While Mondays may be chockful of goodness, it's Tuesdays where the networks get their bread buttered.
CBS returns its ratings powerhouse lineup of "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "The Good Wife" for their new seasons beginning tonight, while NBC unveils a new season of "The Biggest Loser" at 8 p.m., followed by a new "Parenthood."
ABC takes up two more hours of time with another "Dancing With The Stars" beginning at 8 p.m., hoping that it will give some lead-in to "Detroit 1-8-7" at 10 p.m. My guess? It won't -- "Detroit" is a rather trite, worn-out cop show and and will have a tough time against the CBS and NBC entries.
The CW already debuted last week and has new episodes of "One Tree Hill" and "Life Unexpected."
Which leaves us with Fox, perhaps the biggest mystery of the night.
For example, which "Glee" (Fox, 8 p.m.) will show up? The wicked clever black comedy version with musical numbers that make you want to sing along? Or the trite, break-the-fourth-wall, overly self-aware version that took up the second half of last season?
My guess, it will be a bit of both. "Glee" is at its best musically when they tailor the songs from a variety of genres to fit into the theme of that week's episode. "Glee" is at its worst when it either tries too hard (remember the Mercedes "I'm Beautiful" performance in the gym?) or when they pick out a pop artist such as Lady Gaga or Madonna that the producers want to suck up to.
Already, they've announced a Britney Spears episode built around the dimwitted cheerleader Brittani (OK, she did steal a lot of scenes last year, but still). Don't the producers remember some of the great musical moments, such as Artie's angst-filled "Dancing With Myself" or Puck's playful "Lady Is A Tramp" or any of Rachel's showstoppers? They've added more cast members to an already swelling cast, so it remains to be seen how well it all meshes.
"Glee" is followed by Fox's two new sitcom entries, "Raising Hope" at 9 p.m. and "Running Wilde" at 9:30 p.m. The former is from Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl") and is about a quirky family whose slacker son (Lucas Neff) all of a sudden finds himself a father after a one-night stand. For me, Garrett Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton, who play the guy's parents, seem too young to be grandparents.
I am looking forward to the latter, if for no other reason it reunites Will Arnett, David Cross and "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz. Arnett plays a millionaire who manages to finagle his true love (Keri Russell) into living with him even though she's a wacko environmentalist.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Of course, what you ought to be watching is one of TV's best -- if unsung -- series with a new "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 10 p.m.) tonight.
Also new is "Warehouse 13" (SyFy, 9 p.m.)
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