There's no trouble like "Teen Trouble" (10 p.m., Lifetime). In this new series, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp promises to "embed" himself in a different teen's life every week. He helps at-risk youth confront their problems, along with their parents, teachers and peers.
Shipp speaks from experience, having been abandoned at birth and marooned in a number of foster homes, where he experienced abuse and addiction before he turned his life around. In the first "Trouble," he confronts an Indiana girl too wild to be contained by her small rural town.
---Internet sites and smartphones help us choose hotels with good reputations. What if you're looking for an inn with a more sordid history? One filled with murder, shootings, hangings and suicide? The gang on "Ghost Adventures" (9 p.m., Travel) glances back at some hotels with the most grisly stories.
An original episode of "The Dead Files" (10 p.m., Travel) follows, set at a Wichita, Kan., farm reportedly beset with paranormal activity of a malevolent nature.
---Mandy Patinkin ("Home land") narrates the "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS) presentation of "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance." Founded in 1956, the Joffrey Ballet challenged traditional notions of a dance company by presenting both traditional ballets and more contemporary, innovative works that featured modern music, including rock and pop scores.
Filmmaker Bob Hercules ("American Masters Bill T. Jones: A Good Man") features archival footage of Joffrey performances and interviews with some of the artists and choreographers associated with the company.
---Much like sports, weather is best discussed in the future and present tenses. There's something odd about watching a game you've already seen, or reliving the weather of a week ago. "2012: A Year Out of Season" (8 p.m., The Weather Channel) glances back at the big storms and weather stories of the past 52 weeks.
---Tamed dragons flee just before the holidays on "Dream Works Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" (8 p.m., Fox, r).
---On three episodes of "Under cover Boss" (CBS, r), window treatments (8 p.m.), septic tanks for the memories (9 p.m.), a sign of change (10 p.m.).
---Anachronisms abound in the 2011 special "Ice Age: A Mam moth Christmas" (8:30 p.m., Fox, r).
---Bickering sisters get tough love and advice on "Kitchen Nightmares" (9 p.m., Fox, r).
---A journalist concludes her visit to the land where biblical stories originated on "Back to the Begin ning With Christiane Amanpour" (9 p.m., ABC).
---Some of the guys come clean about their pasts on "Gold Rush -- The Dirt" (9 p.m., Discovery).
---New dredges bring fresh hope on "Bering Sea Gold" (10 p.m., Discovery).
---"Unearthing Ancient Se crets" (10 p.m., Science) looks at the hard life of soldiers under Alexander the Great.
---A Polish song-and-dance team (Carole Lombard and Jack Benny) foils Nazi occupiers in the 1942 comedy "To Be or Not To Be" (10 p.m., TCM). The film was made before the full extent of Nazi atrocities in Poland were known. Even then, its comic take was not warmly received by critics or filmgoers. It turned out to be Lombard's last film. She was killed in a plane crash that year. A remake with Mel Brooks and his wife, Anne Bancroft, was released in 1983.
Aliens invade Earth by way of a family's TV set and giant backyard satellite dish, in the 1986 satirical shocker "TerrorVision" (4:30 a.m., TCM), starring Diane Franklin. The film features quite a few songs by the Los Angeles art-rock punk band the Fibonaccis.
---On two episodes of "Go On" (NBC, r): anger on ice (8 p.m.), domestic chores don't come easily (8:30 p.m.).
---An inventor pitches a new twist on the old myth of alchemy on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, r).
---Ryan and Nikita take charge on "Nikita" (8 p.m., CW, r)
---Arrow enlists Laurel on "Arrow" (9 p.m., CW, r).
---Kevin Pollak, Chris Hardwick, Loni Love and Kurt Braunohler appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Bill Murray and Vintage Trouble appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Ryan Seacrest, Erin Andrews and Soundgarden appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC, r).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Mindy Kaling and Carrot Top on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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