Set your DVRs for some terrific viewing tonight as these great shows make their returns:
This funtastic CBS comedy is back for its seventh season to tease audiences with more "is she or isn't she the Mother" antics (show is signed for two more seasons so I'm guessing more "isn't" than "is") with lovelorn romantic Ted (Josh Radnor). This season also celebrates the pregnancy of Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan), new romantic and professional pursuits of Canadian darling Robin (Cobie Smolders) and the wedding (say what?) or eternal womanizer Barney (the masterful Neil Patrick Harris).
Check out How I Met Your Mother on CBS at 8 p.m.
Then tune in at 10 p.m. for the return of two great partner-centric cop dramas, CBS' Hawaii Five-0 and ABC's Castle (they go head-to-head, so choose one for live viewing, one for DVR, but don't miss either).
Both shows had shocking finales that shook up the characters' lives and careers last May:
On Five-0, Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) was arrested for the murder of the Governor Pat Jameson (Jean Smart) by the cold and cunning Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) while rookie Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) was suspended for suspicion of the theft from the drug forfeiture locker (sorry to say, she's actually guilty, along with her task force teammates), leaving Detective Danny Williams (Scott Caan) to clear their good names while trying to make sense of the apparent abandonment of the fourth member Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), who went back to the Honolulu PD just in time to arrest McGarrett. Fortunately, the team will have help with their precarious situation as Lt. Commander Joe White (Terry O'Quinn, reuniting with Lost alum Kim) - McGarrett's former SEAL training officer - comes to the Aloha State to lend a hand for at least six episodes.
Hawaii Five-0 has lined up an impressive guest cast for their sophomore season, including O'Quinn, Peter Fonda, Patty Duke, Tom Sizemore and more. Surf's up for Season Two!
Over on Castle, we were left with the shocking shooting of Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) at the funeral of Captain Roy Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), who was killed after it was revealed he hadn't been the cleanest cop in his early career and whose past caught up with him at last. Turns out Montgomery was fighting to protect Beckett from imminent danger brought on by her investigating her mother's murder, fearing she was getting too close (guess so, giving the shooting). By her side is the ever-charming Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), successful mystery novelist-turned-unofficial police detective/comic foible/potential love interest for Beckett (think David Addison and Maddie Hayes on Moonlighting), who finally confessed his love for Beckett after the shooting (too bad she was unconscious). Will this be the season that end the "will they or won't they" tug of war the show's been teasing for three seasons now? Wait and see ...
Catch Hawaii Five-0 on CBS and Castle on ABC at 10 p.m.
If you like the actors on these shows, catch them on these other shows:
Josh Radnor - The Court (may be hard to find)
Jason Segel - Freaks and Geeks (on DVD)
Alyson Hannigan - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (on DVD, Chiller channel)
Cobie Smolders - The L Word (on DVD)
Neil Patrick Harris - Doogie Houser, M.D. (on DVD)
Alex O'Loughlin - Three Rivers, Moonlight (on DVD, Rivers streams on Netflix)
Scott Caan - Entourage (on DVD, HBO repeats, syndication)
Daniel Dae Kim & Terry O'Quinn - Lost (on DVD)
Grace Park - Battlestar Galactica (2005) (on DVD, streaming on Netflix)
Nathan Fillion - Firefly (on DVD)
Stana Katic - Heroes guest star (on DVD)