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Watch It: Jackie, Gaga, Buffy 2, Kate, Applegate, Anderson, and the Emmys

Television highlights of the week of September 12

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Will Anderson become the new Oprah? Maury? Dr. Phil? Regis? Ellen?

The debuts of the new fall season begin to rollout this week with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a/k/a Sarah Michelle Gellar) returning to television as her own evil twin. Kate and her 8 say goodbye and Anderson Cooper says hello to daytime TV.

Is Anderson Cooper the new Oprah? Anderson, the new syndicated daytime chat show from CNN’s news anchor, launches this week, filling the void left by Winfrey’s exit. See Cooper slip between political clout and fluff with this week’s guests: Amy Winehouse's parents, Snooki, Kathy Griffin, his mother Gloria Vanderbilt, Gerard Depardieu. At 1 pm on Fox or see local listings.

Next week watch out for debuts galore. Here are the other highlights this week:

Monday, September 12

Gaga by Gaultier 8 pm on the CW

Lady Gaga chats with designer Jean Paul Gaultier at his Paris atelier about herself, her career - and her sense of fashion and over-the-top get-ups.

Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words at 9 pm on ABC

News special with previously unheard interviews with the former first lady about life in the White House with JFK. Diane Sawyer interviews Caroline Kennedy.

Detroit in Overdrive from 8-11 pm on Planet Green

Three episodes: “Reinventing the Motor City,” “Art Saves Detroit,” “It Takes a Village.” Warms my heart to see my hometown transform and resurrect from post-industrial decay: A Project Runway alum jumpstarts the garment district; Kid Rock hires for his beer label; an artist plans an exhibit about the homeless; a teen trumpet player dreams of a scholarship. Repeats Saturday night.


Tuesday, September 13

Ringer at 9 pm on the CW

Premiere of Ringer, as in dead ringer. (I know, she’s not Buffy anymore.) Fearing for her life after witnessing a murder, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Bridget flees to New York to her estranged twin Siobhan. When she vanishes, sis nabs her identity. Did vampires take twin #2 go?

POV at 10-11:30 pm on PBS

In this episode of POV “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. A former member of the radical environmental group ELF faces life in prison for arson against Oregon timber companies. This award-winning documentary is also playing film festivals in the US and around the world.


Wednesday, September 14

Up All Night at 10 on NBC

Christina Applegate goes back to work and stay-at-husband Will Arnett cares for the kid. The talents of these two may elevate the cliché. Same goes for Free Agents with Hank Azaria debuts at 10:30 pm.

Kate Plus 8 at 9 on TLC. The Finale, finally! 

Thursday, September 15

Prohibition at 9 pm on PBS

Sneak preview at the 3-part documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about the rise and fall of the 18th amendment and the havoc that banning liquor caused during the era. Premieres October 2-4.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at 10 pm on FX

Danny DeVito and friends return for the premiere of the seventh season.

Sex Diaries at 10 pm on OWN

Oprah’s channel goes for ratings after warm & fuzzy shows tank.


Friday, September 16

2011 ALMA Awards at 8 pm on NBC

Eva Longoria and George Lopez host the ALMA Awards, celebrating Latinos in television, film and music with performances including Demi Lovato y mucho mas.

Saturday, September 17

Hereafter at 8 pm on HBO

Matt Damon plays a factory worker who communicates with the dead, despite his best efforts to ignore the messages. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this supernatural drama also stars Bryce Dallas Howard.

Sunday, September 18

63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at 8 pm on Fox

Glee’s Jane Lynch will be a rousing host on television’s big night. Will Mad Men and Modern Family win again?  Will Steve Carell get a goodbye trophy? What upsets will happen? Who will give the silliest speeches? What will they wear?  These and more questions - including the winners - will unfold with Sue Sylvester coaching us. And as usual everyone will whine it went on too long.

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Roberta Cruger has written for Salon, The Believer, the LA Times magazine, and more. She was the founding media editor of Creem magazine and a member of MTV’s original programming team. Based in LA, she covers the green carpet for Treehugger and entertainment as US correspondent for the AFP’s RelaxNews.

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