When does your favorite returning show premiere this fall?
Or the new fall shows you don’t want to miss?
Here’s my annual list of premiere dates for new and returning TV series in chronological order, and quick blurbs on every new fall TV series. New fall show titles are in bold italics:
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
8: NBC Sunday Night Football.
MONDAY, SEPT. 14
3: FABLife with Tyra Banks, WCPO-TV, Channel 9.
7: 9 On Your Side @7PM premiere on WCPO-TV, Channel 9.
7: ESPN Monday Night Football, ESPN
8: Dancing with the Stars, ABC.
9: American Experience: Walt Disney, PBS (Sept 14-15)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 15
Hulu: The Mindy Project season 4.
10: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, NBC. TV’s latest attempt to revive the variety show, this time with TV and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris. Of course, instead of calling it a variety show, NBC says this is a “live one-hour show that is unlike any other on American television… (with) appearances by A-list stars, stunts, comedy skits, incredible performances, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks.” Moves to 8 p.m. Monday on Sept. 29.
10: The Bastard Executioner, FX. Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) and Katey Sagal star in a period drama set during the reign of King Edward III in the 14th Century.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17
8: Thursday Night NFL, CBS
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19
9: Doctor Who, BBC
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
8: 67th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, Fox.
MONDAY, SEPT. 21
8 Gotham Fox; The Voice NBC; Big Bang Theory, CBS.
8:30: Life in Pieces, CBS. Emmy winners Dianne Wiest and James Brolin head CBS’ multi-generational family comedy told in four short stories every week through their adult sons (Colin Hanks, “Fargo”; Thomas Sadoski, “Wild,” “The Newsroom”) and daughter (Betsy Brandt, “Michael J. Fox Show,” “Breaking Bad”).
9: Minority Report, Fox. TV adaption of 2002 Stephen Spileberg thriller set in 2065 stars Stark Sands (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Nick Zano (“90210”), Meagan Good (“Anchorman 2,” “Think Like A Man”) and Wilmer Valderrama (“That ‘70s Show”).
9: Scorpion, CBS.
10: Blindspot, NBC. Detailed tattoos on an amnesiac woman (Jaimie Alexander, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) provide the FBI with clues to investigate a large crime conspiracy.
10: Castle, ABC; NCIS:LA, CBS
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
8: Scream Queens, Fox. A devil-masked killer terrorizes a college after the dean (Jamie Lee Curtis, “True Lies”) orders the Kappa house to accept all students, not just the wealthiest elite, in a comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story,” “Glee”). The cast includes Lea Michele (“Glee”); Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”); pop stars Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande; Oliver Hudson (“Nashville,” “Rules of Engagement”); Niecy Nash (“The Soul Man,” “Clean House”); and Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Zombieland,” “August: Osage County”).
8: The Muppets, ABC. They’ve saved a theater, conquered aliens, battled pirates, given Scrooge the Dickens, so now the Muppets are putting on a late-night talk show for Miss Piggy. Kermit the Frog is executive producer, even though he’s broken up with Miss Piggy. (For now?) All your favorite characters will be “Up Late with Miss Piggy” – Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Scooter, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Janice, Dr. Teeth, Animal and the Electric Mayhem – and then head over to Rowlf’s Tavern after the show.
8: NCIS, CBS; The Voice, NBC
8:30: Fresh Off The Boat, ABC
9: NCIS: New Orleans, CBS
10: Limitless, CBS. Based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper film, Jake McDorman (“American Sniper,” “Shameless”) stars as the man behind the drug NZT, which lets him to use all of his brain power to help the FBI solve crimes. Cooper will appear in a recurring role as Sen. Edward Mora, a presidential hopeful who uses NZT.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
8: Rosewood, Fox. Cincinnati native Gabrielle Dennis (“The Game”) plays the sister of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut, “Nurse Jackie”), title character of Fox’s drama about a crime-solving Miami pathologist. His “CSI: Miami”-style staff includes sister Pippy, AKA the “toxicology queen” (Dennis); a DNA specialist (Anna Konkle); and his mother (Lorraine Toussaint, “Orange is the New Black”).
8: The Mysteries of Laura, NBC; Survivor, CBS; The Middle, ABC
8:30: The Goldbergs, ABC
9: Empire, Fox; Law & Order: SVU, NBC; Modern Family, ABC
9:30: blackish, ABC
10: Nashville, ABC
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
8: Heroes Reborn, NBC. Set five years after NBC’s first “Heroes” (2006-10), Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) returns to provide a window to the old show about ordinary people with amazing powers. The 13-episode series from producer Tim Kring starts after a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, the home of vigilantes Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”); a conspiracy theorist (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”); and three powerful teens. They will encounter past “Heroes” Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), NBC says.
8: Grey's Anatomy, ABC
9: Scandal, ABC
10: The Player, NBC. Wesley Snipes stars as a Las Vegas pit boss who helps his security expert (Philip Winchester, (“Strike Back,” “Fringe”) and dealer (Charity Wakefield) fight crime in a new drama from “The Blacklist” producers.
10: How To Get Away With Murder, ABC.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
8: Last Man Standing, ABC; The Amazing Race, CBS
9: Hawaii Five-0, CBS; Shark Tank, ABC
10: Blue Bloods, CBS
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
10: 48 Hours, CBS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
7: 60 Minutes, CBS
7:30: Bob's Burgers, Fox
8: The Simpsons, Fox; Once Upon A Time, ABC
8:30: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox
9: Blood & Oil, ABC Call this North Dakota Vice? Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”) returns to TV in a prime-time soap as Hap Briggs, oil baron in the boom town of Rock Springs, N.D. ”), Chace Crawford (“Gossip Girl”) and Rebecca Rittenhouse (“Red Band Society”) play Florida newlyweds who go west to strike it rich.
9: CSI series finale movie, CBS; Family Guy, Fox
9:30: Last Man On Earth, Fox
10: Quantico ABC: One of the new young recruits for the FBI’s Quantico base training is suspected of masterminding a terrorist attack. Could it be the one played by Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000? Or characters played by Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington or Jake McLaughlin?
MONDAY, SEPT. 28
11: The Daily Show returns with South African comedian Trevor Noah
TUESDAY, SEPT. 29
8: Grandfathered, Fox. Suddenly John Stamos has a full house. As confirmed bachelor Jimmy Martino, he’s shocked to learn he has an adult son (Josh Peck, “The Mindy Project”) and an infant granddaughter on the new Fox comedy. Stamos also will appear in Nexflix’s “Fuller House” revival of his old ABC “Full House” sitcom coming in 2016.
8:30: The Grinder, Fox. An actor (Rob Lowe, “Parks and Recreation,” “The West Wing”) moves home when his hit TV law series called “The Grinder” is canceled, and starts helping at his brother’s (Fred Savage, “The Wonder Years) law firm – despite not having a law degree or law license.
9: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC
10: Beyond the Tank, ABC
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
9: Criminal Minds, CBS
10 Code Black, CBS. Call it Gay’s anatomy, another TV medical series about first-year residents (Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Benjamin Hollingsworth and Harry M. Ford) reporting to Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden (“Trophy Wife,” “Pollock”), who plays the residency director on this CBS drama.
10: Chicago P.D. NBC
THURSDAY, OCT. 1
8: Bones, Fox
9: The Blacklist, NBC; Sleepy Hollow Fox
Friday, Oct. 2
8:30: Dr. Ken ABC. Ken Jeong (“Community,” “The Hangover”) stars as “Dr. Ken” in a sitcom based loosely on his life: He did an intern medicine residency in New Orleans before going into stand-up comedy and acting. His TV co-stars include Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Dave Foley.
SATURDAY, OCT. 3
11:30: Saturday Night Live, NBC
SUNDAY, OCT. 4
8: Madame Secretary, CBS
9: The Good Wife, CBS; Homeland, Showtime; The Leftovers, HBO
10: CSI Cyber, CBS
MONDAY, OCT. 5
TUESDAY, OCT. 6
8: The Flash, CW
9: iZombie, CW
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7
8: Arrow, CW
9: Supernatural, CW
10: American Horror Story: Hotel, FX. For the fifth season, Lady Gaga plays the owner of the hotel where we’ll see returning cast members Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, , Denis O’Hare, Chloë Sevigny,Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Finn Wittrock.
THURSDAY, OCT. 8
8: Vampire Diaries, CW
9: The Originals, CW
FRIDAY, OCT. 9
8: Reign, CW
8: Undateable, NBC
SUNDAY, OCT. 11
7: America's Funniest Home Videos, ABC
9: The Walking Dead, AMC
MONDAY, OCT. 12
8: Crazy Ex-Girlfiend, CW. A New York lawyer Rebecca Munch (Rachel Bloom) moves cross-country to Southern California to stalk her ex-boyfriend (Vincent Rodriguez III, “Hostages”).
9: Jane the Virgin, CW
10: Fargo, FX
TUESDAY, OCT. 13
9: Manhattan, WGN
10: Chicago Fire, NBC
FRIDAY, OCT. 16
8:30 Truth Be Told, NBC. Vanessa Lachey returns to the fall TV lineup in another sitcom two years after Fox’s “Dads” sitcom and a baby girl. In this couples comedy, she plays a new mother and lawyer wife of a college professor (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue,” “Saved by the Bell”). They live next door to a stand-up comic (Tone Bell, “Bad Judge”) and his new bride (Bresha Webb, “Grey’s Anatomy”).
MONDAY, OCT. 26
8:30: Supergirl, CBS. Look! Up there in the sky! It’s Supergirl! Melissa Benoist (“Glee”) takes flight as Kara Zol-El, Superman’s cousin who has been keeping her powers a secret on Earth for 12 years. In CBS’ big buzz show, she’s 24 and working for National City’s media mogul (Calista Flockhart, “Ally McBeal,” “Brothers and Sisters”) and her art director Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks (“Desperate Housewives,” “Necessary Roughness”). At night she fights crime for a secret agency led by Hank Henshaw (David Harewood, “Homeland,” “Selfie”).
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
10: Wicked City, ABC. Set in the early 1980s cocaine-fueled Hollywood night club scene, police detectives Jeremy Sisto (“Six Feet Under,” “Suburgatory”; Gabriel Luna, “True Detective”) pursued a serial a serial killer (Ed Westwick, “Gossip Girl”) NBC’s late 1960’s “Aquarius” didn’t draw many viewers, so don’t be surprised if Wicked City doesn’t last long.
FRIDAY, OCT. 30
9: Grimm, NBC
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
CBS comedy lineup moves to Thursdays: Big Bang Theory (8), Life in Pieces (8:30), and Mom season debut (9 p.m.).
9:30: Angel From Hell, CBS. Louisville native Maggie Lawson (“Two And A Half Men,” “Psych,” “Back in the Game”) stars in this wacky buddy comedy as a young doctor whose life is disrupted by a pushy new weird friend (Jane Lynch, “Glee”) who claims to be her guardian angel. Or is she just crazy?
10 Elementary. CBS
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
8: MasterChef Junior, Fox
9: World's Funniest, Fox
TUESDAY, NOV. 17
9: Chicago Med, NBC. It’s crossover heaven! Producer Dick Wolf adds a hospital drama to his “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” franchises where familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments “will intertwine… (with) this third team of Chicago heroes,” NBC says. The cast includes Wolf regulars S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”), Oliver Platt (“Chicago Fire,” “The West Wing”), Nick Gehlfuss (“Chicago P.D.”), and Yaya Dacosta (“Chicago Fire,” “Ugly Betty”).