Call me old-fashioned, but I'm used to thinking that people tune into the Travel Channel for armchair vacations to exotic places. I'm also of the opinion that most people consider airports to be necessary evils -- a grim purgatory to endure on the way to somewhere else, preferably nicer. The idea that drama or entertainment might be found in a show called "Air port 24/7: Miami" (9 p.m.) never entered my mind. As the title implies, this new reality series focuses on the people who make the airport run smoothly and safely. Running a facility as large as a small city is no picnic, and it's made more difficult by the fact that Miami International is considered a Category X airport, a potential target for terrorist attack.

In the first half-hour, airport security intercepts firearms in a carry-on bag passed through the X-ray machine, and an agent finds a knife hidden in the sole of a passenger's sneaker. Security agents show off a trophy case with odd seized items, ranging in absurdity and audacity from a rotary saw to what looks like medieval weaponry.

Maybe this "Miami" is a new kind of armchair travel. After watching this, you may be much less eager to fly again.

---OWN was supposed to be a new kind of network. Now, OWN features its signature star in "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (10 p.m.), a variation on one of television's oldest programming ideas.

The formerly famous range from teen flash-in-the-pans to folks associated with two of the most notorious tabloid stories of the 1990s. Look for members of Hanson, 15 years after the band's "MMMBop" fame; Shannon Faulkner, who opened Citadel military academy to female cadets; Mary Jo Buttafuoco, who was shot by "Long Island Lolita" Amy Fisher; and Kato Kaelin, the shaggy house guest at the center of the O.J. Simpson trial.

---"Teen Mom" (10 p.m., MTV) catches up with four veterans of "16 and Pregnant" on a "Farewell Special."

---Alison Eastwood and Donald Schultz rescue wildlife kept as "pets" on "Animal Intervention" (9 p.m., Nat Geo Wild).

---TV-themed DVDs available today include "Magic City, the Com plete First Season."

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

---"Unplugged" (7 p.m., VH1) shares songs and stor-

ies about Carrie Underwood.

---A recap on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC).

---Melanie Griffith and her real-life mother, Tippi Hedren, join the cast of "Raising Hope" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---Zoe's big decision on the season premiere of "Hart of Dixie" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).

---The Vietnam War

recalled on "History Detec tives" (8 p.m., PBS).

---A couple famous for being reality stars await their bundle of joy on "Giuliana & Bill" (8 p.m., Style).

---Kate's little fib has big consequences on "Ben and Kate" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---Jess and Nick hash it out on "New Girl" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---Mindy hires an unorthodox nurse on "The Mindy Project" (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---"Half the Sky: Turn ing Oppression Into Op portunity for Women Worldwide" (9 p.m., PBS) concludes.

---David plans to break the news in style on "The New Normal" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

---A casino employee dies suspiciously on "Vegas" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

---Sarah bonds with the boss's daughter on "Parent- hood" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

---The gang glances back at Addison's house party on "Private Practice" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

---A new enemy emerges on "Sons of Anarchy" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).

CULT CHOICE

A blind teenager sees no racial boundaries in the 1965 drama "A Patch of Blue" (10:15 p.m., TCM), starring Shelley Winters and Sidney Poitier.

SERIES NOTES

---Missing for months on "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

---A drone strike and grim evidence on "NCIS: Los An geles" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

---Good grief on "Go On" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

---Live semifinals on "The Next" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

---Ashley Greene and Hari Kondabolu appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).

---Victoria Justice, Dov Davidoff, Fortune Feimster and Gary Valentine are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).

---Martin Short and Kat Dennings appear on "Late Show With David Letter man" (11:35 p.m., CBS).

---Jay Leno welcomes Carol Burnett, Armie Hammer and Lang Lang on "The To night Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).

---Ty Burrell, the latest "Dancing With the Stars" castoff and PSY appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC).

---Alec Baldwin, Mamie Gummer and Kendrick Lamar visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).

---Craig Ferguson hosts Mindy Kaling and Carrot Top on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.