Mon, September 22
Earlier days of many fixtures of the Batman saga are traced as this stylish adventure series premieres. Young detective James Gordon, who eventually will become Gotham City's police commissioner, is at the heart of the "Pilot" as played by Ben McKenzie ("Southland"). Donal Logue also stars as his ethically murky partner. The villains include precursors of the Riddler and the Penguin, but an instant standout is Jada Pinkett Smith as a spicy crime vixen.
A hilarious new daily game show pairs celebrities and contestants together to figure out famous names — actors, singers, athletes, even cartoon characters — based on improvised clues. Funnyman Craig Ferguson hosts and celebrity guest stars include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, as well as Tom Arnold, Yvette Nicole Brown, Peter Facinelli, Billy Gardell, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin McHale, Karina Smirnoff, Nicole Sullivan, Scott Wolf and Constance Zimmer.
Host James Lipton welcomes Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") in this new episode. While the actress is best known for her current role as Olivia Benson on the long-running NBC police drama, she also opens up about her late parents, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and working with George Clooney and Anthony Edwards on "ER."