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Your Guide To TV's Biggest Week

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Iain Armitage stars as CBS' "Young Sheldon" on Monday, Sept. 25.

Here they come! Ten new shows premiere during the Fall TV season's biggest week. Get ready to see Mergyn Kelly, Young Sheldon, The Brave, The Inhumans, Will & Grace and Me, Myself and I.

And chances are you have at least one favorite in the 34 returning series starting this week: "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS," "Saturday Night Live," "Empire," "This is Us," "Designated Survivor," "How To Get Away With Murder," "MacGyver," "Blue Bloods" and "The Simpsons," to name a few.

Ken Burns' excellent "The Vietnam War" also continues to dominate PBS this week, ending on Thursday.

Here's your guide to Fall TV's premiere week. For descriptions of all the new shows, and the entire fall calendar, see "Kiese's Fall TV List Of New Shows, Returning Series And Bengals Info" posted on Sept. 7.


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Megyn Kelly takes over the 9 a.m. hour of NBC with "Megyn Kelly Today."


9 a.m.: Megyn Kelly Today, NBC. PREMIERE. Megyn Kelly debuts at 9-10 a.m. "Today" host with a studio audience. Hoda Kotbe and Kathie Lee Gifford will continue to host at 10 a.m.

8 p.m.: The Voice, NBC. Season 13 premiere.

8 p.m.: Big Bang Theory, CBS.  Season 11 premiere. (Moves to 8 p.m. Thursday on Nov. 2)

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War,  WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Second and final week of Ken Burns' history of the Vietnam War continues today through Thursday.

8:30 p.m.: Young Sheldon, CBS. PREMIERE. Iain Armitage (HBO's "Big Little Lies") plays 9-year-old Sheldon going to high school in east Texas. Jim Parsons, the Emmy-winning "Big Bang" star, narrates the comedy as adult Sheldon. Zoe Perry ("Private Practice," "The Family") plays Mary, Sheldon's very religious mother. (Moves to 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Nov. 2)

9 p.m.: Kevin Can Wait, CBS. Season 2 premiere.

9:30 p.m.: Me, Myself & I, CBS. PREMIERE. A "This Is Us" style time-shifting show about a guy at 14 in 1991 (Jack Dylan Grazer), at 40 (Bobby Moynihan from "Saturday Night Live") and at 65 in 2042 (John Larroquette, "Night Court"). Sharon Lawrence and Jaleel White also are cast members.

10 p.m.: Scorpion, CBS. Season 4 premiere with a musical number.

10 p.m.: The Brave, NBC. PREMIERE. "The Brave" stars Mike Vogel ("Under the Dome") as head of the Special Operations undercover squad working for a deputy director (Anne Heche) based in Washington D.C.

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Jack Dylan Grazer, Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette play the same character at different ages in CBS' "Me, Myself & I."


8 p.m.: NCIS, CBS. Season 15 premiere. Anderson Township native Chip Chinery guest stars as NCIS Agent Rodney Spence, who plays the recording of a strange phone call for Agent Ellie Bishop and Officer Clayton Reeves.

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Anderson Township native Chip Chinery appears in the season premiere of "NCIS."

8 p.m.: Lethal Weapon, Fox. Season 2 premiere.

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War,  WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Episode eight of 10.

9 p.m.: This Is Us, NBC. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: Bull, CBS. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: The Mick, Fox. Season 2 premiere.

9:30 p.m.: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox. Season 5 premiere.

10 p.m.: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, NBC. PREMIERE.  Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie") plays attorney Leslie Abramson, who represented brothers Lyle and Eric Menendez after they shot and killed their rich parents in 1989, in this eight-episode fall series.

10 p.m.: NCIS: New Orleans, CBS. Season 4 premiere.


8 p.m.: Empire, Fox. Season 4 premiere.

8 p.m.: The Goldbergs, ABC. Season 5 premiere.

8 p.m.: Survivor, CBS. Season 35 premiere. Louisville  nurse practitioner Jessica Johnston competes on the "Healers" tribe in this "Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" edition.

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War,  WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Episode 9 of 10. 

8:30 p.m.: Speechless, ABC. Season 2 premiere with Chip Chinery playing a neighbor.

9 p.m.: SEAL Team, CBS. PREMIERE.  David Boreanaz stars as the intense leader of a Tier One Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) rescue team they juggle their home lives with dangerous secret missions.

9 p.m.: Star, Fox. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: Modern Family, ABC. Season 9 premiere.

9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU, NBC. Season 19 premiere.

9:30 p.m.: American Housewife, ABC. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m.: Designated Survivor, ABC. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m.: Criminal Minds, CBS. Season 13 premiere.

10 p.m.: Chicago P.D., NBC.  Season 5 premiere.


7:30 p.m.: Thursday Night Football Pre-game, CBS.

8 p.m.: NFL Thursday Night Football, CBS. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers.

8 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy, ABC. Two-hour Season 14 premiere.

8 p.m.: Superstore, NBC.  Season 3 premiere.

8  p.m.: The Vietnam War,  WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS.  Conclusion.

8:30 p.m.: The Good Place, NBC. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: Will & Grace, NBC. PREMIERE. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally return to NBC in this 16-episode revival which already has been renewed for a second season. Director Jim Burrows and "Will & Grace" creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are also back behind the cameras.

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NBC has ordered two season of the "Will & Grace" revival.

9:30 p.m.: Great News, NBC. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m.: How to Get Away with Murder, ABC. Season 4 premiere.

10 p.m.: Chicago Fire, NBC. Season 7 premiere


8 p.m.: Marvel’s Inhumans, ABC. PREMIERE. Two-hour introduction for Marvel's Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Medusa (Serinda Swan) and this Royal Family of Inhumans .

8 p.m.: MacGyver, CBS. Season 2 premiere.

8 p.m.: Hell's Kitchen, Fox. Season 17 premiere.

9 p.m.: Hawaii Five-0, CBS. Season 8 premiere.

9 p.m.: Dateline NBC.  Season 26 premiere.

9 p.m.: The Exorcist, Fox. Season 2 premiere set in Seattle.

10 p.m.: Blue Bloods, CBS. Season 8 premiere.


10 p.m.: 48 Hours, CBS. Season 30 premiere.

11:30 p.m.: Saturday Night Live, NBC. Season 43 premiere with host Ryan Goslin and music guest Jay-Z.


1 p.m.: Bengals at Browns, WKRC-TV/Channel 12, CBS: Bengals at Cleveland Browns.

7 p.m.: The Toy Box, ABC. Season 2 premiere. (America’s Funniest Home Videos starts 28th season 7 p.m. Nov. 26.)

7:30 p.m.: Bob's Burgers, Fox. Season 8 premiere.

8 p.m.: The Simpsons, Fox. Season 29 premiere.

8 p.m.: Shark Tank, ABC. Two-hour Season 9 premiere.

8:30 p.m.: Wisdom of the Crowd, CBS. PREMIERE. Emmy-winner Piven plays a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who creates a social media crowd-sourcing app to solve his daughter's murders and other crimes – at least for a few weeks, before this show gets canceled.

8:30 p.m.: Ghosted, Fox. PREMIERE. Craig Robinson ("The Office") and Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation") play Los Angeles paranormal investigators in the fall's best buddy comedy.

9 p.m.: Family Guy, Fox. Season 15 premiere.

9 p.m.: Poldark, WCET-TV/Channel 48; WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Season 3 premiere.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.