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Ci­tytv/Oct. 4/7 p.m. (pre­mieres Oct. 2 on ABC) MAL­IBU COUN­TRY Star­ring: Reba McEn­tire, Sara Rue, Lily Tom­lin, Justin Pren­tice and Jai Ro­driguez Premise: A for­mer coun­try singer, who put her ca­reer on hold to raise a fam­ily, dis­cov­ers her Nashville-star hus­band has been cheat­ing on her; quickly di­vorced and look­ing to re-start her life, she packs up and moves to sunny L.A. in hopes of find­ing peace and per­haps land­ing a record deal. Low­down: ABC has two coun­try mu­sic-themed shows in its rookie crop — Nashville, a smart and stylish drama star­ring Con­nie Brit­ton and Hay­den Panet­tiere, and this clumsy ef­fort, which surely ranks as one of the new sea­son’s worst. The premise is flimsy, the jokes are pure scriptwrit­ing hack­ery, and it’s par­tic­u­larly sad­den­ing to see a com­edy leg­end such as Tom­lin wasted in such point­less prime-time pif­fle. Quotable: “All my fans are to­tally ex­cited about this show. They’re very glad we’re back on tele­vi­sion.” — se­ries star/pro­ducer Reba McEn­tire, ex­pect­ing a big rat­ings boost from her mu­sic-in­dus­try fan base. Bot­tom line: This one should drop off the charts quickly ... but then again, Reba’s fans have ral­lied be­fore to keep a mid­dling sit­com ef­fort of hers on for a long run. CBC/Sept. 16/8 p.m. OVER THE RAIN­BOW Fea­tur­ing: Daryn Jones hosts, with judges Thom Al­li­son, Ar­lene Phillips and Louise Pitre Premise: A re­al­ity-com­pe­ti­tion search for the star of the Toronto pro­duc­tion of An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s stage-mu­si­cal adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Low­down: No pre­views avail­able, but based on the suc­cess/ap­peal of CBC’s sim­i­larly themed 2008 of­fer­ing How Do You Solve a Prob­lem Like Maria?, there’s rea­son to hope this will be an en­gag­ing and en­ter­tain­ing con­test. Win­nipeg­ger Colleen Furlan is among the 20 fi­nal­ists vy­ing for ruby-slip­pers star­dom. Bot­tom line: There’s no re­al­ity TV like home(grown), Toto. ABC/Ci­tytv/Sept. 30/9 p.m. 666 PARK AV­ENUE Star­ring: Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Wil­liams, Dave Annable, Rachael Tay­lor, Robert Buck­ley, Mercedes Masöhn and He­lena Matt­son Premise: A young cou­ple makes the per­haps-un­wise de­ci­sion to sign on as man­agers of an his­toric Man­hat­tan ho­tel called The Drake, where the mys­te­ri­ous own­ers are able to meet all their guests’ needs, but ev­ery favour comes with a very steep pay­back price. Low­down: A creepy con­cept, drawn from a liketi­tled se­ries of nov­els by Gabriella Pierce, that is ex­tremely well ex­e­cuted as a TV drama. Lost alum­nus O’Quinn is de­light­fully sin­is­ter as The Drake’s Faus­tian deal-mak­ing owner, and Tay­lor and Annable are quite ap­peal­ing as the new man­agers who quickly re­al­ize they’ve got quite a job on their hands. Quotable: “If you haven’t shot on a street in New York ... that’s an ex­pe­ri­ence that ev­ery ac­tor should have, be­cause it cer­tainly is an ex­er­cise in fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion. There are those peo­ple who don’t want to stop their day and will cross the street and don’t care what you’re do­ing or if you’re mak­ing a movie or how you are or who you think you are. And then there’s the tour buses go­ing by, snap­ping pic­tures and go­ing ‘Hey, Locke!’ when you’re in the mid­dle of a piece of di­a­logue. So, you know, it’s a trip.” — se­ries star Terry O’Quinn, re­veal­ing that do­ing a show in the Big Ap­ple is a lot dif­fer­ent than shoot­ing in the pineap­ple jun­gles of Hawaii. Bot­tom line: If view­ers are ready to be spooked, 666 could have one hell of a run. RE­TURN­ING SHOWS: Heart­land (Sept. 16, CBC) The Mob Doc­tor (Sept. 16 at 10 p.m., CBC; Sept. 17 on Fox) Once Upon a Time (Sept. 30, ABC/ CTV) The Amaz­ing Race (Sept. 30, CBS/ CTV) The Simp­sons (Sept. 30, Fox/Global) Bob’s Burg­ers (Sept. 30, Fox/Global) Fam­ily Guy (Sept. 30, Fox/Global) Amer­i­can Dad (Sept. 30, Fox/Global) Re­venge (Sept. 30, ABC/Ci­tytv) The Good Wife (Sept. 30, CBS/Global) The Men­tal­ist (Sept. 30, CBS/CTV) Happy End­ings (Oct 21, CTV; Oct. 23 on ABC)

666 Park Av­enue cast, from left, Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Wil­liams, He­lena Matts­son, Mercedes Ma­sohn, Robert Buck­ley, Sa­man­tha Lo­gan, Dave Annable and Rachael Tay­lor.

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