“Dancing With the Stars” opener, 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.
OK, many of these
people aren't really stars; they are, however, a varied bunch. They
range in age from 14 (Willow Shields, the “Hunger Games” sister)
to 68 (Suzanne Somers) and 70 (Patti LaBelle). There are athletes:
Michael Sam was the first openly gay pro-football draftee; Nastia
Liukin is an Olympic gold-medal gymnast, paired with frequent winner
Derek Hough. There's also a farmer (Chris Soules, fresh from “The
Bachelor”), a wounded Iraq veteran (Noah Galloway) and a “Shark
Tank” investor (Robert Herjavec), plus Rumer Willis, Riker Lynch,
Charlotte McKinney and Redfoo.
II: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS.
For comedy fans, the
bad news is that basketball is taking over the next two Thursdays.
That leaves “Big Bang” -- plus “Odd Couple” and “Mom” --
The good news is
that “Big Bang” gets a Monday spot tonight, for a funny rerun.
The guys consider investing in the comic-book store, after it's
gutted by fire; also, Raj's girlfriend is cold to Penny.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Returned,” 10:01 p.m., A&E.
this drama catches the way people might really react – understated,
maybe unstated – when the impossible happens. In the opener,
Camille calmly walked home, unaware that she had died; she's still
15, her twin sister is now 19.
There was much more,
including a murder; now the probe turns to Simon ... who's not aware
he died six years ago. This sounds goofy, but it's done with a solid
sense of what normal people might do in a paranormal situation; like
the French mini-series it's based on, “Returned” is thoroughly
any time, www.acorn.tv. With their gothic mood, Daphne du Maurier's
stories were a favorite of Alfred Hitchcock. He made two into
successful films (“Rebecca,” “The Birds”), but stumbled with
“Inn.” Now it's a British mini-series that reaches the U.S. over
the next three Mondays. Jessica Brown Findlay (Sybil in “Downton
Abbey”) plays a penniless beauty who finds dark deeds in her aunt's
inn. The performances and visuals are splendid, but the story is grim
8-10:01 p.m., NBC. The “battle rounds” continue through Tuesday,
with the possibility of stealing members of other teams. Next week
brings the “knockout round.”
p.m., Fox. In a rerun from November, assassins attack Wayne Manor.
Bruce and Selena (the future Batman and Catwoman) are on the run.
9 p.m., Fox. Last week, Ryan's FBI boss was kidnapped and brutally
killed. Enraged, Ryan makes a risky move.
“Bates Motel,” 9
p.m., A&E. “Unhinged women seem drawn to you,” Norma Bates
tells her son. She soon shows signs of being the least-hinged of all.
Obsessed with the disappearance of a gorgeous prostitute whom Norman
knew, Norma seems increasingly (an interestingly) berserk.
Inheritance,” 9 and 9:30 p.m., Fox Business Network. While other
small towns lose movie theaters, Berwick – a Pennsylvania borough
of 11,000 – has clung to its theater. Inheriting it from her
grandfather (who had it for 40 years), the new owner says it has no
profits and great importance.
p.m., ABC. A relentless Hong Kong detective helps probe a New York
case. Soon, however, Castle suspects that many of the people aren't
who they claim to be.