Though the calendar says it’s not quite autumn yet, TV execs are busy promoting their new fall slate of programs which they hope will make your DVR must-see list. And while some programs -- such as “Lost ,” “Medium ” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine ” – will not premiere new episodes until 2008, many others are following the more traditional fall premiere schedule.
Here at Mommy Track’d, we’re highlighting new and returning shows that feature working moms. Some are brand spankin’ new programs we haven’t yet seen, while others are returning programs for whom we hold high hopes for strong storylines (*ahem* “Grey’s Anatomy” *cough* more Miranda Bailey):
Tell Me You Love Me  -- Currently airing its freshman season, 9-10 p.m., Sundays on HBO.
Surely you’ve heard about the new HBO drama, “Tell Me You Love Me” which is generating headlines for its graphic sex scenes. It focuses on four couples at various stages of their lives and what their sexual relationships have to say about the emotional health of each pair. Included among the quartet is a career-oriented couple in their 30s struggling with infertility and a couple in their 40s who cannot seem to get beyond their work and family obligations with their two children in order to make room for a sex life. The sole mother on the show is Katie (Ally Walker) who works part-time from home as a graphic designer and whose husband, a loving and involved dad, is disinterested in sex. HBO’s web site says of Katie, “She’s put her children and her marriage before her own needs.” The pilot episode was uncomfortable, illuminating and addicting.
Desperate Housewives  – Season four premieres on Sept. 30, 9-10 p.m., Sundays on ABC.
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To catch up on last season’s episodes, visit the ABC  web site.
Brothers & Sisters  -- Season two premieres on Sept. 30, 10-11 p.m., Sundays on ABC.
Working mom Sarah Whedon  (Emmy-nominated Rachel Griffiths ) is the CEO of her family’s produce company and not only struggles with being home in time to see her two children before they’re put to bed by their at-home dad and part-time music teacher, but, as season two begins, she’ll have to figure out how to navigate the minefield of an estranged marriage after learning that her husband kissed her half-sister.
ABC’s web site  has video of season one online.
This new drama features a four-pack of successful, career-oriented women who take on
Nip/Tuck  – Season five premieres on Oct. 30, 10-11 p.m., Tuesdays on FX.
During the first four seasons of the edgy plastic surgery drama “Nip/Tuck ,” Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson) has, like Lynette Scavo, had an on-again/off-again career track, as she raises a teenager, a grade schooler and a baby with disabilities. Her character  has vacillated between feeling rage toward her now-estranged successful plastic surgeon husband for his blossoming career while she spent years as an at-home mom who once aspired to become a surgeon herself, to taking her professional life back by returning to medical school and launching a spa for recovering surgical patients. The show’s catch-line, “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself,” is a question to which Julia McNamara’s answer remains unclear.
Back to You  – Premiere season starts on Sept. 19, 8-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays on Fox.
Though media coverage of this new sitcom about a Pittsburgh TV news station portrays “Back to You” as a star vehicle for Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer, there’s an unexpected working mom twist in the storyline. Emmy winner Patricia Heaton is the tough-as-nails TV journalist and single mom Kelly Carr, paired with Grammer’s anchorman Chuck Darling, her ex-boyfriend.
Private Practice  – Premiere season starts on Sept. 26, 9-10 p.m., Wednesdays on ABC.
When last we left the “Grey’s Anatomy” character Dr. Addison Montgomery Shepherd (Kate Walsh), she’d recently learned, with great irony, that while she’s greatly respected for her work as an ob/gyn, she herself is infertile. During the season premiere of “Grey’s,” her character will leave Seattle Grace and take refuge at a Los Angeles health center where she’ll work with her college buddy, a newly divorced mom Dr. Naomi Bennett (Audra McDonald). How much emphasis show creator and single mom herself, Shonda Rhimes, will place on Dr. Bennett’s new single mom status is an open question.
Grey’s Anatomy  – Season four premieres on Sept. 27, 9-10 p.m., Thursdays on ABC.
Season three of the mega-hit “Grey’s Anatomy” concluded with newly-betrothed chief resident Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) announcing she wanted to have a baby, even though she just earned a highly-coveted promotion. Meanwhile, Dr. Miranda Bailey (Emmy-nominated Chandra Wilson), who competed with Torres for the promotion, spent the season being penalized professionally for becoming a mother. Mommy Track’d hopes that “Grey’s” will continue to fearlessly explore the realities of working motherhood , particularly in the high-pressured world of medicine, and give a bit more screen time to Dr. Bailey .
To watch last season’s episodes online, go to the ABC  web site.
Friday Night Lights  – Season two premieres on Oct. 5, 9-10 p.m., Fridays on NBC.
Yeah, yeah. It’s that football show. But “Friday Night Lights” is more than just a show about touchdowns and field goals. One the drama’s crucial characters is Tami Taylor (Connie Britton ) -- wife of
You can play catch-up at the NBC  web site which has videos of all the season one episodes.