Remote Possibilities: 'Bones,' 'Castle' sandwich 'Following'

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Shawn Ashmore (left) and Kevin Bacon in Monday's season finale of Fox's "The Following"

A couple of shows that blend romantic comedy with murder -- the season finale of Fox's "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox 29) and ABC's "Castle" (10 p.m., 6 ABC) -- might lighten the mood a little for those planning to catch the Season 1 finale of Fox's "The Following" (9 p.m., Fox 29).

I've stuck with "The Following" this long, so I'm unlikely to miss "The Final Chapter." Though since the show's already renewed for next year, I'm not sure how final that chapter's meant to be.

Presumably Philadelphia's Kevin Bacon, who stars as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, will  be back. Will Joe Carroll, the uber-serial killer played by James Purefoy, also survive the night?

 You may also want to check out:

-- "The Big C: Hereafter" (10 p.m., Showtime). The dark comedy starring Laura Linney as a woman dying of cancer heads into the home stretch with the first of four one-hour episodes. See today's review.

-- "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS 3). I gave up on the "Mother" quest some time ago, but even I'm a little curious about the bachelor party for  Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) in an episode titled "The Bro Mitzvah."

-- "Rectify" (10 p.m., Sundance Channel). Aden Young stars as a man released from prison after 19 years on Death Row for a murder he may not after all, have committed.  If you missed last week's two-hour premiere, the second hour is rerunning at 9.

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