Football, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, with pre-game at 8.
college-playoff year worked beautiflly. This championship game has
two teams with 13-1 records, each riding a late-season surge.
Oregon's only loss
was Oct. 2; since then, it has scored at least 42 points each game,
including 51-13 in its conference championship and 59-20 in the Rose
Bowl. Ohio State lost on Sept. 6, while adjusting to losing its
starting quarterback. It lost another quarterback, but won big
(59-0) in the conference championship and upset top-ranked Auburn in
the Sugar Bowl. Now they collide; it should be fun.
II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
With football to
worry about, CBS juggles the schedule. It has drama reruns
(flip-flopping their order); it also inserts the third run of the
“Big Bang” season-opener.
After wanderig off,
Sheldon finally wants to be retrieved in Arizona. Leonard heads
there, with Amy joining him. Meanwhile, Penny is ready for
life beyond being a Cheesecake Factory waitress; she interviews with
Bernadette's boss, played by the terrific Stephen Root.
ALTERNATIVE: “Friends to Lovers?” debut, 10 p.m., Bravo,
After a while, it
seems, that mysterious line between friendship and romance becomes impossible to cross. Or does it? In the weeks ahead, we'll see three pairs
One involves two gay
men; the others are man-woman duos. Attractive and likable, they have
strong friendships, despite some big differences. In this appealing
opener, people nervously suggest a first date.
II: “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m, PBS (check local listings).
As a graduate
assistant in New York University's prestigious film school, Darius
Monroe never told faculty members what his documentary would be. It
involved a past he'd never mentioned.
As a Texas teen,
Mason had good grades and college ambitions. He also heard about his
family's gnawing money problems; with two friends, he robbed a bank.
“The Evolution of a Criminal” starts slowly, then gathers
emotional power, as Monroe visits his past and the people he hurt.
8-10:01 p.m., ABC. Fates vary wildly this week. Some women have a
cozy bikini pool party; some are shooting zombies with paintballs.
Some race tractors; one has a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.
At the end, Chris Soules has to trim the field from 22 to 17.
p.m., Fox. Here's a second chance to see this show's fairly good
pilot film, with Oscar-nominees Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson as
founders of a record label.
Molly,” 8:31 p.m., CBS. In CBS' only non-rerun tonight, Mike feels
guilty after flirting.
“NCIS: LA,” 9
p.m., CBS. This rerun sees Hetty being investigated in Washington;
also, a corruption probe finds one of the team members compromised.
9 p.m., Fox. Back from war, the sheriff's son is acting strangely.
p.m., CBS. These geniuses aren't exactly military-type heroes. Now,
however, they're needed to grab the technology from a military plane
that was shot down in Bosnia.
debut, 10 p.m., MTV. After four upbeat seasons of “Victorious,”
Victoria Jackson turns serious. She plays Lindy, who dropped out of
college, moved to New York and became a computer hacker, focused on
finding her abducted sister. Now she may have a lead in finding a
p.m., ABC. Forbidden from working with Kate or her colleagues, Rick
gets a private-eye license and hopes to handle the same cases. The
plan soon sputters.