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Sunday, September 28th

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Season 4’s finale had everyone buzzing with the arrival of the year’s favorite Disney newcomer to Storybrooke: Elsa from “Frozen”. The Storybrooke residents do not know what Elsa has in store for them. Back in the past, in Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle, we will discover what happened to her, her sister Anna and Kristoff, and how and why Elsa became a prisoner of Rumplestiltskin. And now that Emma has brought back Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, and possibly sparked the end of Regina’s relationship with him, will she return to her old, evil ways and do everything in her power to get even? And newlyweds Belle and Rumplestiltskin continue to be deeply in love with each other. But Rumple is hiding a secret from Belle — one that, if found out, could destroy their happiness – he continues to be the master of the dagger that calls upon him to be the Dark One. Can Emma and Hook commit to one another, and can these two damaged people take their love to the next level?

The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Having recently reached its milestone 550th episode, The Simpsons continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything. The Simpsons (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie) reside in the town of Springfield. The family adventures continue this fall when in the season premiere the unthinkable happens: a Springfield resident dies. Additional guest voices this season include Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, David Hyde Pierce, Will Forte, Jeff Ross, and Matthew Sweet. An episode written by Judd Apatow (rom-com writer/director extraordinaire) will also air this season.

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 7:30pm on FOX

– Having won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, Bob’s Burgers returns for a fresh and flavorful fifth season. The series follows Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but the rest of the clan falls short on service. Despite the greasy counters and lousy location, the Belchers are determined to make every “Grand Re-Re-Re-opening” a success. Bob’s wife, Linda (John Roberts), stands by her man and often does so by bursting into song. Their eldest daughter, 13-year-old Tina (Dan Mintz), has a slight obsession with boys and zombies. Middle child Gene (Eugene Mirman) is an aspiring musician with a thirst for life. Louise (Kristen Schaal) is the bunny ears-wearing youngest daughter with an off-kilter sense of humor that makes her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen – and with the public.

Revenge, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– ABC’s soapy Hamptons drama returns for season four with one major change: Lead character Emily Thorne is no longer the one seeking the titular vengeance. This time around, the tables are turned, and it’s her arch-nemesis Victoria Grayson who will be pursuing a vendetta against Emily. Season three closed with a doozy of a finale — an hour packed with a plethora of cliffhangers that left fans reeling all summer long. Jack was hauled in for questioning after Charlotte turned him in as her kidnapper and Daniel woke up to find himself in bed with a corpse (an OD arranged by Gideon for blackmail purposes), and those were the two least shocking twists of the episode. In retaliation for Pascal’s death (and three seasons’ worth of meddling), Victoria pays Emily back by smothering Aiden to death and then parking his corpse in Emily’s living room. Then in retaliation for Aiden’s death (the cycle never ends), Emily lures Victoria to a graveyard where she’s digging up Amanda’s grave. She knocks Victoria out with a shovel, and when the ice queen wakes up… she’s been committed to an insane asylum! Emily told the doctors Victoria had gone crazy and was trying to prove that Emily was actually Amanda (which, as it so happens, is true). Season five will introduce The Simpsons‘ Yeardley Smith as Phyllis, a mental patient alongside Victoria Grayson (who of course was sent away for making insane furniture purchases).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

– Fresh off his ”suspension,” the weirdly competent Detective Peralta (Andy Samberg) is back…sort of. He quickly goes undercover for a Mafia sting. Thankfully, the ep eschews tired gabagool gangster clichés, relying on the show’s strengths: quirky workplace comedy, goofy throwaway lines, and, best as always, Andre Braugher’s superb Captain Holt.

Monday, September 29th

Mom, season premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

– Allison Janney won an Emmy for this, so it must be good…right? Mostly. In the first one back, titled ”Hepatitis and Lemon Zest,” Christy (the always great Anna Faris) succumbs to the lure of gambling, and things quickly get dire. As the title suggests, the story is a little sweet, a little uncomfortable, and very Chuck Lorre.

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– When viewers first met Richard Castle – a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother –he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in Detective Kate Beckett, a bright and aggressive homicide cop with a fascination for odd and offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Fast forward several years later, Castle and Beckett’s partnership has blossomed into a full-fledged romance but their journey to tie the knot has been plagued by many obstacles. It finally seemed like the lovebirds had overcome all the hurdles to find their happy ending when Castle’s car was run off the road on the way to his wedding ceremony. Did Castle survive the fiery car crash at the end of last season? We have no inside info—but we can’t help noticing they haven’t changed the title to Beckett.

NCIS: Los Angeles, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– Callen and Sam are trapped in an armed submarine that terrorists have aimed to hit an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Meanwhile, Hetty defies orders and forgoes her trip to Washington, as the team tries to locate and save Callen and Sam and prevent the terrorist attack, on the sixth season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 30th

Happyland, series premiere at 11pm on MTV

Happyland a soapy teen dramedy exploring the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks, going behind the scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers. The series centers on Lucy (Bianca Santos), the cynical teenage daughter of idealistic park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty). Having grown up in a world of manufactured happiness her whole life, Lucy wants to get out and experience something real. When Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner’s son, arrives and sweeps her off her feet, Lucy is left wondering if fairy tale endings do exist after all. But when a scandalous secret turns her life upside down, she learns Happyland is far from a walk in the park.

Manhattan Love Story, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often-contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating. Viewers will hear the inner monologues of unlucky-in-love New York twentysomethings Peter (Jake McDorman) and Dana (Analeigh Tipton). Manhattan will make quick use of its namesake (almost half of each episode is shot on location throughout the city), but Lowell says the central romance will be a slow, slow burn.

Selfie, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– It’s loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” but Selfie also has a more modern muse: Miley Cyrus. Creator Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory) says, “There’s something compelling about the language barrier in people so steeped in technology.” That inspired Kapnek to invent Eliza (Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan) a self-obsessed pharmaceutical rep who seeks an image makeover from her marketing-whiz co-worker Henry (John Cho). As their potential romance simmers, Selfie’s humor stems largely from Eliza’s quirky colleagues and her extreme narcissism—not to mention her totes-ridic lingo.

Wednesday, October 1st

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Hit crime procedural Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases. After spending the summer shorthanded because of Blake’s (Jeanne Tripplehorn) sudden departure, the BAU team will get a reprieve with the hiring of FBI agent Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Kate has an instant rapport with the team, especially Rossi, who will have two big surprises this year.

Stalker, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

– Following in the failed steps of last year’s dark drama Hostages, Dylan McDermott is not scared away from starring in another psychological thriller. Co-starring Maggie Q, Stalker is about detectives who investigate stalking incidents – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Det. Jack Larsen is a recent transfer to the Unit from New York City’s homicide division, whose confidence, strong personality and questionable behavior has landed him in trouble before – but whose past behavior may also prove valuable in his new job. His boss, Lt. Beth Davis, is strong, focused and an expert in the field, driven by her traumatic personal experience as a victim. With the rest of their team, young but eager Det. Ben Caldwell and deceptively smart Det. Janice Lawrence, Larsen and Davis assess the threat level of cases and respond before the stalking and intimidation spirals out of control, all while trying to keep their personal obsessions at bay.

Thursday, October 2nd

Reign, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Over the course of the stormy first season, Mary, Queen of Scots, struggled to balance her many roles — as Queen of Scotland, as royal fiancée, and later as young wife to the future King of France, and as faithful friend to her ladies in waiting. Challenges came in every form: the reigning queen consort of France, Francis’ mother, Catherine de Medici, did everything she could to destroy the union of Mary and Francis, even if that meant taking Mary’s life. Francis and Mary were both torn by their duties to their nations, paving the way for Mary to form a close bond with Bash, Francis’ illegitimate brother, who could offer Mary a level of devotion the future king could not. By the end of the season, the shocking death of King Henry made Francis and Mary the new King and Queen of France. But before their new crowns could be placed on their heads, Francis had placed himself on the wrong side of the quarantined castle’s gates, rushing to help Lola give birth to his first and possibly only child. The second season begins with Mary and Francis on the throne of a nation burning. France is rocked by the aftereffects of the plague – a disease that crept inside the castle walls, taking thousands upon thousands of lives across the land, and ravaging the stability of a nation. From the ashes, powerful lords will rise, carrying out personal, religious and political vendettas, taking lives, and tearing at Mary and Francis’ commitment to their people – and to each other.

The Vampire Diaries, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

– As season five begins, Damon and Elena have spent a blissful summer in love, unaware that Silas is free and Stefan has been suffering agonizing pain every day for months. Damon believes Stefan is staying away because it would be too painful for him to see Damon and Elena as a couple, but Elena can’t escape the uneasy feeling that Stefan needs their help. While Elena is reluctant to leave Damon and Jeremy, she is also thrilled to be heading off to a new start at nearby Whitmore College with Caroline as her roommate. Still unaware that Bonnie is dead, Elena and Caroline are waiting for their friend to join them at college. Jeremy is the only one who can see and talk to Bonnie who is trapped on the Other Side. Caroline is also waiting impatiently for Tyler to return and join her at Whitmore. Matt and Rebekah have spent a wonderful summer traveling through Europe, and the newly cured Katherine is having a tough time adjusting to being human after 500 years as a vampire. Returning to town after months on the run, Katherine asks Damon to help her now that she is vulnerable to her many enemies. Although everyone in this tight-knit group of friends is trying to move on to a new and better phase of their lives, the past is always with them, and Silas is determined to use his powers and the secrets of dopplegangers to make sure no one remains unscathed.

Bad Judge, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– No excuses, no apologies, no compromises. Wild child Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of LA’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind. Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent. While there’s no shortage of male admirers who would love to spend time with her, she’s not ready to settle down.

A to Z, series premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

A to Z tells the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, Mad Men, The Mindy Project) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” How I Met Your Mother) – a pair that almost wasn’t – and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew Lofland, while a guy’s guy, has always been a secret romantic… not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding “the one.” He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda Vasco is a no-nonsense lawyer who has strong feelings about being her own person and prefers the control of online dating. However, when a computer glitch sends her a total mismatch, she’s asked to come in for an interview at Wallflower Online Dating, the agency where Andrew works. Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time and despite their differences, sparks fly. She thinks it’s chance. He thinks it’s fate. After all, he’s convinced she’s the shimmering girl in the silver dress. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny?

Gracepoint, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small northern California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case turns neighbor against neighbor and sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town’s residents. Welcome to Gracepoint, a new 10-episode mystery event series based on Broadchurch, the U.K.’s critically acclaimed hit crime drama. Gracepoint is an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative that will end when secrets are revealed and the killer is caught.

Saturday, October 4th

Austin City Limits, season premiere at 9pm on PBS

ACL, the longest running music series in the country, showcases popular music legends and innovators from all genres. Great music. No limits.

Survivor’s Remorse, series premiere at 9pm on Starz

Survivor’s Remorse, a six-episode comedy series follows Cam Calloway played by Jessie T. Usher, a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin, and confidant Reggie Vaughn (RonReaco Lee) move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie, and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love, and loyalty.

60 Minutes, season premiere at 7:30pm on CBS

60 Minutes returns for its 47th season with Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq on the battle against ISIS.

Madam Secretary, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

– Alicia Florrick now has Téa Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord as an opening act. A CIA vet and mother of two, McCord is tapped to be secretary of state when her predecessor dies. And she’s given the worst first assignment ever: rescuing two kidnapped American teenage boys who are being held in Syria. Leoni has great potential here (and is supported by a marvelous cast, including Bebe Neuwirth, Željko Ivanek, and Keith Carradine), but the character development and ”I’m already hooked” magic (à la Good Wife) aren’t quite there yet. Right now Madam Secretary is just kind of The Pretty Good Wife.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, 3-hour season premiere at 8pm on PBS

– While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the
 sudden death of a fellow guest. With the help of a curmudgeonly business tycoon, Miss Marple unravels a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic,” leaving her to consider every one of the hotel’s guests as a suspect. Sir Antony Sher (God on Trial) guest stars. Filmed on location in South Africa and based on Christie’s 1964 novel, A Caribbean Mystery was adapted by comedian, author and actor Charlie Higson, who has a cameo as the unassuming American ornithologist James Bond. Also starring are MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey), Pippa Bennett Warner (Case Histories), and Charity Wakefield (Any Human Heart).

The Good Wife, season premiere at 9:30pm on CBS

– Season 6 will premiere with Alicia (Julianna Margulies) in a difficult spot. Eli (Alan Cumming) wants Alicia to run for State’s Attorney, but Alicia is bent on not getting involved. Meanwhile, episode 1 will also find Diane (Christine Baranski) considering joining Florrick/ Agos as a partner.

Mr. Pickles, series premiere at 11:30pm on Adult Swim

– Adult Swim’s new animated comedy, Mr. Pickles, is about 6-year-old Tommy Goodman (Kaitlyn Robrock), his family and their Border Collie, Mr. Pickles (Will Carsola). The show follows Tommy and Mr. Pickles as they embark on adventures. However, Mr. Pickles has a dark secret – he likes to kill, mutilate and hump his victims.

Squidbillies, season premiere at 11:45pm on Adult Swim

Squidbillies is back for another season. Fans can look forward to seeing Early (Unknown Hinson) get involved in the fight for marriage equality in the Season 9 premiere.

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2014 TV Premiere Week: Monday, September 22nd

The Voice, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s seventh season. Internationally acclaimed artists Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join returning mega-stars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host.

The Big Bang Theory, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory, but socially challenged everywhere else. Enter beautiful, street-smart neighbor, Penny, who aims to teach them a thing or two about life. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship in the past, Leonard believes he’s found true love with Penny. Even Sheldon has found a female companion, entering into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler. In their free time, Leonard and Sheldon continue to enjoy frequent trips to the comic book store and fantasy role-playing games with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow scientists Koothrappali, Wolowitz and Wolowitz’s adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette.

Gotham, series premiere at 8pm on FOX

– The good. The evil. The beginning. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Gotham follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Scorpion, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Given the times, TV is overdue for a clever hacker thriller. This is not it. Elyes Gabel plays a code-slinging, high-IQ (smarter than Einstein, LOL!) social misfit who assists Homeland Security—but before he can save LAX from calamity, he needs the help of a kindly, high-EQ diner waitress (Katharine McPhee). Hit ”esc” on this technostinker.

Sleepy Hollow, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

Sleepy Hollow returns this fall with all-new edge-of-your-seat mysteries and adventures, as the series’ heroic duo of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) fends off the forces of evil to save not only their town, but the world. Picking up immediately after the spellbinding events of the Season One finale, Ichabod finds himself buried alive in a coffin; Abbie is trapped in purgatory; Ichabod’s wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), has been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman; Capt. Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) is behind bars for a murder he did not commit; and Abbie’s sister, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood), is among the wreckage of a horrific car crash. These events were due in large part to the shocking revelation that Henry Parish (John Noble), the trusted friend of Ichabod and Abbie, is actually Ichabod and Katrina’s son and the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. Now, with Henry’s emergence as the Horseman of War, alongside the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow has never been so close to destruction. This season, fans will be introduced to a myriad of new faces in Sleepy Hollow, including Sheriff Leena Reyes (guest star Sakina Jaffrey, House of Cards) and the enigmatic Nick Hawley (guest star Matt Barr, Hatfields & McCoys) who add new drama, excitement and intrigue to the ever-thickening story of the mystical town.

The Blacklist, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, The Office, Boston Legal) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Last season, he mysteriously surrendered to the FBI… but now the FBI works for him as he identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all – with the caveat that Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, Law & Order: Los Angeles) continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and see the bigger picture… whether she wants to or not.

Forever, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills that impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.

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2014 TV Premiere Week: Tuesday, September 23rd

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite; the youthful and energetic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented scientist whose sharp mind matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field, and the newest member of the team, Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a former NSA analyst . Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, who knows it all because he’s seen it all, and he’s not afraid to let you know. Rounding out the team is NCIS director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet). In season 1, a massive battle took place with the evil organization HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. was completely dismantled. Skye discovered her mentor Ward is loyal to Garrett, the leader of HYDRA, which has been infiltrating the organization for years. Coulson and the remaining loyal members of his team took down Ward and Garrett but there are casualties. The fate of Fitz remains in question after he showed Simmons how he feels by risking his life to save her. Agent Coulson is called upon to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., as the truth behind what the organization is supposed to be about lies within his heart.

NCIS: New Orleans, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

NCIS: New Orleans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Chicago Fire, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Last season’s building collapse has devastating consequences. Even for people who made it, there’s what lingers for them afterward injury-wise or just emotionally. Expect personnel shifts in the wake as Dawson’s (Monica Raymund) intention to marry Casey (Jesse Spencer) complicates her move to Truck, and a new paramedic (Kara Killmer), a runaway bride from Indiana, arrives on Ambo.

Person of Interest, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

After escaping assisination by the hostile surveillance system Samaritan, Team Machine finds itself using guerilla tactics to survive. The whole team is in a state of confusion and distress. No place is safe. Under Samaritan’s threatening scrutiny (enacted in part by a murderous new operative played by Mad Men’s Cara Buono), this season ponders a future where the data stops working for us, and we start working for the data. “We become the robots,” says creator Jonathan Nolan.

Awkward, season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, Awkward. captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

Faking It, season premiere at 10:30pm on MTV

Faking It, a romantic comedy series, returns to MTV for season 2. This season, everyone is faced with a dilemma that forces them to tell the truth or keep a secret. Best friends Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens) struggle with figuring out their relationship after Amy revealed her true feelings for Karma. Questions are answered – will Karma find out about Liam (Gregg Sulkin) and Amy’s hook-up? What will happen to Karmy? Will Liam and Karma get back together? What are Lauren’s (Bailey De Young) pills for? Can Shane (Michael Willett) really be in a celibate relationship?

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2014 TV Premiere Week: Wednesday, September 24th

Survivor, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The 18 castaways that will be competing with their loved one Survivor this season, themed Blood vs. Water, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90 minute premiere. Some of the contestants in the San Juan Del Sur include an Amazing Race duo: twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson. The “Twinnies” — who appeared on seasons 21 and 24 of Race — are a love it or loathe it duo for fans. Perhaps the biggest name to compete on this season is John Rocker, 39, a former Atlanta Braves pitcher who was widely criticized for his remarks about minorities in a 1999 Sports Illustrated interview. Now older (and hopefully wiser), he’ll compete with his girlfriend, Julie McGee, a model who owns a spray tan business.

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– The Hecks are all back under one roof for now, since Axl (Charlie McDermott) hasn’t returned to college for the fall. But this season, it’s all about Sue (Eden Sher). It’s Sue’s final year so Sue must decide where to go to college—but first, the braces are coming off. Of course it’s not going to go as smoothly as you think. Bad news for Sue, good news for viewers, since her orthodontist will be played by Spin City’s Richard Kind.

The Goldbergs, season premiere at 8:30pm on ABC

– Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky and movie obsessed youngest child Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other — just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who loves her delicious kids, but still rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff and sometimes oblivious, parenting with half his attention span but all his heart. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is popular and terrifying, doing her best to cover up that she’s the smartest of the clan. Barry (Troy Gentile) is a passionate dreamer, who maybe dreams a little too big and who always gets the short end of the stick.  Adam (Sean Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s navigating first love, and growing up with his family. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s learning as much from his family as he teaches them.

Law & Order: SVU, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

– We’re going to be exploring the various notions of what family is. Last season, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) received a promotion to acting commander and a foster son, while several longtime characters—including Detective Munch (Richard Belzer)—left the SVU team. Stories highlighted this season with guest stars like Stacy Keach and Ron Rifkin, will continue to riff on headlines, from a racist sports exec to an out-of-control former child star.

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Critically lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, Modern Family is also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series. The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side is his young, vivacious second wife Gloria, who resists his old-fashioned ways — an impulse that will become all the more interesting now that he and Gloria have a new baby of their own. This exciting addition will bring more adventures to the family just as Gloria’s son, Manny, is about to embark on an adventure of his own as he enters high school. Jay’s grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, also have their son, Luke, heading to high school; their middle daughter, Alex, is full steam ahead on the college track, and the eldest, Haley, is back home figuring out her future. With the kids all growing up, this new chapter means Claire can explore returning to the workforce, which will have its fair share of missteps and victories. And this will be a big year for Claire’s brother and Jay’s grown son, Mitchell, who alongside his loving partner, Cameron, and daughter Lily, will have a lot of reasons to celebrate. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

Black-ish, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

– Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?

Nashville, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Going into season 3, the ladies have a lot of decisions to make. Will Rayna (Connie Britton) choose longtime flame Deacon (Charles Esten) or superstar fiancé Luke (Will Chase)? How will Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) handle her pregnancy, not to mention her former flame Avery (Jonathan Jackson)? Showrunner Dee Johnson swears some resolution will come quickly. But first, some music! The premiere will feature live performances from Deacon and Will (Chris Carmack), something that Johnson says is both exciting and nerveracking.

Chicago P.D., season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– By the end of the premiere, viewers will learn if Voight (Jason Beghe) or Stillwell (Ian Bohen) killed Jin (Archie Kao). And Mark Post starts a three-episode arc as the perennially disappointing mother of Lindsay (Sophia Bush). Lindsay struggles with who really is her family and how much slack do you cut your family.

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Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) finally tied the knot. But their happiness was short-lived, with a government plot leading to Booth’s arrest in the finale. The 10th season opens with everyone trying to clear him and end the conspiracy.

Grey’s Anatomy, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has a tough year ahead after telling Derek (Patrick Dempsey) in last season’s finale that she won’t move to D.C. The have to find a way to work this out where neither of them is going to resent the other. Mer might change her mind about moving once she learns the new cardio hotshot Maggie (Kellie McCreary) is her half sister. Its one thing to be surpassed by Cristina, it’s another to be faced with another one of your mother’s progenies, and have her be younger, further ahead, and possibly more talented than you—and have it make you question who you are. In other big news at Grey Sloan, Geena Davis will join the team as a confident surgeon. Snagging the Oscar winner was a coup that surprised the all-powerful Rhimes.

Scandal, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– When we last left OPA, Jake killed James and others in the name of B613, which is, indeed, brought down by Olivia until her dad reclaimed his Command position. Jake gave David the proof he needs to take them down again. Fitz won the election after a calculated tragedy orchestrated by Olivia’s dad takes his son. He can’t be with Olivia, who has left her post as head of OPA to fly off into the unknown with Jake by her side, all as her father has planed.

How to Get Away With Murder, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class How to Get Away with Murder. Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Over five seasons, the Bravermans dealt with pretty much every family issue imaginable, from illness to infidelity. But before they finish their final year, they will have to big farewell to one of their own. While the last chapter will also include more joyful milestones like a pregnancy, don’t hold your breath for a perfectly happy ending.

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Monday, September 15th

Dancing With the Stars, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– It’s like one of Stefon’s clubs: This season’s dance floor boasts an Olympic athlete (Lolo Jones), a soap hunk (Antonio Sabato Jr.), a YouTube star (Bethany Mota), and a human fire hydrant. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Plus, there’s Julianne Hough (right), who’s now a judge and will get to critique brother Derek. The final tweak? New showrunner Rob Wade, who wants to amp up the showmanship. ”Freestyle really popped for me,” he says. ”Social media is important to shows like this—it’s important we have things that people can share.” Yep, this show has everything.

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, series premiere at 8pm on VH1

– As the newest installment to the record-breaking reality franchise, Love and Hip Hop Hollywood follows the young, hip-hop elite as they strive to either “make” or “maintain” a life in the La La Land of Hollywood! We dive deep into the lives of our cast and discover a turbulent world that lies just beneath the fabulous exterior. From hip-hop artists, to video vixens, to actors, personal assistants, girlfriends, and co-parents, we take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the lives of the hip-hop couples as they struggle to balance their careers and their personal lives. A household name by way of his R&B music, TV shows, and an infamous sex tape with Kim Kardashian, Ray J is has re-invented himself as a heavy-hitting entertainment mogul. His illustrious love life takes center stage once again, as he struggles to deal with the three women who circle him… his ex-fling and ex-Def Jam recording artist, Teairra Mari, his current boo, Princess Love, and his assistant, Morgan Hardman.

Tuesday, September 16th

The Jennie Garth Project, series premiere at 9pm on HGTV

– Recently single actress and mom of three Jennie Garth is starting over. Together with her contractor Scott, she’s stripping a Hollywood Hills home to the studs and building it back up to be her ultimate dream house. It’s a room-by-room transformation filled with Jennie’s sleek and modern style and sensibility.

New Girl, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, ensemble comedy NEW GIRL begins its fourth season, continuing to follow a group of six friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world. As the series’ third season came to a close, Jess (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ended their romance, when they discovered that their differences outweighed their love for each other. Schmidt (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Max Greenfield) decided to pursue his on-again-off-again relationship with Cece (Hannah Simone), despite her fling with a younger man. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) passed his entrance exam on his way to becoming a police officer, and Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) is adjusting to life as a grade school gym teacher. With the loftmates all single in the upcoming fourth season, the pursuit of love drives them all to extremes. In the season premiere, the gang attends the last wedding of the summer and Jess sets her sights on the best man (guest star Reid Scott, Veep) only to find competition from the hottest scientist in the room (guest star Jessica Biel, “Total Recall,” “New Year’s Eve”).

The Mindy Project, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– Created by and starring Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling, the series follows a skilled OB/GYN trying (and failing!) to navigate her romantic life with dignity and grace. Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) is a talented obstetrician with a chaotic personal life, who struggles to find the perfect relationship, remain focused at work, stay current on reality TV and channel her inner warrior – Beyoncé Pad Thai. Mindy’s love life rivaled a real-life romantic comedy this past season, when she fell for her office sparring partner, Danny. Their relationship skyrocketed to new heights when the two shared a kiss in an airplane, but when their feet hit the ground, the two doctors struggled to make their relationship work. Danny ended the romance and then acted like a jealous boyfriend when Mindy dated other men. But in the second season finale, it appeared Mindy got her fairy tale ending atop the Empire State Building, giving “Harry” and “Sally” a run for their money. Season Three will continue to explore Mindy and Danny’s romantic and professional relationship.

Brickleberry, season premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

– The Tosh-produced comedy tends to rise above your average adult-animation fare, tonight’s episode included. Obama is coming, giving the park’s rangers and rednecks reason to touch on everything from health care to Game of Thrones to puke. It may not be as deft as South Park, but Brickleberry has the same off-color spirit and enthusiasm.

Wednesday, September 17th

Red Band Society, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, Red Band Society is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie (Griffin Gluck, “Back in the Game,” “Private Practice”) is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends. These teens form a life-changing bond and singular kinship, represented by their red hospital bands. They face shared experiences, both uplifting and challenging, tragic and comedic, ordinary and out-of-the-ordinary – and they do it together. The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is Dr. Jack McAndrew (Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon. They are the guiding force for these teens, but in their own personal lives, things might not be so easy. When you’re brought to the brink, that’s when you laugh the loudest, love the strongest and cry the hardest.

The Mysteries of Laura, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Debra Messing (Will & Grace) stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband – also a cop – who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a “working mom” today. Somehow she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner. For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.

Thursday, September 18th

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, series premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim

– If Rod Serling had suffered head trauma before creating The Twilight Zone, it might look like this show. The work of comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, these short horror comedies are notably slicker than the pair’s cult sketchfest Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! ”We wanted to do something that looked great and actually made sense,” says Heidecker. But there’s still weirdness aplenty: Tonight Wareheim plays a new cul-de-sac dweller who runs afoul of his psychotic, snack-obsessed neighbor, and next week Bob Odenkirk is a podiatrist in a parallel universe where toe removal is routine.

Sunday, August 17th

The Great Food Truck Race, season premiere at 9pm on Food

The Great Food Truck Race is back for round four and our longest route ever! This season features over 4,000 miles of breakdowns, obstacles and challenges. We’ve got eight brand-new teams of dreamers: they all have heart, they all have skills, and all they need is a truck. Each week, the teams will roll into a new city and spend a frantic weekend cooking and selling, scheming and strategizing. The last team standing wins $50,000 and their food truck — a business that will change their lives forever.

Monday, August 18th

Dora and Friends: Into the City!, series premiere at 8pm on Nickelodeon

– Together, all for one! Get ready for big adventures with Dora and Friends: Into the City! Dora’s moved to a beautiful pan-Latino metropolis by the sea called Playa Verde, entered a diverse new school, and is busier than ever. She’s also found a new group of friends–Alana, Emma, Naiya, Kate, and Pablo–with a shared passion for learning and exploring who join her on new pop/rock-infused adventures in the city. But this is no ordinary city. Down side streets, in the park, even under the school, there are portals to magical worlds filled with surprises, obstacles and villains waiting to test our friends with curricular challenges and exciting emotional stakes. Armed with an ancient magical charm bracelet, a trusted Map App, and the strength that comes from working with bright, funny, and loving friends, Dora invites preschoolers to join her in saving the day, solving problems, speaking Spanish, and giving back to the community.

Dallas, midseason premiere at 9pm on TNT

Tuesday, August 19th

A Young Doctor’s Notebook, season premiere at 10pm on Ovation

– Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Million Dollar Arm) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Kill Your Darlings) return for Season Two of A Young Doctor’s Notebook, the critically-acclaimed black comedy series based on the memoirs of a young doctor’s life in a remote village in early 20th century Russia. Season Two picks up in 1935 with the older doctor returning to his former infirmary to collect the pieces of his shattered life. Reliving his battle with morphine addiction, and his doomed romantic choices, Hamm’s character watches his younger self struggle to survive against the backdrop of the Bolshevik Revolution. Based on a collection of short stories by celebrated Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.

Wizard Wars, series premiere at 10pm on Syfy

Penn & Teller headline this competition series, which takes viewers behind the scenes of magic by challenging a new team of magicians each week to create the most jaw-dropping illusions using an array of random objects and transforming them into eye-popping miracles. The winning team of challengers in the first round then take on the expert “home team” of world-renowned wizards: Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson; Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi; YouTube sensation Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits. Judges on the show include the aforementioned Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer and Christen Gerhart.

Wednesday, August 20th

Preachers of LA, season premiere at 10pm on Oxygen

– Known for their fiery sermons, community outreach and passionate followings, pastors have become iconic, beloved, and sometimes polarizing figures in modern culture. Yet, few people have access to these larger-than-life men away from the pulpit. Until now. We’re thrilled to introduce Preachers of L.A, a rare glimpse into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles. From pro skateboarder Pastor Jay Haizlip to Grace Jones’ brother Bishop Noel Jones to Bishop Clarence McClendon, who reaches 250 million homes via international broadcast each week, Preachers of L.A. will explore the human side of these ambitious and very powerful men of faith.

Epic Ink, series premiere at 10:30pm on A&E

Meet Chris, 51, and his out-of-this-world team of tattoo artist at Area-51 Tattoo as they bring comics, cartoons and fantasy to life in eye-popping ink. Chris-51 tattoos a rabid fan with Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heather crafts an epic portrait of Sloth and Chuck from The Goonies and Chris Jones brands a Schwarzenegger devotee with the ultimate homage to Ah-nold.

Friday, August 22nd

BoJack Horseman, streaming on Netflix

– Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s … 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around,” but today he’s washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, BoJack Horseman is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.

Saturday, August 23rd

Intruders, series premiere at 10pm on BBC America

– From writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the eight part series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines – a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run – begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.

Doctor Who, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on BBC America

– The Doctor is an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through all of time and space in his TARDIS. His current travel companion is Clara Oswald, though he has a long list of friends and companions who have shared journeys with him. Instead of dying, the Doctor is able to “regenerate” into a new body, taking on a new personality with each regeneration. Eleven actors, plus John Hurt, have played the Doctor thus far.

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