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Sunday, September 22nd

65th Primetime Emmy Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS

– If you think TV’s glitziest awards show won’t work without a splashy musical kickoff…you’re wrong. NPH insists that he will not be doing a song-and-dance number at the opening of the show following his raved-about Tony’s hosting gig in June. But never fear, NPH fans: the three-time Emmy winner still promises a classy and smart event packed with starry presenters like Kerry Washington and Allison Janney, witty banter, earnest celebration, and yes—even stage magic.

Monday, September 23rd

The Voice, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

How I Met Your Mother, 1-hour season premiere at 8pm on CBS

2 Broke Girls, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Mom, season premiere at 9:30pm on CBS

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Blacklist, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

The Hostages, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

Tuesday, September 24th

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., series premiere at 8pm on ABC

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

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

The Goldbergs, series premiere at 9pm on ABC

Trophy Wife, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

Lucky 7, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

Chicago Fire, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

Person of Interest, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Wednesday, September 25th

Revolution, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

Back in the Game, series premiere at 8:30pm on ABC

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Law & Order: SVU, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on NBC

Modern Family, 1-hour season premiere at 9pm on ABC

Nashville, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

CSI, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Thursday, September 26th

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

Parks & Recreation, 1-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Crazy Ones, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

Glee, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

Grey’s Anatomy, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on ABC

The Michael J. Fox Show, 1-hour series premiere at 9pm on NBC

Two and a Half Men, season premiere at 9:30pm on CBS

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

Elementary, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Friday, September 27th

Masterchef Junior, series premiere at 8pm on FOX

Undercover Boss, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Hawaii Five-0, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Saturday, September 28th

Saturday Night Live, season premiere at 11:30pm on NBC

– Enjoy the adorableness that is Seth Meyers before he starts working five nights a week instead of one.

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

– Leonard (Johnny Galecki) may still be at sea at the start of the season but it won’t be long before he’s back on dry land with Penny (Kaley Cuoco). A reunion that won’t happen as quickly? One with roommate Sheldon (Jim Parsons), who will be shocked when he leans that Leonard secretly retuned from the Stephen Hawking expedition and chose to spend his first days with Penny. Also look for Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) to take their fist Penny-less road trip together.

Parks & Recreation, 1-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– Though Leslie (Amy Poehler) is facing a recall, the season 6 premiere sends her and the gang to London where she will receive a women-in-government award. Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) stays in London to work on a charity project, and Chris (Rob Lowe) and Anne (Rashida Jones) will continue to date and baby-make before exiting the show in episode 13. Also, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany guests in two episodes as a permit-seeking doctor who catches the eye of Tom (Aziz Ansari). His way to win her heart: bureaucratic incompetence. He purposefully screws up her permit request to keep her around as long as possible.

The Crazy Ones, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to television in The Crazy Ones, a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss. Simon Roberts is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is having his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon’s exact opposite – focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she’d resent if he wasn’t so brilliant at what he does. Joining them in the firm are the dashing and talented Zach; art director Andrew, who’s as hard-working as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren. With his team and his daughter behind him, Simon continues to set the advertising world on fire, and it looks like they are definitely buying what these crazy ones are selling.

Glee, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

When news broke of star Cory Monteith’s death this summer, fans couldn’t imagine how the show could go on. But it will, with a tribute episode planned for Oct. 10, which will deal with the passing of Monteith’s beloved Finn. But first, Glee will kick off its fifth season with an elaborate Beatles tribute, including Blaine (Darren Criss) wooing Kurt (Chris Colfer) with a marching-band-led “Got to Get You Into My Life.”

Grey’s Anatomy, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– While the massive storm continues outside Grey Sloan Memorial in the 2-hour season 10 premiere, inside the drama barrels on right where we left off in the finale. Richard (James Pickens Jr.) remains in mortal danger after being electrocuted, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) will have to juggle two kids, and Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) will see fallout after their marriage is rocked by Arizona’s infidelity. As for the newly split up Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina (Sandra Oh), executive producer Shonda Rhimes teases “we see the show starting to take Cristina and Owen to a new place.”

The Michael J. Fox Show, 1-hour series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Look who’s making the news again! One of NY’s most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox, Spin City, Family Ties), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. But now five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce, Treme, The Wire) jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it’s always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. After several – okay, many – failed attempts, Mike’s family, anxious to see him out of the house, finally succeeded in getting him to “run into” Green. Now their plan is in motion. He’ll be back to juggling home, family and career, just like the old days – only better.

Two and a Half Men, season premiere at 9:30pm on CBS

– The boys’ club is breaking up: With Angus T. Jones off to college and not expected to return to the show anytime soon, Amber Tamblyn is moving into the beach house for the hit comedy’s 11th season, playing Charlie Harper’s long-lost lesbian daughter. Who, as it turns out, is exactly like her father. “She’s a fun, hard-partying girl who loves everything her father did—including women,” says showrunner Jim Patterson. With Alan (Jon Cryer) and Walden (Ashton Kutcher) both single, expect awkward double dates and conflicts with their new roomie.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– With Kristina (Monica Potter) cancer-free, Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) expecting, and Sarah (Lauren Graham) once again single, fans were bracing themselves for the fact that May’s neatly-tied-up season 4 finale would be their last visit with the Bravermans. One 22-episode pickup later, executive producer Jason Katims has plenty of time to delve back into the drama, including Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel’s (Sam Jaeger) troubled marriage and Kristina’s political ambitions. But as far as Sarah’s personal life, Graham believes her character should stay single and get lots of action for a woman in her 40s.

Elementary, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Hopefully we’ll see Moriarty, who was revealed to be Irene Adler, resurface at some point in season 2—if Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer’s schedule permits. But two other names from the Sherlock canon will definitely show up in the premiere when Watson accompanies Holmes to London to help his struggling former colleague Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee) – and ends up meeting Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans), the smart, successful estranged brother Sherlock looks down on. Good news for Rhys I-fans: Mycroft will eventually make his way to New York for an extended arc.

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Monday, September 10th

Katie, series premiere at 3pm on syndicated ABC

Since leaving CBS she has made the move to ABC News and even guest co-anchored for a week on Good Morning America. She’s back today with her new syndicated talk show, where we expect she’ll work her interview magic on guests Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow, who wrote and performs the show’s theme song. ”We’re going to try to do a really good mix of different things,” says Couric. ”Some days are going to be very fun and light, and other days will be much more serious.” Future September guests include Barbra Streisand, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, and Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Oprah who?

The Voice, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– Part 1 of the hyped 3-night premiere of the most popular singing competition on TV nowadays returns with our favorite panel of coaches battling each other to discover and cultivate America’s next great Voice. The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s third season. Celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with Carson Daly as host. R&B singer Christina Milian is the Social Media Correspondent who hangs out in the awkward Sprint lounge with the contestants as they tweet and whatnot. Mary J. Blige, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, Michael Buble and Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong sign on as this season’s advisors to the coaches’ contestants. The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: the blind audition, a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. Members from each of the coaches’ team compete against each other to get the chance to represent their coach in the finale where America will vote on which contestant and their respective coach wins The Voice title.

The Crimson Petal and the White, 2-hour miniseries premiere at 8pm on Encore

– Set against the dark underbelly of Victorian London, The Crimson Petal and the White is a tale of seduction, power and class conflict centered around the vibrant prostitute Sugar. Played by Golden Globe nominee Romola Garai, Sugar is intelligent, sexually adept and determined to escape the brothel run by the contemptible Mrs. Castaway (Gillian Anderson). This beautifully filmed four-part drama takes a drastic turn when Sugar meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (BAFTA Award winner and Screen Actors Guild nominee Chris O’Dowd). As regular visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew leave his sickly wife increasingly disturbed, William finds Sugar a thrilling antidote to his dreary existence. Separated by class and bound by sexuality and ambition, their relationship grows deeper yet more dangerous. As Sugar ingrains herself into William’s family business and charmed life, the two find themselves in a power struggle that ultimately reveals Sugar’s heroism.

All on the Line With Joe Zee, season premiere at 9pm on Sundance

– Sundance Channel is taking fashion rescue coast-to-coast with the third season of the network’s All on the Line with Joe Zee. The critically-acclaimed docu-series starring the fashion powerhouse and ELLE Creative Director will, for the first time, expand its purview to include the LA fashion scene and LA-based designers who could truly benefit from Joe Zee’s fashion design master class.

The New Normal, series premiere at 10pm on NBC before moving to Tuesday nights at 9:30pm the very next day

– These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes. Bryan (Andrew Rannells, Girls, “The Book of Mormon”) and David (Justin Bartha, “The Hangover”) are a Los Angeles couple, and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King, “One Day”), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A Midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Emmy and Tony Award-winner Ellen Barkin), Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious eight-year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family. Real Housewife of Atlanta turned brilliant actress NeNe Leakes also stars as Rocky, the fierce assistant of father-to-be Bryan.

Tuesday, September 11th

Go On, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– In case you missed the pilot that aired after the Olympics and 10 times since then, catch the repeat Monday night at 10:30pm. Matthew Perry (Friends, Mr. Sunshine) stars as Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan’s alpha-male boss, Stephen, played by John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for “life change,” where he meets an oddball cast of characters, all with their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss. On his very first visit, Ryan convinces the group to deviate from their normal session and starts a tournament-style competition (March Sadness!) to find out whose story is the worst. Ryan’s total lack of interest in “the healing process” proves distracting and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti. Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn’t really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– NBC’s underrated drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name comes from executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. This re-imagined and updated production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls) is a financially strapped single mother trying to raise two teenaged kids, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer, ER). On the home front, Sarah and her kids live with Sarah’s larger-than-life, headstrong father, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, “Family Stone,” “Coach”), and pillar-of-strength mother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, “Heart Like a Wheel”), who are dealing with their own marital issues. Meanwhile, Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, “Traffic”) is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her loving but increasingly restless stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, “Eli Stone”). Commitment-phobe Crosby (Dax Shepard, “Hit and Run”), Sarah’s younger brother, is helping raise a five-year-old son he had out of wedlock with former flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant “Antwone Fisher”). However, it’s Adam (Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under”), the oldest Braverman sibling, who has had to relinquish his expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family, as he, his quietly forceful wife Kristina (Monica Potter, Trust Me) and independent-minded teenage daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos, “American Dreams”), struggle to cope with their eccentric son and Haddie’s little brother Max (Max Burkholder, Brother and Sisters), who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Although each sibling and family has its own share of everyday challenges to grapple with, they still manage to be there for each other in their hours of need.

Wednesday, September 12th

The X Factor, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Pop icon Britney Spears and former Disney star Demi Lovato join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid at the judges’ table for the singing competition’s second season. Don’t feel bad, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Cheryl Cole. You still have…wait, I’m sure you have something…no…okay, just get a tub of ice cream and wallow in self-pity tonight. You deserve it. The results show follows Thursday nights at 8pm.

Guys With Kids, sneak peek at 10pm on NBC

– This new comedy from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jimmy Fallon about three 30-something dads who try to hold on to their youth as they face the responsibilities of having kids. Thankfully, Gary (Anthony Anderson, Law & Order), Chris (Jesse Bradford, The West Wing) and Nick (Zach Cregger, “Friends with Benefits”) have each other to help navigate the highs and lows of fatherhood – while still trying desperately to remain dudes. Balancing work or staying at home, happily married or happily divorced, taking care of the “littles” while maintaining a social life is a daily challenge. Whether it’s hosing down their babies in the kitchen sink or hitting the bar strapped with “babybjorns,” these guys are taking on fatherhood in ways no one has ever seen before. Nick and Gary’s wives – Emily (Jamie-Lynn Sigler, The Sopranos) and Marny (Tempestt Bledsoe, The Cosby Show) also offer their own parenting advice. Dads today are more involved in their kids’ lives than ever, and these guys are no exception. No tantrum is too loud, no diaper is too dirty – Nick, Chris and Gary are up to the challenge. Official premiere date is September 26th at its regular time slot at 8:30pm.

Family Guns, series premiere at 10pm on Nat Geo

– Family Guns is a new series from Firecracker Films (Big Fat Gypsy Weddings) that follows that action within a family-run military warehouse. The program stars Christian and Alex Cranmer, a father-and-son team that owns and operates New Jersey-based International Military Antiques, and follows the team as they bid on rare firearms and test the items on the firing range.

Thursday, September 13th

Glee, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Lea Michele’s Rachel gets off to a rocky start at NYADA because of her tough dance teacher (guest star Kate Hudson). I guess right there is where she starts paying. In sweat.

The Real Housewives of Miami, season premiere at 9pm on Bravo

– Season 2 gives viewers an inside look into the aspirational lives of seven women as they juggle family, work, and a spicy social scene in the hottest city in the world. Whether shopping on Ocean Drive or out on the town in South Beach, these ladies prove that in Miami the skirts are short and so are the tempers. Returning Housewives Lea Black, Adriana de Moura, and Marysol Patton are joined this season by bombshell Lisa Hochstein, supermodel Joanna Krupa, successful lawyer and chef Ana Quincoces, and celebrity dentist Karent Sierra. Also returning in a recurring role is Alexia Echevarria, who has made her son, Frankie, her number one priority following a bad automobile accident earlier this year.

Friday, September 14th

Shark Tank, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the remote control! The Sharks are back to continue their search to invest in the best products and businesses that America has to offer. The critically acclaimed Shark Tank gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true, and possibly make a business deal that will make them a millionaire. Season Three continues to make TV history, with the Sharks offering over $6.2 million of their own money in investment deals to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs. Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of HDNet and outspoken owner of the 2010-2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks, returns as a Shark and appears in all 13 episodes. Returning “Sharks” joining Cuban and Greiner are real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, fashion and branding expert Daymond John and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, who we all know has also been called Mr. Wonderful (by himself, of course). The panel of five Sharks will hear pitches of the best business and product ideas from some of America’s brightest entrepreneurs, ranging from start-ups from stay-at-home moms and dads, to simple yet brilliant ideas in a wide range of areas including children’s products, music, sports, automotive, and even the nightclub scene.

The 9th Annual Style Awards, special awards show at 8pm on Style

– Catherine Malandrino, Prabal Gurung, Joe Zee, Katharine McPhee, and Ivanka Trump are scheduled to attend tonight’s awards show that honors designers, models, and stylists. Alas, no love for the little mice that stayed up all night sewing Cinderella’s dress.

Touch, special episode at 8pm on FOX

– A never-seen episode from last season about Martin’s car breaking down in the town where he first became a reporter. I just hope J.T. Walsh doesn’t help him out.

Saturday, September 15th

Bayou Billionaires, season premiere at 9pm on CMT

– In the season 2 premiere, Gerald Sr. and the boys work overtime to build a giant float to surprise Kitten at the “Holiday in Dixie” Parade. Things get complicated when a curious Kitten catches on. Valerie and Kitten are determined to find Jessica a better class of man — so they hire a high-end matchmaker.

Redneck Rehab, series premiere at 10pm on CMT

– Each week a former redneck is confronted by friends and family members that believe he or she should return to their country roots.

Saturday Night Live, season premiere at 11:30pm on NBC

– Seth MacFarlane stars in the premiere episode of the 38th season aka the season after Kristen Wig left.

Sunday, April 8th

Nurse Jackie, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– Jackie Peyton (Emmy award winner Edie Falco) is far from ordinary. As an ER nurse, she skillfully navigates the rough waters of a crumbling healthcare system, doing everything she can to provide her patients with the best possible care. She’s a devoted family member, co-worker and friend, always going the extra mile to help her peeps in every way possible. But this nurse is not what she seems. She’s hiding a nasty addiction to pain pills and an illicit affair with the hospital pharmacist. As avoiding detection becomes more and more difficult, the lies pile on top of each other, and the monkey remains firmly on her back, Jackie’s life becomes a high wire juggling act without a net. Now out of tricks, out of excuse and out of control, Jackie finally has to seek help. But coming clean won’t be easy. As Jackie’s about to learn, the truth is a hell of a drug.

The Big C, season premiere at 9:30pm on Showtime

– Mild, conservative Minneapolis wife and mother Cathy Jamison’s life got a major shock when she received a terminal cancer diagnosis. She let her freak flag fly, then got serious about checking things off her bucket list and fighting the disease with everything she’s got. Season two saw Cathy trying to cram half a life into the little time she has left while fighting with everything she’s got in an experimental drug trial, only to have her husband Paul suffer a massive heart attack. Now Cathy appears to be on the mend. Her tumors have continued to shrink, and her doctor is no longer talking about “when,” but “if.” She’s been given a major do-over, and it’s finally time for her to kick up her heels and have some fun in this bold, heartfelt and surprising comedy.

The Borgias, season premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons) to the papacy as Pope Alexander VI, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence, and enormous wealth for himself and his family. He uses his cunning son Cesare and the family’s new assassin Micheletto to secure his power; Rodrigo forges strategic alliances by offering the hands of his daughter Lucrezia and his son Joffre in marriage to rival aristocrats. Rodrigo also proves to be an astute diplomat and military strategist who changes the map of Italy, and the course of history, forever. The Borgias’ mortal enemy Cardinal Della Rovere wields his influence to persuade King Charles of France to invade Italy and depose the corrupt Pope. But Alexander persuades the French King to spare him (and Rome) and instead head south for the Kingdom of Naples. The unbounded audacity of this original crime family went on to inspire Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather.”

The Client List, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime

– Everyone’s got something to hide and Riley Parks is no exception. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays Riley, a single mother, living in a small Texas town and leading a shocking double life. Her secret would send shockwaves through the community and possibly land her in jail if it was ever exposed. Riley’s taken a job at a seemingly traditional day spa, but soon realizes that the parlor offers a little more than just massage therapy. It’s not the happy ending she was expecting but it does open her eyes to a world she’s never seen before. The series follows Riley balancing these two worlds – one that revolves around her kids and family – and the other that revolves around the massage parlor and it’s special clientele. These two worlds couldn’t be farther apart, yet she’s totally comfortable in both. Keeping them separate … now that’s the tricky part as she discovers she’s not the only one with secrets.

Monday, April 9th

Hotel Impossible, series premiere at 10pm on Travel

– Competition is fierce in the hotel business. Online review sites can kill a business’ reputation with one bad review. Staffs are untrained, surly or apathetic in a profession that lives or dies on service. So what’s a struggling hotel operator to do? Bring in Anthony Melchiorri, a hotel “fixer,” who can turn any establishment around in weeks … and he does just that in Hotel Impossible. Melchiorri’s tough-love style can be hard to swallow and overhauling a business is a painful and often emotional task, but the potential reward of a fully booked hotel with excellent customer reviews makes it all worth it.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, season premiere at 9pm on Travel

– As he continues to explore every corner of the globe on his Emmy Award winning Travel Channel series, chef and host Anthony Bourdain encounters the weird, wild and downright outrageous personalities and places that help define the international cultural landscape. Whether it’s eating the raw eyeball off a bloody seal carcass on a kitchen floor, flying through the treetops of Vancouver on a zip-line, or hunting for lizards in the desert of Saudi Arabia, Bourdain refuses to yield to middle age or tar-stained lungs when adventure comes calling. However, it’s the foreign food that best captures our host’s attention. In the world of a cook, an understanding and appreciation of how others eat is akin to discovering secret societies and cryptic subcultures. Cooks have special access. As always, the food is only the first glimpse of a wider view of how people live their lives in faraway lands and unfamiliar territories.

NewNowNext Awards, awards show from 10 to 11:30pm on Logo

– Kelly Osbourne hosts and Idol alum Adam Lambert performs.

Tuesday, April 10th

Shannen Says, series premiere at 10pm on WEtv

– An international icon, a devoted daughter, a perfectionist and a bride-to-be (for the third time) – there’s more to Shannen Doherty than tabloids have led you to believe. In the original series, Shannen Says, Shannen Doherty takes viewers on the bumpy and hilarious ride toward the altar with her fiancé, famed photographer Kurt Iswarienko. As if wedding preparations aren’t stressful enough, Shannen has only seven weeks to plan and pull off her big day. When the pressure becomes too much, Shannen enlists My Fair Wedding host David Tutera to help bring her vision to life. Pre-wedding jitters, a career-distracted groom, a trip to Prague, family turmoil and wardrobe malfunctions should be enough to make them pull the plug – but maybe love will conquer all, in Shannen Says.

Glee, midseason premiere at 8pm on FOX

Dream Machines, series premiere at 10pm on Syfy

– The Parker Brothers, Shanon and Marc, take the vehicles fantasies are made of and turn them into crazy cool realities. Since creating Parker Brothers Concepts, the sibling duo and their talented team have built a variety of vehicles. Now they’re ready to take their imaginations to the next level for their new Syfy reality series.  Tune in as this daredevil crew pushes the limits with fast, powerful and original machines that will blow your mind. For the Parker Brothers, anything is possible and if you can dream it, they can build it.

Love for Sail, season premiere at 10pm on Lifetime

– Ahoy! Lifetime sets its sights on romance on the high-seas by taking match-making to new territories with the launch of the docu-dating series Love for Sail. The series will follow single women as they leave their day-to-day lives behind looking for love aboard a tropical cruise liner. In each episode, four adventurous women will board a Norwegian Cruise Line ship and set sail to exotic locations surrounded by a group of equally-eager single men ready to embark on what they hope to be the voyage of their lives. With the help of the series’ Cruise Directors, Bucko and Carmen, the women meet their suitors at an opening mixer…and then the intense match-making begins. Throughout the cruise the singles participate in a wide variety of romantic dates, mixer parties and adventuresome excursions in many ports of call, giving them the time and space to learn more about each other. Some will make love connections. But for others, it’s not smooth sailing. Either way, viewers will enjoy the fun and drama behind the competitive courtship among the women and men, all of who are hoping to hook-in a mate on this once in a lifetime journey.

Wednesday, April 11th

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

– This hilariously witty new comedy about an ill-fitting pair of roommates was given the coveted post-Modern Family spot in ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block where it will hopefully amass the large audience it deserves. A wide-eyed Midwestern girl moves to New York City to pursue her dream job only to find herself living with an outlandish girl with the morals of a pirate. June’s (Dreama Walker) well-planned well-organized life takes a drastic turn when she arrives in New York to find that the corporate finance job she moved there for no longer exists. As she tries to navigate her newly single life in the big city, her Midwestern scruples are constantly put to the test by her wild and sophisticated party-girl roommate Chloe (Krysten Ritter, Breaking Bad) and Chloe’s best friend, the actor James Van Der Beek (James Van Der Beek, Dawson’s Creek) playing a douche version of himself. The two girls form an unlikely friendship that leads them both to unexpected places and often-illegal experiences.

Baggage Battles, series premiere at 10pm on Travel

– Travel Channel provides a glimpse into the very profitable business of bidding, buying and reselling unclaimed luggage in the new original series Baggage Battles, premiering with a special one-hour season opener featuring back-to-back episodes. The half-hour series follows 3 teams of savvy “auction specialists” who travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions where their bids are based on sight unseen instincts. The season premiere will kick off at Miami International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, and then the auction pros will jump across “The Pond” to London. With dozens of auctions to visit, thousands of bags to explore, and millions of dollars at stake, these auction specialists need both skill and luck to hit the jackpot. They don’t know if it’s junk or a jackpot until they win the bid and open the suitcase.

Thursday, April 12th

Eagleheart, season premiere at 11:59pm on Cartoon

– Eagleheart is a live-action comedy on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim produced by Conan O’Brien’s production company, Conaco. Eagleheart follows US Marshall Chris Monsanto (Chris Elliott) as he fights crime with his two partners: the slow-witted Brett and by-the-book Susie. They take on drug smugglers, art thieves, kidnappers, and con artists with bloody violence and gruesome deaths ensuing. The Marshalls report to The Chief who gives them their assignments. Each episode is non-canonical and there is no running storyline. Eagleheart parodies many cop shows, most notably Walker, Texas Ranger and is notorious for its large amounts of graphic violence.

Friday, April 13th

Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids, season premiere at 9pm on TLC

– You think helping a bride-to-be say yes to the dress is dramatic? How about getting the bride and all of her bridesmaids to say yes to the same dress? The team at Bridals By Lori has the dress selection to do just that, but they’ll also have to referee a process where friendships are lost in an instant, brides become bridezillas, and bridal parties revolt. While upstairs, it’s all about the bride, down here in the bridesmaids department, it’s mayhem.

Saturday, April 14th

Titanic, miniseries premiere from 8 to 10pm on ABC

– From creator Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) comes the epic four-part miniseries that will conclude on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Titanic is an extraordinary re-telling of the doomed voyage that cleverly weaves action, mystery and romance. Shot in Budapest, Hungary, it features both fictional and historical characters, ranging from steerage passengers and crew to upper class guests and staff, who all come together in an explosive and unforgettable finale. Each hour follows similar events from different points of view, culminating in a cliff-hanger, as the ship begins to founder, and building to an explosive conclusion in the final hour that draws together all the stories. Viewers will be taken on a heart-wrenching journey through Titanic’s last moments, as it’s revealed who among the characters they’ve come to know so well will survive, and who will not.

After watching Glee‘s jam-packed winter finale plagued by a plethora of subpar musical performances (and a few disappointing episodes leading up to it), I’m left with so many opinions about ways to improve the teen musical dramedy to its former glory that I simply cannot keep it to myself.

Let’s start off with that ridiculous cliffhanger, which ended with something we all saw coming a mile away: Quinn’s texting and driving car accident on her way to Finchel’s last-minute wedding. Once I saw Quinn driving when she received Rachel’s first text I knew that it would not end well for the Yale-bound Cheerio whose life finally seemed almost too perfect. Now, Glee is a great platform to show teens that texting and driving is extremely dangerous and even fatal, but this was not the right time because that episode was already dealing with the very sensitive issue of teen suicide as a result of bullying. Earlier that episode, we saw Kurt’s former bully Dave Karofsky outed in the locker room and, in a twist of fate for how he tormented Kurt, bullied in person and on social networking sites for being gay. Unable to cope with his “damaged” reputation and all the pain that comes with it, Karofsky put on a suit and hung himself, but luckily his father found him in time and he survived. Karofsky’s suicide attempt was also anti-climactic since it was quite obvious the former bully felt he could no longer bear to live from the montage leading up to it. (Sidebar: producers what is up with these anti-climactic surprises? Surprising tragedies should be shocking and unforeseen, take note.) Now this very serious issue was enough for the ENTIRE episode, or even better a few episodes, to revolve around it but instead it was mostly a catalyst for Finchel’s wedding and Kurt’s new friendship with Karofsky. While I applaud Glee for tackling two very serious issues facing teenagers these days, both fatal epidemics each deserve more attention to address the concerns and emotions these tragedies bring up. Needless to say, Quinn and Karofsky’s tragedies in conjunction with Regionals and Finchel’s wedding was beyond excessive for one episode.

On a completely separate note, it is time to address the big elephant in the room: the extremely unfortunate song choices for this episode and Regionals in particular. And while we’re on that topic let’s go back a few episodes and do an overall analysis of who should and should not be singing leads on a regular basis because as much as equal opportunity is great and all, I just want to hear some good singing especially when it’s a song I really like and the performance is not as great as it could have been if they had a stronger lead vocal.

Rachel is the best singer so I was disappointed she had such an underwhelming song as a solo: Halestorm’s “Here To Us”…seriously? I’m not the biggest fan of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” but damn if I didn’t think Berry sang the hell out of it at Sectionals in season one. The Troubletones’ cover of “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was strangely weak with Mercedes hiding in the background most of the time. Santana and Mercedes have done great duets in the past but Mercedes fell flat on this one. I love Santana’s voice, she needs a solo in every episode because she has great soul and style. Overall, Santana and Blaine need more solos and Mercedes and Sam need more duets (together their voices’ sound amazing but separately they are normally just good i.e. “Summer Nights” and “Human Nature”). Furthermore, Artie should not be singing any leads (the MJ episode was overkill and very painful to me…personally), I don’t care if he was in some unheard-of boy band back in the day, his vocals are only worthy of being part of the chorus or a short rap verse, no more. The “Moves Like Jagger” mash-up had the potential to be phenomenal if Blaine was the only lead but Artie’s vocals made it downright unfortunate. Leave all the real singing to Blaine, Artie simply cannot pull it off. Basically, if Darren Criss is singing its a win so stop fighting it and give me more Blaine, he’s a star! The Warblers need another lead singer, Sebastian’s voice isn’t strong enough for him to do all the lead vocals, it has made them a significantly weaker team and therefore not a formidable opponent for New Directions. I almost wish Blaine would go back to Dalton so we can get more great Blaine/Warblers performances (I’m looking for “Teenage Dream” glory people!). And with all the fighting in previous episodes about which of the teams would do MJ for Regionals the fact that neither did it was downright shameful.

That’s my take, what do you think of the performances and how the show handled the sensitive issues?

 The Biggest Loser, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Biggest Loser kicks off Season 12 on Tuesday, September 20th with two new trainers – Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince – joining Biggest Loser favorite Bob Harper and 15 contestants competing in a “Battle of the Ages” that will group contestants by age for the first time ever in the history of the show. On the player’s side, there will be three teams of five divided by age: the youngest players (all under 30), the middle players (ages 30-49) and the older players (ages 50 and over). The Season 12 contestants range in age from 24 to 65. In the premiere, host Alison Sweeney tells the teams that they will make their first game-changing decision – who their trainer will be – in the order in which they finish the first challenge. They can choose longtime Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, or one of the two new trainers – internationally recognized tennis star and certified trainer Anna Kournikova or top fitness expert Dolvett Quince. Once each team chooses its trainer, the “Battle of the Ages” begins!

Glee, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Entering its third season, this musical comedy is about a group of eager and ambitious students who strive to outshine their singing competition to win Nationals while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High. Since its debut, Glee has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors including the Golden Globe and Peabody Award and singlehandedly made glee clubs cool again.

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The hit crime procedural revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, formerly led this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, Gibbs and his team of special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

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

– The spin-off of the hit series is a drama about the high stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Special Agent “G” Callen is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and a surveillance expert who uses state of the art monitoring equipment to look out for those in the field and feed them crucial information. Assisting the team is Special Agent Kensi Blye, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz, new recruit Dominic Vail, and Henrietta “Hetty” Lange who oversees the “backroom” support staff. Armed with the latest in high tech gear and sent regularly into life-threatening situations, this tight-knit unit relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests.

New Girl, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– A new comedy series that features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at modern relationships. After a bad break-up, Jess Day (played by indie darling Zooey Deschanel) needs a new place to live. An online search leads her to a great loft…and three single guys she’s never met before. But Jess moves in, and through her unique sense of self and the support of her new roommates, she learns to move on. Of her three new male roommates, Nick (Jake Johnson) is the most grounded…and also the most jaded. A law school dropout, he spends most of his time hiding under his hoodie and tending bar. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a hustling young professional who’s pretty proud of his own abs. Winston (Lamorne Morris), is an intensely competitive former athlete who doesn’t know what to do next-but whatever he does, he wants to win it.

Raising Hope, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– The critically acclaimed single-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia is returning for a second season of adventures with the Chance family as they find themselves raising the newest addition to the household. Months after a romantic encounter with a wanted felon, 23-year-old Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) learns he is the father of a bouncing baby girl. Once coasting along through life in the slow lane, Jimmy now faces his toughest job yet: being a dad. Jimmy’s quirky family members – mother VIRGINIA (Martha Plimpton), father Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and great-grandmother Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) – are less than enthusiastic about the little one. His parents, who had him when they were 15, never knew anything about raising a child and have little interest in trying again. And Maw Maw…well, keeping her in check is a full-time job. Jimmy may be able to get some help from Sabrina (Shannon Woodward), a sardonic checkout clerk he met at the supermarket if only he can work up the nerve to ask her out. Despite it all, Jimmy is determined to take care of his baby – whom Virginia named Hope. With very few useful skills but their hearts in the right place, will the Chances be successful in the unpredictable and immensely challenging world of parenting?

Body of Proof, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– The sophomore crime drama follows the life and career of Medical Examiner Megan Hunt, once a high-flying neurosurgeon, who now works in Philadelphia’s Medical Examiner’s Office after a car accident abruptly ended her neurosurgery career. As a Medical Examiner Megan applies her vast medical knowledge, keen instincts and variously charming and scalpel-like personality to the task of solving the medical mysteries of the dead and bringing the people responsible for their deaths to justice. Death is a fact of life. The irony is, death has brought new life to Megan Hunt. As she investigates what happened to her patients, their lives and the lessons they hold become a kind of bequest to Megan, to learn from and to apply to her own life, if she has the courage to do so. It’s one thing to want to change, it’s quite another to make it happen.

Unforgettable, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

– This new CBS crime procedural (because they didn’t have enough…) stars Without A Trace’s Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister’s long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember.

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Sunday, February 6th

Glee, midseason premiere at 10:30pm (after the Super Bowl) on FOX

– The highly anticipated post-Super Bowl episode will feature the Glee club doing a mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll.” Also, the Cheerios will do a routine to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” donning blue wigs and fireworks coming out of their chests, priceless.

Monday, February 7th

The Chicago Code, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– The new police drama from critically acclaimed creator Shawn Ryan (The Shield) follows the Windy City’s most powerful and respected cops as they navigate the city’s underbelly to fight crime and expose corruption within Chicago’s notorious political machine. Set and shot on location in Chicago, this fast-paced series centers on Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke), a local legend and a larger-than-life veteran of the Chicago Police Department, who wields considerable power thanks to his relationship with Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals), his ex-partner and the city’s first female superintendent, now in charge of a 10,000-member police force. While Teresa diplomatically governs amidst the complicated landscape of Chicago politics, Jarek works the streets on a crusade to clean up corruption and crime.

Tuesday, February 8th

Traffic Light, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– This new comedy highlights how friendships and romances – though often difficult and sometimes messy but always worth the work – both enhance and complicate our lives. The series centers on three longtime friends and their attempts to navigate the demands of their relationships, which seems like an exact copy of the hit CBS series Rules of Engagement. Mike (David Denman), Adam (Nelson Franklin), and Ethan (Kris Marshall) have been friends since college, and the trio has seen each other through highs and lows. Now in their 30s, these men find themselves at very different stages in their lives. Mike is a married lawyer who wants nothing more than to be a good family man to his wife, Lisa (Liza Lapira), and his young son, but he’s also desperately trying to carve out a little space for himself. Adam recently moved in with his girlfriend, Callie (Aya Cash), and is learning how vastly different “she comes over a lot” and “she lives with me” really are, especially when his girlfriend is an adventurous, straight-talking firecracker. Ethan is the perpetual bachelor. He loves women, and when he’s in, he’s all in – at least for three weeks. Charming, genuine and hopelessly independent, Ethan is finding out that as he gets older, the pool of women who are willing to take things day by day is rapidly evaporating. Luckily, he has Carl, his beloved, long-suffering bulldog.

Wednesday, February 9th

Mr. Sunshine, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

– So the ABC Programming team thought it would be a good idea to put the already successful show from another Friends star (ahem Cougar Town) on hiatus to make room for the new Matthew Perry comedy in the coveted post-Modern Family time slot. I’m sorry ABC, but you are basically setting up Cougar Town for failure since the beginning of this year with its irregular schedule. Nobody knows when to tune in for a new episode, if it wasn’t for my Tivo Season Pass, I would be missing it altogether because I can’t keep up with the bizzare scheduling changes. But on to the new ABC comedy from the other Friends star… Matthew Perry stars as Ben Donovan, the self-involved general manager of the Sunshine Center, a sports arena, who every night navigates a never-ending series of bizarre requests, curious mishaps and employee screw ups to put on a show for 18,000 screaming people. Working alongside him is his boss and arena owner Crystal (Allison Janney, The West Wing), attractive, powerful and highly erratic; Alice (Andrea Anders, Better Off Ted) the cute, tomboyish marketing director and Ben’s friend with benefits; Alonzo, a former basketball player, handsome and unbelievably happy; Ben’s assistant, Heather, pretty, sweet, but terrifying because she once lit a boyfriend on fire; and Crystal’s son, Roman, sweet-faced, clueless and Ben’s newest employee.

Glamour Belles, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime

– The new Lifetime reality show follows the customers and employees of Joann’s Gowns, a small town, yet nationally renowned, pageant gown shop in Union City, Tennessee. The series follows the humorous drama that surrounds Joann’s, where girls from throughout the country hope to purchase the perfect dress that will help lead them to the biggest pageant crown. Led by owner Paige Burcham Carlton, Joann’s experts help transform their stable of customers into modern day princesses with a healthy dose of Southern hospitality, hilarity and honesty that can only be found at the venerable store. Behind the rhinestones and ruffles, the unique cast of characters includes its flamboyant store manager Jared, brash assistant manager Nikki, naive salesgirl Brooke, melodramatic seamstress Stephanie and the store’s original owner Joann, Paige’s outspoken mother.

Justified, season premiere at 10pm on FX

– The critically acclaimed drama series follows U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), a tough, sexy, southern-bred but soft-spoken federal lawman, as he enforces his own brand of at-times extralegal justice after his reassignment to Kentucky. Fresh off the epic gun battle that concluded season one, season two of Justified finds Bo Crowder dead, and the Crowder criminal grip on Harlan County broken. Deputy Raylan Givens must now face off against the criminal organizations that are moving to fill the void, and finds himself entangled once again with the mercurial Boyd Crowder (played by the brilliant Walton Goggins).

Friday, February 11th

2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Selection Show, special at 8pm on DirecTV

– For the first time ever, Sports Illustrated will identify all of the models chosen for the 2011 SI Swimsuit issue prior to the issue’s release. Hosted by Sports Illustrated senior writer and DIRECTV sportscaster Dan Patrick and former SI Swimsuit model Mallory Snyder, the special will feature the unveiling of the seventeen models. Christine Teigen, Hilary Rhoda and Damaris Lewis, as well as a 2011 rookie will provide viewers with highlights and behind-the-scenes access from the photo shoots.

Auction Packed, series premiere at 9pm on NatGeo

– Nat Geo follows the eclectic Savo family as they run their auction business in the small town of Olyphant, PA. John Savo, Sr., along with his sons Carlo and J.Bear, auction items entrusted to them by consignors, and take a commission from the proceeds. But after a run of successful sales, the Savos hit a dry spell, and have nothing to sell. The Savos scramble to secure material for their next auction, a not-always successful adventure that takes them everywhere from a rodent-infested condemned home to a large Victorian cottage in the Poconos Mountains. But will one woman’s trash pull its weight in treasure at the next auction?

Glee, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– The smart musical comedy about a group of underdog high school students finding themselves through their glee club has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon. Entering its sophomore season after a very successful freshman year, Glee has 19 Emmy Nominations under it’s belt and four wins, including one for the brilliant Jane Lynch in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her role as Sue Sylvester, the track-suit loving cheerleading coach who pumps herself full of horse estrogen and taunts the Glee club. Glee follows a group of eager and ambitious students as they strive to outshine their singing competition while navigating the cruel halls of McKinley High. Although New Directions lost at Regionals in the season finale, they now have their sights set on making it to Nationals and defeating their arch rivals, Vocal Adrenaline. This season, the club’s leading voices Rachel and Finn are working to stabilize their romantic relationship and we are introduced to three new characters, one of whom is supposed to be Kurt’s hunky boyfriend. We also have great guest stars to look forward to, including Britney Spears making an appearance in a Britney Spears themed-episode that will take us back to ’99.

The Biggest Loser, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– 21 contestant hopefuls vy for a spot at the ranch to get healthy and change their lives forever. The tenth season of the hit fitness reality competition series has a “pay it forward” theme. With obesity now one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, The Biggest Loser wanted to broaden their reach this season, pay it forward and motivate communities – not just contestants – to get healthy. So trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and host Alison Sweeney travel to seven cities in the premiere episode, with each trainer leading community fitness challenges like a one-mile race or a 500 step-up competition. In each of the seven cities – Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston – there will also be three contestant hopefuls competing in the challenges. The two candidates who complete their fitness challenge first win a spot at the ranch. Those who don’t make it will get a chance to vie for a spot on the show in a later episode.

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The hit crime procedural ended its last season with its highest ranking yet — #4 overall in the ratings. NCIS revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, formerly led this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, Gibbs and his team of special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

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

– The spin-off of the hit series is a drama about the high stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Special Agent “G” Callen is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and a surveillance expert who uses state of the art monitoring equipment to look out for those in the field and feed them crucial information. Assisting the team is Special Agent Kensi Blye, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz, new recruit Dominic Vail, and Henrietta “Hetty” Lange who oversees the “backroom” support staff. Armed with the latest in high tech gear and sent regularly into life-threatening situations, this tight-knit unit relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests.

Raising Hope, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– This charming new comedy follows the deadbeat Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their household. At 23 years old, Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), his mother Virginia (Martha Plimpton), and his father Burt (Garret Dillahunt). Jimmy’s life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with Lucy (guest star Bijou Phillips) goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he learns Lucy is pregnant with their baby, and after she gives birth, he is charged with raising their daughter. The poor baby couldn’t have been born to a more incompetent family but it should prove quite amusing.

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

– From the Emmy Award-winning creator and the star of the critically acclaimed FOX series Arrested Development comes a new romantic comedy starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell. Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a filthy-rich, immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Emmy Kadubic (Russell), the über-liberal humanitarian who got away – all told through the perspective of a 12-year-old girl. The son of an oil tycoon, Steve hasn’t had to work a day in his life and has always gotten everything he’s wanted – with one exception: the love of Emmy. The daughter of a former Wilde housekeeper, Emmy is an earnest do-gooder who has spent her adult life trying to save the world.

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

– Detroit is known worldwide for its dangerous streets but what of the people who protect the city? This new crime drama shows that the men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, working the neighborhoods of the once and future Motor City. There’s the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected—and most misunderstood—man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch’s new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; the sexy Detective Ariana Sanchez who is partnered with Narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker; 30-year veteran Sergeant Jesse Longford and his clever partner Detective Vikram Mahajan, a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work.

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New Premieres in TV: Wednesday, September 22nd

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