Premiering tonight:

"Mom" (9:30 p.m., CBS; Sept. 23): Chuck Lorre's fourth CBS sitcom follows a newly sober single mom (Anna Faris) trying to pull her messy life together in Napa Valley. Unfortunately, her formerly estranged mother (Allison Janney) is a big pain in the neck. Bottom line: The uneven pilot nearly drove us to drink, but Lorre's a proven hitmaker.

"The Blacklist" (10 p.m., NBC; Sept. 23): Think "Alias"-meets-"Silence of the Lambs." A master criminal (James Spader) turns himself into the FBI and strikes a deal: He will help federal officials track down terrorists, but on one condition: He only works with a pretty rookie agent (Megan Boone). Bottom line: Spader is mesmerizing, but can the show sustain its premise?

This publicity image released by NBC shows James Spader as "Red" Raymond Reddington in "The Blacklist," premiering Monday, Sept. 23 at
This publicity image released by NBC shows James Spader as "Red" Raymond Reddington in "The Blacklist," premiering Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m. EST. (AP Photo/NBC, David Giesbrecht) ( David Giesbrecht )

"Hostages" (10 p.m., CBS; Sept. 23): Just hours before an elite surgeon (Toni Collette) is due to cut open the president, a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott) abducts her family and orders her to kill the Prez -- or kiss her loved ones goodbye. Bottom line: The provocative premise is marred by actions that feel predictable and familiar.

Returning tonight:

"How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS; one-hour episode)

"The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC)

"2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS)

"Castle" (10 p.m., ABC)