TV

Not That 'Unusual'

"The Unusuals" (ABC, 10 p.m.) kicks off with its series premiere tonight, replacing "Life On Mars" on the schedule.

If you think of a "Rescue Me"-lite set in a police station instead of a firehouse, and you get sort of an idea of the tone of the series -- part comedy, part drama.

The pilot centers around a young detective (Amber Tamblyn) suddenly transferred from vice to homicide after the murder of a detective. Partnered with the dead man's partner (Jeremy Renner), they set out to solve the crime.

Meanwhile, there are two other cops who bring in some of the humor: an overly cautious cop (Harold Perrineau), who wears his kevlar vest everywhere, and his partner (Adam Goldberg) who has a deathwish.

"The Unusuals" could end up being a decent show, but it doesn't establish its tone very well. "Rescue Me" seamlessly blends humor and deep drama episode-to-episode; it will be interesting to find out if "The Unusuals" can try to reach that bar.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: "The Unusuals" premieres after a new night of "Scrubs," "Better Off Ted" and "Lost."

"Life" (NBC, 9 p.m.) wraps up its second season tonight as Crews tries to find the missing Reese. I'm hoping for a Season 3, but am not optimistic.

CBS is all-new with "Old Christine," "Gary Unmarried," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY."

Fox delivers a new "Lie To Me" at 8 p.m., followed by "American Idol" at 9 p.m.

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