MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang Theory” and “Life in Pieces,” 8 and
8:31 p.m., CBS.
the end of the month, CBS will scuttle its long tradition of Monday
comedy. These two shows will slide to Thursdays, once football
vacates that night. For now, however, let's enjoy the fun.
Bang” has started the year with gems about the new marriage of
Leonard and Penny; tonight, the guys take him to Mexico for a belated
bachelor party and the women ask her for the story of the elopement.
Meanwhile, “Pieces” has been witty ... albeit with an overload of
anatomical humor. Tonight, Matt coaches his girlfriend before she
meet his entire, eccentric family.
MIGHT-SEE: “Gotham,” 8 p.m., Fox.
one hand, “Gotham” is unmatched for stylish visuals, taut
emotions and jolting moments. One twist tonight (involving scheming
Galavan and a cohort) delivers a powerhouse surprise.
the other, tonight's centerpiece – a hostage situation at a charity
fundraiser – mostly feels prolonged and unsettling. A show with
this much talent can come up plots that are more clever than this.
ALTERNATIVE: “Doc Martin” season-opener, any time, www.acorn.tv.
six seasons, this British show has had a vagabond existence in
America – airing at scattered times on a patchwork collection of
public-TV stations. Now this streaming service takes over.
Clunes plays a village physician, devoid of social skills. His wife
is with her mother, leaving the marriage unclear. Ready to sink into
self-pity, he instead must worry about his ditzy receptionist and a
lot of villagers who keep ignoring symptoms. Two episodes – one
very good, the next one pretty good – are available today; others
arrive each Monday, with all seven seasons available after Nov. 16.
With the Stars,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC. The celebrities will do pieces
reflecting their most memorable years. That's expected to include
Nick Carter reflecting his “Backstreet Boys: days, Gary Busey
recalling his Buddy Holly film and Bindi Irwin recalling her late
father, the “crocodile hunter.”
Voice,” 8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The blind auditions conclude, setting
the teams. There will be a recap Tuesday, with the “battle rounds”
starting next week.
& Teller: Fool Us,” 8 p.m., CW. On Tuesday, the CW will finally
plnge ahead with seven season-openers in a four-night stretch. First,
we can enjoy the season-finale of a fun magic show.
9 p.m., CBS. Sylvester isn't your macho, behind-bars type. But to
save the lives of three judges, he goes undercover in a federal
Report,” 9 p.m., Fox. Once a lonely outsider, Stark may become the
analyst for a new police program. Still, there are questions about
the program's intentions.
10:01 p.m., ABC. Probing a fraternity guy's death, Rick goes
undercover as a professor.
10:01 p.m., NBC. A thief, captured during a jewel heist, bears the
same Navy SEAL tattoo that Jane has. Also, Jane gets a warning from
the man who was in her first memory.