With network Fall TV preview season in full swing now, here's a quick rundown of what's on tonight, Monday, from season to series premiers.
Tips come from TV Remote writer Chuck Barney (CB) and Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore (FM) where noted.
ABC. Early bird Dancing with the Stars is actually in its second episode here. The local interest among the celebs is jockey Victor Espinoza of American Pharoah fame.
CBS. Uh oh. TV's most popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, launches a new season with some awkward tension. Seems Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) is taken aback when Leonard (Johnny Galecki) confesses he kissed another woman. — CB
CW. Premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Fox. Season premiere of the Batman prequel series, Gotham.
NBC. The Voice is back in action and in search of a new pop star who won't fade into obscurity as soon as the season ends. Gwen Stefani rejoins judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams in the hot seats on the two-hour season premiere. — CB
CBS. After nerds being funny at 8, we have the Season 2 premiere of nerds in action on Scorpion. Apparently, KISS frontman Gene Simmons appears as himself.
Fox. Minority Report, based on the Tom Cruise hit movie, is set in 2065 as a man who can see the future, including crime, forms an alliance with a cop to stop the murders he predicts. — FM
ABC. Castle starts a two-part season premiere.
CBS. NCIS: Los Angeles, the one with LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, has its season premiere.
NBC. Blindspot, a tatty tattoo whodunit that exists somewhere between soft-core porn and a cruelty joke.
Judging from the pilot, it's a mashup between two dramas from years ago: John Doe (which began with a mysterious man found naked, with no memory of who he is) and the tattooed hero of Prison Break, self-inked with the info he needs to gain escape.
In Blindspot, an attractive young woman is discovered in Times Square with no memory but with unexplained tattoos covering her well-toned body (though, thankfully, none mar her pretty face). The FBI discovers that each tattoo contains a clue to a crime they will have to solve.
What a sexy memo pad! But it remains to be seen how many clues are on this human things-to-do list. Maybe none will be needed past the show's initial 13 weeks. — FM