What to Watch Tonight: Alphas, Switched at Birth, and the Final Presidential Debate

By Anngie Dehoyos

Oct 22, 2012

What to watch on Monday, October 22...

Hey you! Yeah, you—the one with the bumpy, grumpy mad-face. Don't be bummed that it's Monday, because tonight brings with it the third and final presidential debate! Which, if you're into politics—hey, you get to watch a presidential debate tonight! And if you're not into politics—hey, after tonight there won't be any more presidential debates to mess with your TV lineup! Of course, baseball might still mess with your TV lineup. But hey, if you're into baseba—what? You just want to know what else is on tonight? Right. Okay:

8pm, The CW
In "It's All Fun and Games," the gals get into some "irresponsible fun"... which appears to involve Adrianna encouraging Silver to do some kind of bungee-cord thing on the beach. Meanwhile, Alec smooches on Naomi. Oh, and there's also some detective asking about Vanessa's whereabouts. Ruh-roh!

SEASON 2 FINALE, 8pm, Syfy
Fans of Summer Glau will get another dose of the actress in tonight's Season 2 finale of Alphas, "God's Eye," in which a desperate Dr. Rosen tries to track down Stanton Parish for some final words (intense!), all while suffering vivid hallucinations of his daughter. Meanwhile, the rest of the team members find themselves battling time in order to stop the immortal villain from carrying out his deadly plans (mwaahhahaha!).

SEASON 1 FINALE, 8pm, ABC Family
Switched at Birth
In tonight's season finale, "Street Noises Invade the House," Bay and Zarra find themselves in a dangerous situation. Meanwhile, the big trial with the hospital ends with a shocking conclusion and the relationship between Daphne and Jeff is revealed.

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race
Many of your favorite queens in the history of RuPaul's Drag Race will return for the ultimate drag competition in tonight's premiere of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race. Who's excited?

LIVE, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, PBS
Presidential Debates
The third and final debate! President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will square off one last time tonight at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, so we can only assume there will be plenty of cringeworthy confrontation between the candidates to cap things off before voters head to the polls in November. "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer will moderate.

10:30pm, MTV
The Inbetweeners
In "Reading Gives You Wings," our boy Simon tries to school his girlfriend on her stealing habits. Meanwhile, Will organizes some kind of protest against the school library. And maybe something about Red Bull, if the episode title is any indication?

Tom Hanks and Tony Bennett on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Halle Berry and Ali Wentworth on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Gerard Butler, Madeleine Stow, and Wu-Tang Clan on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Bryan Cranston on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS


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  • FringeFanatic Nov 01, 2012

    Great article!

    But I apparently have a higher regard for Dexter's gloried past than you do, Cory. (Also, how you can call Dexter a "straightforward, procedural show" is beyond me.)

    I will NEVER forget how those first two seasons made me feel. It was my favourite show 7 years ago (pre-Fringe era, people!), and I truly believe it was one of the best shows on television at the time. The internal monologues, the haunting scores, the sweet thrill of something truly elegant in its stark, vicarious originality. All the while deftly exploring the depths of Dexter's darkness. I still very clearly remember Dexter's reaction to that first bloodless crime scene (arranged by his brother Brian). The way it made him feel clean and whole. Like he was searching for this beautifully bloodless corpse his entire life, but didn't know why. Like he was being given the answer to a question he didn't even realize he was asking. That scene captivated me in a way I'll always remember. I, like Dexter, was entranced and excited by the spectacle of something so new and different, but oddly familiar at the same time. Spine-tinglinging awesomeness is the only way to describe the sensation.

    The first season of Dexter was one of the best and most complete seasons of television I've ever seen. And season two was not very far removed from that lofty level of quality. So, to say the best of Dexter was merely "good" (personally) feels like an egregious understatement. It was great, in every sense of the word. Which is why season 6 was so painful to watch.

    To see one of my favourite shows reduced to such poorly written and heavy handed absurdity was difficult to stomach. I could hardly believe it was the same show. Everything about it was ... off. Even the editors, cinematographers and sound mixers seemed to be phoning it in. Travis made Miguel seem like the most interesting villain in the world (stay bloodthirsty my friends!). The ONLY silver lining was the continuing evolution of Deb. She rocked that season, and that progression was absolutely necessary for what's to come. So, in retrospect, season 6 is not a complete write-off. We got a more mature and complete Deb, and one hell of a cliffhanger to wonderfully set up the current season. And thus far the 7th season has not disappointed.

    The writers have set the stage for the only two characters we care about and watching Deb come to terms with Dexter's dark passenger has been a pleasure to watch. Dex and Deb share a complex and layered dynamic that has been intricately built for 7 long seasons, and seeing this new chapter of their relationship unfold has been extremely rewarding as a dedicated fan of the show. Unfortunately, it still does not compare to Dexter's glory days, but the telling of Dexter's final "untold story" as breathed new life

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  • patsully Oct 23, 2012

    Inbetweeners wasn't the best last night... product placement overload.

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  • ohnobees Oct 23, 2012

    Just Alphas.

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