The new incarnation of "Dallas" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14) arrives for a second season. Expect political shenanigans, corporate squabbles in the boardroom and the bedroom, and sadly, the final performances of the late Larry Hagman as his iconic character, J.R. Ewing.
As if to remind us that the apple has not fallen far from the tree, J.R.'s son, John Ross, is first seen crashing a bachelorette party and seducing the bride-to-be.
At first, he seems merely opportunistic and amoral. But John Ross is really trying to blackmail the girl's father, threatening to release indiscreet pictures of his little darling to the tabloid press. When the angry patriarch responds that John Ross may be jeopardizing a marriage between two young people in love, he responds, "Love is for (expletive)," a line that may have warmed J.R.'s heart.
We soon learn that the whole escapade was J.R.'s idea and that John Ross is out to learn as much from the master as he can. But we can't help knowing that his time is short, and that neither John Ross, nor the rest of the pretty youngsters of the cast, will ever measure up to their entertaining mentor. Old J.R. always made destructive, self-serving mischief-making look like so much fun. John Ross manages to make a night of seduction, betrayal and blackmail look like a chore.
-- Speaking of the pretty and uninteresting, "Built" (9 p.m., Style, TV-PG) is funnier to describe than watch. This audaciously ridiculous show follows the exploits of high-fashion male models who moonlight as carpenters and handymen. Following the absurd logic of pornography, "Built" features them taking off their shirts as they measure lumber and drywall while their female clients make infantile jokes about their "tools."
TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
-- Two bodies are unearthed from the same grave on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
-- "Antiques Roadshow" (8 p.m., PBS) stops in Boston. "Market Warriors" (9 p.m., PBS, r) explores Burlington, Ky.
-- Toby makes a gesture on "Switched at Birth" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
-- Victims appear with holes in their heads on "Continuum" (8 p.m., Syfy, TV-14).
-- "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" (8 p.m., Nickelodeon, TV-G) presents "Out of Sight: How Blind Kids See the World."
-- Hardy enlists Carroll's ex to psych out the literary sicko on "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
-- Anthony Bourdain spends a brief time in New Orleans on "The Layover" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG).
-- After a failed marriage, Michelle's brother licks his wounds on "Bunheads" (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
-- "Fashion Police" (9 p.m., E!) reviews the notable frocks from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards ceremony.
-- McGarrett looks for his mother on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
-- Julian isn't forthcoming on "Deception" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
-- Castle's pool becomes a crime scene on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
-- "Hotel Impossible" (10 p.m., Travel, TV-PG) attempts to revive the Periwinkle Inn, located in Cape May, N.J.
-- "Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) presents "The Revisionaries," a documentary about efforts to lobby the Texas State Board of Education as it revises its teaching standards and textbooks every decade.
-- "True Crime With Aphrodite Jones" (10 p.m., ID, TV-14) looks at the murder of a Wall Street motivational speaker.
Director Martin Scorsese's affection for classic rock can be heard in the soundtrack to "Goodfellas" (8 p.m., Spike) and seen in the 1978 documentary "The Last Waltz" (8 p.m., VH1 Classic).
Familiar faces prove haunting on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Eating healthy on a budget on "The Biggest Loser" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... Roller derbies and roses on "The Bachelor" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14) ... Troubling news about Sebastian on "The Carrie Diaries" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... Jealousy on "The Big Bang Theory" (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) ... The simple life on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Annie mulls might-have-beens on "90210" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... Dog-sitting on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
Bob Costas is scheduled on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Emmy Rossum, Dave Franco and Los Straitjackets appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) ... Allison Williams, Trevor Noah, Heather McDonald and Brad Wollack are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!) ... Melissa McCarthy, David Byrne and St. Vincent appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Donny Deutsch and Lady Antebellum on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Jude Law, J.B. Smoove and Gavin DeGraw appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
Brian Williams, Max Greenfield and Eric Burdon visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Craig Ferguson hosts Kathy Griffin and Michael Weatherly on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
(Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy gmail.com.)
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