The second season of Pushing Daisies starts on ABC tonight, and that's an event worth getting a little excited about. No other new series last fall reached as high as this one. It had an offbeat, post-modern fairy-tale sensibility and superb acting.
Chuck (Anna Friel) goes undercover tonight to solve a murder in a world so weird it could only be a setting for this series. (8 p.m. ABC) ***
Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money also return tonight, on ABC at 9 and 10, respectively. But I did not miss them when they left the airwaves last year, and I am not going to act like I could care that they are back tonight.
Twice the Misery And speaking of series that I am not going to be phony about in hopes of filling this space with something that sounds remotely interesting, let's talk about the Fox sitcom 'Til Death. Things are so bad on Fox tonight that viewers will get two episodes of this dreadful and dull sitcom about an unhappy marriage.
Why two episodes? Because on Friday, Fox canceled Do Not Disturb, which lasted all of three weeks. The network will eat four other episodes already in the can. And so, it fills the hole with 'Til Death, a comedy that's just as bad as what it's replacing. (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Fox) *
The major-league baseball championship games can't get here fast enough for Fox.
Late-Night Guests Actress Kate Walsh visits the Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m. CBS). Actor Greg Kinnear appears on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC).