TV highlights Tuesday Jan. 5, 2010: 'Biggest Loser' Season 9, 'Wild Recon'
Although it seems like we just finished a season of "The Biggest Loser" (NBC at 8), the show returns with another edition. The two-hour season opener has teams of two competing in a scary bike challenge as soon as they get to the ranch.
"Nova" (WETA and MPT at 8) features "Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor" in the season premiere, which looks for the real reasons behind the sinking of the USS Arizona, possibly caused by a torpedo strike.
ABC speeds through episodes of "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" with a double dose of each -- on "Scrubs" (at 8 and 9), the students must explain why they want to be doctors, and Lucy realizes how many dysfunctional couples are in the hospital. Meanwhile, an employee drops dead from exhaustion on "Ted" (at 8:30 and 9:30), the irony being that he was working tirelessly on a project that would help people get much more sleep.
Wrestling an emu and tracking down dangerous creatures is all in a day's work for Donald Schultz, the snake expert on "Wild Recon" (Animal Planet at 9), the new series that follows his adventures as he travels to collect animal DNA and study different species across the world.
A petty officer dies on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS at 9), which leads the team to Sam's teenage connection, but Hetty worries that the whole group is under too much pressure at the office.
PBS documentary series "This Emotional Life" (WETA and MPT at 9) continues with Part 2, looking at feelings such as anger, fear and anxiety, and how they affect our relationships with others.
Will gets a little too close to his opposing counsel, Emily, on "The Good Wife" (CBS at 10) when the two battle over a case involving the death of a sarcastic TV commentator. And as Alicia represents Glenn's wife in a divorce, she learns more about her own husband's legal troubles.
The network on "The Forgotten" (ABC at 10) gets its first case with multiple victims as it tries to figure out why two people shot outside a motel were buried with a large amount of cash.
Reality star Kim Kardashian and "Biggest Loser" fitness expert Jillian Michaels are guests on "The Jay Leno Show" (NBC at 10).
Actress Amy Adams stops by "Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35), along with actor Zachary Levi and musical guest Vampire Weekend.
"The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" (NBC at 11:35) hosts Queen Latifah, actor Chris Pratt and comedian Justin Kinney.
-- Emily Yahr