Wedding episodes often threaten to go "very special." Happily, "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) walks down the aisle and remains true to the quirks of the characters who have made the show uniquely popular.
Like Jim Parsons' Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory," Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) has always operated several clicks into the bandwidth of autism or Asperger's syndrome. With all of her beauty and brilliance, she lacks the ability to "read" people, unless of course, they arrive as bodies lying on the slab of her laboratory. She's short on social graces. So we'd hardly expect her to navigate well through the choppy waters of wedding planning or the contrived "girly girl" joys of gown buying, hairdos, endless makeup and mani-pedi parties.
Not to give too much away, but most of the episode is
devoted to getting her to the church on time and keeping her from retreating into the details of a new case, which happens to concern a 35-year-old murder victim who may have been killed because of her thoughts on a poet dead for a century and a half.
Of course, none of this goes smoothly. Perhaps the most telling moment is when the bride-to-be tries to explain to some of her colleagues why they weren't initially invited to her wedding. It's a bit like Mr. Spock meets Miss Manners in a morgue -- and perfectly in keeping with her character.
---The documentary "Life According to Sam" (9 p.m., HBO) follows the family of a child afflicted with progeria, an exceedingly rare disease that radically accelerates the aging process, affecting fewer than 250 people worldwide. Most people born with progeria die of a stroke or heart attack by adolescence. Sam has just turned 17 and enjoys life as a high school student. "Sam" also documents his parents, who are both doctors, and their efforts to understand, treat and eradicate the disease.
---Narrated by actor Mike Farrell, the documentary "Un likely Friends" (9 p.m., ID, TV-14) follows five families devastated by violence who have reached out to forgive and even befriend the perpetrators.
---"Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) presents the documentary "The Waiting Room/Let Me Down Easy," chronicling those waiting for care in an Oakland, Calif., emergency room that is the primary care facility for roughly a quarter-million patients.
---The brainchild of Sean Combs, the new cable network Revolt TV will launch today in select markets. Revolt plans to be a home for music videos, much the way MTV and VH1 were before they devolved into reality TV programming.
---The New York Giants (0-6) host the Minnesota Vikings (1-4) on "Monday Night Football" (8:25 p.m., ESPN). Hey, somebody's got to win!
---A policewoman makes an unlikely alliance with an undead Revolutionary War soldier on the pilot episode of "Sleepy Hollow" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
---Emergency surgery on "Hos tages" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---A mysterious messenger (Robert Knepper) must be stopped on "The Blacklist" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---A murder suspect claims to be a time-traveler on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---"Hotel Impossible" (10 p.m., Travel, TV-PG) will spend two consecutive weeks examining New Jersey beach resorts damaged by last year's Hurricane Sandy.
Two teen girls (Jitka Cerhova and Ivana Karbanova) decide to "go bad" and challenge the norms of
society in the experimental 1966 Czech film "Daisies" (1:15 a.m., TCM).
---Ted's choice on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Cher visits "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The Head and the Heart performs on "Hart of Dixie" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Serving up a pastry craze on "2 Broke Girls" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Shared secrets on "The Big Bang Theory" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).
---Trust issues erupt on "Beauty and the Beast" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Bonnie steps back on "Mom" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Alan Greenspan is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Ethan Hawke, Pete Holmes and Tedeschi Trucks Band appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Ben Gleib, Morgan Murphy and Ross Mathews are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Jay Smooth is scheduled on "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" (11 p.m., FXX).
---Arcade Fire performs on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Alec Baldwin and Toni Collette appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Michael Douglas, Larry the Cable Guy and Thomas Rhett on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---James Franco and Snoop Lion appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Alec Baldwin, Kevin Connolly, Chris Cornell and The Avett Brothers visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Jay Leno and Cameron Esposito on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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