“The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
After resting for
three weeks, TV's best comedy has a new episode, to start CBS'
Leonard and Sheldon
reluctantly agree that they'll do something that Penny and Amy want;
that leads to dress-shopping ... which really can't go well.
Meanwhile, Raj frets about a space probe he helped launch; Wolowitz
tries to distract him.
“Expedition Unknown” debut, 9-11 p.m., Travel.
Josh Gates doesn't
seem to trifle with small things. In “Ghost Hunters” and
“Destination Truth,” he chased monsters and such; he starts his
new show with a search for Amelia Earhart, the pilot whose plane
disappeared in 1937.
The bad news is that
ghosts, monstets and long-missing pilots are notoriously hard to
find. The good is that Gates makes the search fun, finding intriguing
people, places and clues.
ALTERNATIVE: “Portlandia,” IFC, or “Babylon,” Sundance; both
satires arrive simultaneously, forcing us to record one or stay up
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein leaping between characters; this
season-opener (rerunning at 10:30 p.m. and 1 and 1:30 a.m.) has a
flashback for the book-store ladies. The “Babylon” debut
(rerunning at 1 a.m.) has a slick blonde (Brit Marling) manage the
image of a blunt cop (James Nesbitt, whose superb “The Missing”
concludes Saturday); that isn't easy, during a riot and jail break.
8-10 p.m., Fox. Wednesday's jaunty season-opener started the New
Orleans auditions. Tonight, that concludes and the second hour starts
the Kansas City tryouts, which wrap up Thursday.
8-10 p.m., ABC. A Latin-themed week has contestants trying tacos,
ceviche and more.
Maier” (2013), 8-9:30 p.m., Showtime. For four decades, Vivian
Maier was a nanny and a mystery – tall, thin, quiet, forever
shooting photos. She died at 83, leaving 150,000 images, none of them
published and many of them superb. John Maloof bought them at an
auction and soon found they are masterworks; he created this
compelling documentary about a splendid enigma.
p.m., CBS. Christy finally has a night alone ... but not for long;
Colin Hanks (a Golden Globe-nominee for “Fargo”) plays her
neighbor. Meanwhile, her re-uniting parents try a romantic night ...
soon broken up by his ex-wife (Beverly D'Angelo).
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9:01 p.m., CBS. Walden discovers a problem with having Louis
as his foster son: It's difficult to find intimacy with female
p.m., CBS. Searching for Watson's ex-colleague, Holmes comes across
another missing-person case.
season-opener,, 10 p.m., FX. Things start with the usual chaos. The
headquarters blew up; Archer's mom has linked with the CIA and
ordered a $10-million remodelling. Meanwhile, fatherhood has pushed
Archer into a haze of sex and liquor. Then he's back, in a fairly