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Tonight's TV Hot List: Monday, March 15, 2010


* 24 (9/8c Fox)


Jack Bauer may be running out of time to save the country, as it has been reported in some news outlets that Fox is planning to pull the plug on 24's ticking clock at the end of this season. For the moment, though, it's still Jack's watch, and he and Ortiz work together in the field to try to safeguard New York City from an attack with a "dirty bomb" made from the hijacked nuclear fuel rods. Meanwhile, Kevin Wade's parole officer, Bill Prady (Stephen Root), questions Dana about his disappearance.


* Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (8:30/7:30c Fuse)


The 25th annual Hall of Fame gala honors a roster of rockers in a sonic evening that usually hits the right notes, particularly with its traditional surprise jams, loose talk, fascinating group reunions and, every once in a while, even palpable tension among feuding music mates. Tonight's inductees are Swedish pop group ABBA, prog-rockers (turned pop rockers) Genesis, Jamaican reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, harmonizing British beat band the Hollies and pioneering pre-punk practitioners the Stooges (featuring iconoclastic rocker Iggy Pop). The ceremony is broadcast from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.


* Damages (10/9c FX)


Patty and Ellen - a team again. Ellen probably does think that only Patty can get to the bottom of l'affaire Tobin, but can that be her only reason for approaching her old boss last week? She has to know how easily Patty can see through flattery, so what's up? In any event, the two join forces tonight to look for the fragile Carol Tobin (Ana Reeder), who has gone missing. And another thing, does Ellen really think that Carol killed her dad? Meanwhile, old friend Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) is back, and now he's a philanthropist.


* Law & Order (10/9c NBC)


If a protege is truly worthy of a mentor's respect, there may come a day when the student surpasses the teacher. In an episode that winks at the efforts of the real-life Innocence Project, Cutter's mentor Emily Ryan (Amy Madigan) tries to exonerate a man convicted of a hate crime, culminating in standout performance by Linus Roache. Grown-up My Girl Anna Chlumsky also guest stars.


* Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty (10/9c VH1)


Jessica Simpson's return to reality TV plays to one of her strengths: looking good. She and sidekicks Ken and CaCee travel to a different country each week to check out the local beauty regimens. In this first stop in Thailand, they visit a monastery for a lesson in achieving inner beauty through meditation, stop by a Thai massage parlor, try some healthy snacks (such as fried worms), and learn about skin bleaching creams and heavy brass neck rings.


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