Picks and Pans Review: Tom's Favorite New Fall Shows

updated 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

PUSHING DAISIES (ABC). A demented yet glowing rhapsody to the power of romance. Lee Pace resurrects sweetheart Anna Friel, but the charm brings a curse: A second touch will kill. Is love to die for?

SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC) I get the feeling that Christina Applegate, fussily winsome as an amnesiac remembering past sins, is channeling Shirley MacLaine. Still, she and the show are absolutely adorable.

DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC). Like some earnest hero out of Dickens, civic-minded lawyer Peter Krause gets sucked into the machinations of a rich Manhattan clan. A big, shiny cast of pure silver.

GOSSIP GIRL (CW). A guilty pleasure. Blake Lively plays a young Upper East Sider who just knows there's more to life than class war and sexual intrigue. This could form a devotional triptych with The O.C. and The Hills.

REAPER (CW) Horror comedy with an unexpectedly dry wit to sop up the gore. Brett Harrison tracks down souls who've bolted Hell. His boss, Satan, is Ray Wise, laughing with false bonhomie.

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