Primetime Preview: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Scandal and More

Which shows will you watch tonight?

by | October 10, 2013 | Comments

Welcome to Primetime Preview, RT’s compendium of the primetime shows that are worth your time. This evening’s slate includes one premiere (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), new episodes of a couple intriguing new shows (The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show) and a bunch of returning favorites (The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Parks & Recreation). So grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

Premiering Tonight:

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Season 1

This Once Upon a Time spinoff goes down the rabbit hole, putting a new twist on Alice’s adventures. On tonight’s season premiere, Alice (Sophie Lowe) is carted off to a mental hospital after sharing stories from Wonderland, and is rescued Knave of Hearts.

New Episodes Tonight:

Anger Management: Season 2

Charlie Sheen’s sitcom about a ballplayer-turned therapist has scored more with audiences than with critics; on tonight’s episode, Charlie has a dalliance with a recovering sex addict.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 7

The popular sitcom about brilliant but socially awkward young physicists returns for its seventh season. In tonight’s episode, Amy ruins one of Sheldon’s favorite movies wile Leonard figures out how to manipulate Penny, and Raj and Stuart beef up their online dating profiles.

The Crazy Ones: Season 1

The pundits say that Robin Williams’ comic dexterity helps to carry The Crazy Ones, a workplace sitcom that scores a few laughs but mostly feels too improvised to fully cohere. Tonight, Simon (Williams) attempts to make Sydney’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) bad childhood memories go away.

Elementary: Season 2

Tonight, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) encounters an organization even more secretive than the Red-Headed League: a group of Anonymous-esque hackers who target Holmes when he investigates the case of a civil contrtactor who leaked clandestine documents.

Glee: Season 5

It’s a somber night on Glee, as the cast commemorates the life of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith).

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 10

In tonight’s episode of the long-running medical drama, a hospital fundraiser becomes competitive, and Shane (Gaius Charles) and Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) try to keep order as the emergency room becomes every more hectic.

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1

Critics say The Michael J. Fox Show benefits immeasurably from the warm, easy charisma of its star, who keeps things watchable even when the writing is uneven. Tonight, Mike’s old adversary is hired to co-anchor the news with him.

The Millers: Season 1

Critics say Margo Martindale and the comically able ensemble help to elevate The Millers above a its typical sitcom format, though the writing is still mostly generic. Tonight, Carol (Martindale) insists on rearanging positions in the family burial plot.

Parenthood: Season 5

With its strong cast and richly-drawn characters, Parenthood remains one of TV’s sharpest dramedies. Tonight, Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) continue to learn that having a second child presents new challenges.

Parks and Recreation: Season 6

Critics Say Parks and Recreation remains charming, fun, and funny, thanks to strong character work and an overarching optimism. In tonight’s episode, Ben and Chris do some accounting work together, while Leslie and the Pawnee Parks Department meet their Eagleton counterparts.

Scandal: Season 3

Another season, another crisis (or crises) to manage. On tonight’s episode, we learn, through flashbacks, about the complex relationship between Olivia (Kerry Washington) and her father.

Sean Saves the World: Season 1

Though Sean Hayes is a gifted comic actor, critics say Sean Saves the World is a mostly conventional sitcom whose efforts to squeeze humor out of Hayes’ frenzied antics are more tiresome than funny. On tonight’s episode, Sean goes on a blind date.

Two and a Half Men: Season 11

The astonishingly resilient standard bearer for three camera sitcoms keeps chugging along, with Amber Tamblyn occupying the “half men” part of the equation. Tonight, Walden (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer) become concerned when Berta (Conchata Ferrell) is injured on the job.

The Vampire Diaries: Season 5

It’s time to check in once again on the demonic doings in and around the supernatutal hamlet of Mystic Falls, VA. On tonight’s episode, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) asks for help in finding Stefan (Paul Wesley).

Welcome to the Family

The critics say Welcome to the Family features okay characters and an interesting premise, but overall, the show comes across as more calculated and formulaic than entertaining. Tonight, Caroline (Mary McCormack) doesn’t know how to tell Dan (Mike O’Malley) that she’s pregnant.

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