The Mayan calendar was so 2012. "Doomsday Volcanoes" on "NOVA" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) recalls the 2010 eruption of an unpronounceable volcano in Iceland. Actually, it was called Eyjafjallajokull. And if you get that as a crossword puzzle clue, more power to you.
As you may recall, Eyjafjallajokull filled the skies over much of the Northern Hemisphere with smoke, grit and debris, forcing the cancellation of trans-Atlantic flights and stranding hundreds of thousands of people.
Eyjafjallajokull (I'm getting the hang of it!) was put on the media's back burner when a BP oil rig blew up off the Gulf Coast. But the one-two punch of both stories gave many people (or at least me) the impression that we were entering a strange new era when more extreme climate and weather events would literally rock our world.
According to "NOVA," the 2010 eruption was small potatoes compared to the destructive potential of Hekla and Laki, two other Icelandic volcanoes that are as much as 10 times bigger than Eyjafjallajokull. A second "NOVA" presentation, "Life on Fire" (10 p.m., TV-G), examines how European nations are preparing for such potentially cataclysmic events.
---Hallmark recycles those '70s shows. "The Brady Bunch" (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) returns to its schedule, as does "Happy Days" (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.).
---Howie Mandel hosts two episodes of "Mobbed" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
---Deathstroke descends on "Arrow" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14).
---Garden State homeowners laid low by Hurricane Sandy get a much-needed renovation on "Cous ins on Call" (8 p.m., HGTV, TV-G).
---Florida and Louisville meet in the Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
---A priest's assault puts a damper on holiday cheer on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Competitive fundraising on "Modern Family" (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---The team prepares a corruption story with major consequences on "The Hour" (9 p.m., BBC America, TV-14).
---North Pole, Alaska, becomes the scene of mass murder on "Ice Cold Killers" (9 p.m., ID, TV-14).
---The playoff picture looms large on "Inside the NFL" (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-PG).
---A weekend canoe trip turns into a harrowing ordeal in the 1972 drama "Deliverance" (9 p.m., CMT), starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty.
---The case of a murdered attorney leaves few clues on "CSI" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Cruz wants to come clean on "Chicago Fire" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---A glance back at Rayna and Juliette's overlapping sagas on "Nashville" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---The monsignor confronts the devil on "American Horror Story: Asylum" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA).
---An angry neighbor is less than tickled on "Moonshiners" (10 p.m., Discovery, TV-14).
ABC Family invites viewers to compare and contrast two very different adaptations of a Roald Dahl story. Gene Wilder stars in the 1971 musical "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (6 p.m., TV-G), and Johnny Depp stars in the 2005 fantasy "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (8:30 p.m.).
---On two helpings of "Mike & Molly" (CBS, r, TV-14): Carl has a crush (8 p.m.), Peggy's job (8:30 p.m.).
---Three's a crowd on "Whit ney" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---A therapist doubts Brick's social skills on "The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---Nick and Chris bicker on "Guys With Kids" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Marty and Debbie seek human company on "The Neigh bors" (8:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---A killing has ritualistic overtones on "Criminal Minds" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Kevin's mom keeps diabolical company on "Supernatural" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14).
---Tessa won't take Manhattan on "Suburgatory" (9:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---Aziz Ansari, Chuck Lorre and Kendrick Lamar appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Kathy Griffin and Big Boi appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Kevin Hart, Betty White and Dwight Yoakam on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Kirstie Alley, Dave Salmoni and Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC).
---Craig Ferguson visits his hometown of Cumbernauld, Scotland, on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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