Moms in Prime-Time This Fall.

As the real life drama about historic convention speeches and American political firsts plays out on news stations and draws millions of viewers, the new fall TV season has begun in earnest, leaving network execs crossing their fingers in hopes there will be a ratings boost for scripted programs, which were hobbled last spring by the writers’ strike. While the bulk of the pre-season buzz has surrounded the premiere of the new 90210, as well as the return of trashy teen drama Gossip Girl and the futuristic sci-fi hit Heroes, many of Mommy Track’d’s favorites are slated to start airing fresh episodes. And because you’re all are super-busy -- between serving as your kids’ chauffer and heatedly debating the Sarah Palin nomination with your friends -- we’ve put together a list of TV shows which feature moms: The good, the bad, the desperate and the funny. But be forewarned, mucho spoilers are ahead.




The New Adventures of Old Christine
When I read that the new season of this divorced, working mom/Mary Richards-like comedy would have its main character, Christine Campbell, marry her best gal pal, Barb, in order to keep Barb from being deported, I couldn’t believe it. Then I read that we’ll also see the two sanctimonious Meanie Moms pregnant and miserable. After those two tidbits of Christine intel, I made a note to program my digital video recorder (DVR) for Wednesday nights. Premieres Sept. 24, 9:30 p.m., CBS.


Private Practice
The first season of the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off was truncated due to the writers’ strike. (While we’re at it, let’s blame everything, even killer hurricanes, on the writers’ strike). This Kate Walsh vehicle -- featuring Taye Diggs, Tim Daly and Amy Brenneman -- had centered on an L.A.-based health center which had kooky patients, odd medical cases and loads ‘o personal drama (divorces, reconciliations, infertility, parenting woes, etc.). Entertainment Weekly reported that this ensemble dramedy’s focus will now be mostly on “button-pushing medical cases that drive the Oceanside Wellness team into animated debates.” Sounds a little like Chicago Hope, only with palm trees, surfer dudes, less clothing and better decor. Premieres Oct. 1, 9 p.m., ABC.


Dirty Sexy Money
This show was brand, spankin’ new last fall but, because of the . . . say it with me now . . . writers’ strike . . . . there were only 10 episodes. Still, they were enough to lure me in, mostly because DSM stars Peter Krause, of Six Feet Under, as principled attorney Nick George. I loved how DSM skewered rich, self-indulgent twenty- and thirtysomethings in the form of the ultra-wealthy New York City Darling family, for whom George works. George’s regular guy sensibilities are often tested as he juggles his occasionally morally questionable job requirements with the needs of his museum-curator wife and his grade-school-aged daughter. But with news reports suggesting that DSM will become more Dynasty-ized, I wonder if it’ll be able to maintain the sarcastic mojo it had in its first season. (Watch the freshman season in a SOAPnet Sept. 27 marathon.) Premieres Oct. 1, 10 p.m., ABC.


Lipstick Jungle
Members of a powerful trio of fortysomething, NYC businesswomen collectively have: An affair with an aspiring, young photographer; a spring line panned by fashion critics and get saddled with a new nickname -- “bad mommy” -- that’s splashed through the tabloids while trying to keep a movie studio career on track. Toss in killer shoes, designer duds, frothy, soapy storylines and Brooke Shields’ character saying, “I don’t want to look back 20 years from now and regret that I wasn’t around when my daughter needed me,” and what’s not to like? (Catch the video preview here.) Premieres Sept. 24, 10 p.m., NBC.