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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Bravo, Oct. 14, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


The formula stills works! The Real Housewives of DC wasn’t any fun, but the new Beverly Hills chapter delivers. These extravagantly rich women are hard to tell apart-they seem to have all graduated from a finishing school run by Candy Spelling and then had their hair styled by a Disney princess-but their pampered cattiness has the luxurious kick of an old Dynasty episode. The series has several pluses: Watching Camille Grammer’s marriage to actor Kelsey Grammer head into trouble will supply some dramatic heft. And two of the women share the same emotional glue that helped cement the New Jersey Housewives: Kim and Kyle Richards, both ex-child actresses, are sisters. And then there’s Adrienne Maloof. I love her melodious name: It sounds like something played on a panpipe. By an assistant.

Law & Order: Los Angeles

NBC, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


The West Coast Law & Order has all the sunny exoticism of a Manhattan subway. Which is fine: You wouldn’t want the series to drop the shuffling, grousing, piecemeal narratives that have made the original such a staple in repeats. The first episode, involving a robbery gang, was weak, but in the second week the cast has started to gel. Skeet Ulrich (blank-faced) and Corey Stoll (humorous, cynical) are well-paired as detectives, and Alfred Molina, looking like an irascible owl, adds some harrumphing power as a deputy DA.