Tonight's TV Hot List for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

* My Name Is Earl (8 pm/ET NBC)


Crabman's witness-protection journey continues tonight in an episode featuring guest stars Morgan Fairchild, Joan Van Ark and Andrea Parker. The enigmatic Darnell and his family land squarely in an upscale community, courtesy of their new identities. But you can't take the trailer park out of Joy, who struggles to adjust to her new luxury lifestyle and her privileged neighbors desperate housewives, slinky cougars and trophy wives all. Meanwhile, Darnell's beloved Mr. Turtle (slowly) comes home, so Earl sets out to return the pet to its rightful owner.


* Survivor: Tocantins - The Brazilian Highlands (8 pm/ET CBS)


Two of tonight's 16 castaways who arrive in the brutal interior of Brazil to begin their "adventure of a lifetime," as host Jeff Probst likes to say, are in for a rude awakening. Why? Because in the premiere of the 18th edition of the reality series, the 16 players are divided into two tribes from the get-go and each group is forced, before speaking a word to each other, to eliminate one person from their team based solely on their first impressions. Does that mean it's the end of the journey for the banished pair? Maybe. Maybe not.


* Grey's Anatomy (9 pm/ET ABC)


Derek was thisclose to proposing to Meredith last week when he got that uh-oh phone call from Addison, setting up tonight's crossover with Private Practice. Her dying brother (Grant Show) is being rushed to Seattle Grace, and only Derek, it seems, can save him. But you know that the Der-Mer story line isn't going away, and you can look for some spice from the Practice contingent as well. The developing Callie-Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) romance will be on hiatus, however: Capshaw isn't in the guest cast.


* NAACP Image Awards (8 pm/ET Fox)


Past winners Halle Berry and Tyler Perry host the 40th annual celebration of the contributions of people of color to literature, music, television and movies. Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Maathai receive the Chairman's Award, and Muhammad Ali receives the President's Award. Performers at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium include nominees Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Seal, will.i.am and Stevie Wonder. Sean "Diddy" Combs, Taraji P. Henson, Keke Palmer, Regina Taylor and Kerry Washington are among the presenters.


* ER (10 pm/ET NBC)


It was bound to happen. That rascal Brenner, the party-boy, devil-may-care doctor, has grown on us. It's not just because he revealed a history of child abuse or because Neela has warmed up to him; it's also because he's finally demonstrating some concern for his patients and his work. We see it again in tonight's episode, directed by former show star Eriq La Salle, when Brenner goes above and beyond for a patient that has been badly injured in a car accident.


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