“V” (9 p.m., ABC). Season premiere. Riots erupt, Ryan (the stupidest human still alive) sees his half-alien baby and evil alien Anna is warned that her leadership abilities are in doubt. Oh, and don’t forget about that giant alien armada headed for Earth. I got tired of how ABC jerked this series around last year, and the show eventually bored me too, so I gave up. But I’ve heard it improved toward the end and, who knows, maybe Season 2 will be better. There’s not a whole lot else on this week, so it might be worth investing an hour and seeing how it is.
“Southland” (10 p.m., TNT). Season premiere. This above-average cop drama is back for its first season of all-new episodes on cable (last season’s episodes were unaired leftovers from NBC). Tonight, detectives hunt for the killers of a cleaning lady, and a bank robbery puts a cop in danger.
“Caprica” (starting at 6 p.m., Syfy). This “Battlestar Galactica” prequel was canceled in the fall, and tonight the final five episodes are being burned off. Hard-core fans will watch, but be warned, there might not be much closure. And woe to you if there’s a cliffhanger ending.
“Little Rascals” (starting at 5 p.m., TCM). Here’s a real blast from the past: an all-night marathon with Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat and the gang.
“Parenthood” (10 p.m., NBC). The kids are in trouble tonight: Crosby tries to make Jabbar clean his room, and Drew gets caught drinking beer. Ruh-roh.
“Chopped” (10 p.m., Food Network). The chefs have to use goat brains in their appetizers. Yum.
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Sugar Bowl: Arkansas vs. Ohio State (5:30 p.m., ESPN). Arkansas has a great offense. Ohio State has a great defense. This should be a very good game.
“Live to Dance” (8 p.m., ABC). Series premiere. Paula Abdul judges a dance contest. This sounds interesting in zero ways.