Primetime Preview: Beauty and the Beast, Sleepy Hollow and More

Which shows will you watch tonight?

by | October 7, 2013 | Comments

Welcome to Primetime Preview, RT’s compendium of the primetime shows that are worth your time. This evening’s slate includes a couple of season premieres (Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie) and a bunch of returning favorites (2 Broke Girls, Castle, How I Met Your Mother), so grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

Premiering Tonight:

Beauty and the Beast: Season 2

The critics found the first season of Beauty and the Beast to be a middling fantasy series , but the show (and one of its leads) gets a clean slate on tonight’s premiere, when Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) emerges from his kidnapping with his memory wiped and a mysterious new mission on his mind.

Hart of Dixie: Season 3

Rachel Bilson is back for the third season of this fish-out-of-water comedy about a hotshot heart surgeon in a small town in Alabama; on tonight’s premiere, Zoe (Bilson) hopes to get a reference from Brick (Tim Matheson) for a new job, but first she must help him find George (Scott Porter).

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2 Broke Girls: Season 3

Once again, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are female and financially insolvent; in tonight’s episode, our heroines haggle over what to do with a stray cat in their appartment.

The Blacklist: Season 1

Critics say James Spader is riveting as a criminal-turned-informant, and his presence goes a long way toward making this twisty but occasionally implausible crime procedural compelling. On tonight’s episode Red (Spader) is on the trail of a Chinese spy who may be after classified information.

Bones: Season 9

The venerable crime solving couple of Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz is back, and they’ve got a bunch of new supporting players. On tonight’s episode, our heroes stage a crime scene in an attempt to snare an old adversary.

Castle: Season 6

Now that Castle (Nathan Fillion) has popped the question to Beckett (Stana Katic), will our heroes be able to solve crimes while reflecting on their personal lives? Tonight, our heroes investigate the slaying of a former child star.

Hostages: Season 1

The critics say Hostages has an intriguing premise and handsome production values, but its twisty plot sometimes strains credulity. Tonight, Duncan (Dylan McDermott) implores Ellen (Toni Collette) to make sure she remains the president’s surgeon — or else.

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9

This is the season in which we finally meet the mother of the title. In tonight’s episode, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) discovers that Ted (Josh Radnor) still carries a torch for Robin (Cobie Smulders), and decides to clean him out in a poker game.

Mom: Season 1

Anna Faris and Allison Janney share an undeniable comedic chemistry, and if the jokes are sometimes too crass, Mom represents a sincere (and often witty) attempt to address addiction issues. Tonight, Christy (Faris) goes on her first date since becoming clean and sober.

Sleepy Hollow: Season 1

Despite its overstuffed plot, critics find Sleepy Hollow to be a fun romp with exciting action scenes and sparkling production values. Tonight, a Continental Army officer from the 1790s finds himself in the present day — and in the crosshairs of an old nemesis. Discuss the show here!

We Are Men: Season 1

The critics say that We Are Men suffers from regressive bro humor and cliched midlife crisis jokes that are too shopworn to be enlivened by its talented cast. Tonight, Stuart (Jerry O’Connell) is told by his ex-wife that she’ll finalize their divorce if she gets to keep his beloved dog.

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