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THE NEW SEASON -- WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?

Tired of the same old television shows with the same old boring plot lines about the same old boring people? There are tons of new shows in the fall TV season, and they're actually good! Such as:

"Dharma and Greg," ABC, 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Are Ross and Rachel getting you down? Try some Dharma and Greg. This couple got together because of a subway ride where they saw each other through a window and instantly decided they were soulmates. That same night, after Dharma impresses Greg by taking him to Reno, they get married.

My rating: (excellent).

Outlook: Incredibly good. This show is funny because it doesn't go by conventional humor. Dharma calls her parents by their first names, and she is extremely realistic for today's world. Greg is a total neurotic whose parents are incredibly strict. Great pair-up.

"The Tony Danza Show," NBC, 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Who's the boss? It's Tony again, and this time he plays a single dad trying his hardest to raise his two adolescent girls. The younger, Mickey, is too intelligent for her own good, dreaming up ailments to skip school such as, "I have malaria, Dad." Shaun Weiss (from the "Mighty Ducks" movies) plays a security guard in the apartment complex Tony and the girls live in. He is constantly showing up, making trouble. The older girl, Christina (Tina), is the typical teen, hating her private school and trying to escape it by not showing up. Her punishment? She gets to go back to her old school. Hmmm.

My rating: (pretty good).

Outlook: OK. I think the "lesson learned at the end of the show" deal will get old quickly, but if the producers can keep the humor and interesting situations up, it's bound to succeed.

"Meego," CBS, 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Starring Bronson Pinchot, Michelle Trachtenburg (from "Harriet the Spy") and the cute youngster from "Jerry Maguire"; this all-star cast seems like just the ticket for a great show. The plots are cute, but pretty much pointless. A little boy dreams of having someone to keep him company, a house nanny, and one day Meego drops by, an alien from outer space with special powers.

My rating: (pretty good for the younger kids, not a hit with teens).

Outlook: Not so good. I think that its sugar-sweetness will last only so long in the ever-changing world of TV. But hey, who knows? "Full House" lasted, what, seven years? My question: Where are the parents in this show?

"Teen Angel," ABC, 9:30 p.m. Fridays.

Best friends sit in a bedroom, bored. One dares the other to take a bite out of an old cheeseburger he found under the bed. "OK. It's not like it's going to kill me." Too bad for him. He dies, and turns into his best friend's guardian angel. Humorous, original.

My rating: (pretty good).

Outlook: I think this show should do well, providing it gets the ratings it deserves. I especially like the "no one can see you but me" thing, although I have to wonder, why doesn't anyone notice the boy talking to air?

"You Wish," ABC, 9 p.m. Fridays.

A single mom with two kids, a house and a job is struggling to keep her family going. One day she drags the kids into a rug shop and asks for a purple rug. The store clerk says he is out of purple rugs. The mom looks around and, magically, a sign appears on a door: PURPLE RUG ROOM. She walks in and picks out a rug. A genie appears. She doesn't believe he is a genie until he performs some tricks for her. He follows her around, but she refuses to make a wish, gets tired of him and makes him go back to the rug store. She then realizes how much she needs him and asks him back.

My rating: (excellent).

Outlook: The main plot of the story sounds really stupid, but it's a nice change of pace from other TV shows. I really enjoyed the humor (it's incredibly funny), and I think it will survive this season.

"Just Shoot Me," NBC, 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

"It's 9:45 a.m., we officially have a crisis!" No, it's not another "ER" episode about gunshot wounds, it's a show about a magazine office, Blush magazine to be exact, and the crisis is that the boss doesn't have his morning bagel yet. David Spade ("Tommy Boy," "Saturday Night Live") stars in this hilarious comedy dealing with many of today's controversial workplace topics, like sexism. Each episode starts off by showing a headline off the cover of Blush magazine, leading into the subject of the segment. The intense sarcasm and original humor will keep you laughing.

My rating: (excellent).

Outlook: Pretty good. This is its second season, and more people are starting to watch it. I love this show and think it will end up becoming the next "Seinfeld" -- ratings-wise.

"Jenny," NBC, 8 p.m. Sundays.

Jenny McCarthy plays Jenny (ironic enough), a girl from the small town of Utica. She and her best friend take a trip to Los Angeles because Jenny's unknown father (George Hamilton) has died. Turns out her father is really a movie star and he left her his Hollywood house. Jenny and her friend decide to live in it and start new lives.

My rating: (pretty good).

Outlook: I don't think this show will survive because of viewer approval, but because of its star. Jenny is declining in popularity, so only time will tell.

Look out for . . .

"USA High" -- Daily show on USA Network, resembling "Saved by the Bell," taking place in France. Funny, but probably more appealing to younger teens and middle schoolers.

"Student Bodies" -- Also on the USA Network. A boy starts animating cartoons about his friends' lives, and they become part of the show in cartoon form. Interesting concept.

"Built to Last" -- On NBC, Wednesday nights at 8:30, this show is about an African-American family and their daily ordeals. Definitely a keeper.

"Real World/Road Rules -- MTV," yet another new season. I recommend both of these shows if you have never seen them before. If you missed the beginning of the season, start watching now. You'll get hooked and you can watch what you missed on the marathon weekends. Better for older teens as it contains some foul language (most is bleeped out, but still), and adult situations.

Meg Glenn is a sophomore at Williamsville North High School.

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