Over on cable, Bravo has part two of the second season reunion special of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Discovery Channel has the first season finale of First Week In.
House (FOX): New. Foreman’s first mentor is brought in to investigate a case that spurs a violent incident. He is questioning everyone involved. This, as with pretty much every episode that veers from the normal storytelling pattern, is fantastic. We see the story play out as each doctor recounts his or her involvement in the case. While the episode is great on an individual level and has an interesting ending, as with most character growth on this series it will probably not stick long term. This episode shows that they can still make TV worth watching, but given that House always returns to his normal has been the downfall of the series over the last couple seasons for me.
Being Human (Syfy): New. Aidan continues to fight falling back into old habits. Josh meets a couple of werewolves that are brother and sister. Sally comes in contact with an old friend. Plays again later. Last week’s episode, “All Out of Blood,” replays right before.
Castle (ABC): New. A modern day treasure hunter is killed and Beckett and Castle must figure out how it connects to an old murder case from 1947. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. This is one of the best episodes they have ever done. I’m sure it would easily make my top seven, if I ever put such a list together. This is just fantastic storytelling and getting to see the cast fill out Castle’s imagination of what took place back in 1947 was just so much fun. Plus, they have a lot of fun with the way the case plays with the Beckett and Castle relationship in present day.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): New. Lily and Marshall decide to throw a housewarming party, where Ted almost gets in a fight with Marshall’s boss.
2 Broke Girls (CBS): New. Caroline and Max try to get hired on with Sophie’s maid service.
Hart of Dixie (The CW): New. Zoe decides on a sleepover with Rose instead of attending the town dance with Judson. Lemon decides it is time for her dad to start dating again and sets him up on a date without him knowing.
Smash (NBC): Series Premiere. A pair of successful writers looking to take some time off hit upon the idea of doing a Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe and get inspired. They team up with producer looking to make a comeback and start looking for the actress that will play the iconic role. A brilliant, but flawed, director is brought in and a seasoned chorus girl competes with a new actress trying to make it in the big city. This is one of the best “Pilot” episodes of this TV season. Whether you like musicals or not, you should give it a shot. Also, if you hate Glee, you may still like this. As other than they both have some singing, they aren’t really alike at all. Things may play out a little faster than would actually happen when trying to get a show like this off the ground, but this first episode has a wonderful arc. What I don’t know is how it will play as a series and how it will work long term. I will need to see more episodes for that. But, as a single hour of TV, it is quite compelling and definitely has me looking forward to future episodes.
Oxygen has 12 episodes of Living Single early.
Spike TV has six episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
USA Network has 13 episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent early.
WE tv has 10 episodes of The Golden Girls tonight.