Tuesday, September 23, 2003

TV best bets

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

What's New

I'm With Her (8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2) The best new show of the night - and fall season - is this sweet romantic comedy about a movie star (Teri Polo, Meet the Parents) in love with a high school English teacher (David Sutcliffe, Gilmore Girls). As she says: "He's not trying to impress me - and that's what impresses me!" You'll be impressed, too.

Navy NCIS (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Cross CSI with JAG, and you get Navy NCIS. Many JAG fans saw the May pilot starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel) and David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Naval Criminal Investigative Services officers. Tonight they investigate the death of a Navy officer on Air Force One, while getting no respect from the FBI and Secret Service. If America wants another procedural drama, this could be the next hit.

One Tree Hill (9 p.m., Channels 64, 26) One Tree Hill refers to the address of Tree Hill High School in North Carolina, where everyone knows that Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) is the illegitimate son of basketball booster Dan Scott (Paul Johansson). Lucas is invited to play varsity basketball with Nathan (James Lafferty), Dan's other son. Everyone also knows they'll play ball together, or we wouldn't have a series - although I'm not sure anyone wants to watch this Jerk of the Year father another week.

Season premieres

8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (8 p.m., Channels 9, 2) Cast members introduce the first of three shows taped before John Ritter's death.

Gilmore Girls (8 p.m., Channels 64, 26) Rory and mom return from England.

According to Jim (9 p.m., Channels 9, 2) Jim runs too many errands for his wife.

Frasier (9 p.m., Channels 5, 22) Niles and Daphne want to start a family in the first of back-to-back episodes.

Guardian (9 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Nick represents an abused boy traveling with a circus.

Less Than Perfect (9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2) Claude takes a promotion.

NYPD Blue (10 p.m., Channels 9, 2) Four months after the May shooting, Rodriquez (Esai Morales) is back at work, and his assailant goes to trial.

Judging Amy (10 p.m., Channels 12, 7) Amy is promoted from family court to the criminal bench.

Law & Order: SVU (10 p.m., Channels 5, 22) Officers hunt for an abducted pregnant heiress (Kellie Martin).

Also worth watching

A Matter of Race (9-11 p.m., Channels 48, 16) PBS devotes four hours to race, culture and power in the US. Concludes 9-11 p.m. Wednesday.

Newlyweds (10:30 p.m., MTV) With the wife gone, Nick Lachey judges a bikini contest.


E-mail jkiesewetter@enquirer.com

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