TV Highlights: ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Mike & Molly’ return

September 25, 2011
HIGHLIGHTS

RETURNING SERIES: “Gossip Girl” (CW at 8) Season 5 premiere. To spice things up, “Gossip Girl” leaves NYC and goes West — Serena gets a great new job in Hollywood, and Chuck and Nate decide to crash her new life in Los Angeles on the way home from their summer ad­ven­ture. While Nate meets a mysterious woman (guest star Elizabeth Hurley), Blair starts planning her royal wedding, but hits a snag in the plans when her fiance refuses to stand up to his disapproving family.

RETURNING SERIES: “Mike & Molly” (CBS at 9:30) Season 2 premiere. On the heels of Melissa McCarthy’s (Molly) Emmy win for best actress in a comedy, the season kicks off as Mike and Molly adjust to being engaged. First step, and there’s already trouble in paradise: Molly wants to start making wedding plans, while Mike just wants to go on a fishing trip with his buddies.

Now that “All My Children” is officially off the air, ABC attempts to launch a new daytime talk show, “The Chew” (ABC at 1 p.m.). Hosted by Washington caterer Carla Hall, chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, style expert Clinton Kelly and author Daphne Oz (daughter of Dr. Oz), the group discusses all things food, from cooking to eating to culture.

Monday night, President Obama talks to an African American audience about the state of the economy and unemployment crisis on “BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America” (BET at 7:30, Centric at 8), moderated by journalist Emmett Miller.

Original movie “The Bling Ring” (Lifetime at 9) takes a ripped-from-the-headlines approach, chronicling the tale (inspired by a true story) of a group of high school students in Hollywood who go around town stealing millions of dollars worth of clothes and jewels from the homes of celebrities.

Now that we’ve been properly introduced to brokenhearted billionaire Walden Schmidt, Ashton Kutcher’s new character on “Two and a Half Men” (CBS at 9), we get to meet the person who caused all of his misery — his ex-wife, Bridget, played by Judy Greer.

Showtime’s Monday night dramas end for the season as Silas goes against his mom on the Season 7 finale of “Weeds” (at 10), while “The Big C” (at 10:30) wraps up Season 2 with Cathy grieving after Lee’s death.

— Emily Yahr

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