It’s not quite mid-season, all those bright and shiny new shows have debuted, some of your old favorites are getting ready to take a holiday break, and the election is finally over. So… what to watch now?

This week, I’ve decided to take a look at a few shows that aren’t on the major networks. (However, I refuse to highlight any of the many Christmas movies that are already popping up on some cable channels. Come on… I still have some Halloween candy left.)

Anyway, while I’ll probably be watching the usuals (“Last Resort,” “The Good Wife,” etc..), here are a few other shows to watch for… and maybe one or two of them is actually worth watching.


The documentary series “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) begins with a look at World War II. Stone narrates, and with his track record, you can bet there will be a conspiracy theory or two. Just don’t expect a balanced look at U.S. history.

 “Catfish: The TV Show” (8 p.m., MTV) also premieres. Based on a movie on the same name (minus “The TV Show” part, naturally), this reality show focuses on couples who’ve met online but never face to face. MTV also kicks off the third season of “Teen Mom 2” tonight.


“Mankind: The Story of All of Us” airs tonight on the History channel. You can probably guess what this one’s about.


OK, so “Burn Notice” (7 p.m., USA) is a show I’ve profiled before, but I was remiss in not mentioning its two-hour return last week. Tonight, Michael’s friends must lend a hand (again) when he’s accused of a crime.


Megan Fox guest-stars in the second episode of hourlong comedy “Wedding Band” (7 p.m., TBS), which stars her baby daddy, Brian Austin Green. I know what you’re thinking, but this has gotten some good buzz.

If none of these shows do it for you, there’s also the return of “Whitney” (8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC) or you can catch up on old episodes of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” (And in case it isn’t obvious, I’m kidding on both accounts.)

— Heather Chavez