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Chuck and Life return on NBC while Gossip Girl does fashion week

This weekend, I used the cable On Demand system to do a lot of catching up on new TV. Kitchen Nightmares continues to amuse me even though it’s pretty much the same week after week. I watched the premiere of Life (which is on NBC tonight) and I was hooked all over again. This show flew under the radar last year and made it into the new season without anyone noticing. If you like quirky crime dramas, check this one out.

I also watched a promo for the new show Crusoe. Wow, it’s like a movie! It’s a huge, sweeping, historical drama — reminded me of a more serious Pirates of the Caribbean – and it’s a weekly TV series! I’m excited.

A few more premieres this week including the return of CBS’s great Friday night line-up, Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money on ABC and Chuck tonight on NBC.

DVR overheating yet from all these fall premieres?

Serena works it during NYC's fashion week

Tonight on TV – Monday, September 29

Designer Michael Kors has a cameo tonight on a new episode of the CW’s Gossip Girl, then Haley discovers what’s going on between Carrie and Dan on One Tree Hill.
Dancing with the Stars returns for the second week of performances which will determine who needs to stick with their day job! A new Boston Legal follows, finding the firm with cases involving a pharmaceutical company, illegal voting and rape in a private detention facility.

CBS is new from start to finish tonight. It begins with The Big Bang Theory, followed by How I Met Your Mother, which guest stars Regis Philbin. Next, Alan learns a valuable lesson about lending money on Two and a Half Men. Then the new series Worst Week, and closes with CSI: Miami.

Fox has a night of new dramas starting with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, where Cameron finds herself in a halfway house with no memory of her identity and Mahone is arrested on Prison Break.

NBC breaks out second season premiers of both Chuck and Life this evening. Chuck will have you laughing with its comedic spin on the spy genre while Life will leave you thinking about how fortunate you really are. Heroes is also a new episode and has the super-beings diffusing a hostage situation at a bank.

Over on cable

The theme on TLC this evening seems to be, families with multiple children. The night starts with a repeat of Kids by the Dozen, followed by both new and old episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8. The evening closes with the season opener of 17 Kids and Counting (17? How do these people keep track?)

The Food Channel has new episodes tonight of How’d That Get on My Plate, Unwrapped and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

VH1 has contestants vying for an opportunity to Work for Diddy, P.Diddy, Puffy (whatever he is calling himself this week!) on a new episode of I Want to Work For Diddy.

HGTV shares new episodes and new ideas tonight with Designed to Sell, Curb Appeal and Hidden Potential.

News and notable

Bravo has picked up all 13 episodes of the CBS series Swingtown.

Speaking of Bravo, NBC got a preliminary injunction against the producers of Project Runway. In a nutshell, no one can air the new season until the court says so. I say, “make it work” because I want more Runway.

Salma Hayek is working on a pilot for Fox about three siblings with ethnically diverse spouses.

The Serena Also Rises, Gossip Girl, Pictured: Blake Lively as Serena

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