When it comes to a television show you can't wait to sink your teeth into, there is something to be said for the three-month (or more) time lag between American and Asian season premieres. For us, it means more emotional preparation time in the case of tragedy. In the deepening chill of the United States financial winter, the 2008-09 obituaries are being written for some of our favourite dramas. While AMC's award-winning Mad Men, Showtime's Dexter and HBO's Entourage are safe from cancellation - for now - we'll be laying to rest Fox's Prison Break, ABC's Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sex Money and FX Network's The Riches before the year is out. I hope you haven't been getting too attached. Swinging a Prada-bagful of cancellation rumours on its arm, NBC's Lipstick Jungle (Star World; Tuesdays at 11pm) struts back into town for a second season this week. Stiletto-heeled power lunches and man-hunting resume for Wendy (Brooke Shields), Nico (Kim Raver) and Victory (Lindsay Price, Melrose Place) - three fabulous Manhattan friends. As if to establish the show's escapist credo once and for all, several deftly dealt, juicy twists in the first episode resolve last season's cliffhanger involving Nico, her husband and the gorgeous Kirby (Robert Buckley) in a way that clears all moral imperative against married women falling for emotionally mature, physically perfect younger men. Maybe because they've managed to outlast their rivals on Cashmere Mafia (about four fab friends living in New York) by a season (and counting), the girls seem a little more relaxed and genuine in season two. Shields, in particular, is less self-conscious about her statuesque self and, therefore, a whole lot more convincing as a married film studio executive. With regard to the fashion, without the guidance of the indomitable Patricia Field, Jungle will never hit the dazzling heights of Sex and the City, despite the fact that Victory is supposed to be a top designer. Still, every girl needs a show about New York, clothes and accessories and fabulous dates, though, not necessarily in that order. So until Gossip Girl arrives, it'll remain a lipstick jungle out there. The original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (AXN; Wednesdays at 11pm) - set in seedy Las Vegas - celebrates its ninth season without any talk of slowing down. Those who have seen the previous season will not be surprised to discover the first episode deals heavily with what happens to Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan). The tried and true CSI formula holds - until more than half-way through the season. After which, fans had better sit up and pay attention. Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) joins the show as Raymond Langston, replacing Gil Grissom (William Petersen, above right with Fishburne, who will continue to executive produce the show) as head of the forensics team. In the world of hair samples and semen swabs, what will Morpheus do?