TV tonight: Michael J. Fox, The Crazy Ones and The Big Bang Theory

Robin Williams returns to TV tonight on The Crazy Ones

Photo: CBS/The Crazy Ones

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2013 —Tonight some of our favorite shows are back with season premieres, including new back-to-back episodes of “The Big Bang Theory.” Now in its seventh season, America’s favorite sitcom shows no signs of slowing down.

“The Crazy Ones” starring Robin Williams has been given the choice time slot immediately following “The Big Bang Theory.” Williams has made a career of roles tailor made for his frenetic style, and his role as an eccentric but gifted advertising legend on “The Crazy Ones” is no different. Fans of Williams will love the show, but the rest of us may find keeping up with him too much work.

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Also debuting in the 9 p.m. time slot is “The Michael J. Fox Show” on NBC. Using Fox’s Parkinson’s disease as the basic theme of the show is a testament to how much faith NBC has in him, and for good reason. Fox has made some great cameo appearances since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1999, but embracing his newest character without feeling bad for him may be too much to ask of the audience.

NBC is walking a fine line between comedy and sympathy with “The Michael J. Fox Show.” But if anyone can walk this line without tipping too far either way, it is Fox. He has accepted his condition with admirable grace and asks his audience to do the same. Whether or not the show works remains to be seen, but kudos to Fox for being brave enough to try.

There is nothing particularly new about the characters played by Robin Williams or Micheal J. Fox. Both give the audience exactly what they have come to expect from these actors. Rather than trying to compete against TV’s recent obsession with flawed characters whose lives are defined by their questionable ethics, “The Crazy Ones” and “The Micheal J. Fox Show” bank on likeable characters behaving well.

Audiences may embrace both shows the same way they enjoy a good dose of comfort food. After all, there’s nothing exotic about meat loaf or mac and cheese. But most of us love them just the same.

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: (Repeat) As the world comes to grips with the existence of superheroes and aliens, agent Phil Coulson assembles a small group of highly skilled agents; the team’s first assignment is to find a man with extraordinary — and potentially devastating — powers.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) In the Season 7 premiere, Leonard is away at sea, so Sheldon and Penny spend some time together and spill some revealing secrets. Meanwhile, Howard comes to Raj’s aid after his breakup with his girlfriend.

FOX: The X Factor: (New) The judges hit their final audition city.

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) Leslie and the gang head to London for the Season 6 premiere!

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (Repeat) The fourth season ends on graduation day when ghosts overrun the town and try to settle old scores and fulfill their supernatural destinies. Meanwhile, Elena makes a decision about the Salvatore brothers and confronts Katherine; and Stefan discovers a horrifying secret about Silas.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (New) Leonard returns from his North Sea expedition and finds things chilly between him and Sheldon, while Howard’s relationship with his mother opens the door to questions about his masculinity.

9 p.m.

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (New) Following the storm, a mudslide injures first responders and citizens; Meredith faces a decision that will impact a loved one; Callie is rocked by Arizona’s infidelity; the doctors receive devastating news.

CBS: The Crazy Ones: (New) Simon tries to persuade Kelly Clarkson to sing a jingle for his firm’s biggest client in the series premiere of this comedy about an eccentric advertising exec who works alongside his levelheaded daughter at their ad firm.

FOX: Glee: (New) The members of New Directions take on the Beatles songbook.

NBC: The Micheal J. Fox Show: (New) After battling Parkinson’s disease, New York newsman Mike Henry is ready to return to work.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: (Repeat) Two eliminated models get a chance to return; two overly confident competitors find it difficult to book a runway show; one girl gets distracted at the photo shoot due to her crush on one of the guys.

9:30 p.m.  

NBC: The Micheal J. Fox Show: (New) Mike deals with a noisy neighbor (Tracy Pollan) who finds him attractive, though he pretends not to enjoy being the object of her crush. Elsewhere, Ian takes a romantic interest in Eve’s new friend; and Leigh plays along when she’s mistaken for being Graham’s mom.

10 p.m.

CBS: Elementary: (New) Season 2 begins with Holmes and Watson traveling to London to help a former mentor investigate an unsolved mystery. Meanwhile, Sherlock’s estranged brother Mycroft reunites with him and reveals some secrets of his own.

NBC: Parenthood: (New) In the Season 5 opener, a cancer-free Kristina declares it’s time to carpe diem! Ray Romano and Matt Lauria guest star.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Airplane Repo: Touchdown at 8 p.m. on DSC

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

Project Runway at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Four Weddings: Unveiled at 9 p.m. on TLC

Anger Management at 9:30 p.m. on FX

How Do They Do It? at 10 p.m. on SCI

Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Airplane Repo at 10 p.m. on DSC

Let it Ride at 10 p.m. on NGC

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Something Borrowed, Something New: Unveiled at10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

From Russia With Love on ENC

Ransom on FLIX

The Warriors on IFC

War Horse on SHO

Heathers on SUND

Middle of the Night on TCM

9 p.m.

Parental Guidance on HBO

Snake Eyes on MOMAX

Zero Dark Thirty on STARZ

Later tonight:

Flying Blind at 9:25 p.m. on SHO

Mr & Mrs. Smith at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle at 10 p.m. on ENC

The Other Guys on FX

Hitchcock at 10 p.m. on HBO

Of Human Bondage at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

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