Teri Duerr

September means new TV and new crime time pleasures... Here's the buzz on the best of the fall lineup.

Boardwalk Empire on HBO
Boardwalk Empire
Debuts Sept. 19, 2010 on HBO
When Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) and Terence Winter (The Sopranos) whip up a cinematically stunning, $65 million production about Prohibiton-era style politics, gambling, and thuggery on the picturesque boardwalk of Atlantic City... It's at least worth a look. Featuring Steve Buscemi as the bug-eyed, bad-to-the-wallet politician Nucky Thompson, based on the real-life Enoch "Nucky" Johnson of the times.

Chase on NBC
Debuts Sept. 20, 2010 on NBC
Emmy-award wining producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI franchise) brings viewers tough Texas US Marshall Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) in this fast-paced action-drama. Also on the elite team are cowboy Jimmy Godfrey (Cole Hauser), intelligence expert Marco Martinez (Amaury Nolasco of Prison Break), weapons specialist Daisy Ogbaa (Rose Rollins), and eager rookie outsider Luke Watson (Jesse Metcalfe).

Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-O
Debuts Sept. 20, 2010 on CBS
New and old fans alike will be interested in this update of the original classic series, which ran from 1968-1980 and starred Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett. Alex O'Loughlin takes a stab at the new Steve McGarrett, head of the special Hawaii task force. Rounding out the team is ex-New Jersey cop Danny "Danno" WIlliams (Scott Caan), Hawaiian Detective Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim, Lost), and Chin's rookie cousin, Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park, Battlestar Galactica).

Undercovers on NBC
Debuts Sept. 22, 2010 on NBC
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Alias) and Josh Reims (Brothers and Sisters) bring their twist on the spy loves spy story of Mr. and Mrs. Smith to the small screen with plenty of sexy, international, espionage action. Retired CIA operatives Steven and Samantha Bloom (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are drawn back into the game when their colleague and close friend, Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre), goes missing. With Abrams' name on the project, it's sure to be flashy and fun.

Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods
Debuts Sept. 24, 2010 on CBS
New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) manages the politics and dramas of a multigenerational law enforcement clan. On the enforcement end are officer sons the tough Iraq War vet Danny (Donny Wahlberg) and ambitious Harvard man Jamie (Will Estes). On the law end is assistant district attorney daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan), also a single-mom. A police procedural with topnotch acting cred, it is already garnering good advance word from critics.

Also new: Nikita (Sept. 9, CW); The Event (Sept. 20, NBC); Detroit 1-8-7 (Sept. 21, ABC); Law & Order: Los Angeles (Sept. 22, CBS); The Whole Truth (Sept. 22, ABC) The DefendersOutlaw (Sept. 22, CBS); (Sept. 24, NBC); Body of Proof (TBD, ABC)

Plus returning old favorites: Castle (Sept. 20, ABC); House (Sept. 20, FOX); Bones (Sept. 20, FOX); Chuck (Sept. 20, NBC); CSI: NY (Sept 21, CBS); NCIS (Sept. 21, CBS); NCIS: Los Angeles (Sept. 21, CBS); Criminal Minds (Sept. 22, CBS); Law & Order: SVU (Sept. 22, NBC); CSI (Sept. 23, CBS); The Mentalist (Sept. 23, CBS); Bored to Death (Sept. 26, HBO); Dexter (Sept. 26, Showtime); CSI: Miami (Oct. 3, CBS).