The cable networks are getting back into the mix with the return of some of the most prominent shows on the air.
The one I'm most anticipating is "Justified," (FX, 10 p.m.) which returns with one prominent cast member missing -- Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy as the show's antagonist, the matriarch of a meth-producing clan in Kentucky.
Filling the void she left are new arrivals Neal McDonough, who plays a drug kingpin from Detroit, and Mykelti Williamson, who plays a local meth maker.
Meanwhile, our hero Raylen Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has his own stuff to deal with in addition to the new villains: mainly, what is Boyd Crowther (Walton Goggins) up to these days, and how to deal with Raylen's ex-wife's (Natalie Zea) pregnancy.
Throw in guest stars like Carla Gugino, essentially reprising her role of "Karen Sisco" (another character created by Elmore Leonard, who created the "Justified" universe in his books), and "Supernatural's" Jim Beaver, and you've got the makings of an outstanding third season.
Also back is USA's "White Collar" (USA, 10 p.m.), which left off with a cliffhanger: Peter and Neal (Tim Dekay, Matt Bomer) faced with the kidnapping of Peter's wife Elle (Tiffani Thiessen) by Neal's ex-partner in exchange for the treasure that Neal and Mozzie (Willie Garson) have hidden.
For Neal, it's a double-edged sword. Not only must he help save Elle, but by revealing the treasure's existence, his parole is essentially finished.
Finally, there's the return of critically acclaimed "Southland" (TNT, 10 p.m.) which features the new additions to the cast of Lou Diamond Phillips and Lucy Liu, who plays the new partner for Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), still recovering from back surgery.
With all three series running opposite each other, expect the DVRs to be working overtime.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: In addition to cable, the networks also have new offerings, including CBS, which has "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "Unforgettable" from 8-11 p.m.
On "Glee," (Fox, 8 p.m.), it's all Michael Jackson songs tonight, because the episodes where they devote the whole show to one artist go over so well. It's followed by "New Girl" and "Raising Hope."
ABC has a new episode of "Last Man Standing" followed by a rerun, since that new "Bosom Buddies" ripoff "Work It" has already been yanked. Oh, I don't know, maybe they could replace it with "Cougar Town" instead? Also new is "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "Body of Proof," which tackles a Casey Anthony-style case with guest star Marcia Gay Harden filling the Nancy Grace role.
NBC airs "The Biggest Loser" and "Parenthood," while the CW has "90210" and "Remodeled."