What's On This Week

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28

BROTHERS & SISTERS
10 P.M. | ABC
In the season premiere, the family (including Dave Annable and Emily VanCamp) weekend together. And regrets it.

MONDAY, SEPT. 29

CHUCK
8 P.M. | NBC
The spy action-comedy is back, with nerd Chuck (Zachary Levi) going on a date, and enemy agents spoiling the romance.

GOSSIP GIRL
8 P.M. | CW
Vicious kitten Blair (Leighton Meester) schemes to sabotage her mother's fashion show. Cameo by Michael Kors.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30

FRINGE
9 P.M. | FOX
A mysterious cylinder is found after an explosion at a construction site. No, don't pick it up! Don't! Too late now, dummy.

PARIS HILTON'S MY NEW BFF
10 P.M. | MTV
Contestants compete for that rather dubious honor in Paris's new reality competition.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1

PUSHING DAISIES
8 P.M. | ABC
Season 2 of the delirious mystery with Lee Pace (right). The episode involves killer bees and mountain nuns. Honest.

THURSDAY, OCT. 2

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
9 P.M. | CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS
The Tina Fey lookalike and the senator from Delaware face off in what'll surely be an election-year high point.

NEW SERIES!

CBS, Oct. 3, 9 p.m. ET

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COMEDY DRAMA
Elizabeth Reaser, best known as that strange Rebecca Pope/Ava the Ferry Crash Victim on Grey's Anatomy, is like the budget version of Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker: Both strikingly if not quite conventionally beautiful actresses, they create female characters who have a perverse gift for causing serious man trouble. Reaser, unlike Parker, doesn't seem to be sorting through a wriggling world of inner conflicts, but her smile is uneasy, and she can give off a vibe of being out of sorts and out of place. She's no cookie-cutter TV actress, and for that we should be grateful.

Here she plays Bella Bloom, a florist who tries to find her true love by seeking out all her old boyfriends: One of these and no other, a psychic has told her, is destined to be her mate. In the premiere, in which Bella goes after a drippily sensitive singer whose heart she once broke, she's dreamy, enchanting, manipulative, annoying and occasionally so stupid you want to smack her with a calla lily. But is she boring? Not for a second.

NBC, Sept. 29, 10 p.m. ET

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NEW SEASON!

DRAMA
Life barely had one in its debut season: It was among the new shows that vanished with the writers' strike. The opening two episodes marking its return involve outlandish killings—there's even a freeze-dried corpse—but the tone matches the odd perspective of Det. Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis). Victim of a frame-up, he spent years in jail, channeling rage into zen calm. Now he says things like, "Violence against one is violence against all. Violence against all is violence against myself." The show playfully warps cop formula and, as Crews, Lewis has the detachment of a bemused android. He also has stunning orange hair—the show's bright palette seems designed around it.

FALL PREVIEW!

• Love and conflict spread like the flu on the ABC hit, back Oct. 1.

Kate Walsh (Dr. Addison Montgomery) promises a jolt "of drama and humor" on the Grey's Anatomy spinoff.

NEW FLAMES
Now just friends with Dr. Wilder (Tim Daly), Addison moves on to Officer Nelson (David Sutcliffe). And expect more sparks from the docs played by Paul Adelstein and KaDee Strickland.

NEW FIGHTS
For those who felt last season lacked the pulse of Grey's, "it's more medical," says Walsh, "more conflict."

The actress, 28, plays a cop with a serial-killer brother (Michael C. Hall) on Showtime's Dexter, returning Sept. 28.

ANYTHING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT SEASON 3?
Jam-packed with surprises. It's fun to hear people's theories, because the truth is always even crazier than they thought.

YOU ALSO HAVE A HORROR MOVIE, QUARANTINE, OUT NEXT MONTH
The last 45 minutes, you hold on for dear life. That's a long time to have your shoulders up around your ears!

MAYBE IT'S TIME TO DO COMEDY?
That's easier on the heart and soul. And the vocal cords.