The teenage soap opera "House of Anubis" (8 p.m., Nickelodeon) enters its third season with an hourlong installment.
For the uninitiated, "Anubis" follows the
adventures of a group of boarding school students endowed with special powers and insights into mystic secrets. When not saving the world from dark forces, they contend with the usual hormonal convulsions of young adulthood: crushes, rejections, romances and breakups.
Like soaps of popular Spanish-language telenovelas, "Anubis" airs in half-hour dollops every night. A single-camera melodrama shot on videotape, "Anubis" lacks the slick, bright quality of many Nick and Disney shows aimed at this audience. This British-American-Belgian production has the look and feel of a European import from some decades back. And I mean that in the nicest way.
---In other super-
natural fare, a recently deceased stockbroker (Cameron Bancroft) gets to redeem his shallow and selfish life by bringing happiness to mortals in the 2012 fantasy "He Sees You When You're Sleeping" (8 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel), based on a novel by Mary Higgins Clark.
---Having pretty much pioneered the Jersey vulgarian soap opera, MTV plays catch-up in the backwoods minstrel show department with "Buck wild" (10 p.m.), a docusoap following a gaggle of young West Virginians who like to go "mudding" and turn a dump truck into a makeshift swimming pool. Look for hookups of the "Jersey Shore" variety, along with a "Jackass"-style love of dumb stunts.
---Race, politics and ideology reverberate in "Mr. Cao Goes to Wash ington" (10 p.m., PBS), a profile of Joseph Cao, a congressman from Louisiana's 2nd District. Cao, a Republican of Vietnamese ancestry, was elected in a district that has been traditionally represented by a black Democrat. Cao gained national attention when he became the only Republican member of the House to vote for the president's health care reform act. "Mr. Cao Goes to Washington" shows how his outsider status has helped and hindered him and how he tries to reconcile his principles with the ways of power politics.
---Liz and Criss are inspired to start thinking about family planning on "30 Rock" (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
---Howie Mandel hosts two episodes of "Mobbed" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---An established star (Connie Britton) resents her record label's suggestion that she tour with brat du jour (Hayden Panettiere) on the pilot episode of "Nashville" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
---"The Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2012" (8 p.m., TruTV) scours the globe for amusing advertising.
---A snack food corporation has lent its name to the Fiesta Bowl (8:30 p.m., ESPN), featuring Kansas State and Oregon playing in a stadium named after a for-profit university that doesn't even have a football team.
---Finch feels protective toward a new "Person of In terest" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---The contestants design outfits for women veterans from each branch of service on "Project Runway All Stars" (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-PG).
---Murder doesn't always come out in the wash on
"Elementary" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
A detective (Jon Hamm, "Mad Men") sees similarities between his son's disappearance and a 50-year-old cold case in 2009's "Stolen" (8:15 p.m., Sundance).
---Sheldon faces censure on "The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Alan invests Walden's money on "Two and a Half Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Angela asks for Dwight's help on "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
---On two episodes of "Scandal" (ABC, r, TV-14): a reluctant return to the White House (9 p.m.), a veep in need (10 p.m.).
---Sarah Silverman, Brian Austin Green and Father John Misty appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Gerard Butler, Anne Hathaway and Pitbull are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Tracy Morgan, Marv Albert and Everest appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ziggy Marley on "The To night Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---John Krasinski, Mike Birbiglia and Atlas Genius appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (midnight, ABC, r).
---Michael Bloomberg, NeNe Leakes and T.I. visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---A repeat of Craig Ferguson's travels through Scotland on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.