ABC, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
It's a whole new start for Grey's Anatomy's
Addison (Kate Walsh
) as she takes a new job at a holistic practice in sunny Santa Monica, Calif.
Although Walsh insists her new show isn't "Grey's 2" or "Grey's in L.A.", she does promise that the spinoff will have all the dramatic pull of the original. "It's fun to see adults misbehave and people who have supposedly made it tangle with each other," she says. Tangle is right: On the pilot, which aired last season, Daly's character told Addison, "I'm going to kiss you with tongue." Stay tuned for more makeout scenes. "It's a good thing," says Walsh.
CBS, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
Mix a shot of Dallas with splashes of Miami Vice
and The Sopranos
This Miami-set drama follows a Cuban-American family in the sugar business that at times runs afoul of the law. "The show has a little dirt under the fingernails, but some of this country's most iconic business families—there's always a little something there," says Jimmy Smits (above, with costars Hector Elizondo and Paola Turbay), who's producing for the first time. How's that going? "It's fun," he says, "but I haven't slept a lot."
SITCOM POWER COUPLE
Back to You
FOX, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Comedy vets Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton—between them they've got seven Emmys!—team to play bickering anchors at a local TV news desk.
Returning to Pittsburgh after a disastrous national gig may be a step back for Grammer's pompous newsman Chuck Darling, but the actor, who spent two decades playing equally pompous Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers
, is "thrilled to be back doing something I'm good at," he says. Meanwhile, Everybody Loves Raymond
alum Heaton is having a blast getting to know her new partner in prime time. "He keeps breaking into songs by Cream and it's like 'Who are you?'" she says. "I think this whole well-spoken literary person is a big facade for some dark, tattooed, rock and roll biker guy."
ABC, Mondays, 9:30 p.m.
A woman in a coma (played by Christina Applegate
, left), wakes up with amnesia, only to find out that she was a complete jerk beforehand. It's like a female version of My Name Is Earl
. Only with much nicer clothes.
After focusing on the big screen following her 11-year run on Married ... with Children
, Applegate knew it was going to take a lot for her to make a return to TV. "I had to see the potential and the longevity of [doing a new show]" she says. She found her answer in this slick sitcom, which also stars Jennifer Esposito as Samantha's vapid BFF and Jean Smart as her once-estranged mom. "For me to do this again," she says, "it had to be something special."
Dirty Sexy Money
ABC, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
New York City's über-rich Darling family has a lot of dirt to cover up. What to do? Hire a $10 million-a-year attorney to sweep it under the rug.
It doesn't take long for lawyer Nick George (played by Peter Krause, right, with costar Samaire Armstrong) to regret being seduced by all that dough. One of the messes he has to clean up? Hiding a relationship with a transgender woman for Sen. Patrick Darling, played by Billy Baldwin. The show is "one part drama, three parts black comedy and 10 parts soap opera," says Baldwin. "It's like a head-on collision between Paris Hilton
and the Kennedys."
AN EAST COAST O.C.
The CW, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
High schoolers on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side sip martinis, sleep with each other's boyfriends and would totally die if they lost their cell phones. Based on the popular series of teen novels.
Sounds a lot like The O.C.
set in New York, but this rich-kid drama (which stars, from left, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, Leighton Meester
, Penn Badgley
, Chace Crawford
and Blake Lively
) is "an entirely different show," says Josh Schwartz, who created both. "Orange County is new money—the McMansions. You have to be born into this level of affluence." Shooting the pilot in New York City, Lively, who's from California, certainly noticed a difference in New York teens: "They're much more worldly."
ANGIE HARMON FIGHTS CRIME AGAIN
Women's Murder Club
ABC, Fridays, 9 p.m.
Think Death and the City: Instead of going after men, these four take-no-flak pals—a detective, a reporter, a medical examiner and a D.A.—solve crimes.
Her love life bites, she gets next to no sleep, and she keeps stepping on the toes of her coworkers. But, with a little help from her friends, Lt. Lindsay Boxer knows how to nail a murderer. So how does this procedural drama, based on the hugely successful novels by James Patterson, differ from the rest? "We're all very good at our jobs," says Law & Order
alum Angie Harmon (left, with costars Paula Newsome, Laura Harris and Aubrey Dollar) of the characters. "But you also get to see what happens to them in the mornings."
FOX, Mondays, 9 p.m.
It's two years after Hurricane Katrina, and Det. Marlin Boulet (Anthony Anderson) is a cop determined to bring New Orleans back to its former glory—too bad the whole city seems to be against him.
Shooting on location in New Orleans has been an uplifting experience for the stars of this drama, which shows both the grit and the spirit of the struggling city. "The people have opened their arms to us," says Cole Hauser (far right, with Anderson), who plays Boulet's partner. "We play golf, eat great food and go to great bars." The only thing the guys still aren't used to is that southern, sticky climate. "It's 115 degrees on the heat index at 6 a.m.," says Anderson. "I could make beignets!"
WOMAN OF ACTION
NBC, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Remember the campy '70s original? Now subtract the camp and soup things up with 21st-century edge.
British actress Michelle Ryan (right), 23, was too young to catch the original series starring Lindsay Wagner. "I've seen clips and thought that Lindsay looked like a very nice, pretty lady, but that's all I really remember," says Ryan. And as if mastering an American accent wasn't hard enough in filling the iconic role, the actress, who costarred on the BBC's EastEnders
, also had to get into some serious shape by doing sprints, martial arts and weight training. "I work out to the Rocky
soundtrack!" she says. "It's full on."
ABC, Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Four alpha males share their boardroom and bedroom woes and bail each other out of crises. It's like Desperate Housewives
Money may not buy happiness, but this millionaire posse (from left: Dylan McDermott, Joshua Malina, Michael Vartan and Christopher Titus) is willing to give it a shot. Vartan, at least, is happy that most of the action on the show takes place between the sheets. "Hopefully, this part will not be as physical as Alias," says Vartan, in his first series since the spy drama. "I'm very glad my character's a CEO. Maybe I'll be carrying a heavy pen at the most."
ABC, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Yes, this is the sitcom based on those Geico commercials: Three hairy dudes (from left: Nick Kroll, Bill Englis and Sam Huntington) live among "sapes," as they call the fully evolved, and deal with discrimination.
- Reported by Jed Dreben,
- Liza Hamm,
- Oliver Jones,
- Ruth Laney,
- Monica Rizzo,
- Cynthia Wang,
- Nicholas White.