TV tonight: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers and a new NCIS

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers returns tonight. Photo: Betty White/AP

WASHINGTON, January 8, 2013 —Tonight, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers returns with back-to-back episodes, and with guests Psy and Kim Kardashian. Despite having a career that spans seven decades, Betty’s guest list reflects the broad-based appeal she still enjoys. Betty White’s Saturday Night Live appearance in 2010 helped introduce her to a new generation, and made her formidable status as a Hollywood icon even more relevant.

The campaign to get White to host SNL was a social media marvel, with Facebook leading the way. The group had almost half a million members who successfully campaigned NBC to book Betty White as a guest host. As a result of her appearance she received an Emmy, the seventh of her career. She is also the only person to have an Emmy in all female performing comedic categories.

Even more priceless is White’s opening monologue on SNL, where she revealed she knew little about Facebook and thought it sounded like a huge waste of time. Betty White’s signature irreverence has served her well in her amazingly prolific career. Despite turning 91 this month, White is everywhere on TV and shows no signs of slowing down.

Along with Off Their Rockers, White stars on Hot in Cleveland, has been a guest on several TV shows including The Middle and 30 Rock, and even made time for a commercial promoting tourism in California. She is also a regular guest on talk shows, and is always a crowd favorite.

Betty White’s lifetime commitment to animal rights validates her status as a national treasure unlike any other, adding just one more reason I never miss an opportunity to see her. Tonight when Off Their Rockers airs, I’ll be soaking in the Betty, knowing that all too soon she will be gone.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

8 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Cameron watches Alex and Luke while Phil, Claire and Mitchell deal with Haley’s arrest; Jay tries to cut short a surprise visit from ex-wife Dede (Shelley Long), so she doesn’t learn about Gloria’s pregnancy.

CBS: NCIS: (New) While the NCIS team investigates the link to a dead journalist and a Navy petty officer, Ziva is taken aback by the sudden emotional visit by her father (Michael Nouri), whom she hasn’t seen in more than two years. While Ziva questions the purpose of her father’s visit as the Director of Mossad, her father insists he is in the U.S. strictly to see his daughter for Shabbat dinner.

FOX: Raising Hope: (New) Jimmy’s plans to buy a car that’s safer for Hope are scuttled when he finds out that his parents ruined his credit years ago by maxing out credit cards in his name, so Burt and Virginia desperately try to make a deal with their bank representative.

NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (New) Season 2 opens with guest Psy teaching host Betty White and her senior pranksters how to perform his Gangnam-style dance. Also: Seniors issue citations for passing gas; and a jogger pilfers food from a restaurant guest.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) Zoe spots Wade with another woman and gets jealous, so she tries to make him feel the same way. Elsewhere, Lavon accepts Lemon’s help with his campaign, which leads to his involvement in a scandal; and Lemon’s family scheme to get her to move back home.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) A neighbor accuses Frankie of stealing her hose; Sue cancels a road trip to Cincinnati after seeing Mike’s paycheck; Brick learns about the birds and the bees.

FOX: Ben and Kate: (New) Kate takes action after Maddie fails a test to get into the gifted program at her school. Elsewhere, Ben encounters a friend from college who stole one of his business ideas; and BJ’s mother (Jane Seymour) visits town.

NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: (New) Pranks include an oldster selling hot dogs from his trench coat; a woman trying to stop unwanted smiling; and a woman attempting to delete pornographic images from a computer. Appearing: Kim Kardashian.

9 p.m.

ABC: Happy Endings: (New) When a pop star buys a dress from Alex’s store, Penny and Alex try to turn it into a press opportunity; Max has an identity crisis; Dave and Brad try to fix things around the house.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) A former defendant of Deeks is targeted for discovering information that could dismantle a lucrative car shipping operation with links to a global terrorist ring. Meanwhile, the NCIS: LA team tackles the large-scale stolen car operation from the inside when Kensi goes undercover in an auto body shop.

FOX: New Girl: (New) Things get complicated when Jess invites Nick and Angie to spend a weekend away with her and Sam. Meanwhile, Winston teaches Schmidt about race relations.

NBC: Go ON: (New) Mr K. finds new purpose; Ryan gets a golden opportunity to audition for his idol, Bob Costas. Rich Eisen guest stars.

CW: Emily Owens, M.D. (New) When Emily and Will are assigned a patient dressed as a costumed character, Will automatically suspects that his symptoms suggest a psychotic episode, but Emily is not quite convinced. Dr. Bandari treats a tough-as-nails businesswoman who refuses to slow down after experiencing a heart attack.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: Don’t Trust the B–H in Apartment 23: (New) When June and Chloe attend a tenants’ meeting, June realizes she needs to clean up Chloe’s act; Chloe decides to go after Mark; James tries to sabotage June’s efforts.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) Mindy’s brother visits from college and shocks his sister with his plans to drop out of school and become a rap star. Meanwhile, Danny and Jeremy try to schmooze their landlord into lowering their rent for the office.

NBC: The New Normal: (New) David and Bryan decide they ultimately want Goldie to be their surrogate again, but Bryan’s ex-boyfriend throws a wrench in their plans. Matt Bomer guest stars!

10 p.m.

ABC: Private Practice: (New) The doctors at the practice set Amelia up on a series of blind dates that all end up being disastrous; Amelia and James team up for a medical procedure.

CBS: Vegas: (New) Katherine embarks on a new partnership with Savino’s wife, Laura.

NBC: Parenthood: (New) Life with Victor takes a serious turn; Drew’s crisis brings Mark back into Sarah’s life.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Storage Wars Texas at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

The Real Housewives of Miami at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Dual Survival at 9 p.m. on DSC

Doomsday Preppers at 9 p.m. on NGC

Storage Wars New York at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E

Million Dollar Decorators at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Justified at 10 p.m. on FX

Diggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Jerry Maguire on AMC

Are We There Yet? on ENC

Puss in Boots on HBO

Big Miracle on HBO

Little Miss Sunshine on IFC

Brake on SHO

War Horse on SHO

Ocean’s Eleven on TCM

9 p.m.

Red Riding Hood on MOMAX

Think Like a Man on STARZ

Later tonight:

Deception at 10 p.m. on FMC

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life at 10:05 p.m. on FLIX

Big Top Pee-wee at 10:15 p.m. on IFC

For further consideration:

The Abolitionists: American Experience at 8 p.m. on PBS (Check local listings)


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