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NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite; the youthful and energetic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented scientist whose sharp mind matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field, and the newest member of the team, Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a former NSA analyst . Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, who knows it all because he’s seen it all, and he’s not afraid to let you know. Rounding out the team is NCIS director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet). In season 1, a massive battle took place with the evil organization HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. was completely dismantled. Skye discovered her mentor Ward is loyal to Garrett, the leader of HYDRA, which has been infiltrating the organization for years. Coulson and the remaining loyal members of his team took down Ward and Garrett but there are casualties. The fate of Fitz remains in question after he showed Simmons how he feels by risking his life to save her. Agent Coulson is called upon to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., as the truth behind what the organization is supposed to be about lies within his heart.

NCIS: New Orleans, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

NCIS: New Orleans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Chicago Fire, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Last season’s building collapse has devastating consequences. Even for people who made it, there’s what lingers for them afterward injury-wise or just emotionally. Expect personnel shifts in the wake as Dawson’s (Monica Raymund) intention to marry Casey (Jesse Spencer) complicates her move to Truck, and a new paramedic (Kara Killmer), a runaway bride from Indiana, arrives on Ambo.

Person of Interest, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

After escaping assisination by the hostile surveillance system Samaritan, Team Machine finds itself using guerilla tactics to survive. The whole team is in a state of confusion and distress. No place is safe. Under Samaritan’s threatening scrutiny (enacted in part by a murderous new operative played by Mad Men’s Cara Buono), this season ponders a future where the data stops working for us, and we start working for the data. “We become the robots,” says creator Jonathan Nolan.

Awkward, season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, Awkward. captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

Faking It, season premiere at 10:30pm on MTV

Faking It, a romantic comedy series, returns to MTV for season 2. This season, everyone is faced with a dilemma that forces them to tell the truth or keep a secret. Best friends Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens) struggle with figuring out their relationship after Amy revealed her true feelings for Karma. Questions are answered – will Karma find out about Liam (Gregg Sulkin) and Amy’s hook-up? What will happen to Karmy? Will Liam and Karma get back together? What are Lauren’s (Bailey De Young) pills for? Can Shane (Michael Willett) really be in a celibate relationship?

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Sunday, April 13th

2014 MTV Movie Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on MTV

– He’s hosted the Emmys, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and numerous late—night shows, but this will mark Conan O’Brien’s first crack at the MTV Movie Awards. He wasn’t their first choice, though. ”They offered it to Charlie Rose first,” O’Brien says. ”But he insisted that his walnut table be paid scale, so they had a feud.” Yet the show must go on (the rental deposit is nonrefundable), so O’Brien will preside as stars like Shailene Woodley, Cameron Diaz, and Zac Efron present the Golden Popcorns. As usual, the nominees list pits awards faves (“12 Years a Slave”, “American Hustle”) against demo-friendly fare (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”). So does ol’ Coco know his Finnicks from his Peetas? ”I’ve started listening to music and watching film that was made after 1992,” he says. ”I had a whole monologue that was just references to The Goonies, because I thought that’s what all the kids were excited about.”

America’s Best Cook, series premiere at 9pm on Food Network

– In this new six-episode series hosted by Ted Allen, Food Network takes home cooks out of their kitchens and into the most intense arena to see who is the best home cook in America. Four Food Network stars — Cat Cora, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Tyler Florence — representing four different regions of the country will choose two home cooks to compete on their team and battle through a succession of ever-more-difficult challenges. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team and mentoring their cooks — because if their cooks go home, so do they. Everything is on line in the search to find America’s Best Cook!

Years of Living Dangerously, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, Years of Living Dangerously combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists.

The Bletchley Circle, season premiere at 10pm on PBS

– With an extraordinary flair for code breaking and razor-sharp intelligence skills, four seemingly ordinary women become the unlikely investigators of a string of grisly murders in this original thriller, set against the backdrop of post-war London. It’s 1951 and Susan, played by two-time BAFTA award-winner Anna Maxwell Martin, Millie (Rachael Stirling, Women in Love), Lucy (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate Sophie Rundle) and Jean (Julie Graham, William & Mary, Survivors) have returned to post-war domesticity, modestly setting aside the part they played in the Allied victory. Their brilliant work at top security HQ Bletchley Park helped crack the codes used by the German military, producing crucial intelligence that shortened the war.

Mad Men, season premiere at 10pm on AMC

– Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.

Monday, April 14th

Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show, series premiere at 10:30pm on TBS

– Each week on Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show, competitors vie for $10,000 by facing off against one another in incredibly demented, potentially dangerous and occasionally painful challenges. The loser of each challenge is eliminated until there’s only one contestant left standing to take home the cash prize. Helping design and demonstrate the various challenges are Bam’s friends and cohorts, who occasionally wind up worse off than any of the contestants.

Tuesday, April 15th

Celebrity Wife Swap, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– The mothers in two celebrity families with vastly diverse values switch homes (but not bedrooms) – embarking on a journey like no other and revealing the various ways some controversial celebrities live their lives.

Awkward, season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, “Awkward.” captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

Fargo, series premiere at 10pm on FX

– An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, Fargo features an all-new “true crime” story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman “Lester Nygaard,” played by BAFTA Award winner and Emmy-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy “Gus Grimly,” a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Allison Tolman also stars as “Molly Solverson,” an ambitious Bemidji deputy.

Wednesday, April 16th

Unusually Thicke, series premiere at 10pm on TV

Alan Thicke, one of Hollywood’s most famous TV dads, stars in Unusually Thicke, an original reality sitcom. Not even seven seasons as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains could prepare Alan Thicke to be the patriarch of his own real-life modern family. Between his beautiful, spicy and much-younger wife Tanya, and his dry-witted, often opinionated teen son Carter, Alan has his work cut out for him – in a series that follows the daily drama and humor that happens in their everyday lives.

Jobs That Don’t Suck, series premiere at 11:30pm on MTV2

– MTV2’s brand new, half-hour comedy series is designed to help you find your dream job, by revealing how people – just like you – found theirs. Each week Andrew Schulz, Eddie Huang and Nessa hilariously guide viewers through the innovative ways that young Americans are getting rich by doing what they love. Viewers will meet millionaires, entrepreneurs, inventors, app developers, YouTube sensations, CEOs and even a few teenagers who have killer jobs, as they all reveal the secrets to their success.

Saturday, April 19th

Orphan Black, season premiere at 9pm on BBC America

– Season two of BBC America’s dramatic conspiracy thriller, Orphan Black, hits the ground running with Sarah (Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany, Parks and Recreation) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler) – a wild pursuit that brings her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany). This season also rejoins Sarah’s clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany) as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret and pick up the pieces of their broken lives – all while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted.

Billy Crystal 700 Sundays, comedy special from 9 to 11pm on HBO

– Billy Crystal’s Broadway smash tells his life story and introduces the many colorful members of his extended family, all within the framework of the 700 Sundays he spent with his beloved father, who died when the comedian was 15. In person, his voices and impressions are a time machine transporting live audiences to the Long Island of his youth. But the transition to TV makes it a less intimate and compelling experience. There’s no doubting Crystal’s passion or comic versatility. However, on the small screen Sundays feels like Old Timers Night and his Mr. Saturday Night schtick could be slapped with a PG-64 rating.

Sunday, April 14th

The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us, 2-hour series premiere at 8pm on Nat Geo

– It’s, like, totally tubular. This six-part miniseries isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about the history of our modern world that spawned political, technological, cultural, and social revolutions that began in the United States and went on to dominate the world. This cultural programming event is the defining biography of a generation. It’s about a decade of people, decisions, and inventions that changed our future, told from the perspective of the unknowing history makers who lived these iconic moments. We worked out, worked harder, played harder and consumed more—because the 1980s was the decade when we went forward to the future. The first launch of the Space Shuttle triggered a technological explosion in global communications that gave birth to our modern love affair with smartphones; Madonna rolled around on stage in a wedding dress, sending shock waves through a celebrity-hungry world that can’t get enough of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry today. These and other incredible stories reveal surprising, unexpected details and twists and turns from a decade you only thought you knew. Narrated by an original member of the “Brat Pack,” Rob Lowe, The ’80s will put us back in touch with our inner Valley Girl by reliving the music, inspirational sports moments, and scenes from iconic movies and TV shows, as well as the very best (and worst) of hair and fashion.

2013 MTV Movie Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on MTV

– Aussie funny lady Rebel Wilson and breakout star of “Pitch Perfect” has never hosted an awards show in the U.S. so she’s just a wee bit nervous. But Wilson, who teamed with hottie Channing Tatum for the ceremony’s promos, will have plenty of backup when she is joined by the rest of the “Pitch Perfect” cast for its first-ever live onstage performance. Other highlights will include special awards for Emma Watson and Will Ferrell, music from Selena Gomez and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who promised to keep their pants on because there are kiddies in the audience), and fun new categories including “Best Shirtless Performance.”

Nurse Jackie, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– Three-time Emmy winner Edie Falco stars in this critically acclaimed dark comedy about a pill-popping nurse with a sharp tongue and serious bedside manner deficiencies. Every day is a matter of life and death in a hectic New York City hospital, but for Nurse Jackie that’s the easiest part. Between chronic back pain that won’t quit, and a personal life on the constant edge of collapse, it’s going to take a white lie here, a bent rule there, and a handful of secret strategies to relieve the pain, and stay one step ahead of total disaster. Last season, Jackie hit rock bottom and finally went to rehab; All Saints was taken over by a new director who makes life miserable for the ER staff; Kevin filed for divorce from Jackie and full custody of the girls.

The Borgias, season premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– Oscar winner Jeremy Irons stars in Showtime’s period drama The Borgias, the saga of history’s most infamous crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. Mercilessly cruel and defiantly decadent, intimidation and murder are his weapons of choice in his scandalous ascension to the papacy in Renaissance-era Italy. Pope Alexander solidifies his power and influence with the help of two loyal allies, Cesare and Giulia Farnese; Juan drives a wedge between the Borgia siblings and pays the ultimate price; Della Rovere schemes to bring down the Pope. In season two, Pope Alexander solidified his power and influence with the help of two loyal allies, Cesare and Giulia Farnese. Juan drove a wedge between the Borgia siblings and paid the ultimate price; meanwhile Della Rovere schemed to bring down the corrupt Pope.

Veep, season premiere at 10pm on HBO

– Former Senator Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. The job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about. ‘Veep’ follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington. Meyer’s inner circle includes: her chief of staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), longtime press spokesperson Mike McClintock (Matt Walsh), right hand and body man Gary (Tony Hale) and secretary Sue (Sufe Bradshaw) all of whom often do battle with Dan Egan (Reid Scott) an ambitious interloper and smug White House liaison Jonah (Tim Simons).

Monday, April 15th

Defiance, series premiere at 9pm on Syfy

– In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) – events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. As the events of Defiance unfold weekly on your TV screen, you can see how the residents’ struggles impact the game of Defiance, a high-octane, multi-platform experience from Trion Worlds! For the first time in history, a TV show and a game will exist concurrently in a shared universe, influencing and impacting the other! In the game of Defiance, players take on the role of Ark Hunters, specialists in survival, combat and tracking who brave dangerous frontiers to retrieve lost relics of advanced or alien origin in return for great financial rewards (The Arks are the ships that brought the aliens to Earth). With weapons, armor and special abilities that evolve with experience, Defiance is a gaming experience that must be played to be believed.

Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013, awards show from 10 to 11:30pm on Logo

– While some award events honor those who’ve already made it, the Nexties set their sights on brink-of-fame up-and-comers who are sparking the next big buzz in film, TV, music, and new media. With award categories like “TV You Betta Watch”, “Next Mega-Star” and “That’s My Jam”, these prizes are about celebrating talent and pop culture that’s on the verge. This year, the Logo NewNowNext Awards is thrilled to present the “Always Next, Forever Now” award to the always-fergalicious Fergie for her continuous contributions to music, pop culture and paving the way for today’s talent. The legendary Kylie Minogue will not only be appearing at, but also taking home the Dance Floor Hero award this year. The Dance Floor Hero award honors Kylie’s immortal standing in the eyes of the LGBT community. The award recognizes her for changing the landscape of dance music and becoming an icon of music, party, and dance culture. The Talk gabber Aisha Tyler will host this sixth annual award show, which will feature musical performances from Ke$ha, Tegan & Sara, and New Politics.

Tuesday, April 16th

Deadliest Catch, season premiere at 9pm on Discovery

– Capt. Sig Hansen launches the ninth season of the salty reality show with the warning that things might “get nasty,” given the number of young, hungry king-crab fishermen trying to make a name for themselves. Longtime viewers will know that it’s all relative, since Hansen is someone whose best day at the “office” is twice as bad as, and 20 degrees colder than, most people’s worst. As it turns out, the premiere features both a bitter argument between Hansen and his brother and the sight of one greenhorn coming close to losing his leg.

Storage Wars, season premiere at 9pm on A&E

– America’s most addictive treasure hunting series is back… and the bidders are ready for some more intense action. Storage Wars follows teams of bidders looking to score big in the high stakes world of storage auctions. In season four, it’s an auction standoff in Stanton, California. Darrell reemerges after scoring the biggest hit in Storage Wars history, Barry gets his motors running, and Nabila gets run up on a locker that’s fit for a dummy as celebrity ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham guest stars as an appraiser. Barry brings the king of kitsch, Charles Phoenix, to “view” an auction first hand, and Jarrod buys solo only to have Brandi drag him down to the station!

Awkward., season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– MTV’s hit comedy series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, Awkward. captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

Who Gets the Last Laugh?, series premiere at 10pm on TBS

– TBS puts a different twist on hidden-camera comedy with the brand new series Who Gets the Last Laugh? Hosted by Donald Faison (Scrubs), the series will pit some of the industry’s most well-known comedians and comedy actors against one another to see who can pull the most outrageous practical jokes. Executive produced by the creators of Punk’d, each week on Who Gets the Last Laugh?, three guest comedians must dream up the funniest and most outrageous pranks possible, then successfully unleash their ideas on an unsuspecting public. A live audience then determines which comedy star really got the last laugh, with the winner earning $10,000 to be given to the charity of their choice.

Wednesday, April 17th

Locked Up Abroad, season premiere at 9pm on Nat Geo

– Nat Geo’s docudrama Locked Up Abroad is the cult favorite that takes viewers inside accounts of capture, incarceration, and terror far away from home with intimate personal interviews and dramatic reenactments. This season, we’ll hear more firsthand accounts not only from those who were locked up, but also from those who were directly part of the story. Whether it is the undercover agent compiling the evidence against the suspect, or the person making the drug dealing offers… we’re going to deliver the stories from every angle. In the season premiere, Senator John McCain and former Marine Corps pilot Ernie Brace discuss their time as POWs during the Vietnam War, and the enduring friendship that resulted. Also coming up this season is an episode about the true story behind the Oscar-winner for Best Picture “Argo” featuring real-life hero Tony Mendez, the CIA officer who orchestrated one of the most amazing escapes in history.

Saturday, April 20th

Mary and Martha, TV movie premiere at 8pm on HBO

– Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn star in HBO Films’ Mary and Martha, an epic journey of self-discovery as two mothers forge a unique bond after traumatic events in Africa bring them together. The two very different women – one an American interior designer and the other a British housewife – meet in Africa while they struggle with their grief and strains on their marriages. After they decide to work together to raise awareness of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, they begin to rebuild their lives and in the process, inspire change.