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Sunday, September 28th

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Season 4’s finale had everyone buzzing with the arrival of the year’s favorite Disney newcomer to Storybrooke: Elsa from “Frozen”. The Storybrooke residents do not know what Elsa has in store for them. Back in the past, in Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle, we will discover what happened to her, her sister Anna and Kristoff, and how and why Elsa became a prisoner of Rumplestiltskin. And now that Emma has brought back Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, and possibly sparked the end of Regina’s relationship with him, will she return to her old, evil ways and do everything in her power to get even? And newlyweds Belle and Rumplestiltskin continue to be deeply in love with each other. But Rumple is hiding a secret from Belle — one that, if found out, could destroy their happiness – he continues to be the master of the dagger that calls upon him to be the Dark One. Can Emma and Hook commit to one another, and can these two damaged people take their love to the next level?

The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Having recently reached its milestone 550th episode, The Simpsons continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything. The Simpsons (Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie) reside in the town of Springfield. The family adventures continue this fall when in the season premiere the unthinkable happens: a Springfield resident dies. Additional guest voices this season include Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, David Hyde Pierce, Will Forte, Jeff Ross, and Matthew Sweet. An episode written by Judd Apatow (rom-com writer/director extraordinaire) will also air this season.

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 7:30pm on FOX

– Having won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, Bob’s Burgers returns for a fresh and flavorful fifth season. The series follows Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but the rest of the clan falls short on service. Despite the greasy counters and lousy location, the Belchers are determined to make every “Grand Re-Re-Re-opening” a success. Bob’s wife, Linda (John Roberts), stands by her man and often does so by bursting into song. Their eldest daughter, 13-year-old Tina (Dan Mintz), has a slight obsession with boys and zombies. Middle child Gene (Eugene Mirman) is an aspiring musician with a thirst for life. Louise (Kristen Schaal) is the bunny ears-wearing youngest daughter with an off-kilter sense of humor that makes her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen – and with the public.

Revenge, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– ABC’s soapy Hamptons drama returns for season four with one major change: Lead character Emily Thorne is no longer the one seeking the titular vengeance. This time around, the tables are turned, and it’s her arch-nemesis Victoria Grayson who will be pursuing a vendetta against Emily. Season three closed with a doozy of a finale — an hour packed with a plethora of cliffhangers that left fans reeling all summer long. Jack was hauled in for questioning after Charlotte turned him in as her kidnapper and Daniel woke up to find himself in bed with a corpse (an OD arranged by Gideon for blackmail purposes), and those were the two least shocking twists of the episode. In retaliation for Pascal’s death (and three seasons’ worth of meddling), Victoria pays Emily back by smothering Aiden to death and then parking his corpse in Emily’s living room. Then in retaliation for Aiden’s death (the cycle never ends), Emily lures Victoria to a graveyard where she’s digging up Amanda’s grave. She knocks Victoria out with a shovel, and when the ice queen wakes up… she’s been committed to an insane asylum! Emily told the doctors Victoria had gone crazy and was trying to prove that Emily was actually Amanda (which, as it so happens, is true). Season five will introduce The Simpsons‘ Yeardley Smith as Phyllis, a mental patient alongside Victoria Grayson (who of course was sent away for making insane furniture purchases).

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

– Fresh off his ”suspension,” the weirdly competent Detective Peralta (Andy Samberg) is back…sort of. He quickly goes undercover for a Mafia sting. Thankfully, the ep eschews tired gabagool gangster clichés, relying on the show’s strengths: quirky workplace comedy, goofy throwaway lines, and, best as always, Andre Braugher’s superb Captain Holt.

Monday, September 29th

Mom, season premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

– Allison Janney won an Emmy for this, so it must be good…right? Mostly. In the first one back, titled ”Hepatitis and Lemon Zest,” Christy (the always great Anna Faris) succumbs to the lure of gambling, and things quickly get dire. As the title suggests, the story is a little sweet, a little uncomfortable, and very Chuck Lorre.

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– When viewers first met Richard Castle – a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother –he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in Detective Kate Beckett, a bright and aggressive homicide cop with a fascination for odd and offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Fast forward several years later, Castle and Beckett’s partnership has blossomed into a full-fledged romance but their journey to tie the knot has been plagued by many obstacles. It finally seemed like the lovebirds had overcome all the hurdles to find their happy ending when Castle’s car was run off the road on the way to his wedding ceremony. Did Castle survive the fiery car crash at the end of last season? We have no inside info—but we can’t help noticing they haven’t changed the title to Beckett.

NCIS: Los Angeles, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– Callen and Sam are trapped in an armed submarine that terrorists have aimed to hit an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Meanwhile, Hetty defies orders and forgoes her trip to Washington, as the team tries to locate and save Callen and Sam and prevent the terrorist attack, on the sixth season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 30th

Happyland, series premiere at 11pm on MTV

Happyland a soapy teen dramedy exploring the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks, going behind the scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers. The series centers on Lucy (Bianca Santos), the cynical teenage daughter of idealistic park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty). Having grown up in a world of manufactured happiness her whole life, Lucy wants to get out and experience something real. When Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner’s son, arrives and sweeps her off her feet, Lucy is left wondering if fairy tale endings do exist after all. But when a scandalous secret turns her life upside down, she learns Happyland is far from a walk in the park.

Manhattan Love Story, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often-contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating. Viewers will hear the inner monologues of unlucky-in-love New York twentysomethings Peter (Jake McDorman) and Dana (Analeigh Tipton). Manhattan will make quick use of its namesake (almost half of each episode is shot on location throughout the city), but Lowell says the central romance will be a slow, slow burn.

Selfie, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– It’s loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” but Selfie also has a more modern muse: Miley Cyrus. Creator Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory) says, “There’s something compelling about the language barrier in people so steeped in technology.” That inspired Kapnek to invent Eliza (Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan) a self-obsessed pharmaceutical rep who seeks an image makeover from her marketing-whiz co-worker Henry (John Cho). As their potential romance simmers, Selfie’s humor stems largely from Eliza’s quirky colleagues and her extreme narcissism—not to mention her totes-ridic lingo.

Wednesday, October 1st

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Hit crime procedural Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases. After spending the summer shorthanded because of Blake’s (Jeanne Tripplehorn) sudden departure, the BAU team will get a reprieve with the hiring of FBI agent Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Kate has an instant rapport with the team, especially Rossi, who will have two big surprises this year.

Stalker, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

– Following in the failed steps of last year’s dark drama Hostages, Dylan McDermott is not scared away from starring in another psychological thriller. Co-starring Maggie Q, Stalker is about detectives who investigate stalking incidents – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Det. Jack Larsen is a recent transfer to the Unit from New York City’s homicide division, whose confidence, strong personality and questionable behavior has landed him in trouble before – but whose past behavior may also prove valuable in his new job. His boss, Lt. Beth Davis, is strong, focused and an expert in the field, driven by her traumatic personal experience as a victim. With the rest of their team, young but eager Det. Ben Caldwell and deceptively smart Det. Janice Lawrence, Larsen and Davis assess the threat level of cases and respond before the stalking and intimidation spirals out of control, all while trying to keep their personal obsessions at bay.

Thursday, October 2nd

Reign, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Over the course of the stormy first season, Mary, Queen of Scots, struggled to balance her many roles — as Queen of Scotland, as royal fiancée, and later as young wife to the future King of France, and as faithful friend to her ladies in waiting. Challenges came in every form: the reigning queen consort of France, Francis’ mother, Catherine de Medici, did everything she could to destroy the union of Mary and Francis, even if that meant taking Mary’s life. Francis and Mary were both torn by their duties to their nations, paving the way for Mary to form a close bond with Bash, Francis’ illegitimate brother, who could offer Mary a level of devotion the future king could not. By the end of the season, the shocking death of King Henry made Francis and Mary the new King and Queen of France. But before their new crowns could be placed on their heads, Francis had placed himself on the wrong side of the quarantined castle’s gates, rushing to help Lola give birth to his first and possibly only child. The second season begins with Mary and Francis on the throne of a nation burning. France is rocked by the aftereffects of the plague – a disease that crept inside the castle walls, taking thousands upon thousands of lives across the land, and ravaging the stability of a nation. From the ashes, powerful lords will rise, carrying out personal, religious and political vendettas, taking lives, and tearing at Mary and Francis’ commitment to their people – and to each other.

The Vampire Diaries, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

– As season five begins, Damon and Elena have spent a blissful summer in love, unaware that Silas is free and Stefan has been suffering agonizing pain every day for months. Damon believes Stefan is staying away because it would be too painful for him to see Damon and Elena as a couple, but Elena can’t escape the uneasy feeling that Stefan needs their help. While Elena is reluctant to leave Damon and Jeremy, she is also thrilled to be heading off to a new start at nearby Whitmore College with Caroline as her roommate. Still unaware that Bonnie is dead, Elena and Caroline are waiting for their friend to join them at college. Jeremy is the only one who can see and talk to Bonnie who is trapped on the Other Side. Caroline is also waiting impatiently for Tyler to return and join her at Whitmore. Matt and Rebekah have spent a wonderful summer traveling through Europe, and the newly cured Katherine is having a tough time adjusting to being human after 500 years as a vampire. Returning to town after months on the run, Katherine asks Damon to help her now that she is vulnerable to her many enemies. Although everyone in this tight-knit group of friends is trying to move on to a new and better phase of their lives, the past is always with them, and Silas is determined to use his powers and the secrets of dopplegangers to make sure no one remains unscathed.

Bad Judge, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– No excuses, no apologies, no compromises. Wild child Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of LA’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind. Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent. While there’s no shortage of male admirers who would love to spend time with her, she’s not ready to settle down.

A to Z, series premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

A to Z tells the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, Mad Men, The Mindy Project) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” How I Met Your Mother) – a pair that almost wasn’t – and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew Lofland, while a guy’s guy, has always been a secret romantic… not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding “the one.” He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda Vasco is a no-nonsense lawyer who has strong feelings about being her own person and prefers the control of online dating. However, when a computer glitch sends her a total mismatch, she’s asked to come in for an interview at Wallflower Online Dating, the agency where Andrew works. Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time and despite their differences, sparks fly. She thinks it’s chance. He thinks it’s fate. After all, he’s convinced she’s the shimmering girl in the silver dress. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny?

Gracepoint, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small northern California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case turns neighbor against neighbor and sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town’s residents. Welcome to Gracepoint, a new 10-episode mystery event series based on Broadchurch, the U.K.’s critically acclaimed hit crime drama. Gracepoint is an expansion of the original series, introducing new characters, identifying new suspects and threading new storylines through the gripping narrative that will end when secrets are revealed and the killer is caught.

Saturday, October 4th

Austin City Limits, season premiere at 9pm on PBS

ACL, the longest running music series in the country, showcases popular music legends and innovators from all genres. Great music. No limits.

Survivor’s Remorse, series premiere at 9pm on Starz

Survivor’s Remorse, a six-episode comedy series follows Cam Calloway played by Jessie T. Usher, a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin, and confidant Reggie Vaughn (RonReaco Lee) move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie, and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love, and loyalty.

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Sunday, January 5th

The Bachelor, 2-night season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– He was the bachelor that garnered the biggest following with the least amount of screen time ever in The Bachelor franchise. With his Spanish accent, good looks, salsa moves and undying devotion for his daughter, former pro-soccer player Juan Pablo, 32, was a fan favorite on Desiree’s season. Although he was blindsided by not getting a rose, the experience of being on The Bachelorette opened his eyes to the possibility of finding a real, everlasting love. He can’t give up on love and on giving his daughter, Camila, what she wants more than anything else in the world – a brother and a sister to complete their family. Juan Pablo is ready and hopeful that he’ll find love and the missing puzzle piece to fulfill his family on The Bachelor.

Emeril’s Florida, season premiere at 2:30pm on Cooking Channel

Emeril’s Florida will highlight the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the series, Emeril will travel throughout Florida and visit the state’s top restaurants and resorts. Emeril will also prepare some of his favorite recipes which often will feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. Other segments will feature Emeril attending many of the world-class events, festivals and sports venues throughout the state.

Downtown Abbey, season premiere at 9pm on PBS

– Amidst dark secrets, budding romances and surprising revelations, Downton Abbey returns with a gripping fourth season starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Giamatti and the rest of the stellar cast in the award-winning series from Julian Fellowes. Six months after Downton Abbey’s great tragedy, Mary is mired in grief and the estate is engulfed in death taxes. As the family struggles to lift their financial and emotional woes, clashes arise, sparks fly, and it is up to the older generation to bring Mary back to life, and Robert to his senses – no easy task in either respect. Another departure leaves no tears in its wake, but rather opportunity for new faces – and drama, alliances, and sparks of an entirely different sort – below stairs. As London draws Downton’s youth with its glamorous jazz clubs and sparkling literary scene, social change sweeps its way up to the venerable estate, bringing with it a threat to the continued relevance and very existence of Dowton Abbey. But neither the Crawley family nor its servants can anticipate a dire new threat that penetrates the Abbey’s ancestral walls, buttressed as they are by loyalty and love.

The Simpsons, winter premiere at 8pm on FOX

Bob’s Burgers, winter premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

Monday, January 6th

Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, season premiere at 9pm on Food Network

Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off returns to New York City for Season 3 featuring all-new celebrities including Florence Henderson, Vanilla Ice, former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, and Penn Jillette. The new roster of stars will be split into two teams and coached by mentors Rachael Ray or Guy Fieri and will then compete in cooking challenges in an effort to win a cash donation to their favorite charity. The winner will also gain bragging rights as the RvG Champion and join the ranks of past season winners Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean McDermott. The celebrities will compete in team challenges in every episode to test their skills. New this season, each episode will feature a special Food Network guest judge who will determine which celebrity is sent home. At the end of the six-episode run, the remaining celebrities must cook it off to see who will be crowned the RvG Champion.

Tuesday, January 7th

Intelligence, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

Intelligence is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway (Lost) as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand, a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal, a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. Also on the team is Chris Jameson, a resourceful federal investigator. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy, whose son, Nelson, is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon.

Cougar Town, season premiere at 10pm on TBS

– The comically mistitled sitcom Cougar Town centers on the Cul de Sac Crew, a tight-knit group of friends who keep things funny while supporting each other through the challenges and pitfalls of life – with a little dysfunction and a whole lot of wine. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently remarried mom who is never far from her wine and her friends, including her new husband, Grayson (Josh Hopkins); her under-achieving ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt); her next-door neighbor and confidante, Ellie (Christa Miller); her feisty protégé, Laurie (Busy Philipps); and Ellie’s loveably average husband, Andy (Ian Gomez). They are frequently joined by Jules’ young adult son, Travis (Dan Byrd), who tends to be far more mature than anyone else in the group. At the end of season four, Laurie and Travis became a couple and Jules is determined to play it cool. However, the idea of Laurie dating her son makes her incredibly uneasy. Also this season, Bobby and Andy hit the big time when the Cul de Sac’s Penny Can game goes global. Meanwhile, Andy convinces Ellie to bring out her alter ego, “Charming Ellie,” much to everyone’s delight – especially Jules. And Grayson finally realizes his life-long dream of appearing in a television commercial, but the role leaves a lot to be desired.

Justified, season premiere at 10pm on FX

– Based on Elmore Leonard’s novella Fire in the Hole, Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky. In season five, Raylan confronts the Crowes, a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), Harlan’s criminal kingpin and Raylan’s childhood best friend/current nemesis, struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter) as he partners with the Dixie Mafia’s Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).

Being Mary Jane, series premiere at 10pm on BET

– From the producers of the award-winning BET comedy The Game comes an original drama series starring Gabrielle Union. Mary Jane Paul is a one-woman show: a successful TV news anchor and an entirely self-sufficient powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn’t share her motivation. Intense drama and unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her relationships, her work and commitments to her family while searching for “Mr. Right.”

Wednesday, January 8th

The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on CBS

– Prefer your Hollywood trophies to be voted on by ordinary folks on the Internet? Hosted by 2 Broke Girls‘ Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the PCAs will offer up performances by OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles. If One Direction’s Directioners don’t triumph over Katy Perry’s KatyCats in the Favorite Music Fan Following category, Paul Rudd will be extremely disappointed.

Psych, season premiere at 9pm on USA

– USA’s longest-running series’ eighth season bows with the faux-psychic duo heading to London, coming face-to-face with Despereaux (returning guest star Cary Elwes). The 10-episode season also includes the fan-selected “A Nightmare on State Street,” directed by Psych lead James Roday, and a special remake of the season-one episode “Cloudy With a Chance of Murder.”

White Collar, winter premiere at 10pm on USA

Chicago P.D., series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and the team behind Chicago Fire comes Chicago P.D., a riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city’s street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s major offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. The vast responsibilities that these jobs entail extend far beyond the walls of the precinct, often taking an emotional toll on personal lives of these men and women. At the helm of the Intelligence Unit is Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against crossing legal and ethical lines to ensure the safety and security of the city he loves. It’s not unknown for him to be an ally one minute and the worst enemy the next. Working hand-in-hand with Voight is Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda). More levelheaded and honest than his counterpart, Antonio put his reservations about Voight aside to help the Intelligence Unit track down Chicago’s most dangerous criminals while acting as a role model for the younger officers.

Real World: Ex-Plosion, season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– Expect the unexpected in this new season of The Real World! This season starts with 7 strangers who all have complicated relationships with their exes and are ready to be free and enjoy single life in the Real World house. But just when they get comfortable and new relationships start to brew…. Surprise! Their exes move in. This season returns to the beautiful backdrop of San Francisco, but viewers will quickly learn this is a fresh take on The Real World. When the excited singles arrive at their loft, the hookups begin almost immediately. With relationships building and tempers flaring, the roommates are completely caught off guard when they find out their exes have moved in – and are there to stay! The new living arrangement throws a major wrench in the roommates’ love lives. Love triangles, jealousy, scandal, fights, hookups, breakups and make-ups take over the house as the roommates learn to either live with their exes, or push them out one by one. It’s a passionate new living situation – the first time to ever be explored on the Real World.

Friday, January 10th

Enlisted, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– A military-set family comedy, Enlisted centers on three brothers who, when the best of the best are sent overseas, stay behind to try to keep their small Florida army post in order with the group of misfits who surround them. Between clean-up duty at a parade, human-grease-bowling and assorted soldierly pranks, they will inadvertently discover the key to strengthening their long-lost childhood bonds.

10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, series premiere at 10pm on Spike

– Bigfoot sightings have been reported for centuries, but concrete evidence of the creature’s existence has yet to reveal itself.  Spike TV is raising the stakes by not only putting a massive $10 million incentive on the line for irrefutable proof, but by hand-selecting the strongest competitors, securing top scientists, providing state-of-the-art technology and taking the hunt to the most remote corners of the Pacific Northwest, where Sasquatch sightings are most prevalent. 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is a unique competition series following nine determined teams comprised of lifelong Bigfoot hunters and big game hunters as they set out to capture Bigfoot himself or provide definitive visual and DNA proof of its existence.  The “squatchers” must ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature to earn their place, all while battling nature’s inhospitable weather conditions, rough terrain and combative clashing personalities. The $10 million cash prize, underwritten by Lloyd’s of London, is one of the largest cash prizes ever offered in television history.

Helix, series premiere at 10pm on Syfy

– Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation…or total annihilation.

Saturday, January 11th

U.S. Figure Skating Championships, athletic competition at 8pm on NBC

– The 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will serve as the final opportunity for U.S. Olympic hopefuls ahead of February’s 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Several top athletes will be on display over the course of the week in Boston, looking to reach elite form and earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic roster. Medals will be awarded for four different disciplines of figure skating on three separate experience levels.

Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, comedy special at 10pm on OWN

– For her two-part comedy special on OWN, Sykes is trying to ”turn aha! moments into ha-ha moments” with a blend of stand-up and sketches featuring celebs like Jeff Probst, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, and comedian Adele Givens. But will the comedy ever get too raunchy for the network? ”[Adele] says the F-word better than anyone,” says Sykes with a laugh. ”I’d love to have a ‘f—‘-off with her because I think I say it pretty well too. We might have to bleep that a little bit.”

Sunday, September 29th

The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Homeland, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

Masters of Sex, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime

Betrayal, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Eastbound & Down, season premiere at 10pm on HBO

Hello Ladies, series premiere at 10:30pm on HBO

Monday, September 30th

We Are Men, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

We Are Men is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter, the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his “band of brothers”: Frank Russo, a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis, a small business owner who was caught having the world’s worst affair; and Stuart Weber, a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who’s hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled. Abby is Frank’s charming and attractive daughter, who stands as the one positive remnant from his failed relationships. Armed with a hot tub, pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Lost Season Ru-Vealed, season premiere at 9pm on Logo

– Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race: rejoice! There’s no need to wait until February for more Ru, because The Lost Season is here at last! Ru’s very first cast of drag competitors had no idea what they were getting into, and neither did we! This season full of firsts just may be the most unpredictable one ever. The nine episodes that started a Ruvolution are stuffed to their fishy gills with legendary, herstory-making moments, on the way to one coveted title: America’s next drag superstar. Meet ferocious queens like Nina Flowers, regal BeBe Zahara Benet, bubbly Ongina and many more as they turn it out on the runway and lip-sync for their lives! If you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to see where it all began as Ru declares who will “Shantay” and stay or “Sashay away” for the very first time! Seen it already? Then gag over the brand-new extras, like video commentary, intros from Ru and the gals, and exclusive online behind-the-scenes footage! Sure, season one’s workroom appears to be held together with duct tape and Ru’s close-ups are shot through a mummy’s worth of gauze. But it’s all part of the magic! Drool over the hunky Pit Crew, cackle at the cornucopia of catch phrases, and count the ‘Cama-rooon’s!’ as RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Lost Season redefines Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent.

Wednesday, October 2nd

Super Fun Night, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

– Written, co-executive producer and starring Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), this new comedy series follows Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!” However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition, and she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Royce (Kevin Bishop).

Top Chef, season premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef is back and heads to New Orleans. This season kicks-off with a new pre-premiere digital video series, Padma’s Picks. Padma’s Picks gives one of New Orleans’ most talented chefs the opportunity to cook their way on to the actual show. Host and Judge Padma Lakshmi visits some of The Big Easy’s most celebrated establishments to find 10 of the best and brightest chefs from New Orleans. These chefs will then battle head-to-head to make it to the finale of Padma’s Picks with the ultimate winner earning a coveted spot on this season’s cast. Returning to the judges table in NOLA for Top Chef Season 11 are lead judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orlean’s own Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi. This season will up the ante against the backdrop of the gastronomically diverse city of New Orleans — and the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Jon Favreau, Lea Michelle, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh, and Eddie Huang as well as local legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John.

Ironside, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Detective Robert Ironside. He’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists will do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes – even if it means breaking the rules. Tough, sexy and acerbic, Ironside’s never been afraid to call it like he sees it. As a detective, his instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up… because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he’d never let a damn wheelchair slow him down. Justice. Nothing gets in his way. Blair Underwood stars in a bold new drama about a different kind of cop.

Thursday, October 3rd

The Vampire Diaries, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

– In the tumultuous fourth season of The Vampire Diaries, the world of Mystic Falls was turned upside down when the beautiful and compassionate Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) came face-to-face with her worst nightmare – life as a vampire. While Elena struggled to control her new powers and the overwhelming thirst for blood, the astonishing news that a cure for vampirism may actually exist reached Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) Salvatore, the two vampire brothers who love her. Their search for the cure leads the brothers, along with Elena’s brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and her best friends Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Caroline (Candice Accola), to a horrifying confrontation with the ancient and all-powerful immortal, Silas, who has been entombed with the cure for more than 2,000 years. But Elena isn’t the only vampire who longs to return to life as a human, and the question of who will take the cure is resolved in the heart-stopping season finale, along with moments of unexpected joy, unspeakable sorrow, and a confession of true love. The series heads into its fifth season with some characters headed off to college, a newly cured vampire trying to survive as a human, and a shocking Salvatore secret.

The Millers, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

The Millers stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol and Tom, his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Nathan is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan’s sister Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter. Nathan’s best friend and news cameraman Ray was excited to be Nathan’s wingman in the dating scene, but Carol manages to even cramp his style. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last.

Scandal, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. Her clients aren’t the only ones with secrets, though; surprisingly, she may need to exercise all her damage control skills on her own behalf. When we last left Olivia Pope and Associates, Olivia herself became the client when news spilled that Olivia is the President’s mistress and we discovered the man who’s been plotting against her is her dear old dad Rowan (Joe Morton). Furthermore, Fitz retreated to his wife Mellie after Olivia spurned his offer to become the First Lady; ace spy Jake (Scott Foley) was tossed into a nasty subterranean purgatory for killing a B613 agent to save Olivia; chief of staff Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was carted to the hospital because of a bad ticker; and mini-ninja Quinn’s (Katie Lowes) newfound thirst for torture freaked the heck out of her sensei, Huck (Guillermo Diaz).

Welcome to the Family, series premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

– Dan Yoder (Mike O’Malley, Glee, My Name Is Earl) and wife, Caroline (Mary McCormack, In Plain Sight, The West Wing), think they finally have it made. Their daughter, Molly (Ella Rae Peck, Deception, Gossip Girl) – not the most diligent of students – has managed to graduate from high school and has been accepted to college. Her proud parents are looking forward to an empty nest and are breathing a heavy sigh of relief. Across town, Molly’s secret boyfriend, Junior Hernandez (Joey Haro, Glee, Awkward), is graduating from his high school with top honors and has plans to go to Stanford. Parents Miguel (Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives) and Lisette (Justina Machado, Six Feet Under, ER) are bursting with pride. Everything seems like it is falling into place for them, but unbeknownst to both families, Molly and Junior are about to become parents themselves. Once the teens break the big news, these two very different families are thrown together, which goes anything but smoothly… and the news that Molly and Junior are engaged to be married doesn’t exactly make things better. Dan and Miguel have the most difficult time adjusting to their new situation (and each other), while Caroline and Lisette take a softer approach to getting to know one another. When each of the parents realizes the kids are serious about making a life together, the adults exhale and begin to come to terms with this new blended family. Clearly, it will take understanding, humor, love and patience to make it all work.

Sean Saves The World, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, Hot in Cleveland) returns to NBC in a new comedy from the creator of Better Off Ted about work and family… the ultimate balancing act! Sean’s a divorced dad who’s trying to juggle it all. From his overbearing boss and offbeat employees at work – to his pushy mom and weekends with his teenage daughter at home – handling it all is no easy task. So when Ellie, his 14-year-old bundle of joy, moves in full-time, it’s a whole new challenge. Never one to do anything halfway, Sean’s intent on being the best dad ever – so he loads up on parenting how-to books and plans Pinterest-worthy family dinners. But it seems his company’s new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, throwing a kink in his perfectly constructed homemaking plans. Ellie, a normal girl who wants to hang with her friends and eat on the run, sees this development as a plus. She loves her dad, but he’s clearly going overboard. From keeping his boss happy, his employees motivated and enduring his mother’s tactless “advice” to raising a smart, grounded and healthy kid, it’s going to be a growing experience, to say the least. But if anyone can swing it, it’s Sean.

The Originals, series premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed, and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to New Orleans, the city his family helped build, the city from which he and his siblings – Elijah and Rebekah – were exiled a century ago by their relentless hunter father. Curious as to why Klaus would return to the one place he swore he would never set foot again, Elijah follows his brother and learns that the beautiful and rebellious werewolf Hayley – Klaus’ onetime flame – has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history. Hayley has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie Deveraux. When Sophie reveals to the brothers the almost unbelievable news that Hayley is carrying Klaus’ unborn child, Elijah realizes that the Original family has been given a second chance at humanity and the redemption they desperately crave. But Klaus is more intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions – vampires, witches, werewolves and humans – are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. As Klaus vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family – he realizes that Elijah is right and that his unborn child could be the key to the Originals’ return to power.

Friday, October 4th

Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame, series premiere at 10pm on CMT

– Follow the season three winner of The Voice as Cassadee Pope embarks on her career as a country artist. Behind-the-scenes footage shows Pope recording her first solo music video, performing at the CMT Music Awards and releasing her first single. Pope gained attention with her pop-rock background initially on Team Blake during The Voice but quickly rediscovered her roots and topped the iTunes charts with three country performances. Shortly after her fan-voted victory, she signed a record deal with Republic Nashville and began working on her debut album, Frame by Frame, with renowned music producers Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman, Max Martin and Shellback. Her unique vocals and powerful performances earned the 24-year-old Florida native a coveted opening slot on Rascal Flatts’ Live & Loud tour that kicked off in May with The Band Perry. Cameras rolled as Pope prepared to embark on the tour with two of country’s hottest trios — and the journey of a lifetime. The docu-series reveals an intimate look into what it’s like to be an aspiring artist in the country music industry. For Pope, it’s a barrage of endless work days, cross-country travel and unexpected twists of fate.

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.

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– To ensure that no one in fairytale land—especially Snow White—had any more “happily ever afters,” Evil Queen Regina cast a curse which trapped the fairy tale characters, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Although still alive, they had no knowledge of their former selves and were sleepwalking through life—ageless—for 28 years, until a savior arrived in the form of Emma Swan. Unbeknownst to Emma, she was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who had whisked her out of Fairy Tale Land and into our world as an infant to save her from The Curse. When Emma’s 10-year-old son, Henry—whom she had given up for adoption years earlier—appeared on her doorstep with a book of fairy tales and a wild story about how Emma was the progeny of fairy tale characters trapped in a town called Storybrooke, she thought he was crazy. But curiosity got the better of her, and when she brought Henry back to the town—where Regina, ever the control freak, had made herself mayor and was also Henry’s adoptive mother—Emma soon discovered that Storybrooke was more than it seemed. Over time she came to believe the stories were true, began to see cracks in the curse, and was finally able to break it. Reality and myth were merged as the fairy tale characters began awakening, once The Curse was lifted, and remembered who they were in the season one finale. But to their dismay they were not transported back to fairy tale land. And to make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin—aka Mr. Gold—in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, introduced magic into the town. In fairy tales magic has its place, but in our world it can have unfathomable consequences. Now the fairy tale characters must contend with magic in their quest to find a way home, as new fairy tale characters are revealed, old acquaintances are revisited, and some we had come to believe could be trusted will turn against their own kind.

The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The nine-time Emmy Award-winner for best reality-competition series hosted by eight-time Emmy Award-winner Phil Keoghan is a known as television’s most compelling and exciting race around the world. Entering its 21st season, the show 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. This season’s group—featuring Chippendale’s dancers, a double amputee who’s also a snowboarding champ, and monster-truck drivers—will travel to nine countries including Indonesia, China, and France.

Call the Midwife, series premiere at 8pm on PBS

Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950’s East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns. As Jenny comes to terms with her new life, we meet some phenomenal people who prove that their warmth, resilience and determination are to be admired beyond measure. At the heart of this world are the Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus who have been active in the East End as Anglican nursing nuns since the beginning of the 20th century. The Sisters and the midwives of Nonnatus House carry out many nursing duties across the community. However, with between 80 and 100 babies being born each month in Poplar alone, their primary work is to help bring safe childbirth to women in the area and to look after their countless newborns.

The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Now the longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons immediately struck a chord with viewers across the country more than 20 years ago as it poked fun at itself and everything in its wake. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series – now entering its 24th season – had made an inedible imprint on American pop culture, and the family members have become television icons. In the season 24 premiere, America’s favorite Midwestern family travels to New York City to track down Bart’s long-lost love (guest voice Zooey Deschanel). Other upcoming adventures this season include Grampa (Don Castellaneta) escaping from his retirement home; Homer finding out his bowling buddy (guest voice Steve Carrell) is an accountant for the mob; and Bart discovering the cool new neighbors’ son (guest voice Patton Oswalt) isn’t as cool as he appears to be.

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

– The animated comedy Bob’s Burgers returns for a well-done third season. The series follows the ups and downs of Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but his family falls short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make every “Grand Re-Re-Re-opening” a success. This season, Bob’s eccentric landlord Mr. Fischoeder (guest voice Kevin Kline) purchases a mechanical shark that threatens the town’s safety; the kids unwittingly get jobs working for a pair of married pot farmers; and Louise has an identity crisis when a bully steals her bunny ears.

Family Guy, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Entering its tenth season, Sunday-night staple Family Guy continues to entertain fans with its outrageous humor, cutting-edge animation and epic episodes. Since its debut, the show has reached cult status among fans, and its breakout star, a talking baby, has become one of the greatest TV villains of all time. The show follows the adventures of an endearingly ignorant dad, Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane), and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders in Quahog, RI. Lois (Alex Borstein) is Peter’s wife, a stay at home mom with no patience for her family’s antics. Then there are their kids: 17-year-old Meg (Mila Kunis) is a social outcast and the Griffin family punching bag; 13-year-old Chris (Seth Green) is a socially awkward teen who doesn’t have a clue about the opposite sex; and 1-year-old Stewie (MacFarlane) is a diabolically clever baby whose burgeoning sexuality is very much a work in progress. Rounding out the Griffin household is Brian (MacFarlane), the family dog, a member of Mensa with a penchant for dry martinis and dumb blondes.

The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

The Good Wife is an Emmy-nominated drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick started over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. Now a senior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joined her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, with whom she had a steamy romance last season. Alicia found an ally and a friend in Kalinda, the firm’s tough and mysterious in-house investigator, until Alicia discovered Kalinda had slept with Peter during his first term as State’s Attorney and Kalinda has been trying to make it up to Alicia ever since. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician’s scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her teenage children Zach and Grace. Season 4 will find the firm in serious financial trouble (cue recurring guest star Nathan Lane as its appointed trustee in the premiere), Alicia struggling to decide how much she and the kids can be used in Peter’s (Chris Noth) gubernatorial campaign, and Kalinda (Archie Panjaba) pushing the envelope of sex on network TV when her dangerous estranged husband Nick (Marc Warren), reenters the picture.

Dexter, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– He’s smart, he’s good looking, and he’s got a great sense of humor. He’s Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), everyone’s favorite serial killer. As a Miami forensics expert, he spends his days solving crimes, and nights committing them. But Dexter lives by a strict code of honor that is both his saving grace and lifelong burden. Torn between his deadly compulsion and his desire for true happiness, Dexter is a man in profound conflict with the world and himself. Last season Dexter stalked the Doomsday Killer, a vicious, deluded, religious fanatic who displayed his victims in grisly, Biblical-themed tableaux. Debra catching Dex mid-murder was only the beginning. If you were frustrated by the Showtime drama’s wonky sixth season, the intense fall premiere just might win you back as Lt. Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) starts to piece together her brother Dexter’s secrets. Season 7 also introduces a mysterious woman (Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski) who helps Miami Metro with a case, and a Ukranian crime lord (Rome’s Ray Stevenson) who’s heading toward a “big showdown” with Dexter. But the real fireworks will come from Deb and Dex’s seemingly impossible new relationship.

Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– ABC’s hit primetime soap drama is back on a new night with something to prove. Wealth, beauty and status define the people in the Hamptons, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. Last season, Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) was the new rich girl in town. But the truth is that Emily wasn’t exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Emily, who is in fact Amanda Clarke, is the daughter of convicted terrorist David Clarke. The real Amanda (not to be confused with fauxmanda aka the real Emily Thorne) has returned to her childhood home in the Hamptons to seek vengeance on behalf of her now-deceased father against the people that framed him: the rich and powerful Grayson family and all their accomplices. In the (literally) explosive season one finale, Charlotte Grayson overdosed on prescription pills after learning her mother, Grayson matriarch Victoria (the brilliant Madeleine Stowe), presumably perished in a plane crash orchestrated by her estranged husband Conrad on her way to testify against him. Revenge picks up eight weeks later, at the start of the Hamptons’ summer season. Like last fall’s, the premiere will flash-forward to a dramatic and terrifying event that the first half of season 2 will work toward. Creator Mike Kelley promises we’ll get answers to burning questions regarding the fates of in-peril characters Charlotte, Victoria, and Lydia (who was also onboard the plane).

American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– This animated comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane follows staunch GOP supporter and CIA agent Stan Smith (Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, VA. The series returns for an eighth season this fall. After seven seasons, this Sunday-night staple is still showing us new sides to its characters. In the premiere, we discover Hayley’s (Rachel MacFarlane) musical talents when she becomes the house singer in the bar Roger opens in the attic. Other highlights this season will include cameos by Rupert Grint, Community’s Alison Brie, Castle’s Nathan Fillion, and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. Fans can also look forward to the show’s most warped Christmas episode yet: Danny Glover will guest as Krampus, the mythical creature who, according to Germanic legend, kidnaps naughty children. But this one sings! (Charles Bradley provides the singing voice.)

666 Park Avenue, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside 666 Park Avenue, New York’s most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, these will all be met – for a price – courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But be careful what you wish for, because the price you have to pay is your soul. When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor, Grey’s Anatomy) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor’s staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York’s wealthy elite. Gavin, who has many skeletons in his own closet, is at the height of his world and commands the dark power of The Drake. Olivia (Vanessa Williams), his beautiful but enigmatic, supportive wife, wears her elegance, wealth and position in society as armor… but cracks will slowly be revealed. Jane and Henry not only fall prey to the machinations of Gavin and Olivia, but unwittingly live in the dark embrace of the building’s supernatural forces which endanger the lives of its residents. Sexy, enticing and captivating, home to an epic struggle of good versus evil, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its tenants in this new, chilling drama, tempting them through their ambitions and desires.

Homeland, season premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– The Emmy award winning series for best drama, best drama actor and best drama actress enters its second season with much well-deserved buzz and anticipation. M.I.A. in Afghanistan for eight years and subjected to unthinkable torture at the hands of al-Qaeda, Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Emmy winner Damian Lewis) finally came home, was declared a national hero, and is even being prepped for a political career. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy winner Claire Danes) believes he has been turned and become part of a plot to be carried out on American soil. But the volatile Carrie has some demons of her own as she tries to prove her theories are real and not a figment of her wild imagination, which is aggravated by her bipolar disorder. At the end of last season, Brody’s failed terrorist attack (thanks to a malfunctioning explosive vest) confirmed Carrie was right but without any evidence to expose Brody as a terrorist, his political career is on the rise and Carrie may be out of a job. In the season two premiere, an asset from Carrie’s former life comes in from the cold, and Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy.

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The crime drama stars Golden Globe Award nominee 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 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 Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases. With the crime drama switching to a new night for its fifth season, its basically a new start for the show. There will be major developments in Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) quest to nab Red John, the serial killer who murdered his family (although in the season’s second episode, Jane will meet a girl who claims to be his dead daughter). Jane and his CBI cohorts are forced to collaborate with a team of FBI agents, led by Rome’s Polly Walker. Red John’s lackey Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui)—introduced in last season’s finale—will stick around for several episodes as a foil, possible informant, and risky love interest for Jane, much to the chagrin of Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney).

Sunday, March 11th

America The Wild, series premiere at 8pm on Nat Geo, then moves to regular time slot on Mondays at 9pm

– Wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson will host and star in this new series as he goes across the country in search of capturing several of the most elusive animals on camera, including mountain lions, polar bears and wolverines. The thrill of the hunt motivates Anderson, who was nicknamed the “animal magnet” as a kid. This show is a visual experience of a lot of luck, hard work, and epic moments as cameras roll on some of these animals’ never-before-seen behavior. From the bottom of the grand canyon to the frigid arctic, Anderson went through a roller-coaster of emotion to make his goal a reality.

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on Fox

– The cult comedy hit follows the ups and downs of third-generation restaurateur Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob and his unpredictable family have big ideas about burgers, but they fall short on service and sophistication. Despite their restaurant’s greasy counters, lousy location and dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make every “Grand Re-Re-Re-opening” a success. Business may be slow, but Bob and his family never give up hope. This season, Bob and family test-drive the food truck industry, dive into the world of synchronized swimming, search for treasure in an abandoned taffy factory and get tied up with a very needy bank robber.

Shahs of Sunset, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– Shahs of Sunset follows a group of friends who are trying to juggle their active social lives and up-and-coming careers while balancing the demands of their families and traditions.  These passionate socialites are fervent on the dating and party scene, but seeking approval from their family they face pressures to settle down and marry within the community. From outings on Rodeo Drive to traditional Persian feasts at home, this series celebrates the unique lifestyle of a group of friends who have worked hard for what they have and are not afraid to flaunt it.

Tuesday, March 13th

Fashion Star, series premiere from 9:30pm to 11pm on NBC

– NBC kicks off the new year with the new reality competition series, which will search for the next big brand in fashion. Featuring host and executive producer Elle Macpherson along with celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, the series will give 14 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. Each week, the show will begin with an exhilarating fashion show unlike anything seen before featuring musical performances, dancers and models in front of a studio audience. Every fashion show will be built around a weekly challenge that is designed to further develop and expand the designers’ brands. The series will feature clothes designed for America to buy, and it has enlisted three of the world’s top retailers to help in the decision-making process. Caprice Willard (Macy’s), Terron E. Schaefer (Saks Fifth Avenue) and Nicole Christie (H&M) will serve as the judges who make on-the-spot decisions as they vie for the right to purchase and exclusively carry the work of the up-and-coming designers each week. At the end of each episode, America will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased on the episode that week.

Wednesday, March 14th

Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis, series premiere at 9pm on Bravo

– Everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper is moving in with his clients. Bravo’s Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis follows Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos as they move into someone else’s home and Jeff does what he does best — judge their flaws and redesign their space. He’ll observe the homeowners, diagnose their problems, and then take over their house for five days — with the goal of improving them inside and out. Of course he does this by using a combination of brutal honesty, impeccable design, and a few unique solutions that only Lewis could come up with. His trusted assistant Pulos, and his loyal housekeeper, Zoila Chavez, are along for the ride to make sure he doesn’t go too far over the line. This time, Lewis is not just redesigning a space; he’s redesigning people’s lives.

South Park, season premiere at 10pm on Comedy Central

– Created by comic geniuses Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning, animated series features the breathtakingly irreverent and ruthlessly funny misadventures of four foul-mouthed, troublemaking young boys in a small town nestled in the Colorado Rockies. Now entering its 16th season, South Park continues to surprise even its most devoted fans each and every week. Known for its unbelievably immediate and ruthless responses to world events, the new episodes bring up-to-the-minute news and pop culture icons to the town of South Park for social commentary and good old-fashioned ridicule.

Ugly Americans, midseason premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

Thursday, March 15th

Community, midseason premiere at 8pm on NBC

Missing, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Often described as the TV version of the Liam Neeson-starring movie Taken, Ashley Judd stars as a former CIA agent who learns that her son, Michael, disappears while studying abroad, and she races against time as she travels to Europe to track him down. At 8 years old, Michael watched as his father, CIA Agent Paul Winstone, was murdered. Now 10 years later, Paul’s wife, Becca, is faced with the reality of her son growing up. When Michael is afforded the opportunity to study abroad, his mother reluctantly agrees it’s time to let him go. Just a few weeks into his trip Michael disappears, and Becca immediately suspects foul play. When she arrives in Rome, she begins piecing together the clues left behind. It isn’t long before the kidnappers realize they’ve picked a fight with the wrong woman. Becca Winstone has a secret of her own – before Paul’s death, she was also a lethal CIA Agent. But if she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends and reopen old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill and determination will be put to the test – but a mother’s love knows no limits.

Behind The Music, season premiere at 9pm on VH1

– VH1’s most celebrated music documentary series returns with seven of today’s most successful and celebrated artists. The five-time Emmy Award-nominated series gives viewers a front row seat to the most exclusive and intimate interviews with the artists as well as their families, friends and colleagues. Featured this season are Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin. The series will bring viewers never-before-seen footage of these talented musicians and the people who know them best.

Friday, March 16th

Fairly Legal, season premiere at 9pm on USA

– Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) is a firm believer that justice can always be found-even if it’s not always in the courtroom. Once a lawyer at her family’s esteemed San Francisco firm, Kate’s frustration with the legal system led her to a new career as a mediator. Thanks to her innate understanding of human nature, thorough legal knowledge, and wry sense of humor, Kate is a natural when it comes to dispute resolution. Except, it seems, when it comes to conflicts in her own life. Since her father’s sudden death, Kate’s relationship with her new boss-her “wicked” stepmother Lauren (Virginia Williams)-has grown ever more complicated, and the situation with her soon-to-be-ex-husband Justin (Michael Trucco), a San Francisco ADA, is no less confusing. With help from her resourceful assistant Leonardo (Baron Vaughn), Kate’s doing her best to focus on work and avoid her own problems. But with new personal challenges and tough, unconventional cases suddenly on her docket, this newly-minted mediator’s skills are about to be put to the test.

In Plain Sight, season premiere at 10pm on USA

– In the season finale, Mary was ordered to protect her least-favorite witness from hired mercenaries on the day of her sister’s wedding. Meanwhile, Brandi battled her own wedding-induced panic. When ambushed by assassins while escorting the witness to give his testimony, Marshall covered the eight month pregnant Mary from a hail of bullets. Mary finally made it back to the wedding to have her sister’s back but it wasn’t long before she went into premature labor and Marshall was right there holding her hand. This final season, US Marshal Mary Shannon is facing her toughest assignment yet: motherhood!

North Woods Law, series premiere at 10pm on Animal Planet

– This new Animal Planet series follows Maine’s elite game-warden service as they navigate the Pine Tree State’s rugged terrain during hunting season – one of the busiest and most perilous times of the year. Each punch of the time clock is a ticket to extreme danger and drama as undercover stings and intense rescues are all in a day’s work. Whether they’re tracking bears on dangerous mountains or busting drunk drivers on ATVs, these wardens risk life and limb to protect animals and serve the people of Maine.

Sunday, January 9th

Bob’s Burgers, series premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

– FOX premieres a new animated series not from Scott MacFarlane? This sitcom about a man, his family, and a burger joint is the brainchild of Loren Bouchard (Home Movies and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist). Written and executive produced by Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill), Bob’s Burgers fills the void left by King of the Hill’s cancellation. A third-generation restaurateur, Bob Belcher (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, Family Guy and Archer) runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife Linda and their three kids Tina, Gene, and Louise. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves.

The Cape, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Never underestimate a man in a sexy cape lurking in the darkness…because he just might be there to save your life…or something like that. David Lyons stars in a superhero drama series as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a rash of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Vince Faraday becomes “The Cape” – his son’s favorite comic book superhero – and takes the law into his own hands. In order to understand his powers and how to use The Cape, Max Milani—the ringleader of a circus gang of robbers—takes him under his wing and trains him to be a superhero. But what’s a superhero without a few good villains? The Tudors’ James Frain plays billionaire Peter Fleming, who moonlights as the twisted killer Chess aka The Cape’s arch-nemesis.

Californication, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– Famed novelist and New York City transplant Hank Moody relocated to LA after his acclaimed book was optioned, only to see it turned into a crappy romantic comedy. Since then he’s struggled to get his career and relationship with on-again/off-again girlfriend Karen back on track, while trying to raise his rebellious teenage daughter Becca. But he never stops owning his vices – drink, drugs and women – with a refreshing sense of honesty and unapologetic candor. He’s holding it together while falling apart, and he doesn’t mind it one bit. Season three ended with Hank being hauled off to jail for assaulting the boyfriend of his troublemaking, underage, former fling Mia. His home life with Karen and Becca is in ruins, but the scandal surrounding the publication of his latest book has turned him into a hot Hollywood commodity – in more ways than one. Can Hank navigate the mess he’s made of his life and come out on top?

Alaska State Troopers, season premieres at 9pm on National Geographic

– They are the first line of defense on the last frontier, the roughly 400 state troopers who patrol the rugged and unforgiving terrain of America’s largest state — Alaska.  One of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation, they patrol the rugged terrain of America’s largest state, where anyone they encounter could be and most probably is armed. These officers often travel hundreds of miles in piercing subzero temperatures to uphold the law.  Responding by land, air and sea — with backup sometimes days away — they face danger to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska.

Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, season premiere at 9pm on Style

– The reality series follows the life of former model, author, designer and the former CEO (up until 2010) of the Baby Phat Jean Company Kimora Lee Simmons. Savvy businesswoman, author, philanthropist, producer, Tony Award winner and–according to Forbes–one of the “hardest-working mothers in Hollywood,” Kimora Lee Simmons is a model turned designer and the ex-wife of entrepreneur and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. Season four of the reality series follows Kimora, her man model-turned-actor Dimon Hounsou, her 2 girls (Ming & Aoki), and young son Kenzo along with the employees of Baby Phat.

The Cleveland Show, moved to new time-slot at 9:30pm on FOX

Shameless, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) is the proud single dad of six smart, spirited and independent kids, who without him would be… perhaps better off. When Frank Gallagher’s 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. The Gallaghers may not have much in the way of money or rules, but they know who they are — and they’re absolutely, wildly, unapologetically Shameless.

Episodes, series premiere at 10:30pm on Showtime

– After much anticipation, finally the second comedy series starring a former Friends star—Matt LeBlanc—makes it big debut (Matthew Perry’s Mr. Sunshine premieres in February on ABC). Happily married television writers Sean and Beverly Lincoln are successful, confident and a bit smug, and for good reason – they’re at the top of their game in their native England. They can’t wait to bring their successful British television series across the pond to make it big in America. But this very proper British couple discovers that they are fish out of water in the American show business shark tank. Matt LeBlanc plays a satirical send-up of himself as the egotistical star that TV executives cater to. Matt not only messes with their beloved show, he rocks the foundation of their relationship. Beverly learns that Matt LeBlanc is a dangerous enemy to have – he wields remarkable power, and he always wins. The stress of dealing with seemingly clueless network executives and a narcissistic, divisive star while trying to protect their beloved show puts some serious strain on their careers, their marriage, and their sanity. So now, even if they survive the absurdity of show business, will their marriage survive Matt LeBlanc?

Monday, January 10th

The X Life, series premiere at 10pm on VH1

– When you think of extreme sports you think of highly competitive, tatted-up, bad-boys with little regard for their own safety whose sole mission is to push the limits of physics beyond the edge of what is thought possible. But there’s a whole other layer that fuels their cutting-edge quest — the gorgeous, fearless, women who love them. This new reality series follows some of the biggest names in action sports: Pierre Luc Gagnon (Vert Skater) and his girlfriend Denise Russo; Cory “Nasty” Nastazio (BMX Dirt Jumper) and his girlfriend Nicole Panattoni; and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg (FMX) and his wife Susie Stenberg. The ladies have their own careers: from helping to manage and market their husband’s careers to being a top model to being a mom. These wives are fiercely protective, defensive and ready to throw down at a moment’s notice. And if your husband isn’t on the tour, good luck breaking into their clique. These women are a tight-knit sorority bound by one common thread–their adrenaline junkie husbands.

Tuesday, January 11th

I, Predator, series premiere at 8pm on Animal Planet

– This new computer animated six-part series takes you inside the mind of a predator on the hunt, deeper than ever before into the life-or-death moments when predator meets prey. I, Predator puts you in the driver’s seat of nature’s most perfect predators as they attack and take down their prey. The premiere episode is a battle between the Great White Shark, the planet’s fiercest predator, and the Cape Fur Seal, the ultimate but very elusive prey for great whites.

The Haney Project, season premiere at 9pm on Golf

– It’s a new year and a new project for Hank Haney, one of golf’s top swing instructors. Tiger Woods’ former coach Hank tries to stop Rush Limbaugh from swinging to the extreme right — and helps him out with his golf game. Limbaugh, radio talk show host and conservative opinion leader, is more of a sharpshooter than commentator, and he has his sights—and opinions—set on Haney. That’s right—Hank’s biggest challenge while fixing Rush’s game may not be swing rhythm or mechanics, but simply getting a word in edgewise.

Teen Mom 2, season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– Not to be confused with season 2 of Teen Mom 1, Teen Mom 2 follows the second batch of girls who have graduated from 16 and Pregnant to mommy status, though unfortunately most did not graduate high school…oops. The docu-series interweaves stories of four teenage girls who are navigating the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, and coming of age – all while facing the responsibility of being a young mother. Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges young mothers can face: marriage, relationships, family support, or lack thereof, adoption, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, starting college, getting (or losing) a job and the daunting and exciting step of moving out of the nest to create their own families.

Lights Out, series premiere at 10pm on FX

– Guys don’t only like watching wrestling on TV, they also like to watch shows about former wrestlers and the wrestling business…or at least FX is counting on that for the success of this new show, which is in the style of the Oscar-nominated 2008 film The Wrestler. Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami) stars as an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. Financial problems leave him at a perilous crossroads – battling the urge to return to boxing or reluctantly accepting a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector. Catherine McCormack (Braveheart) co-stars as his wife Theresa, who is finishing her medical residency; Pablo Schreiber (Law & Order) as Johnny, his brother and business manager whom Lights put through college; and Stacy Keach (Fat City) as Pops, Lights’ father and former trainer who runs the boxing gym owned by Lights.

The Game, season premiere at 10pm on BET

– The cancelled CW sitcom that was saved by BET returns for its fourth season. Tia Mowry stars as Melanie Barnett, a medical student who is thrust into the world of professional football when her boyfriend becomes a wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers. The series follows Melanie as she struggles with the ups and downs of having a “famous” other half and a new group of friends – the other players’ wives. After facing many obstacles throughout their on-again, off-again relationship, Melanie and Derwin finally marry in the season three finale. But is their love strong enough to keep them together for good or will betrayal and infidelity rear its ugly head again?

Tosh.0, season premiere at 10pm on Comedy Central

– Comedian Daniel Tosh has garnered a dedicated following and acquired watercooler fodder status with his unique brand of stand-up comedy. Tosh.0 is a weekly topical series that delves into all aspects of the Internet featuring razor sharp humor and biting commentary from Tosh. From the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious, the series features viral clips, sketches, and “Web Redemptions” which give subjects of infamous viral videos a second chance to redeem themselves from the embarrassment with which they’ve become synonymous.

Onion SportsDome, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

– The iconic comedy-news website The Onion teamed up with Comedy Central to bring us this new SportsCenter-skewering series, which also happens to be the most intense televised sports news program in recorded human history. Onion SportsDome is a 30-minute rundown of the finest in sports news, analysis, scores, highlights, rumor-mongering and petty personal attacks. The show features a good mix of right-on topical humor (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh rewriting the rules of basketball to make it cooler), media satire (a baseball-team-solves-crimes police procedural), and outright absurdity (Alex Rodriguez writes and stars in a Staying Alive-esque musical)!

Wednesday, January 12th

American Masters, season premiere at 8:30pm* on PBS

*check your local listings

– What is this very vague-sounding show you might ask? American Masters is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. The series opens its 25th season with Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides giving viewers an unexpected window into the life of the actor whose easy going style has endeared him to audiences for almost 40 years. After Jeff Bridges’ amazing comeback since his Oscar-winning performance in 2009’s Crazy Heart, is there a more deserving American Master?

Off The Map, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– From Shonda Rhimes and the rest of the creative team behind Grey’s Anatomy comes a new ensemble medical drama about six doctors who have lost their way and go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place. Welcome to “la ciudad de las estrellas” (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. That’s where idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner just landed, along with fellow doctors Mina Minard and Tommy Fuller. All of these young doctors are running away from personal demons, but they aren’t the only ones with emotional baggage. Take the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, who was the youngest Chief of Surgery at UCLA. He walked away from it all to found the clinic. Together with his right-hand doctor, Otis Cole, the mysterious Dr. Ryan Clark and local doctor Zita Alvarez, he’ll teach the newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they’ve ever worked in—while taking them on adventures of a lifetime.

Thursday, January 13th

Beyond Scared Straight, series premiere at 10pm on A&E

– Based on the award-winning documentary film Scared Straight! by Arnold Shapiro, this new documentary series continues the effective work of the film and the prison program it portrays, turning countless kids away from drugs, violence and crime, and keeping them out of prison. The film and series document an effective juvenile prevention/intervention program at a NJ prison. The program is meant to frighten law-breaking young people into getting their lives together by exposing them to the harshness of prison life. The power of the original Scared Straight! program has inspired dozens of inmate-run intervention programs in men’s and women’s prisons across the country. These youthful offender programs put boys and girls of all ethnicities and backgrounds, ranging in age from 11-18, into intensive one-day in-prison sessions that show them the realities of life behind bars. These programs are drastic because today’s youth need a different approach – a combination of confrontation, information and communication to try to reach these at-risk kids. Beyond Scared Straight is about transforming the lives of young people through intervention and second chances.

Friday, January 14th

The Ricky Gervais Show, season premiere at 9pm on HBO

– From the creators of The Office and Extras comes this new animated series based on comedian/actor/director/producer/writer Ricky Gervais’ podcasts, which won a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for most downloads. Just like the real podcast, the series is voiced by Gervais, Stephen Merchant and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington, whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines such as: the merits of 20th century inventions, Karl’s suggestion for population control, his round head, and his thoughts about charity.

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, special awards show from 9 to 11pm on VH1

– The Broadcast Film Critics Association annually presents the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan starring Natalie Portman leads the pack with a record-breaking 12 nominations. The King’s Speech and True Grit are close behind with 11 nominations each, while Inception received 10 nods and The Social Network garnered 9. Last year’s ceremony was memorable for the smooch between Best Actress co-winners Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep. This year’s Best Actress front-runners: Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right). In case of another split, we may get another on-screen smooch!

Flying Wild Alaska, series premiere at 9pm on Discovery Channel

– Meet the unconventional family that rules Alaska’s most dangerous skies in this new 10-part docu-series. Across the frigid Alaskan wilderness, Jim Tweto and their family-run airline Era Alaska. They battle the arctic elements to transport supplies and passengers to some of the most inaccessible areas on the planet. With no freeway system for hundreds of miles, Era Alaska is the lifeline for the isolated rural inhabitants of the Bering Sea coastline, but where the roads end, life for the quirky Twetos begins. Wildly determined Jim runs his company with passion and looks to his tiny but fierce wife, Ferno, for support. She’s cargo runner, dispatcher and mom to their two daughters, Ayla and Ariel, who also play a vital role in the operation. Year round, Jim and his family are motivated by the fact that the livelihood’s of thousands of people depend on their business and employees every day.

Conviction Kitchen, season premiere at 10pm on Planet Green

– What do you get when you take one of the country’s top chefs, throw in a kitchen crew of ex-cons with no culinary experience, and give them just weeks to open a high-end restaurant from scratch? In season two of Conviction Kitchen, world-renowned executive chef, Marc Thuet, and his wife and business partner, Biana Zorich, put their reputations on the line again – this time in Vancouver – with another high-stakes challenge that will push them and their charges to the limit. With the clock ticking, Marc and Biana must train a staff of former offenders, create a tantalizing gourmet menu from scratch, and overhaul owner Daniel Frankel’s martini bar in the heart of the city’s gay village. As for the ex-cons, dealing with culinary boot camp will be only their first challenge since the real test will be making it past opening night. They’ve got mere weeks to help build a profitable business or owner Daniel will pull the plug, and they’ll lose out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their lives around.

Funny or Die Presents, season premiere at midnight on HBO

– Executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have merged TV with the Internet in this half-hour sketch comedy series based on their popular web site FunnyOrDie.com. The show provides an anything-goes forum for talented young actors, comedians, and writers to create outrageous sketches, animations, music videos, and more. Featuring unexpected guest stars in even less expected roles, Funny Or Die Presents pushes the envelope in an entirely new way.

Saturday, January 15th

2011 Miss America Pageant, special from 9 to 11pm on ABC

– Season 7 Dancing With the Stars champion and current co-host of the hit show will join Chris Harrison, from ABC’s The Bachelor, as hosts of the 90th anniversary of the Miss America Pageant. The 2011 Miss America Pageant will air live from the Planet Hollywood Casino Resort Las Vegas. Miss America must be talented, intelligent and well-spoken, a leader, have a commitment to her community, be contemporary in her style and fashion – a relatable and individual ‘it girl’ who can connect with today’s modern woman, as well as being physically fit. This year’s panel of seven esteemed judges includes accomplished talk show host and comedienne Joy Behar; Miss America 1991 turned veterinarian, broadcaster, and philanthropist Debbye Turner Bell; executive producer of Desperate Housewives Marc Cherry; Dancing With the Stars pro Tony Dovolani; beloved actress, Golden Globe Nominee, and health advocate Marilu Henner; orthopedic surgeon turned shoe designer Taryn Rose; and multi-platinum selling country music artist Mark Wills.