TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “SNL Primetime
Election Special” (NBC) and/or “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS),
both 8 p.m.
Four years ago, “Saturday Night Live”
scored big with its primetime election specials. Now they're back,
with Seth Meyers again anchoring and being a key writer.
The trouble is that it faces one of the
funniest hours from this past season. That's the two “Big Bang”
episodes in which Howard and Bernadette considered moving up their
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Parks and
Recreation” season-opener, 9:30 p.m., NBC.
All summer, Ben has been in Washington
on a campaign, with April as his intern. Now Leslie and Andy (Ben's
lover, April's husband) visit. Leslie lusts for a chance to visit
history; Andy lusts for April.
Back home, that puts Ron in charge of
the annual picnic barbecue, with vegetables banned. It's an erratic
episode, as usual, but reminds us how much “Parks” has grown
since its sleepy start.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Don't Divorce
Me,” 6:30 p.m., HBO.
“I felt like I was split in half,”
says Ember, 7. “One half was my dad and one half was my mom.”
This beautifully filmed special has
kids reflecting on divorce. Some were caught by surprise (“we had
happy, happy, happy until the divorce,” says Sophia, 5) and some
While laying out solid rules for
grown-ups, kids discuss the emotions and the logistics. “Home for
me is a car …. Why do their houses have to be so far apart?” asks
By comparison, Grace, 7, merely
shuffles between neighboring apartment buildings. :”I'm totally
fine with it,” she says. “I get double Christmases and double
Other choices include
– “Up All Night” season-opener,
8:30 p.m., NBC. Reagan, the overorganized one, hires her
underorganized brother to remodel the bathroom. Meanwhile, Ava's show
has been canceled.
– “The Office,” 9 p.m., NBC. As
the final season starts, Jim and Dwight fret about their place in
life: Two newnewcomers are called “the new Jim” and “Dwight
Jr.” Meanwhile, Andy is back from Outward Bound training, intent on
revenge against Nellie.
– “Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox. Brittany
Pierce is in a funk, so she turns to Britney Spears music. In New
York, life is rough on Rachel; she finds solace with the handsome and
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 9 p.m., ABC.
A rerun of the season-finale finds the doctors trying to save
theselves and each other after a plane crash. Also, Bailey and Ben
make a decision about their future.
– “Tamar & Vince” debut, 10
p.m., WE. Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert are the sort of opposites
that work in a reality-show marriage. She's slim and beautiful; he's
not. He's successful (the executive behind Lady Gaga), she's not.
He's quiet; she stirs up loud fusses. The result is silly and
– “Scandal,” 10:02 p.m., ABC.
.Quinn finds herself in a compromising and dangerous position, so the
others rush to her defense. Also in this rerun, Billy Chambers'
announcement shakes the presidency.