Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
Call the Midwife, series premiere at 8pm on PBS
The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX
Family Guy, season premiere at 9pm on FOX
The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS
Dexter, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime
Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC
American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
666 Park Avenue, season premiere at 10pm on ABC
Homeland, season premiere at 10pm on Showtime
The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS
Monday, October 1st
IHeartRadio Music Festival, special music concert from 8 to 10pm on The CW
– Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi, and Mary J. Blige performed at last month’s two-day festival in Las Vegas. But will The CW air Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s now-legendary “I’m not f—ing Justin Bieber, you motherf—ers!” rant? I hope so.
Tuesday, October 2nd
Raising Hope, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
– Entering its third season, Raising Hope is the critically acclaimed comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) that follows the continuing comic adventures of the Chance family as they raise an adorable toddler named Hope (guest stars Baylie and Rylie Cregut). At 23, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) unexpectedly became a single parent. Now his life’s goal is to be the world’s best dad. Jimmy’s parents, Virginia (Emmy Award nominee Martha Plimpton) and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), who had Jimmy at the tender age of 15, don’t mind being back in the baby game. They made mistakes with Jimmy, but now with their granddaughter, they finally have the opportunity to get everything right. The Chances live with Jimmy’s erratic great-grandmother, Maw Maw (2011 Emmy Award nominee Cloris Leachman). Jimmy works at Howdy’s Supermarket, which gives him a good excuse to spend more time with his long sought-after girlfriend, SABRINA (Shannon Woodward), a sardonic checkout clerk who has become a constant in the Chance family. As Season Two came to a close, the Chance family learned that Hope’s serial killer mom, Lucy (guest star Bijou Phillips), had miraculously escaped capital punishment and was preparing to fight for custody of her daughter – that is, until a freak bus accident ended Lucy’s life once and for all (fingers crossed!). In the Season three premiere, Golden Globe Award winner Tippi Hedren and her real-life daughter, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Melanie Griffith, guest-star as Sabrina’s grandmother and mother, respectively. Also this season, a family member moves out of the house; Sabrina’s mom gets a new boyfriend (guest star Wilmer Valderrama); a fundraising competition turns the Chance family into mobsters; and the entire Chance clan celebrates an early Christmas before the world ends – according to the ancient Mayan calendar, that is – on Dec. 21, 2012.
Giuliana & Bill, season premiere at 8pm on Style
– E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic and her husband, season one apprentice winner Bill Rancic, have struggled to achieve their happy ending after four years of trying to conceive a child and Giuliana’s battle with breast cancer last year. With her cancer in recession, the couple finally got pregnant via a gestational surrogate. In the season finale, viewers got a behind the scenes look as Giuliana and Bill viewed their baby’s ultrasound, giving them the news they have been waiting for – they are now in the “safe zone.” This season, we see the happy couple before their son Edward arrived to deprive them of all sleep and sanity. Furthermore, Giuliana has announced her decision to show the baby’s birth on the show this season.
Hart of Dixie, season premiere at 8pm on The CW
– Season two returns with fast-talking New Yorker Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), whose carefully planned life as a cardio-thoracic surgeon in New York City somehow went awry. Zoe is now officially a general practitioner in tiny BlueBell, Alabama, where the neighbors take care of one another, the mailman knows your name, there’s a parade every Tuesday…but the townsfolk still aren’t quite sure what to make of Dr. Zoe Hart. Yet she won’t let that discourage her from being the best GP in the country. Last season, arriving in quaint, picturesque Bluebell, Zoe warmed to town golden boy, George Tucker (Scott Porter), and clashed with Dr. Brick Breeland (Tim Matheson). Zoe’s presence will continue to cause friction with Brick’s daughter Lemon (Jaime King) — the sweet southern belle that struggles to keep things civil with Zoe, especially after George calls off his wedding with Lemon, and all of BlueBell blames Dr. Hart. Zoe lives in the guesthouse of her best friend and Bluebell’s mayor, Lavon Hayes (Cress Williams), her confidant and steadfast supporter. Next door, local bad-boy and mischievous charmer Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel) sparks a little fire within Zoe that leads to romance, despite the torch she carries for George.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Supernatural, season premiere at 9pm on The CW
– The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester Brothers continues with the eighth season of Supernatural on The CW. Twenty-seven years ago, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “Watchmen”) raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent the last seven years battling the things that go bump in the night. Over the years, with the help of both fallen-angel, Castiel (Misha Collins, “24”), and the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the Winchesters have straddled the line between good and evil. Last season, the boys encountered their worst enemy yet, Leviathan, a highly adaptable, seemingly unkillable foe that takes the form of billionaire Dick Roman. Roman’s plan is to turn the human race into a walking buffet for the Leviathan to feed on once the world has been taken over. Roman discovers the existence of a tablet that is the only source on how to kill the Leviathan and stops at nothing to get it. The Winchesters, along with Castiel, also discover the tablet and the young prophet, Kevin Tran (Osric Chau), who is the only one who can decipher the text. Using the tablet, the boys are able to beat the Leviathan, but after the blast, Dean and Castiel find themselves in Purgatory and Sam finds himself alone. Season Eight begins with Dean’s seemingly impossible escape from Purgatory, though Castiel is nowhere to be found. However, Dean isn’t alone. He’s returned with a mysterious comrade-in-arms whose reason for escape is perhaps more than Dean bargained for. Meanwhile, Sam finds himself reconciling the life he discovered while Dean was gone with Dean’s sudden reappearance. As the boys struggle with their unexpected reunion, they make a shocking discovery that could lead them on a deeply personal mission to settle old scores. If only they could agree – is this a “family business” or isn’t it?.
Buying and Selling, series premiere at 9pm on HGTV
– Join the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, as they help homeowners sell their current home and buy a new property in HGTV’s new series, Buying and Selling. Jonathan renovates the family’s current home for a successful sale, while Drew checks out the best options for the family’s new property. Drew then oversees the selling of the renovated home and the buying of a new house.
Presidential Election Debate #1, live programming from 9pm to 10:30pm on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX
– Jim Lehrer hosts this debate about domestic policy between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. If only Miss Brits could mini-clap for their answers.
Life After Top Chef, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– For the first time, cameras are taken outside of the Top Chef kitchen and into the lives of Bravo Media’s most beloved former cheftestants in Life After Top Chef. The show follows Richard Blais in Atlanta, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Spike Mendelsohn in D.C., and Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles as they reach milestones in both their personal lives and culinary careers, from opening their own restaurants to expanding franchises and establishing themselves as culinary leaders in the food world. Richard Blais is a perfectionist with a relentless mind, and after losing Top Chef: Chicago Season 4, he came back with a vengeance and ultimately won Top Chef All-Stars. If there’s one female chef who can intimidate the guys, it’s badass Jen Carroll. As the bright and shining star of Chef Eric Ripert’s restaurant empire, she left her most recent post as Executive Chef at 10 Arts in Philadelphia to head out on her own. Spike Mendelsohn competed on Top Chef to gain notoriety, and quickly became a household name. Fan favorite Fabio Viviani won over America in Top Chef: New York Season 5 with his thick Italian accent, and suave yet gregarious nature.
Thursday, October 4th
30 Rock, season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– A fulfilling career. True love. Children. A supportive boss who’s good for a laugh despite being a Republican. Can’t a working woman have it all? The show seeks to answer that question definitively for women everywhere, but promises that for Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon, that resolution will be, as always, comically odd and outlandish. James Marsden’s hunky hot dog vendor Chris will be back as Liz’s beau, and two election-themed episodes are in the words. Jenna (Jane Krakowski) will be planning her wedding to Jenna impersonator Paul (Will Forte) with Liz as the (reluctant) maid of honor. Newly single Jack (Alec Baldwin) will juggle five different women at once while making a play for greater power within Kabletown. Executive producer Robert Carlock promises the 13-episode swan song will consist of great 30 Rock episodes, and not always weighted with end-of-series heaviness.
Jersey Shore, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– Summer after summer, we’ve watched them party, tan, and throw-down on the Jersey Shore. And now, America’s favorite roommates head to the shore one last time. Fresh out of rehab, Mike “The Situation” is navigating the party-world of clubs and nightlife while maintaining his sobriety and mending relationships with his former roommates. MVP is finally back! And with Mike’s newfound maturity, he may even decide to make it official with his on-and-off girl Paula. Deena is in love for the first time and turns to hardcore partying while struggling with being away from her boyfriend. Jenni and Roger’s relationship continues to grow and get pushed to its limits. Speaking of rocky relationships, Sammi and Ron are back together. In the bromance department, Vinny & Pauly are still going strong. And all the roommates rally around Snooki as she goes through her pregnancy as only she can! It’s a Jersey Shore Baby on the way and all the girls throw Snooki a shower. Seaside is home and to this Jersey Shore family, there’s no better place to bring up baby. But even with impending adulthood, you can’t tame this crew. The more things change, the more they stay the same.