On TV this week
SEASON PREMIERE Nashville Star, 9 p.m., NBC You've seen five seasons of this on cable already, but now that it's on NBC, they had to get Billy Ray Cyrus to host. It's still not American Idol.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, 9 p.m., HBO Want to know why Roman Polanski can't pick up his Oscars? Find out the secrets behind his infatuation with 13-year-old girls in this new doc.
The Happening: Taking Fear to a New Level, 11 p.m., FX We soooo want M. Night Shyamalan's new movie to not suck. We'lll keep hoping while we watch this behind-the-scenes thing. See page 23 for more.
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, 7 p.m., HBO That's right, there are soccer fans in tbt*. You know this. That's why we'll check out this doc about the team that didn't blow it at the women's World Cup (and made sports bras infamous).
30 Days, 10 p.m., FX Former NFL cornerback Ray Crockett gives up his legs for one month to see what it's like to be disabled. Then he plays wheelchair rugby and suddenly isn't pretending anymore. What? Those guys are tough.
SERIES PREMIERE Celebrity Circus, 9:30 p.m., NBC That show with George Takei singing lasted a whole episode, so they decided to throw Christopher Knight, Antonio Sabato Jr. and model Rachel Hunter into a show with tightropes and knives. Gold!
SERIES FINALE Men in Trees, 10 p.m., ABC This show is going the way of Anne Heche — off the deep end.
SEASON PREMIERE The Bill Engvall Show, 9 p.m., TBS Another season starts, which is proof TBS doesn't require any ratings info to keep its shows. But hey, it's on CBS on Monday nights now, so what does that say?
SEASON PREMIERE My Boys, 9:30 p.m., TBS See above, minus the Mondays on CBS.
Fear Itself, 10 p.m., NBC Any show with Eric Roberts staking out a haunted house is worth a mention.
Escape From New York, 8 p.m., AMC Like John Carpenter's The Thing, we're just glad this flick — in which 1997 Manhattan is a giant prison and Kurt Russell plays a guy named Snake Plissken — is considered an American Movie Classic.
Pachyderm Picasso, 9:30 p.m., Animal Planet Something about an elephant that paints. It beats watching a Friday the 13th marathon, don't it? Isn't that what AMC should be doing?
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org