Sunday, September 15th
Liv and Maddie, series premiere at 8pm on Disney
– Like a Disney version of Tatiana Maslany, Dove Cameron is tasked with playing both of the wildly different title characters on this teen twin-sister sitcom: Liv, a narcissistic Hollywood starlet who recently returned home to Wisconsin, and Maddie, a no-frills athlete. Cameron possesses all the spunk and talent of the Demis and Selenas before her, and Jessica Garcia plays the most endearing G-rated high school tough since The Facts of Life’s Jo Polniaczek.
Foyle’s War, season premiere at 9pm on PBS
– Set along the South Coast of England in the 1940s, Foyle’s War stars Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle, the straightforward sleuth who fights his own battles on the home front while war rages across Europe — that is, until now. The war in Europe is over, and Foyle hopes his crime-fighting days are too. But murder knows no respite in the seaside town of Hastings, and the unflappable chief must solve a trio of his most challenging cases yet.
The 2014 Miss America Competition, special from 9 to 11pm on ABC
– Lara Spencer, the lifestyle anchor for ABC News’ Good Morning America, and The Bachelor host Chris Harrison will co-host the competition airing live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Monday, September 16th
Dancing With the Stars, season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– Dancing with the Stars returns for its 17th season with a brand new format, a new cast, great dancing, and musical performances from top recording artists. Dancing with the Stars shakes things up by transitioning to a one night, two-hour format. Combining the best elements of the show every Monday, Dancing with the Stars will continue to feature competitive dance, dynamic group performances and musical guests, all while climaxing to a dramatic elimination. Each week viewers vote for their favorite dancing performance. Each couple will be eliminated at the end of each episode by combining the judges’ scores of that night, along with the public votes from the previous week, which will determine who gets eliminated every Monday night.
Meet the Cast:
ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN partners with VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
CORBIN BLEU partners with KARINA SMIRNOFF
BRANT DAUGHERTY partners with PETA MURGATROYD
BILL ENGVALL joins first time professional partner EMMA SLATER
VALERIE HARPER partners with TRISTAN MACMANUS
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON partners with SHARNA BURGESS
CHRISTINA MILIAN partners with MARK BALLAS
BILL NYE joins first time professional partner TYNE STECKLEIN
JACK OSBOURNE partners with CHERYL BURKE
NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI joins first time professional partner SASHA FARBER
LEAH REMINI partners with TONY DOVOLANI
AMBER RILEY partners with DEREK HOUGH
Bones, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
– At the conclusion of Season Eight, tech genius and serial killer Christopher Pelant (guest star Andrew Leeds) once again returned to toy with the Jeffersonian team, orchestrating a string ofmurders, all of which involved FBI agents with close ties to Booth. Pelant then set his aim on Sweets, while the team raced to reach Sweets before Pelant did. With Booth having become one of Pelant’s potential targets, Brennan found herself re-evaluating their relationship, resulting in a marriage proposal that Booth happily accepted. But a call from Pelant brought those plans to an endwhen he threatened Booth and forced him to secretly trade his nuptials for the lives of innocent people. Season Nine will begin with Brennan unable to make peace with Booth’s apparent rejection, remaining unaware of his pact with Pelant. She will question the viability of their relationship, while Booth will be forced to win back her trust without ever revealing the reason for turning her down. If Brennan’s love for him is to survive, Booth ultimately concludes that Pelant must die – a moral conundrum with which he will wrestle throughout the season.
Sleepy Hollow, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– Welcome to Sleepy Hollow, the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises and Fringe). In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world. As Ichabod finds himself in 2013’s Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a young cop who has her own supernatural experiences, the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken along with Ichabod and that now is seeping into this once-sleepy town. Ripe with untold stories from American history and cloaked in mythology, the divide between present and past becomes dangerously blurred. Lives are in the balance, including that of Ichabod’s late wife, Katrina (Katia Winter, Dexter), who is trapped in a mysterious netherworld. Not everyone believes Ichabod’s tales of 1776 and supernatural evils, especially the new head of Abbie’s police precinct, Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones, “The Chicago 8,” “Drumline”). When faced with bizarre events he can’t explain, Capt. Irving reluctantly turns to Ichabod and Abbie to investigate.
Tuesday, September 17th
Dads, series premiere at 8pm on FOX
– From Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the creatively outrageous minds behind “Ted,” and Family Guy, Dads explores the often treacherous terrain of the father-son landscape. The multi-camera comedy series follows two successful guys – and childhood best friends – now in their mid-30s, whose relatively stable lives get turned upside down when their inappropriate and pain-in-the-neck patriarchs move in. Eli (Seth Green, Family Guy, Robot Chicken) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi, My Name is Earl, “Ted,” “Avatar”) are lifelong best friends and the co-founders of Ghost Child Games, a successful video game company. Warner, married with two kids, is a bundle of nerves, as he tries to balance his career with his home life. He and Eli came up with the idea for the gaming company while stoned in college, and Eli has remained stoned ever since. Although Warner and Eli are at very different places in their lives, they are so close, their friendship often seems more like a marriage. And that relationship is more complicated now, as their dads invade their lives. Warner’s neuroses likely stem from having grown up in a family whose fortunes fluctuated wildly from year to year, due to the failed get-rich-quick schemes of his father, Crawford (Martin Mull, Two and a Half Men). Now that Crawford has moved in, Camila (Vanessa Lachey, True Beauty, “Disaster Movie”), Warner’s matter-of-fact and beautiful wife, is constantly trying to get Warner to confront his father, but Warner can’t seem to work up the courage to do so. Eli’s dad, David (Peter Riegert, The Good Wife, The Sopranos), is a towering monument to negativity who has spent his life jumping from relationship to relationship. Equal parts cheap and cranky, David relishes disappointment and has always prepared his son for it. The invasion of the Dads will give these friends and business partners their biggest challenge yet. Between dubious schemes, passive-aggressive busy-bodying and light kissing-on-the-lips, will these beleaguered sons be able to hold the line in the face of two massive game-changers?
Latino Americans, documentary miniseries premiere at 8pm on PBS
– This three-part six-hour documentary is the first major docu-series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, series premiere at 8:30pm on FOX
– From the writer and producers of Parks and Recreation, and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) and Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective and his diverse group of colleagues get a new captain with a lot to prove. Detective Jake Peralta (Samberg) is gifted enough that he’s never had to work too hard or follow the rules too closely. Perhaps because he has the best arrest record among his colleagues, he’s been enabled – if not indulged – throughout his entire career. That is, until the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Braugher). Captain Holt believes in rules and regulations, two concepts that have long been overlooked by the detectives in the 99th precinct. Jake’s colleagues are a brilliant and capable bunch, but lack a certain level of discipline and leadership. They compete with each other, annoy each other, gossip and flirt, but at the end of the day, they have each other’s backs. Together, they interrogate suspects, arrest perps and solve murders. But, ultimately, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a workplace comedy that’s not really about the job. It’s about the men and women behind the badge – singing karaoke, grabbing a beer, and dabbling in each other’s personal lives– all while protecting the fine people of Brooklyn.
I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, series premiere at 9pm on Bravo
– I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding proves that the second time around is a charm as the new spin-off reality series features the nuptials of former spouses NeNe and Gregg Leakes. Fans have gotten up close and personal with the couple during The Real Housewives of Atlanta, watching their happy marriage, devastating divorce, and romantic reconnection. The stars align as the Leakes are ready to tie the knot once again in an extravagant wedding fit for a larger-than-life personality like NeNe. Each episode follows NeNe as she plans the wedding of a lifetime and puts her team of experts to the test in executing her dream vision. Alongside NeNe is her bridal party, including Cynthia Baileyand Marlo Hampton, who bring a fair share of drama and fabulousness to the classy affair.
New Girl, season premiere at 9pm on FOX
– Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, FOX’s hit comedy New Girl breezes into its upcoming third season as it follows a group of five friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world. As the series concluded its second season, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ultimately gave into their mutual attraction and decided to take their relationship to the next level. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) desperately tried to win back Cece (Hannah Simone), after breaking off his romance with her, and his efforts were rewarded, when Cece called off her wedding. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris), seemingly the most grounded of the loftmates, slowly revealed cracks in his calm, cool and collected façade. In the upcoming third season, Jess and Nick will go “all-in” on their relationship, but they will have to overcome some major obstacles, not the least of which just might be Schmidt. Following Cece’s aborted wedding, Schmidt finds himself unable to choose between Cece and Elizabeth (guest star Merritt Wever) and deals with it in the “Schmidt-iest” way possible. Also, Winston reconnects with Coach (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.) bringing him back into the loft when one of the roommates moves out.
The Mindy Project, season premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
– The hit sophomore comedy series created by and starring Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (The Office) follows a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life. Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) is a talented obstetrician with a hectic personal life, who struggles to find the right guy, the right outfit and the right attitude. Mindy shares a practice with two doctors, neither of whom makes life any easier for her. Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) is a hothead and a guys’ guy who criticizes her for everything, including her struggling love life and her lack of professionalism. In contrast, Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) is the walking definition of bad news, and everything comes easy to this suave skinny jean-wearing Brit. Rounding out the medical staff is male nurse Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz), a reformed ex-con with a heart of gold who, despite his best intentions, always seems to land himself in trouble; the hospital’s resident cheerleader, Betsy Putch (Zoe Jarman), a young, earnest and easily excitable receptionist; the grumpy and absent-minded nurse Beverly (Beth Grant); and the newest addition to the nurse station, Tamra (Xosha Roquemore), a girl who would rather dish gossip and dole out beauty tips than do anything resembling work. Having traveled to Haiti at the end of Season One, Mindy returns from her volunteer mission hoping to save the practice from disarray, but finds that the office has gotten along fine without her, thank you very much. Danny has brought in a new physician, Dr. Paul Leotard (guest star James Franco, “This is the End,” “127 Hours”), who has taken over Mindy’s office. Meanwhile, Jeremy begins to play a bigger role in the practice and Morgan is spending his spare time saving dogs.
Wednesday, September 18th
Survivor: Blood vs. Water, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– The fall edition of Survivor, themed “Blood vs. Water,” will feature former players competing with – and ultimately against – their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor. Will the returnees use their prior experience in the game to help their partners or will they leave their relatives alone to fend for themselves? Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question: which is thicker – Blood or Water? This edition of Survivor will feature the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated from the game can seek redemption and return for a chance to win the million-dollar prize. The twist this season, however, is loved ones will be forced to choose whether to “save” their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them, thus allowing their loved one to immediately re-enter the game, or leave them in exile to survive on their own.
Friday, September 20th
Shark Tank, season premiere at 9pm on ABC
– The critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank, has the Sharks continuing the search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks – tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons – will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.
Saturday, September 21st
2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on FXX
– The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, traditionally held the weekend before the live Primetime Emmys telecast, are largely dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production: art direction, cinematography, hairstyling, makeup, music, picture editing, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, stunts and more.