Bram and Alice
From the writers of Frasier, Bram and Alice is nasty fun; starring Alfred Molina and Traylor Howard. 8 p.m., CBS.
Each week, the new NBC series Boomtown will feature the story of a crime told Rashomon-style from the multiple perspectives. 10 p.m., NBC.
The interminable break wasn’t good for us or them: Robert Iler got himself arrested, Jamie-Lynn Sigler came out with a dreadful CD and memoir, and James Gandolfini went through a nasty public divorce. Thankfully, the Sopranos are back for their fourth season, followed on Sunday nights by Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Premieres September 15, 9 p.m., HBO.
The Forsyte Saga
The latest addictive generation-spanning eight-part mini-series from Masterpiece Theatre follows the intrigues of a wealthy Victorian family. Remade from the 1969 version. Premieres October 6, 8 p.m., PBS.
Stage on Screen: Beckett on Film
Film adaptations of seven short Beckett plays, with Jeremy Irons, Kristin Scott Thomas, and John Gielgud in his final screen performance. Premieres September 15, 10 p.m., PBS.
Bang Bang You’re Dead
Film about high-school violence seen through the eyes of one student. Premieres October 13, Showtime.
The spin-off of CSI is the nearest thing to a surefire hit this fall; starring Kim Delaney, David Caruso, and Emily Proctor. 10 p.m., CBS.
Ally McBeal times three? In the new Fox drama from David E. Kelley, three young female attorneys contend with the “boys’ club” atmosphere of a conservative San Francisco law firm.
Married high-school sweethearts (Mark Addy, Jami Gertz) struggle to raise three children. Premieres September 23, 9:30 p.m., CBS.
Less Than Perfect
A temp worker and her geeky companions battle with her snooty and svelte new officemates for the attention of their self-absorbed anchorman boss. 9:30 p.m., ABC.
Life With Bonnie
In her new sitcom, Bonnie Hunt gets a little hyper on both sides of the camera. Tuesdays, 9 p.m., ABC.
Journeys With George
This revealing documentary follows George W. Bush for eighteen months on the 2000 campaign trail. Premieres November 5, 9:30 p.m., HBO.
Aspiring chef is forced to move in with his new bride’s parents (Dennis Farina, Jean Smart), who, of course, can’t stand him. Premieres September 24, 8 p.m., NBC.
Quirky documentary by Joel Soler about the cult of personality surrounding the dictator, featuring exclusive interviews with members of his inner circle. Premieres November 26, Cinemax.
A private detective (Party of Five’s Matthew Fox) is haunted by lost souls after a near-death experience. Premieres September 24, 9 p.m., UPN.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Four-part documentary on the Jim Crow era, narrated by Richard Roundtree. Premieres October 1, 10 p.m., PBS.
This medical drama has the keep-’em-in-stitches spirit of M*A*S*H and stars John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and William Fichtner (Go).
Blythe Danner, Dana Delany, and Anna Deavere Smith, not to mention Sasha Alexander and Julianne Nicholson, star as a San Francisco collective of physicians. 10 p.m., CBS.
LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton
Sundance-winning documentary follows three generations battling poverty and illiteracy in the Mississippi Delta. Premieres September 18, 7:30 p.m., HBO.
The Twilight Zone
Update on the spooky classic series, hosted by Forest Whitaker. Premieres September 18, 9 p.m., UPN.
Slick cop show from the director of Charlie’s Angels about two undercover police officers attracted to the criminal world they investigate. Tiffani Thiessen (Beverly Hills, 90210) is their boss. Premieres September 18, 9 p.m., Fox.
Birds of Prey
In a series loosely based on Batman lore, three female superheroes fight crime in Gotham City. From the producers of Smallville. Premieres October 9, 9 p.m., WB.
In PBS’s follow-up to its popular 1900 House reality series, a family in Britain re-creates a World War II–era household. Premieres November 6,8 p.m., PBS.
Without a Trace
Jerry Bruckheimer–produced crime series about an FBI task force that tracks down missing persons. Starring Anthony LaPaglia. Premieres September 26, 10 p.m., CBS.
Good Morning, Miami
Comedy from the creators of Will & Grace about a young producer who takes over a failing local morning show. Premieres September 26, 9:30 p.m., NBC.
The much-hyped mystery series co-written and produced by Ben Affleck allows viewers to play along – for money – on the Internet. Premieres September 17, 9 p.m., ABC.
When an unhappy 34-year-old salesman is hit on the head, he is sent back in time twenty years to his life as a teenager in the eighties. Premieres September 19, 8:30 p.m., WB.
Spin-off of last May’s mini-series about a lost world where humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. Premieres October 10, 8 p.m., ABC.
Scandal-tainted ex-cop (David Morse) now works as a cabbie but still solves crimes with the help of his former partner (Andre Braugher). Premieres September 27, 9 p.m., CBS.
Robbery Homicide Division
More crime solving, this time by an elite division of the LAPD led by Tom Sizemore. Produced by Michael Mann, creator of Miami Vice and director of Heat and The Insider. Premieres September 27, 10 p.m., CBS.
Futuristic space drama from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. Premieres September 20, 8 p.m., Fox.
Gifted amnesiac with encyclopedic knowledge solves crimes while struggling to uncover his own identity. Premieres September 20, 9 p.m., Fox.
Great Performances: Josh Groban in Concert
A showcase for the 21-year-old tenor sensation. Premieres November 23, 8 p.m., PBS.