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Sunday, March 9th

Once Upon A Time, midseason premiere at 8pm on ABC

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– From the irreverent Seth McFarlane comes … a brainy mind-expanding exploration of the universe?! Believe it. Of course, let’s not give the Family Guy guy too much credit: its a 21st-century reboot of astronomer Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 science television series Cosmos, albeit embellished with lavish production values and hosted by the formidable Neil deGrasse Tyson. The premiere is overview: Big Bang theory, the organization of the universe, historical understanding of creation. The emphasis on how Christians persecuted early rebels of reason feels like subversive score-settling. Tyson‘s sincere share about Sagan’s personal impact sets a better tone. Cosmos captures the imagination anew by celebrating imagination itself as an essential tool to a deeper, more truthful understanding of life.

Chopped Tournament of Stars, season premiere at 9pm on Food

– In an all-new five-part Chopped competition, athletes, RvG alums, comedians and actors will compete for a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize for charity. Over four themed episodes, celebrities will face the dreaded mystery basket ingredients and cook in three rounds — appetizer, entree and dessert. One celebrity from each of the four episodes will advance to the finale where one lucky competitor will walk away with the grand prize and bragging rights as the Chopped Tournament of Stars champion.

Long Island Medium, season premiere at 9pm on TLC

– Season 5 appears to deliver everything viewers love and come to expect from Theresa Caputo aka the Long Island Medium. Caputo’s clients run the full gamut of emotions in reaction to her surprisingly accurate, sometimes impromptu readings. In between all that, Caputo and her husband have to deal with empty nest syndrome as the kids move on to new chapters in their lives, which kicks off with a road trip special in San Francisco, where Theresa meets a man whose partner died of HIV. He keeps the memory of his late boyfriend alive in several ways, such as participating in the annual AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride. But, he has had a hard time moving on to a new romantic relationship. Theresa tells him that his partner’s spirit encourages him to move on to a new relationship — even sending her thoughts of online dating sites that he can join.

The Good Wife, midseason premiere at 9pm on CBS

Resurrection, series premiere at 9pm on ABC

– The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. At the start of this fantasy drama, an 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Henry and Lucille Langston, who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery — but this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows. If less spookily atmospheric than the Sundance Channel’s not dis-similar Returned, Resurrection handsomely frames its ”What the Hell?” premise.

Revenge, midseason premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, midseason premiere at 10pm on CBS

Lindsay, series premiere at 10pm on OWN

– The highly anticipated OWN docu-series Lindsay follows movie star and media sensation Lindsay Lohan on her journey through recovery following a very public period of crisis. Lindsay is one of the most talented young actresses of her generation, boasting an impressive list of credits, including “The Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls”. Having had her career and personal life sidelined by her public struggles, Lindsay is strikingly candid about her life and is more determined than ever to get back on her feet. In this honest, no-holds-barred account, viewers will see an intimate, unflinching look into the life of one of the world’s most sought-after celebrities. Cameras follow Lindsay as she returns to New York, reunites with friends and family, and attempts to build a new life. As she works to stay on track amid the demands (and pitfalls) of fame, she opens up as never before, discussing everything from her emotional recovery process to her exhausting run-ins with the paparazzi.

My Five Wives, series premiere at 10pm on TLC

My Five Wives features Brady Williams, his five wives, and their combined 24 children, who all live together on their large family property outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Following as he balances the needs, hopes, frustrations, and fears of each wife along with his own, the special offers a candid and open look at this controversial lifestyle, and goes behind closed doors to share the intimate details and complicated decisions they have to make as a larger than average family. When My Five Wives returns, the family is constantly on the go. On top of it all, adoption is up for discussion with one wife, and another might be pregnant. New education opportunities, busy careers, and growing kids exploring their identities and perspectives on marriage prove that this family is anything but static!

Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, series premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– Bravo unmasks the world of the booming online dating culture from the male perspective on the new docu-series, Online Dating Rituals of the American Male. Each week, the show follows two men as they hunt for their ideal partner (or fling!). Viewers will get an inside look at the male psyche from the beginning stages of trolling and communicating online to landing a date with a potential match. The series features a variety of men from the typical “romantic” searching for his one true love to the guy whose goal is strictly getting lucky. From earnest romance to cringe-worthy moments, viewers will get a taste of the trials and tribulations that come along with dating in the digital age.

Monday, March 10th

Believe, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Directed by “Gravity helmer Alfonso Cuarón (who also co-created the show), the supernatural show’s pilot centers on a 10-year-old girl with mysterious powers she has trouble controlling. Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, see the future… since she was born, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. But now that she is 10 years old, her powers have become stronger and the threat from malevolent forces that would use her abilities to control the world has grown more dangerous. With her life and future in jeopardy, Bo’s protector, Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo, “The Chicago Code”), turns to an unlikely source to keep her safe – Tate (Jake McLaughlin, “Crash”), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will. Tate and Bo begin an extraordinary journey, one in which trust must be earned. On the run and traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. If it’s not already obvious: Yes, this is a J.J. Abrams production.

Tuesday, March 11th

Chrisley Knows Best, series premiere at 10pm on USA

– Welcome to Todd Chrisley’s House of Quips, a reality show where everyone speaks like a bitchy Southern-fried caricature. The patriarch of the Chrisley family, Todd is a self-made millionaire and successful entrepreneur.  Born in Georgia and raised in Westminster, SC – Todd and his wife of nearly 18 years, Julie, raise their five children in the suburbs of Atlanta. Todd Chrisley isn’t your typical father. Brash and outspoken with a razor sharp southern wit and remarkable ability to dish insults, he keeps the family in line through his tough and at times brutally honest form of parenting. Todd runs his family just like his business – with an iron fist – and micromanages every move and expenditure made by each member of the Chrisley clan. A “patriarch of perfection,” Todd believes that he has all the answers.  As Todd often jokes to his children, he’s “already been there, done that, and got the tee-shirt.”

Friday, March 14th

Vice, season premiere at 11pm on HBO

– Piers Morgan is stepping down from his CNN chair, Alec Baldwin has left MSNBC (among other things), and Woody Allen’s ”son” is a trusted news source. What happened to TV journalism? A lot, but the second season of Vice‘s news program tries to reverse the trend with more boots-on-the-ground reporting and, at least in the premiere, fewer stunts. (Remember when they sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea?) This edition has Shane Smith exploring the rampant corruption in Afghanistan, where it seems American dollars are helping make the Taliban stronger. Yes, you read that right. The Vice guys may be on the brash side, but perhaps more journos should take note.

Sunday, September 29th

The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

Family Guy, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Homeland, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

Masters of Sex, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime

Betrayal, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Eastbound & Down, season premiere at 10pm on HBO

Hello Ladies, series premiere at 10:30pm on HBO

Monday, September 30th

We Are Men, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

We Are Men is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter, the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his “band of brothers”: Frank Russo, a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis, a small business owner who was caught having the world’s worst affair; and Stuart Weber, a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who’s hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled. Abby is Frank’s charming and attractive daughter, who stands as the one positive remnant from his failed relationships. Armed with a hot tub, pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Lost Season Ru-Vealed, season premiere at 9pm on Logo

– Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race: rejoice! There’s no need to wait until February for more Ru, because The Lost Season is here at last! Ru’s very first cast of drag competitors had no idea what they were getting into, and neither did we! This season full of firsts just may be the most unpredictable one ever. The nine episodes that started a Ruvolution are stuffed to their fishy gills with legendary, herstory-making moments, on the way to one coveted title: America’s next drag superstar. Meet ferocious queens like Nina Flowers, regal BeBe Zahara Benet, bubbly Ongina and many more as they turn it out on the runway and lip-sync for their lives! If you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to see where it all began as Ru declares who will “Shantay” and stay or “Sashay away” for the very first time! Seen it already? Then gag over the brand-new extras, like video commentary, intros from Ru and the gals, and exclusive online behind-the-scenes footage! Sure, season one’s workroom appears to be held together with duct tape and Ru’s close-ups are shot through a mummy’s worth of gauze. But it’s all part of the magic! Drool over the hunky Pit Crew, cackle at the cornucopia of catch phrases, and count the ‘Cama-rooon’s!’ as RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Lost Season redefines Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent.

Wednesday, October 2nd

Super Fun Night, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

– Written, co-executive producer and starring Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), this new comedy series follows Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!” However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition, and she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Royce (Kevin Bishop).

Top Chef, season premiere at 10pm on Bravo

– Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef is back and heads to New Orleans. This season kicks-off with a new pre-premiere digital video series, Padma’s Picks. Padma’s Picks gives one of New Orleans’ most talented chefs the opportunity to cook their way on to the actual show. Host and Judge Padma Lakshmi visits some of The Big Easy’s most celebrated establishments to find 10 of the best and brightest chefs from New Orleans. These chefs will then battle head-to-head to make it to the finale of Padma’s Picks with the ultimate winner earning a coveted spot on this season’s cast. Returning to the judges table in NOLA for Top Chef Season 11 are lead judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orlean’s own Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi. This season will up the ante against the backdrop of the gastronomically diverse city of New Orleans — and the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Jon Favreau, Lea Michelle, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh, and Eddie Huang as well as local legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John.

Ironside, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Detective Robert Ironside. He’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists will do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes – even if it means breaking the rules. Tough, sexy and acerbic, Ironside’s never been afraid to call it like he sees it. As a detective, his instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up… because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he’d never let a damn wheelchair slow him down. Justice. Nothing gets in his way. Blair Underwood stars in a bold new drama about a different kind of cop.

Thursday, October 3rd

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

– In the tumultuous fourth season of The Vampire Diaries, the world of Mystic Falls was turned upside down when the beautiful and compassionate Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) came face-to-face with her worst nightmare – life as a vampire. While Elena struggled to control her new powers and the overwhelming thirst for blood, the astonishing news that a cure for vampirism may actually exist reached Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) Salvatore, the two vampire brothers who love her. Their search for the cure leads the brothers, along with Elena’s brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and her best friends Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Caroline (Candice Accola), to a horrifying confrontation with the ancient and all-powerful immortal, Silas, who has been entombed with the cure for more than 2,000 years. But Elena isn’t the only vampire who longs to return to life as a human, and the question of who will take the cure is resolved in the heart-stopping season finale, along with moments of unexpected joy, unspeakable sorrow, and a confession of true love. The series heads into its fifth season with some characters headed off to college, a newly cured vampire trying to survive as a human, and a shocking Salvatore secret.

The Millers, series premiere at 8:30pm on CBS

The Millers stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol and Tom, his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Nathan is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him. Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan’s sister Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter. Nathan’s best friend and news cameraman Ray was excited to be Nathan’s wingman in the dating scene, but Carol manages to even cramp his style. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last.

Scandal, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Everyone has a secret… and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. Her clients aren’t the only ones with secrets, though; surprisingly, she may need to exercise all her damage control skills on her own behalf. When we last left Olivia Pope and Associates, Olivia herself became the client when news spilled that Olivia is the President’s mistress and we discovered the man who’s been plotting against her is her dear old dad Rowan (Joe Morton). Furthermore, Fitz retreated to his wife Mellie after Olivia spurned his offer to become the First Lady; ace spy Jake (Scott Foley) was tossed into a nasty subterranean purgatory for killing a B613 agent to save Olivia; chief of staff Cyrus (Jeff Perry) was carted to the hospital because of a bad ticker; and mini-ninja Quinn’s (Katie Lowes) newfound thirst for torture freaked the heck out of her sensei, Huck (Guillermo Diaz).

Welcome to the Family, series premiere at 8:30pm on NBC

– Dan Yoder (Mike O’Malley, Glee, My Name Is Earl) and wife, Caroline (Mary McCormack, In Plain Sight, The West Wing), think they finally have it made. Their daughter, Molly (Ella Rae Peck, Deception, Gossip Girl) – not the most diligent of students – has managed to graduate from high school and has been accepted to college. Her proud parents are looking forward to an empty nest and are breathing a heavy sigh of relief. Across town, Molly’s secret boyfriend, Junior Hernandez (Joey Haro, Glee, Awkward), is graduating from his high school with top honors and has plans to go to Stanford. Parents Miguel (Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives) and Lisette (Justina Machado, Six Feet Under, ER) are bursting with pride. Everything seems like it is falling into place for them, but unbeknownst to both families, Molly and Junior are about to become parents themselves. Once the teens break the big news, these two very different families are thrown together, which goes anything but smoothly… and the news that Molly and Junior are engaged to be married doesn’t exactly make things better. Dan and Miguel have the most difficult time adjusting to their new situation (and each other), while Caroline and Lisette take a softer approach to getting to know one another. When each of the parents realizes the kids are serious about making a life together, the adults exhale and begin to come to terms with this new blended family. Clearly, it will take understanding, humor, love and patience to make it all work.

Sean Saves The World, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, Hot in Cleveland) returns to NBC in a new comedy from the creator of Better Off Ted about work and family… the ultimate balancing act! Sean’s a divorced dad who’s trying to juggle it all. From his overbearing boss and offbeat employees at work – to his pushy mom and weekends with his teenage daughter at home – handling it all is no easy task. So when Ellie, his 14-year-old bundle of joy, moves in full-time, it’s a whole new challenge. Never one to do anything halfway, Sean’s intent on being the best dad ever – so he loads up on parenting how-to books and plans Pinterest-worthy family dinners. But it seems his company’s new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, throwing a kink in his perfectly constructed homemaking plans. Ellie, a normal girl who wants to hang with her friends and eat on the run, sees this development as a plus. She loves her dad, but he’s clearly going overboard. From keeping his boss happy, his employees motivated and enduring his mother’s tactless “advice” to raising a smart, grounded and healthy kid, it’s going to be a growing experience, to say the least. But if anyone can swing it, it’s Sean.

The Originals, series premiere at 9pm on The CW

– Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed, and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to New Orleans, the city his family helped build, the city from which he and his siblings – Elijah and Rebekah – were exiled a century ago by their relentless hunter father. Curious as to why Klaus would return to the one place he swore he would never set foot again, Elijah follows his brother and learns that the beautiful and rebellious werewolf Hayley – Klaus’ onetime flame – has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history. Hayley has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie Deveraux. When Sophie reveals to the brothers the almost unbelievable news that Hayley is carrying Klaus’ unborn child, Elijah realizes that the Original family has been given a second chance at humanity and the redemption they desperately crave. But Klaus is more intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions – vampires, witches, werewolves and humans – are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. As Klaus vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family – he realizes that Elijah is right and that his unborn child could be the key to the Originals’ return to power.

Friday, October 4th

Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame, series premiere at 10pm on CMT

– Follow the season three winner of The Voice as Cassadee Pope embarks on her career as a country artist. Behind-the-scenes footage shows Pope recording her first solo music video, performing at the CMT Music Awards and releasing her first single. Pope gained attention with her pop-rock background initially on Team Blake during The Voice but quickly rediscovered her roots and topped the iTunes charts with three country performances. Shortly after her fan-voted victory, she signed a record deal with Republic Nashville and began working on her debut album, Frame by Frame, with renowned music producers Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman, Max Martin and Shellback. Her unique vocals and powerful performances earned the 24-year-old Florida native a coveted opening slot on Rascal Flatts’ Live & Loud tour that kicked off in May with The Band Perry. Cameras rolled as Pope prepared to embark on the tour with two of country’s hottest trios — and the journey of a lifetime. The docu-series reveals an intimate look into what it’s like to be an aspiring artist in the country music industry. For Pope, it’s a barrage of endless work days, cross-country travel and unexpected twists of fate.

Sunday, September 29th

The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

The Amazing Race is a multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Emmy Award- nominated host Phil Keoghan, which pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million. Season 23’s teams will paraglide over Chilean sand dunes, take an icy plunge in Norway and race cars in Abu Dhabi.

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Once upon a time there was a fairy-tale show that everybody watched, but then it got super-complicated and its Sunday-night spell began to fade. In season 3, Once will be more focused with the core cast on a mission in a new world. It’s fairy-tale “Avengers” on Captain Hook’s boat going to Neverland to rescue a kid from Peter Pan (who in Once’s world has a dark streak). And the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) gets a love interest, and a mermaid Ariel (JoAanna Garcia) shows up. Fingers crossed for a talking crab named Sebastian.

The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Season 25 opens with a different kind of Homer. He returns from a nuclear workers’ convention acting so weird that Lisa calls the FBI. In other episodes, Homer delivers a baby in an elevator and Sideshow Bob pops up as a food scientist. Also, Comic Book Guy finds love with a Japanese woman.

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

– The only thing the Belcher clan loves more than working at the restaurant is not working at the restaurant. In the season 4 premiere the family goes camping, but it ends poorly for them. H. Jon Benjamin who voices Bob says “diarrhea is involved.”

Family Guy, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– The Griffin family’s adventures begin this season when Peter finds a clue for a treasure…on a kids’ menu place mat. Also on tap for season 12: Quagmire counsels Meg when she’s being bullied at school, Cleveland returns, and Peter has a twin growing out of his neck. “The family ends up liking him better than Peter,” explains exec producer Steve Callaghan, “so there’s a rivalry between Peter and his vestigial twin.”

Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– In the first 60 seconds of the season 3 premiere, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is shot at her wedding and falls into the ocean. But per Revenge tradition, we’ll have to wait for the pieces of the puzzle to come together later this season. This season, the stories will focus less on Initiative-related hoo-ha and more on the main characters. Of particular interest is what’s to come between Emily and Jack (Nick Wechsler), who now knows she is his real beloved Amanda.

The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– In the season 4 finale, after Peter (Chris Noth) won the election, Alicia (Julianna Marguiles) phoned someone to meet at her apartment. When the door opened, it wasn’t Will (Josh Charles) but Cary (Matt Czuchry), who had asked her to leave Lockhart/Gardner to star a firm with him. Her answer? “I’m in.” In season 5, Alicia and Cary are still plotting their exit. Meanwhile, Diane (Christina Baranski) pursues a judgeship, leading to a recurring conflict at the firm. Marguiles says viewers should expect fireworks.

Homeland, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– The winner of 6 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Homeland is an edge-of-your-seat sensation. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Emmy winner Damian Lewis) is both a decorated hero and a serious threat. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy winner Claire Danes) is tops in her field despite being bipolar. The delicate dance these two complex characters perform, built on lies, suspicion, and desire, is at the heart of this gripping, emotional thriller in which nothing short of the fate of our nation is at stake. In season 2, Carrie continued her hunt for Abu Nazir while maintaining a complicated personal/professional relationship with Brody. Meanwhile, Brody was nailed as a terrorist by Carrie and forced to become a double agent. The second-sea finale saw the CIA’s offices bombed by terrorists, with Brody blamed for the act and on the run to Canada—with an assist from Carrie. Season 3 picks up two months later with much still up in the air. Numerous agencies are running a massive manhunt after Brody. At the same time, the CIA finds itself under attack for its negligence in the days and weeks leading up to the bombing.

American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– The 10th-season premiere features Steve and Snot trying to lose their virginity…via cloning. It backfires when the girls come out of the cloning machine as infants, so Steve and Snot have to spend the summer raising these girls. And by the time they’re ready for prom, Steve and Snot have developed paternal feelings so there goes their plan.

Masters of Sex, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– A little historical and a whole lot steamy, this new period drama about the early days of the sexual revolution has all the ingredients of the perfect cable drama. Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen (“Frost/Nixon”) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, gynecologist William Masters and his research assistant Virginia Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch. He is a brilliant scientist out of touch with his own feelings, and she is a single working mother ahead of her time. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and unlikely pop culture trajectory.

Betrayal, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Two lovers’ worlds will collide, culminating in a powerful and compelling story of sex, love, loyalty, marriage and treachery in this provocative, sensual and gripping new drama. Based on a Dutch series, Betrayal starts off with a meet-cute between professional photographer Sarah Henley (Hannah Ware), and high-powered attorney Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend), who have an instant and undeniable attraction, but they’re both married. Sara’s husband, Drew Stafford (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, and the couple have a seven-year-old, Oliver. Unbeknownst to Sara, Jack is in-house counsel to a powerful but somewhat shady entrepreneur, Thatcher Karsten (James Cromwell), and is married to Thatcher’s daughter, Elaine (Wendy Moniz). Elaine is secure in her relationship with Jack and the couple has 16-year-old twins, Valerie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and Victor (Braeden Lemasters). However, Sara and Jack both realize something is missing in their marriages, and fight against the realization that they’ve met their soul mates in one another. As Sara and Jack struggle with their feelings and their guilt about their families, Thatcher’s brother-in-law, Lou, is murdered, and all evidence points to Thatcher’s mentally challenged son, T. J. (Henry Thomas). Sara discovers she’s in the middle of a nightmare when she learns that Drew will be the prosecuting attorney in this high-profile murder case, which can secure his political future, and that Jack will be the lawyer for the defense. The lovers find themselves in an impossible situation – on opposite sides of a murder investigation.

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– After seeing pictures of seven possible baddies in the season 5 finale, fans just to know one thing: Who is Red John? A lot of the stories we’ve been following will be coming to their climaxes, not their conclusions. Nonetheless, CBS announced that we will learn who killed Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) family by year’s end.

Eastbound & Down, season premiere at 10pm on HBO

Eastbound & Down appeared to end definitively last year with a finale that saw Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) leave baseball behind to be with his family. After a surprise renewal, this fourth and final season finds a Kenny who’s living in the suburbs, is married, and has a pretty normal life…and he’s pretty miserable. Therefore, he once again embarks on a quest for fame and fortune—one that involves new cast member Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital, Burning Love) as a successful ex-athlete.

Hello Ladies, series premiere at 10:30pm on HBO

The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant creates, writes, executive produces and stars in Hello Ladies, a new comedy series based on material from his stand-up special of the same name. In his first starring series role, Merchant portrays Stuart, a web designer who recently relocated to LA from England in hopes of finding excitement, romance, and maybe even a soul mate. Working out of his LA home, Stuart has an easy rapport with an attractive roommate named Jessica (Christine Woods), though it is clear she’s not romantically interested in him. Half as charming as he thinks he is – and twice as desperate – Stuart is obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, and doggedly hits the LA social scene in the company of pals Wade (Nate Torrence), who’s in the throes of a separation from his wife, and Kives (Kevin Weisman), a charismatic paraplegic who fares far better with the ladies than Stuart or Wade.

Once Upon A Time, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– To ensure that no one in fairytale land—especially Snow White—had any more “happily ever afters,” Evil Queen Regina cast a curse which trapped the fairy tale characters, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Although still alive, they had no knowledge of their former selves and were sleepwalking through life—ageless—for 28 years, until a savior arrived in the form of Emma Swan. Unbeknownst to Emma, she was the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, who had whisked her out of Fairy Tale Land and into our world as an infant to save her from The Curse. When Emma’s 10-year-old son, Henry—whom she had given up for adoption years earlier—appeared on her doorstep with a book of fairy tales and a wild story about how Emma was the progeny of fairy tale characters trapped in a town called Storybrooke, she thought he was crazy. But curiosity got the better of her, and when she brought Henry back to the town—where Regina, ever the control freak, had made herself mayor and was also Henry’s adoptive mother—Emma soon discovered that Storybrooke was more than it seemed. Over time she came to believe the stories were true, began to see cracks in the curse, and was finally able to break it. Reality and myth were merged as the fairy tale characters began awakening, once The Curse was lifted, and remembered who they were in the season one finale. But to their dismay they were not transported back to fairy tale land. And to make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin—aka Mr. Gold—in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, introduced magic into the town. In fairy tales magic has its place, but in our world it can have unfathomable consequences. Now the fairy tale characters must contend with magic in their quest to find a way home, as new fairy tale characters are revealed, old acquaintances are revisited, and some we had come to believe could be trusted will turn against their own kind.

The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The nine-time Emmy Award-winner for best reality-competition series hosted by eight-time Emmy Award-winner Phil Keoghan is a known as television’s most compelling and exciting race around the world. Entering its 21st season, the show pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million. This season’s group—featuring Chippendale’s dancers, a double amputee who’s also a snowboarding champ, and monster-truck drivers—will travel to nine countries including Indonesia, China, and France.

Call the Midwife, series premiere at 8pm on PBS

Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950’s East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns. As Jenny comes to terms with her new life, we meet some phenomenal people who prove that their warmth, resilience and determination are to be admired beyond measure. At the heart of this world are the Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus who have been active in the East End as Anglican nursing nuns since the beginning of the 20th century. The Sisters and the midwives of Nonnatus House carry out many nursing duties across the community. However, with between 80 and 100 babies being born each month in Poplar alone, their primary work is to help bring safe childbirth to women in the area and to look after their countless newborns.

The Simpsons, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Now the longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons immediately struck a chord with viewers across the country more than 20 years ago as it poked fun at itself and everything in its wake. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series – now entering its 24th season – had made an inedible imprint on American pop culture, and the family members have become television icons. In the season 24 premiere, America’s favorite Midwestern family travels to New York City to track down Bart’s long-lost love (guest voice Zooey Deschanel). Other upcoming adventures this season include Grampa (Don Castellaneta) escaping from his retirement home; Homer finding out his bowling buddy (guest voice Steve Carrell) is an accountant for the mob; and Bart discovering the cool new neighbors’ son (guest voice Patton Oswalt) isn’t as cool as he appears to be.

Bob’s Burgers, season premiere at 8:30pm on FOX

– The animated comedy Bob’s Burgers returns for a well-done third season. The series follows the ups and downs of Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), who runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but his family falls short on service and sophistication. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and dearth of customers, Bob and his family are determined to make every “Grand Re-Re-Re-opening” a success. This season, Bob’s eccentric landlord Mr. Fischoeder (guest voice Kevin Kline) purchases a mechanical shark that threatens the town’s safety; the kids unwittingly get jobs working for a pair of married pot farmers; and Louise has an identity crisis when a bully steals her bunny ears.

Family Guy, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Entering its tenth season, Sunday-night staple Family Guy continues to entertain fans with its outrageous humor, cutting-edge animation and epic episodes. Since its debut, the show has reached cult status among fans, and its breakout star, a talking baby, has become one of the greatest TV villains of all time. The show follows the adventures of an endearingly ignorant dad, Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane), and his hilariously odd family of middle-class New Englanders in Quahog, RI. Lois (Alex Borstein) is Peter’s wife, a stay at home mom with no patience for her family’s antics. Then there are their kids: 17-year-old Meg (Mila Kunis) is a social outcast and the Griffin family punching bag; 13-year-old Chris (Seth Green) is a socially awkward teen who doesn’t have a clue about the opposite sex; and 1-year-old Stewie (MacFarlane) is a diabolically clever baby whose burgeoning sexuality is very much a work in progress. Rounding out the Griffin household is Brian (MacFarlane), the family dog, a member of Mensa with a penchant for dry martinis and dumb blondes.

The Good Wife, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

The Good Wife is an Emmy-nominated drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick started over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. Now a senior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joined her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, with whom she had a steamy romance last season. Alicia found an ally and a friend in Kalinda, the firm’s tough and mysterious in-house investigator, until Alicia discovered Kalinda had slept with Peter during his first term as State’s Attorney and Kalinda has been trying to make it up to Alicia ever since. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician’s scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her teenage children Zach and Grace. Season 4 will find the firm in serious financial trouble (cue recurring guest star Nathan Lane as its appointed trustee in the premiere), Alicia struggling to decide how much she and the kids can be used in Peter’s (Chris Noth) gubernatorial campaign, and Kalinda (Archie Panjaba) pushing the envelope of sex on network TV when her dangerous estranged husband Nick (Marc Warren), reenters the picture.

Dexter, season premiere at 9pm on Showtime

– He’s smart, he’s good looking, and he’s got a great sense of humor. He’s Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), everyone’s favorite serial killer. As a Miami forensics expert, he spends his days solving crimes, and nights committing them. But Dexter lives by a strict code of honor that is both his saving grace and lifelong burden. Torn between his deadly compulsion and his desire for true happiness, Dexter is a man in profound conflict with the world and himself. Last season Dexter stalked the Doomsday Killer, a vicious, deluded, religious fanatic who displayed his victims in grisly, Biblical-themed tableaux. Debra catching Dex mid-murder was only the beginning. If you were frustrated by the Showtime drama’s wonky sixth season, the intense fall premiere just might win you back as Lt. Debra Morgan (Jennifer Carpenter) starts to piece together her brother Dexter’s secrets. Season 7 also introduces a mysterious woman (Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski) who helps Miami Metro with a case, and a Ukranian crime lord (Rome’s Ray Stevenson) who’s heading toward a “big showdown” with Dexter. But the real fireworks will come from Deb and Dex’s seemingly impossible new relationship.

Revenge, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– ABC’s hit primetime soap drama is back on a new night with something to prove. Wealth, beauty and status define the people in the Hamptons, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. Last season, Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) was the new rich girl in town. But the truth is that Emily wasn’t exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Emily, who is in fact Amanda Clarke, is the daughter of convicted terrorist David Clarke. The real Amanda (not to be confused with fauxmanda aka the real Emily Thorne) has returned to her childhood home in the Hamptons to seek vengeance on behalf of her now-deceased father against the people that framed him: the rich and powerful Grayson family and all their accomplices. In the (literally) explosive season one finale, Charlotte Grayson overdosed on prescription pills after learning her mother, Grayson matriarch Victoria (the brilliant Madeleine Stowe), presumably perished in a plane crash orchestrated by her estranged husband Conrad on her way to testify against him. Revenge picks up eight weeks later, at the start of the Hamptons’ summer season. Like last fall’s, the premiere will flash-forward to a dramatic and terrifying event that the first half of season 2 will work toward. Creator Mike Kelley promises we’ll get answers to burning questions regarding the fates of in-peril characters Charlotte, Victoria, and Lydia (who was also onboard the plane).

American Dad, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX

– This animated comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane follows staunch GOP supporter and CIA agent Stan Smith (Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, VA. The series returns for an eighth season this fall. After seven seasons, this Sunday-night staple is still showing us new sides to its characters. In the premiere, we discover Hayley’s (Rachel MacFarlane) musical talents when she becomes the house singer in the bar Roger opens in the attic. Other highlights this season will include cameos by Rupert Grint, Community’s Alison Brie, Castle’s Nathan Fillion, and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. Fans can also look forward to the show’s most warped Christmas episode yet: Danny Glover will guest as Krampus, the mythical creature who, according to Germanic legend, kidnaps naughty children. But this one sings! (Charles Bradley provides the singing voice.)

666 Park Avenue, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside 666 Park Avenue, New York’s most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, these will all be met – for a price – courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But be careful what you wish for, because the price you have to pay is your soul. When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor, Grey’s Anatomy) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor’s staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York’s wealthy elite. Gavin, who has many skeletons in his own closet, is at the height of his world and commands the dark power of The Drake. Olivia (Vanessa Williams), his beautiful but enigmatic, supportive wife, wears her elegance, wealth and position in society as armor… but cracks will slowly be revealed. Jane and Henry not only fall prey to the machinations of Gavin and Olivia, but unwittingly live in the dark embrace of the building’s supernatural forces which endanger the lives of its residents. Sexy, enticing and captivating, home to an epic struggle of good versus evil, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its tenants in this new, chilling drama, tempting them through their ambitions and desires.

Homeland, season premiere at 10pm on Showtime

– The Emmy award winning series for best drama, best drama actor and best drama actress enters its second season with much well-deserved buzz and anticipation. M.I.A. in Afghanistan for eight years and subjected to unthinkable torture at the hands of al-Qaeda, Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Emmy winner Damian Lewis) finally came home, was declared a national hero, and is even being prepped for a political career. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Emmy winner Claire Danes) believes he has been turned and become part of a plot to be carried out on American soil. But the volatile Carrie has some demons of her own as she tries to prove her theories are real and not a figment of her wild imagination, which is aggravated by her bipolar disorder. At the end of last season, Brody’s failed terrorist attack (thanks to a malfunctioning explosive vest) confirmed Carrie was right but without any evidence to expose Brody as a terrorist, his political career is on the rise and Carrie may be out of a job. In the season two premiere, an asset from Carrie’s former life comes in from the cold, and Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy.

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The crime drama 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. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough, high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents; however, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases. With the crime drama switching to a new night for its fifth season, its basically a new start for the show. There will be major developments in Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) quest to nab Red John, the serial killer who murdered his family (although in the season’s second episode, Jane will meet a girl who claims to be his dead daughter). Jane and his CBI cohorts are forced to collaborate with a team of FBI agents, led by Rome’s Polly Walker. Red John’s lackey Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui)—introduced in last season’s finale—will stick around for several episodes as a foil, possible informant, and risky love interest for Jane, much to the chagrin of Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney).

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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My Generation, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

– This new faux-documentary drama series is based on a hit Swedish show that highlights the difference ten years can make when you go from being a high school student to an adult. In 2000, a documentary crew followed a disparate group of nine high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation. Ten years later, camera crews revisit these former classmates as they return home to rediscover that just because they’re not where they planned doesn’t mean they’re not right where they need to be. It’s basically like a ten-year high school reunion that is both extremely gratifying for some people and awkward/embarrassing for others. How long can this fun little reunion last? Half a season, I predict.

Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Bones, a darkly amusing procedural entering its sixth season, is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a highly skilled forensic anthropologist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and writes novels on the side. When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless (when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed), law enforcement calls on Brennan for her uncanny ability to read clues left behind in the victim’s bones.While most people can’t handle Brennan’s intelligence, Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) of the FBI’s Homicide Investigations Unit is an exception. A former Army sniper, Booth mistrusts science and scientists – the “squints,” as he calls them – but even he cannot deny that the combination of his people-smarts and Brennan’s scientific acumen makes them a formidable duo. As Season Six begins, Cam finds her job as a federal medical examiner and her reputation in danger due to a stalled case involving the remains of a child on her pathology table. Also this season, Booth has moved on emotionally after he professed his love to Brennan and she rejected him, so he has entered into a serious relationship with a war correspondent who followed him back to the States from Afghanistan.

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– This marks the second, and what should be the last year at Glendale Community College and I’m already concerned as to how we’re gonna keep this hysterical group together! This hidden gem transformed from being an easy-going, why not kind of show to laugh out loud hilarious with priceless moments I still remember and bring up in daily conversations. Last season Britta and Professor Slater both declared their love for Jeff but he realized, in a total twist, that he likes Annie and planted a big smooch on her. DRAMA! Well, thankfully they’ll deal with that elephant in the season premiere. Another thing to look forward to: the most coveted woman in the entertainment industry, Betty White, guest stars as a really insane Anthropology Professor. How perfect is this—Betty White with the Community crew? I’m already laughing just thinking about how amazing this is gonna be! Also this season, Senor Chang struggles with his transition to being a student, Troy moves into Pierce’s mansion, Jeff has to face his agnosticism head-on when a friend’s relative dies, and the group enrolls in Greendale’s new space program.

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

– The hit comedy series performed so well last season, both in the ratings and the awards shows, that CBS felt it could stand on it’s own two feet, helping to cement a new comedy block in it’s new time slot on Thursdays competing with NBC’s comedy block. Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists, 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, beautiful aspiring actress named Penny 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 Wolowitz and Koothrappali. Last season ended with Penny and Leonard breaking up and it will remain that way for now. As for Sheldon’s interesting first encounter with his female clone Amy, the sparks flew but Sheldon doesn’t have the smooth moves to woo a lady.

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

– Bleep My Dad Says, based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, stars Emmy Award winner William Shatner as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. Nobody is safe from Ed’s rants, including his sons, Henry (Jonathan Sadowski), a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger; and Vince, the meek half of a husband/wife real estate duo with domineering Bonnie. When Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent, Ed reveals a soft spot and invites Henry to move in with him. Henry agrees, knowing that the verbal assault will not abate and now there will be no escape. Describing their father/son relationship is tricky, but Ed will easily come up with a few choice words.

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

– Take notice of the new time slot! The multiple award-winning comedy series is told through the comedic voice of Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Tina Fey as variety show producer Liz Lemon, and features Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin as top network executive Jack Donaghy along with Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, the unpredictable star of Lemon’s hit variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling corporate interference from Donaghy and off-the-handle star antics from Jordan, all while attempting to salvage her own personal life. Also rounding out the cast are Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, the co-star of “TGS”; Scott Adsit as the variety show’s producer Pete Hornberger; Jack McBrayer as Kenneth, the over-eager and effortlessly endearing NBC page; Judah Friedlander as Frank, the sardonic slacker on the writing staff; Katrina Bowden as Lemon’s young, flighty assistant, Cerie; and Keith Powell as Toofer, the sophisticated yet sarcastic Harvard-alum writer.

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

– Big boss Shonda Rhimes says this year’s theme is rebirth. Everybody has to deal with the long-lasting emotional effects of the bloodbath in the riveting season finale. Meredith steps into the role of being everybody’s emotional rock, trying to help them heal while not dealing with the traumatizing events she went through, not only nearly being shot and seeing her hubby shot, but also suffering a miscarriage on that dreadful day. Meredith still hasn’t told Derek about the baby or the miscarriage and can’t bring herself to do so for a while. Derek, feeling the adrenaline rush that takes over when you come so close to death, deals with his trauma through sex, as only MerDer do best! In the season premiere (SPOILER ALERT), the show’s worst couple, Cristina and Owen, tie the knot. For real, I am not kidding. How stupid is that? Ridiculously stupid. Let’s hope there’s an annulment or divorce in the near future. Clearly the writers didn’t get the memo that me and every other viewer sent stating that Cristina and Owen’s relationship is seriously damaged, dysfunctional, and painful to watch and that she should be with new HOT doctor Jackson Avery. Alex and Lexie have to deal with whether they still have a relationship after a badly wounded and almost-dying Alex mistook Lexie for Izzie in his delirium. Rhimes says Alex will finally get the closure he and all us viewers need with Izzie, whether Heigl makes an appearance or not. Callie and Arizona’s baby drama is finally over but now they have to deal with a career-related obstacle. More drama and tears abound in this exciting new season of Grey’s, the show that just keeps on giving.

CSI, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Mega tween sensation Justin Bieber makes his acting debut on the season premiere of the hit crime procedural that moved in on Law & Order’s territory and spawned two spin-offs. CSI is a fast-paced drama about a team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes by, here’s a new concept for investigators, examining the evidence.  They are on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery.  Catherine Willows, a hard-working single parent with a checkered past and a teenage daughter she’s raising on her own, heads the team of investigators at the Crime Lab in Las Vegas, following previous leader Gil Grissom’s departure.  The team’s other members include Dr. Raymond Langston, a former pathologist who joins the Las Vegas Crime Lab after consulting on a serial killer case; Nick Stokes, a true-blue stand-up guy who empathizes with victims via his own experiences; and Greg Sanders, the off-beat tech analyst turned field investigator.  The CSI team members also work closely with Capt. Jim Brass, the former chief, now assigned to Homicide; Dr. Albert Robbins, the ever-professional medical examiner and his assistant, David Phillips; and David Hodges and Wendy Simms, lab technicians with specialties in trace and foreign-substance analysis.

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Heading into its mind-bending third season, the critically acclaimed supernatural sci-fi series with a dedicated cult following continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. Set in Boston, the FBI’s Fringe Division was introduced when Special Agent Olivia (Anna Torv) enlisted institutionalized “fringe” scientist Walter (John Noble) and his globe-trotting, jack-of-all-trades son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), to help in the investigation of an airline disaster that defied human logic. After the defining case was solved and revealed to be one of a series of unusual incidents linked together, the unlikely trio supervised by Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) and assisted by Junior Agent Astrid (Jasika Nicole) was formed. At the end of last season, FBI agent Olivia was trapped in a parallel world while her genetic doppelganger crossed over to take her place. The dimensionally swapped ladies will stay put for a whole as the show explores the differences between the two realities. Real Peter and Walter try to move on with their lives unknowingly alongside alternate Olivia while real Olivia conducts investigations in the parallel world with alternative Broyles and alternative Charlie (Kirk Acevedo).

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

– The hilarious award-winning mockumentary style comedy series enters its seventh season with a heavy heart as Steve Carell, who stars as Regional Manager Michael Scott, is leaving after this season to pursue other projects. One upside to losing Steve Carell? This season will be packed with classic Michael episodes, say the producers. A fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody about modern American office life, the hit series delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With unshaken enthusiasm, Michael believes he is the office funnyman, a fountain of business wisdom and his employees’ cool friend. He has no clue that his employees tolerate his inappropriate behavior only because he signs their paychecks. Rumors that a new cast member would be brought in to replace Michael the crazy boss were quickly dismissed, the producers are looking to promote from within the already stellar cast. The frontrunner? Rainn Wilson’s eccentric character Dwight. This season we can look forward to Michael’s ex and former boss Jan returning, as well as Jim examining his professional future in light of Michael’s decision to move on.

Outsourced, season premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

– NBC you have committed a grave error in pushing Parks & Recreation’s premiere date to midseason to make room for this new borderline-racist series about a call center for U.S. novelty products that has been outsourced to India. Yes, everybody relates to the annoying fact that anytime you call customer service you’re talking to someone in the third world who is reading a script off a computer, but this very “of the moment” comedy has nothing on Parks & Rec and you will feel my wrath when this crashes and burns! Please take note, I am being horribly biased because I’m going into Parks & Rec withdrawal.

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– The delightful Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) divorced McDreamy, broke up with McSteamy and traded sunless Seattle for Southern California rays in this spin-off of the hit medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy. At Oceanside Wellness, renowned surgeon and OB/GYN Addison has reunited with her friends from med school, doctors Naomi (Audra McDonald) and Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs), joining them at their chic new age co-op. It the sex and drama of Grey’s but in a much smaller working space for all the co-workers to hide, therefore amping up the awkwardness. In the season opener, Violet and Pete impulsively decide to get hitched after all the drama they’ve gone through. What happens with Addison and Sam after they hooked up in last season’s finale? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The hit crime procedural drama with an edge entering it’s third season stars 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. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

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

Sunday September 19th

Boardwalk Empire, series premiere at 9pm on HBO

Fantasia For Real, season premiere at 10pm on VH1

Monday September 20th

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

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

House, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Chuck, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

Lone Star, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

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

The Event, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

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

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

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

Chase, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

Tuesday, September 21st

Glee, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

The Biggest Loser, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

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

Raising Hope, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

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

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

Wednesday, September 22nd

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

Undercovers, series premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

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

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

The Defenders, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

The Whole Truth, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

Thursday, September 23rd

My Generation, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

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

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

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

CSI, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

Outsourced, season premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Friday, September 24th

Medium, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Smallville, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

The Good Guys, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

CSI: NY, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Supernatural, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS