Two shows of note will be returning tonight on your TV (you know, that thing that your parents watch without interruption while you unsuccessfully try to download an old episode of Doctor Who that's being routed through Yugoslavia). Number one, as dutifully noted this week in I Love Television™:
24: Live Another Day (Fox, 8 pm)
In the re-titled 24: Live Another Day, Kiefer Sutherland returns as former Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) Agent Jack Bauer—who you may remember spent much of the last decade foiling assassinations and bomb attacks, while gleefully torturing suspects, who just happened to be primarily Muslim. Now it's four years later, and Jack is a fugitive trying to stay one step ahead of the CIA, and in particular CIA Agent Navarro (played by dreamboaty Benjamin Bratt). Unfortunately, someone wants to blow up the earth (yes, again), which means Jack—after looking at the camera and saying, "I'm getting too old for this shit!"—must come out of hiding, and along with former CTU computer-genius-turned-underground-hacker Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub dressed in her Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Halloween costume) save the world (yes, again)... and maybe torture a few Muslims on the side? You know, just for old time's sake?
Also? It's a new season of Louie on FX—and with TWO back-to-back episodes (10 pm)! Here's a sneaky peek from the Washington Post:
Louie’s reckoning with age and eventual death is never far off, whether in a moment of panic on the subway, a bizarre romantic encounter in the Hamptons or in his sudden immobility from back pain (and the unsympathetic doctor, played by Charles Grodin, who declines to treat it). In one of those great interstitial scenes from Louie’s stand-up act at his beloved Comedy Cellar, he wonders why people always ask what happens after we die.
“Actually, lots of things happen after you die — just none of them include you. You’re not anything anymore,” he observes. “But there’s all kinds of s—-, there’s a Super Bowl every year . . . there’s a dog catching a Frisbee. . . .”