Sunday, October 7th
Upstairs Downstairs, season premiere at 9pm on PBS
– During the quick three-episode debut season last year, Sir Hallam Holland (Ed Stoppard), and his wife, Lady Agnes, moved into an abandoned house. It was 1936, a tumultuous time in Britain, and within the walls of 165 Eaton Place, characters from an orphanage, a damp Welsh castle, the heart of the British Raj and elsewhere together faced a changing world, not just upstairs and downstairs, but side by side. The period drama’s second season picks back up in 1938 and all is not well. The house witnesses a murder, Hitler is playing hardball with our diplomatic hero Sir Holland, and worst of all, newly hired maid Beryl Ballard (Laura Haddock) wants to wear her own stockings. The refurbished series isn’t as sharp as the 70s originals and the Hollands aren’t as juicy as Downton’s Granthams but it’s still a whole lot of fun to look at.
Monday, October 8th
Titanic: Blood and Steel, 2-hourminiseries premiere at 8pm on Encore
– Belfast, 1909. The Harland and Wolff shipyard has been handed the greatest project in its history. It will build a great, unsinkable ship. And it will be called the RMS Titanic. Titanic: Blood & Steel is the untold story of the building of a legend, and the many lives it affected during its 3-year construction. To its wealthy investors, it was a dream. To the middle class who oversaw the project, it was a challenge. But to the working class who built it, Titanic was the start of a revolution. With Ireland under British rule, and theProtestant and Catholic struggle intensifying, Titanic was more than a ship…it was a symbol of ambition, hope and unity. Featuring an internationally-acclaimed cast including Sir Derek Jacobi (“The King’s Speech”), Chris Noth (Sex and the City), Alessandra Mastronardi (Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love”), Kevin Zegers (Frozen) and Neve Campbell (“Scream”), Titanic: Blood & Steel is a powerful tale of love and insurrection in the heart of Belfast.
90210, season premiere at 8pm on The CW
– The fifth season of “90210” will find the gang struggling with the biggest issues of their lives. Having put their relatively carefree days at West Beverly behind them and launched themselves into adulthood, they will search for answers to their trials and tribulations with only their friendships to lean on. They will experience new love and old flames, loyalties being challenged and shocking betrayals. Some friendships will be tested, others will be renewed and new people who will try to infiltrate the close circle of friends. There are some things money can’t buy, even in 90210.
The Mortified Sessions, season premiere at 10pm on Sundance
– To see a different side of fame, you have to think out of the box…literally. The Mortified Sessions cracks opens a mystery box of the most revealing mementos from a celebrity’s past to shed light on who they are today. From embarrassing teenage photos to love-sick song lyrics, our treasure trove of personal history is always full of surprising and insightful revelations. Whether we lift the lid on laughter or tears, every item is a turning point in a life’s journey. Hosted by the creator of the nationwide performance sensation and bestselling book series, Mortified, every episode introduces you to the true person behind the image. And just as Facebook gives our memories new life, we now can all see a little bit of ourselves in our favorite celebrities. In the season premiere, Cougar Town’s Busy Phillips shares embarrassing stories from her youth that only make us love her more.
Tuesday, October 9th
Ink Master, season premiere at 10pm on Spike
– Spike’s highest-rated original series returns for its second season with two new back-to-back episodes. 16 of the country’s most skilled tattoo artists compete for $100K and the title of Ink Master when Spike’s top rated tattoo competition returns for its second season. ‘Living Canvasses’ are permanently marked in a series of extreme challenges that push the contestants to their limit, in this high-stakes elimination competition, hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by tattoo icons Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck.
Wednesday, October 10th
Arrow, series premiere at 8pm on The CW
– Based on the DC comic series, this new superhero action series from the CW stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow. After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
Nashville, series premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Nashville is Music City U.S.A. It’s where today’s top recording artists lay down tracks while tomorrow’s undiscovered talent fight to be heard. Music legend Rayna Jaymes reigns as the Queen of Country, but after two decades, her grip on the throne is slipping. Rayna refuses to be steamrolled by her record label as they present a new arrangement. And in the face of an evolving industry, Rayna is struggling to adapt and reinvent herself, which she must do if she plans to stay relevant. Juliette Barnes is sexy, sassy, and trails trouble in her wake— she’s also the country’s #1 crossover artist. In her climb to the top, Juliette’s public image is threatened by circumstances she struggles to control. And while she is determined to sit on Rayna’s throne, Juliette refuses to deal with her difficult past. Offstage, things aren’t much smoother for Rayna. Her father, Lamar Wyatt, Nashville’s most influential businessman, continues to complicate her life. Their strained relationship is defined by years of resentment and secrets that come to a head when Lamar and Rayna’s sister, Tandy, push Rayna’s husband to run for mayor. For husband Teddy Conrad, this marks an opportunity to share the spotlight with his wife instead of continuing to be the man behind the woman. With the backdrop of a thriving contemporary music scene, and a tense mayoral race, Nashville takes us into the cutthroat world of music and politics, showing what it really means to become a star and stay one.
Chicago Fire, series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order franchise) and the writing team behind “3:10 to Yuma,” comes the high-octane drama Chicago Fire—an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death. The pressure to perform on such a high level has a way of taking a personal toll, sometimes putting team members from the Truck and the specially trained Rescue Squad at odds with each other. Despite any differences, this is an extended family, and when it’s “go time,” everyone inside Firehouse 51 knows no other way than to lay it all on the line for each other. When a tragedy claims one of their own, there’s plenty of guilt and blame to go around. Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer, House), in charge of the Truck, tries to carry on, but butts heads with the brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney, The Vampire Diaries) of the Rescue Squad – and each blames the other for their fallen team member. Adding to the turmoil, Casey, unbeknownst to his colleagues, is in the midst of a separation from Hallie (Teri Reeves, “Three Rivers”). The firehouse also includes Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker, “Oz”), a fireman’s fireman who is confronted by important personal decisions, paramedics Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund, The Good Wife) and Leslie Shay (Lauren German, Hawaii Five-O), who share a close bond and team together to face some of the most harrowing situations imaginable, Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett, Law & Order: SVU), an academy graduate who is the latest generation in a family of firefighters, and Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg, Sex and the City), a seasoned veteran who loses his home to foreclosure and now must uproot his family to move in with his in-laws.
Thursday, October 11th
Beauty and the Beast, series premiere at 9pm on The CW
– Catherine “Cat” Chandler (Kristin Kreuk, Smallville, Chuck) is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, who is haunted by her own tragic past. When she was a teenager, Cat witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Cat would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…though it was strange and terrifying, it was human. Years have passed, and although she thinks about her mother every day, Cat is now strong and confident, a capable police detective working with her equally talented partner, Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello, Nurse Jackie). While investigating a new case, Cat and Tess discover fingerprints that lead to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan, Terra Nova), who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Digging deeper, Cat learns that Vincent is actually still alive. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years. With the help of his childhood friend J.T. Forbes, Vincent has been able to guard his terrible secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat is stunned when Vincent admits he was the “animal” who saved her the night of her mother’s murder. Cat agrees to protect Vincent’s identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Cat and Vincent, who understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them. As she slowly comes to terms with Vincent’s monstrous alter-ego, Cat senses she can trust him in ways she hasn’t been able to trust any man before and, despite the obstacles between them, she realizes that she’s safer with him than anywhere else.