Monday, September 15th
Dancing With the Stars, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– It’s like one of Stefon’s clubs: This season’s dance floor boasts an Olympic athlete (Lolo Jones), a soap hunk (Antonio Sabato Jr.), a YouTube star (Bethany Mota), and a human fire hydrant. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Plus, there’s Julianne Hough (right), who’s now a judge and will get to critique brother Derek. The final tweak? New showrunner Rob Wade, who wants to amp up the showmanship. ”Freestyle really popped for me,” he says. ”Social media is important to shows like this—it’s important we have things that people can share.” Yep, this show has everything.
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, series premiere at 8pm on VH1
– As the newest installment to the record-breaking reality franchise, Love and Hip Hop Hollywood follows the young, hip-hop elite as they strive to either “make” or “maintain” a life in the La La Land of Hollywood! We dive deep into the lives of our cast and discover a turbulent world that lies just beneath the fabulous exterior. From hip-hop artists, to video vixens, to actors, personal assistants, girlfriends, and co-parents, we take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the lives of the hip-hop couples as they struggle to balance their careers and their personal lives. A household name by way of his R&B music, TV shows, and an infamous sex tape with Kim Kardashian, Ray J is has re-invented himself as a heavy-hitting entertainment mogul. His illustrious love life takes center stage once again, as he struggles to deal with the three women who circle him… his ex-fling and ex-Def Jam recording artist, Teairra Mari, his current boo, Princess Love, and his assistant, Morgan Hardman.
Tuesday, September 16th
The Jennie Garth Project, series premiere at 9pm on HGTV
– Recently single actress and mom of three Jennie Garth is starting over. Together with her contractor Scott, she’s stripping a Hollywood Hills home to the studs and building it back up to be her ultimate dream house. It’s a room-by-room transformation filled with Jennie’s sleek and modern style and sensibility.
New Girl, season premiere at 9pm on FOX
– Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, ensemble comedy NEW GIRL begins its fourth season, continuing to follow a group of six friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world. As the series’ third season came to a close, Jess (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ended their romance, when they discovered that their differences outweighed their love for each other. Schmidt (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Max Greenfield) decided to pursue his on-again-off-again relationship with Cece (Hannah Simone), despite her fling with a younger man. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) passed his entrance exam on his way to becoming a police officer, and Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) is adjusting to life as a grade school gym teacher. With the loftmates all single in the upcoming fourth season, the pursuit of love drives them all to extremes. In the season premiere, the gang attends the last wedding of the summer and Jess sets her sights on the best man (guest star Reid Scott, Veep) only to find competition from the hottest scientist in the room (guest star Jessica Biel, “Total Recall,” “New Year’s Eve”).
The Mindy Project, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
– Created by and starring Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling, the series follows a skilled OB/GYN trying (and failing!) to navigate her romantic life with dignity and grace. Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) is a talented obstetrician with a chaotic personal life, who struggles to find the perfect relationship, remain focused at work, stay current on reality TV and channel her inner warrior – Beyoncé Pad Thai. Mindy’s love life rivaled a real-life romantic comedy this past season, when she fell for her office sparring partner, Danny. Their relationship skyrocketed to new heights when the two shared a kiss in an airplane, but when their feet hit the ground, the two doctors struggled to make their relationship work. Danny ended the romance and then acted like a jealous boyfriend when Mindy dated other men. But in the second season finale, it appeared Mindy got her fairy tale ending atop the Empire State Building, giving “Harry” and “Sally” a run for their money. Season Three will continue to explore Mindy and Danny’s romantic and professional relationship.
Brickleberry, season premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
– The Tosh-produced comedy tends to rise above your average adult-animation fare, tonight’s episode included. Obama is coming, giving the park’s rangers and rednecks reason to touch on everything from health care to Game of Thrones to puke. It may not be as deft as South Park, but Brickleberry has the same off-color spirit and enthusiasm.
Wednesday, September 17th
Red Band Society, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, Red Band Society is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie (Griffin Gluck, “Back in the Game,” “Private Practice”) is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends. These teens form a life-changing bond and singular kinship, represented by their red hospital bands. They face shared experiences, both uplifting and challenging, tragic and comedic, ordinary and out-of-the-ordinary – and they do it together. The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is Dr. Jack McAndrew (Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon. They are the guiding force for these teens, but in their own personal lives, things might not be so easy. When you’re brought to the brink, that’s when you laugh the loudest, love the strongest and cry the hardest.
The Mysteries of Laura, series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– Debra Messing (Will & Grace) stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband – also a cop – who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a “working mom” today. Somehow she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner. For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.
Thursday, September 18th
Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, series premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim
– If Rod Serling had suffered head trauma before creating The Twilight Zone, it might look like this show. The work of comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, these short horror comedies are notably slicker than the pair’s cult sketchfest Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! ”We wanted to do something that looked great and actually made sense,” says Heidecker. But there’s still weirdness aplenty: Tonight Wareheim plays a new cul-de-sac dweller who runs afoul of his psychotic, snack-obsessed neighbor, and next week Bob Odenkirk is a podiatrist in a parallel universe where toe removal is routine.