Your Fall TV Calendar: New Series, Returning Shows, Finales, Debates, Bengals TV Info

Sep 8, 2016

Here's your Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off tonight with the first Thursday night NFL game.

My list includes: Thumbnail descriptions for the 20 new prime-time shows starting with Fox's "Son of Zorn" Sunday; season premiere dates for returning shows; daytime TV changes; Bengals' TV networks and announcers for September; finales for "CBS Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood and the "Bill Cunningham" TV show; and the presidential and vice presidential debates.

New show premieres are in BOLD ITALICS.

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Thursday, Sept. 8

8:30 p.m.: Sunday Night Football, NBC. Season premiere. Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos.

Friday, Sept. 9

3 p.m.: Bill Cunningham Show, CW/Channel 12.2. Last CW broadcast of Cunningham's daytime talk show after five years. He decided in May to end the TV show.

Jason Sudeikis provides the voice of cartoon warrior who comes home to woo back his ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) in a Fox's live action/animated "Son of Zorn" Sunday Sept. 11.
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Sunday, Sept. 11

1 p.m.: Bengals at NY Jets, CBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz,Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson. CBS.

7 p.m.: Football Night in America, NBC

8 p.m.: SON OF ZORN, Fox. Premiere.  In this hybrid animated/live action sitcom, Jason Sudeikis ("Last Man On Earth") provides the voice of a Zorn, a cartoon warrior from a remote Pacific Island, who returns to Southern California to see his teen-age son and woo back his ex-wife (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), now engaged to psychology professor (Tim Meadows, "Saturday Night Live). Zorn gets an apartment in Orange County as he navigates fatherhood, divorce and a sales job. (Moves to 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Sept. 25.)

8:20 p.m.: Sunday Night Football, NBC. Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots.

9 p.m.: 2017 Miss America, ABC. Live from Atlantic City.

Harry Connick Jr. debuts his "Harry" daytime talk show Monday, Sept. 12.
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Monday, Sept. 12

10 a.m.: HARRY, Channel 12. Premiere. Harry Connick Jr.'s new daytime talk show replaces Wendy Williams, which moves to 4 p.m. on Channel 12.2.

Noon: Judge Faith, Channel 19. Replaces Flip My Food With Chef Jeff.

12:30 p.m.: Judge Alex, Channel 19. Episodes of Judge Alex, canceled in 2014, replaces Fix It & Finish It.

3 p.m.: T.D. JAKES, Channel 9. Premiere. Dallas pastor T. D. Jakes new talk show replaces Tyra Banks' canceled FABLife.

3 p.m.: ROBERT IRVINE SHOW, CW/Channel 12.2, Premiere. Irvine, best known for Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible" makeover show, hosts a conflict resolution talk show in the time period vacated by Bill Cunningham.

4 p.m.: Wendy, Channel 12.2. Wendy Williams' show moves from mornings on Channel 12, replacing the canceled Crazy Talk.

4:30 p.m.: Judge Alex, Channel 19. Episodes of Judge Alex, canceled in 2014, replaces Judge Faith.

8 p.m.: Dancing with the Stars, ABC. Season 23 premiere.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

8 p.m.: America's Got Talent, NBC. Season finale.

10 p.m.:  Blindspot, NBC. Season 2 premiere.

Thursday, Sept. 15

8:25 p.m.: Thursday Night Football, CBS. Season premiere. N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Sept. 18

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

7 p.m.: Countdown to the Emmy Awards: Red Carpet Live, ABC.

8 p.m.: 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

8:30 p.m.: Case Closed, CBS. Limited series Part 1

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

8 p.m.: Big Bang Theory, CBS. Season 10 premiere.

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

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 ("The 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 Mets games. 

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 (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”) dies, she enters the afterlife and realizes she hasn’t been a very good person. Her wise old afterlife mentor (Ted Danson, “CSI," “Cheers”) helps her change her ways. 

10:30 p.m.: The Good Place, NBC. Second episode.

11:30 p.m.: Last Man Standing, Channel 12.2. Syndicated reruns replace Rules of Engagement.

Michael Weatherly debuts as "Bull" on Sept. 20.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

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

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

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 to psychoanalyze jury members. "Dr. Phil" and his son, plus Steven Spielberg and Paul Attanasio ("House") 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"), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Sterling K. Brown (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"). From writer-producer Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid Love," Fox's new "Pitch" series, "Cars," "The Guilt Trip," "Neighbors")

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

John Ross Bowie (Kripke on "Big Bang Theory") and Minnie Driver ("About A Boy") who fight for respect and equality for their special needs son (Micah Fowler) in ABC's "Speechless" Sept. 21.
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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. Wednesday,  Sept. 21).

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.

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 midseason, 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

The San Diego manager (Dan Lauria) and catcher (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) confer with pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) in Fox's "Pitch" Thursday, Sept. 22.
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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.

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 a close relationship between a popular defense attorney (Daniel Sunjata, "Grey's Anatomy," "Rescue Me") and a influential 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") in this drama from Dan Fogelman (NBC's "This Is Us,"  "Crazy, Stupid Love," "The Neighbors").

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.

Ben Daniels plays a priest in Fox's remake of "The Exorcist" starting Sept. 23.
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Friday, Sept. 23

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 premeire.

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.

Monday, Sept. 26

8 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU, MyNetworkTV (Channel 64). Season premiere.

9 p.m.: First Presidential Debate, Hempstead, NY.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

8 p.m.: Bones, MyNetworkTV (Channel 64). Season premiere.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

8 p.m.: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., MyNetworkTV (Channel 64). MNTV premiere.

9 p.m.: Criminal Minds, CBS. Season 12 premiere.

10 p.m.: Code Black, CBS. Season 2 premiere.

Thursday, Sept. 29

8 p.m.: The X-Files, MyNetworkTV (Channel 64). Season premiere.

8 p.m.: Thursday Night Football Pre-Game, CBS.

8:25 p.m.: Miami Dolphins at Bengals, CBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson.

Friday, Sept. 30

8 p.m.: American Ninja Warrior, MyNetworkTV (Channel 64). Season premiere.

Sunday, Oct. 2

7 p.m.: America's Funniest Videos, ABC. Season 27 premiere.

8 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS. Season 8 premiere.

9 p.m.: Madam Secretary, CBS. Season 3 premiere.

10 p.m.: Elementary, CBS. Season 5 premiere.

Abigail Spencer, Paterson Joseph and Matt Latner star in NBC's "Timeless" time-traveling drama Oct. 3.
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Monday, Oct. 3

9 p.m.: Scorpion, CBS. Season 2 premiere (two-hours).

10 p.m. TIMELESS, NBC. Premeire.  After a criminal (Goran Visnjic, "ER") steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying American by changing its past, a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), history professor (Abigail Spencer) and soldier (Matt Lanter)use the machine's prototype to travel back in time to critical events. From producers Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "The Unit," "Lie to Me") and Eric Kripke (“Revolution”).

10 p.m.: CONVICTION, ABC. Premiere.  Now stay with me on this one: Hayley Atwell from canceled "Agent Carter" plays the daughter of a U.S. president who goes to work for her nemesis, a New York district attorney (Eddie Cahill, "Under the Dome," "CSI: NY") rather than go to jail for drug possession. ABC says that while still "battling her own demons," she's put in charge of the Conviction Integrity Unit, and "uses her brilliant mind to investigate cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction." My guess is that ABC viewers who miss "Castle" won't stick around long with this one.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

8 p.m.: The Flash, CW. Season 3 premiere.

9 p.m.: NO TOMORROW, CW. Premiere. Joshua Sasse ("Galavant") stars as a a free spirit who takes his girlfriend (Tori Anderson) on constant adventures because he believes the world will end soon.

9 p.m.: Vice Presidential Debate, Farmville, Va.

UC alum and Kansas City Chiefs receiver Travis Kelce debuts his "Catching Kelce" dating show Oct. 5.
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Wednesday, Oct. 5

8 p.m.: Arrow, CW. Season 5 premiere.

9 p.m.: Frequency, CW. Premeire. FREQUENCY (CW):  In this remake of a 2000 Dennis Quaid-Jim Caviezel movie, Peyton List ("Mad Men," "The Tomorrow People," "The Flash") plays a small town police detective who talks to her father (Riley Smith, "Nashville"), a cop who had died in 1996, on his old ham radio. She doesn't share her secret with her boss and dad's former partner (Mekhi Phifer, "ER," "House of Lies") or her boyfriend ( Daniel Bonjour, "The Walking Dead").

9 p.m.: CATCHING KELCE, E! Entertainment. Premiere. UC alum and Kansas City Chief receiver Travis Kelce, 26,  searches for true love – at least the reality TV version – among 50 contestants, one from each state, with the help of his older brother Jason, a former Bearcats center playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Thursday, Oct. 6

8 p.m.: iHeartRadio Music Festival, CW. Night 1.

Friday, Oct. 7

8 p.m.: iHeartRadio Music Festival, CW. Night 2.

Sunday, Oct. 9

9 p.m.: Second Presidential Debate, St. Louis.

Monday, Oct. 10

8 p.m.: Supergirl, CW. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: No Tomorrow, CW – repeat of Oct. 4 pilot.

9 p.m.: 2 Broke Girls, CBS. Season 6, one-hour season premiere.

10 p.m.: Scorpion, CBS. Time period premiere.

Katy Mixon ("Mike & Molly") is ABC's "American Housewife."
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Tuesday, Oct. 11

8 p.m.: The Middle, ABC. Season 8 premiere.

8:30 p.m.: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, ABC. Premeire. Katy Mixon (daffy sister Victoria from "Mike & Molly") plays the brash mother of three kids in a blue collar family living in Westport, CT, where most women can't be too rich or too thin. Diedrich Bader ("Drew Carey") plays her husband Greg in a comedy which has echoes of ABC's hit "Roseanne" 20 year ago.

9 p.m.: Fresh Off  The Boat, ABC. Season 3 premiere.

9 p.m.: This Is Us, NBC. Time period premiere.

9:30 p.m.: The Real O'Neals, ABC. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m. Chicago Fire, NBC. Season 5 premiere.

Thursday, Oct. 13

8 p.m.: Legends of Tomorrow, CW. Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.: Supernatural, CW.  Season 12 premiere.

Rhyon Nicole Brown (in car) plays R&B singer Michel'le (foreground) in "Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le" filmed in Cincinnati for Lifetime.
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Saturday, Oct. 15

8 p.m.: SURVIVING COMPTON: DRE, SUGE & MICHEL'LE,  Lifetime. Premiere. TV bio movie filmed in Cincinnati in July about R&B singer Michel'le (Rhyon Nicole Brown) about her relationships with rapper Dr. Dre (Curtis Hamilton) and music executive Suge Knight (R. Marcos Taylor).

Monday, Oct. 17

9 p.m.: Jane the Virgin, CW. Season 3 premiere.

9:30 p.m.: The Odd Couple, CBS. Season 3 premiere.

Wednesday, Oct 19

9 p.m.: Third (and final) Presidential Debate, Las Vegas.

Thursday, Oct. 20

8:25 p.m.: Thursday Night Football, CBS. Last Thursday game on CBS.

Friday, Oct. 21

8 p.m.: Vampire Diaries, CW. Season 8 premiere.

9 p.m.: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, CW. Season 2 premiere.

Matt LeBlanc in CBS' "Man with a Plan."
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Monday, Oct. 24

8 p.m.: Kevin Can Wait, CBS. Time period premiere.

8:30 p.m. MAN WITH A PLAN, CBS. Premiere. In this sitcom, Matt LeBlanc ("Friends") plays as a contractor who discovers his kids are more than a handful when he stays at home while his wife (Liza Snyder, "Yes Dear") returns to work full-time. Delhi Township native Diana Maria Riva ("Telenovela," "Saint George," "The West Wing") plays stern kindergarten teacher Mrs. Wannamaker.

Thursday, Oct. 27

8 p.m.: Big Bang Theory, CBS. Time period premiere.

8:30 p.m.: THE GREAT INDOORS, CBS. Premiere.  Joel McHale ("Community," "Talk Soup") stars in this comedy as a world famous reporter for Outdoor Limits magazine which re-assigns him to the digital desk, forcing him to work in an office with online savvy millennials who have only experienced adventures by looking at a screen.

9 p.m.: Mom, CBS. Season 4 premiere.

9:30 p.m.: Life In Pieces, CBS. Season 2 premiere.

10 p.m.: PURE GENIUS, CBS. Premeire.  A billionaire genius (Augustus Prew, "About A Boy," "Kick-Ass 2") builds a high-tech Silicon Valley hospital with a "mission control" video wall filled with every patient's complete information, and hires the most brilliant minds in medicine and technology (Dermot Mulroney, "Shameless"; Odette Anabell, "Astronaut Wives Club"; Aaron Jennings, "Bones," "Aquarius").

Thursday, Jan. 5

9 p.m.: Nashville, CMT. Season 5 premiere.