TV is back, to help you ring in this New Year! This week alone, you’ve got five series debuts, 14 season openers and 36 shows returning from the holiday break. Let’s start off the onslaught of goodness with a list of 10 Monday programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Bachelor (ABC) | Ben Flajnik, 29 — aka Bachelorette Ashley Hebert’s reject — peruses 25 women age 23-34 (not including one actress who won’t disclose her age, hmm). Among the pickings are three nurses, a model, a physical trainer and one (ahem) “VIP cocktail waitress.”
8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | Season 2.5 promises us that Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer will “take matters into their own hands and try to finally put a stop to their tormentor.” Riiiight. (Read preview here!)
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | Marshall visits his father’s graveside after celebrating New Year’s Eve to carry on their tradition of tailgating; Barney and Ted open a bar called Puzzles; Robin is forced to fill in for an inebriated news anchor. (Check out photos here.)
8:30 pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS) | Caroline discovers the secret ingredient to Max’s cupcakes. It can only be hashish, right? If this was a Barney Miller episode, it’d for sure be hashish.
9 pm The Lying Game (ABC Family) | Season 1.5 premiere: When the police find the Mercer car at the bottom of the lake, Emma and Ethan don’t know whether Sutton is missing… or dead. Meanwhile, Char’s aunt (Angel‘s Charisma Carpenter) returns to town after many years, touting memories that Alec and Ted would prefer to keep in the past.
9 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | When Walden’s ex-wife (Judy Greer) and mother (Mimi Rogers) try to take control of his company, he tries to enlist Alan as an ally.
9:30 pm Mike & Molly (CBS) | Carl is confronted with his fear of commitment when he and Christina (Holly Robinson Peete) attempt to take their relationship to the next level. (“In a Relationship” Facebook status updates?)
10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Five-0 must first find out why a teenage girl was targeted in a professional hit before they can find her killer.
10 pm Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) | Tracey Gold (Growing Pains) trades her very organized home with free-spirited, rules-averse singer Carnie Wilson in this special preview of the new series (which makes its official debut on Tuesday).
10 pm Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC) | One segment shows how all of that New Year’s Eve confetti gets cleaned up literally overnight at Times Square. As someone whose office is a half-block away from the tourist mecca, color me curious!
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own. With raindrops we can fill buckets!