TV tonight: 'Ben and Kate,' 'Covert Affairs'
Posted October 15, 2012
Even the most promising new shows generally struggle to get up on their legs and running, as witness a not-quite-funny-enough outing of one of the fall's better sitcoms, Ben and Kate (Fox 8:30 ET/PT).
On the plus side, the show's opening relationships have jelled well enough that Ben can begin to explore other character pairings, as it does tonight by sending Ben and BJ off together on a caper that involves Ben's ex.
The problem is that the caper feels both forced and familiar, a blow for a series that needs to prove Ben can do and be more than we've seen. Still, it's a sweet episode, and this early in the run, that may carry the day.
The biggest draws tonight are obviously the Second Presidential Debate (9 ET/6 PT), which you'll find on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS and all the usual cable outlets — or, in some households at least, TBS' airing of the American League Championship Series (8 ET/5 PT).
If, however, 10 o'clock rolls around and your favorite on either of those broadcasts is performing so badly you can't take it anymore, feel free to turn to returning USA hit Covert Affairs (USA, 10 ET/PT) for relief.
Having killed Lena (poor Sarah Clarke of 24, forever to be typecast, it seems, as a traitor), Annie is stuck in Russia. Count on her friends to get her out.
MTV has a new comedy/drama, Underemployed(10 ET/PT) which follows five recent college graduates as they head out into a less-than-welcoming world. It's from Craig Wright, creator of Dirty Sexy Money.
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