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Charlie Toft used to win awards for book criticism, but decided that reading was too much work. As a TV writer, his specialty is an encyclopedic and possibly unhealthy knowledge of American Idol.

WHAT2WATCH: America Gets Its Voice

The battles are over, the smoke has cleared, and we are entering the live performance segment of the season on The Voice. This means a third hour of the week where NBC joins the other networks in genuine competition, since the results show debuts this week (Tuesday, 9 p.m., curiously enough opposite the Dancing With the Stars results). While The Voice wasn’t totally able to keep its momentum coming off the Super Bowl, it’s still nestled comfortably into the top ten for the season, and has seemingly answered the question of whether it can become a consistent performer and not just a fad.

Of course, The Voice is still a competition, and sad to say its first winner, Javier Colon, may as well have entered witness protection with as much as we’ve heard from him since June. Who will fare best once we get to the public vote? Jordis Unga has to be given respect based on having done well on a previous reality show, Rock Star. Jesse Campbell is someone America is going to root for, although it probably won’t buy his CD in the end. Lindsey Pavao looks like she’s going to keep being fun. But if I’m making just one pick, I’m going with Tony Lucca and that Mouseketeer backstory of his.

Also this week:

Monday: Bones (Fox, 8 p.m.): Back after a lengthy hiatus, the team investigates a body found in a sewer pipe, eventually leading them to a prison. Oh: and Brennan is about nine months pregnant at this point, so you can probably guess what else happens this week. “Born in a sewer pipe” sounds like the first line of the perfect country song.

Wednesday: One Tree Hill (CW, 8 p.m.): Never again will you see me ask “WHY is One Tree Hill still on the air?” because after this week, it won’t be. The finale is structured around an anniversary concert, which brings some “surprise” returnees and some happy endings for our star-crossed characters. Hey, remember when Nathan was going to play in the NBA? That was cool.

Thursday: Scandal (ABC, 10 p.m.): One Shonda Rhimes series takes a break (Private Practice), another arrives. Kerry Washington stars as the head of a D.C. outfit specializing in crisis management – sneaking hookers out of hotel rooms, that sort of thing. The show is sure starting big: episode one features an allegation of infidelity against the president.

Friday: In Plain Sight (USA, 10 p.m.): Mary has her work cut out this week, looking after a man who is not only hiding from his old employer, but from both his wives – and no, he didn’t divorce the one before marrying the other. Other dudes keep giving upstanding men like me a bad name.

Saturday: Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 p.m.): Sofia Vergara has a track record of being something of a wild card in live situations, so her hosting gig this week might have a moment or two. Simon Cowell discovery One Direction is the musical guest, and they’ve been in the process of blowing up big ever since their appearance was announced.

Sunday: The Client List (Lifetime, 10 p.m.): Could there be a better place to celebrate Easter than in a Texas massage parlor? The made-for-TV movie is now a series! Jennifer Love Hewitt takes the next step towards her inevitable appearance in Playboy, as a small town mom who takes a job at a “spa,” only to find out that most of the women are working off the books, nudge nudge.

Categories: TV

Tags: Bones, In plain sight, Javier colon, Jennifer love hewitt, Kerry washington, One direction, One tree hill, Saturday night live, Scandal, Shonda rhimes, Simon cowell, Sofia Vergara, The client list, The voice, The voice season 2

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