Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, November 26. All times are Eastern.
Revolution (NBC, 10 p.m.): Such is NBC’s love for the biggest new show of the fall (and the scripted pillar of its recent November sweeps victory) that after tonight, it’s putting the show on hiatus until the spring. That sounds like an odd strategy, but it’s actually part of a plan to establish an alternate-reality game where the desolation on the network’s Revolution-less schedule is meant to reflect the desolation of the show’s electricity-free world. (Also, this show apparently can’t function without a lead-in from The Voice.) Les Chappell prepares for a brave new world where his Monday nights are free.
Misfits (Hulu, 5 p.m.): The show continues fleshing out the backstories of its new recruits, as Finn tracks down his real father. This being a superhero story, Rowan Kaiser hopes this father-son reunion occurs within an Arctic fortress made of interplanetary crystals.
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 7:30 p.m.): We have a feeling the episode synopsis about Jake and Finn losing a “flying disc” in a giant tree is hiding something—like the fact that the disc can fly on its own or the tree is voiced by some left-field vocal talent. If this isn’t the case, Oliver Sava is in for a startlingly grounded quarter hour in the Land of Ooo.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.): Joe Manganiello’s return as Brad last week was no mere fan-service-y callback to How I Met Your Mother’s early seasons. Marshall’s old buddy is now his greatest nemesis, and Donna Bowman hates to see them fight like this.
Regular Show (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m.): A tremendous physical test awaits Rigby: A single pull-up. You laugh, but Alasdair Wilkins has trained for months to make sure he can do two pull-ups, therefore laying claim to a greater level of fitness than a cartoon raccoon.
2 Broke Girls (CBS, 9 p.m.): “Max and Caroline try to raise money to rent a storefront for their cupcake business” goes the TV Guide summary—and “pop” goes Pilot Viruet’s head, because isn’t raising money to open that cupcake store what this whole damn series is about?
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo, 9 p.m.): Following a dramatic penultimate episode, the first all-star season of Drag Race concludes with a decision somehow influenced by Twitter voting. Of course, if those votes could somehow lead to the season lasting another couple of weeks, Oliver Sava wouldn’t object.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Batman: The Animated Series (1 p.m.): Nora Fries is alive, well, and married to someone other than her cold-encased, Gotham-freezing first husband. Which means Mr. Freeze must try to usher the city into a new ice age all over again—though maybe he could wait until Oliver Sava has a chance to dig up his winter jacket?
WHAT ELSE IS ON
Dancing With The Stars (ABC, 8 p.m.): The ABC reality juggernaut’s experiment with an all-star season comes to a merciful end—on a night, appropriately, when the fall’s other, far-more-enjoyable all-star competition throws all kids of shade at Tom Bergeron and company.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC, 9:01 p.m.): Foolish ABC: You cannot cancel Ty Pennington’s winning smile and perky attitude! You can only condense them into one-off specials that air when people at the network want to take some time off!
Pawn Stars (History, 10 p.m.): Because we’re apparently into highlighting the latest from reality-show sensations of the mid-to-late ’00s today, here’s an episode of Pawn Stars where someone’s looking to unload a driver’s license previously owned by Slash. We just want to see if the DMV had the guts to ask the artist formerly known as Saul Hudson to remove his sunglasses and top hat for his photo.
Cake Boss (TLC, 10:30 p.m.): Paul F. Tompkins’ impression of Buddy Valastro and the real-life Cake Boss (Cake Boss!) grow closer to merging into a single being with every passing day. The latest evidence: This sixth-season première of Cake Boss (Cake Boss!), where Buddy must use his gift of the second sight to determine whether or not Betty White will react positively to a cake made in her image.
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (Syfy, 6:30 p.m.): In which Indy puts aside his beef with the Nazis to battle a cult bent on creating the PG-13 rating by separating moviegoers from their still-beating hearts.
Pride And Prejudice (1940) (TCM, 8 p.m.): Aldous Huxley is partially responsible for the screenplay for this Jane Austen adaptation. That explains why the Bennet daughters are constantly exclaiming “My Ford, Mr. Darcy!” (It also explains why Jim Morrison briefly experimented with altering the most famous lyric in “The Celebration Of The Lizard” to “I am the lizard Bing-ley.”)
Monday Night Football: Panthers at Eagles (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.): It’s been a rough fall for both competitors in this Monday-night matchup, which was seemingly chosen only to give a primetime spotlight to Carolina rookie Cam Newton. Enjoy watching a Heisman Trophy winner throw the ball for a 2-8 team, America!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Liz And Dick (Sunday): Treat yourself to some left over turkey with Nathan Rabin’s review of the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic that, like everyone Lindsay Lohan touches these days, is destined to be a future camp classic.