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Prime-time primer: A highly subjective guide to new fall shows

If the networks' clutch of new shows doesn't appear to contain, at first glance, an instant game-changer such as Lost, be patient. Something great might emerge from this fall's crop. Or not.

Maureen Ryan
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Building the perfect TV show

Maureen Ryan
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Five new shows to see -- and five to miss

Jamie Gumbrecht
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Thursday & Friday: Week closes with audience favorites

Thursday and Friday are healthy, stable TV nights this year, a dramatic shift from last year's Thursday ratings wars and Friday's former status as a dead zone.

Jamie Gumbrecht
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Wednesday: There's fantasy, and there's fantasy

We have reality TV about people younger or more beautiful than ourselves, fantasy TV about people smarter, younger and more beautiful than ourselves, and sitcom TV about people too much like ourselves. What we don't have much of, though, is fantasy TV for pure fancy, for delight.

Jamie Gumbrecht
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Tuesday: Think 'Sopranos' with a rum chaser

CBS takes a giant leap from its usual crime procedural, solved-in-an-hour lawyer routine with Cane.

Jamie Gumbrecht
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Monday: You get to choose among a cornucopia of genres

Your Monday night could be anything you want. You're looking for mindless distraction? Flip to ABC. Funny, or at least supposed-to-be funny? CBS.

Jamie Gumbrecht
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Sunday's lineup carries an English accent

Sundays, we celebrate the invasion of British television. Two of the night's new shows existed abroad first.

Jamie Gumbrecht
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ON THE TUBE: Critics go mad for AMC's 'Mad Men'

Aaron Barnhart
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ON THE TUBE: 'Pushing Daisies' takes a light approach

Mike Duffy
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