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What to Watch: September 19 - 25

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 19th 2011 8:00AM
Roast of Charlie Sheen - Monday September 19, 10 p.m. ET/PT, Comedy

If anyone out there is still interested in the Charlie Sheen train-wreck tour of 2011, it's making a stop on Comedy this week - about 30 weeks too late. Sheen's appearance at the Emmys proved he lost his sense of humour along with his dignity around the time he got fired from 'Two and a Half Men' but hopefully the professional comics and various celebs can keep this thing funny. Seth MacFarlane of 'Family Guy' is the ring leader, and roasters include Jon Lovitz, Kate Walsh, William Shatner and Slash.

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Unforgettable - Tuesday September 20, 10 p.m. ET/PT, CBS/CTV

Poppy Montgomery's new drama debuts tonight. The 'Without A Trace' actress returns to TV with a new, loosened up look I really like - darker blond hair and cure bomber jackets. She plays a woman afflicted with hyperthymesia, which is a genuine disorder in which sufferers can't forget anything - ever. So, she becomes a homicide detective. I get why this idea may have appealed to procedural writers but you know, just because a thing exists, doesn't mean it has to be in a TV show. Real-life hyperthymesian (that's a word right?) Marilu Henner also stars, along with Dylan Walsh.

Prime Suspect - Thursday September 22, 1 p.m. ET/PT, NBC/Global

Talk about big shoes to fill - Maria Bello takes on the role that made Helen Mirren a household name. I love it when a great film actress makes the transition to TV to anchor a show, but I have my reservations about this show. The original is super dark - the first season was all about the blatant sexism of the police force, the second about institutional racism, and the show ended with Mirren's character in AA. The touchy-feely attitude of the previews for the US version give me the feeling NBC doesn't want to go quite that far. On the plus side, Aidan Quinn co-stars and just keeps getting better looking with age.

Pan Am - Sunday September 25, 10 p.m. ET, ABC/CTV

It's been called a 'Mad Men' rip-off, sexist, inaccurate and one of the more promising drama pilots of the new season. So who's right? Tonight, we the viewers get to weigh in. I expect to like Christina Ricci and to drool over the fashion, but in the end I'm not sure I want to watch another series set in the 60s. Unless it's the 1860s. Civil war, Abe Lincoln, Great Expectations? Come on HBO, get on it.

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