Huzzah! Fall Is Here

After what seemed to be an interminable wait, the new fall season has arrived.

The pick of the night is "Sons Of Anarchy" (FX, 10 p.m.), which I thought was one of the best new shows of last season and a worthy addition to FX's excellent lineup.

Though most often billed as "The Sopranos on motorcycles," it's really more than that. Not only does it give you the week-to-week thrill ride of outlaw bikers, but it also takes a deep look into that sub-culture.

Created by one of the creators of "The Shield," "SoA" opens Season 2 where Season 1 left off -- with the gang fractured after the accidental murder of one of the member's wives. The factions fall behind either Clay (Ron Perlman), the current leader, or Jax (Charlie Hunnam), the heir apparent.

While dealing with that turmoil, the Sons are also suffering a serious cash flow problem. Not only that, a white supremicist (Alan Arkin) has moved into Charming, bent on getting rid of the Sons. How he goes about it is one of the most shocking scenes you'll see on any TV show this season.

The real standout from this ensemble cast has been Katey Sagal as Gemma, the matriarch of the gang, and she continues to figure prominently in all of the gang's moves, even if she doesn't ride a bike herself.

Be warned, the final five minutes or so are not for the faint of heart. Also, the opener runs about 70 minutes, so make adjustments to your DVRs.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: You knew that when CW brought us an updated "Beverly Hills 90210" (CW, 8 p.m.), a new "Melrose Place" wouldn't be far behind. It debuts tonight at 9 p.m., returning original cast members Thomas Calabro and Laura Leighton along with newcomers such as Katie Cassidy and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. The first five minutes already contain a shocker.

On the other networks, Fox has reality shows "Hell's Kitchen" and "More To Love" beginning at 8 p.m., while ABC has a new "Shaq vs." at 9 p.m. in which he takes on Oscar de la Hoya in the ring.

On cable, there's a new "Warehouse 13" (SyFy, 9 p.m.)