Gotham (8pm, Fox) - Think of this as “Batman Begins” without Batman. “Gotham” is a prequel to the Batman stories we know from the movies and television show, picking up on the life of young Bruce Wayne just as his parents are being murdered. The detectives assigned to solve the murder of Gotham’s most prominent millionaires are rookie detective James Gordon (that’s right, the future police commissioner) and his more experienced partner, Harvey Bullock. It smartly pays attention to the villains, who are often the most interesting characters in Batman lore. Newcomer Robin Lord Taylor, with his beaked nose and every-present umbrella, is perfect as the young Penguin. Read the full review of “Gotham.”
The Voice (8pm, NBC) - Season 7 opens with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
Inside the Actors Studio: Mariska Hargitay (8pm, Bravo) - James Lipton interviews the star of “Law & Order: SVU” about growing up the daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay and working with George Clooney on “ER.”
Big Bang Theory (8pm, CBS) - Two new episodes introduce Season 8, with action including Amy and Leonard taking a road trip to retrieve Sheldon and Penny going on a job interview at Bernadette’s company.
Scorpion (9pm, CBS) - Consider this the dramatic companion to “Big Bang.” It follows a brilliant hacker ( Elyes Gabel) and his band of misfit geniuses, all of whom end up working for Homeland Security. Based on the various antics in the pilot, you’ll either think this is silly fun or the most ridiculous thing on TV. (I’m leaning toward the latter, but read the full review of “Scorpion” here.)
Sleepy Hollow (9pm, Fox) - In the Season 2 premiere, Ichabod is buried alive in a coffin and Abby is in danger of spending an eternity in purgatory.
Forever (10pm, ABC) - This drama, which is pleasant enough, is a bit of a ripoff of the excellent old Fox show “New Amsterdam” (2008) and of CBS’ “Elementary” (and all other Sherlock Holmes stories). It stars Ioan Gruffudd as a medical examiner blessed – or cursed, depending on your viewpoint – with immortality. He’s used his many years on Earth to hone his observation skills to a spooky, Sherlockian degree. In the series, he’ll work alongside a pretty NYPD detective ( Alana de la Garza) to solve cases, while flashbacks reveal more about his past. Judd Hirsch also stars. Read the full review of “Forever.” Note: “Forever” gets a special debut tonight, but moves to its regular time on Tuesday at 10.
The Blacklist (10pm, NBC) - Red is busy in the Season 2 premiere -- he faces an important person in his past, continues to battle Berlin and tangles with a new threat. Also, Liz deals with a past showdown with Tom. Guest stars are Mary Louise Parker and Krysten Ritter.
Under the Dome (10pm, CBS) - Season 2 ends with the discovery of a potential exit from the Dome, just as the citizens trapped in Chester’s Mill face imminent danger.