“The Next Food Network Star” (9 p.m., Food Network). Last season’s winner Melissa makes an appearance and the remaining cooks have to team up for their elimination challenge. Somehow, this has become more compelling than the current season of “Top Chef.”
“Mad Men” (10 p.m., AMC). Season premiere. Don Draper and Co. are back for another season of the best show on TV that’s doesn’t have “Breaking” or “Bad” in its title. It’s a year later and everyone is trying to settle into their new lives. Tonight Don does a magazine interview that doesn’t go as well as he hoped. Click here to catch up on the first three seasons in less than five minutes.
“True Blood” (9 p.m., HBO). I’m still catching up. I don’t want to spoil it for myself, so I’m just gonna assume there’s lots of blood and sex tonight.
“My Boys” (10 and 10:30 p.m., TBS). Season premiere. PJ and the gang are back, but minus Andy, who’s moved away. Now they have to replace him. I’m a big fan of this show, it’s so . . . . nice. Like a sitcom sorbet to cleanse the palate.
“Hung” (10 p.m., HBO). I’ve missed a couple of weeks. It’s the kind of show you can skip a while and then churn through in a marathon.
“Entourage” (10:30 p.m., HBO). Hmmm, the season’s first two episodes were great, but last week’s was terrible. If it doesn’t bounce back tonight, I might be done. It’s not like there’s not other, better shows on.
“Childrens Hospital” (10:30 p.m., Cartoon Network). A sick and twisted spoof of hospital dramas with an all-star cast of comics. Very wrong and very funny.
“HGTV Design Star” (10 p.m., HGTV). There’s just too many better shows on at 10. Besides, Donald Trump Jr. guest stars tonight, and that family is overexposed as it is.