Lost

ABC, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET |

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DRAMA

This new, final season of Lost floats a powerful thought: Maybe the castaways will deplane back on land, resume their old state of humdrum unhappiness and realize life was richer on the island. Worse, maybe they won't even remember it—in which case viewers will be the ones left with all the crazily vivid tourist memories, including that mammoth stone foot, flickering in their imaginations. The premiere returned us to a narrative arc more like season 4 (the show's pinnacle), with parallel realities that most likely will merge. The time travel appears to be halted—good!—although people still move in and out of the shadow of death with baffling ease. Can all the questions in this swamp of enigmas be resolved by its May 23 end? No. But then, if everyone had all the answers, no one would go exploring.

How to Make It in America

HBO, Feb. 14, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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COMEDY

In this eight-episode series, Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk play two friends hustling to break into the designer-jeans market in Manhattan. Visually, the show is absolutely of the moment—the pavements these guys frequent look as if all the dream money has been vacuumed up or hosed away by street cleaners. Designer John Varvatos has a cameo, but Tim Gunn and his dapper urbanity have gone missing. There isn't much of a story, though. The best thing is the terrific song in the opening credits: Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar." It has the sort of itchy desperation that should have driven the whole show.

>1 THE AMAZING RACE

SUN. 2/14 8 P.M. CBS

Dana and Adrian Davis are one of the 11 teams at the starting line for season 16.

2 RUBY

SUN. 2/14 8 P.M. STYLE

New season. After losing almost 400 lbs., Ruby is ready to confront her emotional block.

3 24

MON. 2/15 9 P.M. FOX

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is mired in Russian-mob dealings started up by unstable Renee.

4 PRIVATE PRACTICE

THURS. 2/18 10:01 P.M. ABC

Naomi (Audra McDonald) tries to save a premature baby.

5 THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW

FRI. 2/19 9 P.M. HBO

The bitingly funny comic's podcasts have been turned into a cartoon series.

>• The Sonny with a Chance star, 20, takes the lead as an egotistical teen singer in StarStruck, Disney Channel's musical movie premiering Feb. 14.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STARSTRUCK?

I ran into Paul McCartney on Sunset Boulevard a few years back. He was nice enough to stop and talk to me and my family for about 10 minutes. Most of it was us incoherently babbling about how amazing he is. And of course none of us thought to get a picture.

YOUR CHARACTER IS VERY SELF-CENTERED. WHO KEEPS YOUR EGO IN CHECK?

I have a roommate and a good group of close friends. Usually it's a punch in the arm or some form of verbal evisceration.

IS IT TRUE YOU DON'T LIKE TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN?

I hate myself in photos. I feel like I always have Will Ferrell crazy eyes.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE FAN ENCOUNTER?

I was shopping, and this girl introduces herself to me. I said, "Hi," and without hesitation, she starts screaming at the top of her lungs. That seems to be the only way [girls] know how to cope—to scream bloody murder.

>SMALL WONDER (SEASON 1)

Anyone who stumbled upon this sitcom in its syndicated '80s run knew it was special. Awful too, but that was part of its specialness. The story of a girl robot (Tiffany Brissette), her creator and his family, Wonder is like Artificial Intelligence: AI with a robust laugh track. (Theme song: "She's fantastic/ Made of plastic!") It's so deeply off-kilter it's somehow timeless.

>1 THE AMAZING RACE

SUN. 2/14 8 P.M. CBS

Dana and Adrian Davis are one of the 11 teams at the starting line for season 16.

2 RUBY

SUN. 2/14 8 P.M. STYLE

New season. After losing almost 400 lbs., Ruby is ready to confront her emotional block.

3 24

MON. 2/15 9 P.M. FOX

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is mired in Russian-mob dealings started up by unstable Renee.

4 PRIVATE PRACTICE

THURS. 2/18 10:01 P.M. ABC

Naomi (Audra McDonald) tries to save a premature baby.

5 THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW

FRI. 2/19 9 P.M. HBO

The bitingly funny comic's podcasts have been turned into a cartoon series.

>• The Sonny with a Chance star, 20, takes the lead as an egotistical teen singer in StarStruck, Disney Channel's musical movie premiering Feb. 14.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STARSTRUCK?

I ran into Paul McCartney on Sunset Boulevard a few years back. He was nice enough to stop and talk to me and my family for about 10 minutes. Most of it was us incoherently babbling about how amazing he is. And of course none of us thought to get a picture.

YOUR CHARACTER IS VERY SELF-CENTERED. WHO KEEPS YOUR EGO IN CHECK?

I have a roommate and a good group of close friends. Usually it's a punch in the arm or some form of verbal evisceration.

IS IT TRUE YOU DON'T LIKE TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN?

I hate myself in photos. I feel like I always have Will Ferrell crazy eyes.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE FAN ENCOUNTER?

I was shopping, and this girl introduces herself to me. I said, "Hi," and without hesitation, she starts screaming at the top of her lungs. That seems to be the only way [girls] know how to cope—to scream bloody murder.

>SMALL WONDER (SEASON 1)

Anyone who stumbled upon this sitcom in its syndicated '80s run knew it was special. Awful too, but that was part of its specialness. The story of a girl robot (Tiffany Brissette), her creator and his family, Wonder is like Artificial Intelligence: AI with a robust laugh track. (Theme song: "She's fantastic/ Made of plastic!") It's so deeply off-kilter it's somehow timeless.