Fall TV Watch: What's Hot, What's Not

Fall TV Watch: What's Hot, What's Not
Tyra Banks
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updated 09/19/2006 at 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 09/21/2006 06:00AM

NEW SHOWS

Watch It: Kidnapped (NBC, 10 p.m. ET)
A drama about an abducted kid isn't a fresh idea, and it's certainly not a nice one, but NBC's new series does a compellingly swift job of introducing us to the world of Manhattan's super-elite and then yanking the Persian rugs out from under their pretty feet. In the premiere, a zillionaire's son (Will Denton) is kidnapped on the way to school, leaving Daddy and Mommy (Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany) quietly reeling as their lives are invaded by both the FBI and a private investigator (Jeremy Sisto, wearing stubble to indicate that he's too proud to play by the rules). Taut and elegantly sinister.

Skip It: Jericho (CBS, 8 p.m. ET)
CBS's new show is about the desperate hours, days and presumably weeks in a small Kansas town responding to a nuclear bomb going off somewhere on the horizon. Well, to anyone who grew up in the Cold War this sounds like an absolute treat! But in the first few episodes the show goes nowhere. Which I suppose is what you would do, too, if you were a small Kansas town under these circumstances. It's like the Tom Cruise War of the Worlds without all the special effects and too much Tim Robbins. A lot of clenched throats and grimaces in the half-light while waiting for radioactive fallout.

RETURNING SHOWS

The Biggest Loser (NBC, 8 p.m. ET)
NBC's diet reality series returns with 50 potential contestants, one from each state. We salute you, America, one nation blessed with too many transfats.

America's Next Top Model (The CW, 8 p.m. ET)
The seventh season of Tyra Banks's reality competition officially launches the CW, a new network that basically cherry-picks the best shows (Supernatural, Veronica Mars) from the now-dead WB and UPN.
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