Primetime Preview: Scandal, The Vampire Diaries and More

Which shows will you watch tonight?

by | October 3, 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 hotly anticipated premieres (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries), new episodes of a couple intriguing new shows (The Originals, The Crazy Ones) and a bunch of returning favorites (The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Parks and Recreation, Elementary). So grab your remote, find your favorite spot on the couch, and tune in for lots of television goodness!

Premiering Tonight:

Scandal: Season 3

Another season, another crisis (or crises) to manage. On tonight’s season premeire, Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) must deal with the fallout from the revelation they were having an affair.

Sean Saves the World: Season 1

Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes stars in a new NBC sitcom about a single father who frantically struggles to bring balance to his life when his teen daughter moves in with him.

The Originals: Season 1

This Vampire Diaries spinoff centers around the original vampire family as they return to New Orleans, reconnect with others from their past, and learn to adapt to the city’s supernatural residents.

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; in tonight’s season premiere, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) are adjusting to college life, but a third roommate throwns them for a loop.

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.

New Episodes Tonight:

Anger Management: Season 2

The reviews for the first season of Anger Management didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and so far the trend has continued for season two. Tonight, Charlie (Charlie Sheen) works on a sex survey, and other characters play pranks.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 7

In tonight’s episode, Leonard returns early from his time at sea but asks Penny to keep it a secret from Sheldon, Howard’s new massage cream makes him freakishly hormonal.

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) encourages Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) to work on a campaign that is ill-suited to her talents.

Elementary: Season 2

Holmes looks into the murder of a mathematician who was in the process of cracking a mysterious equation, while Watson deals with a moral quandary when a former patient’s son hits her up for some money.

Glee: Season 5

In the second episode dedicated to the Beatles’ discography, Tina lets a prom queen nomination go to her head, while Rachel and Santana befriend another struggling singer played by Demi Lovato.

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 10

Meredith and Derek adjust to life as new parents and Arizona, Alex, and Jo attempt to navigate their own relationship issues, while April awaits her test results and Owen and Jackson clash over hospital finances.

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 daughter Eve (Juliette Goglia) takes a photography class that takes a risque turn, and his son Ian (Conor Romero) gets into an argument with his girlfriend.

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, Nathan Miller (Will Arnett) continues to deal with the fallout from his parents’ divorce.

Parenthood: Season 5

Its first season got mixed reviews, but it’s been all uphill for Parenthood ever since. Tonight, Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) deal with a crying baby, and Julia (Erika Christensen) bonds with a parent volunteer at the school.

Parks and Recreation: Season 6

Things go awry in Eagleton (as they often do) when Leslie, Ben, and Chris visit to talk finance with a local councilwoman, while Ann chaperones April through vet school orientation.

Two and a Half Men: Season 11

With space limited in Walden’s beach house, Jenny decides to move in with Evelyn, while Alan finds he’s become Lyndsey’s “other man.”

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