Monday TV: ‘House’ Returns, in Big House

If it seems like a long time since we’ve had a new episode of “House” (Fox, 9 p.m.), you’re right. Season eight picks up a year after the May finale, when he ran his car into Cuddy’s home and he ended up in jail. And the doctor is still in jail, doing what he usually does – diagnosing illnesses of fellow inmates. Now comes the question: Will “House” spend the whole season inside the big house?

Anne Heche, who is usually found on “Hung” (HBO2, 11 p.m.), also appears in the movie “Girl Fight” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.), as mother of a girl who was viciousl beat up by the meanest of mean girls in high school, who also thought to video and post the fight on the internet.

The film is clearly against the violent act, but repeats the crime by showing the fight video over and over. The young cast is talented, though the meanness is quite relentless.

Already the second episode of “Terra Nova” (Fox, 8 p.m.) looks better than last week’s two hour premiere.

The assignment on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is performing to a song of the contestant’s choice reflecting his or her most memorable year.

Drinking among women actually grew during prohibition – because speakeasies were nicer places to hang out than saloons that had been outlawed. So says part two of Ken Burns’ “Prohibition” (PBS, 8 p..m., check local listings).

The comedy level went way down the second week of “2 Broke Girls” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) last week. This week, they go thrift store shopping.

A weeklong countdown, “100 Greatest Songs of the ’00s” (VH1, 10 p.m.) starts from the bottom of the list (Sisqo’s “Thong Song”)  and works it way up to No. 81 (Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”).

In the wake of so many Republican Debates there is “The Great Democratic Debate” (MSNBC, 7 p.m.), which isn’t what it sounds like at all. Instead a group of panelists ahat include Michael Moore and former Gov. Ed Rendell discuss the prospects for Barak Obama’s re-election. Chris Matthews moderates.

It plays opposite the new show by the network-jumping former CNBC correspondent “Erin Burnett’s OutFront” (CNN, 7 p.m.).

With the series tied 1-1, the ALCS moves to Detroit with Yankees at Tigers (TBS, 8:30 p.m.).

William Baldwin guest stars on a new “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Kal Penn joins the cast of “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS, 8 p.m.) as Robin’s court-appointed therapist.

New Haven is one of the stops on a nationwide- look for the best burger tonight on “Crave” (Food Network, 8:30 p.m.).

October is here and it’s time for a month of horror films leading up to Halloween. Tonight’s includes “Frankenstein” (9 p.m.), “Freaks” (10:15 p.m.), “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (12:30 a.m.), “Mark of the Vampire” (2:15 a.m.), “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (3:30 a.m.) and “Nosferatu” (4:45 a.m.).

It’s all introduced by the new documentary “TCM Night of the Movies: Horror” (8 and 11:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Regis and Kelly: Tim McGraw, Dana Delany. The Talk: Lil Tomlin, Ellie Kemper, Molly Shannon, Sheryl Underwood. Ellen DeGeneres: Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Hugh Laurie, Cheryl Hines. Wendy Williams: Cedric the Entertainer.

Late Talk

David Letterman: Brian Williams, Sting. Jay Leno: Evangeline Lilly, Magic Johnson, Jo Koy. Jimmy Kimmel: Jane Lynch, Ramon Rodriquez, Blink 182. Jimmy Fallon: Kathy Bates, Paul Scheer, Sean Parker, Radiohead. Craig Ferguson: Lily Tomlin, Ioan Gruffudd. Tavis Smiley: Dave Stewart. Carson Daly: Richard Engel, Chris Hardwick, Death Cab for Cutie (rerun). Jon Stewart: Thomas Friedman. Stephen Colbert: Jerome Groopman. Conan O’Brien: Jack McBrayer, Colin Quinn, Hanson (rerun). Chelsea Handler: Emily VanCamp, Chris Franjola, Arden Myrin, Gary Valentine.

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