published Friday, September 7th, 2012

A guide to what's new, what's coming back for fall TV

This image released by Fox shows Mindy Kaling, left, and Chris Messina in a scene from "The Mindy Project," premiering Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
This image released by Fox shows Mindy Kaling, left, and Chris Messina in a scene from "The Mindy Project," premiering Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Get those DVRs ready, Chattanooga. The fall season of television is upon us, with many, many choices.

"I can't wait (to watch "The Walking Dead,") Susie Broome Abernathy posted on the Times Free Press Facebook page. "(My son and I) have waited months for it. Our Sunday night ritual, 'TWD' and taco salad!"

The AMC zombie series was a favorite of other readers as well. Enthusiasm also arose for "American Horror Story" and "Grey's Anatomy."

"There's only one show I ever go out of my way to watch," wrote Holly Butter Zuckerman, "and that's 'Grey's Anatomy.'"

And Dotty Herd posted that she was wondering about when the new "NCIS" comes on.

Dotty, we've got you covered.

Here are some highlights of the first two months of the fall television season.

Mon., Sept. 10

8 p.m., "The Voice," NBC: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton return as celebrity coaches in the reality talent contest that begins with blind auditions.

Tues., Sept. 11

9 p.m., "Go On," NBC (new): After his wife dies, a sportscaster joins a grief support group of quirky characters. Matthew Perry stars.

9:30 p.m., "The New Normal," NBC (new): A young single mother becomes a gestational surrogate for a gay couple who want to start a family.

10 p.m., "Parenthood," NBC: The expansive Braverman family is back for the fourth season in this series about the ups and downs of the multigenerational clan.

10 p.m., "Sons of Anarchy," FX: An outlaw motorcycle club in fictional Charming, Calif. In the fifth-season premiere, trouble brews, and Jimmy Smits joins the cast.

Wed., Sept. 12

8 p.m., "The X Factor," Fox: Aspiring musicians compete for a $5 million recording contract. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato join the series as judges.

10 p.m., "Guys with Kids," NBC (new): From producer Jimmy Fallon, a comedy about men balancing fatherhood and guy time. (Regular time, Wednesdays at 8:30).

Thurs., Sept. 13

9 p.m., "Glee," Fox: With half the members having graduated, the glee club rebuilds, and grad-uates adjust to life outside Lima.

10 p.m., "The Real Housewives of Miami," Bravo: New women arrive in Miami in this reality series about the lives of Miami housewives.

Fri., Sept. 14

8 p.m., "Shark Tank," ABC: Multi-millionaires choose to invest in new business ideas or pass on them.

9 p.m., "What Would You Do?," ABC: Hidden cameras look at how people react to tough situations.

9 p.m., "The Ultimate Fighter," FX: Mixed-martial-arts competitors live together and vie for a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

10 p.m., "20/20," ABC: The investigative television news-magazine with hosts Elizabeth Vargas and Chris Cuomo is ABC's oldest prime-time series.

Mon., Sept. 17

8 p.m., "Bones," Fox: Forensic scientist Temperance "Bones" Brennan and FBI agent Seeley Booth investigate murders, now while balancing life with a baby.

9 p.m., "The Mob Doctor," Fox (new): A surgeon works to pay off her brother's gambling debts by attending the medical needs of the Chicago Mafia.

10 p.m., "Revolution," NBC (new): A girl and her uncle search for her kidnapped brother in the post-apocalyptic future.

Wed., Sept. 19

8 p.m., "Survivor: Philippines," CBS: Tune in to see who will be voted off the island this season.

Thurs., Sept. 20

8:30 p.m., "Up All Night," NBC: Reagan and Chris Brinkley work to balance parenthood and individualism. "Will & Grace" alum Sean Hayes has been cast in a multi-episode role.

9 p.m., "The Office," NBC: The gang at Dunder Mifflin returns for a final season, which will launch the new Rainn Wilson series, "The Farm."

9:30 p.m., "Parks and Recreation," NBC: Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope has gone from Parks Department employee to city councilwoman in the fifth season of the mockumentary.

Fri., Sept. 21

9 p.m., "Grimm," NBC: Fairy-tale creatures exist in the modern world in this show about a detective who hunts supernatural creatures.

Mon., Sept. 24

8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother," CBS: Who's getting married? Who's breaking up? And will we ever meet the mother?

8 p.m., "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars," ABC: Past favorites are back for an all-star season of the ballroom competition series.

8:30 p.m., "Partners," CBS: A longtime friendship is tested when one guy gets engaged and another hooks up with a male nurse.

9 p.m., "Two Broke Girls," CBS: Hard-up Max and fallen princess Caroline work at a diner to make ends meet while trying to start their own cupcake business.

9:30 p.m., "Mike & Molly," CBS: Police officer Mike and teacher Molly adjust to life as a married couple.

10 p.m., "Castle," ABC: Romance complicates things for murder-mystery writer Castle and detective Beckett.

10 p.m., "Hawaii Five-0," CBS: Based on the 1970s crime drama, the show focuses on a high-level police task force in Hawaii

Tues., Sept. 25

8 p.m., "NCIS," CBS: Season 10 of the long-running series about the Naval Criminal Investigation Service kicks off.

8 p.m., "New Girl," Fox: The misadventures of quirky Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) and her three male roommates.

8:30 p.m., "Ben and Kate," Fox (new): A spontaneous young man moves in with his sister to help her raise her young daughter.

9 p.m., "NICS: Los Angeles," CBS: The NCIS spinoff follows undercover agents. The 4th season ended with Callen (Chris O'Donnell) being arrested.

9:30 p.m. The Mindy Project, Fox (new): The Office" alum Mindy Kaling stars as an unlucky in love gynecologist.

10 p.m., "Private Practice," ABC: The 6th season picks up three months after the season five finale, which saw Amelia give birth to an anencephalic baby, and Sam propose to Addison.

10 p.m., "Vegas," CBS (new): Inspired by the true story of Ralph Lamb, the "cowboy sheriff" of Las Vegas. Dennis Quaid and Carrie-Anne Moss star.

Wed., Sept. 26

8 p.m. "The Middle," ABC: Find out what the heck the Heck family did over summer vacation in the season 4 premiere.

8 p.m., "Animal Practice," NBC (new): Justin Kirk plays second banana to a monkey in this new series about a New York veterinarian.

9 p.m., "Modern Family," ABC: The Emmy favorite continues with the return of Shelley Long, a pregnant Gloria, and debates about vasectomies.

9 p.m., "Criminal Minds," CBS: Jeanne Tripplehorn steps in as linguistics expert Alex Blake.

9 p.m., "Law & Order, SVU," NBC: NYPD detectives work in a special victims unit.

10 p.m., "The Neighbors," ABC (new): A family learns their neighbors are aliens, and that aliens still have problems.

10 p.m., "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS: Kyle Richards, of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," will guest star as the neighbor of a murder victim.

Thurs., Sept. 27

8 p.m., "Last Resort," ABC (new): After a nuclear submarine crew is attacked, they seek refuge on an exotic island. "Lost" fans, check this one out.

8 p.m., "The Big Bang Theory," CBS: The lovable band of nerds returns, one from space. Science is easy; relationships are hard.

8:30 p.m., "Two and a Half Men," CBS: Miley Cyrus will guest star in the 10th season as a family friend of Walden's (Ashton Kutcher).

9 p.m., "Grey's Anatomy," ABC: Creator Shonda Rhimes has declared season 9 of the series "The Year of Romance."

9 p.m., "Person of Interest," CBS: More questions will be answered, relationships explored and mysteries presented in the second season.

10 p.m., "Scandal," ABC: Inside a Washington, D.C., crisis management firm.

10 p.m., "Elementary," CBS (new): A modern day Sherlock Holmes with a twist -- a female Watson (Lucy Liu). Also starring Jonny Lee Miller and Aidan Quinn.

Fri., Sept. 28

8 p.m., "CSI: NY," CBS: Stars Sela Ward and Gary Sinise traveled to San Francisco to shoot a pivotal episode of the gritty murder investigation show.

9 p.m., "Made in Jersey," CBS (new): A blue collar Jersey girl makes her way in an upper crust New York law firm.

9 p.m., "Fringe," Fox: The FBI sci-fi drama is coming to a close, and it won't all be happy endings. "There will be death in the final season," executive producer J.H. Wyman told TV Guide.

10 p.m., "Blue Bloods," CBS: The series about a multigenerational family of NYPD cops returns for a third season.

Sat., Sept. 29

10 p.m., "48 Hours," CBS: The 25th season of the investigative news show premieres.

Sun., Sept. 30

7 p.m., "60 Minutes," CBS: The television news magazine premiered in 1968.

8 p.m., "Once Upon a Time," ABC: In the town of Storybrooke, fairy tale characters are unaware of their real identities.

8 p.m., "The Amazing Race," CBS: Among the competitors in this season's race will be bilateral amputee Amy Purdy, co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports.

8 p.m., "The Simpsons," Fox: Lovable, forever-young, mischief-maker Bart and his family return for season 23. Rumored cameos include teen sensation Justin Bieber.

8:30 p.m., "Bob's Burgers," Fox: A cartoon about a hamburger joint owner and his off-the-wall family.

9 p.m., "Revenge," ABC: Drama, drama, romance, drama, and, oh yes, revenge are front and center in this prime-time soap about a young women seeking vengeance against those who undid her family.

9 p.m., "The Good Wife," CBS: Upcoming guest stars on the legal drama include Christina Ricci, Kristin Chenoweth and Nathan Lane.

9 p.m., "Family Guy," Fox: The hapless Griffin family, created by prince of irreverence Seth MacFarlane, is back.

9:30 p.m., "American Dad," Fox: Another MacFarlane production, about a CIA agent and his family. Hijinks ensue.

10 p.m., "666 Park Avenue," ABC (new): A Midwestern couple manages a tony New York apartment building in which all the residents have made a deal with the devil.

10 p.m.," The Mentalist," CBS: A triangle complicates matters on the drama about a psychic-turned-detective.

Tues., Oct. 2

8 p.m., "Hart of Dixie," CW: Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy will guest star on the second season of the series about a young New York doctor who moves to small-town Alabama.

8 p.m., "Raising Hope," Fox: Are there wedding bells in the near future for young single dad Jimmy and his lady love, Sabrina? Mother and daughter Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith guest star in the season premiere.

Wed., Oct. 3

9 p.m., "Supernatural," CW: Season 8 begins with an escape from Purgatory. Where do brothers Sam and Dean go from there?

Thurs., Oct. 4

8 p.m., "30 Rock," NBC: The final season of the award-winning comedy premieres. Brian Cranston and Catherine O'Hara will guest star.

Sun., Oct. 7

7 p.m., "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC: Tom Bergeron hosts the series of home-video fun.

7:30 p.m., "The Cleveland Show," Fox: This Seth MacFarlane animated series centers on the character of Cleveland Brown, who was introduced on "Family Guy."

Mon., Oct. 8

8 p.m., "90210," CW: Denise Richards will play a "mean girl" in the show's 100th episode.

9 p.m., "Gossip Girl," CW: Will Chuck and Blair get it right in the show's final season? And "7th Heaven" star Barry Watson shows up to romance Serena (Blake Lively).

Wed., Oct. 10

8 p.m., "Arrow," CW (new): The story of one of DC comic's lesser-known superheroes, Green Arrow, a.k.a. Oliver Queen.

10 p.m., "Chicago Fire," NBC (new): The new series follows the goings-on at a Chicago firehouse.

10 p.m., "Nashville," ABC (new): A country legend learns she'll be playing second fiddle to a bratty up-and-comer.

Thurs., Oct. 11

8 p.m., "The Vampire Diaries," CW: You feed or you die." It's not "Twilight," but the fourth season does begin with a girl becoming a vampire.

9 p.m., "Beauty and the Beast," CW (new): A beautiful police officer teams up with a man who becomes something of a beast when enraged.

10 p.m., "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," FX: The teaser for the eighth season about the dark comedy in a Philadelphia pub is titled "Beware!"

10:30 p.m., "The League," FX: "You don't need to know that much about fantasy football," the network description reads, "you just need to have friends that you hate."

11 p.m., "BrandX with Russell Brand," FX: Outlandish British comedian Russell Brand brings his point of view to current events.

Sun., Oct. 14

9 p.m., "The Walking Dead," AMC: Chattanooga Times Free Press readers' most hotly anticipated show returns.

Tues., Oct. 16

9 p.m., "Emily Owens, M.D.," CW (new): A new doctor struggles to balance life and work, and learns that a hospital and a high school are not all that different.

Wed., Oct. 17

10 p.m., "Suburgatory," ABC: Malin Akerman joins the cast as the mother of Tessa, the displaced city teen turned suburban girl.

10 p.m., "American Horror Story: Asylum," FX: The second season will feature many of the same actors as the first, but playing different characters.

Fri., Oct. 19

8 p.m., "Whitney," NBC: Tone Bell, winner of NBC's Stand Up For Diversity program, joins the cast of the sitcom.

8:30 p.m., "Community," NBC: What does a move from Thursdays to Fridays and behind-the-scenes changes mean for the sitcom about a Colorado community college?

9 p.m., "Nikita," CW: A new foe must be dealt with in the third season of the espionage series.

Tues., Oct. 23

9 p.m., "Happy Endings," ABC: Dave and Alex, or Dave and Penny? This seems to be the question for season 2.

9:30 p.m., "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23," ABC: It's a mini-Dawson's Creek reunion when Busy Phillips guest stars opposite James Van Der Beek, playing a version of himself.

Fri., Oct. 26

8 p.m., "Touch," Fox: The first-season finale of the series about a widower and his potentially psychic son airs only six weeks before.

Fri., Nov. 2

8 p.m., Last Man Standing, ABC: Jordan Masterson will replace Nick Jonas in the role of Ryan, father of Kristin's son.

8:30 p.m., Malibu Country, ABC (new): Lily Tomlin and Reba McEntire star as mother and daughter in the series about a one-time country music star living in California.

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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