This week heralds the fall's biggest rollout of new network shows: Nine get their chance to shine, plus many favorite series return for another season (see TV Week's list on Page 6). On ABC, the best of prime-time television is honored at the Emmy Awards, and "The Bachelor" is back. On CBS, Dr. Phil drops by for a checkup on families. HBO's new series "Family Bonds" features an un-Soprano-like clan, while "The Wire" uncoils season three. And A&E begins a new series of Agatha Christie classics.
The 56th annual
primetime emmy awards
Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC
The stars have cleared space on their mantles and rehearsed their acceptance speeches, as well as a few spontaneous remarks for "Entertainment Tonight." Now it's time to hand out the gleaming statuettes.
Garry Shandling, who hosted the show in 2000 when it was last on ABC, returns to do the honors this year,
Dennis Franz, Matt LeBlanc and Sarah Jessica Parker are among those handling the envelopes, please.
Nominees include Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen, Amber Tamblyn, Tony
as well as John
Ritter, who died on Sept. 11, 2003.
The pre-awards "Countdown to the Emmys" will air an hour earlier at 7 p.m., live from the fabled red carpet in front of Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
A partial list of nominees and categories appears on Page 16.
The Inspector lynley Mysteries:
a Suitable vengeance
Sunday at 9 p.m. on MPT
Family ties are the theme of the third of this season's Lynley mysteries.
Lynley, played by Nathaniel Parker, returns to the ancestral estate to celebrate his recent engagement. The inspector plans to marry Lady Helen Clyde, played by Lesley Vickerage.
But the celebration turns sour after the murder of a local shopkeeper. Lynley the groom-to-be welcomes the distraction at first -- but evidence in the case is pointing him toward a member of his own family.
Monday at 9 p.m. on UPN
She's definitely the girlfriend you don't want: D.C.'s very own Omarosa Stallworth, last seen as a scheming would-be Trump apprentice, guest stars in the show's season premiere.
Drama queen Stallworth plays Trina, a suspicious type who accuses Joan, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, of having an affair. live from lincoln center
Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS
New York's Avery Fisher Hall is the setting for the New York Philharmonic's opening night gala, as this series of concerts returns for another season.
The Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, will be led by music director Lorin Maazel. The concert will feature Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World."
Internationally acclaimed violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform in his only U.S. appearance for the fall season.
a dr. phil primetime special:
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS
Nicole Kidman and Dr. Phil sharing the same bill? Seems unlikely, but it's true.
Phil McGraw, he of the daytime talk show and weight loss empire, brings the glare of his spotlight to parenting issues.
In this two-hour special, an out-of-control family seeks his help.
And because celebrities have families too, the likes of Kidman, Amy Brenneman, Robert Redford and Will Smith will discuss their own parenting experiences.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on WETA; 9:30 on MPT
It's "American Idol Does PBS" as this year's Presidential Scholars in the Arts display their talents.
Chosen from more than 6,000 applicants, 20 high school seniors who are dancers, musicians, actors, writers and visual artists will appear at the Kennedy Center in a sold-out performance.
On this program, the scholars will receive their awards and discuss the pressures and expectations behind their talent.
Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC
The return of the original dating reality show features a new, some might say empowering, twist on the mating dance.
This time, the 25 "bachelorettes" will choose between two candidates to decide which one they'll all pursue.
The bachelor-hopefuls are: Jay Overbye, 40, a never-married Jersey guy and former model who sells real estate, and Byron Velvick, also 40, a divorced bass fisherman from California who's devoted to his dog, Sabrina.
The chosen bachelor will move into the villa occupied by the bachelorettes.
Chris Harrison returns as host/guide to the occasionally rocky road to romance.
Welcome to the O.C:
a day in the life
Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox
The second of two specials spotlighting this series will give viewers an idea of how the show comes together, from scripts to storylines to scenes.
This show includes more cast interviews, outtakes and glimpses of what's in store for the characters this season.
Those new episodes begin on Nov. 4.