With the hoopla of Daytona behind them, NASCAR's Sprint Cup drivers can get down to the business of competing in the other races on the 2015 schedule, starting with today's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. A field including Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and defending Cup champion Kevin Harvick will do battle on Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile quad oval, where Kasey Kahne emerged victorious when this race was last run in August 2014.
Two pair of interconference playoff contenders clash in today's ABC doubleheader, which tips off in Chicago, where Pau Gasol and the Central Division-leading Bulls welcome in Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Bulls overwhelmed the Clips in L.A. in these teams' first meeting on Nov. 17, 105-89. Then, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers drop in on James Harden and the Houston Rockets, a team that defeated them Jan. 7 in Cleveland, 105-93.
Emmy winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") supplies the guest voice of Gayle, Linda's (voice of John Roberts) sister who's distressed over a canceled date, in the new episode "The Gayle Tales." She had tickets for a show, giving her younger relatives an idea of how to get around being grounded. They vie to become her replacement date, and they have to write essays to make their case to accompany her.
The Great British Baking Show
For the three contenders still in the competition, it comes down to this ... the "Final," presented in a new episode. Their tests are considerable, starting with a culinary effort they must accomplish in three hours, though it normally takes a full day. They're given no recipe for the technical challenge, then they have to concoct "perfect" pastries including petits fours. The person not eliminated by the hour's end will be the season's Great British Baker.
Once Upon a Time
The fantasy series resumes with a new episode with a title Bruce Springsteen fans will appreciate, "Darkness on the Edge of Town." Gold's (Robert Carlyle) absence means a chance for Storybrooke's citizens to rebuild their lives, but a new evil presents itself. Cruella de Vil (guest star Victoria Smurfit), the villainess of "101 Dalmatians," is sought out by Gold and Ursula (guest star Merrin Dungey). Filmmaker Jon Amiel ("Copycat") directed the story.
Accusations of corruption in a program she's shepherding don't make Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) happy -- neither with herself nor her support staff -- in the new episode "Whisper of the Ax." She then enlists a consultant (guest star Kevin Rahm) to help her straighten things out. The probe into the death of Vincent Marsh continues. Journalist Martin Bashir guest stars as himself. John Bedford Lloyd ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") also guest stars.
Ever get an e-mail claiming a member of foreign royalty wants to cut you in on a fortune? Moe (voice of Hank Azaria) did, and he wants to reclaim the money that was scammed from him in the new episode "The Princess Guide." He thinks the Nigerian princess (voice of Yaya DaCosta, "Whitney") being guarded by Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) can help. Joe Mantegna reprises his voice role as Fat Tony. Entrepreneur Richard Branson voices his animated likeness.
The "Boyle-Linetti Wedding" is imminent in this new episode, with the parents (guest stars Stephen Root and Sandra Bernhard) of Charles and Gina (Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti) ready to tie the knot. Terry (Terry Crews) is assigned to preside over the nuptials, which Jake and Amy (Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero) might end up missing, since they're pursuing a felon. Nick Cannon also guest stars.
Secrets and Lies
Inspired by an Australian show, this new drama stars Ryan Phillippe ("Crash") as a man who finds a deceased boy's body -- and is immediately suspected of causing the death. Juliette Lewis ("The Firm") returns to series television as the principal police detective on the case. The cast also includes KaDee Strickland ("Private Practice") and Natalie Martinez ("CSI: NY"). The opening episodes, "The Trail" and "The Father," feature guest star Melissa Gilbert.
The Good Wife
The new episode "Dark Money" is loaded with notable guest stars: Dylan Baker is back as the ever-unpredictable Colin Sweeney, David Hyde Pierce returns as Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) political opponent Frank Prady, and Ed Asner plays a monetary donor those two candidates vie for the favor of. Sweeney wants representation when he claims a television series is based on him. Laura Benanti, seen lately on "Nashville," also returns as Sweeney's wife.
Ted Allen hosts this new culinary competition series, in which 10 home cooks from across the country are paired with such Food Network celebrity chefs as Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Curtis Stone as they compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Special guest judge Shaun Majumder decides which home cooks will move on in the series premiere, "Choosing Teams."
The Last Man on Earth
Also the show's creator, "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte has the title part in this new sitcom, which puts spins on a concept treated seriously in such movies as "I Am Legend" and "The Omega Man." In the year 2020, Phil Miller (Forte) apparently is the sole survivor of a virus -- and just as he's convinced no one else is alive, he gets a surprise. This hour-long premiere combines two episodes, "Alive in Tucson" and "The Elephant in the Room."