Monday, Sept 29

Chuck (NBC, 8 p.m.) - The adorkable Chuck is back, and he's got some confidence. Or at least enough delusional Intersect-free hope to ask Sarah out on a real date.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - Battle Serena vs. Blair is game-on at Fashion Week.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 8 p.m.) - A software glitch renders Cameron memoryless in a halfway house.

How I Met Your Mother (8:30 p.m.) - If you're looking for the best burger in New York, who do you ask? Regis Philbin, of course. Please let Neil Patrick Harris pull out his Regis impression.

Heroes (NBC, 9 p.m.) - Mama Petrelli's calling the shots, and she's partnering her newly revealed son with Noah to deal with a bank hostage situation.

Life (NBC, 10 p.m.) - The zen cop on a mission to figure out who landed him in jail for 12 years gets a Monday showcase for his season premiere.

Tues, Sept 30

House (Fox, 8 p.m.) - Recipe for disaster: House has a P.I. dig up dirt on the entire staff.

90210 (The CW, 8 p.m.) - A fashion show lends Annie a movie audition. Yeah, that happened in our high school all the time.

Privileged (The CW, 9 p.m.) - Megan is surprised to find an adult DVD in Rose's bag, and that's just the tip of the surprises. Oh, Megan, so sweet and innocent. Maybe she should watch some "Gossip Girl."

Greek (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) - Carol Potter (the original 90210's Mrs. Walsh) guest stars. Too bad she can't bring some motherly wisdom to the new 90210 kids.

The IT Crowd (IFC, 10 p.m.) - Once upon a time, NBC made an American version of this British computer nerd comedy with Joel McHale, but never picked it up. Their loss.

Wed, Oct 1

Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money (ABC, 8-11 p.m.) - ABC's Wednesday power lineup is back and thank goodness. We need a little romance, Tim Daly and scandal to cheer up our middle-of-the-week Wednesday blues.

Bones (Fox, 8 p.m.) - Please stop messing with Angela and Hodgins.

America's Next Top Model (The CW, 8 p.m.) - The girls pose as LA-related disasters. No, not plastic surgery catastrophes, but earthquakes and traffic jams.

Project Runway (Bravo, 9 p.m.) - Time to step outside of the workroom. The designers must draw on the outdoors as the inspiration for their next challenge.

Friday Night Lights (DirecTV 101, 9 p.m.) - Make quick friends with someone who has DirecTV because the new season premieres tonight, but doesn't air on NBC until February 2009.

Thurs, Oct 2

Ugly Betty (ABC, 8 p.m.) - Betty wavers when Wilhelmina offers her a job.

Smallville (The CW, 8 p.m.) - Oliver falls ill, sending him into delirium and memories of when he first met Tess.

Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.) - Dean goes back in time to when his parents fell in love and meets his grandfather (The X-Files Mitch Pileggi), who could be holding a secret that will shake up the Winchester mythology.

Tim Gunn's Guide to Style (Bravo, 11 p.m.) - We weren't so crazy about this series the first time around even though we love Tim, but Bravo's made some changes.

Fri, Oct 3

Tommy Hilfiger Presents Ironic Iconic America (Bravo, 8 p.m.) - Isareli model Bar Refaeli hosts a road trip that explores America's pop culture.

The Ex List (CBS, 9 p.m.) - Grey's Anatomy's Elizabeth Reaser has one year to find the man she's going to marry, and he's someone she's already dated. Too bad executive producer Diane Ruggiero, who wrote some of Veronica Mars' best dialogue, has left the show

Life (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Crews gets Jennifer to help with Rachel, while Reese's father asks Ted for info on Crews' personal investigation.

Sat, Oct 4

Day of rest. Take a breather. Go outside.

Sun, Oct 5

Valentine (The CW, 8 p.m.) - Maybe this show about Greek gods living in LA and helping humans find their soulmates could crossover with "The Ex List" for some heavenly intervention.

Desperate Housewives (ABC, 9 p.m.) - The men in Susan's life are about to collide.

True Blood (HBO, 9 p.m.) - Bill's pretty popular with Adele's historical society. It helps that he has first-hand accounts from the Civil War.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC, 10 p.m.) - Nothing better for a marriage than to publish a tell-all about your husband's failed bid for president.

Mad Men (AMC, 10 p.m.) - Betty goes to visit her sick father. When the cat's away, Don will be Don.

Story by Vlada Gelman contributing writer