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- September 08, 2008
- Vol. 70
- No. 10
Class of '08
Dysfunctional Families, Wacky Workplace Behavior, Secret Identities and the Return of An Old Favorite. Look What This Fall's Freshman TV Shows Have to Offer
CW, TUESDAY 8 p.m.
It's new kids, new dramas but in the old Beverly Hills zip code.
Hello? Former fans of the beloved soap (which aired from 1990 to 2000)—and their kids.
Yes, original cast members Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty are back—but don't be fooled by the reunion. According to Shenae Grimes (right, with fellow newcomers Tristan Wilds, Jessica Walter, Lori Loughlin and Rob Estes), "It's not as amazingly cheesy as the old one." Grimes, who plays the new girl from the Midwest, adds, "It's so real. The issues are going to hit harder and closer to home."
My Own Worst Enemy
NBC, MONDAY 10 p.m.
Christian Slater plays a suburban dad—who is also a secret agent. The catch: Due to a chip in his brain, the family man hasn't a clue about his alter ego.
People who really miss Alias and love Chuck. "I don't think I've ever seen anything on TV before like this," says Slater, who appeared on both Alias and The West Wing. "A lot of chaos ensues—and a lot of drama. [It's like] putting a movie on TV every week."
CBS, TUESDAY 9 p.m.
Simon Baker, a former fake psychic, helps cop Robin Tunney and her team solve murders.
Law & Order and CSI viewers ready for their crime-fighters to get very personal.
Baker says this isn't a typical detective series. "The deliciously attractive part about this role was the irreverence," he says. "There's a lot more edge and humor than most of those shows. My character reads a lot into people's minds and can't not mess with their heads. That's a lot of fun to play."
Kath & Kim
NBC, THURSDAY 8:30 p.m.
A remake of an Australian series, it stars Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as a dysfunctional mother-daughter duo.
Anyone who wished the Gilmore Girls would show their naughty sides.
Sure, they act outrageously, but Shannon wanted to give her foxy mom character some realism too. "She spent her life raising her daughter," she says. "Now she wants to focus on herself [but] keeps getting sucked back into the drama with the daughter. I could relate to the love but also the fighting." And Blair? "It was great material, and there's not much material for a girl a little past her prime."
Life on Mars
ABC, THURSDAY 10 p.m.
An NYPD detective mysteriously ends up in 1973 after he's hit by a car in 2008.
Viewers feeling nostalgic for 1970s cop dramas.
"The charm is figuring how a modern-day cop will work in the older system," says executive producer Andre Nemec. Star Jason O'Mara can't wait. "In my late teens I discovered all those movies from the '70s—Mean Streets, Serpico. I love that era."
CBS, FRIDAY 9 p.m.
A psychic predicts a single woman (Elizabeth Reaser) will marry one of her former beaus—but which one?
Anyone who wants My Name Is Earl to focus more on romance.
Reaser is loving the hunt for a husband. "It's me chasing down all of these ex-boyfriends—someone from kindergarten or a one-night stand in college. It's hilarious."
CW, TUESDAY 9 p.m.
An idealistic tutor (Joanna Garcia, right, with Anne Archer) tries to teach two spoiled sisters about the facts of life.
Readers who loved How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, the best-selling book that inspired the show.
"We tap into all the fun they have on Gossip Girl but bring it back down to earth," says executive producer Rina Mimoun. Archer (who plays a society grandmother) agrees that wealth isn't everything: "Sometimes I throw money at my own kids and think, That was a bad thing to do—I should have made them work for that."
CBS, MONDAY 9:30 p.m.
A magazine editor tries—and continually fails—to win over his fiancée's parents.
Devotees of Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. Stars Kyle Bornheimer and Erinn Hayes know meeting the in-laws can be tough. "I made a very ageist joke that my father-in-law didn't find funny," says Bornheimer of his first encounter. And Hayes didn't have an easy time of it either. "I can really put my foot in my mouth."
Do Not Disturb
FOX, WEDNESDAY 9:30 P.M.
Jerry O'Connell will do anything to make his Manhattan hotel one of the hippest spots in town—while Niecy Nash just wants to keep the place open.
Those in need of an updated Upstairs Downstairs—the acclaimed '70s British drama about class.
It may be a workplace comedy, but Nash calls it a family affair. "I play a ghetto-fabulous, truth-telling Mary Poppins," she says. "She doesn't have any children so the kids that work at the hotel are her kids. And the biggest kid she has to take care of is played by Jerry."
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- Scott Huver,
- Lisa Ingrassia,
- Monica Rizzo,
- Cynthia Wang.
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