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The fall season begins. Daddio (8 p.m., NBC), the Michael Chiklis stay-at-home dad sitcom, opens its new season with a visit from Donny Osmond. The King of Queens (8 p.m., CBS) kicks off season three with Doug growing jealous of Carrie’s sexy new Latino co-worker. On the season opener of 7th Heaven (8 p.m., WB), Pastor Eric opposes wife Annie’s decision to go back to college. Biography (8 p.m., A&E) has a new profile of James Garner. NBC tries to steal some “Malcolm in the Middle” vibes with the new sitcom Tucker (8:30 p.m., NBC), about a precocious teen who goes to live with his crude aunt (Katey Sagal) and her dumb son. The new CBS sitcom Yes, Dear (8:30 p.m., CBS) stars Mike O’Malley, Anthony Clark (“Boston Common”), Jean Louisa Kelly and Liza Snyder as two sets of new parents. The new drama Deadline (9 p.m., NBC) stars Oliver Platt as a crusading Manhattan tabloid columnist and journalism teacher. The cast includes Bebe Neuwirth, Tom Conti, Hope Davis and Lili Taylor; the producer is Dick Wolf (“Law & Order”). But before you get all excited, try to remember another newspaper drama, with the exception of “Lou Grant,” that lasted more than one season. Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS) opens its fifth season with a one-hour episode in which the whole family vacations together in Italy in search of Barone roots. Frontline (9 p.m., PBS, check local times) begins its new season with “The Choice 2000,” election year portraits of candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush. Roswell (9 p.m., WB) returns for a second season, as does Third Watch (10 p.m., NBC) and Family Law (10 p.m., CBS). “Family Law” also welcomes a new cast member — Tony Danza.
Hey, it turns out that Fox did learn something from its “Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?” debacle. It learned that it’s not cool to parade women around like harem girls unless you’re going to give men the same treatment! In that spirit of equality, Fox presents The Sexiest Bachelor in America Pageant (8 p.m., Fox), hosted by Caroline Rhea and featuring formal wear, swimwear and interview segments. And remember: Today’s winner is tomorrow’s scandal fodder!
Seahawks at Chiefs (9 p.m., ABC)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Geena Davis, Tyne Daly
David Letterman (CBS) Geena Davis, Regis Philbin
Jay Leno (NBC) Pamela Anderson, Christopher Titus
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Carson Daly, Karen Finley
All times Eastern unless noted.
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