One of the best pilots that came out last year was the CW's "Reaper," which returns tonight at 8 p.m.
It tells the tale of a slacker (Brett Harrison) who finds out his soul was sold to the Devil (Ray Wise) before he was even born, and is now the Devil's bounty hunter, returning escaped souls to Hell.
The rest of the series really didn't live up to the pilot's potential until late in the season, when the plot finally advanced from the weekly capture-the-demon to a larger overall plot to overthrow the Devil by a group of good demons.
"Reaper" picks up this season with the consequences of the failed plot. Sam now believes himself to be the Devil's son and his human father dead. It's starting to dawn on him how long forever really is, but he's given a glimmer of hope that there may be a way out of the contract. Meanwhile, the Devil feels it necessary to toughen Sam up.
The saving grace for this series, as it was last year, is Wise, who is absolutely perfect as the Devil in every scene he's in, part used-car salesman and part terror. The writers are also doing a better job of giving the escaped-soul plots more depth.
"Reaper" isn't nearly in the same league as the CW's similarly themed "Supernatural," but it's an entertaining hour.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Lots and lots of reruns tonight. ABC has a follow-up after Monday's "Bachelor" finale with a special at 10 p.m.
Reality shows square off as "The Biggest Loser" (NBC, 8 p.m.) takes on "American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m.) over a two-hour timeslot.
On cable, "Trust Me" is all new in its new timeslot.