“Cupcake Wars” (9 p.m., Food Network). The bakers from Santa Rosa’s Sift cupcakery do battle in a wedding-themed cupcake challenge. And for you local fans, there’ll be a viewing party at the Toad in the Hole pub on Railroad Square. And yes, there will be cupcakes.
“Lights Out” (10 p.m., FX). Series premiere. This is the new show I’m most excited about. It’s the story of a former heavyweight boxing champ, now down on his luck and struggling to keep his family together. Boxing stories have been done to death, but this is FX, and they don’t do bad TV. Ever. Well, at least since “Nip/Tuck.” This looks gritty and intense and very, very good. And wow, I love this trailer:
“Parenthood” (10 p.m., NBC). Adam has a new boss and worries about his job security, and Crosby organizes a kindergarten show.
“Chopped” (10 p.m., Food Network). Among the secret ingredients: mussels, waffles, meat, flowers and candy.
“Southland” (10 p.m., TNT). A 4-year-old is killed in a drive-by, and it’s an all-out manhunt to find the shooter. Meanwhile, Dewey returns from rehab and gets partnered with Cooper.
“Tosh.0” (10 p.m., Comedy Central). Season premiere. Back for another season of viral-video mockery.
“Onion SportsDome” (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central). Series premiere. A new show from The Onion that parodies “SportcCenter” and the like. This has the potential of being very funny, especially if you’re familiar with ESPN’s buffoonery.
“V” (9 p.m., ABC). This bored me to tears last week. And as much as I love Bret Harrison (“Reaper”), he’s not the genius scientist type. Tonight, Tyler, the most annoying character on TV, becomes central to the plotline, much to the dismay of the remaining fanboys.