TV Kiese's Guide To TV's Biggest Week

Sep 19, 2016

"The Big Bang Theory" guest stars include (from left) Jack McBrayer, Katey Sagal and Keith Caradine (far right) when Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) renew their wedding vows.
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Eleven new TV series debut. Forty-three returning shows season premieres. Welcome to TV's biggest week.

Now that they've handed out the Prime-Time Emmys, the 2016-17 TV season starts today with a big TV wedding, as Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) repeat their vows for their families on "The Big Bang Theory."

Comedian Kevin James ("King of Queens") returns to CBS at 8:30 p.m. with his new comedy, "Kevin Can Wait."  NBC premieres its heavily promoted Ted Danson-Kristin Bell comedy, "The Good Place" at 10 p.m. after "The Voice."

By the end of the week, 11 of the new 20 series will have debuted. And most of your favorite returning series -- 43 to be exact – will return by the end of Sunday.

Below is a list of new shows this week.  The rest of the premiere dates are in my post earlier this month, Your Fall TV Calendar: New Series, Returning Shows, Finales, Debates, Bengals TV Info.

Erinn Hayes and Kevin James star in CBS' "Kevin Can Wait."
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Monday, Sept. 19

8 p.m.: Big Bang Theory, CBS. Family gathers for wedding. Season 10 premiere.

8 p.m.: The Voice, NBC. Season premiere with Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus joining judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for blind auditions.

8 p.m.: Gotham, Fox. Season 3 premiere.

8:30 p.m.: KEVIN CAN WAIT, CBS. Premiere.  Imagine the "King of Queens" with kids. That's Kevin James this fall on CBS as a too young to be retired police officer with a wife Erinn Hayes ("Hotwives of Las Vegas," "Parks and Recreation") and three children. She wants him to do housework and yard work, while his "retirement plan" includes go karts, paintball, drinking beer with his buddies and going to New York Mets games. But James' fans will love him.

9 p.m.: Case Closed, CBS. Limited series part 2.

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

10 p.m.: THE GOOD PLACE, NBC. Premiere. After Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”) dies, she enters the afterlife where she realizes she hasn’t been a very good person. Her wise old afterlife mentor (Ted Danson, “CSI," “Cheers”) helps her change her ways. From producer Michael Schur (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office”).

10:30 p.m.: The Good Place, NBC. Second episode for new Ted Danson-Kristen Bell sitcom.

11:30 p.m.: Last Man Standing, Channel 12.2. Syndicated reruns of Tim Allen's sitcom replace Rules of Engagement.

Michael Weatherly stars as "Bull."
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Tuesday, Sept. 20

8 p.m.: NCIS, CBS. 14th season premiere.

8 p.m.: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox. Season 4 premiere.

8-10 p.m. The Voice, NBC. Second episode.

8:30 p.m.: New Girl, Fox. Season 6 premiere.

9 p.m.: BULL, CBS. Premeire. Michael Weatherly ("NCIS") stays on Tuesday night as expert trial consultant Dr. Jason Bull, based on the pre-TV career of "Dr. Phil" McGraw.  The psychologist hates lawyers; says the jury considers the accused as the enemy; and uses a touch screen as he psychoanalyzes jury members. "Dr. Phil," his son, Steven Spielberg and Paul Attanasio ("House," Homicide: Life On The Street") are among the producers.

9 p.m.: Scream Queens, Fox. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m.: NCIS: New Orleans, CBS. Season 3 premiere.

10 p.m.: THIS IS US, NBC. Premiere.  A dramedy about Pittsburgh millennials born on the same day starring Mandy Moore (“Red Band Society," "A Walk to Remember”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Sterling K. Brown (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"). 

10 p.m.: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC. Season 4 premiere/new time period.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

8 p.m.: LETHAL WEAPON, Fox. Premiere. Damon Wayans Sr. (“My Wife and Kids”) and Clayne Crawford (“Rectify”) star as officers  Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs in a remake of the 1987 Mel Gibson-Danny Glover police buddy movie.

8 p.m.: Survivor, CBS. Season 33 premiere.

8 p.m.: Blindspot, NBC. Second episode/time period premiere.

8 p.m.: The Goldbergs, ABC. Season 4 premiere. New time period.

Kiefer Sutherland is ABC's "Designated Survivor."
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8:30 p.m.: SPEECHLESS, ABC. Premiere. A sitcom about parents (John Ross Bowie, Kripke on "Big Bang Theory"; Minnie Driver, "About A Boy")who fight for respect and equality for their special needs son (Micah Fowler), like when school administrators call the garbage ramp behind a building "an acceptable alternate access."

9 p.m.: Modern Family, ABC. Season 8 premiere

9 p.m.: Empire, Fox. Season 3 premiere.

9 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU, NBC. Season 18 premiere

9:30 p.m.: black-ish, ABC. Season 3 premiere

9:30 p.m.: Big Brother, CBS. 90-minute season finale.

10 p.m.: DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, ABC. Premiere. Kiefer Sutherland, who will produce Fox's new "24: Legacy" at mid-season, stars as the "Designated Survivor," a low-level cabinet member who had never run for elective office who becomes U.S. president after a terrorist attack on the Capitol.

10 p.m.: Chicago PD, NBC.  Season 4 premiere

Kylie Bunbury makes her "Pitch" for TV stardom on Fox.
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Thursday, Sept. 22

8 p.m.: Grey's Anatomy, ABC. Season 13 premiere.

8 p.m.: Superstore, NBC. Season 2 premiere.

8 p.m.: Rosewood, Fox. Season 2 premiere.

8:30 p.m.: The Good Place, NBC. Third episode/time period premiere.

Piper Perabo ("Covert Affairs") and Daniel Sunjata ("Grey's Anatomy," "Rescue Me") play manipulative lovers in ABC's "Notorious."
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9 p.m.: NOTORIOUS, ABC. Premiere. Given the prime position at 9 p.m. Thursdays, during Kerry Washington's ("Scandal") maternity leave, is this drama about the close relationship between a star defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata, "Grey's Anatomy," "Rescue Me") and a popular cable TV news producer (Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs"), as they attempt "to control the media, the justice system and ultimately each other," ABC says. The premise is based on the real-life friendship between criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and CNN's "Larry King Live" producer Wendy Walker.

9 p.m.: PITCH, Fox. Premiere. Kylie Bunbury (“Under The Dome”) stars as Ginny Baker, the first woman to pitch in a Major League Baseball game. Not everyone in the San Diego clubhouse thinks she belongs, but Ginny has the support of her catcher (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”) and manager (Dan Lauria, "The Wonder Years"). A hit or a whiff?

9 p.m.: Chicago Med, NBC. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m.: The Blacklist, NBC. Season 4 premiere.

10 p.m.: How To Get Away With Murder, ABC. Season 3 premiere.

Friday, Sept. 23

9:40 a.m. What's My Line?, Channel  25.3. The BUZZR game show network airs the 1956 episode with Joe Nuxhall, Frank Robinson, Ted Kluszewski and other Reds players trying to stump the panel on low-power WOTH-TV's digital subchannel.

Lucas Till (right) revives the iconic TV hero "MacGyver" on CBS with the help of George Eades ("CSI").
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8 p.m.: MacGYVER, CBS. Premiere. Lucas Till (Havoc from "The X Men" movies) stars as resourceful secret agent Angus "Mac" MacGyver," a revival of Richard Dean Anderson's 1985-92 ABC action-adventure series. Along with lots of tin foil, he's helped by a former CIA agent (George Eads ("CSI"), an impulsive computer hacker (Tristin Mays, "Vampire Diaries," "Supergirl") and his boss (Sandrine Holt, "House of Cards").

8 p.m.: Hell's Kitchen, Fox. Season 16 premiere.

8 p.m.: Last Man Standing, ABC. Season 6 premiere.

8 p.m.: Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon. NBC. Season 3 premiere.

8:30 p.m.: Dr. Ken, ABC. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: THE EXORCIST, Fox. Premiere.  An update of Ellen Burstyn's "The Exorcist" (1973) starring Oscar-winner Geena Davis (“Commander in Chief,” “Thelma & Louise”), Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Chosen”) and  Ben Daniels ("House of Cards”) battling demonic possessions.

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

9 p.m.: Hawaii Five-0, CBS. Season 7 premiere.

9-11 p.m.: Dateline NBC. NBC.

10 p.m.: Blue Bloods, CBS. Season 7 premiere.

10 p.m.: 20/20, ABC.

Saturday, Sept. 24

10 p.m.: 48 Hours, CBS. Season 29 premiere.

Charles Osgood
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Sunday, Sept. 25

9 a.m.: CBS Sunday Morning, CBS. Salute to retiring host Charles Osgood.

1 p.m.: Denver Broncos at Bengals, CBS. Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn.

7:30 p.m.: 60 Minutes, CBS.  Season 49 premiere.

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

8 p.m.: The Simpsons, Fox. Season 28 premiere.

8 p.m.: Once Upon A Time, ABC. Season 6 premiere.

8:30 p.m.: Son of Zorn, Fox. Second episode/time period premiere.

8:30 p.m.: Case Closed, CBS. Part 3.

9 p.m.: Secrets and Lies, ABC. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: Family Guy, Fox. Season 14 premiere.

9:30 p.m.: The Last Man On Earth, Fox. Season 3 premiere.

10 p.m.: Quanitco, ABC. Season 2 premiere.