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The wait is over, Watson: Holmes returns to PBS

Dale Roe
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) are back on PBS' 'Masterpiece Mystery!' The pair returns with 'A Scandal in Belgravia,' the best of the series so far.

Monday

"The Pitch" 8 p.m., AMC: This new reality advertising competition, relentlessly hawked during episodes of the network's stellar "Mad Men," is just like that show (except there's no boozing, smoking, womanizing, acid trips, sex or fun).

"Two and a Half Men" 8 p.m., CBS: Charlie's ghost appears in the form of Kathy Bates. There's so much shark jumping taking place in this episode that it should air on Animal Planet.

"Hawaii Five-0" 9 p.m., CBS: The first part of a two-part cross-over with "NCIS: Los Angeles" concludes on that show — which, I guess, was a better choice than "Two and a Half Men."

Tuesday

"The Biggest Loser" 7 p.m., NBC: Season 13 concludes with the awarding of a big, fat $250,000 prize.

"Cougar Town" 7:30 p.m., ABC: Just a warning to those who might make the same mistake I made — this is not the American version of the twee, British drama "Cougarton Abbey."

"NCIS: Los Angeles" 8 p.m., CBS: The "Hawaii Five-0" cross-over concludes.

Wednesday

"Modern Family" 8 p.m., ABC: OK, where do I sign up to bring Sofia Vergara to my high-school reunion?

Thursday

"House Hunters" 9 p.m., HGTV: Minnesotans search for a new place in Wisconsin. Holy cripes, I hope they're ready for the culture shock — that's like moving from Indiana to Indiana.

Friday

"Shark Tank" 7 p.m., ABC: The investors consider an invention that turns shoes into boots. I think it's called "Texas."

"Fringe" 8 p.m., Fox: Tonight's episode is the first of a two-part season finale.

"Art in the Twenty-First Century" 9 p.m., PBS: Season 6 concludes tonight.

Saturday

"Escape Routes" 7 p.m., NBC: Season 1 ends in Las Vegas.

"Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 2012 Induction Ceremony" 8 p.m., HBO: I hope Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Famous Flames are band names and not some awful kind of cause and effect. (Plus Austin's Ian Mc- Lagan is inducted with his bandmates from the Faces/Small Faces.)

Sunday

"Desperate Housewives" 8 p.m., ABC: Bree falls for her lawyer then takes the fall for Carlos. And I thought Susan was the clumsy one.

"GCB" 9 p.m., ABC: Season 1 wraps up tonight.

"Masterpiece: Mystery!" 9 p.m., PBS: Everything else on television this week has been a pale lead-up to the return of "Sherlock." Season 2 kicks off with "A Scandal in Belgravia," the best of the series so far.

Contact Dale Roe at 912-5923