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TV best bets with 100th episode of ‘The Mentalist,’ 300th episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ a Whitney Houston reality show

Mariska Hargitay, as Det. Olivia Benson, has been on this show for a whopping 14 years. CREDIT: NBC

Mariska Hargitay, as Det. Olivia Benson, has been on "SVU" for a whopping 14 years. CREDIT: NBC

This Wednesday, NBC’s remaining “Law & Order” series “Special Victims Unit” celebrates its 300 episode in its 14th seasons. That’s a lot of murder and really sordid (though never seen) sex!

On Sunday, CBS’s lighter-toned “The Mentalist” hits 100 with a flashback episode.

Meanwhile, Whitney Houston’s family members quickly signed a deal for a Lifetime reality show this Wednesday featuring how they are coping with Houston’s death. Most live locally. You can decide yourself if this is compelling reality TV or just a little icky.

And for the politically minded, there’s one more presidential debate Monday night, so fans of “Mike & Molly,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Castle” and “Revolution”? Your shows are off this week.


“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Bristol Palin’s fan base last week couldn’t keep her going into week five.

“Alphas” 8 p.m. Syfy (second season finale) —The team races against time to keep the Alpha leader’s deadly plan from happening.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC —The battle rounds continue.

“2012 Presidential Debates” 9 p.m. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, GPB — Pres. Barack Obama (D) and challenger Mitt Romney (R) square off on foreign policy.

“Off the Chain” 9 p.m. Bounce TV — Rodney Perry hosts this stand-up comedy show shot at Center Stage in Midtown.

“Intervention” 10 p.m. A&E — Alcohol addiction has led to liver damage for a 50-year-old woman.

“Vegas Strip” 10 p.m. TruTV (third season debut) — Not everything obviously stays in Vegas.


Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Kirstie Alley is the weakest link now. Can her fans keep her around?

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS— Ziva challenges Tony and McGee to a dare.

“Face Off” 9 p.m. Syfy — Local FX artist Roy Wooley is in the top 4.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — A senatorial candidate’s aide is killed while crossing a street.

“Happy Endings” 9:01 p.m. ABC (third season debut) — The relationship between Alex and Dave is on again.

“Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” 9:31 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — James tries to organize a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion.

“Covert Affairs” 10 p.m. USA — Eyal and his boss need help from the CIA.

“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Jax takes control as complications arise.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC — Sheldon jumps to conclusions when a child disappears from the ER.


“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Sarah Dawson, who grew up in Atlanta, was voted off the island last week.

“The Houstons: On Our Own” 9 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Pat and Gary Houston of Alpharetta take in Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina in this reality series.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — A legless body is found in the New Mexico desert.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC (300th episode) — A young boy’s abduction reminds the squad of a 13-year-old unresolved case.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Gloria’s pregnancy intensifies her emotions.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — An exorcist visits Briarcliff to help a troubled boy.

“CSI” 10 p.m. CBS — A famous music historian is murdered and body left in a piano.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC — Rayna focuses on her family and discovers the depth of the financial problems she and Teddy face.


“Last Resort” 8 p.m. ABC — Chaplin and Kendal negotiate with the U.S. government.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. NBC — Leonard tries a scientific approach to seduce Penny.

“Two and a Half Men” 8:31 p.m. CBS — Walden begins dating Rose, much to Alan’s dismay.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Meredith stops discussing her surgeries with Derek.

“What’s the Earth Worth?” 9 p.m. History — Estimating the total value of Earth’s vast resources.

“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Stephen Colbert guests as Andy’s frenemy.

“Project Runway: All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime (second season debut) — More former contestants compete for “redemption.”

“Person of Interest” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Reese and Finch face an ethical dilemma.

“Elementary” 10:01 p.m. CBS — A Wall Street executive dies from an apparent heroin overdose.

“Scandal” 10:02p.m. ABC — David gets unexpected assistance with a case he’s investigating.


“Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox (fifth season debut) — Gordon Ramsay tries to fix La Galleria 32, an Italian restaurant in Boston.

“Mockingbird Lane” 8 p.m. NBC — A remake of “The Munsters” never got picked up as a series but here’s the pilot.

“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — Mac investigates a 20-year-old cold case.

“Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC — Monroe decides to teach some neighborhood bullies a lesson.

“Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” 9 p.m. TLC (third season debut) — A bride and her twin have an emotional confrontation with their older sister.

“All Access Nashville” 9 p.m. ABC — Katie Couric interviews Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, among others.

“Say Yes to the Cure: Lori’s Fight ” 10 p.m. TLC — Lori Allen struggles with breast cancer after an April, 2012 diagnosis.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Henry does a ride-along with Jamie.


“The Good Witch’s Charm” 9 tonight Hallmark — Cassie becomes tabloid fodder after a snafu leaves many wondering if she’s a witch.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Regina thinks she’s being haunted by a ghost.

“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — A Thompson family reunion on Easter gives Eli a chance to get back on Nucky’s good side.

“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dexter tries to outmaneuver a vengeful Isaak.

“Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Emily and Victoria face people from their pasts.

“The Good Wife” 9:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — The accountant for drug dealer Lemond Bishop is arrested.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Andrea and Michonne meet a new band of survivors.

“Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brody find himself imprisoned again, this time in the United States.

“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (100th episode) — A flashback episode to when Jane first met the CBI team.

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8 comments Add your comment


October 22nd, 2012
8:21 am

I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I only watch one show on your whole list and that is SVU. My co-workers always talk about Revenge, but for some reason I have not been able to bring myself to watch it. Oh wel…

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October 22nd, 2012
9:27 am

The Good Wife is my favorite show. But for the love of all things good, do not let Alicia and Peter get back together. Alicia and Will should have a chance to find happiness together!

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October 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

You left Parenthood off of Tuesday night. After not watching much live tv for a couple of years. This season I tv has made a comeback in my life, so I have to watch some of them online the next day because they air at the same time. Love The Voice, Love Vegas, Love Parenthood, Love Revenge, Love Scandal, Love Nashville, Love Grimm, Love Blue Bloods, Love 666 Park Avenue, Love Last Resort, Love SVU, Love Covert Affairs, Love Alphas and Love Walking Dead. The few shows that I used to watch regularly…Idol, NCIS, and CSI…I stopped watching last season.


October 22nd, 2012
11:44 am

I love SVU. Although miss Meloni.Todo the current cast is fantastic. The presence of the beautiful and talented Mariska guarantees a good show.


October 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

I liked the episode of svu last week. I was glad to the character of Alexandra Eames make a visit.


October 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

Please bring Elliot back for one last episode of SVU!!!!!


October 22nd, 2012
6:23 pm

I have become a big TV junkie this season. There are so many new shows that have my interest, along with the already massive list of shows that I’ve committed to seasons ago. A friend that works with me at DISH convinced me to get a Hopper so that I can manage my TV schedule more wisely. Now I just look forward to my sweatpants and DVR days, because I have a DVR that saves everything I watch—most of this list. Maybe I can get caught up with everything this week, since the debate gives a few of my shows a break.