This is going to be a tough night for viewers in Northeast Ohio and for sports fans everywhere. The choices include the best new show of the season, "Last Resort," on ABC. Let me say that again: The best new show of the season. You need to support this series.
Unfortunately, tonight it will be against the Browns-Ravens game, which is not only a huge rivalry game (and will pre-empt NBC programs locally*) but the first game of the season wtih regular officials replacing the dreaded replacement refs. Woe betide any returning ref who makes a mistake tonight. It's a national telecast on NFL Network, so the viewing challenges will not just be here in NE Ohio.
Even if you absolutely must watch the Browns, set your DVR for "Last Resort."
That is the nuclear submarine/political drama starring Andre Braugher, and it is full of tension, plotting complications and super acting. Keep an eye on Braugher, of course, Scott Speedman and former Clevelander Robert Patrick.) I feared that tonight's premiere could not be sustained, but the second episode, which I have seen, is just as good -- and very smart about the implications of what happens in the premiere. I cannot wait for more.**
Also on ABC tonight, the return of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." I used to be a "Grey's" devotee but no longer, and don't expect to be drawn back in by tonight's resolution of last season's plane crash. "Scandal" just got crazier and crazier as its first season went along, and I expect more of the same tonight.
CBS brings back "Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men" and "Person of Interest" along with the premiere of "Elementary," which I have already reviewed here. Fox continues "X Factor" and the woeful-so-far "Glee."
As for things that have already aired, how freakin' good is Ed O'Neill? He just tore it up on the "Modern Family" season premiere. And today's mailbag is here.
*WKYC has posted its rescheduling of NBC shows here. Note that what it calls early Sunday morning is what some of you call late Saturday night, with the delayed lineup airing immediate after "Saturday Night Live." If you do not want to wait until Sunday, you may want to check for the shows online at nbc.com or via your TV provider's On Demand services.
**I could say more, of course, but am fighting a cold that is limiting my energy on a day when I have two beyond-the-blog assignments.