“K-Ville”: Pass the gumbo and lets get ths party started!

The start of fall — at least for scripted programming — begins tonight with Fox’s “K-Ville.” Here’s hoping this one makes it out of the gate in one piece and doesn’t find itself DOA Tuesday morning.Kville2

The pilot wasn’t anything extraordinary by any means, but with the backdrop being N’Awlins, and the devastation left by Katrina, that’s reason enough to root for this one to at least have a fighting chance to succeed.

I’ve always felt Anthony Anderson is a bit underappreciated as an actor, mostly because he took on so many roles in kid movies. But his turn in “The Shield” forced people to take notice, and a small role in “The Departed” makes him a graduate of the Scorsese School of Filmmaking.

Can’t say I’m all that familiar with Cole Hauser’s work, though I saw him and thought he did his best to raise the level of the mostly awful “Paparazzi.” The “K-Ville” pilot reps a bit of a dark side to his character that’s ripe for some exploration.

“K-Ville” faces off against repeats of reality skein “Wife Swap,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Girlfriends” and “The Game.” Plus a new edition of NBC’s “The Singing Bee.” Not exactly stellar competion.

There will be no excuses for a poor night. Let the Nielsen games begin!

— Stuart Levine

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