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Fall TV: Which shows to watch, which shows to skip

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A scene from the TV show "Blacklist" starring James Spader.

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We don't get many signs of fall here in Southern California. It's still warm, the leaves don't turn on palm trees, so how do we know it's fall?

New TV season!

September marks the launch of the TV networks' new prime time shows, and if this year it all seems a little less than exciting, maybe that's because the early word is: lackluster.

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The whole idea of rolling out a big batch of new shows all at once seems increasingly antiquated. It's been undercut by cable networks, which tend to launch programs throughout the year.

USA Today TV critic Robert Bianco says TV viewers should lower their expectations this year.