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Best Bets: "Emily Owens, M.D." on TV, Nelson DeMille novel, "The Sessions" on film

New TV shows continue to premiere this quiet mid-October week as the entertainment industry gears up for the holidays and awards season.

Mamie Gummer, also known as Meryl Streep's daughter, makes her debut Tuesday as "Emily Owens, M.D.," on the CW show about a med school graduate just starting out. Also debuting Tuesday is the new MTV scripted series "Underemployed," about the first jobs of five new college grads in Chicago.

Unfortunately, both new shows will be getting competition from the second presidential debate Tuesday night between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The popular "American Horror Story" begins its second season Wednesday on FX with an all-new plotline and cast. This season, Jessica Lange plays a sadistic nun at an asylum in the 1960s, where the sophomore season's plot is set.

Also back on Wednesday is "Suburgatory," the Jeremy Sisto-Cheryl Himes comedy that starts its second season on ABC. Starting its third season Friday on the CW is "Nikita," about a woman driven to bring down a secret, government-funded network of spies and assassins to which she once belonged.

On the big screen this weekend, look for Tyler Perry in the title role as James Patterson's fictional homicide detective/psychologist in the thriller "Alex Cross." It is a bit of a departure from the "Medea" comedies for which Perry is so well known.

Also opening on Friday is the Sundance winner "The Sessions," about a 38-year-old man in an iron lung who employs sex surrogate to lose his virginity. The drama, directed by Ben Lewin, stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.

Out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week is Wes Anderson's acclaimed "Moonrise Kingdom," the animated "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," the fifth season of "Mad Men" and the first season of "Touch."


Best-selling author Nelson DeMille comes out with a new mystery "Panther," set in the Middle East, on Tuesday. Also being published that day is "Sleep No More," a new thriller in the Iris Johansen series about forensic sculptor Eve Duncan; and "The Bone Bed," a new Patricia Cornwell mystery about medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

Also expected out this week is the richly illustrated "The Rolling Stones 50"by The Rolling Stones. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the band's founding, It contains recollections by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

The stream of new music being released by major artists has slowed a bit this week. Still, "By My Side," a new album by two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ben Harper, will be released on Tuesday. Also coming out Tuesday is "Former Lives," a solo effort by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard; "Christmas with Scotty McCreery," a holiday album by the "American Idol" winner; and "Traveler," a studio album from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio