NBC: “Bionic Woman,” 9 p.m.
What: A smart, loyal 24-year-old woman is put back together after a not-so-accidental accident. She’s saved but is changed into someone, something new.
Who: Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price, Will Yun Lee, Chris Bowers, Lucy Kate Hale, Mark Sheppard.
Why: It’s like “Alias” and “Heroes” all wrapped into one, plus it has that catchy old name, “Bionic Woman,” and “Kill Bill”-type moves.
How: Jaime Sommers (Ryan) was just a bartender. She took care of her little sister (Hale) and was having a baby with her surgeon-boyfriend (Bowers). When the couple were in a car accident, the boyfriend took her to his lab to make her whole again. The catch? It gave her super-human strength. The only other person who’d gotten the same bionic treatment was made into a soldier. Now, the bartender with the sister and the boyfriend has to do her duty, and watch out for that first bionic woman.
ABC: “Private Practice,” 9 p.m.
What: Dr. Addison F. Montgomery, ne Shepherd, moves south to a new clinic with new drama, away from Seattle Grace.
Who: Kate Walsh, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, Audra McDonald, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, Chris Lowell.
Why: Three words: “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off.
How: ABC didn’t release a screener of the new show, but we saw the beginning of the drama in last season’s extra-long episode of “Grey’s.” Addison (Walsh) takes up at a clinic run by old med school buddies. She’ll have California sunshine, rewarding work and plenty of sexual tension with new co-worker Pete (Daly). Addison also just discovered that she can’t get pregnant and that her friends’ perfect lives aren’t so sunny, especially among those unlucky in love. The hype factor for the show is high, but it might be this season’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” — a quality program with nobody to watch.
ABC: “Dirty Sexy Money,” 10 p.m.
What: A lawyer follows in his father’s footsteps to become the attorney-slave to the absurdly wealthy Darling family.
Who: Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, Jill Clayburgh, William Baldwin, Natalie Zea, Glenn Fitzgerald, Seth Gabel, Samaire Armstrong, Zoe McLellan.
Why: America’s fascination with wealth and its owners is made real, but from the eyes of a character we actually like.
How: Nick George (Krause) promised himself he wouldn’t be an overworked absentee father like his own, but when his father dies, he inherits the family business: lawyering for the gold-plated Darling family. Not only does it require constant damage control; it also digs out some torrid secrets from both families. And what’s at the root of it all? Dirty money. Seductive money. And lots of it.
The title is misleading; this is more clever than sleazy. Krause is a gem, as always, and Sutherland is appropriately creepy as the head of the Darling clan. The curiosity is whether this show about the downfall of the wealthy can keep itself interesting without crossing over into annoying.
NBC: “Life,” 10 p.m.
What: Not previewed. Damien Lewis stars as a cop returning to the force after serving time for murders he didn’t commit.
Select returning shows
“Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS: Mandy Patinkin quit suddenly because of “creative differences.” Joe Mantegna will play an FBI profiler who left for a life of lectures and book tours but comes back to crime solving.