Monday night is usually not meant for going out, but few Mondays offer such an appealing show as the one happening tonight at Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers St. Local celebs Times New Viking are returning to the site of their rambunctious 2005 album release show in order to host New York's Teenage Prayers. (Both bands sprung from defunct Columbus act The Offending Instruments.) Punk stalwarts Night of Pleasure round out an edgier-than-normal night at Andyman's.
If you decide to go out, you're going to need to set your DVR first because a huge flock of premieres are on tap tonight. As noted below, NBC's Heroes returns tonight at 9, and the network is going all-in with sci-fi shows before and after the superhero hit. You couldn't possibly have missed the marketing blitz for Chuck, which debuts at 8 p.m. and stars Zachary Levi as the title character, a computer geek who accidentally downloads a hard drive full of government secrets into his brain. At 10 p.m., the Peacock premieres Journeyman, a Quantum Leap-style drama starring Kevin McKidd (Rome, Trainspotting) as "a San Francisco newspaper reporter who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people's lives." For more on the new season of Heroes, check my Masi Oka feature.
It's not too late to jump in with Fox's post-Katrina cop drama K-Ville, which airs opposite Heroes tonight at 9. The pilot was decent, but I don't think I'll be sticking with this one unless week two is a knockout.
Tonight also sees the 8 p.m. season premiere of How I Met Your Mother, one of the few CBS shows I'm interested in checking out, plus a whole slate of garbage afterward. I see no reason to believe "geek" comedy The Big Bang Theory (8:30 p.m.) will be any better than the horribly vacant Two and a Half Men (9 p.m.) and Rules of Engagement (9:30 p.m.). At least CSI: Miami (10 p.m.) has kitsch value.
I have a hard time believing my readers care much about Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, but in case you wanted to know, ABC is premiering new seasons of those shows at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively.
(I'm only talking about these shows I hate because it's premiere week. Don't worry, I won't be shoving them down your throat all season. I only shove the shows I like down people's throats.)
Finally, Kanye West, the man I help to oversaturate the media daily, will be appearing on Nightline tonight (midnight, ABC). Submit your questions here.