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Won't 'Survive'

Tonight marks the debut of the new Bob Saget sitcom "Surviving Suburbia" (ABC, 9:30 p.m.)

I turned it off after watching it for five minutes over the weekend, wondering what the point of making this was. It's absolutely the most paint-by-numbers generic sitcom you can imagine, full of telegraphed jokes and canned laughter.

After watching the 30-minute comedy genre get re-invented over the years with the likes of "Scrubs" or "The Office," or even the traditional four-camera styled sitcom like "How I Met Your Mother," I guess I've come to expect comedies to be, well, clever.

"Suburbia" wouldn't have survived in the 1970s, let alone today.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Sports fans, this is what I consider to be the best day of the year. The NCAA basketball championship between North Carolina and Michigan State tips off tonight on CBS at 9 p.m., while several major league teams have opening day on ESPN and ESPN2.

As for non-sports TV, "Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.) precedes "Suburbia," followed by a new "Castle" at 10 p.m.

"House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) is new, following up last week's terrific episode with Mos Def, and is followed by a new "24" at 9 p.m.

Chevy Chase and Scott Bakula guest star on "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.), followed by new episodes of "Heroes" and "Medium."

Finally, on cable, there's a new "Saving Grace." (TNT, 10 p.m.)

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