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The Voice, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s seventh season. Internationally acclaimed artists Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join returning mega-stars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host.

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

– Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory, but socially challenged everywhere else. Enter beautiful, street-smart neighbor, Penny, who aims to teach them a thing or two about life. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship in the past, Leonard believes he’s found true love with Penny. Even Sheldon has found a female companion, entering into a “Relationship Agreement” with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler. In their free time, Leonard and Sheldon continue to enjoy frequent trips to the comic book store and fantasy role-playing games with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow scientists Koothrappali, Wolowitz and Wolowitz’s adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette.

Gotham, series premiere at 8pm on FOX

– The good. The evil. The beginning. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Gotham follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Scorpion, series premiere at 9pm on CBS

– Given the times, TV is overdue for a clever hacker thriller. This is not it. Elyes Gabel plays a code-slinging, high-IQ (smarter than Einstein, LOL!) social misfit who assists Homeland Security—but before he can save LAX from calamity, he needs the help of a kindly, high-EQ diner waitress (Katharine McPhee). Hit ”esc” on this technostinker.

Sleepy Hollow, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

Sleepy Hollow returns this fall with all-new edge-of-your-seat mysteries and adventures, as the series’ heroic duo of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) fends off the forces of evil to save not only their town, but the world. Picking up immediately after the spellbinding events of the Season One finale, Ichabod finds himself buried alive in a coffin; Abbie is trapped in purgatory; Ichabod’s wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), has been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman; Capt. Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) is behind bars for a murder he did not commit; and Abbie’s sister, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood), is among the wreckage of a horrific car crash. These events were due in large part to the shocking revelation that Henry Parish (John Noble), the trusted friend of Ichabod and Abbie, is actually Ichabod and Katrina’s son and the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. Now, with Henry’s emergence as the Horseman of War, alongside the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow has never been so close to destruction. This season, fans will be introduced to a myriad of new faces in Sleepy Hollow, including Sheriff Leena Reyes (guest star Sakina Jaffrey, House of Cards) and the enigmatic Nick Hawley (guest star Matt Barr, Hatfields & McCoys) who add new drama, excitement and intrigue to the ever-thickening story of the mystical town.

The Blacklist, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, The Office, Boston Legal) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Last season, he mysteriously surrendered to the FBI… but now the FBI works for him as he identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all – with the caveat that Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, Law & Order: Los Angeles) continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and see the bigger picture… whether she wants to or not.

Forever, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills that impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), but piques her curiosity about who he is. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.

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Sunday, February 23rd

The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The Cowboys, Brenchel, Team Kentucky, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the controversial Twinnies are among the 11 teams returning for the third all-stars edition of the hit reality series (and a personal favorite) for a shot at redemption and one million dollars in a highly entertaining (for us) race around the world. The teams will travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles, with challenges including a taking on mission high above the city in Guangzhou, China, rappelling down the roaring rapids of the Kiansom Waterfall in Malaysia, fighting with Gladiators in Rome, Italy and fueling up vehicles in Sri Lanka. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

Food Court Wars, season premiere at 8pm on Food

– Food Court Wars pits two teams of aspiring food entrepreneurs against one another as they battle to win their own food court restaurant, rent-free for a year. Each week it’s a different U.S. city mall. The mall wants to open a brand-new “local” eatery in the food court that offers a fresh region-specific menu. Stakes are high as teams must test their concept, market their brand and run their outlet for a full day feeding hungry shoppers. The team whose restaurant makes the most profit wins their eatery space — a prize worth $100,000! The losing team must vacate the premises.

Growing Up Fisher, series premiere at 10:30pm on NBC

– It’s not every family that’s brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers are anything but typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons, The Closer, Law & Order), for example. He’s chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son… except that Mel’s blind. Then there’s Joyce (Jenna Elfman, Dharma & Greg), who is your typical teenager – really into fashion, busy with school – but the problem is she’s Mom. That makes it difficult for her actual teenage daughter, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley, Southland), whose advice (and clothes) Joyce is always seeking. At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fishers’ 11-year-old son. Having always been his dad’s eyes and wingman, Henry is less than thrilled when his job is outsourced to Mel’s new guide dog, Elvis. While the boy is at first reluctant to accept the changes that Elvis brings, adult Henry (voiceover by Jason Bateman, Arrested Development) realizes upon reflection that his parents’ split finally allowed the Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.

Monday, February 24th

The Voice, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s sixth season. Celebrity musicians and coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton return, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host. The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows. In the end, America’s votes will decide who will be named The Voice and receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

Dallas, season premiere at 9pm on TNT

– The revival of the hit 80s soap centers on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. The exciting drama brought back three iconic stars from the original Dallas: Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, the latter of which tragically passed during the show’s last season. They are joined by the next generation of Ewings, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Josh Henderson is John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, while Jesse Metcalfe is Christopher, Bobby’s adopted son. The two cousins are sworn enemies after betrayal and backstabbing not only concerning the family’s oil business, but also their love lives. The love triangle between John Ross, Christopher, and Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster), Christopher’s former AND current fiancé/John Ross’ former girlfriend, became a square last season when a pregnant Rebecca, Christopher’s ex-wife, took up with her new ally John Ross.

Private Lives of Nashville Wives, series premiere at 10pm on TNT

– Set in and around the capital of the high-stakes country music business, TNT’s new reality series Private Lives of Nashville Wives will follow a group of accomplished, opinionated and driven women as they deal with professional challenges, family issues and social relationships. The cast includes actress/mom Erika Page White (wife of ’90s hitmaker Bryan White), model Cassie Chapman (wife of contemporary Christian star Gary Chapman), singer/songwriter Sarah Davidson (wife of songwriter Dallas Davidson), businesswoman Jenny Terrell (wife of event planner J.T. Terrell), Cuban-American fashion designer Betty Malo (married to The Mavericks’ leader Raul Malo) and her twin sister, Ana Fernandez.

Tuesday, February 25th

Amish Mafia, season premiere at 9pm on Discovery

– Untrusting of outside law enforcement, some Amish in Lancaster County, PA have for many years regularly turned to a small organized group of men for protection and justice. Discovery’s new series Amish Mafia provides a first-ever look at the men who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster. The 2006 School shootings in Lancaster County during which five young Amish girls were killed and five more seriously injured by a non-Amish milk truck driver brought to the nation’s attention the vulnerabilities of the Amish community, and their need for continued protection. Lebanon Levi is the Amish insider who holds the power and serves as protector of the community for a price. He exists above the law and occupies the role of police, judge and jury. Levi’s team engages in a life outside of Amish and non-Amish community codes as he quietly exerts his influence and control. Levi’s brand of order is precise as he seeks to keep outside forces from infiltrating the Amish community, while keeping the principles and morality within the community in check. Levi’s team is lean and fearless. This is a side of Amish society that exists under the radar, and the Amish church denies the group’s existence. Amish Mafia provides eyewitness accounts of the incidents, misdeeds and wrongdoings within the Amish community, as well as a rare look at Levi and his team members who work together to maintain harmony. To protect participants and their family members, some identifying information and property has been changed. Some scenes have been reenacted.

Mind Games, series premiere at 10pm on ABC

– With a little bit of science, a dash of con-artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi mind tricks, brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients’ dreams come true and their nightmares go away. They are partners in Edwards and Associates, an unusual business based on the belief that people’s decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they’re not aware. Ross, a brilliant schemer recently out of prison after a two-year stint for fraud, has come up with a business model that he believes can make him and his team millions of dollars. Although his energy is infectious, his tactics can be questionable and his strategies border on the illegal. Now, if he can just keep his manic brother from going off the rails… A former university professor and world-renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation, the frantic Clark has a checkered history, which stems from his bipolar disorder. Clark’s academic career imploded when the university became aware he was having an affair with a 22-year-old undergraduate. He’s still unable to reconcile losing the girl, and tries to focus his manic energy on Ross’ new fortune-making plan. By using the hard science of psychological manipulation, the brothers commit to solving their clients’ problems. With Clark’s expertise and Ross’s con artist ways, each believing to know what makes people tick, and with their unique staff to help them, the brothers will use psychology and science to offer clients an alternative to their fates.

Wednesday, February 26th

Survivor: Cagayan, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– The spring edition of Survivor, filmed in Cagayan, a province in the Philippines, will be themed “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty.” The groupings of these tribes, each comprised of six castaways, reflect the distinguishing qualities that people bring to the game and test whether there is any truth to the pre-conceived notion that that certain characteristics will help you win the game of Survivor. All castaways will compete to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor. The season’s cast includes a high-stakes poker player, an attorney, an ex-NFL cheerleader, a nuclear engineer, the President of the Miami Marlins and a former NBA All-Star. Will the Brains use their expertise solving puzzles to outsmart the others? Will Brawn dominate all the challenges given their physical attributes? Or will Beauty use their looks to master the social game?

The Americans, season premiere at 10pm on FX

– Returning for its second season, The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) has yielded two American children, 14-year-old Paige and 11-year-old Henry, who know nothing about their parents’ true identity. As their marriage grows more passionate and genuine by the day, it is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Their neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) has already come dangerously close to discovering their secret, but was thwarted by Nina (Annet Mahendru), his KGB mole and paramour. Torn between his wife Sandra (Susan Misner) and his deepening feelings for Nina, Stan is completely unaware that the beautiful Russian is actually a double agent, reporting on him to the KGB. Philip has been more successful handling his mole within the FBI, Martha (Alison Wright), assistant to Stan’s boss, Special Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas). Romancing Martha under the guise of one of his cover identities, an FBI bureaucrat named Clark, Philip has secured her unquestioning loyalty…by marrying her. Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Paige has become increasingly suspicious that her parents are hiding something.

Thursday, February 27th

The Red Road, series premiere at 9pm on SundanceTV

– The SundanceTV original series stars Jason Momoa (Drogo, Game of Thrones) in a role he describes as the “most challenging thing I’ve ever done”. Lines will be crossed when tragedy forces two men, a mesmerizing ex-con and an embattled local cop, to face the secrets of their past. Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) is a Walpole, NJ, police officer currently investigating the disappearance of a young college student in the New Jersey Mountains, home of a Lenape Mountain Native American tribe. Brimming with menace, charisma, and hypnotic self-confidence, Phillip Kopus is a member of the Lenape Tribe and an ex-con whose suspicious return to Walpole threatens to up-end the fragile peace. As these two men find themselves increasingly compromised by one another, the lives of both quickly unravel.

Vikings, season premiere at 10pm on History

– The History original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict. But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.

Friday, February 28th

Inside Job, series premiere at 9pm on TNT

– Each week on Inside Job, one of America’s hottest companies will invite four highly qualified job candidates to compete for a six-figure executive position. For one week, they’ll live together, work together and play together as part of the interview and hiring process. What the candidates don’t know, however, is that one of their fellow candidates is already a management executive of the company. This undercover insider will monitor every move the job candidates make – good or bad – and report the findings back to the boss. At the end of the week, the insider will be revealed, and it is the insider who will decide who is the most deserving candidate to be offered the job of a lifetime.

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, season premiere at 10pm on Lifetime

– After being canceled by NBC in July, Lifetime has given new life to Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. White will return as host for the third season, comprising of 20 half-hour episodes of the hidden camera series.

Hannibal, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– The dark and haunting TV adaptation of Red Dragon, which follows cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter before his capture, returns for a second season with more shocking revelations and psychological cat and mouse games. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is locked in a mental asylum accused of Hannibal Lecter’s crimes (Mads Mikkelsen). Now that Will sees Hannibal for what he truly is, he faces a fight to prove his own sanity and convince those closest to him he is innocent of murder. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. Looking for answers, Jack turns to Hannibal, a man he has come to trust. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack’s new consultant on cases. Hannibal is torn between self-preservation and his desire to keep Will close to him, despite advice from his psychiatrist, Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), to stay away. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show that nothing can ever be the same again.

Saturday, March 1st

Transformers Rescue Bots, season premiere at 1:30pm on The Hub

– With Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction almost four months away get your ‘robots in disguise’ fix on this kids show.

Film Independent Spirit Awards, live awards show from 10pm to midnight on IFC

– Have a hankering to see a movie awards ceremony that’s much more loose-limbed than the Oscars but much less likely to gift multiple awards to Grown Ups 2 than the Razzies? Then check out the 28th annual celebration of indie filmmaking.

Deion’s Family Playbook, series premiere at 10pm on OWN

– This docu-series follows the fun-filled and compelling real-life story of Deion Sanders, the only pro athlete to ever play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.  Few people know that Deion, best known as “Prime Time,” is a single father raising five kids of his own, while also helping to raise four other children who live with him, including the twins whom his mother cares for, his niece and nephew and a student in need whom he recently took into his home. Additionally, Deion is co-founder and football coach of Prime Prep Academy, a charter school that aims to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in underserved areas. With so much on his plate both at school and at home, Deion strives to keep all facets of his complicated, crazy and chaotic life in balance and under control.   Help is on the way every other week when his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, a Hollywood producer who has two sons of her own, comes to visit.

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.

The Voice, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s fifth season. Celebrity musicians and original coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton all return, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host. The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts and, finally, the live performance shows. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the knockout rounds. In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists, and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named The Voice and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

How I Met Your Mother, 1-hour season premiere at 8pm on CBS

– At long last, we met The Mother (Cristin Milioti) in the season eight finale. Ted (Josh Radnor) confided in Lily (Alyson Hannigan) that he and Robin (Cobie Smulders) had shared a moment and that’s he planning to move to Chicago after she marries Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Lily thinks she and Marshall (Jason Segel) are moving to Rome, but little does she know Marshall accepted a judgeship in New York. This ninth and final season we’ll see how each of the gang meets The Mother. And even though the season takes place over Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend, expect lots of HIMYM’s signature time jumps.

2 Broke Girls, season premiere at 9pm on CBS

2 Broke Girls is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max Black works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline Channing is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but first they need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg, an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl, a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee, the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break.

Mom, season premiere at 9:30pm on CBS

– From hit-maker Chuck Lorre comes his next big comedy, an irreverent and outrageous take on true family love and dysfunction. Newly sober single mom Christy (Anna Faris) struggles to raise two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls. Testing her sobriety is her formerly estranged mother (Allison Janney), now back in Christy’s life and eager to share passive-aggressive insights into her daughter’s many mistakes.

Castle, season premiere at 10pm on ABC

– When viewers first met Richard Castle – a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother – he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in Detective Kate Beckett, a bright and aggressive homicide cop with a fascination for odd and offbeat cases stemming from the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Last season Castle and Beckett tried to keep their new relationship a secret as they learn the man responsible for Johanna Beckett’s murder is the powerful Senator Bracken. The mystery man and his muse hit a crossroads when Beckett got an incredible job offer in DC. Wanting more out of their relationship, Castle got down on one knee to ask his partner to marry him in the season finale cliffhanger. The long wait to hear Beckett’s response will end in the Season 6 Premiere.

The Blacklist, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, The Office, Boston Legal) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, Law & Order: Los Angeles), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job. What follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. What are Red’s true intentions? Why has he chosen Liz, a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection? Does Liz have secrets of her own? Zamani is only the first of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all… with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal to “see the bigger picture” – whether she wants to or not.

The HostagesThe Hostages, series premiere at 10pm on CBS

– From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the 15-episode drama series Hostages stars Emmy Award winner Toni Collette and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott in a high-octane suspense drama about Dr. Ellen Sanders, a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle. Ellen and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer, whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer, an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine, a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team. With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian, her secretive daughter Morgan and her not-so-innocent son Jake. In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.

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Sunday, March 24th

Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway…All of ‘Em, concert special from 8 to 10pm on PBS

– The second installment of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center concert series presents Tony and Emmy award winner Kristin Chenoweth performing American Songbook classics in this salute to Broadway’s leading ladies and scene-stealing sidekicks.

Married to Medicine, series premiere at 9pm on Bravo

– Bravo has run out of Real Housewives city spin-offs so they have refocused their energy on mass-producing new reality series about difficult strong women involved in semi-interesting professions. Married to Medicine exposes the fast-paced and drama-filled social scene of Atlanta’s exclusive medical inner circle. Cameras follow the lives of six of Atlanta’s most dynamic and successful women, including doctors and wives of doctors, as they juggle bustling careers, family, and social calendars. From baby deliveries to some of Atlanta’s largest charities, these women are united by medicine, but often struggle to maintain friendships in the face of their world’s rigid hierarchy. These passionate and dynamic women prove that in the capital of the South, and the world of medicine, perception is everything and it’s not enough to be just any type of doctor or doctor’s wife.

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, season premiere at 9pm on TLC

– For the first time ever, American gypsies are revealing their homes, workplaces, social circles and celebrations. Forget the gypsy stereotypes about black magic, bare knuckle boxing, flashy cars and outlandish weddings. Their lives are all about tradition, and they keep their families closely guarded to prevent gypsy culture from being forgotten. There are girls barely 14 years old already on the hunt for a husband. Families planning holiday dinners for hundreds of cousins. Women dropping thousands of dollars on the shortest, sheerest, most blinged-out dresses you’ve ever seen. Amid the celebrations – birthdays, weddings, holy communions – you’ll get a glimpse of the discrimination American gypsies face every day. In the Season 2 premiere, teens from different clans get married, but their omission of important traditions angers their families. Meanwhile, a pageant princess is leery of outsiders; and a man hopes to find a wife for his Roma son.

Monday, March 25th

The Voice, season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– NBC’s hit singing competition series returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s fourth season. Celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with new coaches, Usher and Shakira, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host and Christina Milian as social media correspondent. The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: The first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows. During the blind auditions, coaches pick their team based solely on their voices via the famous button and rotating chairs. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds (a great addition from last season so that no amazing singers have to go home because they got stuck in a difficult battle pairing). At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their own teams, but this time, they find out with whom they are competing only minutes before performing. In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists, and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named The Voice and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

Revolution, midseason premiere at 10pm on NBC

Tuesday, March 26th

Hardcore Pawn, season premiere at 9pm on truTV

– As owners of Detroit’s biggest pawn shop, the Gold family has bought and sold things you can’t begin to imagine. Every day brings new danger as the Golds operate in the heart of one of America’s most troubled cities. With 50,000 sq ft of cash and goods surrounding them, there are millions to be made, but their profits come with huge risk. Welcome to the world of Hardcore Pawn.

Prospectors, series premiere at 9pm on The Weather Channel

– The Weather Channel’s original docu-series Prospectors follows a rag-tag gang of miners searching for the rarest gems in the U.S. in order to strike it rich. Risking life for the ultimate reward. Face high elevations with little oxygen, lightning strikes, hurricane force winds, and vicious storms that move in without warning. And if the weather doesn’t get their gems, the local “claim jumpers” might.

The Game, season premiere at 10pm on BET

– The hit dramedy about the wives and girlfriends of pro football players returns for its sixth season without star Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Melanie, who last season decided to finally attend medical school after she delayed it for years to stay with her boyfriend and eventual hubby Derwin Davis, who will also be leaving the show this season.

Let’s Stay Together, season premiere at 11pm on BET

– Leaning on one another to navigate the challenges of life, love and matrimony is the theme of this romantic comedy entering its third season. It centers on engaged couple Stacy, a successful pediatrician, and Charles, a self-employed contractor; married couple Tasha, who is Stacy’s younger sister and the mother of twin babies, and Jamal; and Charles’ flirtatious sister, Kita, who enjoys the dating scene.

Wednesday, March 27th

Operation Repo, season premiere at 10pm on truTV

– Viewers get to ride along with a team of highly-trained professionals from California’s San Fernando Valley as they repossess cars … no matter how angry the owners may get. From luxury boats and planes to expensive sports cars and tricked-out trucks, if you can’t make your payments, the Operation Repo team will find you! When it comes to recovering property from deadbeat owners, Lou, Sonia, Matt, Froy and Lyndah will stop at nothing to get the job done. The stories depicted are based on real events.

Saturday, March 30th

Doctor Who, midseason premiere at 8pm on BBC America

Orphan Black, series premiere at 9pm on BBC America

– Sarah has always lived the life of an orphan outsider. But a clone is never alone. Tatiana Maslany stars as Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.

Secret Life of Money, one-hour special at 9pm on Discovery

– Money is everywhere. We use it, we love it and we all want more of it. But what is cash? And what if it suddenly disappeared? Secret Life of Money will look at the systems that design, produce, protect, distribute and manage America’s money. The one-hour special features insight from NPR’s Planet Money team, author David Wolman and artist J.S.G. Boggs who each explore the mysteries of money – something we use nearly every day but rarely stop to think about. Behind each note is a complex world of process and design — from minting and printing to distribution to protecting its value in the world market to meeting the demands of our nation’s banks. Discovery Channel goes behind-the-scenes to places few ever see such as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where bills are born; the US Mint, which turns giant coils of metal into the coins we use every day; the Secret Service, where the nation’s top counterfeit experts try to put an end to bogus bills; the Federal Reserve, the heart of the American monetary system; and Dunbar armored cars, whose rolling fortresses help make sure that flow of currency never stops despite the dangers involved. Secret Life of Money will take viewers through the lifecycle of currency and will look to answer the ultimate question — what is money all about, anyway?

The Nerdist, season premiere at 10pm on BBC America

– This comedy talk show is based on comedian Chris Hardwick’s hit Nerdist podcast and his extensive Nerdist empire, which includes Twitter, the popular blog Nerdist.com, and his book “The Nerdist Way.” Join Hardwick, his fellow hosts Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, ­­­­­­­and celebrity correspondents as they welcome actors, writers, comedians, scientists and other nerd icons, hailing from both sides of the pond, to chat about a glorious mélange of Nerdtastic topics. The new season of The Nerdist revamped will feature the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Gillian Jacobs and Matt Smith joining Chris Hardwick on set.

Monday, September 10th

Katie, series premiere at 3pm on syndicated ABC

Since leaving CBS she has made the move to ABC News and even guest co-anchored for a week on Good Morning America. She’s back today with her new syndicated talk show, where we expect she’ll work her interview magic on guests Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow, who wrote and performs the show’s theme song. ”We’re going to try to do a really good mix of different things,” says Couric. ”Some days are going to be very fun and light, and other days will be much more serious.” Future September guests include Barbra Streisand, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, and Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Oprah who?

The Voice, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on NBC

– Part 1 of the hyped 3-night premiere of the most popular singing competition on TV nowadays returns with our favorite panel of coaches battling each other to discover and cultivate America’s next great Voice. The Voice returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s third season. Celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with Carson Daly as host. R&B singer Christina Milian is the Social Media Correspondent who hangs out in the awkward Sprint lounge with the contestants as they tweet and whatnot. Mary J. Blige, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, Michael Buble and Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong sign on as this season’s advisors to the coaches’ contestants. The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: the blind audition, a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. Members from each of the coaches’ team compete against each other to get the chance to represent their coach in the finale where America will vote on which contestant and their respective coach wins The Voice title.

The Crimson Petal and the White, 2-hour miniseries premiere at 8pm on Encore

– Set against the dark underbelly of Victorian London, The Crimson Petal and the White is a tale of seduction, power and class conflict centered around the vibrant prostitute Sugar. Played by Golden Globe nominee Romola Garai, Sugar is intelligent, sexually adept and determined to escape the brothel run by the contemptible Mrs. Castaway (Gillian Anderson). This beautifully filmed four-part drama takes a drastic turn when Sugar meets wealthy businessman William Rackham (BAFTA Award winner and Screen Actors Guild nominee Chris O’Dowd). As regular visits from the invasive physician Doctor Curlew leave his sickly wife increasingly disturbed, William finds Sugar a thrilling antidote to his dreary existence. Separated by class and bound by sexuality and ambition, their relationship grows deeper yet more dangerous. As Sugar ingrains herself into William’s family business and charmed life, the two find themselves in a power struggle that ultimately reveals Sugar’s heroism.

All on the Line With Joe Zee, season premiere at 9pm on Sundance

– Sundance Channel is taking fashion rescue coast-to-coast with the third season of the network’s All on the Line with Joe Zee. The critically-acclaimed docu-series starring the fashion powerhouse and ELLE Creative Director will, for the first time, expand its purview to include the LA fashion scene and LA-based designers who could truly benefit from Joe Zee’s fashion design master class.

The New Normal, series premiere at 10pm on NBC before moving to Tuesday nights at 9:30pm the very next day

– These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes. Bryan (Andrew Rannells, Girls, “The Book of Mormon”) and David (Justin Bartha, “The Hangover”) are a Los Angeles couple, and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King, “One Day”), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A Midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Emmy and Tony Award-winner Ellen Barkin), Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious eight-year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family. Real Housewife of Atlanta turned brilliant actress NeNe Leakes also stars as Rocky, the fierce assistant of father-to-be Bryan.

Tuesday, September 11th

Go On, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– In case you missed the pilot that aired after the Olympics and 10 times since then, catch the repeat Monday night at 10:30pm. Matthew Perry (Friends, Mr. Sunshine) stars as Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan’s alpha-male boss, Stephen, played by John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for “life change,” where he meets an oddball cast of characters, all with their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss. On his very first visit, Ryan convinces the group to deviate from their normal session and starts a tournament-style competition (March Sadness!) to find out whose story is the worst. Ryan’s total lack of interest in “the healing process” proves distracting and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti. Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn’t really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on.

Parenthood, season premiere at 10pm on NBC

– NBC’s underrated drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name comes from executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. This re-imagined and updated production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family. Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls) is a financially strapped single mother trying to raise two teenaged kids, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer, ER). On the home front, Sarah and her kids live with Sarah’s larger-than-life, headstrong father, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, “Family Stone,” “Coach”), and pillar-of-strength mother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, “Heart Like a Wheel”), who are dealing with their own marital issues. Meanwhile, Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, “Traffic”) is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her loving but increasingly restless stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, “Eli Stone”). Commitment-phobe Crosby (Dax Shepard, “Hit and Run”), Sarah’s younger brother, is helping raise a five-year-old son he had out of wedlock with former flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant “Antwone Fisher”). However, it’s Adam (Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under”), the oldest Braverman sibling, who has had to relinquish his expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family, as he, his quietly forceful wife Kristina (Monica Potter, Trust Me) and independent-minded teenage daughter Haddie (Sarah Ramos, “American Dreams”), struggle to cope with their eccentric son and Haddie’s little brother Max (Max Burkholder, Brother and Sisters), who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Although each sibling and family has its own share of everyday challenges to grapple with, they still manage to be there for each other in their hours of need.

Wednesday, September 12th

The X Factor, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on FOX

– Pop icon Britney Spears and former Disney star Demi Lovato join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid at the judges’ table for the singing competition’s second season. Don’t feel bad, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Cheryl Cole. You still have…wait, I’m sure you have something…no…okay, just get a tub of ice cream and wallow in self-pity tonight. You deserve it. The results show follows Thursday nights at 8pm.

Guys With Kids, sneak peek at 10pm on NBC

– This new comedy from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jimmy Fallon about three 30-something dads who try to hold on to their youth as they face the responsibilities of having kids. Thankfully, Gary (Anthony Anderson, Law & Order), Chris (Jesse Bradford, The West Wing) and Nick (Zach Cregger, “Friends with Benefits”) have each other to help navigate the highs and lows of fatherhood – while still trying desperately to remain dudes. Balancing work or staying at home, happily married or happily divorced, taking care of the “littles” while maintaining a social life is a daily challenge. Whether it’s hosing down their babies in the kitchen sink or hitting the bar strapped with “babybjorns,” these guys are taking on fatherhood in ways no one has ever seen before. Nick and Gary’s wives – Emily (Jamie-Lynn Sigler, The Sopranos) and Marny (Tempestt Bledsoe, The Cosby Show) also offer their own parenting advice. Dads today are more involved in their kids’ lives than ever, and these guys are no exception. No tantrum is too loud, no diaper is too dirty – Nick, Chris and Gary are up to the challenge. Official premiere date is September 26th at its regular time slot at 8:30pm.

Family Guns, series premiere at 10pm on Nat Geo

– Family Guns is a new series from Firecracker Films (Big Fat Gypsy Weddings) that follows that action within a family-run military warehouse. The program stars Christian and Alex Cranmer, a father-and-son team that owns and operates New Jersey-based International Military Antiques, and follows the team as they bid on rare firearms and test the items on the firing range.

Thursday, September 13th

Glee, season premiere at 9pm on FOX

– Lea Michele’s Rachel gets off to a rocky start at NYADA because of her tough dance teacher (guest star Kate Hudson). I guess right there is where she starts paying. In sweat.

The Real Housewives of Miami, season premiere at 9pm on Bravo

– Season 2 gives viewers an inside look into the aspirational lives of seven women as they juggle family, work, and a spicy social scene in the hottest city in the world. Whether shopping on Ocean Drive or out on the town in South Beach, these ladies prove that in Miami the skirts are short and so are the tempers. Returning Housewives Lea Black, Adriana de Moura, and Marysol Patton are joined this season by bombshell Lisa Hochstein, supermodel Joanna Krupa, successful lawyer and chef Ana Quincoces, and celebrity dentist Karent Sierra. Also returning in a recurring role is Alexia Echevarria, who has made her son, Frankie, her number one priority following a bad automobile accident earlier this year.

Friday, September 14th

Shark Tank, season premiere at 8pm on ABC

– Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the remote control! The Sharks are back to continue their search to invest in the best products and businesses that America has to offer. The critically acclaimed Shark Tank gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true, and possibly make a business deal that will make them a millionaire. Season Three continues to make TV history, with the Sharks offering over $6.2 million of their own money in investment deals to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs. Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of HDNet and outspoken owner of the 2010-2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks, returns as a Shark and appears in all 13 episodes. Returning “Sharks” joining Cuban and Greiner are real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, fashion and branding expert Daymond John and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary, who we all know has also been called Mr. Wonderful (by himself, of course). The panel of five Sharks will hear pitches of the best business and product ideas from some of America’s brightest entrepreneurs, ranging from start-ups from stay-at-home moms and dads, to simple yet brilliant ideas in a wide range of areas including children’s products, music, sports, automotive, and even the nightclub scene.

The 9th Annual Style Awards, special awards show at 8pm on Style

– Catherine Malandrino, Prabal Gurung, Joe Zee, Katharine McPhee, and Ivanka Trump are scheduled to attend tonight’s awards show that honors designers, models, and stylists. Alas, no love for the little mice that stayed up all night sewing Cinderella’s dress.

Touch, special episode at 8pm on FOX

– A never-seen episode from last season about Martin’s car breaking down in the town where he first became a reporter. I just hope J.T. Walsh doesn’t help him out.

Saturday, September 15th

Bayou Billionaires, season premiere at 9pm on CMT

– In the season 2 premiere, Gerald Sr. and the boys work overtime to build a giant float to surprise Kitten at the “Holiday in Dixie” Parade. Things get complicated when a curious Kitten catches on. Valerie and Kitten are determined to find Jessica a better class of man — so they hire a high-end matchmaker.

Redneck Rehab, series premiere at 10pm on CMT

– Each week a former redneck is confronted by friends and family members that believe he or she should return to their country roots.

Saturday Night Live, season premiere at 11:30pm on NBC

– Seth MacFarlane stars in the premiere episode of the 38th season aka the season after Kristen Wig left.

Sunday, February 5th

Super Bowl, special sports event from 6:30pm to 10pm on NBC

– Super Bowl XLVI is here and the football gods have tossed you an intriguing rematch: The Tom Brady-led New England Patriots, who have now reached their fifth Super Bowl since 2002, versus the Eli Manning-fronted New York Giants, who not only edged the Pats in Foxboro earlier this season but upset them royally in the big game four years ago. Will David find a way to top Goliath (again)? Which coach will win the grump-off, Bill Belichick or Tom Coughlin? And for viewers who don’t know a gridiron from a Gronkowski, who will better rock the jocks: Kelly Clarkson reportedly singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” or Madonna performing at halftime?

The Voice, season premiere at 10:30pm after the Super Bowl on NBC

– NBC’s hit singing competition returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s second season. Celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with Carson Daly as host. Christina Milian joins the all-star cast as the Social Media Correspondent. The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: the blind audition, a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see the artist – thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance.

Jimmy Fallon’s Super Bowl Special, special at 11:35pm

– What better way to cap off the biggest game of the year than with a little comic relief? For the first time, Jimmy Fallon is taking his show on the road, broadcasting live from Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday.

Monday, February 6th

Smash, series premiere at 10pm on NBC

– NBC’s highly anticipated musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire – to be a Smash. The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe – written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Will & Grace). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James, “Shrek the Musical”) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee, American Idol) – who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds – and stage veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner Anjelica Huston) discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) – whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality.

Tuesday, February 7th

The River, 2-hour series premiere from 9 to 11pm on ABC

– Dr. Emmet Cole is missing. The beloved host of The Undiscovered Country, which brought the wonder and magic of the natural world into our homes for so many years, has disappeared in the wilds of the Amazon. Gone for six months now—and believed by many to be dead—his emergency beacon went off two weeks ago. Now Dr. Cole’s wife and frequent co-host of The Undiscovered Country, Tess, has begun the search for her husband. With the help of her son, Lincoln, and crew members Lena Landry, Emilio Valenzuela, and his daughter Jahel, and Captain Kurt Bryndilson, Tess is looking to be reunited with her husband and save the rest of his missing crew. Documenting the journey will be Dr. Cole’s long-time friend and collaborator on The Undiscovered Country, award-winning Producer Clark Quietly, and a team of renowned camera operators including AJ Poulain. But the search for Dr. Cole may provide more questions than answers. Where have he and the missing crew been? What mysteries of the uncharted Amazon did they capture on film? Can this family that was torn asunder six months ago be miraculously reunited? The world holds its breath as we wait to find out just what became of Dr. Emmet Cole and his crew.

Thursday, February 9th

Swamp People, season premiere at 9pm on History Channel

– Deep in the heart of Louisiana lies America’s largest swamp – a million miles of inhospitable bayous, marshes and wetlands where nature rules and humans struggle to tame it. Many of its inhabitants are the hardened descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Canada in the 18th century and settled in this harsh yet majestic environment. Today, these people are known as the Cajuns, a group renowned throughout the world for their flavorful cuisine, distinctive music and vibrant culture. Resilient, self-reliant and fiercely independent, the Cajuns of the Atchafalaya Swamp still carry on many of their ancestors’ trades and traditions. Cameras follow these swampers through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season. At its core, this is a uniquely American story of a proud and skillful people fighting to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many perils and trials that stand in their way.

Sunday, April 24th

Treme, season premiere at 10pm on HBO

– The sophomore drama series set in post-Katrina New Orleans from the creator of The Wire was rousing watercooler fodder when it premiered last year. The series explores the lives of several struggling musicians and other New Orleans locals as they try to put their lives back together three months after Hurricane Katrina. Season 2 picks up 14 months after the federal levees failed. Much has changed in this time but many of the old problems still persist. The profiteers have arrived but the insurance checks haven’t. Also, crime is on the rise and the police’s ability to keep pace with the criminals is questionable. Life in New Orleans is getting better but not fast enough to keep people from wondering whether life would be better and easier elsewhere.

Tuesday, April 26th

The Voice, series premiere at 9pm on NBC

– NBC tries to bank on the high rating singing competition genre with a new series to search for the country’s next great Voice. Though doubtful any other series can come close to even competing with the ratings giant that is Idol, The Voice looks to do just that and has a good chance of pulling it off with an all-star panel of coaches/judges and a creative new competition format. Covering a diverse variety of musical genres, recording artists Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and country star Blake Shelton sit on the judging panel as well as coach and mentor the contestants. The show even boasts a big-name host, Last Call’s Carson Daly, an entertainment icon in the music industry for almost two decades. The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance. During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don’t get to see them. If a coach is impressed by a contestant’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel to face the contestant selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach they want to work with throughout the competition. Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their singers, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success. During the battle rounds the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After the vocal face-off, the coach must choose which singers will advance. In the end, one contestant is chosen by the audience to win $100,000 and a recording contract.

Wednesday, April 27th

Inside The Royal Wedding, special at 8pm on NBC

– England’s storybook couple, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, will tie the knot on Friday in a royal ceremony certain to capture the world’s heart. Get a special insider’s look at the big day with this new NBC documentary hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. This original special offers unprecedented access to the people, places, and traditions of the royal wedding.

South Park, season premiere at 10pm on Comedy Central

– The hit animated comedy series intended for very mature older (and also ironically immature) audiences returns for its 15th season. The show has become famous for its crude language, surreal, satirical, and dark humor that lampoons a wide range of topics. The ongoing narrative revolves around four boys—Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick—and their bizarre adventures in and around the titular Colorado town.

Thursday, April 28th

Son of a Gun, series premiere at 11pm on MTV

– MTV continues expanding its lineup with a new reality series about the tough decisions and hard work it takes to make it in the unique world of music; a raw and untamed look behind the scenes of an industry so many know, but few understand (At least this series is music-related, which is refreshing coming from the Music Television network). Cory Gunz, a rapper who previously had two major record deals with Casablanca and Def Jam, is getting his last big shot in the hard-knock world of hip-hop. Lil Wayne’s latest protégé and the son of previously famed Peter Gunz, Cory is primed to take his career to places his father was never able to go. Before his journey can begin, Cory must overcome some major problems with family and business that seem to be bubbling at the surface. First up is choosing which record label to go with and then how to assemble the team around him. However, in this industry, the lines between family, friends and business can easily be blurred. This is his last chance to show and prove that he has what it takes. In the end, this journey will be one he has to complete on his own. The show also stars Nickelodeon star, America’s Got Talent host, and most importantly Mariah Carey’s husband Nick Cannon who has taken Cory under his wing and used his connections to open doors for Cory.

Friday, April 29th

The Royal Wedding, wedding of the century from 6 to 7 am on all major networks

– The overly hyped wedding of the century is finally upon us as Prince William marries Kate Middleton in an extravagant ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, that’s just how the royals roll. The buzz and media frenzy indicates that ratings will go through the roof and upstage the 750 million that tuned in for Prince Charles and Diana’s televised ceremony 30 years ago despite the fact the ceremony is in the brutal morning hours before we’ve had our coffee. ABC will have a six-hour long Good Morning America with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer anchoring live from Buckingham Palace while Robin Roberts co-anchors live from the Abbey. CBS will have Katie Couric headlining its live coverage. And in case you slept in and missed seeing the nuptials live, Couric will host the one-hour special The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty at 8pm while NBC’s Dateline and ABC’s 20/20 offer their nuptials specials from 9 to 11pm.

Kathy Griffin’s Insightful and Hilarious Take on the Royal Wedding, special at 8pm on TV Guide

– Enjoy the always fabulous Kathy Griffin and her guest panel of Jackie Collins, twin comedians Randy and Jason Sklar, and Anderson Cooper 360 producer Jack Gray, who will give their less-than-reverent analysis of the day’s pomp and circumstance.