On TV this week, Sept. 29-Oct. 3

On TV this week

MONDAY

Gossip Girl, 8 p.m., CW Blair decides to take her anger out on her mother. Is this because Leighton Meester has admitted she was born in jail after her real-life mom was imprisoned for drug smuggling?

SEASON PREMIERE Life, 10 p.m., NBC Charlie and Dani try to find a serial killer before he strikes again. Or the writers get back to work and this show gets dropped at midseason.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS People in Miami are killing each other over gasoline because fuel prices have gotten so high. No, that's not the news, that's what the show is about.

TUESDAY

The Biggest Loser: Families, 8 p.m., NBC Before a trip to the Grand Canyon, the contestants are tempted with a stop at the convenience store. Want to avoid buying Oreos? Pay for your tank of gas first.

Privileged, 9 p.m., CW Megan is amazed when she finds a porno in Rose's bookbag. She's even more amazed that Rose isn't the one who's starring in it.

Half Their Size: The People Magazine Weight Loss Challenge, 10 p.m., ABC Well, we would hope you could lose weight over the course of nine months. What's with all the weight-loss worship lately, anyway?

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Pushing Daisies, 8 p.m., ABC A spokesmodel for a honey-based cosmetics company is stung to death. That product packaging is so darn hard to take off these days.

America's Next Top Model, 8 p.m., CW Now that Isis is gone, we've lost about 50 percent interest. But Paulina is trying to show the girls how to wear ugly clothes and still look beautiful. Usually it's the other way around.

SEASON FINALE America's Got Talent, 9 p.m., NBC Jerry Springer tells us which of the attention-starved desperates gets to go home feeling slightly better about themselves. The prize? Contributing to the crumbling of American society.

THURSDAY

Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC Ratings for this show were down 18 percent last week, and likely aren't getting better, because Sarah Palin is on.

Vice Presidential Debate, 9 p.m., NBC This is the only shot we'll get of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in action.

Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW It's good to see Assistant Director Skinner from The X-Files keeps finding work, even if Dean had to go back in time to make it happen.

FRIDAY

SEASON PREMEIRE Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m., CBS Awww, Melinda finds a friend who can talk to the dead, too. Finally, someone who appreciates silence!

SEASON PREMIERE Everybody Hates Chris, 8 p.m., CW Chris goes to high school, where he ends up being the only black kid in an all-white homeroom. It's a lot like one of his HBO specials, he later confesses.

SEASON PREMIERE Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 9 p.m., Cartoon The miniseries was so good, and the movie so blah, George Lucas just had to overdo it and drive the final nails in the Star Wars coffin.

SEASON PREMIERE The Ex List, 9 p.m., CBS A psychic tells a woman the man of her dreams is some dude she already dated, so she has one year to find him or else she'll end up a spinster. At least we know the show can only last a year.

SEASON PREMIERE Sanctuary, 9 p.m., Sci Fi This series about a doctor who minds supernatural creatures started off on the Internet, so the producers will be used to no one watching it.

SEASON PREMIERE NUMB3RS, 10 p.m., CBS Charlie tries to decide whether or not he wants to be reinstated. Maybe he should wait to see how the election turns out.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, Sept. 29-Oct. 3 09/26/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 2:35pm]

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