Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and try to get a handle on the Twitter redesign. I think I like it. I think I do. Nope. No, no. I hate it. LET’S GO!
LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES – 10:00PM (NBC) It’s been over five years since NBC has rolled out a new “Law & Order” franchise. The last new iteration was “Trial By Jury” starring Lilith from “Cheers” and it didn’t do so well. But this time around, NBC has moved the series out West for tonight’s premiere and assembled a cast that includes Skeet Ulrich (as detective Rex Winters, which is such a detective name), Alfred Molina, Peter Coyote, Regina Hall, and even Terence Howard. That’s a pretty serious little cast there. So if you like good acting, dead bodies, and gratuitous shots of palm trees, you’re in luck. ANTICIPATION: CH-CHUNG!
MODERN FAMILY – 9:00PM (ABC) After a Facebook group demanded a kiss between Cameron and Mitchell, the writing staff finally addresses the idea of PDA between the gay couple. Something tells me the issue will be addressed in a far less serious manner than the Facebook people might like. ANTICIPATION: GAY KISS!
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – 9:00PM (NBC) Can’t get enough Skeet in your life. Ulrich shows up on this episode right before L&O: LA has its premiere, ensuring a calm and orderly transition. Also on board tonight is Jennifer Love Hewitt, who plays a woman who has been repeatedly raped by the same man but refuses to have a rape kit taken. They get awfully rapey on this show, do they not? I find it a touch gratuitous. ANTICIPATION: J LOVE!
BASEBALL: THE TENTH INNING – 8:00PM (PBS)Ken Burns’ continuation of his monstrous sports doc concludes this evening with a spotlight on such modern baseball events as Ichiro Suzuki’s debut, the steroid scandal, and the 2004 Red Sox championship. Because Lord knows the 2004 Red Sox championship didn’t get enough canonization. ANTICIPATION: OW-AH TITLE IS MORE-AH IMPORTANT THAN YOUR-AH TITLE!
TOP CHEF: JUST DESSERTS – 10:00PM (Bravo – an NBC/Universal Network) Tonight the pastry chefs have to make fancy desserts for a high school glee club. Oh, I see. Capitalizing on the whole “Glee” phenomenon, are we? Well, those teacakes better sing, my friends. They had better sing. ANTICIPATION: SUGAR!