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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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"Sins of the Father"-- After Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. (Robert Wagner, right) is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no memory of the previous night, Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) must figure out if he is capable of murder on NCIS, Tuesday, Nov. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved
Tuesday on TV: Robert Wagner plays a murder suspect on "NCIS"

If nothing else, the timing of this week's episode of NCIS (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) is sort of odd.

Robert Wagner returns as Tony's father. This time, he wakes up and discovers there's a dead body in the trunk of his car. And he's a murder suspect.

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This comes on the heels of the news that the investigation into the 1981 drowning death of Wagner's then-wife, Natalie Wood, has been re-opened.

Despite all the speculation, the police have not named Wagner as a suspect. It's just, well, weird timing.

It's potentially good timing for CBS, which might get a ratings boost. But "NCIS" does so well it doesn't really need much help.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Last Man Standing (7 and 7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike comes unglued when Kyle accidentally falls asleep in Kristin's room.

The Biggest Loser (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The trainers make Thanksgiving dinner.

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The remaining nine finalists perform.

90210 (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Liam plans a holiday dinner.

College basketball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Prairie View A&M at BYU

Knights of Mayhem (7 p.m., National Geographic Channel): The knights joust for a $20,000 prize.

NCIS: Los Angeles (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Hetty is forced to fire Deeks.

Dancing with the Stars (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A winner is declared in the season finale.

Flip Men (8:30 p.m., Spike): Doug and Mike discover there's fire damage inside the house they just bought.

Unforgettable (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): There's a second murder at an active crime scene.

Parenthood (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Adam and Kristina run into trouble; Crosby and Jasmine reconnect.

Frontline (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): David Coleman Headley's transition from U.S. government informant to mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai.

Sons of Anarchy (11 p.m., FX): SAMCRO negotiates with the Irish Kings.

Covert Affairs (11 p.m., USA): An asset is killed.

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