“The McCarthys” debut, 9:30 p.m., CBS.
This is what only
CBS seems able (or willing) to do: Make a situation comedy in front
of a studio audience, with an emphasis on quick, slick jokes. Yes,
“McCarthys” sometimes tries too hard, with blunt jokes that
should have been scuttled; more often, we see sharp lines delivered
by a skilled cast
created this with some autobiographic touches. Ronnie (Tyler Ritter,
John's son) doesn't share his family's obsession with Boston sports;
his mom (Laurie Metcalf) likes that about him, his dad and siblings
are flabbergasted. They're a loud-but-loving bunch ... classic CBS
II: “Mom” season-opener, 8:31 p.m., CBS.
In its first season,
this show had sharp wit, an Emmy (for Allison Janney) and fairly good
ratings. Now it moves to Thursdays, behind “Big Bang Theory”;
ratings could soar.
Christy (Anna Faris)
is a recovering alcoholic who has put her life back together. Now we
learn she's bungled the finances; there's no rent money, so she could
be homeless, along with her mom (Janney) and kids. Complicating
things, she's agreed to help a newly sober friend (Jamie Pressly).
ALTERNATIVE: “Project Runway All Stars” opener, 9 p.m., Lifetime.
Fresh from finishing
its 13th season, “Runway” brings back recent
contestants, with Alyssa Milano hosting. Only two people – Chris
March from season 4, Jay Sario from 7 – will strain viewers'
memory. Three people – Helen Castillo, Justin LeBlanc and
Alexandria van Bromssen – are from Season 12.
From Season 11 is
winner Michelle Lesniak, plus Samantha Black, Benjamin Mach and
Patricia Michaels. From 10 is winner Dmitry Sholokhav, plus Fabio
Costa, Gunnar Deatherage and Sonja Williams. From both is Kate
Pankoke, who was returned by fan vote and became a double loser.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Now that Thursday-football returned to
cable-only, TV's best comedy is back in its real home, on Thursdays.
“It's the Great
Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” 8 p.m., ABC. The 1966 cartoon classic
(so-so humor, charming characters) reruns, followed by the 1972
“You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.”
p.m., Fox. As this 10-part series reaches its halfway mark, it's
suddenly overloaded with suspects. Two townspeople have hidden pasts
and even the priest is acting wierd. That's part of a good episode
that also pauses to humanize the troubled lead detective and his
“Bad Judge,” 9
p.m., NBC. What's worse than a bad judge? A bad juror, maybe; Rebecca
has jury duty.
“Two and a Half
Men,” 9 p.m., CBS. As the 12th and final season begins,
Walden has a health scare and vows to get new priorities ... and,
maybe, to become a father.
season-opener, 10 p.m., CBS. Fired from his London job, Sherlock
returns home with a young interne (Ophelia Lovibond) and a problem:
Watson (Lucy Liu), his former colleague, is now a top detective.
He'll need her approval before he can get any New York police cases.
“How to Get Away
With Murder,” 10 p.m., ABC. Things suddenly get serious for Asher,
the privileged Ivy Leaguer: The team's client is someone his dad
sentenced, long ago. Also, flash-forwards show what Asher will be up
to on the murder night.