ABC - The Middle
- - - - BETTER WITH YOU
CBS - Survivor
NBC - UNDERCOVERS
FOX - Lie to Me
CW - America's Next Top Model
ABC - Modern Family
- - - - Cougar Town
CBS - Criminal Minds
NBC - Law & Order: SVU
FOX - Hell's Kitchen
CW - HELLCATS
ABC - THE WHOLE TRUTH
CBS - THE DEFENDERS
NBC - LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES
UNDERCOVERS - JJ Abrams is behind this new Mr. & Mrs. Smith style series, about a married couple in counseling who keep getting pulled back into the high-spy business. One of the rare network shows where the leads are non-whites. Fingers crossed it's a good show.
BETTER WITH YOU - One sister's going on nine years with her boyfriend, but her spotlight gets stolen by younger sister who's pregnant and engaged to her boyfriend of seven weeks. Hijinks ensue. Kurt Fuller (That's My Bush) and Debra Jo Rupp (That 70's Show) are the parents.
HELLCATS - Tries to do for cheerleading what Glee did for glee clubs. High School Musical vet Ashley Tisdale is part of the ensemble.
THE WHOLE TRUTH - Courtroom drama seen from both sides: the prosecution (ER's Maura Tierney) and the defense (Numb3rs' Rob Morrow).
THE DEFENDERS - Less serious lawyer show, looks like in the vein of Boston Legal. James Belushi and Jerry O'Connell are your stars.
LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES - The chung-chung lives, and with such names as Terrence Howard, Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall, Teri Polo and Wanda De Jesus.
ABC's comedy line-up could use another success to buoy the crown jewel Modern Family, and if BWY flounders, they have Mr. Sunshine in the wings, a midseason sitcom with Matthew Perry. I've heard good things, and by heard, I mean read. Wednesday's really wide open, unlike most nights where it looks like CBS will rule no matter what. Survivor's move is risky, but Criminal Minds tends to win the night. With three law shows at the 10/9 spot, it's up in the air. I can see The Whole Truth being the one that flounders.
Univision beats The CW many nights at this point; they're barely a network. But America's Next Top Model is still their biggest show for ratings, so if Hellcats is remotely good, it has a chance.
Undercovers... maybe the name "JJ Abrams" will get enough people curious. I think Lie to Me's going to get shredded. I like the show and have enjoyed it during summer, but I don't know how much longer it'll last.