On TV this weekend
SERIES PREMIERE A Gifted Man, 8 p.m., CBS Former local Patrick Wilson stars as a neurosurgeon who decides to clean up his act when his dead wife comes to visit him. Apparently, she couldn't get through to him when she was alive.
SEASON PREMIERE Nikita, 8 p.m., CW Maggie Q is back to kick more ass, hopefully in more skintight dresses.
SEASON PREMIERE Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., Fox Did Gordon ever stop to think that maybe some restaurants should fail?
SEASON PREMIERE CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS Oh, come on, the anniversary of Sept. 11 was last week. No fair talking about it again this week. You're picking at a very sore scab there.
SEASON PREMIERE Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW Castiel warns the others that you really shouldn't mess with God. Good advice.
SEASON PREMIERE Fringe, 9 p.m., Fox Seth Gabel shows up to fill in the empty slot in the cast that Joshua Jackson left behind. Although, it's entirely possible he's here for a different reason.
SEASON PREMIERE Dateline NBC, 9 p.m., NBC The show examines the story of Quinn Gray, the Florida millionaire who faked her kidnapping to extort her own husband. Of course.
SEASON PREMIERE Ghost Adventures, 9 p.m., Travel Find ghosts yet? No? Just checking.
SEASON PREMIERE Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood guest star in hopeless pandering to this show's target demographic.
SERIES PREMIERE The Dead Files, 10 p.m., Travel A homicide detective and a psychic communicator investigate paranormal phenomena separately, then compare notes to make true believers wet their pants. Sounds like a good Friday night.
Morlocks, 9 p.m., SyFy The H.G. Wells-inspired C.H.U.D.s travel through time to kill humans. Hey, they're hungry after being on the road for 800,000 years.
SERIES PREMIERE The Nerdist, 10 p.m., BBC America Chris Hardwicks beloved podcast about all sorts of geekery becomes a real show. It's like the Pinocchio of Internet entertainment.
SEASON PREMIERE Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC Alec Baldwin hosts for a record 16th time (with Radiohead as musical guests). It's a good thing he has such disdain for TV acting.
SEASON PREMIERE The Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS Something something reality show something $1 million something. Context-friendly one-liner.
SEASON PREMIERE Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox Peter Griffin wins the lottery. Seth MacFarlane loses the last vestige of his originality.
SEASON PREMIERE The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS Alicia defends a Muslim accused of killing a Jewish classmate. That should be easy in today's political and social climate, right?
SEASON PREMIERE Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m., ABC It's the last season for these ladies, but we have no idea what's going on, because we checked out the middle of last season. Let us guess: Someone died and there's a coverup. The suburbs really aren't any safer.
SEASON PREMIERE Boardwalk Empire, 9 p.m., HBO Another season of people trying to take out Steve Buscemi begins. Don't you know you can't kill that dude's career?
SERIES PREMIERE Pan Am, 10 p.m., ABC A series set in 1963, when flying was a glam way to travel and not just an expensive version of a Greyhound bus rocketing through the air.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org