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Fall TV Schedule Breakdown

Sep 18, 2003 | 11:29am EDT

It's crunch time, as networks prepare to premiere brand new seasons of their tried-and-true shows and launch new ones in hopes of fattening up their viewership. Although the premiere week for the fall 2003 TV season doesn't officially begin until Monday, Sept. 22, some networks have already gotten a head start.

UPN, for example, has already debuted five new series, including Jake 2.0, Eve, All of Us, Rock Me Baby and The Mullets, and has already premiered its recurring shows Enterprise and WWE Smackdown!.

The WB, meanwhile, rolled out new series Steve Harvey's Big Time, All About the Andersons, Run of the House and Pepsi's Play for a Billion, and premiered current favorites including 7th Heaven, What I like About You, Reba and Everwood.

The FOX network premiered only one new show, The O.C., which was immediately successful. Last week it debuted its Saturday lineup with Cops, America's Most Wanted and Mad TV.

Last but not least, NBC introduced two new skeins, Whoopi and Happy Family.

For the most part, networks have been rerunning their season finales to whet viewers' appetites. Still lost as to when your favorite shows are set to debut or when to catch the newest buzz shows? has compiled a nifty schedule of the fall TV season for you:

Thursday, Sept. 18

New! 8 p.m.: Threat Matrix (ABC)

8 p.m.: Survivor: Pearl Islands (CBS)

8:30 p.m.: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (The WB, new timeslot)

9 p.m.: Extreme Makeover (ABC, new timeslot)

Friday, Sept. 19

8 p.m.: Wanda at Large (FOX, new timeslot)

New! 8:30 p.m.: Luis (FOX)

New! 8:30 p.m.: Like Family (The WB)

9 p.m.: Boston Public (FOX, new timeslot)

Monday, Sept. 22

8 p.m.: Yes, Dear (CBS, new timeslot)

8 p.m.: Fear Factor (NBC, two-hour premiere)

8:30 p.m.: Still Standing (CBS, new timeslot)

9 p.m.: Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

New! 9:30 p.m.: Two and a Half Men (CBS)

New! 10 p.m.: Las Vegas (NBC)

10 p.m.: CSI: Miami (CBS)

Tuesday, Sept. 23

8 p.m.: 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (ABC)

New! 8 p.m.: Navy NCIS (CBS)

8 p.m.: Gilmore Girls (The WB)

New! 8:30 p.m.: I'm with Her (ABC)

9 p.m.: According to Jim (ABC)

9 p.m.: The Guardian (CBS)

9 p.m.: Frasier (NBC, one-hour premiere)

New! 9 p.m.: One Tree Hill (The WB)

9:30 p.m.: Less Than Perfect (ABC)

10 p.m.: NYPD Blue (ABC)

10 p.m.: Judging Amy (CBS)

10 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (NBC, new timeslot)

Wednesday, Sept. 24

8 p.m.: My Wife and Kids (ABC, one-hour premiere)

8 p.m.: 60 Minutes II (CBS)

8 p.m.: Ed (NBC)

9 p.m.: The Bachelor (ABC, two-hour premiere)

9 p.m.: The West Wing (NBC)

New! 10 p.m.: The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. (CBS)

10 p.m.: Law & Order (NBC)

Thursday, Sept. 25

8 p.m.: Friends (NBC, super-sized episode)

8:45 p.m.: Will & Grace (NBC, super-sized episode)

9 p.m.: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

New! 9:30 p.m.: Coupling (NBC)

10 p.m.: Without a Trace (CBS)

10 p.m.: ER (NBC)

Friday, Sept. 26

8 p.m.: George Lopez (ABC, one-hour premiere; new timeslot)

New! 8 p.m.: Joan of Arcadia (CBS)

New! 8 p.m.: Miss Match (NBC)

8 p.m.: UPN Movie Friday (UPN)

New! 9 p.m.: Hope & Faith (ABC)

9 p.m.: JAG (CBS, new timeslot)

9 p.m.: Dateline (NBC)

9:30 p.m.: Life with Bonnie (ABC, new timeslot)

New! 10 p.m.: The Handler (CBS)

10 p.m.: Boomtown (NBC, new timeslot)

Saturday, Sept. 27

8 p.m.: The Wonderful World of Disney (ABC, new timeslot)

8 p.m.: 48 Hours Investigates (CBS, new timeslot)

8 p.m.: NBC Saturday Movie (NBC)

9 p.m.: Hack (CBS, new timeslot)

10 p.m.: The District (CBS, new timeslot)

Sunday, Sept. 28

7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, new timeslot)

7 p.m.: 60 Minutes (CBS)

7 p.m.: Dateline (NBC)

New! 8 p.m.: 10-8 (ABC)

New! 8 p.m.: Cold Case (CBS)

8 p.m.: Charmed (The WB, two-hour premiere)

8 p.m.: American Dreams (NBC)

9 p.m.: Alias (ABC)

9 p.m.: CBS Sunday Movie (CBS)

9 p.m.: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)

10 p.m.: The Practice (ABC, return to old timeslot)

New! 10 p.m.: The Lyon's Den (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 29

10 p.m.: Third Watch (NBC, new timeslot)

Wednesday, Oct. 1

8 p.m.: Smallville (The WB, new timeslot)

New! 8:30 p.m.: It's All Relative (ABC)

9 p.m.: The King of Queens (CBS, one-hour premiere; new timeslot)

9 p.m.: Angel (The WB)

New! 10 p.m.: Karen Sisco (ABC)

Thursday, Oct. 2

8:30 p.m.: Scrubs (NBC)

Friday, Oct. 3

New! 8:30 p.m.: Married to the Kellys (ABC)

Saturday, Oct. 4

10 p.m.: L.A. Dragnet (new timeslot)

Sunday, Oct. 5

New! 9 p.m.: Tarzan (The WB)

Wednesday, Oct. 8

9:30 p.m.: Becker (CBS, new timeslot)

Monday, Oct. 20

8 p.m.: Joe Millionaire (FOX, new timeslot)

New! 9 p.m.: Skin (FOX)

Tuesday, Oct. 28

9 p.m.: 24 (FOX, commercial-free)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

8 p.m.: That '70s Show (FOX)

New! 8:30 p.m.: A Minute with Stan Hooper (FOX)

9 p.m.: The Bernie Mac Show (FOX)

9:30 p.m.: Cedric the Entertainer Presents (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 30

New! 8 p.m.: Tru Calling (FOX)

New! 9 p.m.: The O.C. (FOX, time-period premiere)

Sunday, Nov. 2

7:30 p.m.: King of the Hill (FOX)

8 p.m.: The Simpsons (FOX)

New! 8:30 p.m.: The Ortegas (FOX)

9 p.m.: Malcolm in the Middle (FOX)

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