TV highlights: ‘Arrow’ back for Season 2


John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Stephen Amell as The Arrow. (Jack Rowand/The CW)
October 8, 2013

RETURNING SHOW: CW’s biggest new hit from last season, “Arrow” (CW at 8 p.m.) returns as Oliver reluctantly comes back to Starling City. Once home, he realizes the city is on the brink of destruction, as Isabel is preparing for a hostile takeover, and Laurel is frantically working with the district attorney’s office to conquer the town vigilante.

SERIES PREMIERE: New drama “Full Circle” (DirecTV at 9) is set in a fancy restaurant, and each episode looks at two characters in the middle of major drama — starting with an unhappily married wife and mother (Minka Kelly) as she meets with her secret lover, who begs her to run away to Europe.

RETURNING SHOW: “American Horror Story” (FX at 10), back with a third season titled “Coven” and set in New Orleans, is reviewed by Hank Stuever on Page C3.

SERIES PREMIERE: A group of Southern California mega-pastors get the reality show treatment on “Preachers of L.A.” (CW at 10), which follows the men as they work in the community and with their parishioners. In the opener, the pals gather in a man-cave for a debate about scripture.

SERIES PREMIERE: Docu-series “Big Tips Texas” (MTV at 10) tracks the adventures of the women who work at a popular local bar right outside of Dallas. The staff includes one waitress working to save money for Harvard Law School, and another who wants to start her own clothing line.

Time for a “Cheers” reunion as John Ratzenberger guest-stars and clashes with Ted Danson on “CSI” (CBS at 10). Ratzenberger plays the owner of a club the team investigates after a fire kills four people, including two band members.

It’s about time Scarlett and Gunnar do something about their new-kids-in-town looks, as they both get makeovers as they start to launch their careers on “Nashville” (ABC at 10); meanwhile, Rayna and Teddy’s divorce is finalized.

Actress Lucy Liu and civil/environmental engineering professor Mark Jacobson are on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35); plus, the Weeknd performs.

Actress Whitney Cummings and Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, are on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), along with musical guest Lissie.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) hosts actors Ethan Dizon and Skylan Brooks, entertainer Kanye West and a performance by Arctic Monkeys.

— Emily Yahr

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