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NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. 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, a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite; the youthful and energetic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented scientist whose sharp mind matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field, and the newest member of the team, Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a former NSA analyst . Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, who knows it all because he’s seen it all, and he’s not afraid to let you know. Rounding out the team is NCIS director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet). In season 1, a massive battle took place with the evil organization HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. was completely dismantled. Skye discovered her mentor Ward is loyal to Garrett, the leader of HYDRA, which has been infiltrating the organization for years. Coulson and the remaining loyal members of his team took down Ward and Garrett but there are casualties. The fate of Fitz remains in question after he showed Simmons how he feels by risking his life to save her. Agent Coulson is called upon to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D., as the truth behind what the organization is supposed to be about lies within his heart.

NCIS: New Orleans, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

NCIS: New Orleans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.

Chicago Fire, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Last season’s building collapse has devastating consequences. Even for people who made it, there’s what lingers for them afterward injury-wise or just emotionally. Expect personnel shifts in the wake as Dawson’s (Monica Raymund) intention to marry Casey (Jesse Spencer) complicates her move to Truck, and a new paramedic (Kara Killmer), a runaway bride from Indiana, arrives on Ambo.

Person of Interest, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

After escaping assisination by the hostile surveillance system Samaritan, Team Machine finds itself using guerilla tactics to survive. The whole team is in a state of confusion and distress. No place is safe. Under Samaritan’s threatening scrutiny (enacted in part by a murderous new operative played by Mad Men’s Cara Buono), this season ponders a future where the data stops working for us, and we start working for the data. “We become the robots,” says creator Jonathan Nolan.

Awkward, season premiere at 10pm on MTV

– This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, Awkward. captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

Faking It, season premiere at 10:30pm on MTV

Faking It, a romantic comedy series, returns to MTV for season 2. This season, everyone is faced with a dilemma that forces them to tell the truth or keep a secret. Best friends Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens) struggle with figuring out their relationship after Amy revealed her true feelings for Karma. Questions are answered – will Karma find out about Liam (Gregg Sulkin) and Amy’s hook-up? What will happen to Karmy? Will Liam and Karma get back together? What are Lauren’s (Bailey De Young) pills for? Can Shane (Michael Willett) really be in a celibate relationship?

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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.

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

– Clark Gregg (The New Adventures of Old Christine) reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye (Chloe Bennet).

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

NCIS is saying farewell to a team member and the two-part season 11 premiere will bring the story of Cote de Pablo’s Ziva to a close and deal with the finale cliff-hanger that saw Gibbs (Mark Harmon) set his crosshairs on Agent Fornell (Joe Spano). Fans are already mourning Ziva’s exit—and the end of the much-loved flirty tension she shared with Tony (Michael Weatherly)—and Glasberg says they won’t be the only ones feeling the loss.

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

NCIS: Los Angeles is a drama about the high-stakes world of 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. Sam (LL Cool J) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are exactly where they were at the end of season 4 – being tortured by Russian arms dealer Issak Sidorov and his men. The rest of the team must scramble to save their friends in a big and powerful episode.

The Goldbergs, series premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a classic “smother;” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, an overly emotional teen with severe middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it’s enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.

Trophy Wife

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

– They say the third time’s the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford). They fell into each others’ arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an instafamily complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become a part of the family no matter what. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense and overachieving former Olympic athlete and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Bailee Madison) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate’s barely tapped maternal instincts. Daughter Hillary is not a fan of her new step-mom either, despite Kate’s attempts to win her trust. And son Warren may have an erotic fixation on his dad’s beautiful, young spouse. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete’s strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate, who finds support in the most unusual place – with her best friend, Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.

Lucky 7, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– ABC’s new drama series follows a group of seven gas station employees in Queens, New York whose lives are transformed by an unexpected lottery win. Aside from the money, relationships will change as the trust between two brothers will be uprooted, budding romances will develop and secrets will come to the surface. Matt Korzak (Matt Long) could get his very pregnant girlfriend, Mary Lavecchia (Christine Evangelista), and their other child out of his mother’s house with some desperately needed cash. Matt’s brother, Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush), an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt and pursue the huge crush he has on co-worker Samira Lashari (Summer Bishil). Samira, a second-generation Pakistani immigrant and a talented musician, could finally afford to go to her dream school, Juilliard. Denise Dibinksy (Lorraine Bruce), the tender-hearted Gold Star cashier, is struggling to lose weight and regain her former glory, but the winnings could provide an opportunity for her to rebuild her crumbling marriage. Leanne Maxwell (Anastasia Phillips), a young single mother, will try to keep her past hidden despite the spotlight the lottery win puts on her. Bob Harris (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), the store’s manager and quite possibly the nicest man in the world, wants to buy the Gold Star and make it into the perfect workplace he always imagined. And cheerful and charming Antonio Clemente (Luis Antonio Ramos) will discover ways to capitalize on the group’s win in order to give his wife, Bianca (Alex Castillo), and their three kids a whole new life. Now that their circumstances have changed, the Lucky 7 will need to overcome obstacles, reach down deep to examine their values and find out who they really are if they’re to enjoy their newfound wealth.

Chicago Fire Season 2Chicago Fire, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– From renowned, Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order franchise) comes the high-octane drama Chicago Fire, – an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death. When we last left Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), he was still reeling from and seeking revenge for the murder of his longtime girlfriend Hallie. In its sophomore season, the personal lives of the firefighters will continue to go up in flames. Someone will have a new romance; Casey will deal with a family crisis that will bring him much closer to Dawson (Monica Raymund); and there will be a surprise twist in the baby-triangle saga involving Severide, Shay, and Renee.

Person of Interest, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

The good news: Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) are still getting numbers from the Machine. The bad news: The device is also in touch with Amy Acker’s unhinged hacker Root, who’s been bumped up to series regular for season 3. At least the good guys have a newly minted regular on their side: the fearless Shaw (Sarah Shahi), an ex-assassin who prefers to kill first and ask questions later. Expect a Fleet Week-set premiere that delves into Reese’s backstory, and plenty more surveillance-based shenanigans—though as Emerson points out, recent revelations about the NSA make POI feel as though it’s no longer a syfy show.

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Sunday, September 23rd

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on ABC

– Tonight’s awards for the best TV of the year will likely belong to the Men of Mad and the gentlemen (and women) of Downton. Will Don Draper & Co win their way to domination with their 17 nominations? Or will that honor go to the lords and ladies of Downton Abbey, who could head back across the Atlantic with 16? Could American Horror Story scare up some victories among its 17 nods, or will it lose out to main competitor Hatfields & McCoys? And, of course, you can never rule our awards-show bait like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Homeland. First-time host Jimmy Kimmel could take home his first Emmy too. Though no doubt he’s just honored to have been nominated…in a category that shut out Jay Leno.

Treme, season premiere at 10pm on HBO

– From the creator of The Wire, this drama featuring jazz music is set in post-Katrina New Orleans. It chronicles the struggles of a diverse group of residents as they rebuild their lives and their city. ‘Treme,’ pronounced Truh-may, takes its title from the name of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, an historically important source of African-American music and culture. Season 2 picks up 14 months after the federal levees failed. While many of the old challenges persist, much has changed. The profiteers have arrived, though the insurance checks haven’t. Crime is on the rise, but the ability of the police department to keep pace with the criminals is questionable. Life in New Orleans is getting better, but it’s not happening fast enough to keep residents from wondering whether things would be easier, better, elsewhere. What keeps the city afloat through all of this is its culture. Mardi Gras Indian chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) is sewing in preparation for Mardi Gras. The social aid and pleasure clubs are getting ready to hit the streets in their colorful, fast step finery. And those loveable rogues, Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) and Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) have cooked up a new set of schemes on and off the bandstand.

Monday, September 24th

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

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

Partners, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

2 Broke Girls, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

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

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

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

Tuesday, September 25th

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

New Girl, season premiere at 8pm on FOX, 2nd new episode at 9pm

Ben and Kate, series premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

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

The Mindy Project, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

Vegas, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

Wednesday, September 26th

The Middle, hour-long season premiere at 8pm on ABC

Animal Practice, official series premiere at 8pm on NBC

Guys With Kids, official series premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

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

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

The Neighbors, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

CSI, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Thursday, September 27th

Last Resort, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

Two and a Half Men, season premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

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

Person of Interest, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Elementary, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

Scandal, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

Friday, September 28th

CSI: NY, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

Made in Jersey, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Saturday, September 29th

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, series premiere at 11am on Nickelodeon

Chef Race: U.K. vs U.S., sneak peek at 10pm on BBC America

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

– The hit comedy sitcom that seeks to rival NBC’s successful Thursday night comedy block opens its fifth season with two back-to-back new episodes. Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons in his Emmy-award winning role) are brilliant physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology. They have the kind of “beautiful minds” that understand how the universe works. But none of that genius helps them interact with people, especially women. All this begins to change when a free-spirited beauty named Penny, a blonde waitress and aspiring actress, moves in next door. Sheldon, Leonard’s roommate, is quite content spending his nights playing Klingon Boggle with their socially dysfunctional friends, fellow CalTech scientists Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali. However, Leonard sees in Penny a whole new universe of possibilities… including love. Leonard and Penny’s relationship has been on and off over the past four years, and last season Penny regretted breaking up with Leonard and was jealous of his current girlfriend Priya, Raj’s sister. In the season 4 finale, Raj and Penny had too much wine and wound up in bed together with no recollection of what happened that night…but their clothes were missing so you can put the pieces together…Producers told The Hollywood Reporter their drunken hook-up will be addressed in the season premiere, and as can be expected, Leonard doesn’t take the news well. Meanwhile, Leonard will have to deal with Priya moving back to India and trying to make a long-distance relationship work.

Charlie’s Angels, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Everyone deserves a second chance – even a thief, a street racer and a corrupt cop. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels… Charlie’s Angels. Set and filmed in Miami, this remake of the 1970s smash hit series from executive producer Drew Barrymore introduces us to three new angels, all fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends. There’s Abby (Grey’s Anatomy’s Rachael Taylor), a Park Avenue princess who became a world-class thief. Then there’s Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a Miami cop who fell from grace, losing both her career and her fiancé. Finally there’s Gloria, a disgraced army lieutenant who has a way with explosives. When one of the angels’ missions ends in Gloria’s tragic death, Charlie persuades them to partner with Gloria’s childhood friend, Eve (Parenthood’s Minka Kelly), a street racer with a mysterious past. They may not know each other yet, but one thing’s for sure — Abby, Kate and Eve will always have each others’ backs. The angels are rounded out by the new Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez), a hot, young computer hacker who helps them solve cases and enjoys being surrounded by powerful, beautiful women.

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– Or as I like to call it, the little show that does so much. Despite being very underrated and undeservedly so, this comedy series is an all-around winner that never ceases to amaze and entertain, from guest spots by the brilliant Betty White to its stop-motion holiday episode to its Dungeons and Dragons imaginary episode to its double episode Western-themed paintball season 2 finale, this show has so much heart in addition to its smart and funny writing.  From Dan Harmon (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Emmy Award winners Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development), this series revolves around a band of misfits who attend Greendale Community College. At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, The Soup), a fast-talking lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group that eventually learns more about themselves than their course work. Also among the series stars who comprise the group are comedy legend Chevy Chase (Chuck) as Pierce, a man whose life experience has brought him infinite wisdom; Gillian Jacobs (The Book of Daniel) as Britta, the 20-something dropout with something to prove; Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement) as Shirley, a sassy middle-aged divorcée; Danny Pudi (Greek) as Abed, a pop culture junkie; Alison Brie (Mad Men) as Annie, a high-strung perfectionist; Donald Glover (30 Rock) as Troy, a former high school football star trying to find his way, and Ken Jeong (The Hangover) as former professor Señor Chang who got the boot at the end of season 1 for not having his teaching certification and enrolls as a student, then forces himself into the study group. At the end of last season, it was revealed Winger was having secret sex with Britta all year but had also kissed Annie. McHale tells EW this year Winger will have to choose one, and he is leaning towards Annie. Click here to watch a brilliant film noir montage of season 2 on nbc.com that portrays the fun-loving show as a moody psycho-sexual thriller revolving around this love triangle!

Parks and Recreation, season premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

– The now critically acclaimed series (star Amy Poehler received a much-deserved Emmy nod for her work last season) is returning for an amazing fourth season and all the word-of-mouth buzz suggests this season might be the highest-rated yet. The mockumentary comedy from the producers of The Office stars SNL’s Poehler as Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation in the small city of Pawnee, Indiana. The ever-optimistic, kind-hearted, and overly ambitious Knope never tires of trying to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun and beautiful even though no one else in her department, or her town for that matter, gives a crap. The series not only features smart, witty writing, and hilarious storylines, but also one of the best ensemble casts on television. Leslie’s office mate is Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari aka my homeboy, ‘nuff said), a fashion-obsessed wannabe player whose greatest dream is to own his own nightclub. Leslie’s boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman, Children’s Hospital), hates the very government he works for, and sports one of the most impressive moustaches on primetime television. Rounding out the cast are Leslie’s best friend Ann (Rashida Jones, I Love You, Man, The Office), her ex-boyfriend Andy (Chris Pratt, Everwood), and Ron’s assistant April (Aubrey Plaza, Funny People), who is dating and very much in love with Andy. The addition of Adam Scott (Party Down) and the divinely beautiful Rob Lowe (Brothers and Sisters, The West Wing) as regular cast members portraying government officials Ben Wyatt and Chris Traeger during the entire third season was a delight that elevated the series to another level. This season we can expect it to get even better (if that’s even possible, its pretty freakin’ awesome as is already) as Leslie tackles her internal dilemma regarding whether to date her coworker Ben or pursue her dream of running for elected office.

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

– The hit medical drama enters its eighth season dealing with a lot of the loose ends left hanging in the season finale. Before we breaked for summer, Karev accidentally ratted out Meredith for messing with the clinical trial, resulting not only in her expected firing this season which we see in the promos but also in Derek leaving her for jeopardizing his whole clinical trial, just as the two are granted the adoption of little baby Zola. In the premiere, Mer-Der are still very much not the great couple we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the past few seasons since Derek feels very betrayed by Meredith’s actions but they are forced to come together nonetheless for baby Zola’s health. At the end of last season, Christina also realized she is pregnant and Owen kicked her out of the house because she insisted on having an abortion. So while the dark twisty sisters have enjoyed a few years of pleasant relationship happiness, they are now back to being single (hopefully only temporarily). Also, in the season finale it was revealed that the uptight and by-the-book April Kepner got the very competitive position of Chief Resident. This season, April will not only have to deal with all the responsibilities that come with that, but also work on earning the respect of her colleagues so that they can follow her directions, which is not so easy for the girl who is the biggest push-over on the show. Also this season, Karev is single and bitter after he told Dr. Lucy Fields (Rachel Taylor, one of Charlie’s Angels in the new ABC remake) to go to hell instead of asking her not to go to Africa for a great job opportunity she basically stole from under him, marking her departure from the show.

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Much suspicion regarding casting surrounds this season of the mockumentary series that explores the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 based on the award-winning BBC hit. The recent departure of regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), after 19 years of service, and the unexpected medical leave of his successor Deangelo Vickers have left many vying for the coveted manager position, including a few internal candidates. One startling move that did transpire during the interview process was the hiring of the weirdly charming and manipulative Robert California (James Spader, “Boston Legal”) by Dunder Mifflin Sabre CEO Jo Bennett. Robert accepted the regional manager job and quickly realized he was meant for something bigger, convincing Jo to step down and appoint him as the new CEO. Spader will be guest starring in the season premiere but once he leaves, who will be Michael’s successor? That’s the biggest question that looms over this season of the hit comedy series, especially when considering the in-house options…The loyal and often times unmotivated staff includes sales rep Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) who shares his working space with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) the arrogant assistant to the regional manager whose responsibilities have expanded as the new owner of the office building. Pam Beesly Halpert (Jenna Fischer) is the former office receptionist now office administrator married to Jim, with one baby at home and another on the way. Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak, Inglorious Basterds) is the young, smart, former temp, whose fall from grace as a Dunder Mifflin executive quickly landed him back at the bottom of the food chain in Scranton. Andy Bernard (Ed Helms, The Hangover) is the preppy salesman and die-hard Cornell alum whose endless and unique musical talents keep the office entertained. A surprising relationship has also formed between Andy and the ambitious distribution coordinator Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine), who moved his office from the warehouse to the main floor alongside Michael and his staff.

Person of Interest, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

– This critics’ pick of new fall series stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent, Reese (Caviezel), who teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch (Emerson), to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law, using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the Person of Interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Henson), and Fusco, a cop whom Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.

Whitney, series premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

– NBC’s new multi-camera comedy named after and starring its creator Whitney Cummings from Chelsea Lately is a hilarious look at modern day love, which centers around Whitney and Alex (Chris D’Elia, Glory Daze), a happily unmarried couple. Together for three years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched, which seems to get a mixed response from their friends. Whitney’s close circle of girlfriends includes, on one side, Lily, a romantic idealist who loves being in love, and on the other, Roxanne, a recent divorcee who is practical, cynical and dreading being single again. Lily and Roxanne’s opposing points of view only exacerbate Whitney’s own complicated outlook on relationships. Completing their close-knit group is Neal, a real modern day Renaissance man – sensitive and cool, who knows a little bit about everything and happens to be dating Lily. On the other end of the spectrum is Whitney and Alex’s next-door neighbor Mark, a police officer and total bachelor, who claims to be the ultimate player, but likes to talk a good game. At the end of the day, Whitney and Alex try to have a relationship on their own terms – in a world that expects a more traditional approach.

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The hit crime procedural stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Before working for the CBI, he was a very successful fake psychic, until serial killer Red John murdered his wife and daughter in retaliation for Jane’s televised mocking. The murder of his family left Jane devoid of much empathy and feeling. Combined with his con artist upbringing, this has made him a cold and uncaring person with deep anger issues. He hides this by being charming and carefree. Despite this, Jane has started to develop close friendships with his colleagues, especially Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney). He often shows his darker side concerning Red John, the serial killer who murdered his family. In the season finale, Patrick set an elaborate trap designed to expose and snare Red John’s mole inside the CBI. Mission accomplished: The traitor turned out to be FBI agent Craig O’Laughlin (Eric Winter), who outed himself by trying to assassinate Virgil’s replacement, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), who had been framed for murder and gone into hiding, protected by Jane and Lisbon. Jane had Lisbon dial the last number on O’Laughlin’s number and a man sitting near Jane in a shopping mall answered the phone in Red John’s fake high tenor. Jane finally came face to face with the mysterious and elusive Red John, and the monster turned out to be Bradley Whitford, the former star of The West Wing and The Good Guys. He shot Red John three times then calmly proceeded to finish drinking his tea as cops swarmed in to arrest him.

Prime Suspect, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, Prime Suspect has been redeveloped for American audiences by producers Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives) and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). The crime drama stars Maria Bello (A History of Violence) as tough-as-nails NYPD homicide Detective Jane Timoney, an outsider who has just transferred to a new squad where her new colleagues already dislike her. Jane is confident and focused – and also rude, abrupt and occasionally reckless. She has her vices, and rumors of a questionable past follow her everywhere – but at the end of the day, she’s an instinctively brilliant cop who can’t be distracted from the only important thing: the prime suspect.

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