TV highlights for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Janell Wheeler and Ashley Rodriguez are no longer with us on "American Idol" (Fox at 8 p.m.), and the remaining top 10 girls sing live during a two-hour episode.

The winner of a temptation challenge gets the honor of dividing the contestants into teams on "The Biggest Loser" (NBC at 8); plus, everyone undergoes an evaluation after seven weeks on the show.

"Nova: The Pluto Files" (WETA at 8, MPT at 9:30) travels across the country with Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson as he talks with people who are upset about Pluto's classification change from planet to plutoid. Stephen Colbert is among the outraged ("That's not change I can believe in"); other interviewees include Jon Stewart, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams.

Gibbs makes a surprise connection with his mother-in-law when she witnesses a murder on "NCIS" (CBS at 8).

Claire may have turned into an unwashed inhabitant of the jungle, but she still has a warning for everyone in the temple on "Lost" (ABC at 9).

"Parenthood" (NBC at 10), based on the 1989 movie starring Steve Martin, is previewed by Hank Stuever; "Southland" (TNT at 10), the Los Angeles-based cop drama that NBC killed off last year, returns with new episodes on cable and is previewed by Tom Shales.

Thanks to loved ones all too willing to share embarrassing tidbits about their celebrity friends and relatives, "20/20: Before They Were Famous" (ABC at 10) treats viewers to family photos of George Clooney as a small child and snapshots of Arlington native Sandra Bullock as a high school cheerleader.

A teen mom who was adopted gives birth on "16 and Pregnant" (MTV at 10), but she struggles to provide for the child when her boyfriend claims he's not the father.

Alan Cumming joins "The Good Wife" (CBS at 10) as a member of Peter's political strategy team, and Peter's family adjusts to having him out of prison and back in their lives.

In order to get to Neal, a kidnapper steals a young girl so that Neal will come looking for her on "White Collar" (USA at 10).

"Biography on CNBC" (CNBC at 10) spotlights Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz and the rise of the coffee company based in Seattle.

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (NBC at 11:35), along with Olympic snowboarder Shaun White and "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert.

"Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35) features former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, actress Mia Wasikowska and a Top 10 List from Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek.

Actor Steven Wright and author Mitch Albom visit "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (CBS at 12:35).

-- Emily Yahr

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