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DEBUTS: 10 p.m., Sept. 29., ABC

She’s an attractive photographer settled into a marriage with a state prosecutor. He’s a handsome married defense attorney. A chance meeting leads to an adulterous affair that will unfold along with a murder mystery over 13 episodes. A trial pits the lover against the husband. Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend play the cheating couple.

TUNE OUT: Based on a Dutch drama, “Betrayal” treats the affair like a thriller, but it’s not that thrilling. Will viewers have empathy for the cheating couple or pity for their spouses?





DEBUTS: 8 p.m., Nov. 7, Fox

From J.J. Abrams and the makers of “Fringe” comes an intriguing futuristic crime drama about android police working alongside human cops. It explores prejudice (cops hate robots) and what it means to be human (do robots have feelings?).

TUNE IN: The pilot episode sets up what could be an interesting series, but we have to see more to know where it’s headed. Abrams has delivered before (“Lost”).


DEBUTS: 8:30 p.m., Sept. 30, CBS

Four skirt-chasers (Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell) rebound from failed romances in a singles’ apartment complex. Shalhoub’s character likes being a dirty old man. O’Connell’s character hates his ex, while Penn’s character can’t forget his divorce. Smith’s playing a newbie who becomes a leech-in-training.

TUNE OUT: Crass and sexist, this one might be a hit no matter what critics say. It’s funny in a stupid, macho way.


DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Sept. 16, Fox

No concept is too weird for TV. Characters from Washington Irving’s classic horror tale wake up in modern-day Sleepy Hollow. Both Ichabod Crane (British actor Tom Mison) and the Headless Horseman (unnamed stuntman) were under a witch’s curse. Turns out Headless is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Crane teams up with a local cop (Nicole Beharie) to stop him — or it.

TUNE IN: A ridiculous premise but it doesn’t take itself seriously. A nice mix of humor, fractured history and scary stuff. It is filmed in Gastonia, N.C.



DEBUTS: 9:30 p.m., Sept. 23, CBS

Comedy film veteran Anna Faris is waitress Christy, a harried single mom and recovering alcoholic in this comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”). Christy’s sarcastic drug abusing mom (Allison Janney) and a 16-year-old sassy daughter complete the dysfunctional family.

TUNE OUT: You can almost cut the bitterness with a knife when three generations of a dysfunctional family start sniping.


DEBUTS: 10 p.m., Sept. 23, CBS

When the family of the president’s top surgeon (Toni Collette) is taken hostage by rogue FBI agents who want her to off the leader of the free world, what can she do? Dylan McDermott co-stars as the leader of the baddies. This cat-and-mouse game of survival is to be resolved in 15 weeks.

TUNE OUT: Collette and McDermott are good and just about every character has a “secret,” but this drama is more tedious than thrilling.


DEBUTS: 10 p.m., Sept. 23, NBC

James Spader, creepy and compelling at the same time, plays an eccentric global criminal mastermind. He mysteriously agrees to help the FBI nab others on the “most-wanted” list. But he will only work with a sexy rookie profiler (Megan Boone).

TUNE IN: It looks like a rip-off of “Silence of the Lambs” but it is fun to watch Spader. And the action scenes are plentiful.




DEBUTS: 8 p.m., Sept. 24, ABC

Picking up where the Marvel Comics movie “The Avengers” left off, this action-thriller series follows strange cases investigated by heroes from the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division. “Protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary,” is its motto.

TUNE IN: The most talked about new sci-fi series promises plenty of action, glib dialogue and cool heroics. Producer is Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).


DEBUTS: 8 p.m., Sept. 23, The CW

A spin-off from “Vampire Diaries” finds blood-thirsty Klaus (Joseph Morgan) relocating to New Orleans, home to the first vampires in America. He wants to be king, but there are witches, werewolves and the current vampire king to deal with.

TUNE OUT: Fans of “Vampire Diaries” will like it, but others may find it more like a soap opera than a horror story.


DEBUTS: 8 p.m., Sept. 17, Fox

Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi play business partners who have to take in their cantankerous fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert). Look for jokes about the oddities of old coots.

TUNE OUT: Critics bashed the pilot for racially insensitive jokes about a female Asian character. But even without that, it’s a disappointing effort from producer Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”).


DEBUTS: 8:30 p.m., Sept. 17, Fox

“Saturday Night Live” alumnus Andy Samberg co-stars as Jake, a brash, glib Brooklyn police detective who clowns his way through crime solving. Andre Braugher is the no-nonsense police captain over the goof-balls at the 99th Precinct.

TUNE IN: From the folks that gave us “Parks and Recreation,” this funny one is a keeper.


DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Sept. 24, ABC

This comedy looks back at the 1980s childhood of Adam Goldberg (the actor/director who created it). Pop culture references abound as Adam (Sean Giambrone) copes with his overbearing mother (Wendi McLendon-Covey); a gruff father (Jeff Garlin); two siblings and a nutty old grandpa (George Segal).

TUNE IN: If you are nostalgic for the ’80s and like dysfunctional but loving parents, then this one is for you.


DEBUTS: 9:30 p.m., Sept. 24, ABC

Former party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is not a dumb blonde. She’s just naïve and in a little over her head in a marriage to an older man (Bradley Whitford) with manipulative children and two ex-wives — one flaky and the other bossy.

TUNE OUT: It’s hard to root for Kate because she should have known better.


DEBUTS: 10 p.m., Sept. 24, ABC

Seven employees of an automobile service station in Queens, N.Y., share a winning lottery ticket, and the loot changes their lives — not all for the better. Based on a British series, the characters are a diverse lot.

TUNE OUT: Money can’t buy happiness and, apparently, it’s not even enough to fund an interesting drama series.




DEBUTS: 8:30 p.m., Sept. 25, ABC

Maggie Lawson plays a single mom and former softball star who moves in with her gruff single dad (James Caan). The rocky father-and-daughter relationship gets tested when she coaches a team of misfits, including her son.

TUNE IN: Lawson is appealing and Caan is good as the grumpy old man. Let’s see if these bad news boys can win.


DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Oct. 9, The CW

An update of a 1970s British kids show is about attractive young people who are evolving into humans with special super skills such as telekinesis, telepathy and teleportation. They are being hunted by an evil paramilitary organization, Ultra.

TUNE IN: Aimed at teens and young adults, this one should hit a chord with its target audience. It could have used more action and less teen angst.


DEBUTS: 9:30 p.m., Oct. 2, ABC

Award-winning Australian actress Rebel Wilson (“Bridesmaids”) stars in this comedy that she wrote and produced (along with Conan O’Brien). Wilson plays a plus-sized single gal who goes to outrageous lengths on her girls’ night out.

TUNE IN: The pilot episode was uneven and not as much fun as Wilson can be. Is she brave or just desperate? Wilson has potential, so let’s give it a few more shots.


DEBUTS: 10 p.m., Oct. 2, NBC

A remake of the 1960s crime series has Blair Underwood as the paraplegic police detective, a role created by the late Raymond Burr. The updated Ironside is in a wheelchair but he’s tougher, more aggressive and more complex.

TUNE IN: Underwood brings a new dimension to the role and if you like police procedurals, this one is an above average crime solver.



DEBUTS: 8 p.m., Oct. 10, ABC

A spin-off of the returning “Once Upon a Time,” looks at the dark side of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. Alice (Sophie Lowe) fails for a Genie (Peter Gadiot) but obstacles are in the way. A CGI White Rabbit is voiced by John Lithgow.

TUNE IN: The special effects are impressive and Alice is one tough cookie. Try it for a few episodes to see where it’s headed.



DEBUTS: 8:30 p.m., Oct. 3, CBS

Will Arnett, a veteran of failed sitcoms, plays a divorced TV reporter who takes in his meddling mother (Margo Martindale) after she splits with his befuddled father (Beau Bridges). The first episode has fart, masturbation and stupid old people jokes.

TUNE OUT: Arnett strikes out again in this comedy with annoying characters. Good actors Martindale and Bridges can’t rise above this material.


DEBUTS: 8:30 p.m., Sept. 23, NBC

Cultures clash when a dim-bulb blonde gets pregnant by her secret intellectual Latino boyfriend and their parents have to meet. Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack play the middle-class parents of Molly (Ella Rae Peck). Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado play the parents of Junior (Joey Haro),

TUNE OUT: The mission — to break down ethnic stereotypes and have more Hispanic characters on TV — is a noble one, but the execution here comes up short.


DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Sept. 26, CBS

Robin Williams, who starred in “Mork and Mindy” 30 years ago, is back as an advertising executive. Once a creative genius, his character worries that he is losing it. Sarah Michelle Gellar is his uptight daughter. David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal”) is the producer.

TUNE IN: Williams is fun to watch (one suspects he ad-libs more than what is scripted) and the show has a nice, sweet touch.



DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Oct. 17, The CW

The CW caters to its female audience with a romantic period drama set to a pop rock beat. Forget what really happened to Mary Queen of Scots in the 1500s. This has Australian actress Adelaide King as a teen princess with handsome suitors.

TUNE OUT: Unless you are into the princess thing, this one is only watchable if you don’t know what happened to the real Mary.



DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Oct. 3, NBC

Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) is back in a silly, over-the-top sitcom about a divorced gay dad raising a teen daughter. He has a wisecracking mom played by Linda Lavin (“Alice”).

TUNE OUT: While it’s interesting to see Lavin back, and Hayes can be funny, this one is too sitcom predictable.



DEBUTS: 9:30 p.m., Sept. 26, NBC

The first episode works hard — maybe too hard — to send the message that it’s OK to laugh with a person who has Parkinson’s disease. Michael J. Fox plays family man Mike Henry, a former TV anchor returning to work after coping with Parkinson’s for five years.

TUNE IN: If you have seen Fox on “The Good Wife,” you know that his illness hasn’t hampered his talent. His new effort is funny and heartwarming, too.



DEBUTS: 8 p.m., Sept. 27, Fox

Based on British and Australian versions, this reality competition pits kids, ages 8 to 13, in cooking competitions. It’s like the adult version but without the desperation. Yes, Gordon Ramsay is the host, but he isn’t bleeped as much.

TUNE IN: Is it right to put youngsters under pressure? Wait until you see how sincere, talented and adorable they can be.


DEBUTS: 9 p.m., Oct. 25, NBC

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this British/American production that has Dracula in Victorian London, where he wants to bring down families of the rich and powerful who wronged him before he grew fangs.

TUNE OUT: For a vampire story, this one lacks bite and comes off as a dull period piece.

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