Lots of fresh fare airs this week. On ABC, "The Days" follows a family through the eyes of its 15-year-old son, while the WB tries to combine a quiz show with reality TV in "Studio 7." Cable watchers can choose from A&E's thrifty, nifty "Find and Design," Bravo's relationship killer "Things I Hate About You" or Food's fete-filled "Party Starters." TNT's "The Grid" offers an inside look at counter-terrorism. And HBO's comedy "Entourage," from actor Mark Wahlberg, gives a glimpse into Hollywood life.
mystery! foyle's War II: fifty Ships
Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS
Four new 90-minute episodes of this series will air on consecutive summer Sundays. Michael Kitchen returns in the role of Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle, assigned to quiet duty in an English seaside town far from the 1940 battlefront.
But things rarely stay quiet when Foyle's around: an American millionaire, a German spy, an old flame and a body on a deserted beach pose a series of challenges for him. The discovery of a sophisticated looting system leads to an investigation that clashes with British efforts to secure vital American aid for the war.
The cast also includes Honeysuckle Weeks as Foyle's driver, Samantha "Sam" Stewart; Anthony Howell as injured Sgt. Paul Milner and Julian Ovenden as Foyle's son Andrew, a pilot in the RAF.
Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC
Described as a comedic drama, this new show follows members of the Day family, with each episode spanning a 24-hour period -- yep, that's a day -- as seen from the viewpoint of 15-year-old Cooper, played by Evan Peters.
David Newsom stars as attorney Jack Day, who hates practicing law. His wife, Abby, played by Marguerite MacIntyre, works in a Philadelphia ad agency. Daughter Natalie is a soccer star and straight-A student, and 9-year-old Nathan is a genius who suffers panic attacks.
the funniest families
of television comedy
Monday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
Subtitled "A Museum of Television & Radio Special," the show mines the TV gold found in the Museum's archives, with highlights dating back to the days of "Make Room for Daddy," "All in the Family," and "Happy Days."
The sitcom family, as sitcoms so often remind us, is an endless loop of inspiration for comic moments, and this show offers a look at many of them, from quibbing siblings to parental challenges.
Faith Ford hosts the program, which also includes interviews with Tim Allen, Ray Romano, Bernie Mac, Marion Ross, FLorence Henderson, and the late John Ritter in his final television interview.
prime time thursday:
The Stair Case
Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC
The magazine show expands to two hours for a special edition focusing on a single story: a high-profile murder case.
In December 2001, Durham, N.C., was the scene of a brutal killing. Novelist Michael Peterson was charged with bludgeoning his wife Kathleen to death at the bottom of the stairs in their multimillion dollar home.
The case is chronicled by filmmakers from Paris, who follow the case from the 911 call to the courtroom verdict.
Thursday at 9 p.m. on the WB
Part quiz show, part reality show and all new, this eight-episode program brings together seven new contestants each week. One will be lucky and smart enough to collect $77,000 while the other six get no parting gifts.
The chosen seven live and learn in a Manhattan suite while cameras roll -- shades of "The Apprentice" -- in preparation for their appearance on the "Studio 7" set.
There they match wits and wisdom, answering questions on current events, sports or just plain minutiae.
The last one standing snags both the cash prize and a spot on the final show, where she or he faces a showdown with the other six survivors vying for a $777,000 payday.
Pat Kiernan is the host.
Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC
Mel Gibson is the voice of Rocky the braggart rooster in this clay-animation feature set on a Yorkshire poultry farm.
Certain of their coming grim fate, the determined chickens hatch an escape plot that pits greedy, soulless humans against barnyard birdbrains.