Fox's "Lone Star"
The fall TV season officially kicks off tonight with five new shows premiering and six returning series come back. Of the newbies, one is great, some are entertaining and others are just bad. First, let's start with the great.
Fox: The incredible pilot of "Lone Star" airs at 9 p.m. and I highly recommend checking it out. Best pilot ever? I think so. Following the uberpopular "House" premiere (8 p.m.) should help "Lone Star" garner decent ratings. I hope so because I want to see if the show can live up to its inspiration, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."
NBC: "Chuck" is back for its fourth season at 8 p.m. and well worth watching. The spy dramedy is a great way to get back in to fall TV.
Next up is "The Event," (9 p.m.) a mystery show that borrows liberally from "Lost" and "24" without being anywhere near as good as either. The pilot gives away nothing about the mystery and you'll probably be as frustrated as I was.
At 10 p.m. is "Chase" a fairly typical cop procedural about a U.S. Marshall catching bad guys.
CBS: Monday's two-hour comedy block returns at 8 p.m. with "How I Met Your Mother," "Rules of Engagement" and "Two and a Half Men." "Mother" was uneven last year but still pretty funny, "Rules" is serviceable and "Men" is just terrible.
At 9:30 p.m. "Mike & Molly"--a sitcom about a hefty couple--premieres. I didn't screened it, but critics seem fairly ambivalent.
CBS closes out the night with their remake of "Hawaii Five-O" (10 p.m.). The pilot is an action-filled hour, but it's really just NCIS with a different cast. Scott Caan is pretty good, though.
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle" return. Who cares?