Tuesday's TV Highlights: The History Channel imagines 'Life After People'
UNHOLY MESS: Computer imagery is used to envision the post-apocalyptic decline of such religiously significant structures as St. Peter’s in Rome on the second-season premiere of “Life After People” at 10 p.m. on History.
Last Restaurant Standing: Nine couples each try to run their own dining establishments in this latest edition of the reality series (6, 9 and 11 p.m. BBC America).
NCIS: While probing a Navy pilot's death, the team must battle a no-nonsense attorney (guest star Rena Sofer) who is nursing a grudge against Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in this new episode of the action-drama (8 p.m. CBS).
The Biggest Loser: The heaviest cast in the show's history tries to shed all those extra pounds in the season premiere of this reality competition (8 p.m. NBC).
Nova: The science series revisits WWII in the new episode "Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor" (8 p.m. KCET).
This Emotional Life: This new three-part series continues with an examination of negative emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety and despair (9 p.m. KCET).
Wild Recon: Host Donald Schultz examines the adverse effects of the non-native cane toad on Australia's flora and fauna in the premiere of this new nature series (9 p.m. Animal Planet).
Maneaters: This nature series returns for another season with a look at those assassins of the sea -- sharks (10 p.m. Animal Planet).
Tabitha's Salon Takeover: In this new episode, your hostess visits a Covina salon where the partners are barely on speaking terms (10 p.m. Bravo).
Howe & Howe Tech: The Howe brothers build an ultra-tough all-terrain vehicle in the premiere episode of this new series (10 p.m. Discovery).
MacHEADS: Apple's computers, iPods, iPhones and other must-have gadgets -- and the tech-savvy people who love them -- are celebrated in this new special (7 and 10 p.m. CNBC).
After Armageddon: This new special surveys past cataclysmic events that proved nearly calamitous for the human race (8 p.m. History).
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Ron Perlman is back as the heavy-handed hero in director Guillermo Del Toro's 2008 action-fantasy sequelr (7 p.m. HBO).
Gigantic: Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel star in this quirky 2008 romantic tale (8 p.m. Showtime).
To Die For: Nicole Kidman stars in director Gus Van Sant dark 1995 comedy (10 p.m. Showtime).
Black Book: Carice van Houten stars in director Paul Verhoven's fact-based 2006 thriller set in Nazi-occupied Holland (10:15 p.m. Sundance).
College basketball: Minnesota plays Purdue (4 p.m. ESPN) and Texas takes on Arkansas (4 p.m. ESPN2).
College football: Georgia Tech and Iowa face off in the Orange Bowl in Miami (5:15 p.m. Fox).
Hockey: The Ducks welcome the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. FS Prime).
Pro basketball: The Lakers host the Houston Rockets (7:30 p.m. FSN).
Photo: Gynter Fischer / History Channel