Monday, September 12th
Anderson, series premiere at 4pm on Syndicated
– Anderson Cooper, the youngest son of socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, has hosted a prime-time reality show (The Mole) and a long-running cable news program (Anderson Cooper 360). Now, the journalist enters the daytime talk show scene with Anderson, a show that’s unlike most other daytime chat fests. You won’t see Cooper revealing the results of paternity tests. “Anderson” is more of a topical show, with a focus on current events and news stories that capture the audience’s attention. In addition to covering news and social issues that stir debate, Cooper brings a more light-hearted approach to some episodes by interviewing celebrities and people with inspiring human interest stories. He also shares provocative personal stories, because Cooper says telling stories that are relevant to viewers’ daily lives is when he feels most useful.
2011 Miss Universe Pageant, special from 9 to 11pm on NBC
– The 60th Annual Miss Universe pageant will air live from Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. The glamorous live event, featuring the most beautiful women in the universe, will air on NBC in the United States, with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo. Contestants from more than 80 countries around the world will travel to Brazil for almost a month of activities leading up to the live telecast. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview, as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2011. This is the first time in its 60-year history that the Miss Universe contest will be held in Brazil. More info on the hosts and contestants coming shortly!
Tuesday, September 13th
90210, season premiere at 8pm on The CW
– The fourth season of the lame 90210 remake follows the group from West Beverly as they navigate life after high school. Their journey into adulthood will find them heading in different directions while trying to keep the same closeness that worked so well for them in high school. This tight-knit circle of friends will meet new people, resulting in friendships, relationships and loyalties being tested. Some will attend college, while others will start their careers. It’s a new and different time for them, as the stakes are much higher and there is a lot more to lose. Coming from a world of glamour and privilege, with endless possibilities in front of them, anything can happen. All in all, it’s just another day in the world’s most famous zip code.
Ringer, series premiere at 9pm on The CW
– Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.
Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC
– The one-hour drama from exec producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer is inspired by the box office hit of the same name that follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. In the season premiere, the Bravermans go time-traveling picking up five months after season 2’s tumultuous finale. Adam (Peter Krause) is unemployed, though he’ll soon go into business with little brother Crosby (Dax Shepard). Kristina (Monica Potter) is seven months pregnant. Sarah (Lauren Graham) has rekindled her romance with Amber’s English teacher (Jason Ritter from the now-deceased The Event, thanks to the cancellation of the show that frees him up to return to this role).
Wednesday, September 14th
– The Redemption Island twist is back with one big change: only two-person duels so it’s really do or die this season. This season also features the return of two former contestants whose social game was disastrous. In the season premiere, the new castaways have mixed reactions to the return of Coach and Ozzy, and an extremely close immunity challenge sparks a debate for the losing tribe members in a combative Tribal Council.
H8R, series premiere at 8pm on The CW
– From the mind of Mario Lopez comes a show that bravely takes up the cause of celebrities aggrieved by the trolls who loathe them. H8R follows stars such as Eva Longoria and fake “stars” like Kim Kardashian and The Bachelor (and most recently the worst Bachelor Pad player ever) Jake Pavelka as they ambush their “haters,” meaning members of the general public who dislike them as a rule, as well as anybody who looks at them without absolute adoration and worship in their eyes. They then spend time together, with the celebrities trying to win over their haters, because they clearly don’t have enough fans and suffer from a need-to-be-loved-by-all complex. Exec producer Mike Fleiss insists the surprise encounters are legit, citing that the former Bachelor even got a drink thrown in his face…hahahaha, sorry about that, not a personal attack against him, I would clearly pick his ex Vienna over him as most hated fake celeb in my book.
America’s Next Top Model: All Stars, season premiere at 9pm on The CW
– Tyra Banks kicks off cycle seventeen by bringing back an all-star cast of fan favorites and outrageous characters from previous cycles of the show. These women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes return to prove that they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of modeling and celebrity, featuring an exciting line-up of special guest judges. There is a lot at stake with these seasoned veterans, poised to earn the prestigious title of America’s Next Top Model that previously eluded them. Time has passed and these models have changed…for better and for worse. In addition to exposure to prolific fashion-industry gurus and successful entrepreneurs, the finalists will compete in complicated catwalks, ambitious fashion photo shoots and work to carefully craft their public personas, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the cameras that chronicle every move.
– This new comedy series is an irreverent look at modern parenthood and features an all-star cast that makes this one of the top picks for new shows this fall. Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett, Arrested Development). As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids), threaten to throw Reagan off balance.
Free Agents, series premiere at 10:30pm on NBC
– Based on the witty, cult U.K. series of the same name, Free Agents is a crooked, romantic comedy from creator John Enbom (Party Down) and Emmy Award-winning director Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) that explores the trials and tribulations of finding love and companionship – the second time around. Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Huff) stars as newly divorced Alex, who is missing his kids and trying to keep himself together. Alex’s co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn, Hung) thinks she has it together, but she drinks too much in order to cope with her fiance’s untimely death. It’s no surprise then when these two overworked public relations executives share an ill-fated night of passion and are forced to cope with the awkward aftermath. Thus begins the journey of two lost and emotionally damaged souls in search of happiness. Joining the cause is an array of co-workers who are both helpful and meddling at the same time.
Thursday, September 15th
The Vampire Diaries, season premiere at 8pm on The CW
– Returning for its third season, the tween supernatural drama series is the story of two vampire brothers who are obsessed with the same girl. In season one, Stefan (Paul Wesley, Fallen) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder, Lost) returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons. Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved – in 1864. Damon, on the other hand, was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch’s spell all those years ago. Season three opens the door to the history of Klaus and The Original Family (as in the Original family of vampires), as Klaus’ motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. The ghosts from Jeremy Gilbert’s (Steven R. McQueen, Everwood) past have a powerful message they’re trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they’re having on his relationship with Bonnie Bennett. After the emotional end of her relationship with Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig, Friday Night Lights), Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola, Juno) grows closer to Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino, Cane), and a war erupts between their families.
The Secret Circle, series premiere at 9pm on The CW
– Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, season premiere at 10pm on FX
– Last season, Dee got knocked up, Charlie and Dennis partied in Atlantic City, and Mac fought gay marriage in his own unique, misguided way. This season, tune in to see the Gang prepare for the apocalypse, hit the beach at the Jersey Shore, produce a child beauty pageant, and take a walk down memory lane at their high school reunion. As they say, some things never change. So prepare for more depraved schemes, half-baked arguments and absurdly underhanded plots to subvert one another.
Archer, season premiere at 10:30pm on FX
– FX’s first foray into animation was a huge success with this original spy spoof series that was applauded for its raunchiness, clever writing, and talented voice-over cast. The animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillances is daunting and enigmatic, every covert operation and global crisis are actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gains, pleasures and prosperity. Archer has been described by its creator, Adam Reed, as “James Bond meets Arrested Development” – the animated comedy even features three actors from the FOX cult classic.
Friday, September 16th
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, season premiere at 8pm on Cartoon Network
– This 3D CGI animated Star Wars spin-off takes place in the three-year time period between the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Stars Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. No other spin-off has captured the retro, gee-whiz spirit of 1977’s original with as much B-movie flair as Cartoon Network’s series. Season 3 also packs emotional Force with a two-part opener about a rookie squad of clone troopers in a Republic boot camp. You’d have to be a Sith Lord indeed not to be moved by a subplot about an aged clone-reject who’s relegated to working as a janitor.