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The Big Bang Theory Somehow Penny and Amy (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Mayim Bialik) convince Sheldon and Leonard (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki) to go dress shopping with them, but the outing doesn't end well, in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS

American Idol The auditions continue. 8 p.m. Fox

Mom Colin Hanks guest stars as Christy's (Anna Faris) neighbor — who could become her new romantic interest — in this new episode. Allison Janney also Kevin Pollak star with guest star Beverly D'Angelo. 8:30 p.m. CBS

Project Runway All Stars The designers create resort wear and swimsuits using fabrics they must first collect from under water in this new episode. 9 p.m. Lifetime

Expedition Unknown The premiere of this travel adventure series looks at evidence from the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart. 9 p.m. Travel

Two and a Half Men Alan (Jon Cryer) is conflicted when Herb (Ryan Stiles) asks him if it's OK to ask out Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith) in this new episode. 9 p.m. CBS

The McCarthys Jane Kaczmarek guest stars in this new episode as Marjorie's (Laurie Metcalf) visiting sister. Their long-standing sibling rivalry doesn't take long to erupt. 9:30 p.m. CBS

Elementary Worried over the whereabouts of a nurse who was her co-worker, Watson (Lucy Liu) asks Holmes and Kitty (Jonny Lee Miller, Ophelia Lovibond) for help in finding her. Aidan Quinn also stars in this new episode. 10 p.m. CBS

Parenthood Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) suffers a post-operation setback and is rushed back to the hospital, and the whole family stands vigil as the soon-to-end drama enters its home stretch with this new episode. Sam Jaeger, Erika Christensen, Peter Krause, Bonnie Bedelia and Ray Romano also star. 10 p.m. NBC

Archer In the animated series' season premiere Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) must salvage a crashed plane in a jungle. 10 p.m. FX

Portlandia The comedy series featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein returns for a new season. 10 p.m. IFC

Babylon Director Danny Boyle co-created this six-part drama, imported from Britain, about an American (Brit Marling), who has been recruited by London's chief constable (James Nesbitt) to overhaul the police department's tarnished public image. 10 p.m. Sundance


CBS This Morning Karl Pillemer. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Matt LeBlanc; Allison Williams; Garth Brooks performs; Patton Oswalt. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. David Oyelowo ("Selma"); Jessica Parker Kennedy ("Black Sails"); Gillian Anderson ("The Fall"); Jane Lynch ("Glee"); Terry Sylvester performs; Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker ("Taken 3"). (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Michael Liam Neeson ("Taken 3"); Matt LeBlanc; Jessie Pavelka. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Cristela Alonzo; Kirstie Alley. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Dr. Oz Show Back pain; gluten intolerance; olive oil. (N) 10 a.m. KCOP; 2 p.m. KTTV

The Doctors A young cancer patient inspires others. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL

The Wendy Williams Show Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"). (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Maggie Grace; Ellen K. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

Rachael Ray Kym Whitley. (N) 1 p.m. KABC

The Meredith Vieira Show Piers Morgan. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

Dr. Phil A couple say their 9-year-old son terrorizes the family and may be dangerous. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

Steve Harvey Dr. Phil McGraw; Jessica Herrin. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Harry Connick Jr.; Eddie Redmayne. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR; 11:30 p.m. KOCE

The Daily Show: Jon Stewart Allison Williams. (N) 11 p.m. Comedy Central

Conan Nicole Kidman; Maggie Grace. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Lena Dunham; J.K. Simmons; Ghostface Killah performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman Donald Trump; Chelsea Peretti; Foxygen performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Jimmy Kimmel Live Joaquin Phoenix; Larry Wilmore; Frankie Ballard performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KABC

Late Night With Seth Meyers Matt Leblanc; Patton Oswalt. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show Guest host Drew Carey; Ethan Hawke; Monica Potter; Pennybirdrabbit performs. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS