By Caroline Kepnes
Updated September 07, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Yes, we’re all psyched up for the new fall season of network TV, but it’s the wise viewer who doesn’t forget to explore the rarefied world of cable and syndication as well. Britney Spears, the Clinton White House, and a passel of ex-Survivors will be popping up all over the higher reaches of the dial this season — but not at the same time, which is why you’ll need this handy-dandy guide to locate what’s cool.

SEPTEMBER

09.03
Dates ahoy! It’s the second week ever of Shipmates, a reality show kinda like Blind Date but with more seasickness. (Syndicated)

Princess Leia’s Revenge: Man Talk With Carrie Fisher premieres on Oxygen. (Check local listings)

Can’t get enough of Dennis Franz’s butt? Court TV — the new home for NYPD Blue reruns — stakes out an 18-hour marathon. (9 a.m.-3 a.m.)

09.07
Storytellers — the series that proves how simple it is to get musicians to talk about their craft — kicks off a new season with Train and Fuel. (VH1, 9-10 p.m.)

09.10
You host, girl! MTV VJ Ananda Lewis’ talk show — The Ananda Lewis Show — debuts. (Syndicated)

From the ”Guys can talk about inane things, too” file: It’s The Other Half, a male version of The View. (Syndicated)

09.11
Vexed and the City: The second season of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm bows here, before moving to Sundays on Sept. 16. (HBO, 10:30-11 p.m.)

09.15
John Lithgow woos Isabella Rossellini in Don Quixote (a.k.a. Third Windmill From the Sun). (Hallmark Channel, 9-11:30 p.m.)

09.17
Survivor 1 runner-up Kelly Wiglesworth embarks on Celebrity Adventures. Tonight, she goes hiking in Peru with the O’Connell bros. (E!, 10-11 p.m.)

The Press Secretary gives you an unprecedented peek into the Clinton White House spin machine. (PBS, check local listings)

09.22
How do you make history sexier? With The XY Factor — a new series about wartime coitus. (History Channel, 10-11 p.m.)

09.23
Start your Mixmasters! It’s The Pillsbury Kids Bake-Off. (Food Network, 9-10 p.m.)

09.24
Buffy the Vampire Slayer certainly isn’t a nester. Now she’s putting down syndicated stakes five nights a week on FX, where Ally McBeal and The Practice join her in tonight’s lineup. (7, 8, 9 p.m.)

Everybody Loves Raymond. So much that it’s on at least five days a week. (Syndicated)

09.27
Crystal balls + James Bond = History Undercover: Psychic Espionage. (History Channel, 8-9 p.m.)

09.30
You never know when you’ll have to feed a picky rock star — k.d. lang hosts Roadie Chefs II. (Food Network, 9-10 p.m.)

The It Factor — a stage- and screen-centric reality show — follows 12 aspiring actors on a quest to make it in showbiz. (Bravo, 9-10 p.m.)

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