WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2012 ― As the dust settles from the election, people can get on with their lives. But, do not expect to be spared the talking points of politicians on either side as they fight over the looming fiscal cliff. I thought Americans had been teetering on their own personal fiscal cliffs for a while now. But, whatever. Politicians: can’t live without them, can’t even draw a metaphorical target on them. (Ask Alaska’s Mama Bear about that.) At least not yet.
As for tonight’s TV highlights? Forward.
8 p.m. Leaving the nest, singing competition and vampires in this hour.
ABC: Last Resort: (New) Mysterious assailants attack the crew, putting Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and Kendal (Scott Speedman) on the defensive.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) The new Mrs. Wolowitz (Melissa Rauch) wants her husband to move out of old Mrs. Wolowitz’s house, while Amy (Miam Bialik) and Wil Wheaton (as himself) get into a dispute, and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) gets caught smack dab in the middle.
FOX: The X Factor: (Live) A number of contestants are sent home.
NBC: The Voice: (Live) Two top artists from each team advance based on viewer votes in a results episode.
CW: The Vampire Diaries: (New) Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) form an unusual alliance to deal with the danger that Connor (Tod Williams) unleashes on the town that includes taking Jeremy, Matt and April hostage.
CBS: Two and a Half Men: (New) Walden (Ashton Kutcher) hires an actress to be his girlfriend when he tires of the ups and downs of traditional relationships.
9 p.m. Meeting the parents, an Olympic star and “Grease” auditions in this hour.
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte tests out his acting skills when he makes a cameo appearance at a resort where Naomi (Merrin Dungey) and Max are staying. (Episode pre-empted from last week because of Hurricane Sandy.)
CBS: Person of Interest: (New) Reese (Jim Caviezel) takes on an undercover assignment in a suburban neighborhood.
FOX: Glee: (New) Auditions for the school production of “Grease” begin with Marley (Melissa Benoist), Jake (Jacob Artist), Kitty (Becca Tobin) and football player Ryder (Blake Jenner) competing for the lead roles.
NBC: The Office: (New) Money problems plague Andy’s (Ed helms) family. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) guests on a local radio show, so the staffers harass him with outrageous phone calls.
CW: Beauty and the Beast: (New) Cat (Kristin Kreuk) warns Vincent (Jay Ryan) to be extra cautious after his photograph appears in a newspaper. Later, Cat and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) investigate a woman’s mysterious disappearance.
NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) Leslie is (Amy Poehler) apprehensive about meeting Ben’s (Adam Scott) divorced parents for the first time.
10 p.m. Plane crashes, revenge and internet addiction in this hour.
ABC: Scandal: (New) A governor seeks revenge after his wife is raped, and then he wants Olivia (Kerry Washington) to do damage control.
CBS: Elementary: (New) Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) investigates a plane crash and tries to prove that the disaster was not an accident after he becomes convinced that one of the victims died before the aircraft went down. Meanwhile, Watson (Lucy Liu) attempts to get Holmes to meet with his elusive father.
NBC: Rock Center With Brian Williams: (New) Rehab focuses on internet addicts.
New Episodes of:
Jungle Gold Reclaimed at 9 p.m. on DSC
Four Weddings at 9 p.m. on TLC
Beyond Scared Straight at 10 p.m. on A&E
Sweet Genius at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Jersey Shore at 10 p.m. On MTV
Bada Bling Brides at 10 p.m. on TLC
For Movie Lovers:
Species at 8 p.m. on ENCORE
Medicine Man at 8 p.m. on FLIX
Men of Honor at 8 p.m. on FMC
Step Brothers at 8 p.m. on FX
The Lost Battalion at 8 p.m. on REELZ
Crazy, Stupid Love at 9 p.m. on HBO
The Butterfly Effect at 9 p.m. on STARZ
Contraband at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
The Dancer Upstairs at 10 p.m. on SUNDANCE
The Brothers Grimm at 10:15 p.m. on IFC
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