Home to many purposefully ridiculous live-action series, the Cartoon Network late-night programming bloc "Adult Swim" presents "Eagleheart: Para dise Rising" starring Chris Elliott (midnight).
Elliott may be the granddaddy or at least the weird uncle to the strange series that abound on "Adult Swim," including "Squidbillies" (1 a.m., r) and "The Heart, She Holler" (1:15 a.m., r).
Elliott produced and performed in odd little films during the early days of David Letterman's run on NBC. He starred in the truly memorable early Fox series "Get A Life" (1990), just recently released on DVD. In "Life," he was a 30-something slacker working as a paperboy, still living with his parents (comedian Bob Elliott, Chris' real-life father, played his dad) who raised him in a "Leave it to Beaver" atmosphere.
In "Eagleheart," he's U.S. Marshal Chris Monsanto, a man on a mission set against the agency's dark history, hints of alien invasion and intimations of the apocalypse. It's "Walker, Texas Ranger" meets "The X-Files." And Martin Sheen shows up too!
"Eagleheart" producers include Conan O'Brien, who hosts Elliott on his talk show tonight.
---Fans of "Lost" have waited years for a show as strange, compelling, mystifying and addictive. It's arrived, and it's called "The Returned" (9 p.m., Sundance, TV-MA), now in its third episode.
In case you've missed it, this French miniseries takes place in a beautiful, if oddly blank, mountain village where people, long dead and buried, have returned to take their place among the living. But don't go looking for the gross-out zombie antics of "The Walking Dead" or "American Horror Story." These individuals return intact and with no knowledge of their demise. And that's what makes their attempts to reintegrate with people who have already grieved for them all the more painful and poignant.
Every one of the eight epi-
sodes of "The Returned"
centers on the back story of a particular character. Tonight is Julie's (Celine Sallette) story, an explanation of the psychic and physical wounds haunting the taciturn nurse who adopts the polite, quiet (and very dead) little boy at the center of so many mysteries.
---The Tennessee Titans host the Indianapolis Colts in NFL Foot ball (8:25 p.m., NFL Network).
---Talent goes home on "The X- Factor" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Nice twerk if you can get it on "Glee" (9 p.m. Fox, TV-14).
---Callie faces a malpractice suit on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---Contestants scour a grammar school for materials on "Project Runway All Stars" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).
---A tycoon's girlfriend is slain on "Elementary" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Zeek counsels Sarah on "Parenthood" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Mellie enters damage-control mode on "Scandal" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Audiences failed to flock to the 2012 fantasy "John Carter" (8 p.m., Encore), based on a 1917 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
---Leonard's lesson in empathy on "Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---On two episodes of "Parks and Recreation" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG), all work (8 p.m.), haunting the voters (8:30 p.m.).
---Scarlet and Anastasia feel let down on "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Bad news for Katherine on "The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Carol thinks Nathan needs advice on "The Millers" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Sydney's partner (Brad
Garrett) shatters old ties on "The Crazy Ones" (9 p.m., CBS).
---A lack of discipline on "Sean Saves the World" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Francis returns to his ex on "Reign" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Lyndsey erupts on "Two and a Half Men" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Mike wants Ian back in school on "The Michael J. Fox Show" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---Geoffrey Rush is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardell and Chris Elliott appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---Kerry Washington, Ben Gleib, Cameron Esposito and Julian McCullough are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Jim Norton appears on
"Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" (11 p.m., FXX).
---Alexis Ohanian sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau and the Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Anthony Hamilton are booked on "The Arsenio Hall Show" (WPMT, WPHL ).
---Claire Danes, Will Forte and Metric appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS),
---Jay Leno welcomes Craig Ferguson and JRand featuring Flo Rida on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Sarah Silverman, David Blaine and Charlie Wilson appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Damian Lewis, Steve Coogan, Sheryl Crow and Wanz visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Donald Sutherland and Casey Wilson on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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