Sunday, September 29th
The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– The Amazing Race is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award- nominated host Phil Keoghan, which pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million. Season 23’s teams will paraglide over Chilean sand dunes, take an icy plunge in Norway and race cars in Abu Dhabi.
Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– Once upon a time there was a fairy-tale show that everybody watched, but then it got super-complicated and its Sunday-night spell began to fade. In season 3, Once will be more focused with the core cast on a mission in a new world. It’s fairy-tale “Avengers” on Captain Hook’s boat going to Neverland to rescue a kid from Peter Pan (who in Once’s world has a dark streak). And the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) gets a love interest, and a mermaid Ariel (JoAanna Garcia) shows up. Fingers crossed for a talking crab named Sebastian.
The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
– Season 25 opens with a different kind of Homer. He returns from a nuclear workers’ convention acting so weird that Lisa calls the FBI. In other episodes, Homer delivers a baby in an elevator and Sideshow Bob pops up as a food scientist. Also, Comic Book Guy finds love with a Japanese woman.
Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX
– The only thing the Belcher clan loves more than working at the restaurant is not working at the restaurant. In the season 4 premiere the family goes camping, but it ends poorly for them. H. Jon Benjamin who voices Bob says “diarrhea is involved.”
Family Guy, season premiere at 9pm on FOX
– The Griffin family’s adventures begin this season when Peter finds a clue for a treasure…on a kids’ menu place mat. Also on tap for season 12: Quagmire counsels Meg when she’s being bullied at school, Cleveland returns, and Peter has a twin growing out of his neck. “The family ends up liking him better than Peter,” explains exec producer Steve Callaghan, “so there’s a rivalry between Peter and his vestigial twin.”
Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC
– In the first 60 seconds of the season 3 premiere, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is shot at her wedding and falls into the ocean. But per Revenge tradition, we’ll have to wait for the pieces of the puzzle to come together later this season. This season, the stories will focus less on Initiative-related hoo-ha and more on the main characters. Of particular interest is what’s to come between Emily and Jack (Nick Wechsler), who now knows she is his real beloved Amanda.
The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS
– In the season 4 finale, after Peter (Chris Noth) won the election, Alicia (Julianna Marguiles) phoned someone to meet at her apartment. When the door opened, it wasn’t Will (Josh Charles) but Cary (Matt Czuchry), who had asked her to leave Lockhart/Gardner to star a firm with him. Her answer? “I’m in.” In season 5, Alicia and Cary are still plotting their exit. Meanwhile, Diane (Christina Baranski) pursues a judgeship, leading to a recurring conflict at the firm. Marguiles says viewers should expect fireworks.
Homeland, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime
– The winner of 6 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Homeland is an edge-of-your-seat sensation. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Emmy winner Damian Lewis) is both a decorated hero and a serious threat. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy winner Claire Danes) is tops in her field despite being bipolar. The delicate dance these two complex characters perform, built on lies, suspicion, and desire, is at the heart of this gripping, emotional thriller in which nothing short of the fate of our nation is at stake. In season 2, Carrie continued her hunt for Abu Nazir while maintaining a complicated personal/professional relationship with Brody. Meanwhile, Brody was nailed as a terrorist by Carrie and forced to become a double agent. The second-sea finale saw the CIA’s offices bombed by terrorists, with Brody blamed for the act and on the run to Canada—with an assist from Carrie. Season 3 picks up two months later with much still up in the air. Numerous agencies are running a massive manhunt after Brody. At the same time, the CIA finds itself under attack for its negligence in the days and weeks leading up to the bombing.
American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
– The 10th-season premiere features Steve and Snot trying to lose their virginity…via cloning. It backfires when the girls come out of the cloning machine as infants, so Steve and Snot have to spend the summer raising these girls. And by the time they’re ready for prom, Steve and Snot have developed paternal feelings so there goes their plan.
Masters of Sex, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime
– A little historical and a whole lot steamy, this new period drama about the early days of the sexual revolution has all the ingredients of the perfect cable drama. Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen (“Frost/Nixon”) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, gynecologist William Masters and his research assistant Virginia Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. He is a brilliant scientist out of touch with his own feelings, and she is a single working mother ahead of her time. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and unlikely pop culture trajectory.
Betrayal, series premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Two lovers’ worlds will collide, culminating in a powerful and compelling story of sex, love, loyalty, marriage and treachery in this provocative, sensual and gripping new drama. Based on a Dutch series, Betrayal starts off with a meet-cute between professional photographer Sarah Henley (Hannah Ware), and high-powered attorney Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend), who have an instant and undeniable attraction, but they’re both married. Sara’s husband, Drew Stafford (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, and the couple have a seven-year-old, Oliver. Unbeknownst to Sara, Jack is in-house counsel to a powerful but somewhat shady entrepreneur, Thatcher Karsten (James Cromwell), and is married to Thatcher’s daughter, Elaine (Wendy Moniz). Elaine is secure in her relationship with Jack and the couple has 16-year-old twins, Valerie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and Victor (Braeden Lemasters). However, Sara and Jack both realize something is missing in their marriages, and fight against the realization that they’ve met their soul mates in one another. As Sara and Jack struggle with their feelings and their guilt about their families, Thatcher’s brother-in-law, Lou, is murdered, and all evidence points to Thatcher’s mentally challenged son, T. J. (Henry Thomas). Sara discovers she’s in the middle of a nightmare when she learns that Drew will be the prosecuting attorney in this high-profile murder case, which can secure his political future, and that Jack will be the lawyer for the defense. The lovers find themselves in an impossible situation – on opposite sides of a murder investigation.
The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS
– After seeing pictures of seven possible baddies in the season 5 finale, fans just to know one thing: Who is Red John? A lot of the stories we’ve been following will be coming to their climaxes, not their conclusions. Nonetheless, CBS announced that we will learn who killed Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) family by year’s end.
Eastbound & Down, season premiere at 10pm on HBO
– Eastbound & Down appeared to end definitively last year with a finale that saw Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) leave baseball behind to be with his family. After a surprise renewal, this fourth and final season finds a Kenny who’s living in the suburbs, is married, and has a pretty normal life…and he’s pretty miserable. Therefore, he once again embarks on a quest for fame and fortune—one that involves new cast member Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital, Burning Love) as a successful ex-athlete.
Hello Ladies, series premiere at 10:30pm on HBO
– The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant creates, writes, executive produces and stars in Hello Ladies, a new comedy series based on material from his stand-up special of the same name. In his first starring series role, Merchant portrays Stuart, a web designer who recently relocated to LA from England in hopes of finding excitement, romance, and maybe even a soul mate. Working out of his LA home, Stuart has an easy rapport with an attractive roommate named Jessica (Christine Woods), though it is clear she’s not romantically interested in him. Half as charming as he thinks he is – and twice as desperate – Stuart is obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, and doggedly hits the LA social scene in the company of pals Wade (Nate Torrence), who’s in the throes of a separation from his wife, and Kives (Kevin Weisman), a charismatic paraplegic who fares far better with the ladies than Stuart or Wade.