Acompanion of sorts to "Top Gear" (9 p.m., BBC America), the popular British series "Bang Goes the Theory" (10:20 p.m., BBC America) shows off some cutting-edge thinking and technology in

a fashion that should appeal to fans of "Myth- Busters." It is the Amer-

ican debut of "Bang." Host Dallas Campbell, biochemist Liz Bonnin, engineer Jem Stans-

field and evolutionary biolo-

gist Yan Wong take on projects of a practical and wildly experimental nature. A visionary cure for jet lag gives way to an attempt to fashion a square-wheeled skateboard into a motorbike, followed by an attempt to blow over a brick house with something called a vortex cannon.

Other segments explore a new technology for tracking people based on the way they walk, an

attempt to cook an egg using only a newspaper and new frontiers of

artificial life.

---"The 137th West minster Kennel Club Show" (8 p.m., CNBC) returns. Tonight's competition includes four canine groupings: hound, toy, nonsporting and herding. Westminster concludes Tuesday with the sporting, working and terrier groups and the announcement of best in show. The conclusion will be broadcast on the USA network at 8 p.m.

---"Bizarre Foods America" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG) returns for a new season with host Andrew Zimmern sampling some gross-out gastronomy in and around our nation's capital. First up: a meal of snakes fished out of the Potomac River.

---Comedian and prolific television director David Steinberg hosts a second season of "Inside Comedy" (11 p.m., Showtime), a series of friendly interviews with some of the biggest and most respected names in the business, including Jim Carrey, Louis C.K., Susie Essman, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Bill Maher, Mike Myers, Bob Newhart and Ben Stiller.

In a field where many talents are known for anger and dysfunction, Steinberg seems astonishingly well-adjusted. The interviews range from the anecdotal to the analytical, the former being far more entertaining.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

---Brennan might be killed off on a very sweeps episode of "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---Noah and Travis tangle on "Switched at Birth" (8 p.m., ABC Family).

---Kiera risks tampering with time to save her own grandmother on "Contin uum" (8 p.m., Syfy, TV-14).

---A newcomer schemes to eliminate Hardy on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---Plans for the new amphitheater come under attack on "Bunheads" (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-PG).

---McGarrett has his mother followed on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

---Mia can't handle the truth on "Deception" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

---Murder cameos on a trashy reality show on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

CULT CHOICE

TCM has organized its monthlong salute to Oscar nominees and winners by the studios that produced the films. Today through Thursday morning is dedicated to RKO. The 1939 tearjerker "Love Affair" (12:15 a.m.), starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, was remade as "An Affair to Remember" in 1957 and then referenced once more in "Sleepless in Seattle" in 1993.

SERIES NOTES

---Ted is reluctant to call it quits on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

---With Carrie in Manhattan, Mouse turns to Walt on "The Carrie Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).

---Russell divulges his past on "Rules of Engage- ment" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

---Jet-setting on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

---Charity begins with canoodling on "90210" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).

---Victoria agrees to date Harry on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

LATE NIGHT

---Don Cheadle, Bill Burr and Ed Sheeran appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).

---Tim McGraw, Michael Yo, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Mo Mandel are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).

---Bill O'Reilly and the Avett Brothers appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).

---Jay Leno welcomes James Spader and Far East Movement on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).

---Carl Reiner appears on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).

---Craig Ferguson hosts Julie Andrews and Grace Park on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.