Most of the fall TV season is already in place, but a few stragglers are finally hitting screens this month. We size up two new shows and tell you if they're worth committing to. Because a TiVo can only hold so much. (All times are Eastern.) By Zac Crain



Big Day
(ABC, Thursdays, 8 p.m.)


As the name (sort of) implies, Big Day tracks one couple's march down the aisle. So, basically, it's sort of like 24, only with wedding planners instead of, you know, terrorists and stuff. Speaking of 24, it's the first thing we thought of when we heard this show's concept. Why? Well, apart from Big Day's similarone-day-over-one-season format, 24 actually covered some of this exact terrain a few years ago, when a blushing bride turned out to have ties to a terrorist plot scheduled to take place on her big day. Good stuff, right? That's why 24 finally won an Emmy this year. But back to Big Day. The show, created by writers Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (13 Going on 30), has three more or less likable leads - Marla Sokoloff (The Practice) as the bride-to-be, Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me!) as her pain-in-the-neck mom, and Josh Cooke (from not much, really) as the groom - and an interesting setup. Potential problems: Having sat through our own wedding videos on more than one occasion, we'd agree that there is undoubtedly a fair amount of drama, but a full season's worth? Not sure. And what will the producers choose for next season, if there is a next season? Saving the world? Yeah, we buy that taking 20 or so episodes. Getting ready for, let's say, a big promotion? Not so much.

Verdict: Worth a look, but don't get committed. Yes, that's a lame joke. We know.



Day Break
(ABC, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.)