Best Bets: New TV shows, Brad Pitt movie and Tony Bennett "Duets II"

"Unforgettable" stars Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a perfect memory. Barbara Nitke/CBS

"Unforgettable" starring Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a perfect memory is just one of the new shows debuting this week
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(CBS) Last night, the Emmys closed the door on the 2010-11 television season and tonight, TV audiences welcome in the 2011-12 season.

Although a few new shows and season premieres for old favorites peppered last week's TV schedule, the networks really get down to business this week.

Special Section: The 2011 Emmys

Tonight, "Dancing With the Stars" launches a new season with, among others, Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Chaz Bono. Two new shows, the CBS comedy "Two Broke Girls" and the NBC drama "The Playboy Club," make their debut and "Two and a Half Men" returns with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen as the star. Of course, you can still see Sheen on TV tonight - a Comedy Central roast taped a week ago, airs at 10 p.m.

Tuesday night offerings include new shows "New Girl" with Zooey Deschanel and "Unforgettable" with Poppy Montgomery, and season premieres for "Glee," "The Biggest Loser" and "Body of Proof."

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ABC's Hamptons drama "Revenge" makes its debut Wednesday along with season premieres for "Modern Family," "CSI" with Ted Danson replacing Laurence Fishburne, and "Law & Order: SUV." That show, known for its ripped-from-the-headlines plots, will focus this week on a hotel maid who says she was raped by a diplomat. Sounds familiar?

Thursday night sees the debut of ABC's reboot of the '70s hit "Charlie's Angels" and NBC's "Prime Suspect," a cop drama starring Maria Bello and produced by "Friday Night Lights" creator Peter Berg. There are also new season starts for "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Office" with James Spader but no Steve Carell.

There is the season premiere of "Fringe" on Friday and the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" the next night with Alec Baldwin hosting for a record 16th time.

Another 1960s drama, "Pan Am," makes its debut on Sunday night which also sees season premieres for "Family Guy," "The Good Wife" (on a new night), "Desperate Housewives" (its last season!) and "Boardwalk Empire."

If you have any entertainment time left after watching all that TV, you can catch the new Brad Pitt movie "Moneyball," which opens Friday along with the teen flick "Abduction" with Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins; the family film "A Dolphin's Tale"; "Killer Elite" with Clive Owen, Jason Statham and Robert DeNiro; "Machine Gun Preacher" with Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan; "The Double" with Richard Gere; and Kevin Smith's "Red State."

Although Tony Bennett's duet with Amy Winehouse was released as a single last week, his full "Duets II" hits stores Tuesday with Bennett crooning with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Michael Buble, among others. Also out that day are new albums from Tori Amos, Mary J. Blige, Gavin DeGraw, Demi Lovato and Celtic Thunder. The soundtrack for "Pearl Jam Twenty," the Cameron Crowe documentary about the Seattle grunge band that premiered in Toronto last week, also comes out Tuesday.

"The Rogue," Joe McGinniss' tell-all about former Alaska governor and Tea Party idol Sarah Palin, is being published on Tuesday, although some of the juicier passages have already been leaked out. Also out on Tuesday are new books by Clive Cussler ("Race") and J.D. Robb ("New York to Dallas").

The white tents are gone from New York's Lincoln Center, but you can expect plenty of fashion news this week out of London, where that city's Fashion Week is sandwiched between the larger extravaganzas in New York and Milan.

Finally, the New York City Ballet will premiere on Thursday "Ocean's Kingdom," a new ballet work composed by former Beatle Paul McCartney. The performance is choreographed by NYCB's Peter Martins and features costumes by Sir Paul's daughter, Stella.

  • CBS News Staff

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