Backstrom (9 p.m., Fox) – In this new Fox drama, Rainn Wilson plays the off-putting Everett Backstrom, a gifted police detective in Portland, Ore., who insults and alienates nearly everyone he meets – colleagues, perps, witnesses, even his physician. Think Dr. Gregory House (from the long-running Fox drama “House, M.D.”), subtract the Vicodin addiction and substitute medical mysteries for murder mysteries, and there you go. Five minutes into “Backstrom,” which surprises with a surprisingly light tone considering the subject matter, and you’ll forget all about Wilson’s most famous role: Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” In tonight’s opener, Backstrom investigates a college student’s suicide, which may actually be a homicide. Backstrom also clashes with his Indian physician, who promises to fail him for his police physical unless he starts taking better care of himself. Dennis Haysbert (Pres. Palmer from “24”) plays a detective and part-time pastor who is Backstrom’s strongest ally on the police force. “Backstrom” – from Hart Hanson, the creator of “Bones” – is worth checking out.
Bad Judge (9 p.m., NBC) – In the series finale, Michelle’s ex-husband may keep Rebecca from breaking a courtroom record. “A to Z,” another freshman sitcom, airs at 9:30 – another series finale.
Nightwatch (10 p.m., A&E) – A new reality show following emergency workers in New Orleans on the ever-eventful (and often gruesome) overnight shift. In its favor: it’s from Dick Wolf of “Law & Order” franchise fame and the very good TNT reality series “Cold Justice.”
Parenthood (10 p.m., NBC) - Amber has labor pains and goes to the hospital, while Camille and Zeek make a decision about his heart surgery.