Tonight marks the beginning of the third season of "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.), the critically acclaimed series starring Glenn Close as Patty Hewes, the one lawyer you don't want to be on the wrong side of.
Having seen the first two episodes of this season, this could be the show's best series yet as we fast-forward a year to find Patty going after a Bernie Madoff-like businessman (Len Cariou), trying to recover the money he stole for her clients.
Meanwhile, her former protegee Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) -- whom Patty tried to have killed -- has left the firm and is working for the D.A.'s office.
"Damages" is told as two stories -- the one going on in the present, and simultaneously what happens six months later. While that style of storytelling can get a little confusing, it also helps tease delicious little nuggets of what is coming up, including the apparent murder of a key character.
On a completely different note, another woman who works by an hourly rate also returns tonight as the third season of "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" (Showtime, 10 p.m.) also kicks off.
It follows Belle (Billie Piper), who works as an office assistant by day but has a much more lucrative profession at night. Based on a real life call girl in Britain who blogged about her experiences, Belle is about to hit the celebrity big-time.
Both series are entertaining in their own unique ways and are worth catching.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Of course, scheduling them on the already overpacked Mondays isn't doing us viewers any favors.
"Diary" is followed by the debuts of "Tracey Ullman" at 10:30 p.m. and the new series "La La Land," which has been described as a Sacha Baron Cohen-styled comedy show.
On the networks, "House" returns (Fox, 8 p.m.) as Dr. Crankypants (Hugh Laurie) has to treat a woman (Beau Garrett) who might be a psychopath. It's followed by a new episode of "24."
Brandon Routh continues his guest stint on "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.), followed by a new "Heroes" at 9 p.m.
"Life Unexpected" (CW, 9 p.m.) recorded one of that network's best debuts ever last week. Tonight, Lux's parents have to get their lives in order as a social worker investigates them to see if they are fit to raise her. It follows a new "One Tree Hill."
ABC has two hours of "The Bachelor," followed by "Castle" at 10 p.m.
On cable, ABC Family is all new with "Secret Life of an American Teenager," "Make It or Break It" and the season debut of "Greek" at 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 10 p.m.) has gotten better each week, especially the episode two weeks ago when Ray Romano's character goes on his first date in 20 years. It returns tonight with a new episode.