Celtics v. Heat, TNT, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
With the Bruins playing in various Eastern European countries and the Patriots doing their best Red Sox impression, there's all the more reason to be excited for the start of the NBA season, which kicks off on Tuesday with a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals. We'll get our first look at the reloaded roster of the Celtics, which now includes a healthy Jeff Green, the awesomely overconfident Jason Terry, the under-the-radar Courtney Lee, the pro-ready rookie Jared Sullinger, and the apparently-still-living Darko Milicic. Ray "Judas Shuttlesworth" Allen will also make his first appearance for the Heat, and the Celtics will be out for blood, which will likely clue him into the fact that maybe it wasn't so disrespectful to offer him twice as much money as the Heat, in addition no-trade clause. Whatever - dude's ankles are as stable as Jell-O right now.
The Mindy Project, Fox, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.
Hopefully people didn't forget about this show, which hasn't been on for a few weeks, because it's back for good starting this Tuesday. The Mindy Project made it through the crucial "let me see if this is worth watching" three-episode trial period with flying colors, which is likely one of the reasons that Fox ordered a full 22-episode season. It's got a great lead character, a strong, snappy comedic voice, and a solid supporting cast featuring a hilariously sarcastic Chris Messina and the constant weird presence of Stephen Tobolowsky, one of the greatest "that guy" actors ever (i.e. he's "that guy" with the glasses in Groundhog Day, Memento, Freaky Friday - you know who I mean).
Nashville, ABC, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
There's one bittersweet part about Nashville: I will never instinctually view her as a sweet girl anymore. I have no reason to believe she's anything less than a perfectly nice, great person in real life, but she's so good at playing an awful spoiled brat on Nashville that I probably won't be able to think of her as anything else. Her different versions of the glare (the starry-eyed performance glare, the seductive glare, the "I want to rip your throat out" glare) make her such a scary character that I don't think I could handle meeting her in real life. OK, maybe I could.
Saturday Night Live, NBC, Saturday, 11:30 p.m.
NBC announced that Louis C.K. will be hosting this weekend's show for the first time ever. Expect a really good opening monologue, a few weirdly poignant sketches that may or may not be funny, and zero plugs for his show on FX.
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