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Best bets: ‘Chuck’ and ‘Chris’ return to TV

"Chuck" and "Everybody Hates Chris" return to our TV screens, while "Blindness" and "Rachel Getting Married" hit theaters.
/ Source: msnbc.com

TVThe plot of "Chuck" is every nerd's dream, except for the part where his life hangs in the balance every time he turns around. But this bit about working with spies, racing from one exciting quest to the next, and having a beautiful blonde pose as your girlfriend, that's every nerd's dream. (Returns Sept. 29, NBC, 8 p.m.)

So which CW executive hates "Everybody Hates Chris"? The hilarious show has been moved to the dead zone that is Friday nights. Yes, some of us are home, but those of you who have social lives, set those TiVos now. (Returns Oct. 3, CW, 8 p.m.)

DVDRepeat after me: "Sports Night" is not about sports. Yes, it's based around the lives of workers on a sports-news show, but not watching it because it's about sports is like not watching "Mary Tyler Moore" because it's about the news business. And the cast — including Felicity Huffman, Robert Guillaume, Peter Krause and Joshua Malina — is almost "MTM" quality.(Complete series out on DVD Sept. 30.)

If you missed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in theaters, now's your chance to see it. Our critic called it "the kind of smart and satisfying movie you'll watch over and over without feeling guilty." Don't forget, now. (On DVD Sept. 30)

Movies
There's early Oscar buzz around Anne Hathaway's role in "Rachel Getting Married." The actress plays a woman who attends her sister’s wedding after leaving rehab. Will Hathaway finally leave her “Princess Diaries,” good-girl days behind? (Opens Oct. 3)

“Blindness” premiered in Cannes to mixed reviews, but director Fernando Meirelles has since recut the film and removed an unnecessary voice-over. Based on José Saramago’s award-winning book, the film tells the frightening story of what happens when almost everyone in a city loses their eyesight. (Opens Oct. 3)

Simon Pegg ("Shaun of the Dead") stars as a British journalist who blunders his way into a job at Vanity Fair under editor Graydon Carter (Jeff Bridges). He’s wacky enough to pull stunts such as hiring a stripper on “bring your daughters to work day.” “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People” is based on Toby Young’s hilarious memoir. (Opens Oct. 3)

Music
Don’t expect rapper T.I. to tour in 2009, he’ll be spending the year in jail on federal weapons charges. But while he’s serving time, you can enjoy his new album, “Paper Trail” (which was actually recorded while he was under house arrest). (On sale Sept. 30)

Ben Folds admitted to Rolling Stone that he was responsible for leaking tracks from his new CD “Way to Normal.” One problem, they weren’t the real songs. The indie pop singer actually recorded a whole set of fake tracks.  Want to hear the real album? (On sale Sept. 30)