Fall TV Picks and Pans

A host of new small-screen heroines has been clamoring for our attention this fall. Now that the introductions are over, we’d like to cut through the clutter and suggest who’s worth watching, who could pull through and who’s as annoying as, well, Tammy Faye Bakker. So check out our green-, yellow- and red-light picks, then head for the Entertainment: TV message board to give your own reviews. (All broadcast times are in Eastern time.)

Green Light: You Go, Girls
New Shows: We adore producer Dana on “Sports Night” (ABC, Tues. 9:30 pm) and designer Grace on “Will & Grace” (NBC, Mon. 9:30 pm).
Fresh Faces, Old Shows: Smart-mouthed slayer sidekick Faith on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (The WB, Tues. 8 pm) and Renee, beauty queen turned detective on “Homicide” (NBC, Fri. 10 pm) also impress.

Yellow Light: The Jury’s Still Out
New Shows: Glum “Felicity” (The WB, Tues. 9 pm) and dumb “Maggie Winters” (CBS, Wed. 8:30 pm) could wow us more.
Fresh Faces, Old Shows: New attorney and ice princess Nell Porter on “Ally McBeal” is pretty cool (FOX, Mon. 9 pm), and watching Kellie Martin on “ER” (NBC,Thurs. 10 pm) is a little like paging doctor.
Red Light: Cleaning the Microwave Is More Fun
New Shows: Shannen Doherty and her witch sisters on “Charmed” (The WB, Weds. 9 pm) leave us anything but. And “Jesse” is simply a forced farce (NBC, Thurs. 8:30 pm).
Fresh Faces, Old Shows: Abbie, the new prosecutor “Law & Order” is, alas, out of her league (NBC, Weds., 10 pm).

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