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Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) finally tied the knot. But their happiness was short-lived, with a government plot leading to Booth’s arrest in the finale. The 10th season opens with everyone trying to clear him and end the conspiracy.

Grey’s Anatomy, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has a tough year ahead after telling Derek (Patrick Dempsey) in last season’s finale that she won’t move to D.C. The have to find a way to work this out where neither of them is going to resent the other. Mer might change her mind about moving once she learns the new cardio hotshot Maggie (Kellie McCreary) is her half sister. Its one thing to be surpassed by Cristina, it’s another to be faced with another one of your mother’s progenies, and have her be younger, further ahead, and possibly more talented than you—and have it make you question who you are. In other big news at Grey Sloan, Geena Davis will join the team as a confident surgeon. Snagging the Oscar winner was a coup that surprised the all-powerful Rhimes.

Scandal, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– When we last left OPA, Jake killed James and others in the name of B613, which is, indeed, brought down by Olivia until her dad reclaimed his Command position. Jake gave David the proof he needs to take them down again. Fitz won the election after a calculated tragedy orchestrated by Olivia’s dad takes his son. He can’t be with Olivia, who has left her post as head of OPA to fly off into the unknown with Jake by her side, all as her father has planed.

How to Get Away With Murder, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class How to Get Away with Murder. Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Over five seasons, the Bravermans dealt with pretty much every family issue imaginable, from illness to infidelity. But before they finish their final year, they will have to big farewell to one of their own. While the last chapter will also include more joyful milestones like a pregnancy, don’t hold your breath for a perfectly happy ending.

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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.

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.

Monday, September 12th

Anderson, series premiere at 4pm on Syndicated

– Anderson Cooper, the youngest son of socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, has hosted a prime-time reality show (The Mole) and a long-running cable news program (Anderson Cooper 360). Now, the journalist enters the daytime talk show scene with Anderson, a show that’s unlike most other daytime chat fests. You won’t see Cooper revealing the results of paternity tests. “Anderson” is more of a topical show, with a focus on current events and news stories that capture the audience’s attention. In addition to covering news and social issues that stir debate, Cooper brings a more light-hearted approach to some episodes by interviewing celebrities and people with inspiring human interest stories. He also shares provocative personal stories, because Cooper says telling stories that are relevant to viewers’ daily lives is when he feels most useful.

2011 Miss Universe Pageant, special from 9 to 11pm on NBC

– The 60th Annual Miss Universe pageant will air live from Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. The glamorous live event, featuring the most beautiful women in the universe, will air on NBC in the United States, with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo. Contestants from more than 80 countries around the world will travel to Brazil for almost a month of activities leading up to the live telecast. They will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview, as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2011. This is the first time in its 60-year history that the Miss Universe contest will be held in Brazil. More info on the hosts and contestants coming shortly!

Tuesday, September 13th

90210, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

– The fourth season of the lame 90210 remake follows the group from West Beverly as they navigate life after high school. Their journey into adulthood will find them heading in different directions while trying to keep the same closeness that worked so well for them in high school. This tight-knit circle of friends will meet new people, resulting in friendships, relationships and loyalties being tested. Some will attend college, while others will start their careers. It’s a new and different time for them, as the stakes are much higher and there is a lot more to lose. Coming from a world of glamour and privilege, with endless possibilities in front of them, anything can happen. All in all, it’s just another day in the world’s most famous zip code.

Ringer, series premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– The one-hour drama from exec producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer is inspired by the box office hit of the same name that follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. In the season premiere, the Bravermans go time-traveling picking up five months after season 2’s tumultuous finale. Adam (Peter Krause) is unemployed, though he’ll soon go into business with little brother Crosby (Dax Shepard). Kristina (Monica Potter) is seven months pregnant. Sarah (Lauren Graham) has rekindled her romance with Amber’s English teacher (Jason Ritter from the now-deceased The Event, thanks to the cancellation of the show that frees him up to return to this role).

Wednesday, September 14th

Survivor: South Pacific, season premiere from 8 to 9:30pm on CBS

– The Redemption Island twist is back with one big change: only two-person duels so it’s really do or die this season. This season also features the return of two former contestants whose social game was disastrous. In the season premiere, the new castaways have mixed reactions to the return of Coach and Ozzy, and an extremely close immunity challenge sparks a debate for the losing tribe members in a combative Tribal Council.

H8R, series premiere at 8pm on The CW

– From the mind of Mario Lopez comes a show that bravely takes up the cause of celebrities aggrieved by the trolls who loathe them. H8R follows stars such as Eva Longoria and fake “stars” like Kim Kardashian and The Bachelor (and most recently the worst Bachelor Pad player ever) Jake Pavelka as they ambush their “haters,” meaning members of the general public who dislike them as a rule, as well as anybody who looks at them without absolute adoration and worship in their eyes. They then spend time together, with the celebrities trying to win over their haters, because they clearly don’t have enough fans and suffer from a need-to-be-loved-by-all complex. Exec producer Mike Fleiss insists the surprise encounters are legit, citing that the former Bachelor even got a drink thrown in his face…hahahaha, sorry about that, not a personal attack against him, I would clearly pick his ex Vienna over him as most hated fake celeb in my book.

America’s Next Top Model: All Stars, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Tyra Banks kicks off cycle seventeen by bringing back an all-star cast of fan favorites and outrageous characters from previous cycles of the show. These women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes return to prove that they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of modeling and celebrity, featuring an exciting line-up of special guest judges. There is a lot at stake with these seasoned veterans, poised to earn the prestigious title of America’s Next Top Model that previously eluded them. Time has passed and these models have changed…for better and for worse. In addition to exposure to prolific fashion-industry gurus and successful entrepreneurs, the finalists will compete in complicated catwalks, ambitious fashion photo shoots and work to carefully craft their public personas, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the cameras that chronicle every move.

Up All Night, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– This new comedy series is an irreverent look at modern parenthood and features an all-star cast that makes this one of the top picks for new shows this fall. Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett, Arrested Development). As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids), threaten to throw Reagan off balance.

Free Agents, series premiere at 10:30pm on NBC

Based on the witty, cult U.K. series of the same name, Free Agents is a crooked, romantic comedy from creator John Enbom (Party Down) and Emmy Award-winning director Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) that explores the trials and tribulations of finding love and companionship – the second time around. Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Huff) stars as newly divorced Alex, who is missing his kids and trying to keep himself together. Alex’s co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn, Hung) thinks she has it together, but she drinks too much in order to cope with her fiance’s untimely death. It’s no surprise then when these two overworked public relations executives share an ill-fated night of passion and are forced to cope with the awkward aftermath. Thus begins the journey of two lost and emotionally damaged souls in search of happiness. Joining the cause is an array of co-workers who are both helpful and meddling at the same time.

Thursday, September 15th

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

– Returning for its third season, the tween supernatural drama series is the story of two vampire brothers who are obsessed with the same girl. In season one, Stefan (Paul Wesley, Fallen) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder, Lost) returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons. Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved – in 1864. Damon, on the other hand, was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch’s spell all those years ago. Season three opens the door to the history of Klaus and The Original Family (as in the Original family of vampires), as Klaus’ motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. The ghosts from Jeremy Gilbert’s (Steven R. McQueen, Everwood) past have a powerful message they’re trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they’re having on his relationship with Bonnie Bennett. After the emotional end of her relationship with Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig, Friday Night Lights), Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola, Juno) grows closer to Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino, Cane), and a war erupts between their families.

The Secret Circle, series premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, season premiere at 10pm on FX

– Last season, Dee got knocked up, Charlie and Dennis partied in Atlantic City, and Mac fought gay marriage in his own unique, misguided way. This season, tune in to see the Gang prepare for the apocalypse, hit the beach at the Jersey Shore, produce a child beauty pageant, and take a walk down memory lane at their high school reunion. As they say, some things never change. So prepare for more depraved schemes, half-baked arguments and absurdly underhanded plots to subvert one another.

Archer, season premiere at 10:30pm on FX

– FX’s first foray into animation was a huge success with this original spy spoof series that was applauded for its raunchiness, clever writing, and talented voice-over cast. The animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillances is daunting and enigmatic, every covert operation and global crisis are actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gains, pleasures and prosperity. Archer has been described by its creator, Adam Reed, as “James Bond meets Arrested Development” – the animated comedy even features three actors from the FOX cult classic.

Friday, September 16th

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, season premiere at 8pm on Cartoon Network

– This 3D CGI animated Star Wars spin-off takes place in the three-year time period between the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Stars Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. No other spin-off has captured the retro, gee-whiz spirit of 1977’s original with as much B-movie flair as Cartoon Network’s series. Season 3 also packs emotional Force with a two-part opener about a rookie squad of clone troopers in a Republic boot camp. You’d have to be a Sith Lord indeed not to be moved by a subplot about an aged clone-reject who’s relegated to working as a janitor.

Sunday September 12th

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, awards show from 9-11pm on MTV

– The VMA’s are now synonymous with the infamous Kanye West-Taylor Swift drama that stole the show and sent the rapper into hiding. This year’s host Chelsea Handler has made it her personal goal to see the two of them reconcile. Whether or not she achieves that goal, either on or off the stage, the show will be jam-packed with drama and ridiculous antics as usual. The queen of pop Lady Gaga herself leads the nominations with 13 nods and Kanye is set to perform, as well as Usher and Justin Bieber. Will Kanye redeem himself and make nice with America or will his lack of inhibition get the better of him…again?

Monday September 13th

The Nate Berkus Show, series premiere at 3pm on Syndicated (may vary by local listings)

– After years on Oprah offering advice to viewers, interior designer Nate Berkus has finally landed his own daytime talk show. From celebrity guests to surprise home makeovers to uplifting stories of personal change, Nate covers it all with an infectious exuberance that puts a smile on your face and adds a spark to your day. Guest Dolly Parton joins Nate on Wednesday September 15th for an episode about assembling an essential 911 crate.

90210, season premiere at 8pm on the CW

– The third season welcomes the West Beverly kids to their senior year of high school. It’s the time of college acceptances and lovers’ rejections, the time of prom dates and promises betrayed, the time of spring break, break-ups and make-ups – but as is always the case in Beverly Hills, it all happens in a world of sun and fun, palm trees and warm sea breezes, success and excess. We’ll see the rise of a pop sensation and the fall of a group of friends, the beginning of a new love and the end of a professional dream, the creation of an unlikely family and the demise of another. And that’s just the first week of school.

Gossip Girl, season premiere at 9pm on the CW

– High society and low blows are back as Gossip Girl, a one-hour drama about the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, returns for its fourth season. Season three ended with a BANG! as a heartbroken Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) lay bleeding in the streets of Prague while Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and a newly-single Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) jetted off to Paris for a fabulous summer abroad. Meanwhile, Serena’s recent-ex Nate discovered he was going to have to settle down and be a father… to Georgina Sparks’ (Michelle Trachtenberg) baby! The new season will open with a radiant Serena and Blair enjoying their grand and romantic summer in Paris… until Chuck mysteriously arrives in town with a new girlfriend and a new identity! Blair swore off Chuck forever but will this changed man woo Blair into having a change of heart?

Tuesday September 14th

One Tree Hill, season premiere at 8pm on the CW

– The eighth season of the nighttime soap finds Brooke Davis happier than ever. Recently engaged to Julian, her wedding will be the captivating affair one might expect from a young, beautiful, successful fashion designer. As Nathan Scott prepares for his second season in the NBA, the Scott family is expecting their second child and Haley feels as though the baby will be a girl. How will she balance her pregnancy while raising Jamie and pursuing her music career? Also, Quinn and Clay’s lives hang in the balance, the victims of a brutal attack that affects all of their friends and family.

Life Unexpected, season premiere at 9pm on the CW

– Returning for a second season, this coming-of-age family drama centers around 16-year-old Lux who was given up for adoption at birth but never adopted. When she is put back into the custody of her estranged-since-high-school birth parents, radio show host Cate and bartender Baze, the three form an unlikely family, complicated by the fact that Cate is engaged to her co-host, Ryan. Cate and Baze struggle with becoming insta-parents and raising a daughter they are only now getting to know, while Ryan must deal with the fact that Cate’s feelings for Baze aren’t entirely in the past. Lux, meanwhile, tries to reconcile her past with her present, often torn between her old friends from foster care and her new family. When Baze realizes he’s still in love with Cate he tries to stop Cate’s wedding, but when he’s too late, Cate marries Ryan. Heading into next season, our unlikely threesome become a foursome as Ryan joins the family.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Parenthood is a one-hour drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. 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. There’s lots of siblings so I’ll try to blow through them quickly: Sarah the single mom struggles with paying the bills and trying to keep her teenage kids in line, all the while trying to find herself a man; Crosby the irresponsible younger brother is helping to raise a 5-year-old son he just found out he had with a one-night stand; Julia the corporate attorney struggles to balance her work schedule and family time with her stay-at-home husband and young daughter; Adam, the eldest of the clan, has his seemingly picture-perfect family turned upside down when his young son is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The matriarch and patriarch of the family who hold the together are not without their own marital troubles. Despite a shaky start, the sophomore show has come into it’s own with an undeniable ability to pull at the heartstrings.

Fashion’s Night Out 2010, special at 10pm on CBS

– Neil Patrick Harris must have scored some killer threads in exchange for hosting this special that takes viewers behind the scenes of the world’s largest celebration of fashion that just took place in NYC.

Wednesday September 15th

Survivor: Nicaragua, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The 21st season of the reality competition series that invented the genre is set in the Central American country of Nicaragua and airs in a new timeslot on Wednesday. This season the 20 contestants are divided up into two tribes based on their ages. The Espada tribe will feature contestants over the age of 40, and the La Flor tribe will include contestants aged 30 years and younger. Hmm, not sure that’s completely fair…

Outlaw, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, The West Wing) stars in this new drama series as (former?) Supreme Court Judge Cyrus Garza. Few jobs are guaranteed for a lifetime, and a Supreme Court appointment is a position that no one ever quits – unless he is Garza. A playboy and a gambler, Justice Garza always adhered to a strict interpretation of the law until he realized the system he believed in was flawed. Now, he’s quit the bench and returned to private practice. Using his inside knowledge of the justice system, Garza and his team will travel across the country taking on today’s biggest and most controversial legal cases. I’m still trying to digest the fact that this series is based on the premise that a Supreme Court Judge would resign to fight for justice as an attorney—tough pill to swallow.

Top Chef Just Desserts, series premiere at 11pm on Bravo

– All you Top Chef fans with a sweet tooth are in luck—Bravo is rolling out a spin-off of the hit cooking competition series that focuses solely on desserts. Celebrated pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini is appointed Head Judge with critically acclaimed chef Hubert Keller and DailyCandy Editor-at-Large Dannielle Kyrillos rounding out the Judges’ Table. Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will host. Each episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts holds two challenges for the pastry chefs: the first is a Quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved Elimination Challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the pastry chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic ingredients or catering for a range of demanding clients.

Thursday September 16th

The Apprentice, two-hour season premiere at 9pm on NBC

– The original Apprentice is back after a 3-year cancellation during which time NBC went to shit and now is struggling to find put some decent shows on the air. NBC and Donald Trump want to put America back to work. After a long wait, the boardroom will be open again for candidates who have lost their jobs as the network showcases a very NOW version of The Apprentice. Donald Trump offers a second chance to 16 candidates hurt by the recession. These will include talented, qualified, bright prospects who have lost their jobs with no hope in sight, as well as recent college graduates who currently have few, if any, prospects.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, season premiere at 10pm on FX

– The hit comedy series (now in syndication on Comedy Central) follows a group of five alcoholic, depraved underachievers (including Danny DeVito) who run Paddy’s Pub, a run-down bar in South Philadelphia. They are dishonest, selfish, egotistical, ignorant, greedy, rude, unethical, arrogant, and antagonistic, and are often embroiled in controversial issues. Last season saw the gang dabble in failed interventions, the poisoning of frat kids, footwear for kittens, dick towels, and an uncensored Christmas special with a gruesomely-violent claymation sequence. This season watch them tackle gay marriage, fight the class war, battle the high seas on a houseboat, bash rats, get repulsed by the McPoyles, deal with a very mysterious pregnancy and much more. If you really need proof of their depravity, in one epic past episode two of the underachievers became addicted to crack so that they would be useless enough to be able to collect welfare, ‘nough said.

The League, season premiere at 10:30pm on FX

– Fantasy football is supposed to provide an outlet for good-natured competition and camaraderie between friends and colleagues, but that’s not always the case. In this FX original comedy series, deception, one-upmanship and a win-at-all costs mentality rule the day on the virtual gridiron and then extend into personal relationships, marriages and the workplace.

Friday September 17th

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, season premiere at 9pm on Cartoon Network

– This 3D CGI animated Star Wars spin-off takes place in the three-year time period between the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Stars Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. No other spin-off has captured the retro, gee-whiz spirit of 1977’s original with as much B-movie flair as Cartoon Network’s series. Season 3 also packs emotional Force with a two-part opener about a rookie squad of clone troopers in a Republic boot camp. You’d have to be a Sith Lord indeed not to be moved by a subplot about an aged clone-reject who’s relegated to working as a janitor.