Coming to your TV this Monday: music videos that pop up, a doctor in the lock-up, a supersized Warehouse 13 finale and a “super” visitor to The Playboy Club. The people have spoken and we’re staying daily* with the TVLine-Up, so here now our picks for the day.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: With a new era comes new parameters. In its daily incarnation, the TVLine-Up will of course flag big premieres and finales as well as cite “noteworthy” regular episodes of a series (i.e. those that we know or have heard to be standouts, boast interesting guest stars, or possess some other intangible “fun” factor). And during these first weeks of the fall, I’ll also invite you to give new shows a second look. Lastly, my lawyer says that as the author, I am also entitled to lob out the occasional wild card, just because.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3
12/11c Pop-Up Video (VH1) | What are the names of the Black Eyes Peas not named Fergie or Will.I.am? How many vinyl trees died to make Gaga’s costume? VH1 returns to its music-vid heyday with this daily dose of edutainment. Sneak peek example: Check out Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends.”
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | The bad news: After Robin assaults a girl who’s out to ruin Barney’s relationship, she is court-ordered to begin therapy sessions. The good news: Hello, Dr. Kal Penn!
8 pm Terra Nova (Fox) | While Jim helps Commander Taylor deal with a pack of pterosaurs (sounds pterrifying!), wife Elisabeth discovers that an old flame is also living at the colony. Out of all the prehistoric settlements at the end of a cosmic wormhole in all the world….
8 pm The Lying Game (ABC Family) | Tables, turned: While Emma continues to lead Sutton’s complicated life — blackmailed along the way by her own visiting stepbrother — Sutton is forced to step into Emma’s shoes out in Nevada.
8 pm Prohibition (PBS) | Part 2 of this new Ken Burns docuseries includes an examination of how alcoholism rose as a result of women being allowed into speakeasies, whereas previously saloons were men-only.
9 pm House (Fox) | The new season kicks off with House behind bars, though there’s a twist as to exactly why he landed there. Thanks to a time jump (and pesky prison overpopulation), he has just five more days to serve, but man, they turn out to be a tough five days. Odette Annable joins the cast as a prison doctor who learns a (bad) thing or two from House, while 24‘s Jude Ciccolella guest-stars as a gang leader who exacts a stiff “exit tax” on the outgoing inmate.
9 pm Hart of Dixie (The CW) | Zoe is subject to personal humiliation when her participation in a parade float is not nearly as successful as Ferris Bueller’s. Professionally, she gets the not-so-good word from George that she needs to bring in 30 percent of the business to keep Breeland’s mitts off her half of the practice.
9 pm Warehouse 13 (Syfy) | Two-hour Season 3 finale: Pete and Myka’s pursuit of a top-secret file pinched from the warehouse leads them to a Wyoming high school where HG Wells is giving new mean to to the phrase, “Hot for teacher.”
9:30 pm Mike & Molly (CBS) | William Sanderson of Deadwood and Larry, Darryl and Darryl fame guest stars as Mike’s mom’s boyfriend — and he’s got a surprise for his best girl.
10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Chin Ho worries when Kono starts hanging out with a group of dirty ex-cops — Dirty Sexy Money‘s William Baldwin included.
10 pm Castle (ABC) | A crime scene conspicuously missing a victim leads Beckett and Castle into the world of cryogenic life extension. Die Hard nuisance William Atherton guest stars.
10 pm The Playboy Club (NBC) | NBC is in no rush to close the doors here (says Deadline), so for now enjoy Smallville alum Cassidy Freeman’s debut as a socialite who accompanies Nick to photo ops all the while desiring someone else. (I haven’t been too subtle about her secret, have I?) Elsewhere, a new bunny has a hidden agenda.