Rookie Blue, The Vampire Diaries, and Nikita

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Season 2 premiere, 8 p.m., CW

The Vampire Diaries

In the Season 2 opener, Elena (Nina Dobrev) gets a double dose of bad news when she finds her Uncle John’s bloody body and receives word of Jeremy’s fate. Meanwhile, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) discovers that Katherine has returned.

Season 1 finale, 9 p.m., ABC

Rookie Blue

The first season comes to a close with a two-hour finale, during which the rookie cops face evaluations to determine whether they’ll keep their badges and Andy (Missy Peregrym) thinks about quitting the force. Plus, Dov (Gregory Smith) learns the truth about his girlfriend and must decide between her and his job.

Series premiere, 9 p.m., CW

Nikita

Third time’s a charm, right? In the pilot episode of this reboot, former assassin Nikita (Maggie Q) comes out of hiding to seek vengeance on the agency that trained and betrayed her.

9 p.m., HIST

9/11 State of Emergency

This special program commemorates the anniversary of September 11, 2001 and recalls all of the split-second choices made on that day, from the emergency phone calls from everyday citizens to the top-secret decisions made by national leaders like Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld.

11:30 p.m., COMEDY

The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert’s second for-the-troops show features appearances from Senator Jim Webb, Lance Corporal Joshua Bleill, and a performance by John Legend.

Also on the airwaves...
Big Brother, 8 p.m., CBS
The Real Housewives of Washington D.C, 9 p.m., BRAVO
Project Runway, 9 p.m., LIFETIME
Ace of Cakes, 10 p.m., FOOD
Jersey Shore, 10 p.m., MTV
NFL Football: Vikings v. Saints
College football: Auburn v. Mississippi State, Central Michigan v. Temple
ATP Tennis: U.S. Open Men’s quarterfinals, Mixed doubles final

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