Fall TV: A ROOT Guide

Watch this. DVR this. Definitely skip that.

Watch This: Trauma (NBC) at 9 p.m.

Derek Luke stars in this high-octane medical drama. It’s a worthy antidote to Grey’s Anatomy. Watch the promo.




DVR This: Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) at 8:30 p.m.

Fans of The Game will want to see Derwin’s (Pooch Hall) new gig. Odd fact: Hall replaces Melanie’s (Tia Mowry) real-life husband (actor Cory Hardrict) mid-season.

Skip This: Gossip Girl (CW) at 9 p.m.

No black gossip girls. But let’s keep it that way.

YouTube This: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Formulaic American Idol knockoffs like this deserve about 30 seconds of your time. Somebody falls. A dress rips. A football player (or Master P) with two left feet, shuffles across the floor. And now that Tom DeLay is gone, the laughs are pretty much over.

Skip This: Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC) at 9 p.m.

Now that Jon’s been cut out of the deal, viewers are left with sulking, fringed, not-quite-right Kate and her whiny confessionals. The kids aren’t getting paid, TLC is getting over, and Kate’s become totally woe-is-me. For better TV, watch Jon on Larry King Live as he explains why he wants TLC to say “cut” to Kate—and cut check(s)—for him and his kids.

Fan Favorites: Heroes (NBC) at 8 p.m., House (Fox) at 8 p.m., CSI: Miami (CBS) at 10 p.m.