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‘Revolution’ and ‘Mob Doctor’ make debut

September 17, 2012

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The search for the new “Lost” continues with “Revolution” (9 p.m., NBC). Set 15 years after a mysterious and permanent power blackout, “Revolution” is both epic in scope and frequently laughable in execution — often at the same time.

While “Lost” showed folks adjusting to low-tech life on a lush deserted island, “Revolution” uses extensive special effects to depict a ruined world not unlike the old History Channel series “Life After People.” Nineteenth-century villages, complete with small farms and pens for livestock, sprout up outside of once-posh gated communities. Government, for what it’s worth, has been reduced to warlordism.

At its heart, “Revolution” is a mystery. Unfortunately, some of its mystery is shrouded in magic. There’s a lot of preposterous nonsense about “Revolution.” The abundance of swords and, apparently, soap and shampoo come to mind. But the show really begins to fall apart when secret charmed amulets show up.

• Also set in Chicago, “The Mob Doctor” (8 p.m., Fox) stars Jordana Spiro as the young brilliant surgeon Dr. Grace Devlin. Folks may recall Spiro from the genial TBS sitcom “My Boys,” also set in Chicago.

As the title implies, Grace has agreed to work for local mobsters in return for forgiveness of her hapless brother’s gambling debts. This works out fine as long as she’s called upon to fix up wounded bad guys in furtive locations. But when the big shots call on her to put some enemies on ice, she’s up against her Hippocratic Oath.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Blind auditions on “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC).

• Brennan goes on the lam on the season premiere of “Bones” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry host “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (7 p.m., ABC).

• The Atlanta Falcons host the Denver Broncos on “Monday Night Football” (7 p.m., ESPN).

• Linda Ellerbee hosts “Kids Pick the President: The Issues” on “Nick News” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon).

• Daphne worries on “Switched at Birth” (7 p.m., ABC Family).

• Laura Innes guest-stars on “Warehouse 13” (8 p.m., Syfy).

• Raydor’s rash decision on “Major Crimes” (8 p.m., TNT, TV-14).

• Pierce’s weird theories have some merit on “Perception” (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).

• “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (8 p.m., Travel) visits the Mojave Desert.

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