More, more, more TV premieres tonight! Will it ever end? (Yes. It will end. And I’ll be thankful when the cancellations begin.)

“The New Adventures of Old Christine” at 8 P.M. Yeah, it’s kind of your standard, conventional sitcom, but it works because Julia Louis-Dreyfus totally sells it, and she’s hilarious.

“Gary Unmarried”
at 8:30 P.M. This sitcom, on the other hand, just doesn’t work. It’s conventionality is not overcome by the presence of Jay Mohr, who CAN be funny, but isn’t here.

“Criminal Minds” at 9 P.M. Crimes. Being solved. I really can’t believe how many of these shows CBS is running.

at 10 P.M. Oh look! Here’s another one!

“Mercy” at 8 P.M. “Mercy” is the medical show that is NOT set in San Francisco, (that would be “Trauma,” which premieres on Monday). Instead, “Mercy” joins the growing ranks of shows about nurses, and it stars Michelle Trachtenberg, which might be good news for “Gossip Girl” fans who can’t stand her Georgina character. If this show is a hit, it’s unlikely she’ll be doing both shows for long.

“Law & Order: SVU” at 9 P.M. The only “Law & Order” I care about is “Criminal Intent,” and I have no idea when that one’s coming back. Bummer.


“Modern Family”
at 9 P.M. ABC doesn’t have a really good track record recently when it comes to sitcoms, but this one looks promising, even if it is done in the tired “mockumentary” format of shows like “The Office.”

“Cougar Town” 9:30 P.M. See, the “Cougar” of the title really refers to the town’s high school football team, the Cougars, NOT to the fact that Courtney Cox’s character is a 40-something divorcee sleeping with younger men. *Phew* What a relief! I was afraid the entire show would be about the tired cliche that any woman over the age of 35 should be viewed as some kind of sex-crazed predator. Because we they are totally not like that, OK?

This show comes from “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence, so if you don’t like the humor in “Scrubs” you probably won’t like it in this one either.

“Eastwick” at 10 P.M. Loosely based on the book “The Witches of Eastwick” by John Updike, and probably the pretty terrible movie of the same name, this version stars Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price, and Jaime Ray Newman as three women who dance with the devil and slowly learn they’ve got magical powers. Think “Charmed,” but older…like, Cougar-age older!

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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