The search for the new "Lost" continues with "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). Set 15 years after a mysterious and permanent power blackout, "Revolution" is both epic in scope and frequently laughable in execution -- often at the same time.
While "Lost" showed folks adjusting to low-tech life on a lush deserted island, "Revolu tion" uses extensive special effects to depict a ruined world not unlike the old History Channel series "Life After People." Nineteenth-century villages, complete with small farms and pens for livestock, sprout up outside of once-posh gated communities. Government, for what it's worth, has been reduced to warlordism.
Despite all the guns the NRA has urged us to hoard, weapons and ammo seem to be in short supply here. Instead, everybody appears to have learned how to craft elaborate pre-industrial weapons, such as crossbows.
Like too many scenes of the special-effects-driven epic fantasy "Terra Nova," "Revolu tion" is dominated by spunky teens, most notably Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) and her brother, Danny (Graham Rogers). When the asthmatic Danny falls into the hands of bad guys, Charlie makes for Chicago in search of her near-mythical Uncle Miles (Billy Burke), who resides in a decadent Windy City saloon that seems more "Boardwalk Empire" than "Deadwood."
If Charlie is the heart of the show, Miles provides the martial arts derring-do, fighting off bad guys with a balletic flair that recalls both Errol Flynn and Bruce Lee.
At its heart, "Revolution" is a mystery. Who turned out the lights? Why? Does anybody have the power to turn them back on? Unfortunately, some of its mystery is shrouded in magic. There's a lot of preposterous nonsense about "Revo lution." The abundance of swords and, apparently, soap and shampoo come to mind. But the show really begins to fall apart when secret charmed amulets show up.
---Also set in Chicago, "The Mob Doctor" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) stars Jordana Spiro as the young brilliant surgeon Dr. Grace Devlin. Folks may recall Spiro from the genial TBS sitcom "My Boys," also set in Chicago.
As the title implies, Grace has agreed to work for local mobsters in return for forgiveness of her hapless brother's gambling debts. This works out fine as long as she's called upon to fix up wounded bad guys in furtive locations. But when the big shots call on her to put some enemies on ice, she's up against her Hippocratic Oath.
Look for William Forsythe ("Boardwalk Empire") as a local heavy. "The Mob Doctor" features a superficially clever "what if" premise that seems too insubstantial to sustain a weekly episodic drama. Unless, of course, she becomes a mob boss in her own right. Then it's "Breaking Bad, M.D."
---Blind auditions on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC).
---Brennan goes on the lam on the season premiere of "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" (8 p.m., ABC).
---The Atlanta Falcons host the Denver Broncos on "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ESPN).
---Linda Ellerbee hosts "Kids Pick the President: The Issues" on "Nick News" (8 p.m., Nickelodeon).
---Daphne worries on "Switched at Birth" (8 p.m., ABC Family).
---Laura Innes guest-stars on "Warehouse 13" (9 p.m., Syfy).
---Raydor's rash decision on "Major Crimes" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
---Pierce's weird theories have some merit on "Perception" (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
---"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (9 p.m., Travel) visits the Mojave Desert.
Roddy McDowall plays a manipulative producer in the 1967 teen musical "The Cool Ones" (10 a.m., TCM).
---On two episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, r, TV-14): Lily goes into labor (8 p.m.), Barney's big day (8:30 p.m.).
---On two episodes of "The L.A. Complex" (CW, TV-14): a showdown (8 p.m.) and bad news (9 p.m.).
---Martha Stewart cameos on an hourlong helping of "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Officer down on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---Kofi Annan is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stew art" (11 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Megan Mullally appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS).
---John Caparulo, April Richardson and Kurt Braunohler are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Drew Gilpin Faust sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mindy Kaling and Of Gentlemen and Cowards appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Richard Gere, Anthony Robles and Rascal Flatts on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Matthew Perry, Josh Hamilton and Kreayshawn appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC).
---Susan Sarandon and Karl Urban visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Julie Chen, Warren Sapp and Lianne La Havas on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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