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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Your TV Guide for a drama-filled fall

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

My God will that Emily Thorne stop at nothing??
  • My God will that Emily Thorne stop at nothing??

Though many of the old bastions of TV have fallen by the wayside (never premiere new shows in the summer, etc), the overwhelming waterfall of new and returning shows that have Autumn airdates remains. Additionally, now that HBO set the bar for Sunday nights as "the" night for marquee series, everyone else has joined in. Just a reminder to networks and cable channels: there are other days of the week. Perhaps at least it dissapates some of the Sunday night dread of school or work the next day, though.

Regardless, there's a lot happening on TV starting in September, so hit the jump for a guide to what's worth tuning in for, both new and returning series, every night of the week (complete with full premiere date info!)

Monday

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Revolution (NBC, Sept. 17, 10-11pm) — J.J. Abrams' (Lost) new dystopian series about a modern world that loses all electricity looks worth a watch, if the hype is to be believed. Plus we can see what it would be like to live sans gadgets without having to face the possibility of a life without microwave dinners.

Tuesday

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Sons of Anarchy (FX, Sept. 11, 10-11pm) — FX's engaging biker series could easily fit in with the Sunday slate of quality television, but kudos to the network for allowing it to reign as king on its regular Tuesday night spot. The new season opens with the gang's heir-apparent Jax (Charlie Hunnam), taking his step-father's place at the head of the table. The transition is sure to be anything but easy with his scheming mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) in the wings.


Wednesday

Take a night off from drama (as Revenge has moved to Sundays) and relax with ABC's comedy block (or what the rest of the country will be watching — Criminal Minds on CBS, of course)

Thursday

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Elementary (CBS, Sept. 27 10-11pm) — Though not even the inspired casting of Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu in the lead roles can match the brilliance of the BBC's Sherlock adaptation, Elementary gets points for out of the box thinking on its female choice for Watson. As long as there's no eye-rolling on-screen romance between the Sherlock and Watson, I'm all in.

Bonus: NBC's comedy block of fan favorites (30 Rock, Community, Parks and Recs) — catch them before NBC cans them all!

Friday

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Grimm (NBC, Sept. 21, 9-10pm) — The fairytale fantasy series resumes its graveyard shift on Fridays, though plenty of other great shows have shared that spot in the past (including another NBC favorite, Friday Night Lights). Grimm is no FNL, but it does have its charms. And from the preview episodes I've seen of its second season, it's getting away from its procedural roots and diving headfirst into full fantasy and more complex story lines, to its benefit.


Saturday

Go outside or something, jeez!


Sunday

(take a deep breath ...)

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Wallander (PBS, Sept. 9, 9-10:30pm) — A selection that has likely flown under the radar for most, the fantastic British adaptation of the Swedish novel series staring Kenneth Brannaugh as the darkly contemplative title character is a must for fans of crime series as well as those who appreciated sweeping and lush cinematography. The series enters its third season (with a total of three episodes) and though it doesn't require a knowledge of prior seasons to be entertaining, take the opportunity beforehand if you can to catch up.

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Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sept. 16, 9-10pm) — The 1920s gangster drama ended its second season on an explosively heartbreaking note, and things don't seem any easier for Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) starting this year. According to sparse previews, it looks like everyone's got a gun and everyone is looking for revenge.

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Treme (HBO, Sept. 23, 10-11pm) — This New Orleans-based series from David Simon, heralded creator of The Wire, never clocks much of a viewership, which is a shame, because it's a great show. The new season looks to focus more on what Simon is known for (crime and corruption) moreso than prior seasons, which will be an interesting and surely engaging shift.

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The Good Wife (CBS, Sept. 30, 9-10pm) — CBS did no favors to its critically acclaimed legal and political drama by throwing it into the Sunday night fray (on the series' website it actually prominently says, "learn how to DV-R The Good Wife!" Not that DV-R helps since it's routinely pushed out of its regular time slot because of football), even though it can match the quality of the other content, its regular viewers are probably engaged elsewhere (like watching HBO). Worth the hassle to keep this one in your watch queue.

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Once Upon A Time (ABC, Sept. 30, 8-9pm) — The cult-hit fantasy drama is yet another participant in the Sunday night race that really heats up September 30th, but smartly ABC has it running an hour earlier than the much more competitive 9pm slot. Though originally compared to NBC's Grimm the series have very little in common aside from a familiar fairytale element and the fact that both are worth keeping up with.

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Revenge (ABC, Sept. 30, 9-10pm) — ABC moved its campy but deliciously fun series to Sunday nights to take over the now vacant slot that once belonged to Desperate Housewives, all competing for the same audience as, you know, nearly every other show in creation.

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666 Park Ave (ABC, Sept. 30, 10-11pm) — Premiering after the new Revenge schedule change is an all-new series that looks to marry both the camp of Revenge with the supernatural elements of Once Upon a Time (though with a darker twist). This one is going to be worth looking into for Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Desperate Housewife alum Vanessa Williams.

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The Walking Dead (AMC, Oct. 14, 9-10pm) — For those turned off by last season's dragging plot just remember that AMC gave them more money this year thanks to Mad Men's hiatus and there are some exciting story lines on the horizon as the survivors encounter the Prison and the Governor ...

So what are you planning on tuning in live for? DV-Ring? And what shows did I leave out that you're looking forward to returning or starting fresh this Fall?

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