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TV best bets with return of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS’

Credit: Rick Maiman/AP

Credit: Rick Maiman/AP

This is the big week. Yes, the week when literally 20-plus new and returning shows flood the airwaves.

Many of TV’s top shows are back, including “CSI,” “Desperate Housewives,” (left, with Drea Matteo joining the cast) “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Mentalist.”

Plus, TV viewers seeking new climes will have plenty to sample. Among the most promising: CBS’s “The Good Wife”on Tuesday, ABC’s “Modern Family” on Wednesday and ABC’s “Flash Forward” on Thursday.

MONDAY

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” 1 p.m. WAGA, 8 p.m. CMT (syndicated debut) — Jeff Foxworthy’s show in sped-up form.

Dancing With The Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (ninth season debut) — Tom DeLay, put on those dancing shoes!

Heroes” 8 p.m. NBC (fourth season debut) — A mysterious carnival clan arrives.

How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS (fifth season debut) – Barney and Robin? Boyfriend/girlfriend? Or not? Lily tries to clarify.

House” 8 p.m. Fox (sixth season debut) — House tries to get out of a psych ward.

Accidentally On Purpose” 8:30 p.m. CBS (new series) — Avoid this lame Jenna Elfman vehicle.

Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. CBS (seventh season debut) — Charlie struggles between his fiance and his old flame.

Big Bang Theory” 9:30 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — Sheldon’s peeved his buds tampered with his lab data and he flees to Texas.”

CSI Miami” 10 p.m. CBS (eighth season debut ) – As Delko’s life hangs in the balance, Horatio flashes back 12 years to when the team comes together.

TUESDAY

Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC – The biggest cast yet, so big that the performance nights have been split in two, eight last night, eight tonight. Tomorrow, two will be eliminated.

NCIS,” 8 p.m. CBS (seventh season debut) – Dinozzo and McGee are in charge of replacing Ziva.

NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m. CBS (new series) – Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J star in this spinoff, sure to get major sampling from NCIS fans.

Warehouse 13,” 9 p.m. SyFy (first season finale) – MacPherson is now selling stolen artifacts from the warehouse on the black market.

The Forgotten,” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) – Volunteers work on murder cases the cops have given up on. Christian Slater stars.

The Good Wife,” 10 p.m. CBS (new series) – Julianna Margulies comes back after a failed Fox show “Canterbury’s Law.” This time, she’s the wife of a philandering politician (Chris Noth) who goes back into private practice. This is one of the most promising shows of the year and given the demographics of CBS, an almost sure-fire hit.

WEDNESDAY

Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (special night) – The first two celebs are cut.

Mercy” 8 p.m. NBC (new series) – Nurse shows “Nurse Jackie” and “Hawthorne” came out earlier this year. Now NBC joins the crowd with this rather pedestrian version.

“New Adventures of Old Christine” 8 p.m. CBS (fifth season debut) – Christine and Matthew try to get Barb an illegal visa.

Gary Unmarried,” 8:30 p.m. CBS (second season debut) – Gary tries to become a radio broadcaster.

Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m. CBS (fifth season debut) – Hotch goes missing.

“Law & Order: SVU,” 9 p.m. NBC (11th season debut) – Wentworth Miller, fresh off “Prison Break,” guests as a cop to help the team on a set of rape cases.

Modern Family,” 9 p.m. ABC (new series) – This comedy about mixed families starring Ed O’Neill (”Married…With Children”) and Julie Bowen (”Boston Legal”) is worth a look.

Cougar Town,” 9:30 p.m. ABC (new series) – Courteney Cox seems a bit antic in this show about a divorced, middle-aged woman who hankers for younger guys.

CSI: NY,” 10 p.m CBS (sixth season debut) – After a spray of gunfire, the team arises to deal with the chaos.

THURSDAY

Flash Forward,” 8 p.m. ABC (new series) – Everyone on earth blacks out for a couple of minutes. Some see visions of the future. What happens next? This is ABC’s attempt to find a replacement for “Lost,” which ends its run in 2010.

CSI,” 9 p.m. CBS (10th season debut) – Jorja Fox returns.

Grey’s Anatomy,” 9 p.m. ABC (two-hour sixth season debut) – The staff grapples with the surprise death of George.

The Mentalist,” 10 p.m. CBS (second season debut) – Patrick Jane and the team are taken off the Red John case.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” 10 p.m. Bravo – The much-teased clash between NeNe and Kandi finally happens.

FRIDAY

Brothers,” 8 p.m. Fox (new series) – Former NFL player Michael Strahan and Atlantan Daryl Chill Mitchell play brothers in the only comedy featuring a black cast on broadcast TV. The pilot has its moments.

Ghost Whisperer,” 8 p.m. CBS (fifth season debut) – Melinda gives birth to a baby boy who has her gifts.

Law & Order,” 8 p.m. NBC (20th season debut) – When a war vet dies, a law prof is suspected.

Smallville,” 8 p.m. the CW (ninth season debut) – Jor-El tells Clark to cut ties to Lois before he starts training.

Dollhouse,” 9 p.m. Fox (second season debut) – Echo now sporadically recalls past “imprints” due to Alpha’s machinations.

Medium,” 9 p.m. CBS (sixth season debut) – New network, same Allison, who just had brain surgery.

Numb3rs,” 10 p.m. CBS (sixth season debut) – Charlie awaits an answer from Anita about his marriage proposal.

WEEKEND

Saturday Night Live,” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC (35th season debut) – Two new cast members, Megan Fox as the host and U2 as the music act.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” 7 p.m. Sunday (seventh season debut) – Patricia Heaton guests.

The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (two-hour 15th season debut) – Among the teams: two Harlem Globetrotters!

The Simpsons,” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox (21st season debut) – Comic Book Guy casts Homer in a sci-fi flick.

The Cleveland Show,” 8:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series) – A “Family Guy” character gets a spinoff show.

Desperate Housewives,” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC (sixth season debut) – Drea de Matteo (”The Sopranos”) joins the cast.

Dexter,” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fourth season debut) – Dexter has to fit a newborn into his complicated life.

Family Guy,” 9 p.m. Sunday Fox (eighth season debut) – Stewie and Brian find a remote that enables them to travel to alternative universes.

“American Dad,” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (fifth season debut) – Steve relives the Vietnam War.

Californication,” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season debut) – With Karen gone, Hank has to deal with an increasingly rebellious Becca.

Cold Case,” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (seventh season debut) – Music from Ray Charles is featured.

Brothers & Sisters,” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC (fourth season debut) – Kitty harbors a secret that will rock the Walker family.

11 comments Add your comment

Splish Splash

September 21st, 2009
11:52 am

What a lousy list of weeknight shows. No wonder nobody is watching tv anymore. I will watch NFL, House, Survivor, and Dexter and nothing more.

Dixie Darling

September 21st, 2009
12:42 pm

Look forward to seeing Good Wife show debut and hoping it lives up to the PR.
Also hoping Modern Family might be fun to watch.
Thank goodness some of my favorites are coming back, such as the CSI shows, Law & Order, Numbers, and as always, the drama of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.
Sure hope they are still interesting to watch.
I wish Mad Men, Drop Dead Diva, and Army Wives were given better PR because they are well-written and acted. When is Friday Night Lights coming back?
As usual, I have turned to reading a good book when I can’t find good television programs.

Jeff

September 21st, 2009
1:36 pm

Looking forward to House and Accidentally on Purpose tonight (Elfman is one that I’ll at least give a chance to), MAYBE Modern Family on Weds, FlashForward on Thurs, and of course Smallville and Numb3rs on Friday.

All of these, of course, will be DVRd to avoid commercials.

AJ

September 21st, 2009
2:09 pm

Guys, please give The Big Bang Theory a chance. It is truely funny. The actor who plays Sheldon is fantastic.

Jim M.

September 21st, 2009
2:46 pm

Enter your comments here
Since when did “The Simpsons” jump to CBS?

Rodney Ho

September 21st, 2009
2:48 pm

That’s for typing this up at 7 in the morning! The Simpsons’ network has been fixed…

Uncle Tom

September 21st, 2009
3:45 pm

I can’t believe The Simpsons still comes on! Too bad CW got rid of The Game… And nobody (in their right mind) cares about 90210.

Curly

September 21st, 2009
5:32 pm

That Good Wife show looks horrible. Why make a tv show about a woman who has no backbone? If the show was about her leaving that dude and getting on with her life, than I can see but who wants to watch a weak minded woman put up with that? My prediction is it will tank big time.

Diana

September 21st, 2009
6:24 pm

The Big Bang Theory is one of the funniest shows on television. Well-written and well-acted. Mad Men is a really great show, too.

BigBangTheoryRocks

September 21st, 2009
6:43 pm

AJ you are right. The Big Bang Theory is hilarious. I was hoping the guy who play Sheldon would win the Emmy. He cracks me up!!!!

Dean Stewart

September 23rd, 2009
5:08 pm

Had the chance to see the pilot for Modern Family…..could not stop laughing. I really wanted to see it again, because I knew there was a bunch of details that I needed to see again.
Really can’t wait to see future episodes as these characters develop. Great Cast, Great Producers, Great Writing should lead this new comedy to the head of its fairly shallow class in a hurry.