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Best bets: ‘Dancing’ time; ‘Survivor’ finds Eden

It's a hot week in TV. "Dancing With the Stars," "Survivor," "Grey's Anatomy" and a host of other shows return. Plus: Three intriguing movies.
/ Source: msnbc.com

TV
If 82-year-old Cloris Leachman can cha-cha, the least we can do is watch. "Dancing With the Stars" returns Sept. 22 with the first night of its three-night premiere. Don't break a hip, Clo! (Sept. 22, 8 p.m., ABC)

Reality shows come and go, but "Survivor" keeps on survivin'. Thursday's seventeenth-season premiere sets the show in the West African country of Gabon, dubbed "Africa's Last Eden." Meet the cast. (Sept. 25, 8 p.m., CBS)

Even if "Survivor's" not your thing, this Thursday is the best TV-watching night of the week — and maybe the month. In addition to the "Survivor" premiere, "Grey's Anatomy" (new hot doc!), "Ugly Betty," "My Name is Earl," "The Office" and the final season of "ER" all launch that night. Somebody find the remote!

Let's hope that jumping the "Housewives" five years into the future wasn't a "Desperate" move. Who doesn't want to see sleek Gaby as a frumpy mom? (Sept. 28, 9 p.m., ABC)

Movies
Spike Lee is ready to back up his fighting words about what makes an effective World War II flick with “Miracle of St. Anna.” Reports indicate that though Lee’s film may be a bit sentimental, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the Toronto Film Festival. (Opens Sept. 26)

In this age of security cameras and government-monitored phone calls, “Eagle Eye” is just the flick to fuel your paranoia. A mysterious woman uses technology to coerce Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan into becoming part of her political assassination plot. (Opens Sept. 26)

Think you’ve heard every idea for a movie? How about a sex addict (Sam Rockwell) who pretends to choke in expensive restaurants in order to get money to keep his mother (Anjelica Huston) in a mental hospital? Check out “Choke.” (Opens Sept. 26)

Music
Their name may be inspired by the Soviet era, but the bluesy indie rock of Cold War Kids actually comes from the sunny confines of Fullerton, Calif. With songs about suicide, obsession and ambition, “Loyalty to Loyalty” marks an even darker turn for this band — try to catch them live. (On sale Sept. 23)

Blues guitarist Elvin Bishop assembles an impressive list of special guests for his latest album, “The Blues Roll On.” It includes B.B. King, George Thorogood, James Cotton and John Nemeth. Even though Bishop plays the blues, he’s known for keeping his music light and fun. (On sale Sept. 23)

Did you find yourself singing “Hey There Delilah,” last year?  Well, pop group Plain White T’s is back with a new album, “Big Bad World” that promises all the spunk and upbeat fun of the last. And who wants to bet that this music will appear on an ABC Family or WB show soundtrack. Anyone?  (On sale Sept. 23)