Tuesday's TV Highlights: Gibbs encounters a former mentor on 'NCIS'
NCIS: The bodies of two mercenaries are found on Gibbs' (Mark Harmon, left) boat and the investigation leads to his old mentor (Muse Watson) on "NCIS" at 8 p.m. on CBS.
The Biggest Loser: The remaining contestants take a trip to Washington, D.C., where they visit the White House kitchen and meet with members of Congress (8 p.m. NBC).
V: In this reimagining of the 1980s miniseries charismatic extraterrestrials led by the beautiful Anna (Morena Baccarin) captivate most of the population, but FBI counterterrorism agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) quickly comes to suspect the aliens have a far more sinister agenda. Scott Wolf also stars (8 p.m. ABC).
Nova: The episode "Becoming Human: First Steps" offers clues about early ancestors in Africa include a complete fossil named Lucy's Child (8 p.m. KCET).
The Universe: In this new episode researchers try to turn science-fiction concepts into reality, testing a "transporter" (9 p.m. History).
The Good Wife: Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is working with Will (Josh Charles) on the appeal of a death-row inmate and agrees to a conjugal visit with her imprisoned husband (Chris Noth), the condemned man's attorney. Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi also star (10 p.m. CBS).
Independent Lens: Ten percent of the United States' energy comes from Indian lands, and the new documentary "Power Paths" chronicles the efforts of American Indian activists to steer the energy industry in a greener direction (10 p.m. KCET).
Tabatha's Salon Takeover: Tabatha Coffey returns for a new season of giving beauty salons the "Kitchen Nightmares" treatment. In the season premiere, she's at the Orbit Salon in Chicago, where the premises are cluttered, the staff is lackluster, and the boss has very little passion and a whole lot of debt (10 p.m. Bravo).
Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel: In the season finale it's the last day of the year's Rehab, but Matt isn't done finding staff members to fire (10 p.m. Tru).
Ritual Masters: Peter Owens Jones encounters exotic and inscrutable religions of the Far East in the premiere of the new series (11 p.m. Travel).
Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steel: In her seventh Bravo stand-up special, the comedian has plenty to say about Jon and Kate Gosselin, Miley Cyrus, the infamous Oprah Winfrey-Whitney Houston interview, and one of her favorite targets, Barbara Walters, from San Diego (9 p.m. Bravo).
East of Eden: James Dean stars in this 1955 drama (5 p.m. TCM).
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama: Filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams chronicle the presidential campaign of Barack Obama starting from nearly a year before he announced his candidacy in this new TV documentary (9 p.m. HBO).
UEFA champions league soccer: (11:30 a.m. FSN).
College football: Bowling Green at Buffalo (4 p.m. ESPN2).
Basketball: The Lakers visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (5 p.m. KCAL).
Hockey: The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Ducks (7 p.m. FS Prime).Photo: Sonja Fleming / CBS