TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., CBS.
Next week, “Big Bang” open its
season with two episodes. Here are terrific reruns to get us ready.
In the first, Howard finally tells his
mom he's marrying Bernadette – bringing an extreme response. In
the second, Bernadette gets her doctorate, leaving him as the only
one with a mere Master's.
Also in that 8:30 episode, Raj
overhears his sister's lovemaking with Leonard. He moves into
Sheldon's apartment, with aftershocks that set up next week's opener.
TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “The Secret
Circle” debut, 9 p.m., CW.
Brittany Robertson is the ideal CW
actress – talented, attractive and looking really young.
Robertson, 21, again plays a smart and
sensitive teen-ager, overwhelmed by a new situation. She's done it
beautifully in “Life Unexpected,” “Avalon High” and now as
Cassie in this series.
The hour starts spectacularly with her
mom's murder. Then Cassie moves to her old home town – where way
too many people seem to know some secret. A couple side characters
are overwrought, but Robertson brings a richly human depth.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Archer”
season-opener, 10:30 p.m., FX.
When we last saw Sterling Archer, his
Russian bride had been killed at the wedding. He seemed upset.
Apparently, he was. The season-opener
finds him missing for three months; his mom sends a former superspy
(voiced by Patrick Warburton of “Rules of Engagement”) to find
The rest is a big adventure, with
exotic islands, shoot-outs, pirates and a plane crash. Animated shows
can do that easily; this one, starting a three-parter, skillfully
mixes humor and violence.
Other choices include:
– “Castle,” 3-11 p.m., TNT.
Here's a marathon of key episodes from this above-average series.
That includes Alyssa Milano's guest spot (4 p.m.), Castle being
arrested as a murder suspect (6) and two hours involving the search
for the long-ago killer of Beckett's mom (9 and 10 p.m.).
– “Wipeout,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. In
the season-finale, 12 couples will meet for the first time, then go
on a messy blind date, complete with obstacles and a $100,000 prize.
– “Vampire Diaries”
season-opener, 8 p.m., CW. As her 18th birthday nears,
Elena is searching (with Damon) for Stefan, who's searching (with
Klaus) for a werewolf. Also, Jeremy sees ghosts of his sister and his
– “The Mentalist,” 9 and 10 p.m.,
CBS. Leading into next week's season-opener, here are reruns of the
final hours from this year. Patrick Jane finally learns who has been
informing Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane's wife. Then
comes a confrontation with Red John.
– “Grey's Anatomy,” 10 p.m., ABC.
This rerun of the season-finale has Owen finally choosing his chief
resident and Teddy making a surprising choice of her own. Christina
finds her relationship with Owen wobbling. And Meredith's cheating on
the clinical trial has caused huge problems.
– “It's Always Sunny in
Philadelphia” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX. This show sometimes
assumes sheer excess is automatically funny. It's not in this
episode, as Frank prepares to marry a prostitute.