The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Monday

On TV this Monday: J.J. Abrams uncorks a new island mystery, the Broke Girls get a neighbor, birthday girl Betty White wants to punk you, a Lost Girl finds herself on Syfy and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (including several stories on Gossip Girl‘s winter premiere), we’ve singled out 10 shows to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Alcatraz (Fox) | Two-hour series premiere: A detective (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy) and Alcatraz historian (Jorge Garcia, Lost) team up with a secret agency dedicated to finding inmates from the infamous prison who went missing 50 years ago and are reappearing today. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Parminder Nagra (ER) also star, and J.J. Abrams (Lost) is an exec producer. (Read our First Impression.)

8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | With Lucas missing and questions surrounding what happened out on the lake, Hanna’s reluctance to help only causes more problems; Spencer’s new lead about “A” guides her to an unexpected place and revelation.

8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | In the hitcom’s 150th episode, Lily and Marshall officially move to the suburbs only to realize that Lily’s bossy father refuses to move out of their house. (Check out photos here.)

8:30 pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS) | Max and Caroline are suspicious of a new upstairs neighbor (Jennifer Coolidge, Best in Show). (Read more about Coolidge’s recurring character.)

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9 pm Being Human (Syfy) | Season 2 premiere: Nora starts her transition into a werewolf; Aidan fearfully prepares for his meeting with the Elders; Sally goes haywire with her new powers. (Oh, and this guy will be returning.)

9 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | Zoey tries to coerce Walden into cutting his hair and shaving (and apparently it works; Ashton Kutcher debuted a jarringly clean-cut appearance at the TCA winter press tour last week). Meanwhile, Alan and Lyndsey rekindle their relationship.

9:30 pm Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (NBC) | Series premiere: After celebrating her 90th birthday with an 8 o’clock NBC special, America’s sweetheart debuts this new hidden-camera show, sending a fearless band of senior citizens to the streets to pull pranks on the younger generation.

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10 pm Lost Girl (Syfy) | In the U.S. premiere of this Canadian series, Anna Silk (The Ghost Whisperer) stars as Bo, a Succubus who feeds on human energy — sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, she searches for the truth about her own origins. Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected) and Kris Holden-Ried (The Tudors) also star.

10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | McGarrett is rocked to his core when Chin Ho reveals shocking news about Joe White; Danny plays midwife for his ex-wife when she goes into early labor.

10 pm Castle (ABC) | Mayor Weldon (guest star Derek Webster, Damages) — the man whose political clout keeps Castle at Beckett’s side — lands in the crosshairs when a woman is found dead in a car that traces back to his motor pool. (Read about Beckett’s conflict here.)

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Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Renee says:

    Gonna DVR Alcatraz and will watch after Terra Nova decision is made.

  2. fernando says:

    Pretty Little LiArs, The Lying Game, and Love Games.

  3. Dee Dee says:

    Can’t wait to see Betty White’s show. The previews looked hilarious!

  4. Castlebuffysvu says:

    Ahaha, watching The Bachelor tonight, as usual. What a guilty pleasure, AND CASTLE! Yay!

  5. Sue says:

    Alcatraz, Love me some Betty White and have to watch my Castle…

  6. Michael Sacal says:

    “Mayor Weldon (guest star Derek Webster, Damages) — the man whose political clout keeps Castle at Beckett’s side — lands in the crosshairs when a woman is found dead in a car that traces back to his motor pool”

    That sounds like The Killing, heh.

  7. Watching How I Met Your Mother, DVRing (or watching, depending on if my sister comes over) The Lying Game, and DVRing Alcatraz and Castle. I hope Alcatraz is good! I’d love another LOST-like show to follow. Also hoping HIMYM has something special planned for the big 150. That last episode was a kind of weak, and I feel like there are a lot of loose threads hanging that haven’t been touched on in a while.

  8. Gusar says:

    For those who haven’t seen Lost Girl yet, you’re in for a treat. While the Pilot makes it kinda seem that the show is more serious, the following eps unleash the full on humor. Especially Ksenia Solo as Kenzi is hilarious.

  9. Barbara says:

    Da Da Da Da Da Da
    HAWAII 5-0

  10. Brigitte says:

    DVR will be busy with Alcatraz, How I met your Mother, Being Human and Lost Girl. Still gotta catch up with Leverage and Once Upon a Time from last night!

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  12. Christen says:

    When you tweeted this, you put Gossip Girl in the heading..but it isn’t on here!

  13. Kate says:

    Castle!!! I’ve been really looking forward to this episode! I can’t wait to see how Beckett handles knowing that if the mayor isn’t in office it could mean no Castle for her…

  14. Kendal says:

    Pretty Little Liars and HIMYM for me this evening.

  15. guest says:

    Gossip girl!:D

  16. Brandy says:

    Pretty little liars, lying gamr, 2 broke girls, gossip girl. Maybe hart of dixie rerun.

  17. Brynn says:

    “Castle” “2 Broke Girls” & dvr “Alcatraz” to try later.

  18. Sofia says:

    I have too many shows to watch on Monday – Gossip Girl, Two Broke Girls, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Real House Wives of BH, I only watch tv on Monday’s tho lol.

  19. ggny says:

    finally Being Human is back sooooo happy

  20. Tracey says:

    Patently waiting for Hart of Dixie to return next Monday..

  21. Justin says:

    Pretty busy Monday for me tonight. I’ll be watching Alcatraz, Being Human, Lost Girl, 2 Broke Girls and Hawaii 5-0.

  22. Sally says:

    Will DVR Alcatraz. I really dislike 2 hour premiers. Way too much commercial time I’d rather just skip later.

  23. Tee says:

    Himym, Lying Game, Castle. Though I might dvr Lost Girl and give it a shot though.

  24. kirads09 says:

    I am so anxious for Alcatraz!
    Then Hawaii Five 0

  25. Definitely excited for Alcatraz tonight, though I hope that it isn’t too similar to Lost or we’ll never heard an end to the griping.

    Didn’t realize it was two hours long. Better block off some more time to power through it so we can recap it tomorrow!

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  27. juan says:

    Wow my mondays are getting busier, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game, Being Human, Castle, and will see premier of Lost Girl.

  28. JP says:

    Been dying (heh) for Being Human’s return! It’s killing me that it’s opposite another traditional viewing for me: post-Golden Globes w/the Fashion Police. What to do, what to do…I think FP will air again several times this week, so Being Human it is!