For all the shows on tonight, there’s surprisingly little that seems worth watching. The 9pm hour is basically a total wash for me, nothing of interest at all, and 10pm only works because you’ve got a choice of “Hoarders” (if you want to be disgusted and scared into being neater) or “Castle” (if you’re nostalgic for other, non-procedural shows starring Nathan Fillion). There’s always the football game for those of us who like football, but really, Monday is shaping up to be a depressing night for television if you’re not a fan of a few very specific shows featured on The CW or enjoy watching stars dancing. Here’s your Monday night TV:
8:00pm: “90210” on The CW
“Chuck” on NBC
“Dancing With the Stars” on ABC
“House” on Fox
“How I Met Your Mother” on CBS
“Little People, Big World” on TLC. I always seem to find something vaguely insulting or distasteful about this show, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. At least not in a way that won’t get me a bunch of comments about how I’m a terrible person, so I’ll leave it for now.
8:30pm: “Monday Night Football: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins” on ESPN. Normally I’m not a big Dolphins fan, but I’ll watch this game because their match ups with the Patriots in the past have been pretty interesting.
“Rules of Engagement” on CBS
9:00pm: “American Pickers” on History
“The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on Food Network
“Dr.G: Medical Examiner” on Health
“The Event” on NBC. I wonder if shows are building themselves around season long mysteries in order to try and stave off cancellation, given how trigger happy the networks are with that one these days. Like, they know the show’s not good, but they can get people to keep watching just so they can find out what the hell is going on. I suspect that’s what’s happening here, at least.
“Gossip Girl” on The CW
“HBO Special: Sins of My Father” on HBO
“Lie to Me” on Fox. Third season premiere.
“Money Hungry” on VH1. 90 minute first season finale.
“PBS Special: American Masters: A Letter to Elia” on PBS
“Quints by Surprise” on TLC
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo. Third season premiere.
“Scare Tactics” on SyFy
“Top Gear” on BBCA. Featuring Alastair Campbell and “The Stig’s German Cousin”
“Two and a Half Men” on CBS
“WWE: Raw” on USA
9:30pm: “Mike and Molly” on CBS
“Operation Repo” on TruTV
“Quints By Surprise” on TLC. First season finale.
“Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” on MTV. Third season finale.
10:00pm: “The A-List: New York” on Logo. Series premiere.
“Chase” on NBC
“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on Food Network
“Hawaii Five-0” on CBS
“Hoarders” on A&E
“Mystery Diagnosis” on Health. This is one of those shows that’s made for the sort of person who wakes up with a cough and after 15 minutes on WebMD, declare that they have emphysema and lung cancer. So, you know, everyone who uses WebMD on a regular basis.
“Southern Fried Stings” on TruTV. Second season premiere.
“Thintervention with Jackie Warner” on Bravo
“Weeds” on Showtime
“The World of Jenks” on MTV
“Castle” on ABC
10:30pm: “The Big C” on Showtime
“The Buried Life” on MTV
Late Night Listings
“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Bruce Willis and will.i.am with Nicki Minaj
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Will Arnett, Dot Marie Jones, and a performance from Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Lauren Graham and Rosanne Cash
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas, and Gayngs
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Sam Harris
“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Eugene Robinson
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