Spring has arrived and so has pret-a-porter television - air-brushed and ready to view. Those of us who stayed up late all last week to catch the starkly intense first season of The Wire (showing again on HBO Signature; April 25 to 30, at 8pm) may appreciate some well-scripted but less demanding fare for a change. Teetering down the runway, and not a moment too soon for her fans, is Ugly Betty (TVB Pearl; Mondays at 9.35pm), bedizened in her trademark loud colours and red plastic spectacles. In so far as comedy dramas have cliffhangers, viewers were left dangling last season as the world of Betty Suarez (America Ferrera; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) hurtled into chaos. Her boss Daniel Meade (Eric Mabius; Resident Evil, The L Word) - she is assistant to the editor-in-chief of a fictitious fashion magazine - and his male-to-female transsexual sister, Alexis (Rebecca Romijn; the X-Men movies), were last seen unconscious after crashing a car that belonged to their father, Bradford (Alan Dale; 24, Lost). Meanwhile, their father was busy proposing to Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams; Dance With Me, Shaft), the conniving creative director of the magazine. Bradford's estranged wife, Claire (Judith Light; Who's the Boss?), escaped from prison; Betty's father, Ignacio (Tony Plana; Zoot Suit, CSI), was denied re-entry to the United States after a family holiday in Mexico; and her sister, Hilda (Ana Ortiz; Everybody Loves Raymond), was told her fiance had been shot during a hold-up. Betty herself was on the verge of losing Henry Grubstick (Christopher Gorham), her paramour from the accounting department, to his pregnant ex-girlfriend. With so many loose threads to tie up, it comes as no surprise that season two's premiere is a lot like Betty's wardrobe - all over the place. Now in a wheelchair and with his sister in a coma, Daniel grapples with his guilt while their fugitive mother makes contact with Wilhelmina in a bid to protect the family's assets. We see Hilda holed up in her room, exchanging wedding vows with her fiance while Henry is still grappling with his feelings. Watch for a laugh-out-loud daydream sequence, which gives a nod to the Latin-American telenovela genre and stars Betty in her own Spanish-language melodrama called Las Pasiones de Betty. Getting reacquainted with the surreal lives in this fashion-world satire is the order of the day. Also returning to our screens for a second season is quirky scientific drama Bones (Star World; Fridays at 9.30pm). It features brilliant but socially awkward forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance 'Bones' Brennan (above right, Emily Deschanel; Crossing Jordan, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and her team at the fictitious Jeffersonian Institution. More than ever, FBI special agent Seeley Booth (above left, David Boreanaz; Buffy the Vampire Slayer) needs the help of their unconventional and visually captivating lab in solving murders. Brennan's new boss, Dr Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), gets the best of the early lines. As she asserts her authority, a scientist's equivalent of a catfight ensues between her and Brennan. If you ever need inspiration for a Machiavellian comeback, learn from Saroyan.