Nikita, 8-9 PM on The CW: Alex’s (Lyndsy Fonseca) mission to take down Gogol comes to a head as she infiltrates her childhood home and faces ghosts from her past in “Pale Fire.” On a completely separate mission to steal Semak’s (guest star Peter J. Lucas) black box, Nikita (Maggie Q) also ends up at the mansion and ultimately joins forces with Alex. Meanwhile, Michael (Shane West) and Owen (guest star Devon Sawa) work together to figure out Percy’s (Xander Berkeley) secret plan with the Guardians.
Once Upon a Time, 8-9 PM on ABC: Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) play dirty politics when Emma (Jennifer Morrison) runs for a coveted Storybrooke public office against Sidney (Giancarlo Esposito). Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world that was, Rumplestiltskin tries to track down the ultimate power source to help his son avert a meaningless war in “Desperate Souls.”
PREMIERE! The Firm, 9-11 PM on NBC: Ten years have passed since the events of the 1993 movie The Firm, and lawyer Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas), who worked with the FBI to bring down a Memphis law firm associated with the Chicago mob, is back in business after spending a decade in the Federal Witness Protection Program. But is the coast clear? Not quite. Juliette Lewis also stars.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9-10 PM on Bravo: In “Unlikely Duos,” Phaedra tries to make her family funeral business a reality; Kandi goes country and travels to Nashville to work with country music star Jo Dee Messina; Kim struggles with her oldest daughter Brielle; and NeNe meets with Marlo Hampton to put rumors to rest about her alleged tryst with a fellow Atlanta socialite's boyfriend. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
Kourtney and Kim Take New York, 10-11 PM on E!: The Kardashian drama continues in the Big Apple! Catch two all-new Season 2 episodes of the spin-off series. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
PREMIERE! Shameless, 9-10 PM on Showtime: In the Season 2 premiere, “Summertime,” Fiona (Emmy Rossum) takes a job tending bar, Frank (William H. Macy) uses Liam (Blake Alexander Johnson) as collateral for a gambling debt, and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) takes over the Kash and Grab after Kash (Pej Vahdat) leaves town.
PREMIERE! House of Lies, 10-10:30 PM on Showtime: Fast-talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of MBA-toting management consultants put the “con” in consulting as they charm smug, unsuspecting corporate fat cats into spending a fortune for their services. Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell star. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
PREMIERE! Californication, 10:30-11 PM on Showtime: In the Season 5 premiere, “JFK-->LAX,” Hank (David Duchovny) ditches NYC for L.A. when Charlie (Evan Handler) invites him to write a screenplay for a project starring rapper-turned-actor Samurai Apocalypse. Hank reunites with Karen (Natascha McElhone) and her husband — and meets Becca’s (Madeleine Martin) new boyfriend, who bears an uncanny resemblance to her father.
PREMIERE! The Bachelor, 8-10 PM on ABC: The Season 16 premiere kicks off former Bachelorette contestant Ben Flajnik’s second attempt at a televised journey to true love. Among the ladies competing for the sexy winemaker’s heart? A law student, an epidemiologist, and a senior citizen! [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
The Lying Game, 9-10 PM on ABC Family: While Ethan (Blair Redford) and Emma (Alexandra Chando) were partying the night away at her 17th birthday party, Sutton’s car was sinking to the bottom of a lake. The police pull the car out, and Thayer (Christian Alexander) starts accusing Ethan of dastardly deeds. Char (Kristen Prout) is excited to see her aunt, but no one else is pleased she’s returned to Phoenix in “Oh Twin, Where Art Thou?”[WATCH THE PREVIEW]
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, 9-10 PM on Bravo: Taylor copes with her troubled marriage in L.A. while the rest of the women fly to Hawaii for some fun in the sun in “Leis and Lies in Lanai.” But Kyle can't relax when Kim misses her first — and second — flight. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
Hawaii Five-0, 10-11 PM on CBS: When the Five-0 determine that the murder of a teenage girl was a professional hit, they must first figure out why she was targeted before they can find her killer in “Ka Ho’oponopono.”
Suburgatory, 8:30-9 PM on ABC: When Tessa (Jane Levy) gets her driver's license, Dalia (Carly Chaikin) hires her to drive her around to stalk her crush, Scott Strauss (guest star Thomas McDonell). Meanwhile, George (Jeremy Sisto) decides he wants to join the local country club — much to Noah’s (Alan Tudyk) chagrin.
Modern Family, 9-9:30 PM on ABC: After having a doctor's visit but then missing the call with the test results, Phil (Ty Burrell) automatically jumps to conclusions and starts saying his goodbyes. Meanwhile, Javier (guest star Benjamin Bratt) pops up unannounced again and takes Manny (Rico Rodriguez) to the horse races for a belated birthday celebration, and a subtle competition ensues when Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) brings home an environmental law award in “Lifetime Supply.”
Happy Endings, 9:30-10 PM on ABC: Dave (Zachary Knighton) has an odd reaction when his shrink (guest star Ken Marino) starts dating Penny (Casey Wilson); Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Max (Adam Pally) fight over ownership of a sweater; and Jane urges Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) to try and "bond," but it's awkward — until they discover their mutual love of romantic comedies in “The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date, and Her Brother.”
Revenge, 10-11 PM on ABC: In the all-new Season 1 episode “Duress,” an unwelcome and unstable visitor makes a nightmare of Daniel's (Joshua Bowman) intimate birthday celebration with family and friends, and Emily (Emily VanCamp) watches her ultimate plan begin to unravel. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
Top Chef: Texas, 10-11:30 PM on Bravo: The battle continues in Texas when the remaining cheftestants face off in a barbecue challenge.
The Vampire Diaries, 8-9 PM on The CW: Klaus (Joseph Morgan) turns to violence in “The New Deal” to convince Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) that no one will be safe until he finds Stefan (Paul Wesley) and gets the coffins containing the bodies of his family back. Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) meets the beautiful Dr. Fell (guest star Torrey Devitto, Paul Wesley’s real-life wife), who is intrigued with his amazing ability to heal. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
The Secret Circle, 9-10 PM on The CW: In the all-new Season 1 episode “Darkness,” Cassie (Britt Robertson) turns to Adam (Thomas Dekker) when she uncovers a secret about herself that she needs kept from the rest of the Circle — including Diana (Shelley Hennig). Meanwhile, Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) recruits a mysterious stranger named Lee (guest star Grey Damon) to help her with a spell that could change the balance of the Circle forever. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
Grey’s Anatomy, 9-10 PM on ABC: In “Suddenly,” a severe car crash involving an entire family results in an all-hands-on situation in the ER — and the eldest daughter is left to make the toughest decision of her life. Meanwhile Teddy (Kim Raver), who is still in the dark about Henry's (Scott Foley) death, calls upon Cristina (Sandra Oh) to help with her patient in the O.R. [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
PREMIERE! Charlie Moore: No Offense, 9-9:30 on NBC Sports: Season 2 of Charlie Moore’s highly rated sports show kicks off tonight, featuring pro athletes, politicians, and celebrities including World Famous Boxer Micky Ward, Coach Peter Laviolette, and Mitt Romney.
PREMIERE! Jersey Shore, 10-11 PM on MTV: Fresh off their Italian adventure, New Jersey’s most infamous guidos and guidettes are back for a new season at the Shore House. Yeah, buddy! [WATCH THE PREVIEW]
PREMIERE! The Biggest Loser, 8-10 PM on NBC: Season 13 starts with a major twist: The contestants arrive in teams of two — including mother/daughter, father/son, brother/sister, and husband/wife — all eager to change their lives together. But they’re shocked to discover that they will not only be split up, they will also be competing against the person they came with.
NCIS, 8-9 PM on CBS: The investigation into the murder of a Navy Commander leads the NCIS team to E.J. Barrett’s whereabouts in “Housekeeping.”
Teen Mom 2, 10-11 PM on MTV: Kailyn adjusts to being alone for the holidays; Chelsea and Adam reconcile; Leah makes a memorable Christmas for the twins; and Jenelle regrets filing charges against Kieffer in “Home for Christmas.” [WATCH THE PREVIEW]