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Fall television is back


Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, September 21. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

Minority Report (Fox, 9 p.m.): Fox’s new television adaptation of the 2002 film of the same name debuts tonight, and received a priority level of two (out of five) on The A.V. Club’s pragmatic guide to Peak TV by none other than your friendly What’s On Tonight Monday correspondent. The visuals are impressive, and the acting is solid across the board, but there’s little by way of new or innovative narrative explored in the pilot. And unfortunately, we are not precogs and therefore cannot see into the future as to whether it will get better. So you’ll have to watch and find out for yourself. Unless you are a precog. Please let us know in the comments if you are a precog.

Also noted

The Voice (NBC, 8 p.m.): The Voice also returns for its ninth season of blind auditions. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams all return as coaches—not judges. Coaches.

Gotham (Fox, 8 p.m.): Gotham returns for more procedural shenanigans in season two. Bruce explores the secret lair underneath Wayne Manor that is not the batcave, apparently. Two newbies arrive at Arkham, and Gordon spirals out of control as he continues to lose sense of his moral compass. Everyone will be moody, because that’s the general vibe of Gotham the city, as well as Gotham the show. Welcome back to the not-Batman Batman show.

Scorpion (CBS, 9 p.m.): Against all odds, Scorpion returns for a second season.

Life In Pieces (CBS, 8:30 p.m.): Oh good! A new CBS family sitcom about a dysfunctional family! The wonderful Betsy Brandt is in it.


Blindspot (NBC, 10 pm.): A woman is found with literal clues to a mystery tattooed on her body in this pilot.

Regular coverage

WWE Monday Night Raw (USA, 8 p.m.)

Elsewhere in TV Club

The A.V. Club talks to Betsy Brandt about Life In Pieces, as well as some of her past work. Alex McCown serves up a Primer for horror on television, and Erik Adams reflects on The Jim Henson Hour. Plus: Magnum, P.I. is smarter and darker than you remember.


What else is on?

Switched At Birth (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): Daphne, Bay, and Travis head on down to Mexico to spend spring break doing volunteer work with Melody. Daphne bonds with another volunteer, and Melody’s boyfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level.


Awkward (MTV, 9 p.m.): Jenna is totally unhappy about her senior superlative in the yearbook, so she probably blogs about it or something. Meanwhile, Matty and Jake have to deal through the complicated emotions of their bro breakup.

Faking It (MTV, 9:30 p.m.): Lots of relationships got defined and undefined last week on Faking It, and now Karma and Shane are freaking out about some of the choices they’ve made. The latter has subscribed to the monogamous lifestyle he thought was only for straight people, and the former just keeps making bad decisions. Most importantly: Dilshad Vadsaria guest stars! Hopefully, Faking It exists in the same universe as Greek, and she’s just playing a post-college version of Rebecca Logan. According to this clip, she plays Duke’s publicist Joanna, but we can dream.


Significant Mother (The CW, 9:30 p.m.): Lydia forces Nate to give Jimmy a night off, so Nate hires a new bartender…who looks exactly like Jimmy? Is it just us, or is Significant Mother running out of storylines already?

Castle (ABC, 10 p.m.): Please call your parents to let them know that Castle is back. Also, call that one friend of yours who won’t stop watching Castle.


Syfy is having a Back To The Future Marathon

Back To The Future (Syfy, 4 p.m.)

Back To The Future Part II (Syfy, 6:30 p.m.)

Back To The Future Part III (Syfy, 9 p.m.)

It’s Monday night, so there is football

Jets at Colts (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.)

In case you missed it

The Emmys happened, and we livechatted them.