The New Fall Season: Sundays

FALL TV PREVIEW 2011

This is the last in a series about what the new fall TV season is bringing to broadcast networks. Strangely, there aren’t as many new shows for what was once the showcase. Perhaps they’re ceding the night to cable, where “Breaking Bad” continues, “Boardwalk Empire” starts and “Homeland,” “The Walking Dead” and “Dexter” are soon to come.

NEW SHOWS

“Pan Am” (ABC, 10 p.m., today). Like the other new network show about the 60s, “The Playboy Club,” this costume party also follows uniformed working women who see themselves as more than waitresses. This show isn’t much better than the other, as it similarly inserts all manner of false intrigue to make it seem more like a normal network drama (It couldn’t be satisfied to be merely a character study, as the obvious model for this show, “Mad Men,” has). One other thing that marks it as an artificial portrayal: nobody smokes. The cast is pleasant enough in their crisp uniforms, though those tuning in for Christina Ricci, right, will be disappointed. She’s hardly in the first episode at all.

“Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m., Oct. 23) is the second network show mining the world of fairy tales and such, this time in a Maine town where all the characters have been trapped, seeking only the chosen one to help them out of their troubles. Not quite for kids, not of interest to adults, it seems a waste of talents for Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison.

“Allen Gregory” (Fox, 8:30 p.m., Oct. 30), an addition to the string of similar, mostly Seth Macfarlane cartoons Sunday night is one that’s not from him, but has a similar central conceit: A small one whose patter is a little too sophisiticated. Unlike Stewie, the title character is a grade-schooler who is way too grown up for his own good. Jonah Hill writes and provides a voice for the kid, and it seems funny at first. But how long will it wear?

RETURNING SHOWS

“The Amazing Race” (CBS, 8 p.m., tonight), “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.), Sunday Night Football (NBC, 8 p.m.), “The Cleveland Show” (Fox, 8:30 p.m., tonight),  “Desperate Housewives” (ABC, 9 p.m. tonight), “The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m., tonight), “Family Guy” (Fox, 9 p.m., tonight), “American Dad” (Fox, 9:30 p.m., tonight), and “CSI: Miami” (CBS, 10 p.m., tonight).

Here are the fall previews for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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