What’s On TV Tonight? – 11/02/2012

It’s a big night for ABC, with the season premiere of Last Man Standing, the series premiere of Reba McIntyre in Malibu Country, and Seth MacFarlane on an all-new episode of the Emmy-nominated Shark Tank. But there’s plenty of competition from the other networks. Enough to make the eventual ratings report interesting.

Credit: ABC

8:00 PM EST

America’s Next Top Model (“The Girl Who Becomes Art For Tyra”) – The contestants model bikinis designed by Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella Marley; Tyra photographs the models as they pose under a waterfall dressed as warrior princesses. Good, Xena needs to make a comeback. (The CW)

Kitchen Nightmares (“La Galleria 33, Part Two”) – At La Galleria 33 in Boston, Ramsay forces the owners to confront their staff and reclaim control of the restaurant; menus and decor are revamped. Expect drama, and people insisting that Gordon has no clue what he’s talking about. (FOX)

Last Man Standing [SEASON PREMIERE] (“Voting”) – Mike tries to convince Mandy to vote for Romney, but Obama supporters Kristin and Ryan disagree with his methods. God, I miss Home Improvement. (ABC)

Undercover Boss (“Modell’s Sporting Goods”) – Modell’s Sporting Goods CEO Mitchell B. Modell goes under cover. He’s a regular Donnie Brasco, this guy. (CBS)

8:30 PM EST

Malibu Country [SERIES PREMIERE] (“Pilot”) – Reba McIntyre gives a Friday night sitcom in which she plays a character with her own name another go. In the premiere, Reba leaves her cheating husband and takes her kids and mother to California so she can pursue her long set-aside music career. Maybe we can get some network synergy and have a Nashville crossover by revealing the husband was cheating with Juliette Barnes. I’m only being half-serious. (ABC)

9:00 PM EST

CSI:NY (“The Lady in the Lake”) – The team is thrust into a twisted fairy tale when a woman dressed in a ball gown is found at the bottom of a pond in Central Park. From the title, I was hoping for an episode-long homage to my favorite movie, John Boorman’s Excalibur. Because clearly, networks are thinking of random TV recappers when they program their shows. (CBS)

Fringe (“An Origin Story”) – As the team responds to devastating events, one of its own makes a significant and shocking move. Voting for Vino Allan, maybe? (FOX)

NICK’S PICK: Grimm (“The Hour of Death”) – Portland’s wesen community goes into a frenzy after a brutal vigilante homicide; Capt. Renard offers comfort to Juliette. Hopefully just a blanket and hot cocoa. (NBC)

Nikita (“True Believer”) – Nikita asks why Division continues to run Percy’s old missions; Alex is shot as Sean and Nikita try to stop a terrorist attack; Sonia and Birkhoff keep bickering. Cute. (The CW)

Shark Tank (“Season 4, Episode 8”) – Animator Seth MacFarlane shows his support for a man who designed a new fly trap. I wholeheartedly expect MacFarlane to sing his pitch. I then expect Randy Jackson to drop in and make his obvious critique, which will actually fit for once, in this environment. (ABC)

10:00 PM EST

Blue Bloods (“Nightmares”) – When a man is stabbed by an attacker dressed as the spirit of death, Danny investigates a voodoo community; Garrett tells Frank about a dark secret; Nicky and Erin take Jack and Sean trick-or-treating. They’d be better served just waiting a day and getting all that candy on discount from Rite-Aid. (CBS)

Haven (“Magic Hour”) – Audrey and Duke follow a lead on the Colorado Kid; Nathan and Tommy investigate a series of resurrections. Is it Easter already? (SyFy)

Real Time With Bill Maher – It’s the last episode before the election, so expect Bill to alternate between cautious optimism and smug anticipation for Obama’s win, before veering back into vague concern by episode’s end. (HBO)


The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has Actress Marion Cotillard; a performance by Olate Dogs with Third Day. (11:35 PM, NBC)

The Late Show with David Letterman features Actor Jason Sudeikis; comic Michael Che; Ultraista performs. (11:35 PM, CBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! welcomes TV host Kelly Ripa; Alicia Keys performs. (12:00 AM, ABC)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson has Actor Michael Sheen; comedian Ophira Eisenberg. (12:35 AM, CBS)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon features Singer Christina Aguilera; comic Colin Quinn; technology journalist Joshua Topolsky; Joey Bada$$ performs. (12:35 AM, NBC)

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