While there's been no casualties yet for the new TV season, "Lone Star" (Fox, 9 p.m.) isn't on very sure footing after a terrible debut.
Despite having "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.), the network's highest-rated drama as a lead-in, "Lone Star" drew less than 5 million for its debut last week. It's a surprise, because the show got a lot of good buzz and is probably one of the five best new series of the season.
The series follows a con man, Bob (James Wolk), who is leading a double life -- married to the daughter of an oil baron in one, and engaged to a small-town Texas girl in the other. He's forced by his father (David Keith) to stay in it for the long haul, despite his desire to settle down.
"Lone Star" is clever, with elements for both women and men in it. But it seems to be missing both those audiences -- women tend to watch "The Bachelor" (ABC, 9 p.m.), while the men are watching the CBS comedies or one of the other new fall programs, "The Event" (NBC, 9 p.m.)
These days, networks don't give their shows a lot of times to find their legs, and a second straight week of poor ratings could doom "Lone Star" quickly.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Anyway, there's still a variety of choices no matter what happens to "Lone Star."
"Chuck" precedes "The Event" on NBC at 8 p.m., followed by "Chase" at 10 p.m.
A new "Castle" (ABC, 10 p.m.) follows "Dancing," while all of CBS' sitcoms are new, as is "Hawaii Five-0" at 10 p.m.
The CW has new episodes of "90210" and "Gossip Girl" from 8-10 p.m.
On cable, Showtime airs new episodes of "Weeds" and "The Big C" from 10-11 p.m.