Picks and Pans Review: The Fall Lineup Shapes Up
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NBC Christian Slater (below) plays a family man who realizes his personality is split—he’s also a cold-blooded spy guy—on My Own Worst Enemy. Who can’t identify with that? The great Molly Shannon is Selma Blair’s mom in the sitcom Kath & Kim.
ABC Life on Mars takes a detective and throws him back in time to the ’70s. (Suggested cameo: Jimmy Carter!) Ashton Kutcher is one of the producers for Opportunity Knocks (below), a reality game show that sets up shop on a family’s lawn.
CBS Unfussily ravishing Elizabeth Reaser (Grey’s Anatomy) goes on a romantic quest on The Ex List (below). Rufus Sewell, a Brit of the sexy-brooder school, is a scientist-crimefighter on Eleventh Hour.
FOX A new puzzle from J.J. Abrams (Lost), Fringe (below) has Joshua Jackson and others trying to fathom a freaky chain of events. Do Not Disturb (working title), a sitcom about a hotel, stars the very funny Niecy Nash.
CW The home to Gossip Girl seems to have found its groove: fantasies about overindulged teens. 90210 (right), a revamp of Beverly Hills, 90210, is conceptually ridiculous (the original only went off the air in 2000!) but inspired. Surviving the Filthy Rich is about two Hiltonian sisters and their tutor.