NCIS (7 p.m., Ch. 2): The team deals with Kate's murder. First of a two-parter. (Third-season premiere)
According to Jim (7 p.m., Ch. 4): Kyle starts school. (Fifth-season premiere)
Gilmore Girls (7 p.m., Ch. 30): Rory finds out that Lorelai and Luke are engaged.
Dancing with the Stars (7:30 p.m., Ch. 4): Well, this is kind of stupid. OK, it's a ratings stunt. Kelly Monaco and John O'Hurley have a "dance off," and we're promised that, this time, only VIEWERS' VOTES WILL COUNT. But, as things worked out last time, ONLY VIEWERS' VOTES COUNTED that Monaco won. Duh.
Big Brother 6 (8 p.m., Ch. 2): Ho, hum — somebody wins. (Season finale)
My Name is Earl (8 p.m., Ch. 5): Debut of this funny comedy about a lowlife who wins some money and sets out to right the wrongs he's committed.
House (8 p.m., Ch. 13): A young cancer patient starts hallucinating.
R U the Girl (8 p.m., Ch. 24): Ho, hum — somebody wins. (Season finale)
Bound for Glory (8 p.m., ESPN): New reality show about high-school gridders who ex-NFLer Dick Butkus starts coaching.
The Office (8:30 p.m., Ch. 5): Employees suffer through the annual office-awards ceremony. (Second-season premiere)
Rock Star: INXS (9 p.m., Ch. 2): Ho, hum — somebody wins. (Season finale)
Law & Order: SVU (9 p.m., Ch. 5): Stabler tries to stop a serial rapist.
Nip/Tuck (11 p.m., FX): Fans of this show know what to expect — content that pushes past the boundaries on sex, violence and medical grotesqueness. As the third season begins, Christian deals with having been attacked.