By Tom Gliatto Mark Dagostino Blaine Zuckerman
November 16, 2009 12:00 PM

FlashForward

ABC, Thursdays, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

DRAMA

FlashForward premiered with the most audacious narrative of any new series: The world blacks out, and everyone comes to with a vision of where they’ll be in six months. As the show has developed, though, its impressive strength has been less with time-bending tricks–Joseph Fiennes, as an agent investigating the phenomenon, follows leads in the present based on future clues–than with an essential, often sad, emotional element. The agent and his wife (Sonya Walger) have had a troubled marriage. A recovering alcoholic, he falls off the wagon in his flash-forward–does that have anything to do with hers, where she’s involved with a new man? What hurts the marriage more, actual things to come or a presentiment? This is a lesson from Lost: The craziest mysteries count for nothing compared to human want.

Grey’s Anatomy

ABC, Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET/PT |

DRAMA

Last season ended with a spectacular stunt–George (T.R. Knight) was literally thrown under the bus–but the long-running ABC hit remains in a creative slump: In recent episodes Seattle Grace has merged with another hospital, flooding the corridors with unpleasant new medical personnel, who’ll only have to be winnowed down. Grey’s already has a large, meaty cast, all in stiff competition for scenes of full-throttle screaming, crying (well done, Sandra Oh!) and apoplectic fury. And 24’s Kim Raver, who tends to be quiet but just as intense, arrives soon as a surgeon. It’s exhausting!

Ann Rule’s Everything She Ever Wanted

Lifetime Movie Network, Nov. 14, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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Gina Gershon stars in a two-part crime melodrama that makes up in coarse nerve what it lacks in brain cells. Pat Allanson is a southern schemer who’ll stop at nothing to pad her bank account with other people’s money. (Rich in-laws have an odd habit of expiring after drinking her tea.) Gershon, hips swinging and bow lips parted in a come-hither smile, makes a terrifically amusing she-devil.

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