Monday TV: Dancing with the Stars, Gotham, NCIS LA, more

Monday TV: Dancing with the Stars, Gotham, NCIS LA, more

The elegance of Pitbull.
The elegance of Pitbull. (Via DWTS PR article.)

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – Network battles network tonight in the ratings race as some of TV’s most popular shows are pitted against…well…some of TV’s most popular shows. There’ll eventually be some losers here, but that’ll shake out in the Nielsens, we guess.

In the meantime, we’ve chosen, arbitrarily of course, the shows that might be worth your while to tune in. Let’s get started. All times below are EDT.

8:00 p.m.

ABC: Dancing With the Stars

Results from the most recent competition will be announced tonight and one More Famous Than You Or I Celebrity and their professional dance partner get the hook. The remaining nine couples still standing for week 7 have been working hard on their hip and booty calisthenics. Yep. It’s “Latin Week,” and the show’s resident chiropractors will have their work cut out for them after the show.

If you’re a fan (and loads of people are) and if you have a favorite or an opinion (which most DWTS viewers do) check in here on CDN as you’re watching the show to join our Live Chat. As I used to say to the audience back in my college radio daze, “Be there, or be square.” Over and out.

READ ALSO: LIVE CHAT: Dancing With the Stars with Guest Judge Pitbull. 8 p.m. EDT.

CBS: Big Bang Theory

Our favorite geeks are back from lengthy contract negotiations, and they’re definitely richer than they’ve ever been. We’re talking about the actors. Meanwhile, back at the show, Penny receives a company car from her employer, but is having trouble finding the moolah to reimburse Leonard for the ride he bought her. Speaking of simoleans, Sheldon and Raj look at the fine print in a possible research grant. Can Other People’s Money be far behind?

FOX: Gotham

Gordon and Bullock are combing the urban bushes to discover where dealers are coming up with a new recreational drug/uncontrolled substance that’s good news and bad news. Ingesting the drug induces euphoria. But after all that happiness, you die, which actually means it could be any drug you can get, but we’ll play along because we like the series. Slightly offstage but not out of camera ranger, the nefarious Oswald Cobblepot is up to his usual no-good, doing what he does best: in this case, worming his way into Maroni’s crew. Elsewhere, the evil Fish Mooney does more project management in her developing anti-Falconi plot.

NBC: The Voice

Our web sources aren’t helpful here. “The battle continues,” we read. Yep, it’s factual and it resonates. But the popular “Voice” is going to need better hype to remain in the running against audience faves like “Big Bang” and even the new “Gotham” with its built-in audience of DC Comix fans.

9:00 p.m.

ABC: Castle

This series still has its merits. But why does every cop show these days have a female boss? The variation in both “Castle” and “The Mentalist” is that the male in each duo ain’t a cop. But in the end, it’s the same difference. With the exception of uber-dude Tom Selleck, all the boss cops are babes. Where’s Title IX when you need it?

Anyway, on “Castle” tonight, the shooting of an ice cream vendor puts Beckett and Castle hot on the trail of a mysterious second-grader who might be withholding key info on the crime. Castle does an undercover thing at the second grader’s likely elementary school, but you know what Robert Burns said about the best-laid plans. We’ve always wondered, BTW, how TV characters can worm themselves into the most amazing undercover positions in no more time than it takes to TIVO through the next obnoxious commercial break.

CBS: Scorpion

CBS has been touting the daylights out of this one, so you’d better watch and buy the advertisers’ products. (Unless you’re in the wrong demographic, of course). Tonight, Walter gets help from a former team member with issues. And he needs it, as an LA area nuclear reactor appears to be ready to do the Chernobyl thing.

FOX: Sleepy Hollow

A lady from Ichabod Crane’s past drops into Sleepy Hollow, appearing as an un-dead “Weeping Lady.” Except that you’d better weep for anyone who gets in her way. Back at the ranch, Katrina and Ich-y learn deep, dark secrets about each other’s pasts, and other subplots continue on their merry way. Poor Washington Irving must be tossing in his grave when his spirit fixates all the residuals he’s missing.

10:00 p.m.


It’s hard getting used to this new timeslot, but we’ve grown to enjoy the goofy crew in this series despite Deeks’ lame one-liners and in spite of the fact that Feds don’t dress as casually as they do, even in La-La Land. Anyhow, the meme in this early season seems to be that someone is always after someone in this motley assortment of crime fighters. In this show, they’re searching for yet another murderous antagonist.

In the not-too-distant background, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz returns to sit down with Little Nell. (Spoiler alert if you didn’t see last week’s episode🙂 He’s there to talk her through any second thoughts she might be having about wasting a bad guy last week.

NBC: The Blacklist

In this NBC hit show (why is every new show this season a “hit?”) our team is after a resident terrorist cell that appears to be looking for state of the art weaponry. They’d probably have a lot less to do in this regard if we took our borders more seriously, but that’s another rant.

Happy viewing!

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17