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Tuesday's fall lineup includes a winner, a loser and a spinoff

September 17, 2013


Sept. 17--Tuesdays this fall:

At 8 p.m., returning shows are NCIS (CBS, Sept. 24) and "The Biggest Loser" (NBC, Oct. 8).

Three new shows are coming to 8 p.m., including one of the fall's worst and one of the fall's best.

"Dads" (Fox, Tuesday) is a waste of great talent. Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi play longtime friends and business partners who have to share their homes with their obnoxious, blithely racist dads, Martin Mull and Peter Riegert. They're all better than the material they're given to work with, a live-action series from producer Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy," "American Dad").

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (ABC, Sept. 24) is perhaps the fall's most highly-anticipated show, a first-rate spinoff of the Marvel Superhero movies focusing on a government agency that investigates superhumans. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is back, no mean feat considering he was killed off in "The Avengers." Joss Whedon, who directed "The Avengers," co-created the show and directed the pilot episode.

"The Originals" (CW, Oct. 8, with a preview Oct. 3) is a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries," focusing on a family of ancient, powerful vampires living in modern-day New Orleans .

At 8:30, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is a cop comedy with Andy Samberg as a reckless, droll police detective who butts heads with his new, by-the-book chief (Andre Braugher).

At 9, returning shows are "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, Sept. 24), "The Voice" (NBC, Sept. 24), "New Girl" (Fox, Tuesday) and "Supernatural" (CW, Oct. 8).

New at 9, "The Goldbergs" (ABC, Sept. 24): Actor/comedian Adam Goldberg created this comedy, based on his own youth. It focuses on a nerdy kid growing up in the mid-1980s with a loving but loud family.

At 9:30, "Trophy Wife" (ABC, Sept. 24) is a sitcom with Malin Akerman as a reformed party girl who is now a stepmom and has to contend with her husband's two ex-wives.

At 10, returning shows are "Person of Interest" (Fox, Sept. 24) and "Chicago Fire" (NBC, Sept. 24).

New at 10, "Lucky 7" (ABC, Sept. 24) is a comedy-drama about a group of coworkers and how their lives change when they win the lottery.

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