Fox - February 2012 - Sweeps Press Release - Various Shows By DarkUFO (February 1, 2012, 3:59 pm)
American Dad, Family Guy, Glee, Raising Hope, The Simpsons
This February, FOX ignites with major television events, all-new episodes and big guest stars, including the exclusive world preview of the video for Madonna’s new single on American Idol Feb. 2; Ricky Martin shaking his bon-bon on Glee Feb. 7; an all-new MOBBED special Feb. 8; Valentine’s Day-themed outings of Glee, New Girl and Raising Hope on – you guessed it! – Feb. 14; a primetime NASCAR race Feb. 18; the landmark 500th episode of THE Simpsons Feb. 19 with guest voice WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; not-to-be-missed episodes of American Idol, including the announcement of Season 11’s semifinalists on Feb. 22 and 23; and all-new episodes of HOUSE, Glee, New Girl, Raising Hope, American Idol, The Finder, Kitchen Nightmares, FRINGE, COPS, The Cleveland Show, THE Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, Family Guy and American Dad throughout the month.
Here are the highlights, night by night, for this February on FOX:
Mondays this February are nights of gripping drama with four all-new installments of HOUSE, including the 30th HOUSE episode directed by executive producer Greg Yaitanes, which also guest-stars Jeffrey Wright on Feb. 6; and four all-new hours of Alcatraz.
Monday, Feb. 6
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Nobody’s Fault”
Executive producer Greg Yaitanes directs his 30th episode, and Emmy Award winner Jeffrey Wright guest-stars in the first of four all-new February Sweeps episodes. When a violent incident involving a patient (guest star David Anders) has serious consequences, House (Hugh Laurie) and the team are placed under review by Dr. Walter Cofield (guest star Wright), Foreman’s former mentor. As House and each member of his team recount the details of the dramatic, life-threatening event, Cofield must weigh the team’s unconventional brand of collaboration against its ability to save lives.
Alcatraz (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Guy Hastings”
Guy Hastings (guest star Jim Parrack), an Alcatraz guard, reappears. Although a good man, Hastings is being asked to do bad things and will come face-to-face with an old acquaintance.
Monday, Feb. 13
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Chase”
Chase (Jesse Spencer) takes on a patient, Moira (guest star Julie Mond), who is a cloistered nun on the verge of making her life-changing vows, and through the treatment process, the two form a unique connection that tests their faith and reason. But when Moira’s condition worsens and requires a risky surgery, Chase’s judgment is compromised. Meanwhile, House and Taub (Peter Jacobson) try to remain one step ahead of each other’s pranks.
Alcatraz (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Paxton Petty”
When our unlikely trio of Madsen (Sarah Jones), Doc (Jorge Garcia) and Hauser (Sam Neill) tracks former inmate Paxton Petty (guest star James Pizzinato), a sick landmine bomber who has returned only to place bombs throughout populated areas of San Francisco, methods of the past are applied to the present.
Monday, Feb. 20
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Man of the House”
A marriage counselor (guest star Jake Weber) suddenly collapses during a speaking engagement, and when he is put under close evaluation, the team notices changes in his behavior that conflict with his message on the roles of men and women. With no conclusive diagnosis, the team must assess the patient’s past behavior to provide clues into his worsening physical symptoms. Meanwhile, House and his Ukrainian “wife” Dominika (guest star Karolina Wydra) make a deal to convince Immigration that they are a happily married couple, a move that has serious implications if they are caught lying. Also, House decides to name a team leader and watches as each of the team members vies for the not-so-coveted position.
Alcatraz (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Johnny McKee”
Madsen and Hauser hunt down Johnny McKee (guest star Adam Rothenberg), a former Alcatraz inmate and vicious killer with a background in chemistry. It’s a race against time before McKee horrifically poisons more innocent victims. Meanwhile, more details emerge about Madsen’s grandfather.
Monday, Feb. 27
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Love is Blind”
House and the team take on the case of Will Westwood (guest star Michael B. Jordan), a successful, independent blind man who’s about to make one of the most important decisions of his young life: to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage. But before he can propose, he’s struck down by a mysterious illness. Now House and his team battle to save him, and in the process Will is faced with a decision that will change his life forever. Meanwhile, House’s mother (guest star Diane Baker) surprises him at Princeton Plainsboro to relay some news about a new relationship (guest star Billy Connolly).
Clarence Montgomery (guest star Mahershala Ali), the only innocent man in Alcatraz, returns to present day, but is now committing crimes. Why?
Laugh out loud on FOX Tuesdays this February with all-new installments of Golden Globe-winning comedy Glee, Golden Globe-nominated comedy New Girl and Raising Hope, including episodes featuring guest stars Ricky Martin, Jeff Goldblum, Ryan Kwanten, Ashley Tisdale, Lizzy Caplan and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Love is in the air on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 for the Glee, New Girl and Raising Hope gangs, and Regionals have finally arrived on the Glee Winter Finale on Feb. 21. Plus, don’t miss a special Tuesday-night broadcast of American Idol on Feb. 28.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Glee (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Spanish Teacher”
Superstar Ricky Martin guest-stars in the first of four all-new Glee episodes. Will (Matthew Morrison) gives the Glee club a Spanish-singing assignment, and enlists the help of his musically-inclined night school teacher (guest star Martin). Meanwhile, Rachel (Lea Michele) spills the beans to Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) about Finn’s (Cory Monteith) marriage proposal, and Mercedes has love complications of her own.
New Girl (9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT) – “The Landlord”
In an all-new episode directed by Peyton Reed (“Yes Man,” “The Break-Up,” “Bring It On”), against Nick’s (Jake Johnson) wishes, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) makes it her mission to get the loft’s cantankerous landlord (guest star Jeff Kober) to like her. In doing so, she inadvertently jeopardizes their living situation, and the guys are forced to admit they’ve made some “unofficial” changes to the apartment. Meanwhile, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tries to decipher what he thinks are mixed signals from his boss, Kim (guest star Gillian Vigman).
Burt (Garret Dillahunt) unintentionally makes a hurtful comment about Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) career, prompting her to seek a new one as a tarot card reader. But when Virginia predicts the future for the residents of New Natesville, she realizes that her fortunes may have more power than she thinks. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is on pins and needles as Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) decides whether or not to move to Africa with her boyfriend.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Glee (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Heart”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Mr. Schuester challenges New Directions to find and perform the world’s greatest love songs. Meanwhile, Rachel’s two dads, Hiram (guest star Jeff Goldblum) and LeRoy Berry (guest star Brian Stokes Mitchell), pay a visit to McKinley High.
New Girl (9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT) – “Valentine’s Day”
Single for the first time on Valentine’s Day, Jess convinces Schmidt to be her wingman as she pursues an attachment-free fling with a handsome stranger (guest star Ryan Kwanten). Nick’s romantic plans are foiled when he finds himself spending more time with Julia’s (guest star Lizzy Caplan) law firm assistant (guest star Clark Duke) than with her, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) becomes one of the girls when Shelby (guest star Kali Hawk) invites him over.
Jimmy’s spirits are low when Sabrina’s relationship becomes serious, so Virginia and Burt convince him to use a make-believe girlfriend to make her jealous. Barney invites Jimmy to his improv class, where he meets Mary-Louise (guest star Ashley Tisdale) who agrees to play along with his plan to win Sabrina over. But when their acting becomes too convincing and Sabrina falls for their fake relationship, all plans might backfire on Jimmy.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Glee (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “On My Way” – Winter Finale
Things heat up as the New Directions go head-to-head with the Dalton Academy Warblers at Regionals in the all-new Winter Finale of Glee.
New Girl (9:00-9:31 PM ET/PT) – “Bully”
When Jess tries to intervene with a classroom bully, she finds herself the target of the bad seed student (guest star Joey King). Schmidt, meanwhile, is thrilled about his post-Valentine’s sexcapades, but hates that his paramour wants to keep it a secret; and Nick goes into a tailspin when Julia (guest star Lizzy Caplan) sends him a cactus.
Raising Hope (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Poking Holes in the Story”
Virginia agrees to be a live-in house sitter for a troublesome teenage girl (guest star Kara Taitz). When she learns that the teen and her boyfriend (guest star Igal Ben Yair) are ready to take their relationship to the next level, Virginia and Burt try to use their experience to convince them otherwise, with Burt making a confession that takes Virginia by surprise. Meanwhile, Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) confuses Jimmy with her late husband Wilfrid, so Jimmy and Sabrina play along.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
American Idol (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “First Group of Semifinalists Perform”
The first set of semifinalists takes the American Idol stage to perform for judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler and for the nation. On this season’s first live show and first night of voting, America votes to send their favorites through to the next round.
American Idol ups the stakes with four all-new installments, including the unveiling of half of Season 11’s semifinalists on Feb. 22. Plus, don’t miss an emotional all-new MOBBED on Feb. 8.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hollywood Round, Part 1”
Randy, Jennifer and Steven join Ryan Seacrest in Hollywood, where some dreams will come true and others will come to an end. The intensity of the competition heats up as hopefuls chosen from around the nation vie for a coveted semifinalist spot.
MOBBED (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “A Father Lost for 37 Years”
Art, a 37-year-old Atlanta, GA, native, has never met his father and will do anything for the chance to be united with him. With the help of professional dancers posing as Art’s competitors, Howie Mandel and choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo stage a dance audition in which Art competes for the chance to meet his estranged father for the very first time. All hope is seemingly lost when Art is “disqualified” for his amateur dance performance, but Mandel gives Art the biggest surprise of his life during a dramatic family reunion.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
American Idol (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hollywood Round, Part 3”
Tensions are at an all-time high as the Hollywood Round continues and Randy, Jennifer and Steven further narrow down the contestants. Some will leave with shattered dreams, others will proceed in the competition.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
American Idol (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Final Judgment, Part 1”
Contestants try one last time to impress the judges, singing for their lives to prove who deserves to make it to the next round. For some, it’s the end of the road, but for the first group of semifinalists whose names will be revealed tonight, the next part of the journey is about to begin.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
American Idol (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “Second Group of Semifinalists Perform”
The second set of semifinalists give it their all for the judges and for the nation. America will have to make tough decisions on the season’s second live show and second night of voting.
On Thursdays this February, American Idol showcases four all-new episodes, including the Feb. 2 broadcast featuring the exclusive world preview of the video for Madonna’s new single “Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.; a special two-hour show on Feb. 16; and the unveiling of the remaining semifinalists on Feb. 23. Plus, The Finder reveals three all-new mysteries, including a Bones crossover event on Feb. 23.
Thursday, Feb. 2
American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Auditions #7: St. Louis, MO”
In an American Idol exclusive, Madonna will world preview the video for her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during American Idol, which travels to St. Louis, MO, for more auditions as the search for the next singing superstar continues. Hopefuls have travelled great distances, waited in seemingly never-ending lines and practiced their routines over and over – and now only Randy, Jennifer and Steven stand between them and their dream.
The Finder (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Swing and a Miss”
Isabel’s (Mercedes Masöhn) new boyfriend Frank (guest star Lance Gross), an all-star baseball athlete, gets robbed, and Walter (Geoff Stults) steps in to help find his stolen collectibles. But in the process, Walter learns Frank has lost something more meaningful than memorabilia. Then, to earn Willa’s (Maddie Hasson) trust, Leo (Michael Clarke Duncan) and Walter bring her in on the case.
Thursday, Feb. 9
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hollywood Round, Part 2”
The tension mounts as the Hollywood Round continues and Randy, Jennifer and Steven narrow down the contestants. Some will leave with shattered dreams, others will proceed in the competition.
The Finder (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Great Escape”
Amateur magician Preston Miller (guest star Jonathan Slavin) seeks Walter’s help to find his assistant who vanished after a failed attempt at an ambitious disappearing act. With the help of Special Agent Judy Green (guest star Ever Carradine), Walter and Leo find clues that lead them to uncover a counterfeit money ring. Meanwhile, Leo enlists Isabel’s help in looking after Willa.
Thursday, Feb. 16
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Performance Challenge”
Contestants try to impress the judges during a grueling performance challenge. Some will shine, while others will crack under the pressure.
Thursday, Feb. 23
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Final Judgment, Part 2”
The first phase of the competition comes to a dramatic end when Randy, Jennifer and Steven reveal this season’s remaining semifinalists.
The Finder (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Little Green Men”
The Jeffersonian’s Dr. Jack Hodgins (guest star TJ Thyne) from Bones crosses over to The Finder in another all-new episode. Hodgins seeks Walter’s help to find evidence of extraterrestrial activity when a shuttle pilot suddenly dies shortly after sensitive video footage from space is leaked. Walter and Hodgins search for debris from an outer space collision, but a mysterious group threatens their safety and the security of their families and will do anything to make sure what Walter is looking for remains hidden. Meanwhile, Timo (guest star Toby Hemingway) and Willa struggle with the arranged marriage proclamated by Uncle Shadrack (guest star Eric Roberts), the head of their gypsy family. Peta Wilson also guest-stars.
FOX Fridays this February feature four all-new episodes of Kitchen Nightmares and four all-new FRINGE mysteries.
Chef Ramsay visits Atlanta, GA, to help the owners of contemporary American restaurant Park’s Edge. Although the owners take pride in their diverse menu and innovative dining experience, Chef Ramsay is shocked by the restaurant’s lack of cohesiveness in the kitchen, inattentive service and disorganized management. Can Park’s Edge regain its elegance and stylish flair?
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Making Angels”
Our Astrid (Jasika Nicole) gets an unexpected visit from her Alternate, while Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia (Anna Torv) track a killer using a toxin that has yet to be invented. Both universes collide in a case that pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
Friday, Feb. 10
Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Spin A Yarn”
Chef Ramsay visits Fremont, CA, to help out 50-year-old steakhouse and banquet center Spin-A-Yarn. Despite the restaurant’s rich history as an old-time hideaway and meeting place, its bland menu and outdated decor are long overdue for a visual and culinary makeover. Horrified by the restaurant’s inconsistent service and disorganized kitchen staff, Chef Ramsay is put to the test to give the stuck-in-its-ways steakhouse a refreshed menu and ambience.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Welcome to Westfield”
Peter, Olivia and Walter (John Noble) come face-to-face with a mysterious and terrifying Fringe event as they get trapped in a town from which there’s no escape.
Chef Ramsay visits Charlie’s in La Verne, CA, to help the owners of the Italian bistro renew its outdated look and update the menu’s bland and unoriginal options. Displeased by the wishy-washy service, unappetizing dishes and old-fashioned ambiance, Chef Ramsay has his work cut out for him to turn the restaurant’s luck around.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “A Better Human Being”
As the Fringe team investigates a mentally ill patient (guest star Harrison Thomas) who appears to be connected to a series of murders, frightening clues and connections are uncovered that lead Olivia to some shocking revelations.
Chef Ramsay heads to Baltimore, MD, and immediately has his hands full when he visits Café Hon, a Southern Comfort eatery in need of not only a restaurant renovation but also a public image makeover. The owner of Café Hon has come under fire from the city of Baltimore for trademarking the word “Hon,” a term of endearment for Baltimore culture – will the restaurant’s revamped and renewed public image be enough to win back the city of Baltimore?
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The End of All Things”
Peter and the Fringe team take extraordinary measures in an attempt to stop life-threatening events.
This February, FOX Saturdays feature a two-hour AMERICA’S Most Wanted quarterly special on Feb. 11, four all-new episodes of COPS and a primetime broadcast of NASCAR ON FOX on Feb. 18, plus encore episodes of The Finder, Alcatraz and New Girl.
Saturday, Feb. 4
COPS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Caught in the Act #3”
Things are not what they appear when a standard traffic stop in North Las Vegas, NV, escalates after a suspect attempts to flee from police. Then, officers of the Des Moines, IA, Police Department deal with conflicting stories after responding to drug-related assault charges. Finally, in Spokane, WA, a simple prostitution bust becomes much more complicated.
COPS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Chases, Guns and Cars”
Officers in the New Orleans, LA, Police Department find themselves in a dramatic high-speed chase when they attempt to stop a car without a license plate. Later, the Spokane County, WA, Sheriff’s Office receives a call after an altercation between two neighbors results in a gunshot fired. Finally, when police in North Las Vegas, NV, locate a stolen luxury vehicle and catch the suspect in a string of lies, they discover he also is in possession of crystal meth.
The Finder (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “An Orphan Walks into a Bar…”
John Fogerty guest-stars as himself in an encore of the series premiere episode that sees Walter help a teenage boy (guest star Brett Davern) locate his missing father, a military pilot and war hero.
Alcatraz (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) – “Kit Nelson”
Child kidnapper and killer Kit Nelson (guest star Michael Ecklund) reappears from the past in an encore episode.
New Girl (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “The Story of the 50”
Rachael Harris and Lizzy Caplan guest-star in an encore episode centered on Schmidt’s 29th birthday.
Saturday, Feb. 11
AMERICA’S Most Wanted (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Crimes of Passion Special Edition” – Quarterly Special
Murder, greed and lust abound in the two-hour AMERICA’S Most Wanted special edition. The episode focuses on the dark side of love, as John Walsh teams up with the U.S. Marshals to hunt down one of their 15 Most Wanted: a fugitive from Pennsylvania accused of brutally shooting and killing his wife in a jealous rage.
New Girl (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “The Landlord”
An encore of the Feb. 7 episode.
Saturday, Feb. 25
COPS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Street Arrests #2”
An officer of the Springfield Police Department in Missouri tasers a suspect and retrieves a stolen wallet after the subject makes a run for it at a traffic stop. Then, a man is arrested by an officer of the New Orleans, LA, Police Department for hiding 37 pieces of crack cocaine in his soda cup. Finally, a senior officer of the Corpus Christi, TX, Police Department responds to a call after two men are caught arguing over racial issues at a bus stop.
COPS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Dazed and Confused #4”
Four men lose their “mojo” on an all-new COPS. An officer of the North Las Vegas, NV, Police Department finds a drugged-out, paranoid man crouching in a driveway and arrests him for burglary, obstruction of justice and drug paraphernalia. Then, an officer of the New Orleans, LA, Police Department responds to a hit-and-run and finds a pack of “mojo,” an artificial marijuana narcotic, on the suspect. Finally, a policeman of the Alameda County, CA, Sheriff’s Office finds a gallon-sized bag of marijuana in the trunk of a vehicle.
The Finder (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Bullets”
John Francis Daley, Dr. Lance Sweets on Bones, and Mitch Pileggi guest-star in an encore episode in which Walter tries to find a bullet that could prove the innocence of a death row inmate (guest star Pileggi).
New Girl (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “Valentine’s Day”
An encore of the Feb. 14 episode.
FOX Sundays in February dominate with the milestone 500th episode of THE Simpsons with guest voice WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Feb. 19; and all-new episodes of The Cleveland Show, THE Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, Family Guy and American Dad featuring guest voice appearances by James Woods, Mark Harmon, Ellen Page, Bryan Cranston, Ricky Gervais, Michael Cera, singer Alison Krauss and “Mythbusters’” Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.
Sunday, Feb. 5
BOB’S BURGERS (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Art Crawl”
In an encore episode, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) lets Linda’s (John Roberts) sister hang her paintings in the restaurant for Art Week, and Louise (Kristen Schaal), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Tina (Dan Mintz) are thrilled by all the attention their own art receives.
Napoleon Dynamite (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Thundercone”
In an encore episode, Napoleon (Jon Heder) discovers that his new acne cream makes him resistant to pain, so he joins a local underground fight club. Meanwhile, Kip (Aaron Ruell) begins dating Misty (guest star Amy Poehler), a New Girl he met online.
THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts”
Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and the boys try to win superintendent Chalmers’ (Dan Castellaneta) job back after an unauthorized field trip.
The Cleveland Show (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Hurricane”
In an encore of an unprecedented ANIMATION DOMINATION® crossover event, a storm hits the towns of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls. In Stoolbend, the Brown/Tubbs family tries to salvage what’s left of their vacation.
Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Seashore Seashell Party”
To help pass the time and calm his nerves about the storm, Brian (Seth MacFarlane) consumes some questionable substances, and Meg (Mila Kunis) goes off the deep end in an encore crossover episode.
American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hurricane!”
The Smiths stay home and ride out the hurricane in an encore of the ANIMATION DOMINATION® crossover episode.
Linda starts a bed and breakfast in an encore episode.
The Cleveland Show (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Dancing with the Stools”
Determined to claim the first-place trophy at the annual “Dancing with the Stools” ballroom dance competition, Donna (Sanaa Lathan) recruits Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) to be her partner. But their hope of taking home the big prize misses a beat when Cleveland Jr. professes his love for Donna – just moments before their well-rehearsed routine. Meanwhile, Roberta (Reagan Gomez) babysits Rallo (Mike Henry) for a week, and learns that domestic responsibilities are not as easy as they seem.
THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Daughter Also Rises”
Michael Cera and “Mythbusters’” Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage make guest voice appearances in an all-new episode. Marge (Julie Kavner) and Lisa’s (Yeardley Smith) mother-daughter Valentine’s Day plans take a turn when Lisa meets Nick (guest voice Cera), an intellectual romantic who shares her passion for culture, history and literature. Lisa and Nick fall head over heels for each other in a fairytale romance and make a secret getaway to Mulberry Island to profess their eternal love. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse (Pamela Hayden) are inspired by the hosts of their favorite myth-exposing show (guest voices Hyneman and Savage) to debunk Springfield Elementary’s own legends.
Napoleon Dynamite (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Pedro vs. Deb”
When lack of interest in reading threatens to shut down the school paper, Deb (Tina Majorino) comes to the rescue by getting an exclusive interview with the class president, Pedro (Efren Ramirez). Deb prints an off-the-cuff remark by Pedro that insults the entire town and even Napoleon’s (Jon Heder) sweet dance moves can’t save the day.
Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream”
James Woods, Mark Harmon and Ellen Page guest-voice on an all-new Family Guy. When Peter (Seth MacFarlane) decides to be a famous actor, he becomes Tom Tucker’s (MacFarlane) agent as his first step toward stardom. Meanwhile, Chris (Seth Green) dates a girl (guest voice Page) who looks disturbingly like a member of the Griffin household.
American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Wheels & The Legman and The Case of Grandpa’s Key”
Stan (Seth MacFarlane) joins Roger (MacFarlane) and Steve’s (Scott Grimes) fictional detective agency, but he ruins the fun by being extremely incompetent at his “job.” Roger demands that Steve fire Stan, but Steve cannot bring himself to do it and ends up lying to Roger. Things take a turn for the worse when Stan is kidnapped, and Steve must tell Roger the truth.
In an encore episode, Tina is desperate to get her first kiss at her 13th birthday party.
The Cleveland Show (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brown Magic”
Bryan Cranston makes a guest voice appearance in an all-new episode. Excited to spend quality father-stepson bonding time with Rallo, Cleveland (Mike Henry) takes the boy to his very first magic show, where they get hired to be the opening act. Thanks to Rallo’s sharp wit in the role of the puppet, Cleveland and Rallo’s ventriloquist act becomes a hit. As their act gets rave reviews by fans and ventriloquist critic Graham Kensington (guest voice Cranston), Rallo grows tired of Cleveland taking all the credit for their success and refuses to be taken for a dummy.
THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “At Long Last Leave” – Milestone 500th Episode
Grammy Award-winning musician Alison Krauss records THE Simpsons theme song for the milestone 500th episode, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange guest-voices as himself. The Simpsons are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town. But when Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Marge try to sneak back into Springfield, they are welcomed with hostility from their former friends and neighbors and begin to appreciate their new, more accepting home.
Napoleon Dynamite (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Bed Races”
Uncle Rico (John Gries) and Napoleon square off against Grandma (Sandy Martin) and Kip (Aaron Ruell) in Preston, ID’s, annual Bed Races. Hoping to change his image in town as a loser – ever since he dropped a touchdown pass in a big high school football game – Rico convinces Napoleon to cheat and they defeat Grandma. Rico and Napoleon enjoy the perks of fame, but the defeat causes Grandma to feel like she’s got to face the fact that she’s getting old. Napoleon is left with the dilemma of whether to tell Grandma the truth about their cheating, or to let his uncle enjoy his dream of being a winner. Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Be Careful What You Fish For”
When Peter and the guys try to salvage a sunken car, Peter half-heartedly promises a favor to a helpful dolphin (guest voice Ricky Gervais). Soon the dolphin moves to Quahog, outstays his welcome at Peter’s and moves into Cleveland’s house across the street. Peter tries to reunite the dolphin with his ex-wife in hopes that he’ll return to the ocean, but his plan backfires and the whole dolphin family moves into Cleveland’s.
American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Old Stan in the Mountain”
When Stan is overly enthusiastic about his hatred for elderly people, a hex is placed on him that turns him into a frail old man. Meanwhile, Roger takes Francine (Wendy Schaal) on a road trip to a dance competition, but she soon finds out it’s not what she bargained for.
Sunday, Feb. 26
BOB’S BURGERS (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Spaghetti Western and Meatballs”
In an encore episode, the family members start watching Spaghetti Western films with different results.
The Cleveland Show (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Nightmare on Grace Street”
In an encore Halloween episode, Donna makes Cleveland Jr. and Rallo spend the night in a haunted house, Cleveland’s new friend (guest voice Danny Smith) goes on a murderous Revenge rampage and Roberta is stuck in a love triangle between a vampire and a werewolf.
THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Treehouse of Horror XXII” An encore of the spooky 22nd annual installment of “Treehouse of Horror.”
Napoleon Dynamite (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Scantronica Love” Haylie Duff, Jennifer Coolidge and Jemaine Clement guest-voice in an encore episode in which Napoleon, Pedro and Deb are paired romantically with other students by a Scantron machine.
Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Brothers & Sisters” Julie Hagerty and Adam West guest-voice in an encore episode in which Mayor West (guest voice West) marries Lois’ (Alex Borstein) sister, Carol (guest voice Hagerty), and they move into the Griffin’s house.
American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hot Water” Cee Lo Green and Gabourey Sidibe guest-voice in an encore episode about a singing hot tub (guest voice Green) that encourages some bad behavior.