No Ordinary Family, debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 on ABC
Is the typical American family so dysfunctional it takes a load of superpowers to pull them back together? That's the theme of this series, which plops the Thing from the Fantastic Four movies (Michael Chiklis) and the onetime wife from Showtime's Dexter (Julie Benz) into an adventure story about a fractured family that mysteriously gets cool new abilities after a plane crash in the Amazon.
TiVo or Ti-NO? The fanboy in me loves seeing Chiklis jumping across the L.A. skyline like a tubby Hulk, so I'm going to avoid The Incredibles or Heroes comparisons here and just TiVo, already.
Raising Hope, premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Fox
Yeah, Raising Arizona did it better. But My Name Is Earl mastermind Greg Garcia successfully taps his hillbilly humor vein once again, with this surprisingly entertaining comedy about a working-class loser stuck with a baby after a sexy one-night stand turns out to be a wanted killer. Come to see Martha Plimpton playing her teen delinquent character from Parenthood all grown up, and stay to see grandmother Cloris Leachman go topless. Seriously.
TiVo or Ti-NO? Normally, a topless scene from 84-year-old Leachman would earn an instant Ti-NO. But you have to, um, see it to believe it (which I can't believe I'm recommending), so TiVo with caution.
Running Wilde, debuts at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on Fox
On paper, it was a no-brainer: Team Arrested Development's producers with breakout star Will Arnett and professional cutie pie Keri Russell for a new-school screwball comedy about a spoiled rich kid and the eccentric, altruistic beauty he tries to woo. Unfortunately, Arnett and Russell have zero sparks, and a historic recession isn't the best time to mine comedy from the antics of an inconsiderate, layabout heir to an oil fortune.
TiVo or Ti-NO? Debuting as the gulf oil spill investigation ramps up amid historic unemployment, this thing couldn't have worse timing if they'd made Arnett a Muslim man building a mosque in New York City. Ti-NO.
Detroit 1-8-7, debuts at 10 p.m. Tuesday on ABC
I'm betting the Detroit Chamber of Commerce was hoping the first series set in their town for the new millennium wouldn't be focused on an overworked homicide squad. The real problem here is that Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli is supposed to be a smoldering, damaged detective, but he mostly just looks as bored as you'll feel 20 minutes in.
TiVo or Ti-NO? The show changed its faux documentary style after a child was killed during a real-life ride-along by a different film crew with Detroit police. But that has only reinforced how much of this stuff you've seen in the 20,000 other cop shows on TV, so let's Ti-NO.