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ABC's 'Pan Am' Among This Weekend's Season Premieres

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- Couch potatoes will have all sorts of options on TV to choose from this weekend, with all of the major broadcast networks launching new seasons of popular shows. Here's a closer look. All times Eastern:

Friday

CBS
* A Gifted Man, 8:00 p.m. -- The new drama centers around a surgeon who begins to learn the meaning of life from his late ex-wife. Patrick Wilson and Julie Benz star.

* CSI: NY, 9:00 p.m. -- In the first episode of season eight, Mac and the team commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

* Blue Bloods, 10:00 p.m. -- The second-season premiere focuses on a supporter of the mayor-elect who's found dead.

Fox
* Kitchen Nightmares, 8:00 p.m. -- Gordon Ramsay lends a hand to a New Jersey restaurant.

* Fringe, 9:00 p.m. -- The aftermath of Peter Bishop's disappearance is explored in the fourth-season premiere.

The CW
* Nikita, 8:00 p.m. -- Maggie Q's title character plots against Division and Oversight in the second-season premiere.

* Supernatural, 9:00 p.m. -- Castiel takes over as God as the seventh season begins.

Saturday

NBC
* Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. -- Season 37 kicks off with Alec Baldwin as the host and Radiohead as the musical guest.

Sunday

ABC
* Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 7:00 p.m. -- First Lady Michelle Obama makes an appearance as the crew builds a home for a woman and her son, who help homeless female veterans.

* Desperate Housewives, 9:00 p.m. -- The eighth and final season starts with the ladies of Wisteria Lane feeling guilty after they helped Carlos conceal his crime.

* Pan Am, 10:00 p.m. -- Set in the 1960s, the new drama focuses on a flight crew working for Pan Am. Christina Ricci stars.

CBS
* The Amazing Race, 8:00 p.m. -- Eleven new teams compete for the one-million-dollar grand prize.

* The Good Wife, 9:00 p.m. -- Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies' character, Alicia, defends a Muslim student who's accused of murdering a Jewish classmate in the third-season debut.

* CSI: Miami, 10:00 p.m. -- The crew chases after an escaped murderer as season 10 begins.

Fox
* The Simpsons, 8:00 p.m. -- Kiefer Sutherland and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio lends their voices to the 23rd-season premiere.

* The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. -- Cleveland goes on a camping trip hosted by real-life wrestling legend Ric Flair.

* Family Guy, 9:00 p.m. -- Peter Griffin strikes it rich in the lottery to kick off season 11.

* American Dad, 9:30 p.m. -- Cee Lo Green guest stars as the voice of a hot tub purchased by Stan.

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