With "Lone Star" becoming the first casualty of the new TV season -- Fox shelved it after two episodes -- "Lie To Me" returns tonight (Fox, 9 p.m.) after a new "House."
The show, which stars Tim Roth as an expert in lie detection, was supposed to not return until November. But "Lone Star's" demise changed all that.
ABC is likely in a similar boat after its new Thursday series, "My Generation," also got yanked after two episodes. TVGuide.com still lists it being set to air this Thursday, and ABC has yet to announce what will replace it.
One rumor has Shonda Rimes' new drama, which was supposed to air later in the year, heading into that slot, which would give her the entire night of programming on ABC, since she also produces "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
Another possibility might be Dana Delany's new series, "Body of Proof," which is a pretty decent new series in which she plays a "House"-like medical examiner in Philadelphia. "Body of Proof" was supposed to air on Fridays, but ABC might need it on Thursdays, particularly since some of its other series didn't have hot starts out of the gate.
So far, CBS seems to be off to the best start with its new series. "Mike & Molly" (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) has proven to be a very good fit ratings-wise to the Monday sitcom lineup, anchored at 10 p.m. by "Hawaii Five-0." "Blue Bloods" has been a home run on Fridays, while "The Defenders" and "(Bleep) My Dad Says" have gotten good numbers despite less-than-stellar reviews.
CBS didn't exactly re-invent the wheel with any of these shows -- there's nothing strikingly original about any of them -- audiences tend to like the familiar as opposed to something out-of-the-box, such as "Lone Star."
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: In addition to CBS' and Fox's nights of new stuff, ABC has two hours of "Dancing With The Stars," followed by "Castle."
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Nicole Richie return to "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) as captured enemy spies. (Austin wasn't nearly as entertaining last season as Lou Ferrigno was last week when it comes to very large henchmen.) It's followed by a new "Event," which is already picking up some of "24's" more annoying habits of bending realism to fit the plot. "Chase" is at 10 p.m.
The CW has new episodes of "90210" and "Gossip Girl" from 8-10 p.m.
On cable, "Weeds" and "The Big C" are new from 10-11 p.m. on Showtime.