By Tom Gliatto Gabrielle Olya Emily Strohm
September 23, 2013 12:00 PM

Dads

FOX, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

COMEDY

Look what we found at the Cheap Laffs factory outlet – a sitcom co-executive-produced by Seth MacFarlane, the guy who sang “We Saw Your Boobs” at the Oscars! It’s about two savvy dudes (Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) having to put up with their loser dads (Peter Riegert and Martin Mull). The pilot has come under fire for racist jokes, but at Cheap Laffs there’s not enough of a creative sensibility for that to matter. It’s for laffs! Like if an old man accidentally exposes himself to a sexy woman? LOL! Am I saying this thing is the fall’s cheesiest sitcom? Pretty much so.

Hostages

CBS, Sept. 23, 10 p.m. ET/PT |

DRAMA

The first season of this suspense drama will last only 15 episodes – a welcome trend among the networks, where a tricky premise is in danger of unspooling into a mess across 20-plus weeks. If Hostages can match the focus of Toni Collette’s scowl, it should work. She’s Dr. Ellen Sanders, scheduled to operate on the President. But her family has just been taken hostage by Dylan McDermott, who expects her to kill the President in surgery. The opener sets this all up smoothly, and Collette, combining a mother’s protective instinct with type A professional pride, is great to watch. At some point she’ll snap. That should be fun.

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