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Miami Medical
10/9c CBS
A top-notch cast is the main reason to give this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced medical drama, which takes place in a Miami trauma unit, a look. Jeremy Northam stars as a former military surgeon newly arrived in Miami from Baltimore. He's thrown into action in the intense pilot when the unit's chief (Andre Braugher) inexplicably walks off the job during an operation. Rounding out the superb cast are Mike Vogel, Lana Parrilla, Elisabeth Harnois and Omar Gooding. While the series doesn't break any new ground, its compelling, likable characters should provide viewers with sufficient reasons to return to this lively unit. — Tim Holland

Merlin
10/9c Syfy
A new season on a new network: Now that's magic! With the wave of a wand, the likable British series about the mythic wizard's youthful adventures jumps from NBC to Syfy for Season 2, which opens with Merlin being pushed aside as Arthur's favored manservant by the slippery Cedric (Mackenzie Crook), who — it's safe to say — is up to no good. — Jeff Gemmill

Smallville
8/7c CW
Lois and Clark's romantic getaway loses some of its appeal when they find Oliver and Chloe have escaped to the same bed-and-breakfast. But when the Silver Banshee (Odessa Rae) shows up and starts pursuing the guys, it becomes clear to all that romance was just not going to happen on this outing. Back in the city, Tess goes toe-to-toe with Zod, and the outcome may just surprise you. — Rhoda Charles

Wife Swap
8/7c ABC
The apparent victor of the U.S. prime-time reality-series swapping sweepstakes (Fox's Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy closed its doors in 2007) returns for a sixth season with typically mismatched families. One wife collects "reborn baby" dolls, and the other's three boys all work at the family coffee shop and hot-dog stand. Moms — on your marks, get set, swap! — Fred Mitchell

Live From Abbey Road
8/7c Sundance
Long ago, in a galaxy far away, there was a young man named Steven Demetre Georgiou who became a wildly popular singer-songwriter named Cat Stevens, with chart-topping hits such as "Wild World" and "Peace Train." Well, Stevens broke from his previous religion, became a Muslim and changed his name to Yusuf Islam and left the wild world of the music business for a few decades. Now he's back and you can catch him on this edition of the music-and-chat series. He'll be joined by pop rockers the Fray and those post-punkers White Lies. — Ray Stackhouse