Time slot: 10 p.m. Sneak preview Sept. 24, then into its regular slot Sept. 25
Key cast: Blythe Danner ("Meet the Parents"), Dana Delany ("China Beach"), Anna Deavere Smith ("The West Wing," "Twilight: Los Angeles"), Julianne Nicholson, Sasha Alexander, Oded Fehr ("The Mummy")
Behind the camera: Created by Lydia Woodward and John Wells, whose joint work includes "ER" and "China Beach"
The gist: The doctors of a San Francisco medical group battle the impersonal, bottom-line-driven health care system that can terrify patients.
Target audience: Adults
Most like: The more frenetic S.F.-set medical drama "MDs," and "Chicago Hope"
Major competition: NBC's "Law & Order"
What it has: Since it's not set in an emergency room, it can move at a slower pace than "ER," allowing more time to get to know the patients and to build empathy for their dilemmas. And the appealing casting is a plus.
What it needs: A shot of Adrenalin. Stat.
Time slot: 8 p.m. Premieres Oct. 10
Key cast: Michael Brandon, Shiloh Strong, Erik von Detten ("Days of Our Lives")
Behind the camera: Robert Halmi Sr. ("Merlin")
The gist: The series picks up where last year's high-rated miniseries left off, depicting a fantasy world where humans and dinosaurs live and work together.
Target audience: Kids, fantasy fans
Most like: Not much else Main competition: WB's "Family Affair," CBS' "Survivor"