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New TV shows on Friday nights this fall

A Gifted Man, 8 p.m., CBS

Debuts Friday

St. Petersburg-raised star Patrick Wilson sheds his nice-guy image as Michael Holt, a self-centered, top-level neurosurgeon who finds himself suddenly visited by the spirit of his dead ex-wife. As she tries to get him to look past his privileged life and focused arrogance, the question arises: Is he hallucinating or getting a real visit from beyond?

TiVo or Ti-NO? Starring Wilson with a pilot directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), it's a sleek episode with a great pedigree. But it's also a man's worst nightmare (even death doesn't keep the ex-wife from prodding you to be better) and may not be touchy-feely enough for female audiences. TiVo, mostly to see what Wilson does with a juicy role.

Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC

Debuts Oct. 21

As the first of two fairy tale-centered new fall series, this one uses the Brothers Grimm to reinvent cop shows. Bright-eyed homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) just happens to be a descendant of the Grimms, hunters who can see classic fairy tale monsters, even as they hide their appearance to walk among men. I can't wait for the episode where he takes on Snooki.

TiVo or Ti-NO? There are cute touches here, including Prison Break's Silas Weir Mitchell as a Big Bad Wolf trying to show Burkhardt the ropes ("What, did you just get the books tonight?" he asks, dismissively). But Lincoln Heights star Russell Hornsby is wasted as the clueless best friend-partner, and Giuntoli struggles to sell a fairly ridiculous premise. Ti-NO.

New TV shows on Friday nights this fall 09/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:21pm]
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