TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Two and a Half
Men,” 9 and 10:30 p.m., CBS.
The Monday comedy line-up is usually
fun; tonight, it's also 50-percent longer. CBS tosses in extra reruns
– a transplanted “Big Bang Theory” and an extra “Men” –
to add an hour.
The 9 p.m. “Men” has Alan ready to
move out of the beach house, with Berta taking his room. Then Walden
(Ashton Kutcher) needs his help in confronting his ex-wife (Judy
The bonus episode has Alan bummed about
the fact that Lyndsey once made a risque movie.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Miss Advised”
debut, 10 p.m., Bravo.
Amid the blur of reality shows, this
stands out. It follows three women who have much in common – smart,
attractive, instantly likable, with jobs involving dating advice –
yet have opposite lives.
Amy Laurent, a New York matchmaker, is
cautious; she says she hasn't had sex in a year. Emily Morse has had
lots of sex; a former political staffer, she has a San Francisco
radio show, “Sex With Emily.”
Julia Allison, a dating columnist, has
had long relationsips and almost married John McCain's son. She keeps
backing out; now she moves to Los Angeles, ready to start over. For
all three, it's a fun journey.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Bunheads,”
9 p.m., ABC Family.
Last week's dandy debut introduced
Michelle (Tony-winner Sutton Foster), a former ballerina dancing in a
Las Vegas chorus. She married a decent chap she barely knew and moved
to his small town.
That crackled with the wit of “Gilmore
Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino – then ended abruptly with
the guy apparently killed in a car crash. Now Michelle adjusts to
this new world of her step-mother (Kelly Bishop of “Gilmore Girls”)
and four of the teens in her dance studio.
Other choices include:
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. The six-comedy-rerun night starts with Robin keeping bad
news a secret. Also, Marshall is hanging Christmas lights at his new,
– “2 Broke Girls,” 8:30, CBS. Max
has never filed a tax return. Caroline is sort of an expert – her
dad is a convicted embezzler – so she decides to help.
– “MasterChef,” 9 p.m., Fox.
Reality competitions keep saying they're sending contestants to “boot
camp.” This one really does; the 16 amateur chefs prepare a meal
for 200 soldiers at Camp Pendleton.
– “One Nation Under Dog,” 9-10:15
p.m., HBO. In suburban New Jersey, several dog-bite complaints were
aimed at one man's dogs – including a case in which a 3-year-old's
ear was bitten off. The man prevailed in court – but had the dog
killed eight months later, when it bit a teen. That case is the
starting point for a documentary that deals with pet cemeteries,
neutering, rescuing, overpopulation and more.
– “Mike & Molly,” 9:31 p.m.,
CBS. Now it's Molly's mom (Swoosie Kurtz) with romance complications.
She agrees to have dinner with her current boyfriend, angering her
– “The Big Bang Theory,” 10 p.m.,
CBS. This rerun was scheduled a couple weeks ago in the Thursday
slot, then pulled. It's the hilarious season-opener that begins with
Penny waking up in bed with Raj.
– “The Glass House” debut, 10:02
p.m., ABC. At last, it appears, the reality world has officially run
out of ideas. This show has 14 people in a house rigged with cameras.
That sounds like “Big Brother” – so much so that CBS has been
pushing a case accusing ABC of copyright infringement.