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What to Watch on Monday: Your favorite fall shows are back!

Dancing with the Stars (8pm, ABC) - Season 13 opens with 12 new celebrities competing, including Chaz Bono, Ricki Lake, Ron Artest, Nancy Grace, David Arquette, and Hope Solo.

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - The seventh season opens with two new back-to-back episodes. The mystery wedding prompts the friends to reminisce about things. Also, Marshall gets his dream job but is terrified videos from his past will crush his hopes.

The Sing-off (8pm, NBC) - In the Season 3 premiere, 8 a cappella groups perform. Sara Bareilles joins Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman on the judging panel.

Two and a Half Men (9pm, CBS) - In part one of Season 9's two-part opener, Ashton Kutcher joins the cast as brokenhearted billionaire Walden Schmidt. It is widely rumored that tonight's show will also kill off Charlie's Sheen's character.
 
2 Broke Girls (9:30pm, CBS) - A new series about two struggling waitresses at a Brooklyn diner who are trying to save enough money to open their own cupcake shop. Adrienne has more info.

Roast of Charlie Sheen (10pm, Comedy Central) - After you finish watching the sitcom Sheen was fired from, you can tune in for the star's scathing "salute." Roasters include Jeffrey Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, Steve-O, Harvey Levin, and Mike Tyson.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - Are we really worried that Beckett didn't survive last season's gunshot cliffhanger? No. What we really want to know is if she heard Castle tell her he loves her after she was shot. In addition to the personal drama, there's the hunt for the sniper who tried to kill her. Also, there's a new by-the-book captain in charge (Penny Johnson Jerald, "24"), and she's not too fond of Castle hanging with the cops.

The Playboy Club (10pm, NBC) - A new series set in the legendary Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago. Tonight, high-powered attorney and club key holder (Eddie Cibrian) comes to the aid of a new Bunny after she's assaulted by the leader of a the Bianchi crime family. Worth checking out?

Hawaii Five-O (10pm, CBS) - The second season begins with McGarrett in prison awaiting trial for the governor's murder. Meanwhile, Kono is suspended from the force, pending an internal investigation for allegedly stealing department money.

How I Met Your Mother: 'Challenge Accepted'

As far as cliffhanger finales go, the "How I Met Your Mother" capper to season six offered slightly more suspense than your average stumble off a stepladder.

Ted resists reuniting with Zoey? Yawn. Lily is not throwing up because of food poisoning but because she's pregnant? Anyone who's watched more than two hours of American sitcoms could have predicted that "twist."

But a flash forward revealing that Barney is the groom in the wedding hinted at in the season's first episode? That works.

The smart money has Robin as the bride, even after Monday night's episode ended with Barney and Robin considering and then discounting the possibility of a rekindling of their romance. The last second appearance of Robin's British friend who Barney briefly dated seems like an obvious red herring.

But we can all agree with Barney and Robin's description of Ted and Zoey's romance, likely couched in a meta maneuver by the show's writers as an acknowledgment of the relationship as a wrong turn this season, as the worst thing ever.

Or maybe that will be Marshall and Lily's baby, for those of you who vowed to stop watching whenever that blessed event occurred.

What to Watch on Monday: A full night of Freedom and finales

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - In the Season 6 finale, Ted is the best man at a wedding that changes his life and Marshall fears that he may become the victim of food poisoning.

Chuck (8pm, NBC) - In the fourth season finale, the team scrambles to trounce Vivian Volkoff before she can destroy Chuck and Sarah's wedding. Chuck will return in the fall for its final season.

Mad Love (8:30pm, CBS) - In what turns out to be the series finale, Kate and Ben make a decision affecting their relationship after Kate gets surprising news from her ex-boyfriend.

Gossip Girl (9pm, CW) - The fourth season finale finds Blair with a difficult choice to make. Meanwhile, familiar faces return to town, including Georgina, Kati, and Isabel.

Freedom Riders (9pm, UNC-TV) - The story of the 1961 Freedom Riders, civil rights activists who confronted the Jim Crow laws that remained the status quo at interstate travel facilities in the South despite two Supreme Court rulings that declared them unconstitutional. Read our review.

Real Housewives of New Jersey (9pm, Bravo) - Season 3 opens with the new housewives Kathy Wakile and Melissa Gorga, who are both related to Teresa, gearing up for a family christening.

Mike & Molly (9:30pm, CBS) - In the first season finale, Mike is put on the spot and gets flustered when Peggy's new boyfriend asks him if he and Molly are planning to get married.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - In the third season finale, a hit man who has information on the murder of Beckett's mother escapes during a hearing. The manhunt leads Beckett to a law-enforcement figure tied to both the escape and her mother's death.

Hawaii Five-0 (10pm, CBS) - Season one ends with criminal mastermind Wo Fat trying to destroy Five-0, after McGarrett obtains some incriminating information about the crime lord's organization.

How I Met Your Mother: 'We're Done Here'

"How I Met Your Mother" tipped its viewers off weeks ago that Ted and Zoey's relationship was doomed. So Monday's breakup was hardly a surprise.

Still, give credit to Ted for crafting the perfect breakup line.

What to Watch on Monday: Lifetime dramatizes Natalee Holloway case

Justice for Natalee Holloway (8pm, Lifetime) - A docudrama chronicling the ongoing search for the truth behind the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Natalee's mother Beth (Tracy Pollan) is continually harassed by the suspected killer, who is also accused of murdering a woman in Peru in 2010. The real Beth Holloway hosts a new Lifetime show called 'Vanished,' which debuts after this movie.

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - Ted makes a tough decision that has a dramatic impact on his relationship with Zoey.

American Experience: Soundtrack for a Revolution (9pm, UNC-TV) - This history of the civil rights movement and its freedom music features performances by John Legend, the Roots, Wyclef Jean, Angie Stone, Joss Stone, Mary Mary, and Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama. The documentary also includes remarks from Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Andrew Young. Read our review.

The Chicago Code (9pm, Fox) - A possible hate crime spurs Teresa to try to stop an unethical promotion system within the police force, but her daring actions awaken suspicion in Gibbons.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - A beauty pageant contestant is found strangled to death during rehearsals. The wealth of suspects include the pageant's sponsor, the host, and rival contestants. Didn't we already see 'Miss Congeniality?'

What to Watch on Monday: 'Cougar Town' back from a break

Chuck (8pm, NBC) - The con is on when a swindler bilks Chuck and Sarah out of their wedding money. For help, they reach out to a master scam artist -- Sarah's dad (Gary Cole).

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - Barney attempts to bond with his dad (John Lithgow) and asks his friends to lie about their lives in order to make his life sound more exciting.

Chicago Code (9pm, Fox) - The mayor faults Teresa for rising crime rates after five people are shot in Lincoln Park, and Teresa wants Jarek to find the shooters so she can rebuild her public image.

Cougar Town (9:30pm, ABC) - The ill-named sitcom returns after an extended hiatus. Ellie is worried that Jules (Courtney Cox) is meddling in Travis' life, Grayson learns about friendship from Andy, and Bobby and Laurie introduce Penny Can to a new audience. Is it me or does this sound like essentially all the 'Cougar Town' episodes?

William & Kate (9pm, Lifetime) - Lifetime's movie based on the courtship of Prince William (Nico Evers-Swindell) and Kate Middleton (Camilla Luddington), who met while studying in Scotland.  Our review here.

William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale (10pm, ABC) - Barbara Walters looks at preparations for the April 29 royal wedding.

Hawaii Five-0 (10pm, CBS) - Five-0 try to stop an undercover NYPD detective (Sean Combs) from exacting revenge against a crime lord who targeted the officer's family.

How I Met Your Mother: How Barney met his father

Well, at least one family mystery has been solved.

Maybe casting John Lithgow as Barney's father Jerry, the suburban driving instructor starting over with a new family, is just another example of this show's proclivity for guest star cameos.

Or maybe, if we're lucky, this HIMYM story arc is an origin story for Lithgow's unforgettable Trinity killer from the "Dexter" series' fourth season.

What to Watch on Monday: New season of 'Dancing with the Stars' begins

Dancing with the Stars (8pm, ABC) - The new season begins and the cast includes Kirstie Alley and Sugar Ray Leonard. Read more about the new cast and new season. We'll post a recap of the show later tonight.

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - Barney finally meets his dad, who is played by John Lithgow.

Chuck (8pm, NBC) - A whodunit case emerges when a spy is murdered in Team Bartowski's secret high-tech home base. Also, Morgan is challenged when the Buy More crew battles their nemesis, Large Mart. Robin Givens guest stars.

The Chicago Code (9pm, Fox) - Jarek investigates a powerful drug dealer, but the FBI gets involved and causes problems. Elsewhere, Liam puts his cover at risk when he sympathizes with grieving families in front of Gibbons.

Triangle: Remembering the Fire (9pm, HBO) - A documentary about the 1911 New York City fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that killed 146 garment workers and changed workplace safety rules. Many of the people could not escape the fire because managers had locked doors to the exits and stairwells.

Being Human (9pm, Syfy) - Juxtaposed against the arrival of four troubling coffins at the funeral home, flashbacks from Bishop's past reveal his relationship with a human woman in 1955. I really hate to hear this is going to be a Bishop-centric episode. But in other news, Josh gets abducted.

Castle (10pm, ABC) - Castle's writing skills prove advantageous in the investigation into the murder of a popular soap opera's head writer. The serial's ambitious stars make for an interesting pool of suspects. Corbin Bernsen and Jane Seymour guest star.

Rip the Runway (10pm, BET) - Mehcad Brooks and Selita Ebanks host this high-energy fashion show featuring live performances from Wiz Khalifa, Keri Hilson, Fabolous, and New Boyz.

What to Watch on Monday: 'Bachelor' Brad takes Emily to South Africa

How I Met Your Mother (8pm, CBS) - Barney realizes he has feelings for Nora, which makes him think there's something wrong with him. Yay. Just what I wanted -- another episode of Barney acting silly.

The Bachelor (8pm, ABC) - Brad takes Ashley, Chantal and Emily to South Africa, where the issue of "fantasy-suite dates" comes up. Brad then cuts one woman loose and takes the other two women to Cape Town to meet his family. On last week's episode, Brad travelled to Charlotte to meet Emily Maynard's little girl Ricki. At some point during this show, the competitors on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars" will be announced.

Chuck (8pm, NBC) - Chuck and Sarah orchestrate an intricate heist at a high-security bank. Also, the couple's wedding plans heat up, and an unforeseen twist marks Morgan's search for a new roommate.

The Chicago Code (9pm, Fox) - Jarek and Caleb try to stop a bomber who blew up a building and has plans for additional targets. Elsewhere, an armed teenager attempts to rob Gibbons, and this prompts him to recall his own upbringing and youthful ideals.

Being Human (US) (9pm, Syfy) - Emily and Josh return to their parents' house, and Aiden confronts Bishop over the attack on Emily. Also, Sally tries to reach out to her friend Bridgette.

Bethenny Ever After (10pm, Bravo) - The follow-up to "Bethenny Getting Married?" follows Bethenny Frankel, her husband Jason, and their new baby Bryn on their Hoppy family adventures. In tonight's premiere episode, the family visits Jason's hometown in Pennsylvania, but the rural environs prove to be a culture shock for Bethenny. There's also a pretty tense dinner with Jason's parents, who want more time with their granddaughter.

How I Met Your Mother: Garbage Island

Dear esteemed creators of "How I Met Your Mother",

For the rest of your show's still enjoyable run, I propose that you tag the beginning of future episodes with news crawls alerting us to storylines devoted to Ted's love interests who do not end up being his future wife. If said news crawl had been up and running already this season, we could have decided if we wanted to fast-forward through Ted and Zoey's improbable romance.

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