The 2012 Presidential Debates (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, Cable News, 9 p.m.) — I’d love to compare the second debate to the best Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back, but I don’t like what that implies about Obama. Also, did you see the rider for the debate? Don’t get your hopes up if you’re expecting fireworks. I’m pretty sure the candidates aren’t even allowed to look at each other. However, they will switch hair half-way through the debate (header image via BroBible)
Sons of Anarchy (FX, 10 p.m.) — Joel McHale is on tonight. Has anyone ever looked more like the villain in an 80s teen comedy than McHale, yet managed to remain so charming?
Ben & Kate (Fox, 9 p.m.) — This is my favorite new comedy of the network season, but that’s not saying too much. Ben’s annoying, but Lucy Punch is fantastic. Also, tonight is the last Tuesday we will have to live without Happy Endings until December reruns.
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW, 9 p.m.)– On the one hand, it’s a show on The CW, and it’s another doctor show. On the other hand, it stars Meryl Streep’s daughter. On the third alien hand, it’s all moot because it’s up against Happy Endings, Go On and New Girl. It’s entire audience will consist of a 19 year old girl in Nebraska who only gets one channel on her rabbit ears.
Covert Affairs (USA Network, 10 p.m.) — This is the one with the woman from Coyote Ugly, right? Does she dance on a bar? Then NO THANK YOU, I’m not interested.
LATE NIGHT LISTINGS: Joel McHale will follow up his first appearance on Sons of Anarchy with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel; Carson Kressley is on Ferguson (what happened to that guy?), Nate Silver will geek out on The Daily Show, and Tyler Perry is on Colbert.