No Ordinary Family

ABC, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. ET |

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ACTION

This smart new superhero drama adds just enough nuance to its wish-fulfillment fantasy to hook adults as well as kids. It's as if Heroes moved onto Wisteria Lane. Michael Chiklis (The Shield) and Julie Benz (Dexter) take their teenage son and daughter on an Amazon vacation that nearly kills everyone when their plane crashes in jungle waters full of glowing bubbles. Apparently the family that plays together mutates together: Back home, Chiklis, a police sketch artist who feels eclipsed by his scientist spouse, has acquired astounding bounce and resilience. Benz is now supersonically fast, their daughter reads minds, and their son is a human computer. The cast plays out the adjustment process with the right touch of pleased humor, although Chiklis has an edge: He already looks superhuman, like a bowling ball treated with growth hormone.

$#*! My Dad Says

CBS, Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT |

COMEDY

CBS pronounces $#*! as "bleep," although the Twitter account that inspired the show uses an actual profanity. Either works as a short critique. William Shatner is an irascible retiree stuck playing host to his son (Jonathan Sadowski), an unemployed writer. The old man greets life with a volley of insults that are meant to be crassly funny but also adorable and true. He's both Archie Bunker and Buddhist monk. The role is so crazily at odds with itself, the star looks as if he might explode and rain Shatner shrapnel down on all.

Sister Wives

TLC, Sept. 26, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

A reality Big Love, Sister Wives is about Utah ad executive Kody Brown and what he calls his "lifestyle." He's a polygamist sharing a suburban compound with three wives-as the show begins, he's courting a fourth-and 13 children. (Legally, however, Brown is married to only one of the women.) The wives are overwhelmed by the prospect of an addition, but this group is as comfortable with the camera as the early-era Gosselins: It's Jon & Kate & Kate & Kate. Yet how will this insular honeycomb survive now that it's out in the open?

1 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

SUN. 9/26 9 P.M. ABC

Vanessa Williams joins the show as Lynette's rich friend Renee. Season 7 premiere.

2 DEXTER

SUN. 9/26 9 P.M. SHOWTIME

The thriller returns with serial killer Michael C. Hall now a widower. You cope.

3 HOUSE

MON. 9/27 8 P.M. FOX

Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) is finally in a relationship with House (Hugh Laurie). Messy!

4 THE GOOD WIFE

TUES. 9/28 10 P.M. CBS

Did Julianna Margulies leave the hubby? Season 2 kickoff.

5 LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES

WED. 9/29 10 P.M. NBC

The crime franchise opens shop out West. Skeet Ulrich stars.

In the new FOX drama, Wolk, 25, plays second-generation con man Bob Allen, torn between two wives but mostly wed to a grifter's life.

ARE YOU AS SMOOTH WITH WOMEN AS YOUR CHARACTER IS?

I am single, but Bob has borrowed some tricks from me! Every character, you bring a part of yourself, right? There are similarities, the way I interact with people.

WHAT WAY IS THAT?

That's a secret. I've got to hook you in somehow.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DUPED?

I'm actually a pretty good read of people. I have to say, it's hard to pull one over on me.

YOU SHOOT LONE STAR IN DALLAS. HOW DO YOU STAY COOL?

I don't. No one does. It is hot down here. Everyone looks like they've lost 15 lbs.! You've got to drink a lot of water. If Bob appears edgy, it's because I'm exhausted and dehydrated.