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Sunday, September 30th

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.

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Sunday, January 8th

The Firm, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Based on the blockbuster feature film and best-selling novel by world-renowned author John Grisham, NBC’s new drama series continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere (Josh Lucas) and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel. As a young associate, McDeere brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob – and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future – only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

Shameless, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– When Frank Gallagher’s (William H. Macy) not at the bar spending what little money the family has, he’s stirring up trouble. But he’s not the only one who keeps things interesting. Lip uses his smarts to get what he can, Ian’s exploring alternative sexuality, Debbie’s got her hand in the donation jar, Carl’s breaking every rule he can find, and toddler Liam’s just along for the ride. Good thing the family has Fiona (Emmy Rossum), the eldest daughter who dutifully keeps them all together, even as she tries to figure out where and how she fits in to her own life. It’s summertime and the Gallaghers of Chicago are cooking up fresh ways to bring home the bacon. Their ventures may not be moral — or even legal — but they certainly are outrageous. Between beating the heat and keeping their cool, the Gallaghers are in for one crazy summer.

Downton Abbey, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on PBS

– Downton Abbey’s Granthams and their family of servants have already weathered scoundrels, scandals, and a momentous succession crisis. But by November, 1916, the Great War has rendered everything — and everyone — changed. Even Downton Abbey itself, like its residents, has risen to the call of duty and transformed. Some newcomers arrive, met with varying degrees of welcome; some young men are absent, desperately clinging to survival in the trenches of France; and some men remain at Downton, their discontent festering. Robert, ever the honorable patriarch, struggles with the uneasiness of a diminished house and the suspicion that the uniform he wears is empty. The Crawley women, too, attempt to find their place in the new climate, as Isobel helps chart a new course for one sister and Branson exerts his influence over yet another. Among the servants, love is in the air — O’Brien being, as always, the exception — until Bates makes a decision that crushes the hearts of the two people who love him most. News about Matthew stuns the house, and Mary has a revelation of her own. Downton Abbey itself is to be made useful, transformed into a convalescent home for wounded officers. In wartime, not even the seemingly immutable Dowager Countess, Violet, remains entirely unchanged! As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact.

House of Lies, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– Charming, fast-talking Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and his crack team of MBA-toting management consultants are playing America’s 1 percent for everything they’ve got. They put the con in consulting as they charm smug, unsuspecting corporate fat cats into closing huge deals, and spending a fortune for their services. Twisting the facts, spinning the numbers, and spouting just enough business school jargon to dazzle the clients, there’s no end to what this crew won’t do to and for each other, while laughing all the way to the bank. Nothing is sacred in House of Lies, a hilarious, irreverent send-up of corporate America today.

Californication, season premiere at 10:30pm on Showtime

– It’s three years later and famed novelist Hank Moody, having barely escaped jail time at the end of Season 4, is enjoying his freedom in New York City, away from the madness of L.A. But a bad break-up and a call from his old pal Charlie about a job send him back to the left coast. If staying out of trouble was the plan, the town he loves to hate has other ideas, as the movie Hank is hired to write stars a bad boy hip hop mogul extraordinaire who wants Hank for his wingman. Meanwhile Karen’s remarried and Becca’s dating an insufferable 20-year-old version of Hank. Can Hank go home again and keep his sanity in tact?

Monday, January 9th

Caged, series premiere at 10pm on MTV

– MTV’s newest reality series takes viewers into the world of young people growing up in small town Louisiana, following a group of friends who are finding their way in the world after high school graduation as they struggle to make something of their lives and break out of the metaphorical cage they’ve found themselves in. This weekly documentary series will take an honest look into the world of young amateur MMA fighters, both inside and outside of the cage. One is dealing with his lost love, another tries to balance his young family and fighting, and another just yearns to make his family proud. It’s impossible for them to leave these issues outside of the ring, and each week, viewers will see how their personal lives and choices affect their chances inside the cage. For these modern day gladiators, every day is a fight to break free from the past, and to find their future. It’s their chance to turn their lives around, and an opportunity to stand up and fight to make something of themselves.

America’s Money Class With Suze Orman, series premiere at 9pm on OWN

– America’s most trusted personal finance advisor and best-selling author Suze Orman holds a six-episode money class, tackling the toughest financial questions and revealing the rules for surviving in this volatile economy. Suze will provide real information and essential tools to help viewers get on their feet and take the steps to get their money in control. In each episode Suze provides an Action Plan with easy to understand, step-by-step advice for viewers, ranging from debt and retirement, to student loans and unemployment. Suze will also give viewers a chance to win up to $50,000 when they take her final exam at the end of the finale episode.

Tuesday, January 10th

Shipping Wars, series premiere at 9pm on A&E

– A&E presents the new original real-life series, which follows six independent shippers who have discovered that fortunes could be made transporting items that traditional carriers won’t touch. Each episode dives into the cutthroat world of these heavy-duty movers as they battle for the chance to transport the unshippable. The competition begins with uShip, the world’s largest online auction house for independent truckers. Every day, thousands of shipments are put up for auction. The battle is fierce as the movers have only minutes to bid, and the lowest bidder gets the load. From oversized loads and bulky packages to the truly bizarre, these shippers will haul anything if the price is right. The high-stakes race is on as they set out to deliver the loads in time, and any setback can cost big bucks.

Wednesday, January 11th

Are You There, Chelsea?, series premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

– Inspired by the best-selling books from actress/comedian Chelsea Handler, “Are You There, Chelsea?” follows the exploits of the twentysomething Chelsea (Laura Prepon, “That ’70s Show”), an opinionated and unapologetic young woman who lives life to the fullest as a cocktail waitress, friend, daughter, sister and sexually dynamic “advanced drinker.” Chelsea’s life revolves around her work at Jerry’s Ultimate Sports Bar in New Jersey, where she is surrounded by an eclectic group of friends and co-workers, including Rick (Jake McDorman, Greek), the handsome bartender; Olivia (Ali Wong, Breaking In), a fellow cocktail waitress and Chelsea’s best friend since childhood; and Todd (Mark Povinelli, Water for Elephants), the bar back who is always ready with a quick comeback. Chelsea and Olivia have recently moved in with Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus, The Middle), a sweet and somewhat sheltered young woman who could be considered the polar opposite of Chelsea. And then there’s Chelsea’s dad, Melvin (Lenny Clarke, Rescue Me), a man with a big personality and a big heart… and all too often – a big mouth. Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) has a recurring role as Chelsea’s born-again Christian sister, Sloane, a married, conservative new mom who has little in common with her carefree sister.

FaceOff, season premiere at 10pm on Syfy

– Syfy’s competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors’ finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career. To determine who emerges victorious, Syfy has signed three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and Hollywood veterans Glenn Hetrick (Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Independence Day, Resident Evil: Extinction) as Face Off‘s judges.

Thursday, January 12th

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, awards show at 8pm on VH1

– Actor/comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer will host the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards picked by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA). Fitz and The Tantrums will also participate in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, taking the stage as the evening’s house band, performing between awards and commercials. Hugo, Martin Scorsese‘s fantastical 3D trip back to Paris in the Roaring Twenties, and The Artist, the French silent film, lead this year’s nominees with 11 nods apiece. It will be a particularly big night for Scorsese, who is the only nominee who is guaranteed to be walking home at the end of the night with a trophy; the 69 year-old auteur is also being honored with this year’s Music + Film award. Trailing these two frontrunners are Drive and The Help, each of which racked up eight nominations; Drive landed noms for Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), and Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), and The Help is up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer) and Best Acting Ensemble. Following closely behind is The Descendants, which scored seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for George Clooney, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Alexander Payne, and Best Supporting Actress and Best Young Actor/Actress for Shailene Woodley.

30 Rock, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– NBC’s biggest Emmy award-winning comedy is back after an imposed fall hiatus to make way for new and tragically horrible series Whitney (seriously NBC???? Worst scheduling ever!!!!). 30 Rock is told through the comedic voice of Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Tina Fey as variety show producer Liz Lemon and features Emmy and three-time Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin as top network executive Jack Donaghy and Emmy nominee Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, TGS with Tracy Jordan. Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-handle star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life. Also rounding out the cast are two-time Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, the co-star of TGS, Scott Adsit as the variety show’s producer Pete Hornberger, Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer as Kenneth, the over-eager and effortlessly endearing NBC page, Judah Friedlander as Frank, the sardonic slacker on the writing staff, and Keith Powell as Toofer, the sophisticated yet sarcastic, Harvard-alum writer.

Rob!, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

– CBS had a creativity lapse when naming its new comedy starring Rob Schneider as a lifelong bachelor who just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Rob is a successful landscape architect who, after a whirlwind romance, marries Maggie, a beautiful, smart book translator, who is way out of his league. After eloping in Las Vegas, Maggie and Rob must break the news to her overprotective, judgmental parents, Rosa and Fernando, that they are married. Shocked by news that they’ve eloped, the family remains skeptical of Maggie’s choice for a husband, with the exception of her uncle Hector, the black sheep of the family, who immediately declares himself Rob’s best friend. Rob hopes he will one day win over his new in-laws, aunts, uncles and Maggie’s Abuelita, and live happily ever after with his one true love, Maggie.

The Finder, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– From the creator of the hit series Bones comes a quirky, one-hour procedural centering on a different kind of detective: a remarkable man with the extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable. Iraq war veteran Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) gained a reputation in his army days as being the go-to guy for tracking down insurgents and deserters and finding improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Unfortunately one IED found Walter before he could find it, resulting in severe brain damage with a lasting and unexpected effect. Walter transformed from someone skilled at the standard recovery of people and things to someone much more extraordinary: a Finder. With this newly discovered “Finder Power,” Walter locates almost anything for just about anyone. Once he’s on a case, there’s no turning back until he’s found exactly what he’s looking for – whether that’s a dead body, a missing father, a guitar pick, a murder weapon or a pair of lucky socks.

Friday, January 13th

Blade, series premiere at 11pm on G4

– A new Marvel original anime series sinks its teeth into the G4 network with the premiere of Blade. Harold Perrineau voices Eric Brooks, the supernatural Daywalker known as Blade, making his animated series debut with more action, terrifying villains and bloodthirsty monsters than you’ve ever seen before. Blade’s mother was bitten by a vampire while pregnant, imbuing her unborn son with vampire strength and a thirst for blood, but without the vulnerability to sunlight. A master of weaponry with a desire to avenge the death of his mother, Blade finds himself in Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia in an effort to take down the evil villain, Deacon Frost. With vampire hunter Makoto at his side, they will stop at nothing to destroy Existence, a vampire organization with roots deeply embedded in Asia.

Saturday, January 14th

The 2012 Miss America Pageant, special from 9 to 11pm on ABC

– Returning hosts Chris Harrison (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (Dancing with the Stars) will host the live telecast of the nation’s biggest beauty pageant from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Judges include dancer Mark Ballas (Dancing with the Stars), Emmy award-winning TV personality Raúl de Molina (El Gordo y la Flaca), TV and film producer Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor), producer and TV star Kris Jenner (Keeping Up With the Kardashians), actress Teri Polo (Meet the Parents), fitness guru Chris Powell (Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition) and TV news anchor Lara Spencer (Good Morning America) as head judge.

My Generation, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– This new faux-documentary drama series is based on a hit Swedish show that highlights the difference ten years can make when you go from being a high school student to an adult. In 2000, a documentary crew followed a disparate group of nine high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation. Ten years later, camera crews revisit these former classmates as they return home to rediscover that just because they’re not where they planned doesn’t mean they’re not right where they need to be. It’s basically like a ten-year high school reunion that is both extremely gratifying for some people and awkward/embarrassing for others. How long can this fun little reunion last? Half a season, I predict.

Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Bones, a darkly amusing procedural entering its sixth season, is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and writes novels on the side. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless (when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed), law enforcement calls on Brennan for her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim’s bones.While most people can’t handle Brennan’s intelligence, Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) of the FBI’s Homicide Investigations Unit is an exception. A former Army sniper, Booth mistrusts science and scientists – the “squints,” as he calls them – but even he cannot deny that the combination of his people-smarts and Brennan’s scientific acumen makes them a formidable duo. As Season Six begins, Cam finds her job as a federal medical examiner and her reputation in danger due to a stalled case involving the remains of a child on her pathology table. Also this season, Booth has moved on emotionally after he professed his love to Brennan and she rejected him, so he has entered into a serious relationship with a war correspondent who followed him back to the States from Afghanistan.

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– This marks the second, and what should be the last year at Glendale Community College and I’m already concerned as to how we’re gonna keep this hysterical group together! This hidden gem transformed from being an easy-going, why not kind of show to laugh out loud hilarious with priceless moments I still remember and bring up in daily conversations. Last season Britta and Professor Slater both declared their love for Jeff but he realized, in a total twist, that he likes Annie and planted a big smooch on her. DRAMA! Well, thankfully they’ll deal with that elephant in the season premiere. Another thing to look forward to: the most coveted woman in the entertainment industry, Betty White, guest stars as a really insane Anthropology Professor. How perfect is this—Betty White with the Community crew? I’m already laughing just thinking about how amazing this is gonna be! Also this season, Senor Chang struggles with his transition to being a student, Troy moves into Pierce’s mansion, Jeff has to face his agnosticism head-on when a friend’s relative dies, and the group enrolls in Greendale’s new space program.

The Big Bang Theory, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The hit comedy series performed so well last season, both in the ratings and the awards shows, that CBS felt it could stand on it’s own two feet, helping to cement a new comedy block in it’s new time slot on Thursdays competing with NBC’s comedy block. Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited, beautiful aspiring actress named Penny moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. Last season ended with Penny and Leonard breaking up and it will remain that way for now. As for Sheldon’s interesting first encounter with his female clone Amy, the sparks flew but Sheldon doesn’t have the smooth moves to woo a lady.

$#*! My Dad Says, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

– Bleep My Dad Says, based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, stars Emmy Award winner William Shatner as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. Nobody is safe from Ed’s rants, including his sons, Henry (Jonathan Sadowski), a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger; and Vince, the meek half of a husband/wife real estate duo with domineering Bonnie. When Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent, Ed reveals a soft spot and invites Henry to move in with him. Henry agrees, knowing that the verbal assault will not abate and now there will be no escape. Describing their father/son relationship is tricky, but Ed will easily come up with a few choice words.

30 Rock, season premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

– Take notice of the new time slot! The multiple award-winning comedy series is told through the comedic voice of Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Tina Fey as variety show producer Liz Lemon, and features Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin as top network executive Jack Donaghy along with Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-handle star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life. Also rounding out the cast are Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, the co-star of “TGS”; Scott Adsit as the variety show’s producer Pete Hornberger; Jack McBrayer as Kenneth, the over-eager and effortlessly endearing NBC page; Judah Friedlander as Frank, the sardonic slacker on the writing staff; Katrina Bowden as Lemon’s young, flighty assistant, Cerie; and Keith Powell as Toofer, the sophisticated yet sarcastic Harvard-alum writer.

Grey’s Anatomy, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Big boss Shonda Rhimes says this year’s theme is rebirth. Everybody has to deal with the long-lasting emotional effects of the bloodbath in the riveting season finale. Meredith steps into the role of being everybody’s emotional rock, trying to help them heal while not dealing with the traumatizing events she went through, not only nearly being shot and seeing her hubby shot, but also suffering a miscarriage on that dreadful day. Meredith still hasn’t told Derek about the baby or the miscarriage and can’t bring herself to do so for a while. Derek, feeling the adrenaline rush that takes over when you come so close to death, deals with his trauma through sex, as only MerDer do best! In the season premiere (SPOILER ALERT), the show’s worst couple, Cristina and Owen, tie the knot. For real, I am not kidding. How stupid is that? Ridiculously stupid. Let’s hope there’s an annulment or divorce in the near future. Clearly the writers didn’t get the memo that me and every other viewer sent stating that Cristina and Owen’s relationship is seriously damaged, dysfunctional, and painful to watch and that she should be with new HOT doctor Jackson Avery. Alex and Lexie have to deal with whether they still have a relationship after a badly wounded and almost-dying Alex mistook Lexie for Izzie in his delirium. Rhimes says Alex will finally get the closure he and all us viewers need with Izzie, whether Heigl makes an appearance or not. Callie and Arizona’s baby drama is finally over but now they have to deal with a career-related obstacle. More drama and tears abound in this exciting new season of Grey’s, the show that just keeps on giving.

CSI, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Mega tween sensation Justin Bieber makes his acting debut on the season premiere of the hit crime procedural that moved in on Law & Order’s territory and spawned two spin-offs. CSI is a fast-paced drama about a team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes by, here’s a new concept for investigators, examining the evidence.  They are on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery.  Catherine Willows, a hard-working single parent with a checkered past and a teenage daughter she’s raising on her own, heads the team of investigators at the Crime Lab in Las Vegas, following previous leader Gil Grissom’s departure.  The team’s other members include Dr. Raymond Langston, a former pathologist who joins the Las Vegas Crime Lab after consulting on a serial killer case; Nick Stokes, a true-blue stand-up guy who empathizes with victims via his own experiences; and Greg Sanders, the off-beat tech analyst turned field investigator.  The CSI team members also work closely with Capt. Jim Brass, the former chief, now assigned to Homicide; Dr. Albert Robbins, the ever-professional medical examiner and his assistant, David Phillips; and David Hodges and Wendy Simms, lab technicians with specialties in trace and foreign-substance analysis.

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Heading into its mind-bending third season, the critically acclaimed supernatural sci-fi series with a dedicated cult following continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. Set in Boston, the FBI’s Fringe Division was introduced when Special Agent Olivia (Anna Torv) enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist Walter (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), to help in the investigation of an airline disaster that defied human logic. After the defining case was solved and revealed to be one of a series of unusual incidents linked together, the unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) and assisted by Junior Agent Astrid (Jasika Nicole) was formed. At the end of last season, FBI agent Olivia was trapped in a parallel world while her genetic doppelganger crossed over to take her place. The dimensionally swapped ladies will stay put for a whole as the show explores the differences between the two realities. Real Peter and Walter try to move on with their lives unknowingly alongside alternate Olivia while real Olivia conducts investigations in the parallel world with alternative Broyles and alternative Charlie (Kirk Acevedo).

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

– The hilarious award-winning mockumentary style comedy series enters its seventh season with a heavy heart as Steve Carell, who stars as Regional Manager Michael Scott, is leaving after this season to pursue other projects. One upside to losing Steve Carell? This season will be packed with classic Michael episodes, say the producers. A fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody about modern American office life, the hit series delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With unshaken enthusiasm, Michael believes he is the office funnyman, a fountain of business wisdom and his employees’ cool friend. He has no clue that his employees tolerate his inappropriate behavior only because he signs their paychecks. Rumors that a new cast member would be brought in to replace Michael the crazy boss were quickly dismissed, the producers are looking to promote from within the already stellar cast. The frontrunner? Rainn Wilson’s eccentric character Dwight. This season we can look forward to Michael’s ex and former boss Jan returning, as well as Jim examining his professional future in light of Michael’s decision to move on.

Outsourced, season premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

– NBC you have committed a grave error in pushing Parks & Recreation’s premiere date to midseason to make room for this new borderline-racist series about a call center for U.S. novelty products that has been outsourced to India. Yes, everybody relates to the annoying fact that anytime you call customer service you’re talking to someone in the third world who is reading a script off a computer, but this very “of the moment” comedy has nothing on Parks & Rec and you will feel my wrath when this crashes and burns! Please take note, I am being horribly biased because I’m going into Parks & Rec withdrawal.

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– The delightful Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) divorced McDreamy, broke up with McSteamy and traded sunless Seattle for Southern California rays in this spin-off of the hit medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy. At Oceanside Wellness, renowned surgeon and OB/GYN Addison has reunited with her friends from med school, doctors Naomi (Audra McDonald) and Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs), joining them at their chic new age co-op. It the sex and drama of Grey’s but in a much smaller working space for all the co-workers to hide, therefore amping up the awkwardness. In the season opener, Violet and Pete impulsively decide to get hitched after all the drama they’ve gone through. What happens with Addison and Sam after they hooked up in last season’s finale? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The hit crime procedural drama with an edge entering it’s third season stars Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

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This week fall premieres are in full swing with over 45 season or series premieres! While it is a time for excitement and celebration, I can’t possibly fit all of those with synopses in one single post without it being an unorganized convoluted mess. Refer to the guide below for your basic information and if you want more info please click on the DAY for pictures and show overviews.

Sunday September 19th

Boardwalk Empire, series premiere at 9pm on HBO

Fantasia For Real, season premiere at 10pm on VH1

Monday September 20th

Dancing With the Stars, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

How I Met Your Mother, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

House, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Chuck, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

Rules of Engagement, season premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

Lone Star, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

Two and a Half Men, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

The Event, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

Mike & Molly, series premiere at 9:30pm on CBS

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

Hawaii Five-0, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

Chase, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

Tuesday, September 21st

Glee, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

The Biggest Loser, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Raising Hope, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

Running Wilde, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

Detroit 1-8-7, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

Wednesday, September 22nd

Hell’s Kitchen, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Undercovers, series premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

Better With You, series premiere at 8:30pm on ABC

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Law & Order: SVU, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

Cougar Town, season premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

The Defenders, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

The Whole Truth, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

Thursday, September 23rd

My Generation, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Big Bang Theory, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

$#*! My Dad Says, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

30 Rock, season premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

Grey’s Anatomy, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

CSI, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

Outsourced, season premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Friday, September 24th

Medium, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Smallville, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

The Good Guys, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

CSI: NY, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Supernatural, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS