Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 - Featured


* Leverage (10/9c TNT)


After a four-month absence of new episodes, the catchy con-job series returns to continue its second season. Forget crimes of passion - tonight there are crimes of fashion. Nate Ford and his crack crew of surreptitious scammers and schemers slip into the high-fashion world in their bid to trounce a tyrannical sweatshop owner. Guest star Jeri Ryan reprises her role as slinky Tara Cole, a temporary member of Nate's team. The episode is preceded by a 10-hour marathon of Leverage shows.


* The New Adventures of Old Christine (8/7c CBS)


Everyone knows that Christine needs a therapist more than she needs a boyfriend, but what's a woman to do when she falls madly in love with her handsome therapist, as Christine does? Tonight crazy Christine tells her therapist, Max (Eric McCormack, in a great recurring role), that she's in love with him. What will be his response? He knows she's nuts, but she's also adorable - an irresistible combination.


* Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9/8c NBC)


Sarah Paulson guest stars as a woman who fears for her safety after her wealthy parents are killed and she realizes that a mysterious man (Naveen Andrews) has been following her for some time. The man simply won't get lost, and that's because he's a Special Frauds detective looking into a possible embezzlement scheme she's running. But he's not the only one she needs to worry about - soon Benson and Stabler are also investigating her because she's become a suspect in her parents' murder.


* Great Performances (9/8c PBS)


Spike Lee documents a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange, about a young, middle-class black youth (Daniel Breaker) in the mid-1970s whose quest for "the real" leads him to leave his church-dominated home life in L.A. and head to Europe.


* High School Reunion (10/9c TV Land)


If life, as Kurt Vonnegut observed, is "nothing but high school," then not much will have changed for the members of Las Vegas' Chaparral High School's class of 1989, who gather in Hawaii for the third season of the TV Land reality show. Oh sure, there will be "late bloomers" and "former nerds," but in the premiere, the rivalry between the "Cheerleaders" and the "Summer Girls" is still as bitter as ever, and the "Football Star" takes a stroll down memory lane with his high-school sweetheart.


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