Glee

FOX, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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MUSICAL

In its second season, the high school musical comedy occasionally flies off the rails-an episode in which students were put under by sexy dentist John Stamos and hallucinated themselves into Britney Spears videos was labored and borderline kinky. Oops! But maybe that's to be expected from this aggressively inventive pop fantasy, where mundane details like homework never matter. I'm willing to forgive a lot, including Lea Michele's demolishing blasts of Streisand lung power, for moments as original as Chris Colfer's slow, sad "I Want to Hold Your Hand." And we've seen the emergence of a gem of a performance: Heather Morris as dumb yet manipulative cheerleader Brittany, whose mumbled inanities are somehow adorable. Asked to define "duet," she answered: "A blanket."

Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It

VH1, Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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REALITY

The old Rock of Love Bret Michaels is gone, tamed and reformed by his recent medical crisis: a brain hemorrhage followed by a small stroke. Life finds him trying to commit more time to family while testing his health by getting back on the road with his music. The series goes overboard on cutesy domestic details-what is it with reality shows assuming that a shot of pet droppings is a surefire chuckle?-but as a Bret Bulletin, it should gratify and reassure his fans.

1 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

SUN. 10/24 9 P.M. ABC

Teri Hatcher fouls up her little career as a housecleaner.

2 THE EVENT

MON. 10/25 9 P.M. NBC

President Blair Underwood has to contend with a high-placed mole.

3 MIKE & MOLLY

MON. 10/25 9:31 P.M. CBS

Melissa McCarthy is invited over to new boyfriend Billy Gardell's apartment.

4 SCARED SHREKLESS

THURS. 10/28 8 P.M. NBC

The ogre (Mike Myers) spends the night in a haunted castle.

5 PROJECT RUNWAY

THURS. 10/28 9 P.M. LIFETIME

Season finale for the Heidi Klum-hosted fashion competition.

Therapist Paul Weston, a human-shaped cloud who grumbles with the low thunder of the maladjusted, has drifted back for a gripping new season of HBO's In Treatment (Oct. 25). Gabriel Byrne plays the part flawlessly, and he's up against two especially rewarding talents. Debra Winger-splendidly tough-is a new patient, an actress with some complicated sister issues. And Amy Ryan is Paul's watchful new therapist. He underestimates her until she practically KOs him with one clear, simple observation.

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Twenty-five years after breaking out in The Goonies, the actress, 39, plays a housecleaner with a baby granddaughter on the new FOX sitcom.

YOU PLAY A GRANDMOTHER ON THE SHOW. ANY APPREHENSIONS?

I was a bit nervous at first-because it's true in this town they tend to age women prematurely-but the premise of the show is that I was a teenage mom, so the math works! And it's not as if I'm playing a hunchback old lady.

DO YOU WANT KIDS YOURSELF?

I will say as I get older, I find babies a lot more tolerable to be around than I used to.

YOUR NUTTY GRANDMOTHER IS PLAYED BY CLORIS LEACHMAN.

She's completely out of her mind, but in the best way. She'll do anything for a joke. And she's just as wild when the cameras are not rolling.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S BEEN 25 YEARS SINCE THE GOONIES?

Yes, I can! It feels that long ago. I haven't watched it lately, but I love that it has an ongoing life and has become a staple movie for kids.