The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Bravo, Oct. 14, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

The formula stills works! The Real Housewives of DC wasn't any fun, but the new Beverly Hills chapter delivers. These extravagantly rich women are hard to tell apart-they seem to have all graduated from a finishing school run by Candy Spelling and then had their hair styled by a Disney princess-but their pampered cattiness has the luxurious kick of an old Dynasty episode. The series has several pluses: Watching Camille Grammer's marriage to actor Kelsey Grammer head into trouble will supply some dramatic heft. And two of the women share the same emotional glue that helped cement the New Jersey Housewives: Kim and Kyle Richards, both ex-child actresses, are sisters. And then there's Adrienne Maloof. I love her melodious name: It sounds like something played on a panpipe. By an assistant.

Law & Order: Los Angeles

NBC, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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CRIME

The West Coast Law & Order has all the sunny exoticism of a Manhattan subway. Which is fine: You wouldn't want the series to drop the shuffling, grousing, piecemeal narratives that have made the original such a staple in repeats. The first episode, involving a robbery gang, was weak, but in the second week the cast has started to gel. Skeet Ulrich (blank-faced) and Corey Stoll (humorous, cynical) are well-paired as detectives, and Alfred Molina, looking like an irascible owl, adds some harrumphing power as a deputy DA.

1 HAWAII FIVE-0

MON., 10/11 10 P.M.

CBS

Alex O'Loughlin's job: Nab a dangerous escaped convict!

2 BET HIP HOP AWARDS

TUES., 10/12 8 P.M.

BET

Mo'Nique is a presenter and Kanye West a multiple nominee.

3 FRINGE

THURS., 10/14 9 P.M.

FOX

Anna Torv investigates the world's most sinister corporation, Massive Dynamic.

4 GREY'S ANATOMY

THURS., 10/14 9 P.M.

ABC

Ellen Pompeo gets unsettling news from the obstetrician.

5 SCHOOL PRIDE

FRI., 10/15 8 P.M.

NBC

Cheryl Hines is an executive producer on a new reality show about fixing schools.

As the new host of the popular game show (now airing in syndication), the comedian, 53, shares his most memorable (and dysfunctional) TV families.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Archie Bunker is one of my favorites. I love the crude realness of his parenting skills. He was so brutally honest and secure in his ignorance that he gave us a different perspective.

GOOD TIMES

John Amos as James Evans was a real father and that's what I loved about this show. He was a stern but positive family man, unlike shows now where the dad is a doof and the kids always win.

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW

It's one of the best shows of all time. The story lines, Don Knotts-it all worked. Growing up, I wanted to have a relationship someday like Andy did with his son.

SANFORD AND SON

I love the father and son relationship between Fred and Lamont. It's symbolic for me because my father loved it when he was alive. We talked about the comedic moments all the time.

THE BRADY BUNCH

I have a blended family, so I can relate to them. I love the kids' interactions-it's indicative of what my family is like. The four youngest kids at my house play it out like the Bradys.

1. SHE'S GIVING THE MOST ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE IN PRIME TIME.

As sexy, wily investigator Kalinda Sharma on the CBS legal drama, Panjabi is a stealthily insinuating presence-and striking: Once you notice her in a scene, no one else matters too much.

2. KALINDA IS SHARP AS A TACK, YET HARD TO PIN DOWN.

The first season hinted at a gay undercurrent-or was enigmatic Kalinda playing a game?

3. HER WARDROBE.

It's perfectly balanced between sexual provocation and professional restraint. She could seduce a legal team, then abandon them in the judge's chambers.

The actress, 46, plays McKinley High's tough yet tender football coach Shannon Beiste, who's also a formidable foe to resident bully Sue Sylvester

DOES YOUR SIZE INTIMIDATE PEOPLE?

Our society is so jacked up to think if somebody's big and tough-looking, they're obviously mean. I was 6'4". Now I'm 6'3" because I've had 11 knee surgeries. In college, I was walking out of a store [into the sun], squinting. I guess I was scowling. This woman walking by me pulled her daughter away and said, "That's the meanest woman I've ever seen!" And then I got sad, like, "She doesn't even know me!"

DID YOU PLAY SPORTS?

At Fresno State I was a five-time all-American in track and field. I won my first arm-wrestling world title at 19. When I won my 15th title, I went on the Tonight Show! But I'm retired now.

WHAT'S YOUR DREAM ROLE?

I'd love to do action movies. I can't run, so give me a motorcycle and a gun. Me and Angelina Jolie-she can do all the running!

He plays hard-nosed agent Kimball Cho on the CBS drama, but in real life, the single 37-year-old actor is all smiles

CHO HAS A JUVENILE RECORD. WERE YOU EVER A BAD BOY?

I got into my fair share of trouble, but nothing that sent me to juvenile hall! I thought about the military or law enforcement, but I had a gut feeling about acting.

YOU WERE QUITE THE ATHLETE GROWING UP.

I played football in high school, and I have a black belt in tae kwon do-that helps when I'm running down an alley chasing a perpetrator.

ARE YOU AS SERIOUS AS CHO?

No! I like to laugh and make jokes. I walk into a restaurant, and people are like, "We didn't recognize you because you're smiling!"

WHAT QUALITIES DOES YOUR IDEAL WOMAN POSSESS?

Smart, funny, maybe a bit fun-loving-that's not too much to ask for, is it?