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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.”

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Sunday, February 12th

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS

– Kanye West’s seven nominations leads the pack of 54th Annual Grammy Award nominees though he was nearly shut out in all major categories other than Song of the Year. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars follow with six, and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each earned five. Adele, aka the voice of the year, is nominated in all the major categories so a big sweep by the songstress behind “Rolling In The Deep” is most likely and well-deserved, although alternative British rocker Bon Iver might cause a stir with his popular Starbucks style. Meanwhile, Kanye West is a shoe-in to sweep all the rap/hiphop categories. Fortunately, Taylor Swift is only nominated in a few country categories so I won’t spend most of the evening throwing things at my TV shouting “why can’t you voters tell that she CANNOT SING?!?!?! Didn’t you see her Grammy performance with Stevie Nicks?” Thank you Adele for making me look forward to watching the Grammys for once since Taylor Swift ruined it for me. On a more positive note, Adele will take the stage for the first time since her vocal cord surgery and Nicki Minaj is making her Grammy stage debut, wow has she really only been around for a year, it feels like way longer! Also performing: Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift (barf!). Coldplay will also grace the stage, accompanied by Rihanna, weird…PS LL Cool J is hosting, apparently he used to be a singer back in the day.

The Walking Dead, midseason premiere at 9pm on AMC

– Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, who had an affair with Rick’s Wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break), while Rick was in a coma prior to waking up in the midst of the apocalypse. In season 2, the group of survivors left Atlanta to head to Fort Benning, but they were sidetracked when Sophia, one of the child survivors got lost in the woods after being chased by zombies. While searching for Sophia over several days, Carl was accidentally shot by a man named Otis who was hunting a deer. Otis and Rick take Carl to the nearby farm of Otis’ father-in-law, a veterinarian named Hershel, who must perform surgery on Carl. The survivors stay at Hershel’s farm with his family while Carl recovers. Meanwhile, Lori realized she was pregnant with Shane’s baby and Rick discovered the truth about their affair and his wife’s illegitimate pregnancy…baby drama! In the nail-biting midseason cliffhanger, the survivors made an alarming discovery that Sophia, one of the children of the survivors who they had been searching for, was actually locked away in Hershel’s barn of walkers the entire time. Rick had to shoot zombie Sophia as she approached the survivors who were immobilized with horror.

Worst Cooks in America, season premiere at 9pm on Food Network

– Bobby Flay is signing on for season three of Worst Cooks in America, battling it out against seasoned undefeated champ Anne Burrell as they each lead their team of horrible cooks against each other. The country’s most hopeless cooks will compete for a $25,000 prize, which will be awarded to the winning contestant who achieves the most progress and best performance, in addition to bragging rights and victory for his or her culinary mentor. In the season premiere, the 16 “recruits,” each nominated by family and friends for their atrocious cooking skills, arrive at Base Camp and attempt to impress Anne and Bobby with their signature dishes. Each week, the contestant with the least successful dish on each team will be sent home, while the remaining competitors will cook on.

Comic Book Men, series premiere at 10pm on AMC

– AMC’s new unscripted one hour series, Comic Book Men, dives deep into fanboy culture by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The six part series documents the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them. Comic Book Men features Secret Stash employees Walt, manager and de-facto leader; Mike, a comic book virtuoso; Ming, the store’s technical expert and go-to whipping boy; and Bryan, who doesn’t actually work at the Stash, yet can always be found perched on a stool behind the front counter. As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the series. The Secret Stash is not only a place for these comic book men to buy and sell, but it’s also a refuge for many to hang out and be part of a community that loves comics.

Full Metal Jousting, series premiere at 10pm on History

– History Channel is bringing back the most dangerous collision sport in history and transforming it into a 21st-century event in this new reality competition series. But this is no Renaissance fair as the toughest riders in the nation face off in a bone-crushing competition for big money. It’s as intense as it was 500 years ago, but with a twist: Traditional armor is replaced by modern suits of steel, while action is captured by high-speed cameras. Each episode features full-contact jousts in which jousters charge and collide at 30 miles an hour, and every joust is a test of courage and strength requiring nerves of steel. The last man standing takes home the cash as this extreme sport is reborn.

My Strange Addiction, season premiere at 10pm on TLC

– This unsettling reality series tells the compelling stories of individuals battling unusual obsessive behaviors. The show follows these addicts as they reveal their strange addictions to friends and family, and meet with psychological experts to understand the underlying causes of their behavior.

Monday, February 13t

136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, special event at 8pm on USA

– This spectacle of canines and their badly dressed handlers features six new breeds, including one called “Xoloitzcuintli.” But I don’t care how “fancy” or “pure” these dogs are, they have a knack for being the opposite of cute.

The BET Honors, special event from 9 to 11pm on BET

– Aretha Franklin performs a tribute to Stevie Wonder, and Patti LaBelle makes Mariah Carey cry. Brilliant and brillianter.

Tuesday, February 14th

Cougar Town, season premiere at 8:30pm on ABC

– This delightful comedy series undeservedly excluded from ABC’s regular fall lineup is finally making its season premiere with a Valentine’s Day-themed episode. This comes after the show’s producers took the cast on the road for local screenings with the fans and paid out of their own pocket to garner up support. I’m just so happy to have this hilarious and dysfunctional gang, I’ll take whatever I can get. Courteney Cox stars as Jules Cobb, a recently divorced mom in her forties facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life’s next chapter. Along for the journey is her son—a college freshman, ex-husband, boyfriend and friends who together make up her dysfunctional, but supportive and caring extended family… even if they have a funny way of showing it sometimes. Jules’ circle of friends, a.k.a. “the cul de sac crew,” includes next door neighbor Ellie, her sarcastic, unapologetic confidante; Ellie’s average, but loveable husband Andy; Grayson, Jules’ sarcastic and supportive boyfriend who lives across the street; Laurie (Busy Philipps), her younger, feisty protege; ex-husband Bobby, a classic under-achiever who tests her patience and has a strong bromance with Andy; and Travis, her dry and witty son, a veritable mama’s boy, who more often than not is the adult observer amongst the group.

Top Shot, season premiere at 10pm on History

– If a $100,000 prize package and bragging rights as “Top Shot” aren’t enough to tickle a marksman’s trigger finger, consider this: One sharpshooter will also walk away from the new season of Top Shot with a contract from Bass Pro Shops. Hosted by Colby Donaldson, the hit competition series will be fully loaded with more twists and history-inspired challenges than ever before when it returns for a fourth season. The 18 competitors vying for the Top Shot title represent the broadest range of shooting backgrounds ever featured on the series. From a 21-year-old world-champion pistol shooter to a hardworking high school custodian who makes his own ammunition and spends his spare time at the range, these marksmen and markswomen are determined to aim high. Some of the finest self-taught shooters in the country are coming out to prove themselves this season, including an IT specialist from California, a knife maker from Georgia, a chemist from Massachusetts and a grass-fed cattle farmer from upstate New York. The challenges this season include navigating back alleys, rappelling down buildings and hitting moving targets from a speeding World War II-style motorcycle sidecar. They’ll also attempt to hit a target from 1,500 yards—the longest distance in Top Shot history. As they push through physically grueling tests, the shooters will have to demonstrate their mastery of weapons from all eras of human history.

Wednesday, February 15th

Survivor: One World, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer Jeff Probst returns for the 24th installment of the phenomenally successful reality series. Two significant “twists” have been added to this season. Unlike previous seasons where tribes lived at separate camp sites, the two tribes will be living at the same camp together. The two tribes will also be divided into men and women. The second twist involves the hidden immunity idols. If a castaway finds the idol for their tribe, they can use it for themselves. But if they find the idol for the other tribe, they have to give it to someone on the other tribe. Among the cast this year is the first little person to ever compete on Survivor, a stand-up comedian and the wife of a former NFL player.

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Hell’s Kitchen, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay returns this fall with the eighth season of the scalding-hot reality cooking competition series, which puts aspiring restaurateurs through an intense culinary academy as Ramsay seeks out the one chef who possesses the right combination of ingredients to win the life-changing grand prize. The competing chefs have varying degrees of experience, but all have the dream and passion to excel in the culinary industry. Throughout a series of grueling challenges, including baking pizzas and flatbreads in the all-new pizza ovens, catering a high school prom, introducing sushi to the menu, serving breakfast to hard-working EMTs and celebrating the series’ milestone 100th episode with a black-tie dinner service, Chef Ramsay aims to instill perfection and passion in each of the chefs.

Undercovers, series premiere at 8pm on NBC

– From acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams comes a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership. Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles – with help from Samantha’s easily frazzled handful of a sister, Lizzy (Mekia Cox). Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney), to locate and rescue Nash. Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– This realistic comedy series grows on you with its colorful and relatable characters that represent your typical far-from-perfect American family where junk food is dinner and TV is family time. Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, a loving wife and mother of three, she’s middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age. Frankie and her husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl (Charlie McDermott), her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue (Eden Sher), the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything… but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose best friend is his backpack. Spend a couple of evenings watching this charming family try to bond over burgers in front of the tube and you’ll fall in love with them for not trying to be something they are not, and that makes you feel better about yourself.

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

– The premise seems awfully similar to CBS’s Rules of Engagement but way more cheesy and about a family instead of a group of friends. Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment to one another as a “valid life choice,” something they proclaim often—and often loudly. Maddie’s younger sister, Mia (JoAnna Garcia), has been dating Casey for seven weeks. With a shared c’est la vie attitude, Mia and Casey are smitten with each other, and thrilled to explore the oh-so-many things they don’t know about each other yet. But when they announce they’re getting married and having a baby, it’s news that throws Maddie for a loop. Surprisingly, the girls’ parents, Vicky (That 70’s Show’s Debra Jo Rupp) and Joel, couldn’t be more pleased. Married 35 years, they have recently adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, rather like Mia’s, maybe because they’re getting older and lost a good portion of their savings when the economy tanked. With three very different relationships tightly intertwined in one family, will it be free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently?

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– The 2010 Emmy award winner for Best Comedy Series is back for more laughs and adventures with everyone’s favorite Modern Family. The series follows the families of Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), his daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and his son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who live in Los Angeles, and compose a closely-knit and unique extended family.  Jay recently married Gloria (the beautiful Sofia Vergara), now he is trying hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter Colombian wife, along with her passionate pre-teen son, Manny. Claire, a homemaker mom, is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) is great, except that he thinks he’s “down” with their three kids, much to all their embarrassment. And Mitchell and his enthusiastic stay-at-home partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) have just made a major life change by adopting a Vietnamese baby named Lily. The show won three awards in important categories at this year’s Emmy awards and it’s fairly obvious why—it’s impossible not to laugh hysterically at every episode of this quick-witted mockumentary comedy series.

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– The crime procedural drama 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 prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. The team is led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people’s trust and unlock their secrets. Five other special agents round out the team, one each bringing his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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

– The longest-running show of the Law & Order franchise still on the air, after the original closed shop this past spring (only to be replaced by it’s Los Angeles-themed spin-off, but more on that ridiculousness at another time), enters its 12th season with a new set and not one but 2 new ADA’s this fall. While the series struggles to find a permanent ADA as talented and adored as Stephanie March, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni’s powerful performances every week keep us coming back for more.

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

– The surprisingly charming comedy series with the worst and most inaccurate name ever has found it’s niche on Wednesday Comedy Night on ABC. The show, which was completely reconceptualized early last season, is about so much more than a recently divorced mom in her 40’s trying to find love and herself sans hubby. Courteney Cox as Jules leads a stellar cast of lovable friends that surround Jules, her ex-husband, and their teenage son. Together they compose a unique family unit that spends every day drinking wine before noon and rarely working, but that’s cool because they live in Florida. What started out as a guilty pleasure has evolved into smart writing and colorful characters you can’t help but love and want to hang out with. Jennifer Aniston joins her Friends co-star in the premiere episode in a (hopefully recurring) guest role as Jules’ therapist.

The Defenders, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

– What three things are an absolute must-have in Las Vegas? A big wallet, a high tolerance to alcohol, and an attorney for that WTF?!? moment the morning after when you’re facing criminal charges. This new drama series follows two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli, an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case; and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek, whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler, an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Zoe Waters, a spunky and sweet ingénue who is eager to please her bosses. While Lady Luck shines on their legal careers with the abundant WTF?!? moments of Vegas enthusiasts, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives. With Pete busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, Nick is focused on repairing a fractured marriage to his estranged wife and remaining present in the life of their young son. No matter the offense, Nick and Pete aim to prove that when the stakes are high, they’re willing to bet the house on the clients they defend in Sin City. Though an interesting concept, the characters lack the substance to merit a weekly date with my DVR.

The Whole Truth, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– From mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes a new legal drama with a new perspective that I find compelling and, now that I think about it, long overdue. The series follows two attorneys who have a competitive, flirtatious friendship: type A prosecutor Kathryn (Maura Tierney) and scattered defense attorney Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow) from Manhattan’s most up-and-coming defense firm. Morrow says: “They’re like two great athletes that respect each other and can flirt and joke around. But get them on the court and they’re out for the jugular.” Twists and turns are the heart and soul of high-profile criminal law and even the jury doesn’t get it right all the time. No one ever knows what really happened until the the very last scene, when we learn… The Whole Truth.

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

Sunday September 19th

Boardwalk Empire, series premiere at 9pm on HBO

Fantasia For Real, season premiere at 10pm on VH1

Monday September 20th

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

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

House, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Chuck, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

Lone Star, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

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

The Event, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

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

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

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

Chase, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

Tuesday, September 21st

Glee, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

The Biggest Loser, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

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

Raising Hope, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

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

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

Wednesday, September 22nd

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

Undercovers, series premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

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

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

The Defenders, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

The Whole Truth, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

Thursday, September 23rd

My Generation, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

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

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

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

CSI, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

Outsourced, season premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Friday, September 24th

Medium, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Smallville, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

The Good Guys, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

CSI: NY, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Supernatural, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS