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updated 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Nikita

CW, Sept. 9, 9 p.m. ET/PT

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ACTION

What began life as a 1990 French movie called La Femme Nikita, about a female assassin, has now gone through so many adaptations it's only a few steps from being a Joseph Campbell myth. But the CW's new interpretation, which premieres with one of the fall's splashiest pilots, happens to star Mission: Impossible III actress Maggie Q. Her lethal good looks and martial-arts skills revitalize the story. This newest Nikita-Peta Wilson played her in a prior USA series-is a rogue agent determined to keep a secret government agency from brainwashing and training troubled young women to become soulless killers like herself. Maggie Q is so sleek she looks aerodynamically designed, but she still gives off erotic heat as she looks out on a world of duplicitous, dangerous men. The show promises to be sexy fun.

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Disney, Sept. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT

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MUSICAL

In the age of Bieber and Glee, this musical starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers feels slightly behind the curve, but it's better than the first Camp Rock (2008). Final Jam benefits from a solid story: The gang's Camp Rock, where nice kids come to frolic and sing, goes head to head against upstart Camp Star. There showbiz egos reign, and money is spread around like Nutella on s'mores. Lovato struts her way through songs choreographed with a touch of Bollywood. And in one silly, fairy-tale moment, Nick Jonas, who has a crush on the daughter of the rival camp's owner, spies on her across the lake, where she plays in the open air on a pristine white piano.

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