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What’s On This Week

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
9 P.M. | ABC

Understandably but unwisely, Lynette (Felicity Huffman, right) takes a peek into her (now teenage) son’s romantic life.

MONDAY, OCT. 6

THE BIG BANG THEORY
8 P.M. | CBS

Penny (Kaley Cuoco) goes nuts for online gaming. Also: Sara Gilbert is in the new season’s cast.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
8:30 P.M. | CBS

Everyone heads to New Jersey to sample the quiet glories of not living in Manhattan.

THURSDAY, OCT. 9

CSI
9 P.M. | CBS

The season starts as Gil Grissom (William Petersen, right) investigates the shooting of Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan).

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY
9:30 P.M. | NBC

The first of three election specials, all with this annoyingly long title.

THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM
10:30 P.M. | COMEDY CENTRAL

The twinkly-yet-foul comic (quite a combo) in her new regular time slot.

FRIDAY, OCT. 10

THE STARTER WIFE
10 P.M. | USA

The miniseries starring Debra Messing (right) as a jilted Hollywood wife becomes a series. Judy Davis won an Emmy as her high-maintenance pal.

NEW SERIES!