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What will you be watching on TV this fall? Now that all four of the big networks -- NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox -- have (finally!) unveiled their fall lineups, we can actually tackle that question. Here's how your couch time might be spent next year...
CBS offers you a four-sitcom comedy block, anchored by How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m. ET, the new-and-improved, Ashton Kutcher-ized Two and a Half Men at 9 p.m. ET, and this season's breakout hit Hawaii Five-O at 10 p.m. ET.
ABC will stick with its ratings-winner Dancing With the Stars at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Castle at 10 p.m. ET.
NBC has its karaoke competition, The Sing-Off at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the sexy new '60s-era drama Playboy Club.
And Fox will debut its Steven Spielberg sci-fi drama Terra Nova at 8 p.m., followed by a Lisa-Edelstein-less House at 9 p.m. ET.
On CBS, you'll find that network's near-untouchable ratings hit NCIS (8 p.m. ET), followed by NCIS: LA (9 p.m. ET) and the new cop drama Unforgettable (10 p.m. ET).
Against that lineup, ABC has offered up a couple of guy-centric sitcoms, Tim Allen's eagerly anticipated return to TV, Last Man Standing (8 p.m. ET), and Man Up (8:30 p.m. ET), followed by the DWTS results show. And, after performing moderately well this spring, Dana Delaney's Body of Proof is staying put at 10 p.m.
It's a good night for Fox, as well: There's Glee at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Zooey Deschanel's buzzed-about sitcom The New Girl at 9 p.m.
On CBS, it's season 23 of Survivor, this time taking place in the Phillippines' Caramoan Islands, followed by Criminal Minds and the ever-resilient CSI (moving from its usual Thursday slot).
At ABC, Wednesday is a night for laughs; it's got a sitcom block anchored by The Middle at 8 p.m. ET and Modern Family at 9 p.m. ET, with a couple of new comedies squeezed in.
But all of these shows ought to be very afraid, because one of the most anticipated shows of the year, Fox's The X Factor, will be on from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. ET.
This night's programming should make for an interesting horse race. The X Factor's results show (8 p.m. ET) is going up against CBS's hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m. ET) and ABC's highly-hyped, Minka Kelly-starring Charlie's Angels reboot (8 p.m. ET), as well as the still-hot Grey's Anatomy (9 p.m. ET).
And this is all opposite NBC's strong Thursday night sitcom block, which includes critical darling Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m. ET) and The (albeit Steve-Carell-less) Office (9 p.m. ET).
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8 p.m. ET) is sticking around, and no doubt it will continue to reign on this night -- though it will have some competition from NBC's indefatigable spy dramedy Chuck (8 p.m.), moving to a new night for its final 13-episode season. Another to watch for is NBC's supernatural drama Grimm, which airs at 9 p.m. ET and imagines a world in which humans coexist with the characters from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
The big news is that CBS' The Good Wife, which has been both a critical and ratings hit, is moving to this night, at 9 p.m. ET, after The Amazing Race (8 p.m. ET). That means ABC's Desperate Housewives fans will have to choose -- or just use that nifty contraption called a DVR.
But get back to ABC at 10 p.m. ET. That's when Pan Am, a Christina Ricci-starring series about the sexy lives of '60s era flight attendants, takes wing.
Click here to see the full fall lineup for the Big 4. (The CW will announce its schedule tomorrow.)