What to watch on Monday, January 14...
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
AnnaSophia Robb portrays the teenage Carrie Bradshaw in this prequel series to Sex and the City, set in the quaint, neon-drenched days of 1984. In the premiere, Carrie deals with the tragedy of her mother’s passing and the opportunity of an internship in Manhattan, a setting she may soon find replete with punning opportunities.
WINTER PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio, who Fox’s website parenthetically tells me are people involved with So You Think You Can Dance, guest-star in the first half of tonight’s two-hour return, “The Diamond in the Rough." A TV dance competition show hopeful is killed, leading Brennan and Booth to pose as potential contestants. In the back end, “The Archaeologist in the Cocoon,” a scientist with a shady reputation is offed immediately after making a groundbreaking discovery.
U.S. SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Syfy
Eight terrorists from the year 2077 flee to present-day Vancouver, inadvertently bringing future-cop Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols, but not the one from ESPN) along for the ride in this Canadian import which debuted north of the border last year. In the pilot, “A Stitch In Time,” Kiera begins her manhunt by joining forces with a young tech expert who holds the key to the future whence she came.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, Syfy
Aidan discovers a changed vampire community and Sally struggles to escape limbo as Season 3 gets underway in “It’s A Shame About Ray.” Meanwhile, a new threat pursues Josh and Nora in Boston.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm Discovery
If extreme couponing is not extreme enough for you, try getting your vicarious adrenaline fix from this four-part special, premiering tonight. Brace yourself for an in-depth exploration of some of the most outrageous, razor’s-edge techniques used by today’s drug smugglers, like building entire submarines and hiding contraband in bars of soap. Um... I guess it’s extreme soap?
9pm, ABC Family
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s zany Mad Libs method of generating Bunheads episode titles this week dishes out “Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor.” Returning to Paradise, Michelle is greeted by a new roommate in Truly and a blind date courtesy of Talia. Elsewhere, the girls return to school and are enchanted by a pair of new arrivals.
Castle and Beckett delve into New York’s music industry when a rising star DJ is bumped off at an album release party. The investigation in part leads them to a troubled teen, who Esposito sets out to put on the straight and narrow. That can only mean one thing: a trip into the American Broadcasting Company vault to marathon the many life lessons of Full House.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10pm, Syfy
In the wake of the Garuda’s defeat, Bo kicks back with a little R&R;, in which case one of those Rs stands for “rampage through the city.” Meanwhile, a new Ash is appointed.
The team investigates the murder of a college professor in “Kapu.” The twist? This is that “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style episode, in which the ending will be determined by a live audience vote. Tune in to decide whether the killer was the victim’s boss, his teaching assistant, or his disgruntled student. Personally, I would probably vote for the ending where Miss Scarlet killed them all.
– Christoph Waltz, Rob Riggle, and Chris Mann on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Johnny Knoxville on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Roger Waters on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Piers Morgan on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Nicki Minaj, Billy Connolly, and The Saturdays on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Charlie Sheen and Phil Simms on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Lowe, and OneRepublic on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Uma Thurman, Tim Gunn, and Bobby Collins on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Jenna Elfman and Guillermo del Toro on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?