Fall Television Preview 2008

View clips of new network series for the fall 2008 TV season and read reviews.

Opportunity Knocks: Tues., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
Run! Hide! A new Ashton Kutcher game show is coming a-knockin'. But wait, you may change your mind when you learn the prize is $250,000 if people correctly answer trivia questions about how well they know their family members.

Life on Mars: Thurs., Oct. 9, 10 p.m.
A detective (Jason O'Mara) is somehow transported back in time to 1973 after a car accident in 2008 (in a show concept transported from British television). He must adjust to the music (good), the fashion (not so good), and the corrupt and sans-technology police force. Also stars: Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol.

Worst Week: Mon., Sept. 22, 9:30 p.m.
A normal, sweet guy (Kyle Bornheimer) turns into a bumbling lunatic whenever he's around his girlfriend's parents (Nancy Lenehan, Kurtwood Smith). It's "Meet the Parents," a thousand times more awkward.

The Mentalist: Tues., Sept. 23, 9 p.m.
Is he psychic? Is he crazy? Does he just have really good vision? Simon Baker ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Something New") stars as Patrick Jane, a supersleuth with a sharp eye and a penchant for helping solve complex crimes.

Gary Unmarried: Wed., Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m.
A recently divorced dad (Jay Mohr), whose ex-wife (Paula Marshall) is engaged to their marriage counselor, adjusts to single life. (Overly precocious children alert!)

The Ex List: Fri., Oct. 3, 9 p.m.
A psychic tells Bella (Elizabeth Reaser -- remember Jane Doe from "Grey's Anatomy"?) she must find a husband within a year, or she will be single forever. Oh, and it's someone she's already dated. Beginneth frantic scrolling through a long list of exes.

Eleventh Hour: Thurs., Oct. 9, 10 p.m.
When it looks as though the bad guys are about to cause a mass smallpox outbreak or clone people for evil, a brilliant scientist (Rufus Sewell) always swoops in to the FBI at the last minute -- or the eleventh hour -- to save the day.

90210: Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Already Premiered
With so far so-so ratings for the remake of this '90s teen soap classic, look for the skimpy clothes to get skimpier and catfights cattier in the story (deja vu) of two relatively nice kids from Kansas (Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds) adjusting to life in ritzy California.

Privileged: Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Already Premiered
A naive Yale grad goes from writing about the spoiled rich to living with them when she gets fired from her job at a trashy tabloid and takes on a tutoring position for the teen granddaughters of a cosmetics mogul.

Valentine: Sun., Oct. 5, 8 p.m.
The Los Angeles singles scene has gotten so bad that CW has called in Greek gods to play matchmaker. At least that seems to be the message from this dramedy in which the goddess Aphrodite ("Dexter's" Jaime Murray), along with her family, helps bring potential soul mates together.

Easy Money: Sun., Oct. 5, 9 p.m.
A family of loan sharks has trouble trusting one another -- shocker? -- in this drama starring Laurie Metcalf of "Roseanne" fame and Jeff Hephner. Picture "Arrested Development" with even more illegal activity.

In Harm's Way: Sun., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
Minesweeper isn't just that impossible computer game; it's a job that puts real-life people at risk every day. This reality series profiles a different job every week, and the brave souls who risk the grave just going to work every morning.

Stylista: Wed., Oct. 22, 9 p.m.
Elle Magazine opens its doors to 11 newbie fashion writers, whose editorial futures rest on performing challenging tasks like . . . getting news director Anne Slowey a snack. The winner lands a snazzy entry-level gig at Elle, a one-year Manhattan apartment lease and an H&M clothing allowance. (Wouldn't Vogue at least spring for Anthropologie?)

Fringe: Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Already Premiered
Plane crash? Check. Gorgeous lead actors? Check. Appearances by random animals? Check. Yep, this is a J.J. Abrams show, one about a mysterious string of phenomena called "the pattern" that could lead to chaos if a team of scientists can't stop it first. Ack!

Do Not Disturb: Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. Already Premiered
Jerry O'Connell stars as Neal, a not-so-nice manager at a super-swank hotel, with a host of "wacky sidekicks" including "Reno 911!'s" Niecy Nash as a no-nonsense human resources rep.

Hole in the Wall: Thursdays, 8 p.m. Already Premiered
This frighteningly simple game is also maddeningly addictive, as people try to jump through odd-shaped cutouts or be knocked into a pool of water. You guessed it: It's adapted from a Japanese game show.

America's Toughest Jobs: Fridays, 8 p.m. Already Premiered
Danger-lovin' producer Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch," "Ice Road Truckers") throws 13 people into scary lines of work, including bull riding and oil drilling. Upside: The winner at the end of the show receives the combined salaries of all the attempted deadly jobs, which the show estimates at more than $250,000.

Knight Rider: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
High gas prices? What ev er. A ride in KITT is worth it. While the high-powered, crime-fighting machine has been modernized since the '80s series (artificial intelligence!), and David Hasselhoff replaced by hunky-in-a-soap-opera-kind-of-way Justin Bruening, the premise is the same: Slickest. Ride. Ever.

Kath and Kim: Thursday, Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m.
In this Australian comedy remake, super-spoiled Kim (Selma Blair) dumps her husband and has nowhere to go but home to live with Mom, a.k.a. Kath (former "SNL"-er Molly Shannon), a cheerful 40-something divorcee who's living the good life with her sandwich-shop-owning lover.

My Own Worst Enemy: Monday, Oct. 13, 10 p.m.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. . . . Slater? Christian Slater is such a big deal that he stars as not one, but two characters. Well, technically, he plays a man with split personalities -- mild-mannered family man and a killer secret agent.

Crusoe: Friday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m.
Adapted from Daniel Defoe's novel "Robinson Crusoe," the 13-part classic tale is updated with a few modern touches, like a sleek home built in the jungle. Relative newcomer (and relative cutie) Philip Winchester stars.

 
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