TV tonight: Nielsen darlings, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men

The daily disappearance of Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon turns Howard and Raj into wannabe detectives.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 2012 ― Two and a Half Men has consistently remained in the top ten this season. Remember when Charlie Sheen predicted it would tank without him? Apparently Ashton Kutcher and the rest of America didn’t get the memo. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Put that pipe down “Planet Sheen,” and re-discover the comedic greatness that used to delight us all. Your bad boy act got old a long time ago, and it’s time to grow up. And after that, maybe consult with those Big Bang geeks (also on CBS this evening) about developing a new and more useful theory of everything.

8 p.m.  Vampires, cougars and conspiracy in this hour.

ABC: Last Resort: (New) Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and Kendal (Scott Speedman) attempt to identify who stole their nuclear-launch key. Meanwhile, Christine (Jessy Schram) is accused of conspiracy.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyer) try to discover where Sheldon (Jim Parsons) disappears to every afternoon at 2:45. Meanwhile, jealousy appears to have insinuated itself into Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) relationship.

Two and-a-half men

Two and-a-half men

FOX: The X Factor: (Live) An act is voted off the show.

NBC: 30 Rock: (New) Tracy (Tracy Morgan) portrays Jack (Alec Baldwin) as a villain in a new movie, causing friction between the two. Meanwhile, Liz (Tina Fey) undergoes foot surgery, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) tries to protect Kenneth (Jack McBrayer)  from Hazel’s (Kristin Schaal) sly machinations.

CW: Vampire Diaries: (New) Elena (Nina Dobrav) experiences terrifying hallucinations that lead her to make a dangerous mistake.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Two and a Half Men (New) Alan (John Cryer) has a surprising inspiration when he mulls making a commitment to Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne Smith) ; Walden (Ashton Kutcher) enjoys the attention of a wealthy older woman.

NBC: Up All Night: (New) Reagan (Christina Applegate) tries to give Chris (Will Arnett) a perfect Thanksgiving after he misses his chance to go home for the holiday. Elsewhere, Ava (Maya Rudolph) and Walter (Sean Hayes) devote their time to charity; and Scott (Luka Jones) arranges a dinner for divorced dads.

9 p.m. Lawsuits and musicals in this hour.

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) The crash victims proceed with their lawsuit, which requires them to face their injuries. Meanwhile, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) sneakily gets Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) to assist with a pediatric case; and Cristina (Sandra Oh) works on adjusting to her new surroundings.

CBS: Person of Interest: (New) Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel) must look to an unconventional source for help after the Machine gives them the number of a successful surgeon.

FOX: Glee: (New) Rachel (Lea Michel), Kurt(Chris Colfer), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Cassandra July (Kate Hudson) return as the glee club kicks off its production of “Grease.”

NBC: The Office: (New) Dwight (Rainn Wislon) faces his greatest professional shortcoming—selling to women. As a result, the lady staffers step up to give him advice so he can successfully sell to an important female client.



CW: Beauty and the Beast: (New) Vincent (Jay Ryan) admits to Cat (Kristin Kruek) that he has feelings for her.

9:30 p.m.

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) Leslie (Amy Poehler) disapproves of April’s (Aubrey Plaza) plan to transform a lot into a dog park, while Ben (Adam Scott) gets roped into helping Tom (Aziz Ansari) launch his new business venture, and Andy (Chris Pratt) finds himself playing crime-scene investigator.

10 p.m. Virtual reality medicine and rehab memories in this hour.

ABC: Scandal: (New) A mysterious letter alludes to Huck’s (Guillermo Diaz) sinister past and warns it may be revealed.

CBS: Elementary: (New) Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) investigates a double homicide that is eerily similar to a series of murders that took place 13 years ago. Meanwhile, Watson (Lucy Liu) visits Sherlock’s former rehab center to learn more about him.

NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams: (New) Richard Engel travels to Yemen in search of an Al Qaeda munitions expert who creates bombs. Also: a man who went to prison for mortgage fraud; the use of virtual reality to help hospital patients overcome pain; hot topics.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

How Its Made at 9 p.m. on SCI

Four Weddings at 9 p.m. on TLC

Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Ghost Town Gold at 10 p.m. on DSC

Jersey Shore at 10 p.m. on MTV

Superstorm 2012 on NGC

Jersey Brides at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Batman Returns on ENC

Easy A on FX

The Spirit on IFC

The Fugitive on REELZ

The Unsinkable Molly Brown on TCM

9 p.m.

Crossfire Hurricane on HBO

Tower Heist on HBO

Due Date on MOMAx

For further consideration:

Real Time With Bill Maher at 9 p.m. on HBO

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