“The Bachelor” season-opener, 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
Ben Higgins is a
small-town Indiana guy, ready for a big-time adventure. After
finishing third on “The Bachelorette,” he's now ABC's 20th
Higgins grew up in
Wabash, a town of 11,000, where he played quarterback, taught Sunday
School and took a missionary trip to Honduras. He sold software in
Denver, finished third on “Bachelorette” ... and now has 28 women
to choose from. That includes identical twins from Las Vegas, a Texas
cowgirl, a lawyer, a dentist, a war veteran ... and, we're told, an
esthetician and a “chicken enthusiast.”
II: “Biggest Loser” season-opener, 9-11 p.m., NBC.
Ever since this show
began in 2004, Bob Harper has been “the nice one,” nudging people
into exercise without seeming nasty about it. Now he takes over as
the host. He'll still offer some work-out advice, but most of that
will be handled by returning trainers Dolvett Quince and Jennifer
Seven of the duos
are people who know each other, but the eighth provides a fresh
twist: Richard Hatch, the first “Survivor” winner, will be paired
with former “Voice” contestant Erin Willett.
ALTERNATIVE: “Superstore” and “Telenovela,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
On a night of
competing reality shows, these comedies provide a handy counterpoint.
After some advance samplers last month, they settle into their
regular slots with episodes that are silly, but fun.
At the store,
workers have mock Jonah, after finding a mannequin that like him;
when Cheyenne considers giving her future baby up for adoption, two
colleagues push themselves as perfect parents. At the telenovela, Ana
(Eva Longoria) – a Latina who doesn't speak Spanish – has a date
with the network head (Zachary Levi), a non-Latino who speaks it
well. Also, there are rumors of a ghost.
(2004) and “The Lucky One” (2012), 6 and 9 p.m., ABC Family.
Clearly, all movies made from Nicholas Sparks novels aren't equal.
“Notebook” is masterful and deeply moving; “Lucky One” is
contrived, leaving the audience to shout: “Just tell her, stupid.”
8-10 p.m., Fox. The 12 contestants in this special are regular humans
in most areas – except each has one extraordinary skill. Now those
skills – sight, smell, touch, taste, memory, etc. -- are
challenged, with chances to win $100,000. Kal Penn, formerly of
“House” and “Battle Creek” -- hosts.
p.m., CBS. The evil Astra has been captured by the DEO, the
organization monitoring extra terrestials. That might be a good thing
... except that now her husband has captured Hank, the DEO head,
leading to a standoff. Also, Kara (who is Supergirl) tries to
convince her boss she isn't.
Attack: Charlie Hebdo,” 8 p.m., Smithsonian. Thursday will mark the
anniversary of the day terrorists killed 11 people at a satirical
magazine in Paris. This documentary uses interviews and news footage
to trace the three-day search that led to a shoot-out and hostage
p.m., CBS. Life keeps getting complicated for these geniuses. They're
on a rescue mission to Antarctica, where Happy (Jadyn Wong) is lost
in a blizzard.
Angeles,” 9:59 p.m., CBS. After a security guard is killed by
radiation poisoning, Deeks and Kensi go undercover at a former
10:01 p.m., ABC. For the next four Mondays, ABC will follow “The
Bachelor” with a show talking about what just happened. Chris
Harrison will host this, as he does “The Bachelor.”