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Family Affair, Part 3

Tonight marks the third incarnation of "Parenthood," (NBC, 10 p.m.) following the original Steve Martin movie, and later, a short-lived sitcom starring a very young Leonardo DiCaprio and Thora Birch, among others.



I can't say this has been a remake I've been clamoring for -- I remember the original as being a decent comedy, but I don't make a point of watching it those rare times it pops up on cable -- and it seems to smack more of NBC's lack of original ideas.



However, (thanks to a million NBC promos during the Olympics) there are some things that may be of interest. There are a lot of solid actors in the new version, including Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham (replacing Maura Tierney), Erika Christensen and others. In addition, the series has been repackaged as a dramedy and being run by producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights").



As with anything on TV, it's usually worth it to check the series out at least once to get a feel for it. NBC will give the show a shot, since it doesn't have a whole lot else lined up.



It's a bit ironic, however, that TNT will be showing the second season of "Southland" at the same time. That was a critically acclaimed series that drew decent ratings and produced six unaired episodes before falling victim to the cuts made in favor of "The Jay Leno Show." If "Parenthood" bombs and "Southland" finds a second life with TNT, it's another black eye for NBC.



TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: I have these two friends. Let's call them Heeter and Matt (since that's their names). Matt believes that on "Lost" (ABC, 9 p.m.), Fake Locke is actually a good guy, as are The Others, and Jacob was the bad guy. Heeter believes that Baby Aaron is, in fact, Fake Locke and Jacob from the two alternate realities, having grown up in the future and travelling to the past. Yes, the beautiful thing about "Lost" is that anyone can come up with a theory about the show, no matter how asinine it may be. (Please God don't let either of them be right -- I'll never hear the end of it). It's followed by a new "The Forgotten" at 10 p.m.



CBS brings back new episodes of "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "The Good Wife," in which Alicia's husband moves back in with the family.



A new "Biggest Loser" precedes "Parenthood" from 8-10 p.m. on NBC, while "American Idol" is two hours tonight on Fox.



On cable, there's a new episode of "White Collar" (USA, 10 p.m.)

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