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Another year, another promising fall TV lineup. Which returning shows will stay on top? Which new shows have potential? And which stars will be stealing the spotlight? Read on for our predictions.


SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS
Last year produced some original hits. We think they’ll keep getting high marks.

MODERN FAMILY
(ABC, Wed. at 9 p.m.)
Just when we thought the sitcom was dead, this clever mockumentary-style show about an unconventional American clan emerged, breaking through stereotypes in the process.

GLEE
(Fox, Tues. at 8 p.m.)
Not even a midseason four-month hiatus could derail this breakout musical, whose avid followers not only watch loyally but have also sent several sound track albums to No. 1.

UNDERCOVER BOSS
(CBS, Sun. at 9 p.m.)
While many new reality series have tanked, this show — in which CEOs infi ltrate their employee ranks and learn to value them — hit homeduring the Great Recession.



THE FRESHMEN
New series have to find their feet fast in an environment where they have little time to shine. These five may thrive.

UNDERCOVERS
(NBC, Wed. at 8 p.m.)
Think Hart to Hart meets I Spy, J.J. Abrams–style. Globe-trotting, married secret-agents-turned caterers Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw become reactivated, get their mojo back and charm us with their sexiness and swagger.

$#*! MY DAD SAYS
(CBS, Thurs. at 8 p.m.)
This PG-13 adaptation of the buzzed-about Twitter feed of the same name — written by a 29-year old man living with his cantankerous father — clicks because William Shatner is fun to watch. Here’s hoping it evolves into an off-the-wall father-son comedy.

THE WHOLE TRUTH
(ABC, Wed. at 10 p.m.)
Legal dramas are a dime a dozen,but this one smartly splits time between the prosecution and defense teams and features spirited courtroom jousting and an energized performance from Rob Morrow.

THE EVENT (NBC, Mon. at 9 p.m.) Many series have tried to duplicate the serialized success of Lost with generally minimal success. Though maddeningly vague, NBC’s teasers for The Event are intriguing. We think this conspiracy thriller will payoff rather than disappoint.

RUNNING WILDE (Fox, Tues. at 9:30 p.m. )Will Arnett (of Arrested Development fame) and former Felicity star Keri Russell get second shots at regular leading roles in this quirky comedy. Arnett, a spoiled socialite, seeks to woo anew his humanitarian childhood sweetheart,who shares none of his values.


ONES TO WATCH
Whether a newcomer or a seasoned veteran, these are the small-screen stars we expect will soar this fall.


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JULIE BENZ
Starring in: No Ordinary Family on ABC, Tues. at 8 p.m.
While Dexter upped this movie and TV veteran’s profile, Family, a dynamic superhero drama in which Benz plays an empowered everywoman/supermom, should make her a household name.

ALEX O’LOUGHLIN and SCOTT CAAN
Starring in: Hawaii Five-O on CBS, Mon. at 10 p.m.
The McGarrett and Danno, respectively, of CBS’ highly enjoyable Hawaii Five-O reboot display an enjoyable tough-guy chemistry that may transform them into TV’s hottest new action stars.

ALYSON MICHALKA
Starring in: Hellcats on The CW, Wed. at 9 p.m.
One half of the pop duo Aly & AJ, Michalka is the lone bright spot in this catty, teen-oriented cheerleading show. The spunky role proves that she has plenty of talent to tap into.

PARVESH CHEENA
Starring in: Outsourced on NBC, Thurs. at 9:30 p.m.
As part of the oddball crew of an Indian call center, Cheena’s chattering, socially awkward Gupta is the standout. This sitcom could be his divining rod to comedic gold.

DANA DELANY
Starring in: Body of Proof on ABC, Fri. at 9 p.m.
Delany’s career was rejuvenated with Desperate Housewives, and her turn as a snarky yet noble medical examiner in Body of Proof is the perfect star vehicle to showcase her agile on-screenabilities.

*ALL SHOWTIMES ARE EASTERN TIME.