"MasterChef Junior" (Fox). Does "cooking competition for kids" (open to cooks 8 to 13) betoken a softer Gordon Ramsay? Either way, this just looks awesome.

Sunday, Sept. 29

"Betrayal" (ABC). Ripe-to-overripe mystery-soap, long on longing looks and bated breath, hung on the framework of an adulterous affair; or the story of an adulterous affair, hung on the framework of a mystery. Tonally/thematically resembles what used to be called a "woman's picture," or what we now think of as a Lifetime movie, from which network it might have wandered over, in search of the major-network production values, Chicago locations and James Cromwell.

"Hello Ladies" (HBO). Gangly Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais' creative bestie and sometime costar, steps out in front in this comedy about finding — which is to say, not finding — love, action or just a little affectionate attention, in velvet-rope Hollywood.

"Masters of Sex" (Showtime). The life and times of Masters and Johnson, analysts of arousal, enacted over 12 episodes by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Includes real nudity and pretend sex (I just watch it for the articles, seriously), though for many the main turn-on will be the furniture and fittings in Masters' Midcentury Modern manse.

"Instant Mom" (Nick at Nite). Party girl Tia Mowry-Hardrict marries older-guy doctor Michael Boatman, who comes with three kids, in the season's other sexy stepmom series.

Monday, Sept. 30

"We Are Men" (CBS). Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Chris Smith are four men of nearly a certain age, and older, whose romantic misfortunes and misadventures have landed them in a singles-type apartment complex that we may be continually embarrassed for them. Smith (in a moment of clarity): "Do you really think you're going to have a meaningful relationship with some 25-year-old you meet at Jamba Juice?" Shalhoub: "Is she Asian?" So, you know.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

"Ironside" (NBC). An old Universal property is taken off the blocks and supercharged, with Blair Underwood as the paraplegic police detective letting no grass grow under his wheels. Who's tougher between Underwood and original recipe Ironside Raymond Burr is nothing I'd care to decide, but abandoning SF for NYC feels wrong. I would also note that "Raymond Burr" is an anagram of "Underwood," if you spell it "Undarryomb."

"Super Fun Night" (ABC). Australian comedian Rebel Wilson stars in a (mostly) broadcast-safe sitcom variously recalling "Ugly Betty," "Girls" and "The Mindy Project." There may be twarguments over the rift between Wilson's stated capability — she's an attorney — and her incredible haplessness, if "The Newsroom" is anything to go by. But female bonding is its main business, with work-superior Kevin Bishop (Jim Hawkins in "Muppet Treasure Island," just saying) the destabilizing male element.

"A Young Doctor's Notebook" (Ovation). Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe — yes, that's right, you heard me — costar (as the same character, simultaneously) in a four-episode comedy based on short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov and set in Russia during that revolution they had. (Oh, it was some time ago.) Have I mentioned they share a bathtub?

Thursday, Oct. 3

"The Millers" (CBS). TV reporter Will Arnett's divorce leads parents Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale to separate themselves and move in with their kids (Margo for Will, and Beau for sister Jayma Mays). "This is either going to be very sweet or very creepy," says J.B. Smoove (he's here too) as Will prepares in a climactic scene to dirty dance with Margo, stealing a thought from your own head.

"Welcome to the Family" (NBC). "Abie's Irish Rose" as an after-school special as a single-camera sitcom. Teenage pregnancy leads to teenage engagement (she's a privileged white mall girl, he's a hardworking formerly Stanford-bound middle-class Latino); prospective in-laws are less sanguine. Schematic as heck, but Mary McCormack (among others) compels your presence.

"Sean Saves the World" (NBC). Sean Hayes is an overextended single gay dad whose mother is played by Linda Lavin, which means you have to watch this at least once. Additional presence of Megan Hilty, still hanging around NBC after the death of "Smash," means you are likely to watch at least twice.

"The Originals" (CW). A "Vampire Diaries" spinoff, set in New Orleans. You can drink on the street there, did you know?

Saturday, Oct. 5

"House of Versace" (Lifetime). Gina Gershon plays Donatella Versace, fighting various demons and work things. Raquel Welch plays her aunt. Ten seconds of online preview suggest this will be the greatest Lifetime movie ever.

"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO). Stephen Frears directs Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella and Benjamin Walker. The arena is the Supreme Court, and at question is Ali's status as a conscientious objector. It happened!