Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall 2012 TV Premiere Dates & Series Breakdowns

Check out when your favorite shows are returning and when the new shows are premiering. Plus, pilot breakdowns, containing plot summaries, cast listings, and early predictions of which are most likely to get renewed.

Monday, August 13
10pm "Grimm" (NBC)

Monday, September 3
8pm "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family)

Tuesday, September 11 
9pm "Go On" (NBC)
Plot: A neurotic sportscaster joins a mandatory therapy group after his wife dies.
Cast: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti ("The Playboy Club"), John Cho, Allison Miller ("Terra Nova"), Julie White (Transformers), Suzy Nakamura ("Half & Half"), Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris"), Brett Gelman ("The In-Betweeners"), Bill Cobbs (The Bodyguard), Sarah Baker (The Campaign), Tonita Castro, Seth Morris ("Childrens Hospital"), Christine Woods ("Perfect Couples" and "FlashForward")
Why Watch: Because it's the therapy version of "Community." Far less wacky and elaborate, and filled with more heartwarming moments.
Watch a trailer.
9:30pm "The New Normal" (NBC)
Plot: A single mother's life as she becomes a surrogate for a gay couple.
Cast: Georgia King, Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon and "Girls"), Justin Bartha (The Hangover), Ellen Barkin, NeNe Leakes ("Glee"), Jayson Blair ("The Hard Times of RJ Berger"), Bebe Wood
Why Watch: Because it's from the creators of "Glee," Rannells and Wood are hilarious, and it's about time a gay series returned to primetime.
Watch a trailer.

10pm "Parenthood" (NBC)

Thursday, September 13
8pm "Glee" (FOX)

Sunday, September 16
9pm "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)

Monday, September 17
9pm "The Mob Doctor" (FOX)
Plot: A young thoracic surgeon becomes indebted to the South Chicago mafia and is forced to moonlight as a mob doctor, while also working full time at Chicago's most prominent hospital.
Cast: Jordan Spiro ("My Boys"), William Forsythe (The Rock), Jaime Lee Kirchner ("Mercy"), James Carpinello ("The Good Wife"), Jesse Lee Soffer ("As the World Turns"), Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights")
Why Watch: Because you really like mob stories...
Watch a trailer.
10pm "Revolution" (NBC)
Plot: A blackout wipes out all technology in the world, plunging civilization back into the dark ages. After a traveling militia murders a young woman's father, who was involved in the events that led to the blackout, she sets out with two unlikely companions, on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
Cast: Tracy Spiridakos (Rags), Billy Burke (Twilight), J.D. Pardo (A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story), Zak Orth (Loser), David Lyons ("The Cape"), Giancarlo Esposito ("Once Upon a Time"), Time Guinee ("The Good Wife"), Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost" and "V"), Daniella Alonso ("Covert Affairs"), Maria Howell, Derek Webster, Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rogers
Why Watch: Because you love new civilization adventure tales and conspiracy theories, and wish "Terra Nova" and/or "Lost" were still on.
Watch a trailer.

Thursday, September 20
8:30pm "Up All Night" (NBC)

9pm "The Office" (NBC)

9:30pm "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)

Monday, September 24
8pm "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)

8:30pm "Partners" (CBS)
Plot: The story of two lifelong friends, who own an architectural business.
Cast: Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"), David Krumholtz ("Numb3rs" and "The Newsroom"), Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill"), and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns)
Why Watch: Because it's from the creators of "Will & Grace," and more than writing about gay men, they know how to write about a friendship between a gay person and a straight person. And considering how homophobic America can be, it'll be an interesting study of how a straight man can be friends with a gay man.
Watch a trailer.

9pm "2 Broke Girls" (CBS)

10pm "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS)

10pm "Castle" (ABC)

Tuesday, September 25
8:30pm "Ben and Kate" (FOX)
Plot: A brother and sister who are exact opposites: Ben is an over-the-top dreamer, while younger sister Kate is a single mother trying to make ends meet as a bar manager. After Ben realizes that his sister needs help with both her life and taking care of her daughter Maddie, he decides to move in so Kate can start rediscovering what she missed out on, while at the same time Kate hopes to return the favor by seeing how she can bring her brother back to reality.
Cast: Nat Faxon (Zookeeper), Dakota Johnson (The Five-Year Engagement), Maggie Elizabeth Jones (We Bought a Zoo), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Echo Kellum
Why Watch: Because brother-and-sister comedies are rare and even more rarely not dysfunctional.
Watch a trailer.

9pm "New Girl" (FOX)
9:30pm "The Mindy Project" (FOX)
Plot: A young Ob/Gyn doctor balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.
Cast: Mindy Kaling ("The Office" and No Strings Attached), Chris Messina ("The Newsroom," Away We Go, and Ira & Abby), Ed Weeks, Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, "The Good Wife," and "True Blood"), Zoe Jarman ("Huge"), Amanda Setton ("Gossip Girl" and "One Life to Live"), Stephen Tobolowsky ("Glee")
Why Watch: Because you love adorkable women with the desire to improve themselves and their lives, and find love in the process. Because you enjoy love-hate relationships. And because you are perfectly aware that Kaling and Messina are extremely entertaining, both apart and together.
Watch a trailer.
10pm "Vegas" (CBS)
Plot: Set in 1960s Las Vegas, the series centers on former rodeo cowboy Sheriff Ralph Lamb (Quaid) and his dealings with Chicago mobster Vincent Savino (Chiklis), who moved west to set up his own operation.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss ("Chuck" and Matrix), Jason O'Mara ("Terra Nova"), Taylor Handley ("Hidden Palms" and "The O.C.")
Why Watch: It's a western meets a mob story minus the cable, R-rated visuals.
Watch a trailer.

Wednesday, September 26
8pm "Animal Practice" (NBC)
Plot: An animal-loving veterinarian, who despises pet owners, is forced to work with his ex, who inherited the hospital, and follow her new rules.
Cast: Justin Kirk ("Weeds"), Joanna Garcia-Swisher ("Better With You" and "Priveleged"), Tyler Labine ("Reaper" and "Mad Love"), Bobby Lee ("MADtv"), Kym Whitley, Betsy Sodaro
Why Watch: Because you want to see "House" meets Dr. Doolittle.
Watch a trailer.
8:30pm "Guys with Kids" (NBC)
Plot: Thirty-something dads struggle as parents because they are still children at heart.
Cast: Anthony Anderson ("Law & Order"), Zach Cregger ("Friends with Benefits" and "The Whitest Kids U'Know"), Jesse Bradford (Bring It On and Swimfan), Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos" and "Entourage"), Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), Erinn Hayes ("Worst Week" and "Childrens Hospital")
Why Watch: Because you love the movie Three Men and a Baby and/or watching men struggle with fatherhood.
Watch a trailer.

9pm "Modern Family" (ABC)
9:30pm "The Neighbors" (ABC)
Plot: Upon relocating to a gated community, a family discovers all of their neighbors are from another planet. They have sport athlete names; the men can become pregnant; they receive nourishment through their eyes and mind by reading books rather than eating; and they cry out green goo from their ears. They've been stuck on Earth for 10 years, and are waiting for a rescue team.
Cast: Lenny Venito ("The Knights of Prosperity" and "The Sopranos"), Jami Gertz ("Still Standing"), Simon Templeman, Tim Jo ("Glory Daze"), Toks Olagundoye, Ian Patrick, Clara Mamet, Isabella Cramp, Max Charles
Why Watch: Because you love dorky alien movies like Coneheads (1993) and My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988).
Watch a trailer.

10:30pm "Key & Peele" (COM)

Thursday, September 27
8pm "Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
8pm "Last Resort" (ABC)
Plot: A U.S. ballistic missile submarine refuses to fire a nuclear weapon on Pakistan, so they're sunk for treason and declared rogue enemies of their own country. They take refuge on an exotic island, establishing a new society, and hoping to clear their names and get home. It's a dramatic, action-thriller about treachery, treason, and nuclear brinkmanship.
Cast: Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age"), Scott Speedman ("Felicity"), Dichen Lachman ("Being Human" and "Dollhouse"), Autumn Reeser ("No Ordinary Family"), Jessy Schram ("Falling Skies"), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Daisy Betts, Camille de Pazzis, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah
Why Watch: Because you love government conspiracies and high intensity situations.
Watch a trailer.

8:30pm "Two and a Half Men" (CBS)

9pm "Person of Interest" (CBS)

9pm "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

10pm "Elementary" (CBS)
Plot: A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.
Cast: Johnny Lee Miller ("Eli Stone" and "Dexter"), Lucy Liu, and Aidan Quinn ("Prime Suspect")
Why Watch: Because you've basically watched every single incarnation of Sherlock Holmes there ever was and/or enjoy police procedurals with strong lead characters.
Watch a trailer.

10pm "Scandal" (ABC)

Friday, September 28
9pm "Made in Jersey" (CBS)
Plot: Centers on a working-class woman (Montgomery) who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a top New York law firm.
Cast: Janet Montgomery ("Human Target"), Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives"), Kristoffer Polaha ("Revenge"), Stephanie March ("Law & Order: SVU"), Erin Cummings ("Pan Am"), Toni Trucks, Donna Murphy, Felix Solis, Drew Beasley,  Alexandrea Socha
Why Watch: Because you've always wondered what a mixture of The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick and Kalinda Sharma would be like.
Watch a trailer.

9pm "Fringe" (FOX)

Sunday, September 30
8pm "Once Upon a Time" (ABC)

9pm "The Good Wife" (CBS)

9pm "Revenge" (ABC)

9pm "Dexter" (SHO)

10pm "The Mentalist" (CBS)

10pm "666 Park Avenue" (ABC)
Plot: The Drake, an upper east side apartment building, is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they're living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they've been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple are hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home.
Cast: Terry O'Quinn ("Lost"), Vanessa Williams ("Desperate Housewives"), Dave Annable ("Brothers and Sisters"), Rachael Taylor ("Charlie's Angels" and "Grey's Anatomy"), Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill"), Mercedes Masohn ("The Finder"), Erik Palladino ("Make It or Break It"), Helena Mattsson ("Nikita"), Samantha Jade Logan
Why Watch: Because you've missed watching O'Quinn be creepy and/or you really enjoyed the Devil's Advocate.
Watch a trailer.

Tuesday, October 2
8pm "Raising Hope" (FOX)

9pm "Hart of Dixie" (CW)

Thursday, October 4
8pm "30 Rock" (NBC)

Monday, October 8
8pm "Gossip Girl" (CW)

9pm "90210" (CW)

Wednesday, October10
8pm "Arrow" (CW)
Plot: After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira (Thompson), much-beloved sister Thea (Holland), and best friend Tommy (Donnell) welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance (Cassidy). As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow—a vigilante to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be—flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle (Ramsey)—while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance (Blackthorne), is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
Cast: Stephen Amell ("Private Practice" and "Hung"), Colin Donnell ("Pan Am"), Katie Cassidy ("Melrose Place" and "Gossip Girl"), David Ramsey ("Dexter"), Willa Holland ("The O.C." and "Gossip Girl"), Jamey Sheridan ("Homeland" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), Susanna Thompson ("Kings"), Paul Blackthorne ("The Dresden Files")
Why Watch: Because you really wanted to see The Green Arrow get more screen time on "Smallville," and you have absolutely no problem with Justin Hartley being replaced with some complete nobody who hasn't spent the last decade charming his way into America's hearts. (sigh) Sorry, I got off topic. Um, a superhero/brooding badass + a lair complete with weapons and gadgets + villains + conspiracies + complicated romantic history + tasteful nudity = Enjoy.
Watch a trailer.
10pm "Chicago Fire" (NBC)
Plot: Firefighters living in Chicago. In case, the title threw you.
Cast: Jesse Spencer ("House"), Taylor Kinney ("The Vampire Diaries" and "Trauma"), Monica Raymund ("The Good Wife" and "Lie to Me"), Lauren German ("Hawaii Five-O"), Eammon Walker ("Kings"), David Eigenberg (Sex and the City), Merle Dandrige ("Sons of Anarchy"), Charlie Barnett, and Teri Reeves
Why Watch: Because you miss "Third Watch" and "Rescue Me," and have always wanted to see what "Grey's Anatomy" would be like if they were all firefighters and paramedics.
Watch a trailer.
10pm "Nashville" (ABC)
Plot: A fading Nashville superstar is forced to team up with a teen sensation or face the loss of her tour and promotion of her latest records.
Cast: Connie Britton ("American Horror Story" and "Friday Night Lights"), Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes" and Scream 4), Powers Boothe ("Hatfields & McCoys"), Eric Close ("Suits" and "Without a Trace"), Jonathan Jackson ("General Hospital," Tuck Everlasting, and Camp Nowhere), Robert Wisdom ("Burn Notice"), Charles Esten ("Big Love" and "Enlightened"), Sam Palladio ("Episodes"), and Clare Bowen.
Why Watch: Just for five seconds, let me be a teenage girl again: OMG IT'S JONATHAN JACKSON! Ok now for the real reason: we've seen this plot play out in real life and it would be interesting to see the behind-the-scenes dynamics of a comeback and a rising star.
Watch a trailer.

Thursday, October 11
8pm "The Vampire Diaries" (CW)

9pm "Beauty and the Beast" (CW)
Plot: A female detective seeks the help of a half man half beast to solve the case of her mother's murder.
Cast: Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville"), Jay Ryan ("Terra Nova"), Max Brown ("MI-5" and "The Tudors"), Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Anderson ("Make It or Break It" and "Jonas"), Austin Basis ("Life Unexpected"), Brian J. White (Stomp the Yard)
Why Watch: Because you 1) miss the 80s version, 2) wanted to see a less funny "Castle" with the beastly romantic lead, or 3) are pumped that Kreuk finally gets to kick some ass...or at least you hope she does.
Watch a trailer.

Tuesday, October 16 
9pm "Emily Owens, M.D." (CW)
Plot: A female medical student realizes that working as an intern in a big hospital is very much the same as being in high school.
Cast: Mamie Gummer ("Off the Map" and "The Good Wife"), Justin Hartley ("Smallville" and "Passions"), Michael Rady ("The Mentalist" and "Melrose Place"), Necar Zadegan ("24" and "The Event"), Aja Naomi King, and Kelly McCreary
Why Watch: It's like the high school version of "Grey's Anatomy," most likely minus all the intense devastating drama. "Grey's" meets "Gilmore Girls." Just don't judge Gummer based solely on this. She's actually amazing. In fact, you should be impressed that she can pull off this nervous, spazzy girl, because she is way cooler in real life. And not just because she's Meryl Streep's daughter.
Watch a trailer.
10pm "Underemployed" (MTV)
Plot: One year after college graduation, reality sets in as a group of friends struggle to stay optimistic through the major life changes young twentysomethings know all too well, including dead-end jobs, terrible bosses and romantic mistakes.
Cast: Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages and "90210"), Jared Kusnitz ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and Prom), Sarah Habel, Inbar Levi, and Michelle Ang
Why Watch: Because even if you're not straight out of college or in your 20s, you know exactly how they feel.
Watch a trailer.

Wednesday, October 17
9:30pm "Suburgatory" (ABC)

Friday, October 19
8pm "Nikita" (CW)

Tuesday, October 23
9pm "Happy Endings" (ABC)

9:30pm "Apt 23" (ABC)

Friday, November 2
8:30pm "Malibu Country" (ABC)
Plot: A woman divorces her cheating husband and moves her family from Nashville to Malibu. There she'll try to reignite her own singing career and keep herself and three kids from being corrupted by the materialistic and rarified Malibu world she now calls home.
Cast: Reba McEntire, Lily Tomlin, Sara Rue ("Rules of Engagement" and "Less Than Perfect"), Justin Prentice, Juliette Angelo, Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), Jeffrey Nordling ("Desperate Housewives" and "Body of Proof"), Hudson Thames
Why Watch: Because you love Country singer-turned-comedic actress Reba McEntire and/or veteran comedic actress Lily Tomlin and have confidence that they'll bring the laughs.
Watch a trailer.

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