What to Watch Tonight: Revolution, Bones, and the CMA Music Festival

What to watch on Monday, September 17...

Helllloooooooooo, Monday! Are you guys ready to get this week going or what? Oh, not really? Make youself a pot of coffee, that might help. And while it's brewing, why don't you join me in checking out what's on TV tonight:

SPECIAL, 7pm, ABC
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock
Not to be confused with the Country Music Awards, tonight's Country Music Festival will feature acts from the likes of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and pretty much any other household country name you can conjur up. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry, this special is not a live event but rather a recap of the annual four-day CMA Festival that was held in June earlier this year. If you were able to attend in person, here's your chance to relive the moment(s). If you missed out, you'd better strap on your cowboy boots, turn up your TV speakers, and get ready to square dance.

8pm, Syfy
Alphas
In "Falling," Rosen will have to come to a decision about what to do with the whole "mole" situation (and not the one happening on his front lawn, if you know what I mean). Also, Rachel's parents finally meet John, Hicks' son shows up out of the blue, and Kat chases down drugs—for her job, not because she's suddenly developed an appetite. Although I suppose that would make for an entertaining plot twist...

SEASON 8 PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
Bones
Booth and Brennan are back for Season 8! In tonight's premiere, "The Future in the Past," we catch up with Brennan three months after she was framed for murder and went on the run from the FBI. The Jeffersonian team has been doing everything humanly possible to try to prove her innocence—they suspect an evil tech genius named Christopher Pelant of manipulating evidence to point to Brennan—but so far it's all to no avail... until they get an anonymous tip that leads to a high-school guidance counselor's body.

SEASON FINALE PART 1, 10pm, TNT
Perception
This series is so important that it gets to have two finales, how do you like them apples? In "Light," Pierce's conspiracy theory starts to grow legs after new evidence emerges that might give credibility to his idea. While he works through those findings he also has to deal with certain truths about Natalie. Will it all be too much for him to handle?

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
Revolution
NBC's new postapocalyptic series starts tonight, guys. Will it be as fabulous as Fox's Terra Nova? (That was a joke.) Anyway, in the pilot we're introduced to a lovely little fella lady named Charlie who's making her way through the burbs toward Chicago in search of her uncle Miles. With Miles' help, she may be able to rescue her brother, Danny, who's been kidnapped by the militia (girl's got a plan). She's not alone to begin with, but when she and her traveling friends get cornered, she makes a new buddy—an archer named Nate, who saves the day because he's proficient with a bow and arrow, you see. All the while, Danny has to deal with the terrorizing effects of being captured by the militia. Quit making friends and hurry up, Charlie!

PLUS ALL NEW EPISODES OF...
Basketball Wives LA, 8 p.m., VH1
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, 8 p.m., TLC
Switched at Birth, 8 p.m., ABC Family
The L.A. Complex, TWO EPISODES BACK-TO-BACK, 8 p.m., The CW
The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC
WWE Monday Night Raw, 8 p.m., USA
All on the Line, 9 p.m., Sundance
American Chopper, 9 p.m., Discovery
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, 9 p.m., Travel
Border Wars, 9 p.m., NatGeo
Blood, Lies, & Alibis, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Hoarders, 9 p.m., A&E;
Intervention, 9 p.m., A&E;
Love It or List It, 9 p.m., HGTV
Major Crimes, 9 p.m., TNT
Market Warriors, 9 p.m., PBS
T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, 9 p.m., VH1
The Mob Doctor, SERIES PREMIERE, 9 p.m., Fox
The Real Housewives of New York City, 9 p.m., Bravo
Warehouse 13, 9 p.m., Syfy
Bad Girls Club: Mexico, 10 p.m., Oxygen
Fast N' Loud, 10 p.m., Discovery
Gallery Girls, 10 p.m., Bravo
Lovetown, USA, 10 p.m., OWN
Ridiculousness, 10 p.m., MTV
Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets, SEASON FINALE, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m., HGTV
The Inbetweeners, 10:30 p.m., MTV
Get To Work, 10:30 p.m., Sundance

LATE-NITE HIGHLIGHTS...
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mindy Kaling on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Richard Gere and wrestler Anthony Robles on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Matthew Perry and pro baseball player Josh Hamilton on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC Susan Sarandon, Karl Urban, and comic Jim Hamilton on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Julie Chen and former pro football player Warren Sapp on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS


What are you watching tonight?

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Watched The Mob Doctor and thought it was really enjoyable. Hope it does well in the ratings.
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Major Crimes and maybe Bones
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Hmmmmm....Perception season one finale part 2 is today (Episode 10), part one was last week (Episode 9)
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Revolution, The Voice, Chelsea Lately.

Saw The Mob Doctor last night. Not sure what to really think yet, I'll have to watch a few more episodes.
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Revolution, Monday Night Football, Mob Doctor
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Alphas, Warehouse 13, Major Crimes, Perception, The Mob Doctor. Already watched the Revolution pilot (meh....).
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Revolution, Switched at Birth,and The Voice
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Bones, The Mob Doctor, Alphas & Revolution
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DVR's warming up! Next week we're at full network schedules!!

Well, except the CW. Poor little CW.
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Alphas

Perceptron (the robot psychatrist from Futurama)

Major Crimes

Warehouse 13

Craig Ferguson
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Is Bones still on? Ugh!
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Alphas, Perception, Revolution, Warehouse 13, Bones, Switched at Birth
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Alphas, Perception, Revolution, The Mob Doctor, Warehouse 13.
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Revolution.
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Alphas, Switched at Birth, Revolution
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Switched at Birth and revolution
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The Mob Doctor looks to be about it for tonight.
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Revolution, Warehouse 13
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Julie Chen on Craig Ferguson again? Gah.
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Bones, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Major Crimes, and Perception
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Warehouse 13, maybe Revolution, maybe The Mob Doctor, reruns...
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Revolution, Alphas, Warehouse 13

Bones... I guess. Though I'm not a huge fan of the current storyline.
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Alphas, Bones and Revolution (but only if it's a new episode) since I've already watched the pilot).
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Bones, Major Crimes, Alphas, Warehouse 13, Perception, Revolution
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Just Switched at Birth
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Craig Ferguson, Alphas, Revolution (technically, I've already seen it), and The Mob Doctor (even though it's on my Dead Pool list).
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Mob Doc is on my Dead Pool list, too. I just hate the premise so much, I had to pick it.
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I just watched the pilot. (It came out a day early on the torrent sites, no idea why). It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't particularly interesting either. Right now I don't feel like watching any more of it.



I'm thinking about adding it to my dead pool, but we can change our selections until September 30 (if I remember correctly), so I might as well wait until I've seen the ratings for the first two episodes.
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The Mob Doctor airs Sunday nights on CTV so that could be why it was on torrent sites a day early. I agree it wasn't the worst show I've seen, but wasn't anything special either. Just kind of meh..
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BONES IS FINALLY HERE !!! , switched at birth , the LA Complex , Warehouse 13
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one more week. and then i will be able to have a happier monday consisting of one of the best tv shows ever, CASTLE <3
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You mean Murder He Wrote?
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revolution will be the pilot again or s1e02?

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Pilot.
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la complex, bones
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Bones, Switched at Birth.
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Can't wait for Castle's season premiere, Mondays would look much more normal.
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Warehouse 13, Alphas, Revolution and Hoarders.
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Alphas. and I'll give Revolution a go
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Revolution and The Mob Doctor.
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Alphas Bones Revolution

Now that's a weird sentence...
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Revolution.



I've read a lot of negative comments from the people who watched the pilot online. I just hope I don't get the same Disney Family vibe that I got from Terra Nova. I like my post-apocalyptic fiction with a tad more pragmatism and grit.
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I saw it a few days ago... I didn't find it as bad or family friendly or "Disney" as Terra Nova, but it's also not as serious or gritty or good as I had hoped. I guess I shouldn't have hoped for serious drama from a show not on cable.
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Thanks for your input. Expectations = Tempered.



"I guess I shouldn't have hoped for serious drama from a show not on cable."



Not to mention on NBC.
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You won't get the *same* Disney vibe, since there are no small children in the story, and since more people are getting killed. But it's still too Disney-y for my taste.



I will watch at least a few more episodes to see if it improves, but right now I expect a quick cancellation. I liked Flash Forward and The Event a lot more than this, and Terra Nova about the same as this.
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Terra Nova about the same? Now I'm REALLY low-balling my expectations.



"Disney-y" - Great hyphenate.
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I like to invent new words. :)



There's still a chance that the story will lift the show up to a higher level, but there's no evidence of that in the pilot. If you have seen the trailer, the pilot will be almost exactly what you expect, because the trailer only uses footage from the pilot and tells about 90% of the story of that episode.
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*A few spoilers ahead*



I watched the Pilot online and from where I stand the 'Disney-Factor' isn't as awful as in Terra Nova. Still, it's definitely there and the only characters you can expect pragmatism and grit from are the bad guys (Who apparently brought law and order to the country, let people live in peace and just collect a few taxes. The only 'bad' thing they do in the pilot is kill one guy and kidnap his son although they just wanted to talk with the guy. Why did they want to talk to him? Well, because he has some connection to the bastards who made the lights go out. Why did they shoot him - because they were threatened with guns. Why did they took the kid? Because they need to talk to his uncle who knows something aswell. They actually seem like pretty reasonable people.)



Above all else the girl who apparently is supposed to be the 'main character' is extremely unlikeable. She is bratty, dumb and incredibly annoying and I hope Gus Fring murders her gruesomely in the second episode. There is even a 'dramatic' scene where she runs away to an old playground (I think because she doesn't like daddys new girlfriend or something, I already forgot) and gets an old box she hid there. Now what does she do? Does she take out a photo of her family and some item which belonged to her dead mother? No. She stares longingly at an iPod.).



Who else do we have? Ah, right, the uncle who is supposed to be 'good at killing' and in the beginning you actually think he could be a bit more interesting, he does a little bit of tough talk and even mentions a bottle of scotch. And then he kills two dozen people - BUT, he's doing it in fully blown Zorro/IndianaJones-Style with a sword. Now granted, that scene was fun to watch and I bet even more fun to shoot, but that was the point where I decided I couldn't take the show seriously.



Still, it is entertaining enough to watch and I'll propably give the next couple of episodes a go, maybe it'll improve.
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That's one thing Terra Nova definitely lacked: Good Bad Guys.



Really? Longingly at an iPod? I guess who needs character development when you've got product placement.



I like your reaction, though. I can live with sacrificing some seriousness if the show is entertaining. I'm also now looking forward to my assessment of Charlie. I'll let you know my initial ranking of her on the "Annoying Brat Scale".



Oh, and the sooner they have Gus Fring gruesomely murder ANYONE (with a box cutter, perhaps?) the better.
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I don't agree that she's unlikeable. I don't know how you could think that, since we don't really know anything about her. She gets a little grumpy in extremely shitty situations, but who wouldn't?



I agree with most of the other things you said. I didn't like the sword fight either. I listed my reasons for that on the page about the pilot, so I'm not going to repeat them here.
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This. At least you managed to finish it, which is more that I can say.
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I think it really sucks there is no way to view previous (or in my case current) what to watch articles after they post the next day. I popped on at 9 pst to see what was on for the night or what I might have missed and they already have Monday up...
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Click on C.Killian's name or picture at the top of the page. The link will take you to a list of her past articles, including "What to Watch Tonight".
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Revolution!!
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Alphas, Revolution, and Switched at Birth.
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