Wed, October 1
If you like your procedural dramas grim, this new drama fills the bill handily. Two stars fresh from other series, Maggie Q ("Nikita") and Dylan McDermott ("Hostages"), play new partners in the Los Angeles Police Department's Threat Assessment Unit. Focused on stalking cases, they have much experience: She's a former stalking victim, and he's secretly doing some stalking himself. Kevin Williamson ("The Following") is the show's executive producer.
How well do you know your proteins? The new episode "14 Chefs Compete" is sure to give you a primer -- and the contestants, too, since they have to pair the correct protein to the proper dish. If that doesn't seem exciting, the reward for the winners is: They'll head to a Santa Monica (Calif.) beach house to join several Olympians in water polo. It's a given that the losers won't have it as nice ... and indeed, they have to grate cheese instead.
Determined to fund Sue's (Eden Sher) college tuition, Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) search for second jobs in the new episode "The Loneliest Locker." Sue and Brad (guest star Brock Ciarlelli) collaborate on the senior play. Axl (Charlie McDermott) scavenges his family's home to find needed items for the house he and Hutch (guest star Alphonso McAuley) are renting. Brick (Atticus Shaffer) becomes interested in his childhood toys again.