Take a singing teenager, an athletic superhero and a roving rabbit. Add a motherly spider, a misplaced pooch, an updated Batman and some imaginary friends -- and you have a lot of choices this season for TV watchers from tots to teens.

Here's a preview of three of the best, plus a wrap-up of the rest:


Debuts: Sept. 12

Airs: Sundays at 8 p.m. on Nick

Ages: 9 to 14

Emma Roberts, daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, stars as Addie Singer, 13, a new seventh-grader.

To help make sense of her life, she often retreats to her room where she plays guitar and sings her own (dare we say cute?) songs about things and events in her life. The song can be as simple as "New Shoes" or the joys of being "PG-13."

She also visualizes what she would like to happen in various situations -- so viewers see how events play out in her imagination as well as what actually occurs.

Her family includes an older brother, whom she sees as a competitor for the bathroom, but her classmates see as a hunk.


Debuted: Aug. 16

Airs: Weekdays at 10:30 a.m.

and 1:30 p.m. on Nick

Ages: 4 to 7

The adults of LazyTown are couch potatoes but the kids are energetic -- largely because of Sportacus, an athletic superhero who encourages activity.

Stephanie, 8, has just moved to LazyTown and finds it a strange place, never mind her pink hair. She and her friends are caught between a lazy Robbie Rotten, who is a master of disguise, and Sportacus -- played by Magnus Scheving, a pro athlete and aerobics champion who created the program in Iceland.

Live action, puppets, animation -- and humor -- are used to encourage kids to make choices for healthy lifestyles.

"Postcards From Buster"

Debuts: Oct. 11

Airs: Weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on WETA; Sundays at 6 a.m. on MPT

Ages: 4 to 8

You may recognize Buster as the best friend of an aardvark: "Postcards From Buster" is a spinoff from "Arthur," also on PBS.

Buster is traveling with his father, a pilot taking a rock band on a concert tour throughout the continental United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Luckily, Buster has a videocamera to capture the sights and sounds of the places and people he meets so he can create postcards to send home.

"Postcards" combines animation and live-action documentary footage to explore different cultures, communities and ways of life.

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Other fare worthy of attention:


Debuts: Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m.

Airs: Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network

Ages: 2 to 11

Betty tries to balance her life as a junior high student -- and things such as a very bad haircut -- with her role as a "galactic guardian and defender of the universe."


Debuts: Oct. 11

Airs: Weekdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nick; Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WUSA.

Ages: Preschool

Each episode in this animated program for preschoolers will have four new songs and feature dancing.


Debuts: Sept. 11

Airs: Saturdays at 10 a.m. on WBDC

Ages: 6 to 11

The all-new animated adventures are based on the DC Comics superhero and feature high-tech Bat-gadgets as well as a revved up Batmobile.


Debuted: Aug. 21

Airs: Saturdays at 8 p.m.

on the Disney Channel

Ages: 2 to 11

Kaley Cuoco is the voice of Brandy, a pampered pooch stranded in the Amazon rain forest with Mr. Whiskers, an offbeat bunny (voiced by Charlie Adler). Along the way, they meet other animals who become their jungle family.


Debuts: Oct. 2

Airs: Saturdays at 1 p.m. on WRC;

Ages: 6 to 14

Sara Paxton plays Darcy, a 14-year-old who leaves the glamorous worlds of Hollywood and Malibu when her actress mother moves to a farm. Darcy makes new friends and learns to care for all sorts of wildlife. The live-action comedy is executive produced by Stan Rogow ("Lizzie McGuire").


Debuted: Aug. 13

Airs: Fridays at 7 and 10:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network

Ages: 2 to 11

Foster's Home is occupied by an unusual group of imaginary friends that have been separated from or abandoned by the kids who first imagined them. They are in search of new homes and have wacky adventures along the way. Just going to the mall can be chaotic. The animated comedy was created by Craig McCracken ("Powerpuff Girls").


Debuts: Sept. 7

Airs: Weekdays at 10 a.m. on Nick

Ages: Preschool

Based on David Kirk's books, this animated show features Miss Spider, voiced by. Kristin Davis ("Sex in the City"), her husband and their eight children -- four spiders and four other insects. Central to their tales is learning to get along with others at home and beyond.


Debuts: Sept. 12

Airs: Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on Nick

Ages: 9 to 14

Devon Werkheiser is the star in this live-action comedy with tips for tackling middle school so future students benefit from his experiences. Tip 683.4, for example: Avoid overstuffing the backpack.

Ned and his friends deal with bullies, pop quizzes and smelly lockers with humor, perseverance and imagination.

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More new shows (but not previewed):

* Fox Box starts its new lineup on Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. New shows include "One Piece" and "Mew Mew Power."

* "Higglytown Heroes" offers a parent preview on Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. on the Disney Channel. The show will air every day at 8 a.m. and weekdays at 12:30 p.m.

* "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go" on ABC Family at 9 a.m. weekends beginning Sept. 18.

* "Maya & Miguel" premieres on Oct. 11 and will air on PBS; weekdays at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on WETA, and on Sundays at 7 a.m. on MPT.