Monday's Best Bets

I'm in Milledgeville today for an announcement in the Ben Roethlisberger case. Check out after 2 p.m. for an update.

As a result, a short post today.

R.I.P. DIXIE CARTER: The former star of "Designing Women" was 70 when she died over the weekend of unknown causes. Her final film, "That Evening Sun," starring her husband Hal Holbrook, played as the closing film of the Macon Film Festival in February because it co-starred Macon native Carrie Preston. It was a terrific film and a worthy note for Carter to finish with.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) returns after a long layoff in an episode directed by star Hugh Laurie as the hospital goes into a lockdown after a baby goes missing. It's followed by "24," which features the return of former President Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin), who seemed to survive have a knife plunged INTO HIS NECK the last time we saw him.

Speaking of missing for a while, I've been missing "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS, 8 p.m.), which is all-new tonight, as are the other CBS comedies. Speaking of "TNG," Wil Wheaton guest stars on "Big Bang Theory" at 9:30 p.m., followed by a new "CSI: Miami."

NBC has only a new "Trauma" tonight at 9 p.m., while ABC follows "Dancing With the Stars" with a new "Castle" at 10 p.m., which features guest stars Tom Bergeron, Fred Willard and Kelly Carlson and seemingly plays on every single late-night talk show headline of the past year, with aplomb.

"Life Unexpected" (CW, 8 p.m.) wraps up a solid first year with Kate and Ryan's wedding that will likely go awry, followed by "Gossip Girl."

"Saving Grace" (TNT, 10 p.m.) is new, as is "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) On the premium cable networks, Showtime has new episodes of "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" from 10-11 p.m.