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Monday, September 15th

Dancing With the Stars, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– It’s like one of Stefon’s clubs: This season’s dance floor boasts an Olympic athlete (Lolo Jones), a soap hunk (Antonio Sabato Jr.), a YouTube star (Bethany Mota), and a human fire hydrant. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Plus, there’s Julianne Hough (right), who’s now a judge and will get to critique brother Derek. The final tweak? New showrunner Rob Wade, who wants to amp up the showmanship. ”Freestyle really popped for me,” he says. ”Social media is important to shows like this—it’s important we have things that people can share.” Yep, this show has everything.

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, series premiere at 8pm on VH1

– As the newest installment to the record-breaking reality franchise, Love and Hip Hop Hollywood follows the young, hip-hop elite as they strive to either “make” or “maintain” a life in the La La Land of Hollywood! We dive deep into the lives of our cast and discover a turbulent world that lies just beneath the fabulous exterior. From hip-hop artists, to video vixens, to actors, personal assistants, girlfriends, and co-parents, we take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the lives of the hip-hop couples as they struggle to balance their careers and their personal lives. A household name by way of his R&B music, TV shows, and an infamous sex tape with Kim Kardashian, Ray J is has re-invented himself as a heavy-hitting entertainment mogul. His illustrious love life takes center stage once again, as he struggles to deal with the three women who circle him… his ex-fling and ex-Def Jam recording artist, Teairra Mari, his current boo, Princess Love, and his assistant, Morgan Hardman.

Tuesday, September 16th

The Jennie Garth Project, series premiere at 9pm on HGTV

– Recently single actress and mom of three Jennie Garth is starting over. Together with her contractor Scott, she’s stripping a Hollywood Hills home to the studs and building it back up to be her ultimate dream house. It’s a room-by-room transformation filled with Jennie’s sleek and modern style and sensibility.

New Girl, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, ensemble comedy NEW GIRL begins its fourth season, continuing to follow a group of six friends, their somewhat interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world. As the series’ third season came to a close, Jess (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ended their romance, when they discovered that their differences outweighed their love for each other. Schmidt (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Max Greenfield) decided to pursue his on-again-off-again relationship with Cece (Hannah Simone), despite her fling with a younger man. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) passed his entrance exam on his way to becoming a police officer, and Coach (Damon Wayans, Jr.) is adjusting to life as a grade school gym teacher. With the loftmates all single in the upcoming fourth season, the pursuit of love drives them all to extremes. In the season premiere, the gang attends the last wedding of the summer and Jess sets her sights on the best man (guest star Reid Scott, Veep) only to find competition from the hottest scientist in the room (guest star Jessica Biel, “Total Recall,” “New Year’s Eve”).

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

– Created by and starring Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling, the series follows a skilled OB/GYN trying (and failing!) to navigate her romantic life with dignity and grace. Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kaling) is a talented obstetrician with a chaotic personal life, who struggles to find the perfect relationship, remain focused at work, stay current on reality TV and channel her inner warrior – Beyoncé Pad Thai. Mindy’s love life rivaled a real-life romantic comedy this past season, when she fell for her office sparring partner, Danny. Their relationship skyrocketed to new heights when the two shared a kiss in an airplane, but when their feet hit the ground, the two doctors struggled to make their relationship work. Danny ended the romance and then acted like a jealous boyfriend when Mindy dated other men. But in the second season finale, it appeared Mindy got her fairy tale ending atop the Empire State Building, giving “Harry” and “Sally” a run for their money. Season Three will continue to explore Mindy and Danny’s romantic and professional relationship.

Brickleberry, season premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

– The Tosh-produced comedy tends to rise above your average adult-animation fare, tonight’s episode included. Obama is coming, giving the park’s rangers and rednecks reason to touch on everything from health care to Game of Thrones to puke. It may not be as deft as South Park, but Brickleberry has the same off-color spirit and enthusiasm.

Wednesday, September 17th

Red Band Society, series premiere at 9pm on FOX

– From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, Red Band Society is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie (Griffin Gluck, “Back in the Game,” “Private Practice”) is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends. These teens form a life-changing bond and singular kinship, represented by their red hospital bands. They face shared experiences, both uplifting and challenging, tragic and comedic, ordinary and out-of-the-ordinary – and they do it together. The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is Dr. Jack McAndrew (Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon. They are the guiding force for these teens, but in their own personal lives, things might not be so easy. When you’re brought to the brink, that’s when you laugh the loudest, love the strongest and cry the hardest.

The Mysteries of Laura, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– Debra Messing (Will & Grace) stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband – also a cop – who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a “working mom” today. Somehow she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner. For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.

Thursday, September 18th

Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories, series premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim

– If Rod Serling had suffered head trauma before creating The Twilight Zone, it might look like this show. The work of comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, these short horror comedies are notably slicker than the pair’s cult sketchfest Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! ”We wanted to do something that looked great and actually made sense,” says Heidecker. But there’s still weirdness aplenty: Tonight Wareheim plays a new cul-de-sac dweller who runs afoul of his psychotic, snack-obsessed neighbor, and next week Bob Odenkirk is a podiatrist in a parallel universe where toe removal is routine.

Sunday, March 30th

Call the Midwife, season premiere at 8pm on PBS

Call the Midwife, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own.

Eric & Jessie: Game On, season premiere at 10pm on E!

– Country singer Jessie James and NFL player Eric Decker embark on their new life together in this reality series, which shows them working to balance their fast-rising careers with their red-hot relationship. In its sophomore season, with Jessie’s due date approaching and Eric’s chances of making it to the Super Bowl becoming a reality, the parents-to-be face major life changes.

Monday, March 31st

Friends With Better Lives, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

– CBS’s new lesser-version of departing hit How I Met Your Mother is a romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives – married, divorced, newly engaged and single – who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better. Andi and Bobby are happily married with a toddler and another baby on the way, but at times long for the days when they had less responsibility and more fun; Will (James Van Der Beek) is newly single and preaching the bachelor lifestyle, but still pining for his ex-wife; Jules and Lowell are high on their passionate new relationship; and Kate has a successful career but may have a breakdown when she finds out her last remaining single friend, Jules, just got engaged. When it comes to relationships, these six friends are finding it a challenge to look at each other without wondering… who really has the better life?

House of Food, series premiere at 10pm on MTV

– MTV’s House of Food is a drama-infused take on food TV where a group of young aspiring chefs with no formal culinary training are put to the ultimate challenge. The hour-long reality series combines the exciting real-life competitive elements of culinary school with the dramatic setting of a house reality show. The students have been chosen for their passion for cooking and food culture, and their backgrounds are as varied as their personalities. With three of the country’s best chefs as their teachers and the city of Los Angeles as their classroom, this determined group will live and learn together, but only one will win an apprenticeship of a lifetime.

Tuesday, April 1st

Giuliana & Bill, season premiere at 8pm on E!

– Back with a seventh season, the power couple plays with the idea of adding another baby to their family nest. Are they ready to face the same challenges for a second time? And will their decision affect Bill’s desire to move the family from LA to Chicago? In the midst of planning for Duke’s first birthday, Giuliana and Bill disagree over everything from budget to party coordinators, as well as the tough task of researching preschools. Other highlights from the action-packed season include Giuliana trying out for Broadway and fulfilling her lifelong dream of appearing on The Price is Right, while Bill heads to Kuwait and risks it all to fly a stunt plane!

The Mindy Project, midseason premiere at 9pm on FOX

Wednesday, April 2nd

TripTank, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

TripTank showcases animated shorts so volatile that they should come with a recommended dosage. Just 30 seconds in, this animated showcase drops a 420 joke so there shouldn’t be any confusion about what to expect. Combining a range of animation styles and a diverse cast including Wayne Brady, Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Galifianakis, the show promises to offer all the euphoria of a potent hallucinogen without any of the puking.

Thursday, April 3rd

Short Poppies, series premiere at midnight on Netflix

– Netflix’s new mockumentary-style comedy will debut for live streaming to Netflix subscribers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. Flight of the Conchords meets The Daily Show on Rhys Daby’s Kiwi-flavored spoof, starring real-life reporter David Farrier. The show follows a journalist as he meets quirky characters in a small New Zealand town — all played by Darby.

Friday, April 4th

Unforgettable, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

Unforgettable stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an NYPD detective with a rare ability that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind, ready to be accessed at a moment’s notice. Feeling that her ability prevented her from leading a normal life, Carrie withdrew from police work for several years, until she was unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, Detective Al Burns. After consulting on a case, Carrie decided that she belonged back on the job and joined Al in the Queens PD. Carrie’s memory helped her and Al close a staggering number of murder cases, which catches the eye of Eliot Delson, head of the Major Crimes Section of the NYPD. Carrie and Al agree to leave Queens to join Eliot’s team in Manhattan, though Carrie forces him to bring on Joanne Webster, a brilliant medical examiner well-known to Eliot for her acerbic personality. Armed with her unique ability and backed up by the people she trusts the most, Carrie now helps protect the citizens of New York, with each case more memorable than the last.

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.

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