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Miami Marlins' Hanley Ramirez
play their final exhibition game at noon on FSN, then the season begins with the Miami Marlins hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at 4 p.m. on ESPN. Pictured: Miami Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez.


Betty White's Off Their Rockers: In this hidden-camera series a cast of sassy septuagenarians pulls shocking pranks on the younger generation (8 p.m. NBC).

One Tree Hill: It began as the story of two teenage half brothers (Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty) who lived very different lives. The two-hour series finale brings everyone together to remember the past and consider the future. Sophia Bush, and Bethany Joy Galeotti also star (8 p.m. KTLA).

American Idol: The finalists perform songs from the 1980s in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox).

Best Friends Forever: Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham star in this new comedy series as separated best friends who are reunited. Luka Jones also stars (8:30 p.m. NBC).

Criminal Minds: Robert Englund guest stars in this new episode as a detective who assists Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the team with a case right out of a horror movie: the ritualistic murders of several people in Oregon (9 p.m. CBS).

Bent: Marcia Gay Harden guest stars as Pete's (David Walton) mom, whose arrival in town rekindles Walt's (Jeffrey Tambor) determination to win her back. Amanda Peet, Margo Harshman and Jesse Plemons also star (9 p.m. NBC). A second new episode follows at 9:30.

Nova: David Pogue journeys through the world of chemistry in the new episode “Hunting the Elements” (9 p.m. KOCE).

Happy Endings: At Derrick and Eric's (Stephen Guarino, Nate Smith) wedding, Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) tries to tell Jane (Eliza Coupe) something as she struggles to help Eric conceal some bad news in the season finale (9:30 p.m. ABC).

South Park: When the town holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt, what could possibly go wrong? (10 p.m. Comedy Central).

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Late Night: Mitt Romney delivers Top 10 list

It's become something of a tradition for American presidential candidates to willfully submit themselves to ridicule, to prove they don't take themselves too seriously. Who knows if the capacity for self-deprecation is actually a valuable asset in a president, but it seems like a requirement on the campaign trail. So it was that Mitt Romney, who's been pigeonholed as the handsome-but-charmless candidate, stopped by "The Late Show" Monday night to deliver the Top 10 list. The theme: "Top 10 Things Mitt Romney Would Like To Say To The American People."

Several of the entries, like No. 10: "Isn't it time for a president who looks like a 1970s game show host?"; and No. 1: "It's a hairpiece," were riffs on Romney's cartoonish good looks. Others, like No. 9: "What's up, gangstas -- it's the M-I-Double-Tizzle," were funny because of their contrast with Romney's square image. No. 2 was the only entry that seemed like something Romney might honestly be thinking: "Newt Gingrich? Really?"

As for Romney's performance, the former Massachusetts governor was as wooden as ever, though he earned points for his willingness to play along. The Times' Maeve Reston assesses the politics of Romney's cameo.



Late Night: Jon Stewart begs Republicans not to nominate Newt Gingrich

Late Night: Scarlett Johansson talks nude photos with Letterman

Rick Perry reads the Top 10 list for Letterman

-- Meredith Blake

 Photo: Mitt Romney, left, and David Letterman on "The Late Show." Credit: CBS.

Bringing the pain: Top TV dramas have a blood thing going on

A savage scene in "Breaking Bad"

Many of TV's most popular series, such as "The Walking Dead," "True Blood" and "Dexter," are known for high drama and high body counts. Spatter and gore are essential — and expected — parts of their DNA.

But extreme, sometimes unflinching acts of graphic, stomach-churning violence have also been spilling over into an unexpected arena: TV's elite dramas. "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and other shows praised for their complex plots and high production values have lately displayed a new level of savagery.

For more on this trend, read this feature and let us know what you think.


Did British documentary pay for Murray's costly defense?

Nathan Fillion, a pop culture king beyond 'Castle'

— Greg Braxton

Photo: Gustavo Fring (GIancarlo Esposito) dons plastic overalls as he prepares to slash the throat of an accomplice with a box cutter on AMC's "Breaking Bad." Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC.




CBS' 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' with Forest Whitaker hunts down strong ratings in premiere

Forestwhitaker Looks like CBS' new procedural "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" has profiled a solid start for itself.

The natural question was whether the "Criminal Minds" franchise would prove worthy of spinoff, a la the more-popular "NCIS." But Wednesday night any doubt was answered with a 10 p.m. time slot victory for "Suspect Behavior," which stars Forest Whitaker as FBI profiler Sam Cooper. The premiere
(12.9 million total viewers) easily swept past NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" (7.2 million) and ABC's "Off the Map" (4.3 million), according to the Nielsen Co.

For CBS, "Suspect Behavior" delivered its best numbers in the time slot in more than a year. And it held on to 99% of the 9 p.m. audience from the original "Criminal Minds," which is a sign of strong viewer interest.

Fox's "American Idol" -- with a two-hour drama-filled episode devoted to the singers dividing into groups -- dominated the night with an impressive 22.8 million average viewers.

Show Trackers, what did you think of the premiere of "Suspect Behavior"?

-- Scott Collins

Photo: Forest Whitaker stars as FBI profiler Sam Cooper. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times



Forest Whitaker brings his force to 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior'

Forestw Forest Whitaker is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, and has built his career on channeling the souls of troubled characters. No matter if he is playing timid men or forces of nature such as ruthless Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, he injects his personae with a force that dominates the screen.

Now Whitaker has taken up a new and unlikely challenge: playing the good guy in a prime-time network drama. Whitaker is the star of "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," a spin-off of CBS' "Criminal Minds" about a team of FBI profilers chasing twisted criminals.

The change of pace has invigorated Whitaker, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Amin in "Last King of Scotland," and he says his character, Special Agent Sam Cooper, who has a gift of getting into the thoughts of vicious killers, fits in with his gallery of offbeat personae: "I really like this character and realized what I could do with him."

For more on Whitaker and his new show, which premieres Wednesday night, read here.


Review: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior"

Forest Whitaker's character change

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Forest Whitaker. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times


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