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What to Watch on Monday: Network premieres kick into high gear

House (8pm, Fox) - This could very well be the best 2 hours of television this week, if not this whole season. The "House" season 6 premiere picks up where season 5 left off: House is inside a mental institution recovering from his Vicodin addiction. The strong supporting cast tonight includes Andre Braugher as House's doctor, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as House's roomate. This is one you don't miss.

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - CBS is all new tonight, and their sitcoms get things off to a strong start. On HIMYM, the gang finds out that Barney and Robin are secretly dating, and Ted begins his teaching career at Columbia. A brand new (and widely trashed) sitcom starring Jenna Elfman ("Accidentally on Purpose") follows at 8:30. Then it's "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory" at 9 and 9:30.

Heroes (8pm, NBC) - The fourth season premiere of "Heroes" is a two-hour event tonight. Claire gets some unwanted attention at college thanks to an odd death.

Dancing with the Stars (8pm, ABC) - Expect this to win the night. The 9th season opens with 16 contestants, more than in any other season. Some of the stars competing this season are Donny Osmond, Tom DeLay, Melissa Joan Hart, and Michael Irvin

CSI: Miami (10pm, CBS) - Season 8 begins tonight with Delko fighting for his life after being found unconscious in the Everglades at the end of last season. At some point, Horatio will dramatically remove his sunglasses and thoughtfully recall how the team came together during a case 12 years earlier, when Delko found a dead body in the trunk of a car.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - It will be so nice to see smart alecky Nathan Fillion again! In the 2nd season premiere of "Castle," Kate and Castle argue over his interference in her personal life, but put aside their differences to investigate a dead man found in a tree. Also, Castle has a book deadline looming.   

Late Show with David Letterman (11:30, CBS) - President Barack Obama is Dave's guest tonight.

Bones: If it isn't love, why do I feel this way?



When we last saw Brennan and Booth they had finally done the nasty, and then we found out if was just their imaginations; a joint alternate reality that happened while Booth was in a coma and Brennan was reading to him from her book.

It felt a little too Bobby Ewing dreamed the whole thing.

Glee: Misfits and spazheads and cripples can make it too

Last night's episode of "Glee" was all about the life lessons, and everybody learned one.

Some learned the adolescent female 'rite of passage' heartbreak of falling for a gay dude (Clay Aiken fans, am I right?), while others learned they should keep their boozy moms away from Josh Groban. But mostly, our gang learned that a little confidence can help you get your swagger back.


But don't worry. The show was still more snappy than sappy, with the usual great music and hilarious writing.

What to Watch on Thursday: Big night of premieres on NBC and Fox

Survivor: Samoa (8pm, CBS) - Hard to believe, but this is the 19th season of "Survivor." Tonight, right after being divided into two tribes but before they are even given a chance to speak to each other, they are charged with electing a chief who will make all their decisions.

Bones (8pm, Fox) - The fifth season premieres with Booth (David Boreanaz) fresh from surgery to remove a brain tumor, but suffering from bouts of amnesia. Angela's psychic, played by Cyndi Lauper, tells them there are bodies buried under a fountain in Washington, D.C., so Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are back on the job asap.

Fringe (9pm, Fox) - Congress is all up in the Fringe unit's Kool-Aid in tonight's second season premiere. In addition to the scrutiny from congress, Olivia returns to familiar surroundings, but there's a "mysterious entity" tracking her. Olivia also gets to add "super hearing" to her trick bag this season.

SNL, Parks & Recreation, The Office, Community (8pm-10pm, NBC) - Tonight is NBC's big comedy debut night, starting with "SNL Weekend Update" at 8pm. Amy Poehler will join Seth Myers at the Update desk for the first two weeks. Next is the second season premiere of "Parks & Recreation," in which Leslie (Poehler) accidentally tries to "gay marry" two penguins in a publicity stunt. Comedian Louis C.K. joins the cast as a love interest for Leslie. At 9pm, "The Office" season 6 opens with Dunder-Mifflin staffers gossiping about summer interns. Michael (Steve Carell) feels left out so he goes out looking for a rumor to spread. Then at 9:30 it's the premiere of NBC's new sitcom "Community," starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. Here's our full review, but in a nutshell: it's funny.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10pm, FX) - Season 5 opens with Frank, Mac, and Dennis trying their hand at real estate (great timing) and Dee decides to be a surrogate for a rich couple. 

What to Watch: Josh Groban guests on Glee

America's Got Talent (8pm, NBC) -  In the season 4 finale, a winner is announced and takes home $1 million. British singer Susan Boyle will perform, as will Shakira, Leona Lewis and Rascal Flatts

The Beautiful Life (9pm, CW) - Tonight is the pilot for a new CW show exec produced by Ashton Kutcher about up-and-coming models in the New York fashion world. Sara Paxton, Elle Macpherson, and Mischa Barton (all at left) star.

Glee (9pm, Fox) - Will neglects the Glee club while forming an all-male acapela group, so the kids hire a well-known choreographer to assist them. Josh Groban stars as himself.

BIO Remembers Patrick Swayze (10pm, A&E) - A special look back at the life of late actor Patrick Swayze. There's also a marathon of Swayze's A&E tv show "The Beast" from 2pm-6pm, and again at 11pm. "The Beast" aired on A&E last season.

What to Watch on Friday: Michael Jordan, LaToya Jackson, and vital repeats

Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement From Springfield, Massachusetts (6:30, ESPN) - UNC and Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan is among the 2009 class being enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Also, David Robinson, John Stockton, C. Vivian Stringer, and Jerry Sloan.

Vampire Diaries (8pm, CW) - If you missed Thursday night's premiere, you can catch a repeat tonight. Then watch a repeat of the "Melrose Place" premiere from Tuesday night at 9pm. 

Glee (9pm, Fox) - Ditto for "Glee." I'm so glad Fox is showing the "Glee" premiere for a second time. They can't show it too many times for me! If you didn't see it Wednesday, please please watch it tonight. Cheerios coach Jane Lynch (right) is the show stealer.

Monk (9pm, USA) - Jay Mohr guest stars as a defense attorney who gets Monk on the stand and questions his unusual investigative techniques. 

20/20 (10pm, ABC) - LaToya Jackson talks to Barbara Walters. If that's not enough, LaToya will also appear on "The View" on Monday. 

Loving the idea of Ellen as new "American Idol" judge

Fox pretty much sent out a big ole "Suck it, Paula Abdul!" last night when they announced that talk show host Ellen Degeneres will be the permanent 4th judge on "American Idol" this season.

As soon as "Idol" auditions are over (which will feature a host of guest judges such as Neil Patrick Harris, Victoria Beckham, and Mary J. Blige) Degeneres will take her spot at the table along with judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi.

Signing Ellen is a genius move by Fox. Not only did ...

Glee: Isn't it just adorkable?

That's what my clever friend calls it, and I'd say that's absolutely right.

It's the kind of show you just have to share, so afterward we emailed about it.

Our thoughts:

Her: I'm dancing! I'm singing! I'm giggling a lot! Gold Digger -- brilliant.

Me: What about the car accident as prophylactic?

What to Watch on Wednesday: Premieres to fill you with "Glee"

Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times (8pm, UNC-TV)
- Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, and Elmo cohost this show with tips for kids
from age 2-8 whose families are facing economic hardships. Some of Elmo's other Muppet pals pitch in, too.

America's Next Top Model (8pm, CW) - President Obama might be addressing Congress at 8pm, but Tyra Banks is a'dressing some more models. This 13th season of ANTM features "short" models -- all 5'7 or under.

So You Think You Can Dance (8pm, Fox) - I know it seems like the previous season just ended last week, but it's back again. Auditions begin tonight.

Glee (9pm, Fox) - "Glee?" Yay! The first episode (not counting the pilot) has a lot going on. The glee club misfits give their first big performance, Finn's cheerleader girlfriend (and president of the Abstinence Club) becomes jealous of Rachel, and Will's pregnant wife wants to buy a house (for all the Pottery Barn stuff hidden away in her Christmas Closet, no doubt) so he has to figure out a way to make extra money.

Top Chef Las Vegas (10pm, Bravo) - A Who's Who collection of French chefs are guests tonight to judge the contestants' skills with French cuisine. Look for Joël Robuchon, Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Laurent Tourondel and Jean Joho.

What to Watch on Wednesday: The Hoff sings, plus Chris Brown on "Larry King"

North Carolina Rising (8pm, UNC-TV) - A special compilation show highlighting some of the economic successes of rural North Carolina featured in the UNC-TV series "North Carolina Now." Look for reports on preserving coastal towns, revitalizing small towns, building for eco-tourism, and much more. 

Larry King Live (9pm, CNN) - Larry interviews Rihanna-beater Chris Brown, who appears with his mother and his lawyer Mark Garagos. Apparently, Brown at one point tells King that he shouldn't really talk about what happened that night (then why is he on there??) and then tells King he doesn't remember what happened, and later (after seeing CNN clips) says he does remember what happened but he misspoke. He also refers to the events of that evening as "a blur." So I'm not sure what we should expect to "learn" here, but if you like trainwrecks...

America's Got Talent (9pm, NBC) - Speaking of train wrecks, David Hasselhoff will be performing on tonight's show. He will be singing (and hopefuly dancing!) a song called "Feeling Good."

Glee (9pm, Fox) - Fox is wisely repeating the pilot for
this very nice musical-comedy-drama about a high school glee club from the creator of "Nip/Tuck" and "Popular." You can also watch online. The official premiere is September 9.

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