What's On: 'Big Bang' Proposal, JHud joins 'Voice,' Comedy Central's 'Opposition'
A critical checklist of Monday TV:
The Big Bang Theory (8/7c, CBS): As the 11th season of the mega-hit sitcom begins, Amy (Mayim Bialik) reels from the cliffhanger surprise of Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) marriage proposal. Can't tell you if she says yes, but everyone's got an opinion on the subject, including Sheldon's mom (Laurie Metcalf) and Stephen Hawking in one of his funniest cameos yet. And Sh-amy isn't the only couple dealing with a bombshell. Heading into its second decade, Big Bang is still delivering big laughs with great character comedy.
Followed at 8:30/7:30c by the premiere of the promising spinoff Young Sheldon, starring Iain Armitage as the 9-year-old version of Sheldon (with Parsons providing narration) and Metcalf's daughter, Zoe Perry, as a 1989 version of mother Mary. (Other series premieres on the first night of the official broadcast TV season: CBS's Me, Myself & I, ABC's The Good Doctor and NBC's The Brave).
The Voice (8/7c, NBC): The best part of any season of this singing competition comes early, with the "blind auditions." Joining the coaches in the revolving chairs: Oscar-winning American Idol veteran Jennifer Hudson, listening for a winner and building a team to compete alongside Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
In other reality-competition news, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance names "America's Favorite Dancer" in the 14th-season finale (8/7c), while ABC's Dancing with the Stars (8/7c) announces its first elimination at the end of a night of classic ballroom dances by all 13 teams. (Another elimination is planned for a special Tuesday episode this week.)
The Opposition With Jordan Klepper (11:30/10:30c, Comedy Central): Daily Show breakout Jordan Klepper takes center stage in a new satirical mock-news talk format, taking aim at the alternative-media babble on all sides of the political extreme. Fake news charging real news as fake, with sharp tongue firmly in cheek. Klepper is joined by a team of "Citizen Journalists" including
Inside Monday TV: Apparently succumbing to the bad-sitcom calculus that there's only room for one leading lady, CBS's Kevin Can Wait (9/8c) begins its second season by offing Kevin James' wife (RIP Erinn Hayes) and replacing her with King of Queens co-star Leah Rimini as his former cop partner, Vanessa, who offers Kev a job in her new private-security firm. … HBO's timely documentary Clinica de Migrantes (10/9c) profiles a South Philadelphia health clinic tending to thousands of uninsured, undocumented immigrants. … TBS's droll People of Earth (10:30/9:30c) wraps its second season withAlertMe