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Salon's guide to what to watch on Monday: NBC's promising dramedy "Chuck" makes its debut.

By Salon Staff
Published September 24, 2007 2:00PM (UTC)
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If you took Seth Cohen from "The OC," put him to work as a techie geek in a consumer electronics store and then got him tangled up in some high-level spy activity, replete with car chases and super-hot spy babes, you'd end up with "Chuck" (premieres at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC), a dramedy that's really more of a comedy than a drama. But maybe that's just how it feels when nobody is getting drunk and falling off cliffs. "OC" creator Josh Schwartz has his hands full with two pilots airing this fall (the other is CW's moody-rich-teen soap "Gossip Girl"), a fact that doesn't bode well for either show, particularly considering that "The OC" itself careened off a cliff after its second season. Despite a pilot episode that never really surpasses mildly amusing, "Chuck" does have a likable cast, a reasonably interesting set-up and lots of potential for conspiracies and corruption and intrigue. And the enemy forces working against it? The demon dandies of "Dancing With the Stars," airing on ABC in the same time slot.



CBS's "Big Bang Theory" premieres at 8:30 p.m. EDT, the second season of NBC's "Heroes" premieres at 9 p.m. EDT, while over on VH1, a master of slick moves is crowned in the season finale of "The Pick-up Artist" (9 p.m. EDT). Meet the "sexiest 'Bachelor' ever" when ABC's long-running swoonfest "The Bachelor" premieres at 9:30 p.m. EDT. NBC's "Journeyman," a drama about a time traveler played by "Rome's" Kevin McKidd, premieres at 10 p.m. EDT. And Part 2 of Ken Burns' seven-part documentary series on World War II, "The War," airs at 8 p.m. EDT on PBS (check local listings).


On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Judge Judy

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Jimmy Smits, Sen. Joe Biden, Zachary Levi

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

David Spade

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings


Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Reba McEntire

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT


Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Thomas Friedman

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Smits,

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Ryan, Diana Krall

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Joe Pantoliano

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Kanye West, Jeff Garlin

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Jim Gaffigan, Rilo Kiley

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

50 Cent, Emily Deschanel

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter

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