Tonight on the Tube: Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, Heroes, Journeyman & CSI: Miami

Heroes - Season One on DVDThe fall season gets fully underway tonight. On ABC there is the season premieres of Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor. On CBS there is the season premieres of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement and CSI: Miami, plus the series premiere of The Big Bang Theory. On NBC it is the season premiere of Heroes and the series premieres of Chuck and Journeyman. MyNetworkTV has the season finale of IFL Battleground. Over on cable is the season finale of The Pick-Up Artist on VH1.

Right now you can download last week’s K-Ville series premiere and Prison Break third season premiere episodes free at iTunes and Amazon Unbox.

Prime Picks

Chuck (NBC): Series Premiere. An everyday nerd ends up downloading stolen government secrets into his brain after opening an email from an old college roommate. Government agents track him down to find out why a rogue agent sent them to him. Action and comedy ensue. Read review. Plays again Saturday night. Given that this and other new NBC shows have been available via Amazon Unbox, Blockbuster and Cable and Satellite On Demand services for the last couple of weeks, it will be interesting to see how many people actually watch tonight’s premieres. I don’t plan on watching them again this week, as they premiere. So, what do you think the chances are that the second week’s ratings could be much stronger than opening night, as people tune into the second episodes of the shows they like, but not the first one, having already seen it?

Heroes (NBC): Season Premiere. The fates of old heroes are revealed and new heroes are introduced, as a new problem awaits those with abilities. Can’t wait, how about you? Plays again Saturday night.

Journeyman (NBC): Series Premiere. A man starts jumping through time and must figure out if he is going crazy or if there is a purpose for what is happening. He meets up with his former fiancé in the past, which starts to complicate his life in the present with his wife and son. Read review.

Solid Selections

How I Met You Mother (CBS): Season Premiere. Enrique Iglesias and Mandy Moore guest star tonight. Ted sees Robin with her new man from Argentina and then thinks it is about time to find someone of his own, so he heads out with Barney.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Series Premiere. A beautiful, but not that bright, woman moves in next door to two exceptionally bright, but socially inept, guys. Comedy ensues.

K-Ville (FOX): New. Cobb and Boulet are part of a manhunt after a jailbreak. The premiere last week left a little to be desired. A couple more episodes are needed to see which way the series is going to go. If it continues down the well-worn path of the standard buddy cop type show, go, is indeed what it will do.

CSI: Miami (CBS): Season Premiere. When a hostage situation turns into a murder scene, the CSIs investigate. Horatio begins to believe that one of the suspects might be his son.

Cable Choices

Good Eats (Food Network): Repeat. Alton works with chocolate. Plays again later.
The Secret Life Of … (Food Network): Repeat. Find out the history of treats at the movies. Plays again later.

Unwrapped (Food Network): New. Get a look at how your favorite mints are made. Plays again later.
Unwrapped (Food Network): Repeat. Chewy treats are looked at. Plays again later.

The Closer (TNT): Repeat. Season three continues replaying with the “Grave Doubts” episode, where a dead gang member is found with Provenza’s card in his pocket.

Other Options

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel): New. Tony visits Tuscanny.
  • Prison Break (FOX): New. How great was the third season opener last week? A lack of water in the prison is pushing things toward a revolt. Michael is trying to find Whistler. Lincoln meets an old friend and gets acquainted with a new one.
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS): Season Premiere. Audrey and Jeff are sleeping in separate rooms because his loud snoring.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS): Season Premiere. Alan and Charlie deal with getting Jake ready for his first day of junior high school.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has Monday Night Football with the Tennessee Titans at the New Orleans Saints.

Late Night

  • Burn Notice (USA): Repeat. The two-hour season finale, “Loose Ends,” replays.
  • Saving Grace (TNT): Repeat. The first season begins replaying tonight with the “Pilot” episode.

TV Marathons

MTV has 11 episodes of America’s Next Top Model.
Nickelodeon has 12 episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air late.
Sci Fi has eight episodes of Andromeda early.
Travel Channel has five episodes of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern.
VH1 has 8½ hours of The Pick-Up Artist.

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