PGA Tour Golf
The third of four World Golf Championships in 2014 tees off today in Akron, Ohio, where Firestone Country Club plays host to the Bridgestone Invitational. Known by golfers simply as "the Monster," the par-70 South Course plays at 7,283 yards and features a series of intimidating par 4s and a gargantuan 667-yard par-5 16th hole. Tiger Woods won this tournament by a whopping seven strokes over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson last year.
Producers of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Amazing Race" are partnered on this ambitious new competition series, which evokes a medieval world via a land called Everealm. Twelve contestants, of such occupations as bartender and math teacher, are thrust into challenges that wouldn't be inappropriate for someone named Bilbo Baggins. Those even involve fearsome creatures generated through such techniques as animatronics and 3-D projections.
The Big Bang Theory
Upset to see the guest role she filmed for "NCIS" edited out of the televised episode, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) borders on a big personal decision borne out of her disappointment in "The Hesitation Ramification." Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tries to boost her spirits, but he may end up wrecking their relationship in the process. Raj and Stuart (Kunal Nayyar, Kevin Sussman) try to improve their chances with women by practicing at the mall.
High emotions are in play for many of 15 Division's officers in the new episode "Deal With the Devil." Andy (Missy Peregrym) has to prepare her defense quickly when Duncan's (Matthew Owen Murray) dismissal hearing suddenly is moved up. Dov (Gregory Smith) confronts Chris (Travis Milne) about the latter's drug problem. Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) has an unsettling reunion with Holly (Aliyah O'Brien).
Don't Be Tardy...
After a recent pregnancy scare, Kim, who declares herself totally over the whole having babies thing, goes in search of a permanent and infallible birth control method. Since she doesn't want to undergo unnecessary surgery (excluding, of course, the cosmetic kind), Kim persuades hubby Kroy to have a vasectomy. After his procedure, however, Lana finds herself alone in the house and catering to both Kim's and Kroy's needs, in the new episode "Making the Cut."
In a new episode called "Learning to Fly," Eve (Sarah Habel) is confronted by someone from her past at a social club where Rush (Tom Ellis) is summoned to treat a suspicious medical emergency. Later, Rush contacts his estranged father, hoping to help Alex (Larenz Tate) get his job back, and tries to help a troubled actor who has jeopardized his last chance for a comeback. Harry Hamlin, Rachel Nichols and Warren Christie also star.
Welcome to Sweden
Bruce (Greg Poehler) may be in Sweden now, but that's evidently not too far away for past clients to find him. Gene Simmons is the latest, playing himself in the new episode "Get a Job/Farthinder" The KISS frontman is having tax problems, and he wants Bruce's help in clearing them up. After Emma's (Josephine Bornebusch) mother (Lena Olin) expresses concerns about her daughter supporting Bruce financially, he looks for a job.
Working the Engels
A great opportunity collides with bad timing for Jenna (Kacey Rohl) in the new episode "Picture Night." A very wealthy ex-client wants her to take care of a big merger for him, but Ceil (Andrea Martin) manages to put a virus into all of the office computers. Jenna and Jimmy (Benjamin Arthur) try to keep Sandy (Azura Skye) from completely losing her cool over receiving divorce papers.
Shhh. Mel Brooks stars in this 1976 comedy as one of three men who decide to pitch a silent movie -- the first one in decades. While they try to get big-name actors to appear in it, the studio creditors are making sure they fail. Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise and Sid Caesar co-star in this silent -- except for one word -- film.
Christmas figures in more movies than you can shake a candy cane at, but Punxsutawney Phil's day in the sun -- or lack thereof -- has inspired just one. Bill Murray stars in this 1993 romantic comedy as an obnoxious TV weatherman forced to relive Feb. 2 until he gets it right ... mending his abrasive ways and winning the lovely Rita (Andie MacDowell). Chris Elliott and Brian Doyle-Murray also star.
Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) gives himself a case in "Ancient History." Visiting the morgue, he decides to pursue the background of an assassin who may have killed someone just before he died himself -- though the man's widow maintains he was a better person than the evidence suggests. Mike Starr ("Ed") guest stars. Lucy Liu and Aidan Quinn also star.
The title of this new episode called "The Getaway" doesn't refer to characters going on the lam. Rather, Russ and Lina (Nat Faxon, Judy Greer) finally make time to leave home for some quality romantic time together. Show of hands: How many think it's going to go well? No one? Just as we thought. Meanwhile, back home, loose cannon Jess (Jenny Slate) lands in hot water for sexting her neighbor -- although whether those sexy messages actually involve hot water remains to be seen.