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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Sept. 20

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COMEDY Glee Fox, Global, 8 p.m. The singing-and-dancing students of McKinley High are finally going back to school. In tonight's third-season opener, the members of the New Directions glee club are still mourning their devastating loss at the Nationals competition. To get them back on track, their mentor-coach Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) assigns them a top-secret singing project. In other news, the mean-spirited gym coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) fires up her campaign to run for U.S. Congress. Is anyone else concerned that this show is going to be taking some weird turns this season?

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DRAMA NCIS: Los Angeles CBS, Global, 9 p.m. Back tonight for a third season, this sturdy crime procedural has built a loyal viewer following on Tuesday nights. In the beginning, the show focused primarily on the special projects branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, hence most of the stories involved espionage or terrorist threats. Forty-odd episodes later, the format now spends more time on the personal stories of the NCIS stalwarts. Case in point: Tonight's show takes special agents Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Hanna (LL Cool J) to Romania in a frantic search for their operations manager Hetty (Linda Hunt). We should all have such considerate co-workers.

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REALITY The Biggest Loser CITY-TV, 7 p.m.; NBC, 8 p.m. The diet starts now. NBC’s highest-rated reality show returns for its 12th season with two new trainers: international tennis star Anna Kournikova and fitness expert Dolvett Quince. As in the past, tonight’s two-hour opener is devoted largely to telling the backstories of the participants trying to lose weight. The new crop of contestants include former NFL player Antone Davis, who now weighs 450 pounds, and country-music star Vinny Hickerson, who tips the scales at 390 pounds. Good luck to all.

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DRAMA Unforgettable CBS, CTV, 10 p.m. Having a remarkable memory can be both a curse and a blessing. Launching tonight, this new series stars former Without a Trace regular Poppy Montgomery as New York police detective Carrie Wells, who is afflicted with the extremely rare affliction known as hyperthymesia. The condition allows Carrie to remember details of every single thing she sees or hears. The bad news is that she can never forget it. In tonight's pilot, a brutal murder case reunites Carrie with her former police unit – and with her detective ex-boyfriend (Dylan Walsh).

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MOVIE Paths of Glory TCM, 10:15 p.m. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this 1957 features still stands as one of Hollywood's strongest anti-war statements. Based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb, the film is set during the First World War and stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, a French officer who refuses to send his soldiers headlong into a suicidal attack. When the soldiers are brought up on charges of cowardice in a military trial, Dax takes on the responsibility of defending them. Watch it yourself and discover why the film was banned in France for nearly a decade.

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