Now how is this for a “What to watch on TV Tonight” post? The first night of US ratings for 2011/2012
Here is how it was summed up by tvline.com, with Australian times inserted where appropriate.
8pm Dancing With the Stars (ABC) | Season 13 kicks off with 12 new (varying degrees of) celebrities taking to the parquet. TVLine readers ranked the contenders, from “Thanks for stopping by!” to “Start thinking about where you’ll keep that ghastly trophy.” Seven will air Australian version mid-year. We won’t see the American version as Seven have a strict policy of not airing internationaly versions of these shows. Why not let Foxtel do them?
8 pm The Sing-Off (NBC) | Like DWTS, this reality competition will also run two hours every Monday night on US TV. Nick Lachey will once again serve as host, while this year’s panel of judges will be populated by Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman. Check out the 16 groups in contention. Doubt we will see this in Oz. Maybe on Pay Tv?
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | The new season launches with back-to-back episodes featuring a funky wedding and a sexy dance number (watch video). Get caught up on TVLine’s legendary amounts of scoop. Seven will hopefully fast track, right?
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | To make room for all of the fall debuts, some shows have to go bye-bye — as this cooking thing does with its two-hour Season 9 finale. Nine or GEM for us?
8 pm Eureka (Syfy) | The penultimate season’s finale features the Astraeus mission launch and the arrival of a new out-of-this-world threat to this Northwest burg. Our Sci-Fi channel soon.
9 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | Sheen out, Kutcher in — this we knew. But tonight, see how the swap happens. (Let’s just hope it doesn’t disrupt the show’s complex mythology too much.). Iar on Nine hours later, Tue Spet 20, 8.30pm
9:30 pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS) | This well-reviewed new sitcom, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, is getting a very special premiere here, leading out of Men. (It will normally air Mondays at 8:30.) Read my First Impression preview. Nine will air at some stage…
10 pm Castle (ABC) | The season of “explosive” secrets begins now. In case you missed it over the weekend, here’s a piece I did with that jokester Nathan Fillion; check TVLine after the premiere’s West Coast airing for a special something to help lift your jaw off the floor. Seven willl air at some stage – no clue as to whether they will fast track or not.
10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | McGarrett’s in jail, but have no fear: John Locke (aka new cast member Terry O’Quinn) may hold the key to his freedom, as Steve’s Navy SEAL mentor. Watch the trailer here. Airs on Ten, Wed Sept 27, 9.30pm. New night, new time. Sundays 8.30 will be Terra Nova. Ten are notorious for moving shows into different tiemlsots!
10 pm The Playboy Club (NBC) | Since offering my First Impression of this ’60s-set series, the pilot’s undergone some changes — largely for the better, I’d say, though I do miss the original, “Ewwww” version of the opening death scene. One thing that hasn’t changed: Tony winner Laura Benanti, as “mother bunny” Carol-Lynne, owns every damn scene she is in. Will air on Pay TV in Australia, but not for a few weeks or longer so they can promote it.
10 pm Roast of Charlie Sheen (Comedy Central) | Because not one joke has been made about the guy in the preceding eight months, right? Channel Nine – Tuesday Sept 20, 9.30pm, after The Joy Of Sets, which airs at 9pm after new Two and a alf Men at 9pm on Nine.
10 pm Fashion Police: The Primetime Emmy Awards (E!) | As long as Nina Dobrev is crowned Best Dressed, it’s all good.
Coming up on Tuesday: NCIS (which we will see on Ten Tue Sept 27, 8.30pm), Glee (which we will see on Ten Wed Sept 21 8.30pm – noy long to go now!), The Biggest Loser…. (next year for us in Australia), NCIS: Los Angeles (after NCIS on TEN), New Girl (Fox) (Australia? No idea at this stage!!!), Raising Hope…(Ten / ELEVEN when? We don’t know yet!). Body of Proof (Seven envetually) and Unforgettable (CBS) (which will air on Nine soon).