Monday, September 22, 2003

TV's best bets

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

What's New

2 1/2 Men (9:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7): The fall season officially opens tonight with CBS' best new comedy. Charlie Sheen (Spin City) stars as Charlie Harper, a bachelor who reluctantly opens his Malibu bachelor's pad to his brother (Jon Cryer, Partners, The Famous Teddy Z) and nephew (Angus Jones, Bringing Down the House). Good-time Charlie barely tolerates the kid ("The ocean is closed today?") until he discovers that the youngster is a "babe magnet." Sheen and Cryer make a great new comedy team that should be an instant hit following Everybody Loves Raymond.

Las Vegas (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22) It's tough to believe that Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel, All My Children) is a crackerjack casino security chief when he doesn't know he's sleeping with the boss's daughter (Molly Sims, House of Style). Fans of James Caan (The Godfather, Honeymoon in Vegas) will enjoy seeing him as boss Big Ed Deline, but he takes a back seat to NBC's sexy young cast (Nikki Cox, James Leasure, Marsha Thomason, Vanessa Marcil) and the high-tech toys used to catch cheaters. Vegas relies too heavily on Danny's voice-over to make this compelling TV. The honeymoon for Vegas could be very brief.

Season premieres

Yes, Dear (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Greg (Anthony Clark) becomes the disciplinarian in the house.

Still Standing (8:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Bill and Judy (Mark Addy, Jami Gertz) resort to negotiating with their teenage daughter to get what they want.

Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Debra (Patricia Heaton) gets teed off playing golf with her husband.

CSI: Miami (10 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Investigators try to circumvent the diplomatic immunity of the prime suspect in the hit-and-run death of a model during "fashion week," with help of the Canadian consulate and Bahamian Navy. Heidi Klum, Chad Lowe and MTV's Quddus guest star.

Other shows worth watching

Bush interview (8 p.m., Channels 19, 45): Brit Hume interviews President Bush in the Oval Office.

Lending A Hand: Habitat for Humanity (7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., DIY) Former This Old House host Steve Thomas begins a five-night series about Habitat homes.



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