Off the Map

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

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This enjoyable series from the Grey's Anatomy team is a sort of Doctors Without Borders-who are also without too many clothes. It's set at a tropical South American clinic staffed with young physicians played by Mamie Gummer (Evening), Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) and Martin Henderson (The Ring). They're all attractive and firm of flesh, yet-in the Grey's tradition-register enough real emotion to hook us. That's especially important here, because these characters have left home following personal disasters. Their search for redemption gives the show an effective undertow of regret: It's Lost with a hospital. If the production never creates a strong sense of place-plenty of fronds, but so what?-there are at least novel medical details. It's good to know that in a pinch you can use fresh coconut milk as a blood substitute in the operating room.

Harry's Law

NBC, Jan. 17, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

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Kathy Bates' surly gravity can't prevail over the silliness of this new series from co-executive producer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal). It's like watching a grand public statue vanish beneath a swarm of pigeons and chickadees. She's Harriet "Harry" Korn, a famous but bored patent attorney who starts over with a private practice in a poor Cincinnati neighborhood. Her office, in a touch typical of the show's cuteness, also sells designer shoes left by a previous tenant. The trial scenes devolve into windily predictable political lectures that probably weren't written by anyone affiliated with the Tea Party.

1 THE GOLDEN GLOBE

SUN. JAN. 16 8 P.M. NBC

Will Sofia Vergara take home an acting trophy for Modern Family?

2 BIG LOVE

SUN. JAN. 16 9 P.M. HBO

Bill Paxton returns for one last season as an ambitious Utah polygamist.

3 SKINS

MON. JAN. 17 10 P.M. MTV

Rachel Thevenard costars in a destined-to-shock-it's explicit!-new teen series.

4 AMERICAN IDOL

WED. JAN. 19 8 P.M. FOX

The powerhouse is back-with Jennifer Lopez as judge.

5 FAIRLY LEGAL

THURS. JAN. 20 10 P.M. USA

Sarah Shahi as a charming but hard-charging mediator. Series premiere.

The actor, 41, plays Courteney Cox's ex-husband Bobby on the ABC sitcom.

WILL BOBBY AND JULES EVER REUNITE ON THE SHOW?

I think Bobby will always carry a torch for Jules, but I don't think it would work. I'm open to anything, though.

HOW DID YOU REACT TO THE TABLOID STORIES LINKING YOU AND COURTENEY?

That was my first taste of that kind of craziness. We laugh it off and don't let it affect our friendship. I'm single. I just got out of a long-term relationship, and I'm out in the dating world.

DOES SHE HELP GET YOU DATES?

She definitely helps with single advice!

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I'm trying to work on myself first, but...someone nice to love.