WEEK AHEAD: Desperate Housewives Returns
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25: ABC's Desperate Housewives begins its second season at 9 p.m. ET. This much we know: Lynette (Emmy winner Felicity Huffman) will head back to work, Bree (Marcia Cross) will get a visit from her late husband's mother (guest star Shirley Knight) and a pregnant Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) will visit husband Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) in prison. As for the rest of the season, Longoria tells PEOPLE, "Expect the unexpected!"
Speaking of the unexpected, Grey's Anatomy fans won't have to touch that dial to find out how Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) deals with the news that her boyfriend Derek (Patrick Dempsey) is – gulp! – married. The show's second season premieres on ABC at 10 p.m. ET.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29: Alias is back, with a major plot twist: Sydney (Jennifer Garner) discovers she's pregnant by Vaughn (Michael Vartan), a possible double agent. The real question: Will Vartan, Garner's ex-boyfriend, be back for the entire season? Rumors were rampant that Garner was uncomfortable working with him since she married Ben Affleck – the real-life father of the baby she's expecting this winter. Fans have lobbied to save Vartan's character, but exec producer Jeff Pinkner told Entertainment Weekly: "The rumors of his demise are greatly exaggerated." The show premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
Finally, set your TiVo: The sitcom Star Jones Reynolds calls "still the funniest show on television" begins its last hurrah when the eighth and final season of Will & Grace premieres on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET. In the live episode, Grace (Debra Messing) considers having an affair with a married man (guest star Eric Stoltz), while Will (Eric McCormack) seeks advice from his new boss (guest Alec Baldwin).
NEW THIS WEEK:
Movies (now in theaters): Flightplan, starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard; Daltry Calhoun, starring Johnny Knoxville; A History of Violence, starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello; Roll Bounce, starring Bow Wow; Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, voiced by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter
Music (in stores Tuesday): Sheryl Crow, Wildflower; Toni Braxton, Libra; Gretchen Wilson, All Jacked Up; Ryan Adams, September; Neil Young, Prairie Wind; Wynonna Judd, Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime
DVDs (in stores Tuesday): Britney & Kevin: Chaotic (bonus CD); Lords of Dogtown; The Amazing Race: The Complete First Season; Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fourth Season