Congratulations! You've almost made it through the launch of the new fall television season. For TV fans, this should be the most wonderful time of the year.

This week, television veterans such as John Goodman and Dean Cain return to the medium that brought them fame, while UPN continues its network rehabilitation.

But as we near the end of the series premieres, the networks have not necessarily saved the best for last. What should you watch? What should you skip? What should you pretend doesn't even exist? Read below to find out.

"Clubhouse"

Airs: Preview Sunday at 8 p.m.; regular time slot Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS

The tagline you'll never see: Perhaps a base hit, but hardly a home run!

The basics: All 16-year-old Pete Young (Jeremy Sumpter) has ever wanted was to become a bat boy for the fictional New York Empires. In the pilot, Pete inadvertently gets caught up in a baseball drug scandal much to the dismay of his feisty mother (Mare Winningham). He also flirts with too-wise-for-her-years Jessie (Leah Pipes), fights with his rebellious older sister (Kirsten Storms) and tries to deal with the nasty head batboy Jose (J.D. Pardo). Meanwhile rookie player Carlos (John Ortiz) is convinced that Pete is bringing him good luck. Thankfully, Pete's idol, third baseman Conrad Dean (Dean Cain), and equipment manager Lou (Christopher Lloyd) are on Pete's side of the playing field.

The lowdown: It's great to see Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman") back in prime time, and executive producer Aaron Spelling does know how to create a television home run. But unlike Spelling's recent hit "Summerland," this hokey series takes itself a tad too seriously. The show already has Mom and baseball, all viewers will need is a piece of apple pie.

Reality check: With the show's nasty players and drug charges, the Yankees and Mets probably are glad they're not part of the series. But because baseball is already a beloved television pastime, it's a major strike to have "Clubhouse" centered around a team that feels so fake.

"Kevin Hill"

Airs: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on UPN

The tagline you'll never see: It's one man and a baby!

The basics: Kevin Hill (Taye Diggs) is a hotshot lawyer enjoying single life in New York. Suddenly, wining and dining women is replaced with whining of a new sort when Kevin unexpectedly takes custody of his 10-month-old niece. In the pilot, the amusing conversion of his bachelor pad into baby central is just the start of the transformation for Kevin. He botches a case and ends up looking for a new, more family friendly job. He finds one at a small law firm with a trio of female lawyers, including a former flame (surprise, surprise!).

Luckily, changing his little girl's diapers seems to have changed Kevin's attitude toward women. Hiring a gay nanny (Patrick Breen) also adds a new dynamic to his previously one-dimensional life.

The lowdown: With this role, Diggs officially leaps from the big screen to the small one, though some viewers might recognize him from a regular stint in 2001 on "Ally McBeal." (He played a lawyer, naturally.) Much is being made about a black actor carrying a prime-time drama, and Diggs's strong on-screen charm just might be enough to take viewers through the somewhat standard story lines.

Reality check: Beware the cliched characters. You've got the player lawyer, his Latino sidekick (Jon Seda), a gay nanny with sass and three in-your-face females. Their entanglements could make for interesting TV, or they could make viewers groan.

"Center of the Universe"

Airs: Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS

The tagline you'll never see: It's "Roseanne" without the laughs!

The basics: John Barnett (John Goodman) and his wife, Kate (Jean Smart), head up a rather bizarre family. John's dad (Ed Asner) is a sex-obsessed retiree. John's mom (Olympia Dukakis) is a zany nightmare. Son Miles (Spencer Breslin) is a 12-year-old who thinks it's cool to wear a blazer to school. And John's own siblings (Diedrich Bader and Melinda McGraw) have plenty of issues of their own. In the pilot, John and Kate renew their wedding vows after 20 years.

The lowdown: Look at the casting and you've got to wonder: How can this show fail? Unfortunately, it does. Even sitcom veterans such as Goodman ("Roseanne"), Smart ("Designing Women"), Bader ("The Drew Carey Show') and Asner ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") can't save this universe. Let's hope it disappears into a black hole.

Reality check: The dialogue is even worse than the stereotypical characters. Asner has one too many Viagra jokes, and Dukakis has some oddball lines, such as this one to Kate: "Keep Friday open. I'm treating you to a day of beauty. You and I are getting matching bikini waxes." Huh? Or should we just say, "Ick."

Returning Series

Sunday

* America's Funniest Home Videos: 7 p.m. on ABC

* Dateline: 7 p.m. on NBC

* American Dreams: 8 p.m. on NBC

* Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: 8 p.m. on ABC

* Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 9 p.m. on NBC

* Crossing Jordan: 10 p.m. on NBC

Tuesday

* NCIS: 8 p.m. on CBS

* George Lopez: 8:30 p.m. on ABC

* Judging Amy: 10 p.m. on CBS

Wednesday

* 60 Minutes: 8 p.m. on CBS

* King of Queens: 9 p.m. on CBS