Richard Price is responsible for some gritty storytelling ("The Wire," "Clockers"), so it's a little strange to see him create a PG-version of a cop series in "NYC 22" (9 p.m. WCCO, Ch. 4). Not that the series is bad. The rookies, who include Leelee Sobieski and Adam Goldberg, are engaging, but I expected something a little more ambitious from one of our best crime writers.
There's a new competitor for the role of Marilyn Monroe on "Smash" (9 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11) and it's none other than Uma Thurman. It's an interesting twist, but then again, this sometimes promising show has presented so many twists, it's turning into a pretzel. NBC has renewed the series, but the creator and show-runner is leaving. That could be the most perilous twist of all.
In the return of "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" (8 p.m., Syfy), the team looks into whether an Atlanta woman getting scratched and bruised in the night really levitated off her bed or if she just happens to have the world's bounciest mattress.
Alicia Silverstone reteams with her "Clueless" star Jeremy Sisto for the first of a four-episode arc on "Suburgatory" (7 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5). The two meet cute at a farmers market. By cute, I mean she's not chewing up his food before feeding it to him.
We all know Kathy Griffin can talk. But how well can she listen? That will be the real test on "Kathy" (9 p.m., Bravo), a new talk show that sounds an awful lot like "Chelsea Lately," with a guest panel poking fun at everything pop culture. This show could work -- but only if Griffin makes sure to surround herself with guests who get just as many punch lines as the host.