drama series operates on the premise that we are all interconnected. Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series will follow seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown. At the story’s center is Martin Bohm (Sutherland, 24), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son. But Jake never speaks, shows little emotion, and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake is obsessed with numbers—writing long strings of them in his ever-present notebooks—and with discarded cell phones. But everything changes after Martin learns that Jake possesses an extraordinary gift—the ability to perceive the seemingly hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet. While Martin wants nothing more than to communicate directly with his son, Jake connects to his father through numbers, not words. Martin realizes that it’s his job to decipher these numbers and recognize their meaning. As he puts the pieces together, he will help people across the world connect as their lives intersect according to the patterns Jake has foreseen.
Saturday, March 24th
Ball Boys, series premiere at 3pm on ABC
– This new series about a sports memorabilia business comes from the producers of Pawn Stars and will follow the action at Robbie’s 1st Base in Baltimore, and the family-like relationships of the sports fanatics who work there, Robbie Sr. and Junior, Sweet Lou and Shaggy. The 12 half-hour episodes will feature the negotiation of buying and selling unique sports merchandise, both at the store and at off-site locations. Additionally, sports stars — from Jim Brown to Pete Rose to Jalen Rose — will stop by the store to join in lively debates, talk smack and hang out with the staff.