What to Watch Monday: Perception Premieres, Eureka Sees Double, Home Run Derby and More

On TV this Monday: It’s the beginning of the end for The Closer, Eric McCormack shows off his unique Perception, beer’s to the memories on How I Met Your MotherLost Girl plays games and baseball’s biggest batters try to knock one (and preferably more) outta the park. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are eight programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm Home Run Derby (ESPN) | Warm up for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game by watching Major League Baseball’s hardest hitters brazenly swing for the bleachers. Broadcast live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.

8 pm The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family) | Amy and Ricky’s loved ones want to throw them a wedding reception, which causes a dilemma for the not-actually-married pair. Also, 7th Heaven’s Haylie Duff guest-stars as the lawyer Ben needs when he confesses that he may have burned down Dylan’s school.

8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | This Repeat to Revisit brought the concept of Edward Fortyhands to the masses. If you’re still in the dark, watch and marvel at the amount of ingenuity and creativity applied to something so patently ridiculous. (And if you’ve ever played, you’ve got to tell us about it in the comments.)

PREVIEW | Kyra Sedgwick Surveys The Closer’s Last Battlefield, Ponders Her Next TV Gig – Plus, How Will Fritz Go on Without Brenda?

9 pm Eureka (Syfy) | Eureka’s citizens are being replaced by body doubles, and Allison, Fargo and Zane are the kidnapped originals’ singular hope!

PREVIEW | Exclusive Bunheads First Look: Truly Gives Her Nemesis an Unexpected Helping Hand

10 pm Perception (TNT) | Series premiere: Emmy winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) plays an eccentric professor who assists a former student (Rachael Leigh Cook) now working for the FBI. Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) and LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) co-star.

10 pm Opening Act (E!) | Series premiere: The newest offering from very busy producer Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) gives undiscovered musicians an opportunity — and the necessary coaching — to warm up the crowd for big-name performers. First up: Rod Stewart looks for someone to share the bill.

10 pm Teen Wolf (MTV) | Derek’s not sure he’s the Alpha for the job, Lydia starts to put tooth and tooth together about the bite from Peter, and Jackson makes trouble for Scott and Stiles.

10 pm Lost Girl (Syfy) | Lauren and The Ash are playing a wicked game – is it, by any chance, Edward Fortyhands? – in which Bo becomes a pawn.

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

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  1. Brandy says:


  2. Lorie says:

    The Closer and Perception. Sorry, Bunheads, but you’ll be DVR’d for the next 6 weeks.

  3. Man, it seems like all of the good summer shows are on Mondays. I’ve already got “Bunheads” at 9 PM and “Teen Wolf” at 10 PM.

    I’m going to give “Perception” a shot at 10 PM, mainly because I love Rachel Leigh Cook and am glad she’s back on my TV screen.

  4. Sam says:

    Home field advantage in the World Series goes to the winning team in the All-Star Game. The winner of the Home Run Derby gets bragging rights and a trophy.

  5. emma says:

    Haylie Duff as a lawyer? Well, that’s believable.

  6. Reena says:

    The closer and perception for me I’ve been waiting too long for Brenda lee to return to my tv also perception looks very interesting from the previews and I loved Kelly on the oc

  7. Bella says:

    Eureka at 9:00. I’ll DVR Bunheads and watch The Closer when it airs again an hour or two later. I might give Perception a shot, although it looks a little too weird for me. Quirky has been overdone lately.

    • Templar says:

      Quirky is trending. The kid on Alphas, Shawn on Psych, Patrick Jane on the Mentalist, Dr. Reid on Criminal Minds, Mike on Suits etc.

  8. Velvet says:

    Lost Girl
    Fear Factor
    Bizarre Foods Celebrates 100
    Bizarre Foods America

  9. Velvet says:

    The Monday sched is ridiculously busy.

  10. TMW says:

    What, no love for The Glass House? Heh.

  11. Sunny says:

    Bunheads, The Closer, and Perception.

  12. Justin says:

    Eureka, Lost Girl, The Closer and Perception for me tonight.

  13. portiaslegacy says:

    Bunheads is it for me, but others in the family prefer The Closer.

    Why are there so many conflicts in tv viewing?

  14. Mick says:

    Tia and Tamera at 8 pm

  15. Shaun says:

    Why isn’t Hells Kitchen and Masterchef on here?Anyways,after those I’ll watch Eureka,Teen Wolf and Bunheads online.

  16. JP says:

    Eureka and, if I can stay awake, Perception. If not, I hope it’s available via OnDemand. Bunheads via OnDemand as well.

  17. Nick says:

    Hell’s Kitchen MasterChef & Perception

  18. Gerald says:

    Nothing…. just sad.

  19. farsia2010 says:


  20. Sara says:

    THE CLOSER….I waited for the gang for too long

  21. bobbie says:

    Eureka and Perception. I like weird.

  22. Argh…. Eureka, The Closer and Bunheads are all on at the same time. Curses! Why must my TiVo only be able to do two shows at once!