HBO Hopes For Return With 'Empire'

I'd love to be able to finish my network previews today and tell you about the Fox lineup, but I never did get any screeners from them, so I can't tell you about their new shows.

"Lone Star," a soap opera-style show about a Texas con man leading a double life, has gotten the most positive buzz among the critics and looks at least worth a look.

"Running Wilde" is the other show I have high hopes for, because Mitch Hurwitz ("Arrested Development") created it and it stars Will Arnett as a rich snob and Keri Russell as his environmentalist love interest/sparring partner.

The only other new show is "Raising Hope," created by Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl") about a guy who suddenly becomes a father.

Meanwhile, one of the most buzzed-about series of the season kicks off Sunday night with the debut of "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 9 p.m.) It takes place in 1920 in Atlantic City, which is about to be hit by Prohibition. A corrupt politician/gangster (Steve Buscemi) runs the town and is poised to make a lot of money from it.

The series, which HBO hopes recaptures some of the lure of "The Sopranos," something HBO hasn't been able to do over the past couple of years -- have a highly rated series that's also a hit with the critics.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: "Flashpoint" (CBS, 10 p.m.) wraps up its summer season tonight, while SyFy has new episodes of "Eureka" and "Haven" beginning at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, it's the season finale of "Being Human" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

Sports-wise, Georgia Tech visits North Carolina at noon on ABC, while Georgia hosts Arkansas at noon on ESPN.

On Sunday, it's another week before the fall stuff premieres, but there are still new episodes of "Rubicon" and "Mad Men" on AMC, beginning at 9 p.m.