Television loves nothing more than going back to the well and remaking a series that still sparks memories. The latest revision: 1983 miniseries "V," about alien visitors who say they come in peace, but are hiding big secrets. And if you watched it in the 1980s, you're hoping some of those secrets involve lizard babies. (Premieres Nov. 3, 8 p.m., ABC)
She's the Supernanny for salons: On "Tabatha's Salon Takeover," bossy Aussie Tabatha Coffey storms into hair salons that are in desperate need of a makeover themselves and whacks them back into shape. As you can imagine, not every stylist is thrilled to be bossed around, but from the safe distance of the viewer's couch, it's obvious Tabatha is right. Even if you've never picked up a pair of shears yourself, it's fascinating viewing. (Returns Nov. 3, 10 p.m., Bravo)
Some movies change the way you look at ordinary things. "Super Size Me" drove many viewers away from the drive-thrus. Now "Food, Inc." points out how mechanized the American food industry has become, revealing shocking facts about what we put in our mouths. Rolling Stone called it "scarier than anything in the last five 'Saw' horror shows." (Out on DVD Nov. 3)
George Clooney is out to prove he can make as many movies as Gerard Butler this year, and his first entry is “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” Ewan McGregor stars as a reporter in Iraq who thinks he’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime when he meets a man (Clooney) who claims to be a former member of an army unit that has paranormal skills. Chud.com warns that the movie is “very light,” claiming audiences will enjoy it, “but when you walk out of the theater the film will simply slide off of you.” (Opens Nov. 4)
Though snubbed by the Gotham Awards, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” is still an Oscar favorite. Newcomer Gabby Sidibe stars as an overweight, illiterate teenager who is abused by her mother (Mo’Nique), pregnant with her second child by her father, and then enrolls at an alternative school to try to turn her life around. Variety called the film “courageous and uncompromising, a shaken cocktail of debasement and elation, despair and hope.” (Opens Nov. 4)
Carrie Underwood is back to dominate country music — and all the award shows that go with it — with her new album, “Play On.” She calls it her “most versatile album to date.” The album’s first single, “Cowboy Casanova,” is already Underwood’s fastest selling song to date and the fastest rising hit in country radio in 2009. Underwood better start rehearsing some more acceptance speeches. (On sale Nov. 3).
If you’ve tuned in to Fox’s new series, “Glee,” than you’ve probably had Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” stuck in your head. “Glee: The Music, Volume 1” gives you a chance to listen to the kids from the show sing those songs again. Entertainment Weekly wrote that the album has a “giddy sort of ‘let’s put on a show’ charm.” (On sale Nov. 3)