Sunday, September 18th
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, awards show from 8 to 11pm on FOX
– If it seems like Jane Lynch has been hosting almost every television awards show this season then you are quite observant because she indeed has. The brilliant actress who portrays the love-to-hate Sue Sylvester on Glee is quite a talent that is practically universally loved by anyone that can recognize good acting and humor. With this funny lady front and center at this year’s Emmy’s, it is sure to attract a large audience at home anxious to see her antics and jabs at celebrities. As to who’s up for a trophy and who is likely to go home with one vs who SHOULD, its always pretty predictable so as least we have Lynch to entertain us when our favorites get snubbed, *cough cough* Amy Poehler needs to win for Parks & Rec, it is ridiculous how good she is on that show…
Monday, September 19th
Dancing With the Stars, season premiere from 8 to 10pm on ABC
– Three opinionated judges, twelve professional dancers, twelve celebrities, tons of glitter and spray tans, and Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke. No, we’ll never be able to dance like Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, or Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and that’s exactly why we watch. We can totally relate to the stars competing on the show and it’s pretty cool to know they’re just like us. These actors, athletes, musicians, reality stars, and where-are-they-now personalities start out as lumbering Frankensteins with two left feet, and they slowly transform (we hope) into graceful twinkle-toed Baryshnikovs. The contestants this season have huge graceful dancing shoes to fill after Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane’s outstanding runs last season. Thankfully, the brilliant 3-time mirrorball winner Derek Hough is back after taking a season off following his victory last fall partnering with Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey. Also, 3 more pros have been added to the roster: former DWTS troupe members Tristan MacManus and Peta Murgatroyd, also joined by accomplished ballroom dancer Val Chmerkovskiy (if you just raised your eyebrow, then you probably realized that last name sounds too familiar, perhaps because Val is Maks’ almost-as-dazzling older brother!). Clearly, I think the “stars” on this show are the pros rather than their inexperienced dancing partners, but they do have an interesting cast, check out the pairings below.
Team CarsonAnna – Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya
Team Chaz and Lacey – Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Team CHYNNADOVE – Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani
Team Good Times – David Arquette & Kym Johnson
Team Valisabetta – Elisabetta Canalis (aka George Clooney’s ex) & Val Chmerkovskiy
Team Hope & Maksim – Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Team Martinoff – J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
Team KristinBalls – Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas
Team MacGrace – Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
Team DRickilous – Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
Team CherBert – Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
Team PetRon (seriously? This sounds like someone is holding Ronnie from the Jersey Shore on a leash, oh wait, Sammi already does that…) – Ron Artest & Peta Murgatroyd
Season 13 is shaping up to be hotter than ever with a few new twists to go with all those tangos. New this season is a feature called the “Ballroom Battle,” in which a couple trained by a pro go head-to-head with another pro’s couple. All in all, six couples will battle it out in this competition beginning in Week 5. The look of the ballroom is also changing with a triple-tiered balcony-styled arrangement featuring the staircase in the middle of the stage having the ability to split in two to reveal the orchestra pit.
How I Met Your Mother, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– Showrunners Bays and Thomas told EW that Marshall and Lily’s journey into parenthood will, like their season 1 engagement, be the catalyst for Ted’s renewed commitment to searching for love in the show’s seventh season. Robin will likely have a romantic fling with Harold & Kumar’s Kal Penn stops by for a multi-episode arc. The season will also address the bomb of a question dropped in last season’s cliffhanger when Barney was getting ready to walk down the aisle on his wedding day with his yet-to-be-identified bride.
The Sing-Off, season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– After 2 short and sweet holiday runs, season 3 of the a cappella singing competition is anchoring NBC’s Monday night this fall. With the upgrade to the fall full season schedule, they have also expanded the lineup from 10 to 16 of the country’s best a cappella groups performing popular songs like you’ve never heard them before. There’s no lip-synching, backup bands or safety net. They’ll be singing for America’s vote, with the winner walking away with the ultimate prize – a Sony Music recording contract and $100,000. Pop recording artist (and college a cappella singer) Sara Bareilles will join Ben Folds and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman on the judging panel, replacing Nicole Scherzinger who made the big move to the much-hyped The X Factor.
Two and a Half Men, season premiere at 9pm on CBS
– The trainwreck that is Charlie Sheen is gone, Ashton Kutcher is in, thank goodness.
2 Broke Girls, series premiere at 9:30pm on CBS
– This new comedy co-written by comedian Whitney Cummings is the better of her 2 fall shows (she stars in the other, which is semi-autobiographical and entitled Whitney). Exec Producer Michael Patrick King described it to EW as “Laverne & Shirley on crack.” The sitcom is about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max Black works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline Channing is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but first they need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg, an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl, a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee, the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break.
Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Over the past three seasons, Castle and Beckett’s relationship has grown even stronger as they’ve dodged bullets, captured killers, and solved countless murder cases with their unorthodox partnership. But in the explosive Season 3 finale this past May, NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, who we learned had a connection to the unsolved murder of Beckett’s mother, was shot and killed by a man tied to that years-old crime. As the episode came to a close, Beckett, who was speaking about her Captain at his funeral, took a bullet from a sniper’s rifle and was last seen on the ground with life fading out of her…
Hawaii Five-0, season premiere at 10pm on CBS
– The remake of the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches is back for a second season. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s Governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop – a working man in paradise who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline – but who’s committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-Honolulu Police Detective, and former protégé of McGarrett’s father, wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol. Chin’s cousin, Kono Kalakaua, is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite. McGarrett, repairing his relationship with his estranged sister Mary Ann, vows to bring closure to their father’s case, while the state’s brash new FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state. This season, Kono is feeling the repercussions for stealing money to save Chin from certain death resulting in her arrest in the last season-ender and thus putting her at the focus of an internal investigation.
The Playboy Club, series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– From Academy Award-winning Executive Producer Brian Grazer, this provocative new NBC drama is about a time and place that challenged the existing social mores and transformed American culture forever. It’s the early 1960s, and at the center of Chicago lies the legendary and seductive Playboy Club, a living, breathing fantasy world filled with $1.50 cocktails, music, glitter and of course, beautiful Bunnies. The key to the club, which offers the ultimate in beauty, is the most sought-after status symbol of its time. But all that glitters isn’t gold, and in the back rooms and alleys behind the club, life happens – both good and bad. Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, CSI: Miami, Third Watch) is the ultimate playboy and one of the city’s top attorneys, rubbing elbows with everyone in the Windy City’s power structure. With mysterious and complicated ties to the mob, he comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard, Zombieland, Pineapple Express), the stunning and innocent new Bunny at the club, who accidentally kills the patriarch of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti, Take the Lead, Eli Stone), a bombshell of a beauty and an established star at the Playboy Club who’s ready to be more than a Bunny. As she seeks an opportunity to elevate her stature even higher at the club, she can’t help but notice that something is developing between Nick and Maureen.