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Hostages (CBS)

Who's Involved: Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan. Jerry Bruckheimer is among the producers.

What It's About: This suspenseful drama revolves around a surgeon who's thrown into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent.

Why It's Worth Watching: McDermott established his creepy cred in spades with his two-season run on FX's "American Horror Story," and he brings intensity to his role as a renegade g-man. Premieres: Monday, Sept 23 at 10/9c

We Are Men (CBS)

Who's Involved: Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub. showrunner Rob Greenberg

What It's About: Four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love.

Why It's Worth Watching: A seasoned cast suggests that this just might be the series to bring the genre of bro-down comedy out of the realm of the aggressively puerile. Premieres: Monday, Sept. 30 8:30/7:30c

Almost Human (Fox)

Who's Involved: Karl Urban. Creator J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams executive produce.

What It's About: A high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop is forced to pair with a part-human robot as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.

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