“Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS.
It's time to wash
away that month of reruns and specials and such; beginning tonight,
CBS promises new episodes of everything. Even the reality shows,
which are between editions have their slots filled by “Undercover
Boss” (tonight) and by a move of “The Mentalist” to Wednesdays.
Both of tonight's
cop tales have sexual subtexts – the victims are an escort in
“Five-0” and adult-film stars in “Blue Bloods.” Beyond that,
“Five-0” gets help from an old-line detective (William Forsythe);
“Blue Bloods” sees Frank (Tom Selleck) try to close a case that
bedeviled his dad (Len Cariou).
“Glee,” 9 p.m., Fox.
A week before the
show returns for its final, 13-episode season, here's the logical
rerun to remind us how gleeful it's been. Club members, past and
present, are asked to re-invent their favorite numbers.
That's a way to
bring back many of the original kids (Rachel, Kurt, Artie, Santana,
Mercedes, Puck, Quinn) and still include the newer ones – Sam,
Blaine, Jake, Ryder, Marley amd more. In addition, Gwyneth Paltrow,
Kristin Chenoweth and Chace Crawford repeat their guest roles.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Gershwin Prize,” 9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local
This Billy Joel
tribute is sort of the clumsy cousin of the brilliant “Kennedy
Center Honors,” botched in many ways. The brief bio film is awful
and Twyla Tharp's second dance number is a head-scratcher; several
Joel hits -- “We Didn't Start the Fire,” “Uptown Girl,” “Just
the Way You Are”-- are missing.
Still, you can't go
too wrong when an entire night is filled with Joel songs – some of
them performed by Joel, most of them backed by his great band.
Highlights range from John Mellencamp's passionate, unplugged
“Allentown” to Gavin DeGraw's rowdy “It's Still Rock and Roll
Football, 6:45 p.m.
ET, ESPN. Kansas State (ranked No. 14) and UCLA (No. 12) collide in
the Alamo Bowl, the core to ESPN's four-bowl day. Others are at noon
(Houston-Pittsburgh), 3:20 (Iowa-Tennessee) and 10:15
Nine-Nine,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., Fox. Eva Longoria's two guest-star
episodes rerun. In the first, a funny one, Jake (Andy Samberg) is
attracted to her in a bar, before learning she's a lawyer defending
someone he caught. In the second, he invites her on a work trip that
includes a bed-and-breakfast.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a rerun, Mike (Tim Allen) gives his
daughter business advice ... which, of course, she promptly ignores.
8:31, ABC. This rerun finds Cristela feuding with her sister, with
her brother-in-law in the unfamiliar position of being the
(1998), 10 p.m., TV Guide. Then-newcomer Gwyneth Paltrow drew raves
in this comedy, which shows two different outcomes, depending on
whether she caught her train.
People” season-opener, 10:01 p.m., Discovery. This show claims the
Browns are a “recently discovered” family living in the wild.
(That's been disputed lately, with people pointing to the fact that
there's a neighbor and a nearby pizza place ... and with indictments
for allegedly applying falsely for Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.)
Here, the Browns prepare to return to the wild.