Day Three of Fall Launch Week brings a den full of returning shows, including the incredibly popular Dragon’s Den (CBC at 8), The Tudors (CBC at 9), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox at 9; Sept. 24 on City at 8), Criminal Minds (CBS at 9), The Middle (ABC at 8; CTV at 9), Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family (ABC and City at 9) and Cougar Town (ABC and City at 9:30), with guest star Jennifer Aniston joining former Friends friend Courteney Cox. Here’s a look at the series premieres starting tonight:
Undercovers (8 p.m., NBC and City)
Two stunningly attractive married spies (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) come out of retirement to save the world. Spy boss Gerald McRaney (Deadwood, Jericho) puts them up to it. J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost) is behind it.
STARWEEK RATING: Saw clips of this at the City launch and though can’t miss; it’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith with better looking actors. Then watched the entire pilot and was bored to death. Fix it, J.J.!
Better with You (8:30 p.m., ABC)
Montreal native Jennifer Finnigan (Close to Home) is one-sixth of this comedy ensemble about three couples of various ages and stages and their wacky relationships. Debra Jo Rupp from That ‘70s Show also stars.
STARWEEK RATING: There are more laughs on Dating in the Dark than this lame sitcom. Better With Gravol.
The Defenders (10 p.m., CBS; 8 p.m., CTV)
Jim Belushi (According to Jim) and Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) team up as Vegas defence attorneys.
STARWEEK RATING: As Elvis might say, the pilot could have used a little less conversation, a little more action. Belushi and O’Connell seem like more fun than your average lawyers. Best enjoyed with cocktails.