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Survivor, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The 18 castaways that will be competing with their loved one Survivor this season, themed Blood vs. Water, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90 minute premiere. Some of the contestants in the San Juan Del Sur include an Amazing Race duo: twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson. The “Twinnies” — who appeared on seasons 21 and 24 of Race — are a love it or loathe it duo for fans. Perhaps the biggest name to compete on this season is John Rocker, 39, a former Atlanta Braves pitcher who was widely criticized for his remarks about minorities in a 1999 Sports Illustrated interview. Now older (and hopefully wiser), he’ll compete with his girlfriend, Julie McGee, a model who owns a spray tan business.

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– The Hecks are all back under one roof for now, since Axl (Charlie McDermott) hasn’t returned to college for the fall. But this season, it’s all about Sue (Eden Sher). It’s Sue’s final year so Sue must decide where to go to college—but first, the braces are coming off. Of course it’s not going to go as smoothly as you think. Bad news for Sue, good news for viewers, since her orthodontist will be played by Spin City’s Richard Kind.

The Goldbergs, season premiere at 8:30pm on ABC

– Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky and movie obsessed youngest child 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 McClendon-Covey) is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who loves her delicious kids, but still rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff and sometimes oblivious, parenting with half his attention span but all his heart. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is popular and terrifying, doing her best to cover up that she’s the smartest of the clan. Barry (Troy Gentile) is a passionate dreamer, who maybe dreams a little too big and who always gets the short end of the stick.  Adam (Sean Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s navigating first love, and growing up with his family. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s learning as much from his family as he teaches them.

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

– We’re going to be exploring the various notions of what family is. Last season, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) received a promotion to acting commander and a foster son, while several longtime characters—including Detective Munch (Richard Belzer)—left the SVU team. Stories highlighted this season with guest stars like Stacy Keach and Ron Rifkin, will continue to riff on headlines, from a racist sports exec to an out-of-control former child star.

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Critically lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, Modern Family is also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series. The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side is his young, vivacious second wife Gloria, who resists his old-fashioned ways — an impulse that will become all the more interesting now that he and Gloria have a new baby of their own. This exciting addition will bring more adventures to the family just as Gloria’s son, Manny, is about to embark on an adventure of his own as he enters high school. Jay’s grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, also have their son, Luke, heading to high school; their middle daughter, Alex, is full steam ahead on the college track, and the eldest, Haley, is back home figuring out her future. With the kids all growing up, this new chapter means Claire can explore returning to the workforce, which will have its fair share of missteps and victories. And this will be a big year for Claire’s brother and Jay’s grown son, Mitchell, who alongside his loving partner, Cameron, and daughter Lily, will have a lot of reasons to celebrate. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

Black-ish, series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC

– Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?

Nashville, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Going into season 3, the ladies have a lot of decisions to make. Will Rayna (Connie Britton) choose longtime flame Deacon (Charles Esten) or superstar fiancé Luke (Will Chase)? How will Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) handle her pregnancy, not to mention her former flame Avery (Jonathan Jackson)? Showrunner Dee Johnson swears some resolution will come quickly. But first, some music! The premiere will feature live performances from Deacon and Will (Chris Carmack), something that Johnson says is both exciting and nerveracking.

Chicago P.D., season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– By the end of the premiere, viewers will learn if Voight (Jason Beghe) or Stillwell (Ian Bohen) killed Jin (Archie Kao). And Mark Post starts a three-episode arc as the perennially disappointing mother of Lindsay (Sophia Bush). Lindsay struggles with who really is her family and how much slack do you cut your family.

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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.

Revolution, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

"Revolution" Season 2– The hit sophomore drama action series Revolution centers on the Matheson family’s struggle to survive 15 years after a mysterious worldwide blackout. Their post-apocalyptic world is juxtaposed with bucolic, overgrown cities and a journey of hope, rebirth and retribution. Season 2 picks up right where Season 1 left off with ICBMs speeding toward Atlanta and Philadelphia. Last season, Rachel’s (Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost) relentless quest to avenge her son’s death sent her on a heroic journey to The Tower, where she could turn the power back on, so the Rebels and Georgians could wage war against General Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons, ER) and defeat his treacherous Militia. Aaron Pittman (Zak Orth, “Romeo + Juliet”), a major player at Google, joined her on this suicide mission with the hope of restoring the world’s technology. Miles (Billy Burke, “The Twilight Saga”) discovered that Monroe was waiting at The Tower for Rachel and mounted a rescue mission with Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos, Being Human), Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad), Jason Neville, and Nora. But our heroes soon discovered that former Department of Defense Secretary Randall Flynn (Colm Feore, The Borgias) had outwitted Monroe and hijacked The Tower for a sinister “Patriot” scheme. With help from a very reluctant Aaron, Randall turned the power back on and used the surge to send nuclear bombs to the Eastern seaboard. For four minutes, the power came on across the globe, creating what became known as the Surge. But something mysterious happened to our heroes during this phenomenon… This season, Revolution returns to its powerless roots and settles into Willoughby – a small town in the great nation of Texas. We flash forward three months to find Miles, Rachel and Aaron licking their wounds and lying low, aided by the town doctor, Gene Porter (Stephen Collins, 7th Heaven). Charlie sets off on a vision quest in the Plains Nation and a desperate Neville and Jason search a Georgian refugee camp for their beloved Julia. Though our heroes are scattered around the continent, one thing is clear: that harrowing trip to The Tower created some peculiar circumstances and altered the political landscape of the continent.

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Forget about athletes, movie stars and politicians. Parents are the real heroes—but we think Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond), must be some kind of superhero. A loving wife and mother of three, she’s middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age. Frankie and her husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl (Charlie McDermott), her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue (Eden Sher), the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything… but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose best friend is his backpack. Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to get to the top, or struggling not to hit bottom, but we think Frankie and her family will find a lot of love, and a lot of laughs, somewhere in The Middle.

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

– Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson, Psych) was an All Star softball player until life threw her a couple curve balls: a baby, a lost college scholarship and a loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) move in with her estranged father, Terry Sr. aka “The Cannon” (James Caan, Las Vegas). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a single father or professional baseball player. As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Danny wants to play Little League. His stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn’t even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field and his grandfather’s living room. When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the team, Danny’s disappointment forces Terry to face her past. So when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits.

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. With section chief Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) killed in the finale, season 9 will introduce Esai Morales’ Matt Cruz, who debuts in the third episode and shares a connection to A.J. Cook’s JJ that will remain secret…for now.

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

– The longest-running spin-off of the Law & Order brand is now in its 14th season. This hard-hitting and emotional series chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past – as a product of rape and a witness to her mother’s grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help. Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) oversees the unit with a tough but supportive approach to the team’s complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day. Sergeant John Munch, (Richard Belzer, “Homicide: Life on the Street”), a transfer from Baltimore’s homicide unit, brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team. Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T) adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner. Returning for their second year are Detectives Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), who bring their own talents and style of investigation, all the while learning the ropes from senior detectives and facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU.

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

– The laughs and awards just keep coming for ABC’s multi-Emmy-winning Modern Family! Phil Dunphy is a loving husband/devoted dad who dreams big while making the most out of the little things in life. Claire is his grounded, responsible, regimented (but in a good way) wife. These two are the perfect mix when it comes to raising their three way-different kids. Haley is the independent, eye-rolling teen. Middle sister Alex is wise beyond her years. Little brother Luke, well, isn’t. At least, that’s what he’d like you to think. Claire’s gruff, no-nonsense dad, Jay Pritchett, married a much younger Colombian beauty named Gloria. Her passion for life has rubbed off on her young son Manny, who marches to the beat of his own drum, usually in a burgundy dinner jacket. Jay has done the parent thing with his two adult kids and is currently enjoying Round 2 as dad to Manny. Round 3 just delivered a new baby boy for Gloria and Jay to keep the parenting challenges coming. Jay’s lawyer son, Mitchell, embraced a major life change when he and his carefree, trophy wife partner, Cameron, adopted their super-cute Vietnamese baby, Lily. They’re learning all the parenting ropes as they go. Attempts to adopt another child haven’t panned out. Fortunately, they have the loving support of their extended, eclectic, funny family to keeping them going strong.

Nashville, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

"Nashville" Season 2– In last season’s finale, Rayna and Deacon’s final moments left their lives hanging in the balance after that fiery car crash. But one thing is certain… their relationship will never be easy. Rayna will continue to be driven by her desire to expand upon her music empire, signing new talent and going head to head with a new label chief. Juliette is poised for a fresh start after her success was briefly mired by her short-lived marriage, an extortion plot, and the shocking death of her mother. As she continues to work towards shaping her sound and style, she’ll discover there isn’t a lot of room for error as emerging artists continue to nip at her heels. Deacon’s fall from grace will force him to evolve from his role as band leader to a position outside of his comfort zone. The question is whether or not there’ll be enough time to commit to his most important role of all…being a father. With Rayna’s record label backing her, Scarlett is still seeking out that magic she harnessed with Gunnar. Is Scarlett a flash in the pan? Or will she self-destruct before she’s had her moment in the spotlight? Gunnar is tragically aware that his window to stardom is beginning to close and that he’d better get his head back in the game. Did he ever really have what it takes to be a headliner or songwriter? Avery has had it all and lost it all. This time he’s made an unlikely ally, and nothing is going to keep him down or prevent him from getting back on that path to stardom. Teddy’s life has been turned upside-down since his break with Peggy, but nothing prepared him for how far she would be willing to go to get what she wanted.

CSI, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– Last season left us with a cliffhanger—Morgan (Elizabeth Harnois) and Ellie (Nicki Aycox) were being held captive by a Dante—inspired serial killer—and season 14 starts off with a close-up of a casket at a memorial service. The fans will be shocked to discover who is in the casket. While George Eads’ Nick will be missing for several episodes due to a reported dispute with a showrunner, Marg Helgenberger will be returning for the 300th episode of the series, which takes the CSI family back to a cold case from season 1.

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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 Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

The X Factor, series premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Since its debut in 2004, The X Factor (aka Simon Cowell’s latest project and American Idol’s biggest competition) has remained the U.K.’s #1 program for the last seven years, peaking with an audience of 21 million for its 2010 finale. The format swiftly broke similar records around the world, where local versions have consistently rated #1. The series has received numerous honors worldwide, and more than 100 million records have been sold by artists launched through the series, including over 90 #1 singles and albums and 150 Top Ten records. In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time contestants audition for the x factor judges, Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Paula Abdul and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, they will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence that it takes to win an unprecedented $5 million recording contract. The whole country is holding its breath waiting to see if the much-hyped show will deliver, with so much pressure it will either be a huge success or fail miserably.

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– The crime procedural drama revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves b­efore they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. The team is led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people’s trust and unlock their secrets. Five other special agents round out the team, one each bringing his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

Harry’s Law, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

– Emmy Award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice and Ally McBeal) continues his rich storytelling with another season of his acclaimed legal dramedy (which received an Emmy nod for best actress), starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates – about embracing the unexpected and everything life throws at you. In Season 2, Harry is back with an attitude as she hones her courtroom arguments and winning style. On the heels of Harry’s rising reputation, Harry’s Law and Fine Shoes starts landing larger cases, and alongside her newfound success, Harry is looking to bring in some new hotshot attorneys to help out the team. Expect higher stakes cases, new energy and more drama as the curmudgeonly Ms. Korn continues to lay down the law. Don’t worry though… she’s on your side!

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

– Fresh off a sweep at the Emmy Awards on Sunday for trophies including best supporting actor and actress in a comedy series, best writing for a comedy series, best directing for a comedy series and the big kahuna best comedy series is back for more laughs and adventures with everyone’s favorite Modern Family in a special 1-hour season 3 premiere. The series follows the families of Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), his daughter Claire Dunphy (Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen) and his son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who live in Los Angeles, and compose a closely-knit and unique extended family.  Jay recently married Gloria (the beautiful Sofia Vergara), now he is trying hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter Colombian wife, along with her passionate pre-teen son, Manny. Claire, a homemaker mom, is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil (Emmy award winner Ty Burrell) is great, except that he thinks he’s “down” with their three kids, much to all their embarrassment. And Mitchell and his enthusiastic stay-at-home partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) have just made a major life change by adopting a Vietnamese baby named Lily. The show won three awards in important categories at this year’s Emmy awards and it’s fairly obvious why—it’s impossible not to laugh hysterically at every episode of this quick-witted mockumentary comedy series.

CSI, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

– The hit crime procedural that has been a mainstay on the coveted Thursday at 9pm timeslot is finally making a big move to Wednesday, leaving the most competitive timeslot of the week to newcomer Person of Interest. 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. Following Lawrence Fishburne’s departure after 2 and a half seasons on the show, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Ted Danson stepped in to take the lead role. D.B. Russell (Danson), the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift, comes to the team after heading the Seattle Crime Lab. He’s a family man and scientist, but not a nerd. Son of hippie parents, he’s a “Left Coast” Sherlock Holmes who devours crime novels and looks at every crime scene as if it were a story waiting to be told. Other CSI members include Catherine Willows, the team’s former supervisor and an investigator with a cop’s instinct for reading human behavior; Nick Stokes, the conscience of the team, often driven by his emotional connection to the victim to always get the job done; Sara Sidle, aka Mrs. Grissom, the moral compass of the team who is relentless in her pursuit of criminals; Greg Sanders, once an off-beat tech analyst and now an experienced and intuitive crime solver; and Morgan Brody, an exile from the Los Angeles Crime Lab and the daughter of Undersheriff Ecklie. She’s a natural born investigator who still has a lot to learn about politics and family.

Law & Order: SVU, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– The longest-running show of the Law & Order franchise still on the air, after the original closed shop last year, is now entering its thirteenth season. This hard-hitting and emotional series chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past – as a product of rape and a witness to her mother’s grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help. Captain Donald Cragen, (Dann Florek), oversees the unit with a tough but supportive approach to the team’s complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day. Detective John Munch, (Richard Belzer), a transfer from Baltimore’s homicide unit, brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team. His partner, Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T), adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for Munch. New to the squad are Detectives Nick Amaro (Cold Case’s Danny Pino) and Amanda Rollins (Chase’s Kelli Giddish) to fill the void left by Christopher Meloni’s top detective Elliot Stabler. The newcomers bring their own talents and style of investigation, all the while learning the ropes from senior detectives and facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU.

Revenge, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– In case you can’t quite pin down how you’ve heard of this show before, it’s the commercials that show a crazy vindictive young blonde chick trying to kill her mother, or something like that…Wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is new to the Hamptons. She’s met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn’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. Now Emily is back, and she’s returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how – with a vengeance.

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

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

Undercovers, series premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

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

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

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

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

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

– The crime procedural drama revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves b­efore they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. The team is led by Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), a family man who is able to gain people’s trust and unlock their secrets. Five other special agents round out the team, one each bringing his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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

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

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

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

The Defenders, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

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

The Whole Truth, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

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

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

Sunday September 19th

Boardwalk Empire, series premiere at 9pm on HBO

Fantasia For Real, season premiere at 10pm on VH1

Monday September 20th

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

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

House, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Chuck, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

Lone Star, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

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

The Event, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

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

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

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

Chase, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

Tuesday, September 21st

Glee, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

The Biggest Loser, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

NCIS, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

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

Raising Hope, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

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

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

Wednesday, September 22nd

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

Undercovers, series premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Middle, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

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

Modern Family, season premiere at 9pm on ABC

Criminal Minds, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

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

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

The Defenders, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

The Whole Truth, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

Thursday, September 23rd

My Generation, series premiere at 8pm on ABC

Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX

Community, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

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

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

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

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

CSI, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Fringe, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

The Office, season premiere at 9pm on NBC

Outsourced, season premiere at 9:30pm on NBC

Private Practice, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

The Mentalist, season premiere at 10pm on CBS

Friday, September 24th

Medium, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Smallville, season premiere at 8pm on The CW

The Good Guys, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

CSI: NY, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

Supernatural, season premiere at 9pm on The CW

Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS