TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Bunheads,” 9
p.m., ABC Family.
Each crowded hour of this show juggles
drama, dance and comedy. Tonight, the comedy wins big.
Michelle (the terrific Sutton Foster)
has two woes – her all-consuming roommate Truly and a nasty-looking
blind date. Also, Boo gets some awful advice before meeting her
There's much more, including a gorgeous
performance from a newcomer, played by Jeanine Mason, the 2009 winner
of “So You Think You Can Dance.” It's an appealing blend.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8:30 p.m., CBS.
Three weeks from now, “Rules of
Engagement” – CBS' eternal back-up plan – will step into this
spot. Until then, savor the bonus of TV's best comedy having Monday
Tonight, Leonard and Penny consider
getting back together; he calls it the “beta test.” Also, Raj is
falling for the voice of the virtual assistant on his phone.
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Continuum”
debut, 8 p.m., Syfy.
As they near execution, eight
revolutionaries make a 65-year leap across time. They end up back in
2012, where they're safe … almost; one cop (Rachel Nichols) was
transported with them.
The show's flaw is making most of the
escapees standard villains without depth. The strength is a great
character in support: Using the standard police frequency from the
future, the cop talks to its young inventor. He's a techno-whiz who
gives her one smart ally in this old-new world.
Other choices include
– “The Bachelor,” 8-10 p.m., ABC.
Last week's opener saw six of the women go home, including the one
who showed Sean Lowe bondage ribbon and told the camera,”I totally
hope Sean rips my clothes off and spanks me.” Lowe, a quiet
Christian from Texas, didn't. Tonight, the 19 survivors settle in.
– “The Carrie Diaries”debut, 8
p.m., CW, repeating at 9. What was Carrie Bradshaw like before her
audacious “Sex and the City” years? Here, she's a rebellious
16-year-old whose mother has just died. Once a week, she goes from
Connecticut comfort to a Manhattan internship; AnnaSophia Robb stars.
– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. Robin insists Barney ask her dad before they get engaged.
That's not easy: He's played by Ray Wise, who was the killer in “Twin
Peaks” and Satan in “Reaper.”
– “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Caroline is looking forward to her cabin vacation with the handsome
candy-store owner. One thing that wasn't in her plans: Max will be
– “Market Warriors,” 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings). The buyers head to Chicago, said to be a
great place for antiques. They argue – this show's rules are clumsy
– and make some interesting mistakes.
– “Being Human,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
This is a key night for Syfy, with a debut and two season-openers.
This so-so hour starts 15 months after the previous season. Sally (a
ghost) is in limbo; Josh and Nora (werewolves) are endangered. And
Aidan was buried alive, a fate that vampires really dislike.
– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
A professor is dead; now viewers will vote – via Internet or
Twitter – on whether the killer is his boss, his assistant or a
student. Producers say they've filmed three endings.
– “Lost Girl,” 10 p.m., Syfy.
After going wild, Bo goes to jail. That seems out-of-character at
first, but stick around. It's part of a story that's flawed but
– “True Crime With Aphrodite
Jones,” 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery. Casey Anthony seemed
encased in a blur of lies. The job and the nanny she described didn't
exist. For seven months, she denied she was pregnant. And later, she
said her baby had disappeared a month earlier, but she hadn't told
anyone. Jones, a true-crime writer, digs back into a compelling case.