Viewers turn out for the most arcane award shows. And nobody can resist a YouTube dog clip or a shaggy dog story. So why not combine the two? Hallmark does just that with the 2012 Hero Dog Awards (7 p.m.). Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”) hosts.
More than 3 million people voted online to choose seven service dogs in categories that include Military Dogs, Therapy Dogs and Search and Rescue Dogs. An eighth award for Emerging Hero Dog was given to an ordinary pooch that behaved bravely under unusual circumstances.
The Hero Dog Awards were taped last month. There’s no talk of a red carpet or of paparazzi screaming, “What are you wearing?” at the nominees. But it was held in Beverly Hills, Calif., so anything’s possible.
• “Burn Notice” (8 p.m., USA) returns with a two-hour episode. The sunny, over-the-top spy drama has the gang trapped in Panama with no way out. Only, there is always a way out. The only thing Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) really can’t escape is the guilt trip brought on by his mother (Sharon Gless).
Tonight’s other highlights
• Two artists from each team get the hook on the live playoff phase of “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC).
• Contestants face elimination on the live results segment of “The X Factor” (7 p.m., Fox).
• An attack from an unknown enemy proves fatal on “Last Resort” (7 p.m., ABC).
• The machine cranks out a suburban assignment on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).
• The gang taunts Dwight during his appearance on a radio show on “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC).
• “Grease” is the word on “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox).
• Meredith and Cristina help each other from afar on “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m., ABC).
• Walden (Ashton Kutcher) hires an actress for an intimate performance on “Two and a Half Men” (7:30 p.m., CBS).
• Leslie meets Ben’s parents on “Parks and Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC).
• A plane crash may not have been an accident on “Elementary” (9 p.m., CBS).
• A politician seeks help after his wife is attacked on “Scandal” (9 p.m., ABC).
• The gang enters therapy on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (9 p.m., FX).