With some television seasons, "just OK" is the best you can expect.
This new season isn't the worst to come along in a while, but it's also not highly spectacular.
Settle for so-so. It could be far worse.
But there are standouts. For example ...
ABC's "Last Resort" -- which sounds like a 21st-century spin on "Fantasy Island" -- is a high-octane underwater espionage hour about a rogue submarine crew caught between the U.S. government and plans for a nuclear attack of another nation. Andre Braugher stars. Premieres this coming week. (See below.)
CBS's "Elementary" distinguishes itself from other procedural dramas by putting a new mark on the story of Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu). He's a recovering addict. She's his support. The story is set in modern times. Premieres this coming week. (See below.)
CW's "Arrow" is based on the adventures of the DC Comics character Green Arrow. Newcomer Stephen Amell is Oliver Queen, a rich playboy who returns from five years stuck on an island. He has a new sense of justice and a thirst for revenge. Premieres 7 p.m. Oct. 10.
Meanwhile, the industry prepares to honor its best of the past season. This means, of course\, another Emmy show!
This week's highlights
"Primetime Emmy Awards" (6 p.m., KTVX Channel 4). Jimmy Kimmel is host of the ceremony that applauds excellence in television. British import "Downton Abbey" is among the major nominees.
"Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" (7 p.m., KTVX Channel 4). Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, Bristol Palin and Emmitt Smith are among those taking to the dance floor once again in this roundup of past favorites competing for the best of the best.
"Partners" (7:30 p.m., KUTV Channel 2). Two best pals -- one gay, the other straight -- navigate each other's eccentricities in this new sitcom from the creators of "Will & Grace."
"NCIS" (7 p.m., KUTV Channel 2). A 10th season launches as the team looks for the elusive mastermind who bombed the docks and destroyed NCIS headquarters.
"Ben and Kate" (7:30 p.m., KSTU Channel 13). This new sitcom explores the co-dependent bond of a brother and sister (Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson). Hilarity ensues.
"The Middle" (7 p.m., KTVX Channel 4). Brick grows a tomato as the fourth season sprouts.
"Law & Order: SVU" (8 p.m., KSL Channel 5). Season 14 opens with Cragen arrested for murder and the squad getting a new captain.
"Last Resort" (7 p.m., KTVX Channel 4). A rogue U.S. submarine crew goes off course when it's caught up in subversive moves against another country in this new action drama starring Andre Braugher.
"Elementary" (9 p.m., KUTV Channel 2). A new weekly spin on the classic detective story, Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) is an addict, and his partner/life coach Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) rolls her eyes at him a lot and tries to keep him on the straight and narrow.
"Made in Jersey" (8 p.m., KUTV Channel 2). For this new comedy-drama, a working-class woman (Jessica Blank) uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished peers at a top New York law firm.
"Fringe" (8 p.m., KSTU Channel 13). The fifth season starts with a search for Olivia in 2036.
"Lake Placid: The Final Chapter" (7 p.m., Syfy). A sheriff has giant crocodiles to face in the fourth installment of the horror-movie franchise.