On TV this Monday: Gossip Girl‘s Dan ponders a Roman holiday, How I Met Your Mother‘s Marshall is father dazed, House confronts the C-word, Castle battles the Z-word, Charlie spooks Two and a Half Men and more. May sweeps is already in full swing, folks, so in addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Gossip Girl (The CW) | Chuck, Nate, Blair, Serena and Lola team up to uncover what they think is an explosive secret between Diana and Jack; Dan is offered a prestigious fellowship in Rome for the summer. Oh nos!
8 pm The Voice (NBC) | In the penultimate round of performances, the final two members of each team sing for their lives. Or at least to make it to next Monday.
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | When Lily has a baby shower, Marshall starts to panic about his imminent parenthood; Ted and Robin come to terms with their relationship.
8:30 pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS) | Max’s babysitting gig is in peril if the cupcakes she and Caroline deliver to Peach’s socialite friend aren’t perfect. (That is CBS’ own alliteration, not mine. I’ll give them an 8.)
9 pm House (Fox) | In “The C-Word,” directed by series lead Hugh Laurie, House and Wilson take a little vacation in the wake of the latter’s Stage 2 cancer diagnosis. Meanwhile, the team suspects that a doctor mom’s determination to cure her daughter could be the very thing that is killing her.
9 pm The Pitch (AMC) | This new reality series chronicles the high stakes and tight deadlines that ad agencies face when they gun for a new piece of business, Don Draper-style. First up: SK+G & The AD Store woo Waste Management.
9 pm Make It or Break It (ABC Family) | Watch it while you can! When Lauren is told that her heart condition requires surgery, Payson seeks out another doctor with a medical alternative; Kaylie and Jordan become unlikely roommates.
9 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | After Alan suffers a minor heart attack, his brother Charlie’s ghost — played by Kathy Bates! — pays a visit to his hospital bedside. Oh, the misery.
9:30 pm Mike & Molly (CBS) | When Mike’s dad comes to town early for his son’s bachelor party, Peggy decides she should attend Molly’s bachelorette bash and thus turns it into a raucous affair.
10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Crossover, Part 1: Five-0 and the NCIS: Los Angeles task force team up in Hawaii when a suspect on the loose threatens to release a deadly virus into the population. Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) guest-stars.
10 pm Castle (ABC) | Investigating the murder of a man with human bite marks on his body, Castle and Beckett delve into New York’s zombie subculture to find the killer and bring him in — dead, undead or alive. (Again, that’s the network’s wordplay, and I wholly endorse it.)
Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.