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TV Tonight (Tuesday) and Last Night

By admin Published: September 20, 2011

What am I watching tonight? Well, nothing in real time because I have an assignment in Cleveland this evening. But there are plenty of DVR possibilities, with the debuts of "New Girl" and "Unforgettable," and the season premieres of "Body of Proof," "Glee," "Raising Hope," "The Biggest Loser," "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles." Also, the first results show for "Dancing With the Stars" (preceded by a "meet the cast" special -- isn't that what we did last night?). And, if the premiere of "Ringer" did anything for you, the second episode is tonight.

When I have a chance, I will be seeing "Glee," with some reservations because last season was often not good; "Body of Proof," because it's mildly watchable and seems always on the verge of getting better, and "NCIS" because it's the season premiere and I give it a couple of looks every season.

Also, the "DWTS" results, although I expect to skip to the last few minutes just to see if Ron Artest/Metta World Peace is going home. The premiere as a whole was less than exciting, but he was clearly the worst (and Chaz Bono, whom I believe on principle deserves a fair shot, was better than several other dancers). And I am recording "Ringer," although I did not care for the premiere, to see if it has gotten any better.

I have already seen "Unforgettable" and it made so little an impression that I don't expect to watch again. "New Girl" stars the inarguably adorable Zooey Deschanel, but I still do not know if she is enough reason to watch the show; the pilot overall was weak. We will see how it looks a week from now. And I like "Raising Hope," but a review copy has been sitting around for some time now, and I just haven't had an overpowering desire to watch it.

Besides "DWTS," on Monday I did my due diligence with "Two and a Half Men" -- and would have watched anyway because it is a show that I have kept up with for years. As I said on Twitter, I am glad that we are past the Charlie's-gone overkill, which did not work; John Stamos, "Dharma & Greg" redux, the return of ex-girfriends -- so much effort, so little amusement. But Ashton Kutcher already seems a comfortable fit with the show, Jon Cryer is still ready to play and Conchata Ferrell can do more with one line than many actors would accomplish with a dozen. By the end of the premiere, it felt more like the old "Men," which may not sit well with some of my colleagues but is fine by me.

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