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By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / October 16, 2009

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Law & Order 8 p.m., Channel 7

Take a few cubes of Octomom and a dash of the Florida parents of 16 disabled kids and mix them in boiling “Jon & Kate Plus 8’’ and - voila! - you have another ripped-from-the-headlines soup. Yuck is right. There are a zillion potential killers in this episode, and most of them are under 20.

Ugly Betty 8 p.m., Channel 5

The show returns tonight with a two-hour special. Betty starts her new job as associate features editor, which causes a little bit of resentment among the ranks. Also, Daniel tries to deal with Molly’s death. Lynn Redgrave and Kristen Johnston guest star.

Wedded to Perfection 10 p.m., TLC

A Groom Kong.

Smallville 8 p.m., Channel 56

That Toyman, he’s a real doll.

I Love Lucy 8 and 8:30 p.m., Hallmark Channel

But these days I’m more smitten with Ardi.

Curb Your Enthusiasm 9 p.m., HBO2

Whatever you do, don’t sing Larry’s praises.

Monk 9 p.m., USA

Shock the Monk. It’s surprise party time.

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