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It’s sweater weather girls, and you know what that means. The Supercool Fall Television Season is upon us, brimming over with a plethora of new shows to check out-some to love, some to revile. Actors we’ve grown to love are back in new shows, and fresh faces make their debut this season. New Comedies. New Dramas. A whole new world of Reality! Which ones will make it and which ones will fade away? Well, that’s between you and your remote, so get ready, set go. The Fall TV season continues NOW…………..

(All listings are sorted by premiere date, with the earliest being listed first. All times listed are et/pt, so be sure to adjust for your time zone. Also, all dates and times are subject to change, so please check your local listings. Also again, please note that this list may not be complete, as some shows may have been overlooked, forgotten, didn’t know about, got added later, got cancelled, got postponed or whatever. After all, this is the wacky and world of TV programming we’re talking about here!)

OCTOBER

Aliens in America (CW) premieres Monday, October 1 at 8:30 pm
Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd) is a sensitive, lanky 16-year old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning mom Franny (Amy Pietz), aspiring-entrepreneur dad Gary(Scott Patterson) and his beautiful and popular younger sister Claire (Lindsey Shaw). Although he's bright and funny, Justin is also shy, socially awkward and pretty much resigned to the fact that he'll never be one of the cool kids. Franny, however, is the kind of take-charge mom who micro-manages her family, and she's come up with a plan to help Justin: she signs up for the school's international exchange student program. Picturing an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen, Franny is sure this new friendship will bestow instant coolness on her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuck's exchange student arrives, he turns out to be Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan), a 16-year-old Muslim from a small village in Pakistan. It's going to be a very interesting year for Raja, Justin, his family and the entire population of Medora.

Dr. Steve-O (USA) premieres Monday, October 1 at 11 pm
Dr. Steve-O will follow the adventures of one-of-a-kind personality Steve-O, a member of a dying breed of live-life-to-the-max daredevils who is disgusted with the alarming number of "wussified" men in America. He travels around the country on a mission to "de-wussify" wimps, nerds and couch potatoes, all of whom have been nominated by their buddies, girlfriends, wives, mothers, co-workers or even have nominated themselves. He administers his brand of "extreme attitude adjustments", including shockingly hilarious stunts and embarrassingly funny and demented dares, specifically tailored to each patient of the doctor on call. Steve-O will confront the guys, infiltrate their lives and shock them out of their shells.

Cavemen (ABC) premieres Tuesday, October 2 at 8 pm
Those funny cavemen from the Geico TV commercials have their own show now. In this half hour comedy, three new cavemen, presumed to be the cousins of the Geico Neanderthals, move to San Diego. They try to live normal, modern lives, despite society's prejudices against them. While they are kind-of modern, they keep ending up in situations that make them look like primal brutes. They may have some anti-homo sapien prejudices of their own to work out. The early buzz on this show is so bad, there's no way it can be that terrible. Give it a chance, with lowered expectations. Starring: Bill English, Nick Kroll and Sam Huntington


Carpoolers (ABC) premieres Tuesday, October 2 at 8:30 pm
Four businessmen share a ride to work and share their lives' problems. Each in different forms of suburban existences, the otherwise strangers bond over their common problems and get mixed up in each others' comic misadventures trying to help each other out. This half hour comedy features extended verbal banter in the car and physical slapstick as they take the antics out into the real world. Starring: Jerry O'Connell, Fred Goss, Jerry Minor, Tim Peper and Faith Ford

Pushing Daisies (ABC) premieres Wednesday, October 3 at 8 pm
Ned (Lee Pace) has the power to bring the dead back to life with his touch, but his curse is that a second touch will return them to the grave permanently. A private investigator (Chi McBride) utilizes Ned's power to ask corpses who killed them and solve cases. When Ned resurrects the love of his life (Anna Friel), he decides not to send her back. Loving her will be tough though, because if he ever touches her, she will die for good. It is the ultimate star-crossed romance full of surreal visuals from director Barry Sonenfeld of the Men in Black and Addams Family films.

Better Half (BRAVO) premieres Wednesday, October 3 at 11 pm
Hosted by "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman, the new series "Better Half" puts a new spin on Bravo's reality competition programs that explore creative professions. In each episode, the spouses/mates of two trained professionals such as chefs, comedians, party planners and hairstylists square off in competition. The professionals have two days to coach their novice partner to take on their jobs and beat the opposing "better half" in a final challenge. Each week, three judges renowned in the featured line of work will assess how well each couple executed the job handoff. Skilled in managing her own "better half," the outspoken and honest Essman will shadow, needle and critique how the couples listen, learn and love without killing each other first.

America’s Most Smartest Model (VH1) premieres Sunday, October 7 at 9 pm
Beauty is a double-edged sword. It seems to be a commonly accepted notion in today's world that an inverse proportion exists between brains and beauty -- the prettier someone is, the less intelligent they are expected to be. And no one has it worse than models. But is this assumption really true? Now, VH1 will attempt to answer this burning question in "America's Most Smartest Model", hosted by celebrity fashion expert Mary Alice Stephenson and Emmy Award winner Ben Stein. In every episode the 'himbos' and 'bimbos' will face challenges that put both their overall intelligence and beauty to the test. In the end, only one model will take home a $100,000 prize and the coveted title of "America's Most Smartest Model."

Pageant Place (MTV) premieres Wednesday, October 10 at 10:30 pm
Pageant Place is a reality series in which Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA all live together in the same New York apartment.

Women's Murder Club (ABC)– Begins October 12 at 9 pm
The female sleuths of author James Patterson's series of novels get their own procedural drama solving crimes every week. Detective Lindsay Boxer (Angie Harmon) makes friends with a female medical examiner, newspaper reporter and assistant district attorney to share information on cases. With all the insider information, they are able to cut through the bureaucratic red tape of police procedure to solve a new crime every week. Also starring Aubrey Dollar and Laura Harris.

America’s Psychic Challenge (LIFETIME) premieres Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 pm
In each hour-long episode of "America's Psychic Challenge," four psychics, a mix of both men and women who either earn their living in the profession or have other careers and believe they have psychic abilities, compete against each other in a series of tests designed to exhibit their clairvoyance. A host guides the contestants, one by one, through a variety of activities, awarding points along the way for correct answers to factual questions. At the conclusion of each episode, the two psychics with the least points are eliminated and the two with the most points return the following week to battle two new competitors, all leading to the season finale -- where the winner will be declared. Can these psychics make believers out of cynics? Do they know who will win "America's Psychic Challenge?"

Girl Meets Cowboy (WE) premieres Sunday, October 14 at 10 pm
Single modern women say that it’s difficult to find a good man; well, maybe the guys are actually still around, but not necessarily in the big city! In WE TV’s original series, “Girl Meets Cowboy,” ladies looking for love take a chance with a change of scenery and see what it’s like to date old fashion Westerners instead of big city hot shots!

Samantha Who? (ABC) – Begins Monday, October 15 at 9:30 pm
Samantha Newly (Christina Applegate) wakes up from a coma with amnesia. Her doting parents Regina and Howard (Jean Smart and Kevin Dunn) try to help her get reacquainted with her life. Each week, she will discover a part of who she used to be. It turns out, the old Samantha was not a nice person, so the new Samantha will try to right all her past wrongs. Her best friend Andrea (Jennifer Esposito) is the window into all the evils of Samantha's past. The reforming amnesiac tries to right the wrongs she's done to her boyfriend Todd (Barry Watson) without letting him know the extent to which she has betrayed him.

The Salt-n-Pepa Show (VH1) premieres Monday, October 15 at 10 pm
VH1 will follow these ladies as they attempt to reunite on and off the stage. They soon discover, however, that reuniting is easier said than done, since most of their past issues are still unresolved. Salt is angry about being unappreciated when they were together, and Pepa blames Salt for breaking up the group. Also, their current lifestyles are polar opposites. Salt has indeed found God and is living a quiet life in Long Island, while Pepa is still the party girl and up for anything. You have a formula for impending disaster unless they can overcome their differences long enough to heal their friendship and perform again.

ESPN News Magazine (ESPN) premieres Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm
A team of award-winning ESPN correspondents will serve as the reporters – Tom Farrey, Rachel Nichols, Lisa Salters, Jeremy Schaap and Michael Smith. “ESPN The Magazine”’s Bill Simmons and ESPN.com contributor Chuck Klosterman will also be featured with the goal of bringing the pages of “The Magazine” to life with a well-paced, unique blend of behind-the-scenes footage complementing ESPN’s high standards of investigative journalism storytelling and production.

The Return of Jezebel James (FOX) premieres Wednesday, October 17 at 8 pm
Can two estranged sisters, polar opposites, live together when one agrees to carry the other’s baby? Sarah Thomkins (Parker Posey) is a bright, optimistic, determined woman who seems to have it all – a great job as a children’s book editor, an eager-to-please assistant, Buddy (Michael Arden), who helps keep her life together, and a no-strings-attached personal relationship with successful businessman Marcus Sonti (Scott Cohen). Nevertheless, as her father, Ronald (Ron McLarty), is constantly pointing out, something is missing from Sarah’s life. Her hard work may garner accolades, but when she goes home at night, she is very much alone. All too aware that she isn’t getting any younger, Sarah decides to have a baby on her own and gets the shock of her life when the doctor tells her she can’t get pregnant. Having no concept of the term “can’t,” Sarah wills herself to execute a plan. With nowhere else to turn, Sarah sets up a meeting with her quirky younger sister, Coco (Lauren Ambrose), and proposes a plan for Coco to carry her baby. In the end, Coco decides that this just might be worth a try.

Storm Chasers (DISCOVERY) premieres Tuesday, October 17 at 10 pm
It’s an annual rite of spring for a motley collection of scientists, enthusiasts and eccentrics. Changing weather patterns, colliding air masses and 700,000 square miles of flatland American prairie create the ideal conditions for storm chasing in the infamous Tornado Alley. Extreme filmmaker Sean Casey is on the trail of Mother Nature’s deadliest and most violent creations in this fall’s most harrowing new series. For Sean’s team, seeing a tornado is not enough – their goal is to achieve the impossible, and actually go inside.

Viva Laughlin (CBS) premieres Thursday, October 18 at 10 pm
Executive produced by Tony and Emmy Award winner Hugh Jackman, Viva Laughlin is a mystery drama with music about eternal optimist and freewheeling businessman Ripley Holden, whose sole ambition is to run a casino in Laughlin, Nev. Occasionally using upbeat contemporary songs to accentuate the drama and humor and advance the story, the series is based on the hit BBC show "Viva Blackpool." Ripley (Lloyd Owen) is the ultimate gambler with an infectious personality who is on the brink of making a killing... just as soon as he opens his casino that's nowhere near completion. When his financing suddenly falls through, the fearless and tenacious Ripley approaches his enemy - dashing, sarcastic, wealthy casino owner Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman) for help. Although there are obstacles to be overcome, for the outgoing and passionate Ripley there's no such thing as bad news, only deals to be struck and wagers to be won in the intoxicating neon glow of Laughlin, where the cards are on the table, romance is in the air and lively music is on the stage. Eric Winter and D.B. Woodside also star.

The Next Great American Band (FOX) premieres Friday, October 19 at 8 pm
The producers behind mega-hit phenomenon American Idol take the musical reality genre to a whole new level with a mission to find undiscovered American bands that are ready to rock the nation. From hair bands to hip-hop, classic rockers to country crooners, “The Next Great American Band” scoured the country seeking musical groups of all ages and styles. From the auditions, judges will narrow down the hopefuls to 10 semifinalist bands who will perform weekly in front of a live studio audience. Viewers will vote for their favorite bands to determine who stays in the competition. The season finale brings the ultimate battle of the bands, with the last three groups competing to secure a contract with 19 Recordings and the title of "Next Great American Band." The show’s judges are The Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik, famed percussionist/singer Sheila E. and “Australian Idol”’s Ian “Dicko” Dickson.

Incredible Human Machine (Nat’l Geographic) premieres Sunday, October 21at 9
With stunning high-definition footage, radical scientific advances and powerful firsthand accounts, Incredible Human Machine plunges deep into the routine marvels of the human body – instruments engines, circuitry and all. Through 10,000 blinks of an eye, 20,000 breaths of air and 100,000 beats of the heart, see the amazing and surprising, even phenomenal inner workings of our bodies in a two-hour journey through an ordinary, and extraordinary, day-in-the-life of the human machine. And explore striking feats of medical advancement, from glimpses of an open-brain surgery to real-time measurement of rocker Steven Tyler’s vocal chords.

Kaya (MTV) premieres Monday, October 22 at 10:30 pm
“KAYA” is a half-hour dramedy about an up-and-coming female singer dealing with the pressures of sudden fame.

The Road to Menudo (MTV) premieres Thursday, October 25 – time TBA
The search to recreate Menudo, one of the biggest and most successful Latin pop singing groups ever, gets underway on March 31 in Los Angeles, followed by casting sessions in Dallas, Miami and New York through the end of April. MTV Tr3s will chronicle the entire journey of thousands from the first audition to the last, culminating with the selection of seven finalists in "Road to Menudo" which debuts on May 12. The road continues on MTV this fall when the band will dwindle down to the five final members of the new Menudo as the channel airs the 10-episode reality series.

& BEYOND!

In Plain Sight (USA) premieres Thursday, November 1
“In Plain Sight” stars Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the witness protection program who relocates federal witnesses. Many of them are career criminals. Some of them are innocents who had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common – someone wants them dead. Mary’s job is to see that doesn’t happen, while at the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family.

Nimrod Nation (Sundance Channel) premieres Monday, November 26 – time TBA
“Nimrod Nation” is an original eight-part documentary series that provides a portrait of the remote town of Watersmeet on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Life in the long winter months revolves around two things: hunting and its high school basketball team, the Nimrods. Through the prism of high school basketball, this series weaves a narrative that involves the entire town and delves deeply into issues of identity and politics.

Cashmere Mafia (ABC) premieres Tuesday, December 4 at 9 pm Special preview airs November 27 at 10:00 pm
Four powerful businesswomen, deigned the Cashmere Mafia, try to have it all with careers and relationships. They sometimes find their partners' needs at odds with their professional ones. One (Bonnie Somerville) begins discovering her own sexuality. Things may get tough but the girls are always there for each other. It’s produced by “Sex and the City”'s Darren Starr, who really wants you to judge this one on its own merits. Also starring Lucy Liu, Miranda Otto and Frances O’Connor.

Seven Ages of Rock (VH1) premieres Monday, December 17
A definitive landmark, this seven-part documentary series charts the emergence and re-emergence of rock music as a global force, as told through seven generations of musicians who have shaped this most enduring of genres.

1968 with Tom Brokaw (History Channel) premieres in December
Tom Brokaw takes us on a fascinating journey back to 1968 and looks at how those turbulent times helped define not just a generation, but our lives today. He travels the country, revisiting scenes of iconic events from that year and draws on his personal experiences to weave a story that is both entertaining and surprisingly relevant. The program will feature stories of the men and women, famous and ordinary, whose lives shaped and were shaped by the tumultuous events and sweeping changes that shook our nation.

Twister Sisters (WE) premieres in December
WE TV goes on a whirlwind chase with two maverick women who pursue Mother Nature’s dangerous twisters in it’s newest true-life series, “Twister Sisters”. The six-part, one-hour weekly series follows Melanie Metz and Peggy Willenberg, two of America’s foremost severe weather experts, as they travel across the Great Plains in search of the biggest and baddest tornadoes. “Twister Sisters” is WE TV’s up close and personal look into the unique world of female storm chasers.

Canterbury’s Law (FOX) premieres in January 2008
“Canterbury's Law” is a courtroom drama about a rebellious female defense attorney who's willing to bend the law in order to protect the wrongfully accused. Elizabeth Canterbury (Julianna Margulies) is a force of nature. An attorney on the rise, she puts her career on the line to take on risky and unpopular cases, even when they take a toll on her personal life.

Unhitched (FOX) premieres early 2008
Friends learn the painful lessons of starting over and dating in their 30s. From the Farrelly brothers, it stars Rashida Jones of “The Office”. The show also co-stars a chimpanzee.

The Sarah Conner Chronicles (FOX) premieres early 2008
“The Sarah Conner Chronicles” follows "Terminator" heroine Sarah Connor (Lena Headey), and her otherworldly son, John, as they battle enemies from the past, present and future. Sarah has stopped running and is going on the offensive, which should make for some pretty exciting action. The show has been moved to mid-season, but as Ah-nuld would say, "She'll be bahck."

When Women Rule The World (FOX) premieres early 2008
What if it was “a woman’s world”? What if women made ALL the decisions? If men were their obedient subjects? These questions and more will be explored when a group of strong, educated, independent women, tired of living in a man’s world and each with a personal axe to grind, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots on “When Women Rule The World”. The unscripted series will reveal how women and men react in a world where women are in charge and men are subservient, and each gender’s ability to adapt to a new social order will be put to the test. In order to win, the men must accede to the women’s every demand, 24/7. Here, women command and men obey. Over the series’ duration, the men will be eliminated by the women until one last man is standing.

The Frank Show (TBS) premieres (not yet announced)
This sketch comedy features comedian and master of impersonation Frank Caliendo. It will feature his pitch-perfect takes on Dr. Phil and Presidents Bush and Clinton, as well as many new characters he has created. The show will be shot in front of a live audience, with taped segments on location.
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