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Left to right: Advertisement for "Glee" on Fox; Joseph Fiennes in ABC's “FlashForward”; the CW's "The Vampire Diaries"; and Courtney Cox in “Cougar Town."

Left to right: Advertisement for "Glee" on Fox; Joseph Fiennes in ABC's “FlashForward”; the CW's "The Vampire Diaries"; and Courtney Cox in "Cougar Town."

It’s that time again — TV’s fall lineup. You know you love it. What’s on tap?

Kids trying out for the glee club. A modern family’s two husbands bringing home the baby from a foreign country. And Courtney Cox in “Cougar Town,” which defies description.

But we’ll go there anyway — with television critics who’ve got the skinny on Jay Leno’s new show … “NCIS: Los Angeles” … the sci-fi “FlashForward” … and the big question: is good comedy making a comeback on network TV?

This hour, On Point: grab your popcorn, we’re hitting the couch for some quality tube time.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Guests:

Aaron Barnhart, TV critic for the Kansas City Star.  Here are his predictions on what people will watch.

Maureen Ryan, TV critic for the Chicago Tribune.

Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.

 

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A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

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