This fall, television has a need for speed.
It seems that everywhere you look among the new shows, someone is rushing around with a sense of urgency. There are lethal spies racing to nab the bad guys. There are cops on the run, frantic folk pursuing evil plots and super-powered suburbanites who can outpace a cheetah.
There's even a show called "Chase." We lose our breath just thinking about it.
Oh sure, TV will also offer its usual assortment of lawyers, doctors and sitcom oddballs. But the programmers are particularly interested in keeping us on the edge of our seats and providing fast-paced thrill rides — complete with crashes and explosions, of course.
What's missing is the innovative spirit that marked the best of last year's freshman class.
Although there are some quality shows, there doesn't seem to be any with the breakout potential of a "Glee" or "Modern Family." Instead, much of the fall fare comes with a whiff of familiarity.
Of course, it's difficult to predict how a TV season will play out. You just never know which, if any, shows will seize our attention and which will end up going nowhere fast.
Here's an overview of what's hot (or not) this fall:
This 'Star' should shine
You can be excused for not knowing who James Wolk is. Even the people who cast him as a wily con man in "Lone Star" had difficulty finding tape of his work. And the only major credit on his resume was a TV film ("Front of the Class"), in which he played a man with Tourette's syndrome.
"In some small respect, (the film) put me on the map," he says. "Maybe I was like a small city you've never heard of, but on the map."
Despite his lack of experience, the handsome 25-year-old Michigan native figures to be one of fall TV's breakout stars, topping a crop of fresh faces that includes Maggie Q ("Nikita"), Ben Rappaport ("Outsourced"), Sarah Roemer ("The Event") and Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Undercovers").
In "Lone Star," Wolk has a tough sell. Not only does he have to carry the highly touted soap, he must convince the audience to find empathy for a devious grifter who leads two lives with different wives. The part was originally written for a "somewhat older" man, but Wolk convinced the producers he had the skills — and the charm — to make the character more than a one-dimensional bad guy.
Wolk insists there are similarities between being an actor and a con man.
"A con man needs to manipulate (a) situation and make people believe in him and erect trust from the people around him," he says. "And in some respects, that's (like) acting, which is going in and playing a role."
Don't I know you?
Newcomers, of course, won't totally rule prime time. This season a number of familiar faces who have headed shows in the past are returning.
Jim Belushi: The doofy dad of "According to Jim" plays a Las Vegas attorney in "The Defenders."
Michael Chiklis: The rogue cop from "The Shield" is now a dad with super skills in "No Ordinary Family."
Dana Delany: Goodbye to Wisteria Lane. Hello to a parade of corpses on "Body of Proof."
Keri Russell: Felicity is all grown up and determined to reform Will Arnett in "Running Wilde."
Tom Selleck: Thomas Magnum has become a NYPD commissioner in "Blue Bloods."
William Shatner: The veteran actor takes on his first sitcom in "$#*! My Dad Says."
Jimmy Smits: In "Outlaw," he plays a former Supreme Court justice who has a gambling problem.
Diversity on display
Diversity hasn't always been a strong suit for television, but this fall brings a few shows with distinctly different looks, including "Undercovers," a drama from J.J. Abrams that features two black leads. Then there's "Nikita," starring Hawaiian-born Asian Maggie Q in the title role, and the sitcom, "Outsourced," with its largely Indian cast.
In "Undercovers," Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star as married retired spies who run a catering business, only to wind up moonlighting in their old jobs when the government calls. Josh Reims, an executive producer for the show, says he and his team threw the doors wide open during the casting process.
"We set out to see every possible incarnation (of actors). We wanted to look different," he says. "... We were not going to hire two black people just to hire them. We don't think we're revolutionizing TV, but we also realize it's a big deal."
We watched these stinkers so you don't have to. They're the worst shows of the freshman crop. So run along, now. Nothing to see here.
"$#*! My Dad Says": William Shatner is a very funny guy, but he's not enough to save this clunker based on a Twitter feed.
"Hellcats": It's a preposterous cheerleading drama that has us flying our pom-poms at half mast.
"Raising Hope": We predict Cloris Leachman will regret signing on to play an unstable granny in this awful family sitcom.
"Running Wilde": We thought the "Arrested Development" producers would deliver something great. We thought wrong.
Cable grows bolder
It wasn't all that long ago that the major broadcast networks owned September. They'd storm the month with a massive battalion of new shows while their cable rivals hid out in the shadows, waiting for a lull in the schedule to debut their wares.
But that's no longer the case. Next week, FX will launch the third season of its critically lauded motorcycle drama, "Sons of Anarchy," and will also debut its new crime dramedy, "Terriers." Showtime, meanwhile, has a new season of "Dexter" starting on Sept. 26.
HBO is also joining the fray with "Boardwalk Empire," one of its most ambitious series ever, on Sept. 19 — the same week the networks go into full-throttle mode.
"We discussed it and decided we didn't want to hold it," says Michael Lombardo, HBO programming chief. "We just thought that there are good and strong shows all year long now ... and that it will resonate even in the fall."
Issuing a DVR alert
Time-slot battles don't carry the same significance now that we can record multiple shows and watch later. Still, they affect ratings and can determine which shows live or die. Here are a few hot spots we've spotted on the fall schedule:
Monday-night pileup: Monday offers five new shows, including three that will go head-to-head within the 9 p.m. hour — "Lone Star," "The Event" and "Mike & Molly." At 10, it's all about the cops as "Castle" returns to take on newcomers "Hawaii Five-0" and "Chase."
Justice for all on Wednesdays: Lawyers have taken over the 10 p.m. hour as "The Whole Truth," "The Defenders" and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" take to the court. Also of note: "Survivor" opens the night at 8, after spending years on Thursday.
Laughs aplenty on Thursday: NBC has had a corner on the Thursday-night sitcom market in recent years. But now CBS is butting in by moving "The Big Bang Theory" to 8 p.m. against "Community." The competitive hour also features the dramas "Bones," "The Vampire Diaries" and "My Generation."
Friday night lights are on
Is Friday about to cease being one of the loneliest nights on television?
For the first time in years, three major networks will debut high-profile scripted dramas on the night they have largely ignored. CBS is rolling out "Blue Bloods," a cop drama headed by Tom Selleck. Meanwhile, ABC has Dana Delany as a medical examiner in "Body of Proof," and NBC is offering "Outlaw," a legal drama starring Jimmy Smits.
In recent years, Friday has become a dumping ground for aging scripted shows or cheap reality fare because programmers believed that many viewers — especially younger ones — were out at the movies or high school football games. Will they return? Selleck, for one, is hopeful.
"If it's good, they'll probably watch," he says, explaining that he heard the same question years ago when "Magnum P.I." debuted on Thursday. "Thursday nights were one of the lowest viewing nights when 'Magnum' started," he recalled. "So that's a good lesson."
Seeking the perfect mate
Accepting a new TV show is sort of like going on a blind date. You never know what you'll end up with. Still, you know what you like, so let us be of assistance:
If you like "The Office," try spending time with the offbeat employees of "Outsourced."
If you miss "Law & Order," it only makes sense to jump coasts and check out "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
If you enjoyed "Alias," give the gun-toting, karate-chopping heroine of "Nikita" a shot.
If you cherished the mind games of "Lost," check out the equally vague and mysterious "The Event."
The season's Top 5 new shows
Don't look now, but nearly 30 new shows are about to invade your television sets. Yes, it's that time of year again. The fall deluge is upon us.
But I realize that you only have two eyeballs — and not nearly enough time. So, as a personal service, I've prescreened the fall offerings and whittled them down to the five shows that appear to be the cream of the crop. You can thank me later.
Keep in mind that, in most cases, I have seen only the pilot episodes, and an extraordinary pilot does not always develop into an extraordinary series (See: "FlashForward").
But, for now, I've bonded with this Top 5 and think you might, too.
1. "Lone Star" (Fox): A con artist as leading man? It's a risky deal — especially for network TV — but one that this provocative soap pulls off, thanks to the panache of newcomer James Wolk.
Wolk plays a brilliant schemer who is running a complex sting while leading two lives in different parts of Texas. On one front, he has married Cat (Adrianne Palicki) in order to infiltrate the oil company led by her father (Jon Voight). On another, he has taken up with a suburban woman (Eloise Mumford) as he bilks her neighbors via an investment scam. Trouble is, he loves both women and desperately wants to find a way to go straight without divulging his secrets.
"Lone Star" is handsomely crafted and brimming with suspense. But it wouldn't matter if Wolk were not believable — and likable — in the role. Fortunately, he has charm aplenty and, like a great con man, he takes us for a ride.
2. "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO): You'd think Martin Scorsese would have had his fill of gangsters by now. But the love affair continues with this Prohibition-era drama about Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a corrupt politician whose dealings in illegal booze enable him to hold sway over Atlantic City.
Scorsese directed the pilot episode, which features depictions of real-life criminals, including "Lucky" Luciano and Al Capone. Bringing additional mob cred to the project is creator Terrence Winter, a standout writer for "The Sopranos."
"Boardwalk Empire" might not ever match the legacy of that iconic hit, but it appears to be a worthy successor, with stellar acting, a "Mad Men"-like attention to period detail and rich production values that, at times, give the show the feel of a lush painting.
Just when we thought we were out ... they pull us back in.
3. "The Event" (NBC): Now that "Lost" is off the air, how do viewers appease their lust for mind-melting mysteries and sci-fi thrills? We cautiously suggest this turbo-charged conspiracy saga.
We say cautiously because, in recent years, too many high-concept genre shows have sucked us in, only to go "splat" under the weight of their ambition. So if you're hesitant to jump on board, we get it.
But viewers who do commit to "The Event" will at least be treated to a gripping first chapter. It follows the travails of Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), who stumbles upon an international cover-up while probing the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee. The pilot is a rock-your-world affair full of tense moments, great effects and stunning twists.
Even better: There's not a polar bear in sight.
4. "Nikita" (CW): A kick-butt action babe is nothing new. Neither is this story of a government-trained assassin, which has undergone multiple treatments on the big and small screens. But some clever structural retrofitting and the dazzling presence of Maggie Q boost this "Nikita" to another realm.
Ms. Q (birth name: Quigley) plays a former street tough who was rescued from death row by a covert U.S. agency that molded her into a lethal weapon. But after a falling out with said agency, she has defected and is vowing to bring it down. We like her chances.
The sexy lead actress is mesmerizing as she kicks and punches her way through a rollicking pilot that rarely lets up on the gas pedal. The jury is still out on whether Q possesses the acting chops to play a multidimensional character, but for now she has all the right moves.
5. "Mike & Molly" (CBS): This working-class sitcom about plus-sized people looking for romance while dealing with some weighty issues could have been the season's biggest loser. Instead, it's a sweet and funny half hour pegged to a pair of refreshingly relatable leads.
Mike (Billy Gardell) is a shy Chicago cop who typically strikes out with the ladies. Molly (Melissa McCarthy) is an adorable fourth-grade teacher with a good sense of humor about her curves. Their paths cross at an Overeater's Anonymous meeting, and sparks fly.
The show has its weaknesses, including some stock supporting characters and an occasional urge to settle for cheap fat jokes. But the appealing Gardell and McCarthy have a chemistry that thus far outweighs the flaws.
Capsule reviews of the new shows
Grab your remote and rev up the DVR. We'll soon be swimming in a virtual ocean of new TV shows. What follows is a night-by-night breakdown to help you determine what is and isn't see-worthy.
"Boardwalk Empire" (8 p.m., HBO, Sept. 19): A corrupt politician (Steve Buscemi) presides over shady deals and violent deeds in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition. Bottom line: Exquisite production values, stellar acting and a great pedigree (Martin Scorsese directed the pilot) could make this a mob hit.
"The Walking Dead" (10 p.m., AMC, Oct. 31): Comic book-inspired saga chronicles life in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Bottom line: The pilot was unavailable for review, but we're dying to see it.
"The Event" (9 p.m., NBC, Sept. 20) : A sci-fi thriller that follows a man (Jason Ritter) as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancee and unwittingly begins to expose a sinister cover-up. Bottom line: The turbo-charged pilot had us intrigued, but we said the same thing last season about "FlashForward."
"Lone Star" (9 p.m., Fox, Sept. 20): A charismatic con man (James Wolk) delicately juggles two lives — and two wives — deep in the heart of Texas oil country. Bottom line: Secrets? Lies? Duplicity? We're in.
"Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, Sept. 20): A romantic comedy about two shy plus-sized people (Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy) who connect during an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Bottom line: It's sweet, funny and sensitive but needs to go easy on the fat jokes.
"Chase" (10 p.m., NBC, Sept. 20): Even in her cowboy boots, a spunky, twangy-voiced U.S. Marshal (Kelli Giddish) runs down the outlaws. Bottom line: Giddish gets our hearts racing, but we don't quite get the thrill of this chase.
"Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, Sept. 20): A high-octane reboot of the 1970s crime series, featuring Alex O'Loughlin as the island's Big Kahuna, Steve McGarrett. Bottom line: Lots of crazy stunts, hot bods and gorgeous scenery make for escapist thrills. Book it, Danno.
"Raising Hope" (9 p.m., Fox, Sept. 21): A young slacker (Lucas Neff) has a chance encounter with a wanted felon and is left to raise their child when she makes a trip to death row. Bottom line: Has the white-trash screwball tone of "My Name Is Earl," but is less funny and more hideous.
"Running Wilde" (9:30 p.m., Fox, Sept. 21): A disjointed comedy about an immature playboy (Will Arnett) trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart (Keri Russell). Bottom line: We're not wild about it.
"Detroit 1-8-7" (10 p.m., ABC, Sept. 21): Break out the body bags. Homicide cops hunt down killers in the Motor City. Bottom line: Problems with pilot led to reshooting. Could be DOA.
"No Ordinary Family" (8 p.m., ABC, Sept. 28): A fantastical drama featuring Michael Chiklis as the leader of a clan that possesses amazing superpowers. Bottom line: "The Incredibles" did it better.
"Hellcats" (9 p.m., The CW, premiered Sept. 8): A young, hip pre-law student (Aly Michalka) loses her scholarship and reluctantly joins the cheerleading squad to stay in school. Bottom line: We'll let out a cheer when it's canceled.
"Terriers" (10 p.m., FX, premiered Sept. 8): An immature ex-cop (Donal Logue) teams with a reformed thief (Michael Raymond-James) to run an unlicensed private investigation business. Bottom line: These mutts aren't the best in show.
"Outlaw" (10 p.m., NBC, Sept. 15): Jimmy Smits plays a Supreme Court justice who suddenly resigns when he realizes the system is flawed. Now, he's out to represent the "little guy." Bottom line: Slack writing and hokey twists have us declaring, "disorder in the court!"
"Undercovers" (8 p.m., NBC, Sept. 22): Married former spies (Boris Kodjoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw) get back in the game, adding spice to their romantic life in the process. Bottom line: The leads are incredibly gorgeous and engaging, and the concept has promise. But the uneven pilot has us concerned.
"Better With You" (8:30 p.m., ABC, Sept. 22): Two sisters (Jennifer Finnigan, Joanna Garcia) have very different relationships with the men in their lives. Bottom line: It would have been better with more laughs.
"The Whole Truth" (10 p.m., ABC, Sept. 22): A legal drama starring Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney that examines a case from both the defense and prosecution's perspectives. Bottom line: The jury is out as the pilot was being reshot.
"The Defenders" (10 p.m., CBS, Sept. 22): A comedic drama featuring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as best pals and partners in a Las Vegas law firm. Bottom line: There's really no defense for this dopey offering.
"Law & Order: Los Angeles" (10 p.m., NBC, Sept. 29): The venerable crime franchise jumps coasts and spawns another spin-off. Skeet Ulrich, Terrence Howard and Alfred Molina are among the cast. Bottom line: The pilot was unavailable for review, but you know the formula.
"Nikita" (9 p.m., The CW, premiered Sept. 9): A super-hot spy and assassin (Maggie Q) goes into kick-butt mode as she tries to bring down a shadowy government agency from which she defected. Bottom line: This killer remake has us hooked.
"My Generation" (8 p.m., ABC, Sept. 23): Ten years after being tailed by a documentary crew, former high school classmates are revisited. And guess what? They've changed! Bottom line: Our hunch is that we won't be talking about "My Generation" for long.
"$#*! My Dad Says" (8:30 p.m., CBS, Sept. 23): A comedy based on a popular Twitter feed has a caustic father (William Shatner) spewing politically incorrect diatribes. Bottom line: How tweet it isn't. Turns out that 140-character outbursts work a lot better online than on TV.
"Outsourced" (9:30 p.m., NBC, Sept. 23): An American (Ben Rappaport) moves to India to run a call center for a novelty company. Bottom line: We love the fresh setting and fresh faces, but the show could get old fast if it doesn't offer more than culture-clash jokes.
"Secret Millionaire" (8 p.m., ABC, TBA): A reality series follows wealthy people as they go undercover in some of America's most impoverished neighborhoods to help those in need. Bottom line: It's a show with a big heart, but can it produce big ratings?
"School Pride" (8 p.m., NBC, Oct. 15): Cheryl Hines hosts a reality series that focuses on communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools. Bottom line: Pilot unavailable for review.
"Body of Proof" (9 p.m., ABC, TBA): A medical examiner (Dana Delany) helps to solve murders in Philadelphia. Bottom line: Delany, as usual, shines. Could become a solid procedural.
"Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, Sept. 24): Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg headline a multigenerational clan of New York cops. Bottom line: It's an intriguing blend of family drama and crime show. Plus, Selleck still has the best mustache in prime time.
A look at returning favorites
This time of year, it's easy to be seduced by the bright and shiny new shows that the networks offer. But TV fans, for the most part, get more excited for fresh episodes of their tried-and-true favorites.
With that in mind, here are some returning shows making early-season news with casting changes and plot developments:
"Bones" (Fox): Booth returns from Afghanistan with a new girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick).
"Brothers & Sisters" (ABC): The show jumps ahead one year in time. Rob Lowe, Balthazar Getty and Emily VanCamp are gone.
"Desperate Housewives" (ABC): Vanessa Williams and Brian Austin Green will shake things up on Wisteria Lane, the latter as a hunky new love interest for Bree.
"Chuck" (NBC): Linda Hamilton drops by to play Chuck's mother.
"Community" (NBC): Betty White guest stars in the season opener as an anthropology professor.
"Criminal Minds" (CBS): A.J. Cook will wrap up her character's story line and exit the show.
"CSI" (CBS): Pop idol Justin Bieber guest stars as a troubled teen in the season premiere.
"CSI: NY" (CBS): Sela Ward joins the show as a new CSI. Melina Kanakaredes exits.
"Fringe" (Fox): Amy Madigan will guest star as Olivia's mother.
"Glee" (Fox): Look for a Britney Spears-themed episode and another tribute to Madonna. John Stamos plays a love interest for Emma.
"Gossip Girl" (The CW): Serena and Blair jet off to Paris for the season's first two episodes.
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC): James Tupper plays a trauma counselor who arrives at Seattle Grace in the aftermath of last season's ghastly shooting spree.
"House" (Fox): Amber Tamblyn joins the show for a few episodes as a young medical student on House's team.
"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC): Paula Patton ("Precious") is the crime series' new ADA, starting with the fifth episode.
"The Office" (NBC): The search is on for a new boss as Steve Carell puts in his final season at Dunder Mifflin.
"Parenthood" (NBC): Billy Baldwin signs on as Adam's boss — and a love interest for Sarah.
Premiere dates for new and returning shows
To help you get with the program, here's a rundown of premiere dates for new and returning shows on the networks and cable. Dates and times are subject to change:
"Sons of Anarchy" (10 p.m., FX)
"America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., The CW)
"Hellcats" (9 p.m., The CW)
"Terriers" (10 p.m., FX)
"The Vampire Diaries" (8 p.m., The CW)
"Nikita" (9 p.m., The CW)
"Cops" (8 p.m., Fox)
"America's Most Wanted" (9 p.m., Fox)
"90210" (8 p.m., The CW)
"Gossip Girl" (9 p.m., The CW)
"One Tree Hill" (8 p.m., The CW )
"Life Unexpected" (9 p.m., The CW)
"Parenthood" (10 p.m., NBC)
"Survivor: Nicaragua" (8 p.m., CBS)
"Outlaw" (10 p.m., NBC)
"The Apprentice" (9 p.m., NBC)
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (10 p.m., Fox)
"The League" (10:30 p.m., FX)
"Real Time with Bill Maher" (10 p.m., HBO)
"Boardwalk Empire" (8 p.m., HBO)
"Dancing with the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC)
"House" (8 p.m., Fox)
"Chuck" (8 p.m., NBC)
"How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS)
"Rules of Engagement" (8:30 p.m., CBS)
"Lone Star" (9 p.m., Fox)
"The Event" (9 p.m., NBC)
"Two and a Half Men" (9 p.m., CBS)
"Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS)
"Castle" (10 p.m., ABC)
"Chase" (10 p.m., NBC)
"Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS)
"Glee" (8 p.m., Fox)
"The Biggest Loser" (8 p.m., NBC)
"NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS)
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (9 p.m., CBS)
"Raising Hope" (9 p.m., Fox)
"Running Wilde" (9:30 p.m., Fox)
"Detroit 1-8-7" (10 p.m., ABC)
"Hell's Kitchen" (8 p.m., Fox)
"The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC)
"Undercovers" (8 p.m., NBC)
"Better with You" (8:30 p.m., ABC)
"Criminal Minds" (9 p.m., CBS)
"Law & Order: SVU" (9 p.m., NBC)
"Modern Family" (9 p.m., ABC)
"Cougar Town" (9:30 p.m., ABC)
"The Whole Truth" (10 p.m., ABC)
"The Defenders" (10 p.m., CBS)
"My Generation" (8 p.m., ABC)
"The Big Bang Theory" (8 p.m., CBS)
"Bones" (8 p.m., Fox)
"Community" (8 p.m., NBC)
"30 Rock" (8:30 p.m., NBC)
"$#*! My Dad Says" (8:30 p.m., CBS)
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9 p.m., CBS)
"Fringe" (9 p.m., Fox)
"Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC)
"The Office" (9 p.m., NBC)
"Outsourced" (9:30 p.m., NBC)
"The Mentalist" (10 p.m., CBS)
"Private Practice" (10 p.m., ABC)
"Medium" (8 p.m., CBS)
"Smallville" (8 p.m., The CW)
"The Good Guys" (9 p.m., Fox)
"Supernatural" (9 p.m., The CW)
"Dateline" (9 p.m., NBC)
"CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS)
"20/20" (10 p.m., ABC)
"Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS)
"48 Hours Mystery" (10 p.m., CBS)
"America's Funniest Home Videos" (7 p.m., ABC)
"60 Minutes" (7:30 p.m., CBS)
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8 p.m., ABC)
"The Simpsons" (8 p.m., Fox)
"The Amazing Race" (8:30 p.m., CBS)
"The Cleveland Show" (8:30 p.m., Fox)
"Desperate Housewives" (9 p.m., ABC)
"Family Guy" (9 p.m., Fox)
"Dexter" (9 p.m., Showtime)
"Brothers & Sisters" (10 p.m., ABC)
"Undercover Boss" (10 p.m., CBS)
"Bored to Death" (10 p.m., HBO)
"Eastbound & Down" (10:30 p.m., HBO)
"No Ordinary Family" (8 p.m., ABC)
"Sanctuary" (9 p.m., Syfy)
"The Good Wife" (10 p.m., CBS)
"Stargate Universe" (10 p.m., Syfy)
"Law & Order: Los Angeles" (10 p.m., NBC)
"Human Target" (8 p.m., Fox)
"American Dad" (9:30 p.m., Fox)
"CSI: Miami" (10 p.m., CBS)
"School Pride" (8 p.m., NBC)
"Friday Night Lights" (9 p.m., DirecTV)
"The Walking Dead" (10 p.m., AMC)
"Lie to Me" (8 p.m., Fox)
"Burn Notice" (10 p.m., USA)
"Men of a Certain Age" (10 p.m., TNT
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