What's on TV this week? Here are the shows you shouldn't miss.

SUNDAY

"Puppy Bowl XII"

6 to 8 p.m., Animal Planet (new)

Sure, there's a football game going on, but you're still gonna want to make time for the cutest little players on the field. Iterations of this year's Puppy Bowl will be running from 1:30 p.m. all the way until 4 a.m., so you can catch it before or after the big game. Just don't miss the kitty halftime show.

MONDAY

"Homegrown:

The Counter-Terror Dilemma"

8 to 9:30 p.m., HBO (new)

This documentary takes an in-depth look at Islamic extremism within the United States, from the perspectives of those trying to stop it and those accused of it.

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"

9:30 p.m., TBS and TNT (series premiere)

The "Daily Show" alumna gets her own weekly show, making her the only current female late-night host.

TUESDAY

"NCIS"

7 p.m., CBS (new)

The team must take a different approach to solve the murder of a deep-sea diver when his body and his co-workers have to stay in a decompression chamber for four days.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

8 p.m., Fox (new)

Jake is reunited with his former partner (making Charles all kinds of jealous) when the Nine-Nine hosts the neighboring Nine-Eight.

WEDNESDAY

"American Idol"

7 to 8:01 p.m., Fox (new)

And we're down to the top 24, with 12 would-be idols performing tonight.

THURSDAY

"Scandal"

"Scandal" 8 p.m., ABC (new)

It's finally back from its hiatus, with Liv moving out of the White House. How will she handle the latest twisty turn of events?

FRIDAY

"The Vampire Diaries"

7 p.m., CW (new)

Under Julian's influence, Damon spins more and more out of control, while Caroline turns to Valerie for help with her pregnancy.

"Blue Bloods"

9 p.m., CBS (new)

After its short break, this show is back with Danny trying to figure out who murdered a man when several woman who worked for him all take the blame.

SATURDAY

"Saturday Night Live"

10:29 p.m. to 12:02 a.m., NBC (live)

She won't be in Netflix's upcoming "Gilmore Girls" reboot (sniff, sniff), but we can still catch the always hilarious Melissa McCarthy on "SNL" this weekend. Kanye West is musical guest, so look for Kardashians in the audience.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1349, sara.ziegler@owh.com

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