Sunday, November 27th
Leverage, midseason premiere at 9pm on TNT
– Former insurance investigator Nathan Ford and his crew of thieving do-gooders are back with 8 new episodes to finish off the show’s fourth season. In the midseason premiere, the homeless veterans in the Boston area begin disappearing so the team must go back to college and infiltrate the world of Skull & Bones secret societies.
Kourtney & Kim Take New York, season premiere at 10pm on E!
– The recent split between Kim Kardashian and soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries after a whopping 72 days is sure to draw up some huge ratings for this season documenting their failed short-lived marriage. Newlyweds Kim & Kris join up with Kourtney & Scott to take a bite out of the Big Apple, but with two couples & a baby all living under one roof, things don’t go exactly as planned.
Monday, November 28th
The Closer, midseason premiere at 9pm on TNT
– Over the past six years, Kyra Sedgwick’s Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson has put some of Los Angeles’ most brutal killers behind bars. With her keen investigative instincts and brilliant interrogation techniques, Brenda often closes her cases by eliciting a confession or cornering a suspect through sometimes-questionable methods. Now, Brenda’s tactics are coming under the scrutiny of the L.A.P.D.’s new Chief of Police, who is on the verge of announcing an extensive reorganization that could spell the end of Major Crimes. The situation also has the potential of fracturing the family-like dynamic within the squad.
Pawn Stars, season premiere at 10pm on History
– Long before banks, ATMS and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops. Pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s, and pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet. Pawn Stars takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family–grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey–jointly run the family business, and there’s clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It’s up to them to determine what’s real and what’s fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone’s mind, “What’s the story behind it”? and “What’s it worth?”
Rizzoli & Isles, midseason premiere at 10pm on TNT
– Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Lorraine Bracco stars as Jane’s demanding and intrusive mother, Angela, who became all the more intrusive earlier this season when her husband and Jane’s father left her. Lee Thompson Young is Detective Barry Frost, Jane’s somewhat green partner. Bruce McGill plays Detective Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner who resents her being paired with Frost. And Jordan Bridges is Jane’s brother, Frankie Jr., a patrol cop who hopes one day to become a detective. This season, Jane will face the return of serial killer Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee, Flash Forward), who takes a special joy in tormenting her.
Scouted, series premiere at 10pm on E!
– Tagline: Supermodels aren’t born, they’re scouted. Seriously? This new (crappy) reality series (but aren’t they all?…well this one is particularly worse, I mean this comes from the same network as the Kardashian franchise) follows the personal stories of regular people plucked from obscurity and put to the test in New York’s ultra-competitive, high-fashion, professional modeling industry
Tuesday, November 29th
Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, season premiere at 10pm on Oxygen
– With a brand new book in the works, a brand new business and a brand new baby onboard, this season will be action-packed. The family that plays–and works–together stays together, and this season Tori, Dean, Liam and Stella show viewers again what a family living and working in Hollywood is all about. With a new store opening–an antique furniture and lifestyle store aptly named “invenTORI”–a book deal, dual acting careers and a third baby on the way, Tori and Dean once again prove that they can do it all, even under the spotlight of Hollywood. As always, Tori and Dean’s close circle of friends come along for the ride. This season, viewers will get to experience the touching moment when Bill and Scout (the “Guncles”) welcome their new baby girl Simone to the family. Tori is also busy playing matchmaker as she tries to find love for her best friend Mehran. Additionally, the family would not be complete without the return of beloved baby nurse, Patsy!
Wednesday, November 30th
I Hate My Teenage Daughter, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
– This new family comedy stars Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran as single moms, best friends – and former nerds – who fear their privileged and overly indulged daughters are turning out just like the mean girls who picked on them in high school. Annie (Pressly), who was raised in an ultra-strict, über-religious household where she had little-to-no freedom, pretty much allows her daughter, Sophie (Kristi Lauren), to do whatever she wants. Annie’s best friend Nikki (Finneran), once an unpopular, overweight social pariah, is now a pretty Southern belle who also allows her daughter, Mackenzie (Aisha Dee), to do as she pleases. The moms have given the girls everything they’ve asked for and everything they never had: clothes, money and self-esteem. The unintended consequence is that they have created two mean girls just like the ones who tortured them years ago. As their daughters begin to experience their first high school dances and other life-changing teen events, Annie and Nikki are often reminded of their own tortured adolescent years. But when Sophie and Mackenzie’s mean-girl antics cross the line, the moms quickly realize that they must, for the first time, dole out some real punishment and fix what is broken. They have no idea how to do that, but they do know one thing: They can’t do it without each other.
Hot In Cleveland, season premiere at 10pm on TV Land
– TV Land’s first scripted series broke records to quickly become the network highest rated show and it even earned an Emmy nomination with leading lady Betty White. The comedy series revolves around three fabulous L.A. women of a certain age who are best friends (Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick). Their lives are changed forever when their plane – headed to Paris for a girls-only celebration – unexpectedly lands in Cleveland and they soon rediscover themselves in a new ‘promised land’. Loving their new home, the women find themselves living under one roof and battling the sassy caretaker (Betty White) of the property they have rented.
The Exes, series premiere at 10:30pm on TV Land
– An all new comedy about three divorced men sharing an apartment across the hall from their female divorce attorney, who is also their landlord. The “never been married” Holly introduces her newest single client Stuart to his new roommates — ladies’ man Phil and the sardonic homebody, Haskell. Things get off to a shaky start for Phil and Haskell when they begin to have reservations about living with clingy Stuart, but Holly is right across the hall to help them steer clear of any catastrophes. After all, it helps her to avoid her own relationship and commitment issues! To top it all off, Holly’s hard-partying assistant Eden, doesn’t let her professionalism get in the way of prying into her boss’s personal life. Through the episodes, the guys begin to realize that the issues they have with each other are the same ones that they had with their ex-wives.
Thursday, December 1st
Weed Wars, series premiere at 10pm on Discovery
– Oakland’s Harborside Health Center is the nation’s largest medicinal cannabis dispensary. Founder and executive director Steve DeAngelo has made twin missions of providing the best possible product to the patients who make up his client base, and educating the rest of the country about the regulation and taxation of those goods. This new docu-series takes an up close and personal look at the reality of running a controversial medicinal cannabis business. And with Snoop Dogg singing (?)
the theme song, you know this is some legit weed.
Friday, December 2nd
The Take, miniseries premiere at 9pm on Encore
– An exciting and uncompromising four-part adaptation of the best-selling crime thriller by Martina Cole, this new miniseries stars Tom Hardy (Inception) as Freddie Jackson, and Brian Cox (The Escapist) as Ozzy. Freddie is a free man after spending a considerable stretch in prison, and now he plans to take the underworld by storm. As events unfold, his wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing, Leaving) becomes increasingly unstable, not helped by the actions of her younger sister Maggie who is in love with Freddie’s cousin Jimmy. If you are a Jackson then you trust no one, because everyone in this criminal world is on The Take.
Starving Secrets With Tracey Gold, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime
– Considered one of the first celebrities to bravely go public with her experience battling anorexia while growing up in front of the camera, actress Tracey Gold has since become one of the world’s most recognized advocates and role models for educating people on the emotional and physical dangers of eating disorders. Now, she is reaching out and helping women one-on-one to face their life threatening condition. Well remembered for her breakout role in the ‘80s hit sitcom Growing Pains, as a teenager Tracey constantly faced extreme pressures to appear thin on-screen, and at 19 years old she became anorexic, with the disease nearly taking her life by age 22. Today, Tracey is a true success story, thriving in life with a long-term marriage and four healthy sons. In each episode, Tracey will work with women in the grips of anorexia or bulimia as she uses her own experience to reach them in ways no one else can. Along with a team of specialists, Tracey helps these women confront the reality of their conditions and find the treatment they need to begin to turn their lives around.
Saturday, December 3rd
Would You Rather?, series premiere at 11pm on BBC America
– Multi-award winning comedian and UK chat show host Graham Norton knows a little bit about human nature—he’s been entertaining the masses for years. Now he’s showcasing his trademark wit and style stateside with a proper British panel. In the all-new BBC America original series Would You Rather…? with Graham Norton, Graham sits down with a rotating group of hilarious celebrities and comedians, including Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper and Stanley Tucci, to contemplate and discuss ridiculous predicaments and, ultimately, decide what they’d rather do. You know this game. You’ve played it with your friends and family. Would you rather permanently lose your thumbs or your cousin? Would you rather lick a movie theater carpet or a movie theater seat? So, here’s how it works: During three acts, Graham poses questions to the panel and picks the best answer. Scores are then tabulated in 5-point increments, with a possible total perfect score of 35. Next, Graham updates the scores at either the top or the bottom of each act. At the bottom of the third act, Graham announces the winner! It’s a show about making tough decisions – but ones that are downright comical – something Graham knows first hand.