Television offerings for 2009-2010
Here are synopses, time slots and premiere dates, where available, for new series, movies and specials from the broadcast networks, cable channels and PBS. Schedules are bound to change. TV critic Hal Boedeker assesses the programs.

Fall broadcast ABC

Shark Tank, 8 p.m. Tuesday: Budding entrepreneurs pitch to "sharks" (millionaires) to invest in their businesses in this reality show from Mark Burnett (Survivor). Aug. 9.

V, 8 p.m. Tuesday: A new take on the 1980s miniseries. Elizabeth Mitchell and Joel Gretsch know the sci-fi routine. Nov. 3.

The Forgotten, 10 p.m. Tuesday: Christian Slater stars in this Jerry Bruckheimer drama about amateurs solving the murders of unidentified victims. Sept. 22.

Hank, 8 p.m. Wednesday: Kelsey Grammer plays an out-of-work chief executive officer learning to be a family man. This tepid sitcom is a long way from Frasier. Sept. 30.

The Middle, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday: Think a milder Malcolm in the Middle. Patricia Heaton charms as a put-upon Indiana mom balancing family and a car-selling job. Sept. 30.

Modern Family, 9 p.m. Wednesday: The fall's most-praised new comedy. This mockumentary takes a daffy but poignant look at families. Ed O'Neill and Julie Bowen star. Sept. 23.

Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday: Courteney Cox finds happiness with a younger man in this slapstick-filled sex comedy. Sept. 23.

Eastwick, 10 p.m. Wednesday: Or "Desperate Witches." John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick, which became a Jack Nicholson movie, gets the ABC treatment. Rebecca Romijn and Paul Gross have the showiest roles. Sept. 23.

FlashForward, 8 p.m. Thursday: What happens after the world blacks out? Epic sci-fi with a strong cast, including Joseph Fiennes, Courtney B. Vance and Sonya Walger. Sept. 24.


Three Rivers, 9 p.m. Sunday: Moonlight heartthrob Alex O'Loughlin works miracles in a transplant hospital. Alfre Woodard assists in this well-meaning but sudsy drama. Oct. 4.

Accidentally on Purpose, 8:30 p.m. Monday: A film critic ( Jenna Elfman) gets pregnant by a younger man, who becomes her roommate. Will the ho-hum comedy birth enough laughs? Sept. 21.

NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m. Tuesday: You know the routine because NCIS introduced this spinoff last season. Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J lead the cast. Sept. 22.

The Good Wife, 10 p.m. Tuesday: Promising drama about a political wife ( Julianna Margulies) who must re-enter the work force after her husband (Chris Noth) is jailed in a scandal. Josh Charles and Christine Baranski co-star. A likely hit, and deserving of it, too. Sept. 22.


The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. Sunday: Cleveland Brown leaves Family Guy and graduates to his own outrageous show. Sept. 27.

Glee, 9 p.m. Wednesday: This musical-comedy debuted last spring and follows a struggling glee club. The quirky outlook comes from Ryan Murphy, creator of nip/tuck. Sept. 9.

Brothers, 8 p.m. Friday: Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell are estranged siblings in this uneven sitcom. CCH Pounder of The Shield shifts gears to play their mom. Sept. 25.


Trauma, 9 p.m. Monday: Frenetic drama about first-responder paramedics looks like ER taken to the streets. Sept. 28.

The Jay Leno Show, 10 p.m. Monday-Friday: Can the former host of The Tonight Show make it in prime time? Sept. 14.