New television season begins on Monday


NBC has nowhere to go but up as the 2010-2011 television season kicks off Monday (9/20). But the network with the fewest holes to fill, CBS, seems to be getting the most buzz about a new show premiering in Monday’s primetime schedule.

That, of course, is “Hawaii 5-0.” The reworked and updated version of the cop drama which aired on the Eye network from 1968 through 1980 makes its bow at 10:00 pm ET/PT against ABC’s returning cop drama “Castle” and NBC’s new “Chase,” also a cop drama. So, may the best cop win.

There are no new shows in the first hour of primetime Monday, with Fox launching the seventh season of medical drama “House” against CBS’s comedy hit “How I Met Your Mother,” NBC’s spy drama “Chuck” and the season 11 debut of the reality completion series “Dancing With the Stars.”

CBS continues a night of half-hour comedies with “Rules of Engagement” and “Two and a Half Men” before the series debut of “Mike and Molly” somehow makes the transition from laughs to crime ahead of Hawaii 5-0, since Mike is an overweight Chicago cop trying to take off the pounds.

After Chuck NBC introduces a new spy/conspiracy drama “The Event,” so it has two series premieres for the night as the schedule wraps up with Chase heading into local news, rather than last year’s failed experiment of running Jay Leno five nights a week in the last hour of prime.

DWTS kicks off the season with a two hour premiere on ABC, so that fills out the evening ahead of Castle.

Fox follows House with another quirky series, “Lone Star,” based on the premise of a guy leading two lives at the same time in two Texas cities. As has always been the case, Fox leaves the last hour of primetime for local news.

The CW does the same and tried to get a jump on the competition by doing its season premieres last week, so “90210” and “Gossip Girl” will be airing their second installments of the new season on Monday night.