Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 - Featured


* Leverage (10/9c TNT)


The con is on, and it turns intensely personal for crew captain Nate Ford upon the discovery that his ex-wife (Kari Matchett) has been nabbed and is languishing in a Ukrainian prison. Nate's stealthy outlaws set out to rescue her - but in order for their scheme to succeed, they must join forces with longstanding nemesis Jim Sterling (Mark A. Sheppard). Jeri Ryan continues her winter guest-star arc as grifter Tara Cole.


* State of the Union (9/8c ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox NEWS, MSNBC)


In his first State of the Union speech, President Obama is expected to recap his administration's triumphs in 2009 (chief among them, from his perspective: preventing the Great Recession from turning into a depression) and outline his 2010 goals, which will likely include scaled-back health-care reform, tougher banking regulations and- - given that unemployment remains at 10 percent - job creation. Following the address, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will offer the GOP spin on things.


* Psych (10/9c USA Network)


Shawn and Gus return for the second half of their fourth season with a big guest star (literally): John Cena. The WWE champ plays Juliet's brother, Ewan, a former military man who's now working as a mercenary. Shawn gets tangled up in Army affairs when he comes to suspect that a soldier's suicide was really a murder and that Ewan could be involved.


* Nip/Tuck (10/9c FX)


Poor Kimber! First, she got herself caught up in the rift between Sean and Christian, and then last week she was dumped by both Christian and Mike Hamoui. No wonder she jumped off Hamoui's boat. Whether she's actually dead wasn't made clear, but we're likely to find out tonight, when her mother (Melanie Griffith) shows up. In any event, McNamara/Troy won't be a happy place, but Sean will be going to Africa with his humanitarian friend, Curtis Ryerson (George Newbern), won't he?


* Tavis Smiley Reports (8/7c PBS)


If the book Game Change by reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin is to be believed, Hillary Clinton initially turned down Barack Obama's offer to become secretary of state. Let's be glad she changed her mind: As a representative of America and American values, she's done her country proud. In this first installment of a quarterly, issue-oriented series from Tavis Smiley, she discusses her first year on the job and is shown at work abroad, on Capitol Hill and at the State Department.


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