The twist on this season of Survivor (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) - returning players in one tribe; their loved ones in another - has turned out to be better TV than I expected. It's actually been very entertaining.
Which is not to say that I'm entirely happy with the way this is going. Utahn Rachel Foulger was voted out of her tribe two episodes ago; she was eliminated from the game when she finished third (of three) in the Exile Island challenge.
Also last week, Utahn Tyson Apostol (Foulger's boyfriend) was injured in a challenge. We don't know how severe the injury is, but it's certainly cause for concern.
And if Tyson goes out, "Survivor" will the worse for it.
And, according to CBS, here's what we have to look forward to this week:
For the first time ever, a Redemption Island battle pits husband against wife. In another series first, a castaway refuses to accept an immunity clue and a shocking blindside at tribal sends another castaway home.
Elsewhere on TV ...
Baseball playoffs (6 p.m., TBS): Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Sue gets a job at the mall.
Revolution (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Rachel tries to rescue Miles.
The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Four Chair Challenge continues.
Arrow (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Felicity and Diggle head to Lian Yu to look for Oliver. (Season premiere)
Back In the Game (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Terry tries to find her father a girlfriend.
Criminal Minds (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A sniper hits Dallas on the anniversary of the JFK assassination.
Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Cameron's sister comes for a visit.
Law & Order: SVU (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Internal Affairs investigates the 12th Precinct.
Nova (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): How to prepare for a megastorm.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (8 p.m., FXX): The gang is caught in the middle of an armed robbery at a convenience store.
The Tomorrow People (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): In the premiere of this series, a high school kid discovers he has extraordinary powers. (For more, read the review on this blog.)
Super Fun Night (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Kimmie falsifies the gang's dating profiles.
CSI (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Four people are killed in a fire at a music venue.
Nashville (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Rayna and Teddy's divorce is finalized.
Ironside (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Ironside confronts a mistake that has haunted him for years.
Top Chef (11 p.m., Bravo): The chefs wprepare dishes for Chef Leah Chase.
American Horror Story: Coven (11 p.m., FX): The third season begins - and I'm cautiously optimistic after the second season turned to garbage. (For more, read the review on this blog.)
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