This Week on TV – 9/18/11-9/24/11

Welcome to a new week of TV! This week is absolutely packed full of new TV, from series and season premieres, to some series and season finales, so check it out!

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Jump with me to view this week’s schedule.

Sunday

Sunday features 1 season finale. To read more about it, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the season finale of Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC at 9/8c.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Hoarding: Buried Alive (#309) – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *Special*63rd Primetime Emmy Awards – FOX @ 7/6c & 8/7c (1-Hour Preview & 3-Hour Awards Show)
  • *Sports*Football Night in America – NBC @ 7/6c
  • *Sports*Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons – NBC @ 8:15/7:15c
  • *Special*Teen Mom (#1300-60) – MTV @ 9/8c (1-Hour ‘Teen Dads’ Special)
  • *New*Against the Wall (#107) – Lifetime @ 10/9c
  • *New*All American Handyman – HGTV @ 9/8c
  • *New*Bar Rescue (#109) – Spike TV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Big Rich Texas (#108) – Style Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*Breaking Bad (#410) – AMC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Curiosity (#107) – Discovery Channel @ 8/7c
  • *New*Drop Dead Diva (#312) – Lifetime @ 9/8c
  • *New*Hillbilly Handfishin (#107) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ice Road Truckers (#515) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Jerseylicious (#317) – Style Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Sand Masters (#116-30) – Travel Channel @ 7/6c
  • *New*The Great Food Truck Race – Food Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Real Housewives of New Jersey (#317) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Top Gear (#208) – History Channel @ 10/9c

Monday

Monday features 2 series premieres, 6 season premieres, 1 series finale, & 4 season finales. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the series premiere of 2 Broke Girls on CBS at 9:30/8:30c. This is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline (Beth Behrs) is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break.
 
Tonight is also the series premiere of The Playboy Club on NBC at 10/9c. It’s a provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture. It’s the early ’60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies — and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers. Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, CSI: Miami) is one of the city’s top attorneys and the ultimate playboy, rubbing elbows with everyone in the city’s power structure. With mysterious ties to the mob, Nick comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard, Zombieland), the stunning and innocent new bunny who accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti, Take the Lead), a bombshell and established star at the club who knows her days as a bunny are numbered and finds herself continually at odds with Billy (David Krumholtz, Numb3rs), the club’s general manager. Adding to the charm of the Playboy club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum, American Virgin), the carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey, CSI: Miami), an overly protective bartender. Also starring are Naturi Naughton (Fame) and Leah Renee (True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet).
 
Tonight is also the season premiere of 6 shows. First up, at 8/7c, it’s the premieres of Dancing with the Stars (2 hours) on ABC, The Sing-Off (2 hours) on NBC, and How I Met Your Mother (followed by a 2nd new episode at 8:30/7:30c) on CBS. Then at 9/8c, it’s the premiere of Two and a Half Men, also on CBS. Finally, at 10/9c, it’s the premiere of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS and at 10:01/9:01c, it’s the premiere of Castle on ABC.
 
Finally, tonight is the season finales of Hell’s Kitchen (2 hours) on FOX and Eureka on Syfy, both at 8/7c. There are 3 new episodes of I’m Alive on Animal Planet, including the season finale at 10/9c, and the season finale of Intervention on A&E also at 10/9c. Lastly, it’s the series finale of The Protector on Lifetime at 11/10c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor judge) is one of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Ted Danson is one of the guests on Late Show with David Letterman, on CBS at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Simon Cowell (The X Factor, American Idol judge) & Natasha Leggero (Free Agents, Ugly Americans) are two of the guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on NBC at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Finale*The Protector (#113) – Lifetime @ 11/10c
  • *Season Finale*Eureka (#420) – Syfy @ 8/7c
  • *Season Finale*Hell’s Kitchen (#HK-915/916) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*I’m Alive (#211/212/213) – Animal Planet @ 8/7c, 9/8c & 10/9c (3 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Intervention (#152/1013) – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*2 Broke Girls (#101) – CBS @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *Series Premiere*The Playboy Club (#101) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Castle (#401) – ABC @ 10:01/9:01c
  • *Season Premiere*Dancing with the Stars (#1301-120) – ABC @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Hawaii Five-0 (#201) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*How I Met Your Mother (#701) – CBS @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes Including Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*The Sing-Off (#301-120) – NBC @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Two and a Half Men (#901) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Special*Cake Boss (#400-60) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *Special*Comedy Central Special: The Roast of Charlie Sheen – Comedy Central @ 9:45/8:45c & 10/9c (15-Minute Pre-Show & 90-Minute Special)
  • *Sports*Monday Night Football: St. Louis Rams at New York Giants – ESPN @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Alphas (#110) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *New*American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior (#211) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*American Pickers (#315) – History Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Basketball Wives LA (#104-60) – VH1 @ 8/7c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Crave – Food Network @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Cuff’d (#104-30) – MTV @ 11/10c
  • *New*Death Valley (#104-30) – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives – Food Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*Giuliana & Bill (#409-60) – Style Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Hair Battle Spectacular (#206) – Oxygen @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*La La’s Full Court Life (#205-30) – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Late Show with David Letterman – CBS @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Most Eligible Dallas (#105) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Pawn Star$ (#448/449) – History Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Ridiculousness (#104-30) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (#502-30) – MTV @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*The Bad Girls Club (#708) – Oxygen @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Food Network @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Big C (#212) – Showtime @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Lying Game (#106) – ABC Family @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (#203) – Bravo @ 9/8c
  • *New*The T.O. Show (#305-30) – VH1 @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *New*The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – NBC @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Tia & Tamera (#106) – Style Network @ 9/8c
  • *New*Top Gear (#1705-80) – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Warehouse 13 (#310) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *New*Weeds (#712) – Showtime @ 10/9c

Tuesday

Tuesday features 2 series premieres, 7 season premieres, & 1 season finale. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the series premiere of New Girl on FOX at 9:01/8:01c. JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel) is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s dorky and awkward, she’s comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home. Of the three male roommates, NICK (Jake Johnson) is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything. SCHMIDT (Max Greenfield, Ugly Betty) is a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova. Though his heart is usually in the right place, he’s always scheming ways to climb the social ladder and is driven by an immature and almost obsessive urge to be on “the scene.” Viewing Jess as a gateway into the elusive female mind, as well as a personal project, Schmidt encourages the guys to bring Jess into the apartment. The third roommate, COACH (Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings), is a former high school athlete who currently makes his living as a personal trainer. Set in his ways and with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to dating, Coach is most comfortable when he’s in the gym. Though he’ll never admit it, Coach’s macho athletic exterior is actually a cover for his shyness around women, and he struggles to translate his personal confidence into conversation, preferring to speak in sports metaphors – or not at all. Rounding out this group is Jess’ childhood best friend, CECE (Hannah Simone), a deadpan, somewhat cynical model who blossomed after outgrowing her promiscuous adolescent years. She has the street smarts Jess lacks and spends a lot of time doling out no-nonsense relationship advice that only a professional model could give. She and Jess balance each other well and accept each other despite their faults, making Cece the perfect complement to Jess. As their relationships progress, the five friends come to realize they need each other more than they ever thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional family. Just FYI: Damon Wayans Jr. is only in the pilot, as his show, Happy Endings, was picked up on ABC. Lamorne Morris will be coming in on episode 2 as a new character.)
 
Tonight is also the series premiere of Unforgettable on CBS at 10/9c. It stars Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister’s long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh, Nip/Tuck), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin, Trauma), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember.
 
Tonight is also the season premieres of 7 shows. First up, at 8/7c, it’s the premieres of The Biggest Loser (2 hours) on NBC, Glee on FOX, and NCIS on CBS. Then at 9/8c, it’s the premiere of NCIS: LA on CBS, and at 9:31/8:31c, it’s the premiere of Raising Hope on FOX. Then at 10:01/9:01c, it’s the premiere of Body of Proof on ABC. Finally, it’s the premiere of Workaholics on Comedy Central at 10:30/9:30c.
 
Finally, tonight is the 90-minute season finale of Teen Mom on MTV at 10/9c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Simon Baker (The Mentalist) is one of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Jonah Hill (Allen Gregory) & Paula Abdul (The X Factor, American Idol judge) are two of the guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on NBC at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Whitney Cummings (Whitney) & Kelly Clarkson (American Idol) are two of the guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on NBC at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Dana Carvey (Saturday Night Live) is one of the guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on NBC at 12:37AM/11:37PMc.
 
Simon Cowell (The X Factor, American Idol judge) & the first Dancing with the Stars castoff are two of the guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on ABC at 1:36AM/12:36AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Teen Mom (#1312-90) – MTV @ 10/9c (90-Minute Season Finale)
  • *Series Premiere*New Girl (#NG-101) – FOX @ 9:01/8:01c
  • *Series Premiere*Unforgettable (#101) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Body of Proof (#201) – ABC @ 10:01/9:01c
  • *Season Premiere*Glee (#GLE-301) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*NCIS (#901) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*NCIS: LA (#301) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Raising Hope (#HOP-202) – FOX @ 9:31/8:31c
  • *Season Premiere*The Biggest Loser (#1201-120) – NBC @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Workaholics (#203) – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*90210 (#402) – The CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Awkward (#110-30) – MTV @ 11:30/10:30c
  • *New*Carfellas (#107/108) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Chopped – Food Network @ 10/9c (Champions’ Tournament Pt 4)
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Dancing with the Stars (#1301A-60) – ABC @ 8/7c & 9/8c (1-Hour ‘Meet the Cast’ Special & 1-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC @ 12:37AM/11:37PMc
  • *New*Late Show with David Letterman – CBS @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Parenthood (#302) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Ringer (#102) – The CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*Sons of Anarchy (#403) – FX @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Rachel Zoe Project (#403) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – NBC @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Top Shot (#307) – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*tosh.0 (#322) – Comedy Central @ 10/9c
  • *New*What Not to Wear (#908) – TLC @ 9/8c (Fall Finale)

Wednesday

Wednesday features 2 series premieres, 7 season premieres, & 1 season finale. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the 2-hour series premiere of The X Factor on FOX at 8/7c. This new competition series gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next global superstar or breakout music group. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Nicole Scherzinger will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are worthy of the largest prize in television history: a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Hosted by Steve Jones, the two-night series premiere will showcase the live auditions which took place in front of audiences of thousands, around the country.
 
Tonight is also the series premiere of Revenge on ABC at 10/9c. Wealth, beauty and status define the people in this town, but one woman is willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge. Emily Thorne is new to the Hamptons. She’s met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn’t exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily is back, and she’s returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how – with a vengeance. Revenge stars Madeleine Stowe (We Were Soldiers, The Last of the Mohicans) as Victoria Grayson, Emily Van Camp (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood) as Emily Thorne, Gabriel Mann (The Bourne Identity) as Nolan Ross, Henry Czerny (Mission: Impossible, Clear and Present Danger) as Conrad Grayson, Ashley Madekwe (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) as Ashley Davenport, Nick Wechsler (Roswell) as Jack Porter, Josh Bowman (Prowl) as Daniel Grayson, Christa B. Allen (13 Going on 30) as Charlotte Grayson and Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl) as Declan Porter.
 
Tonight is also the season premiere of 7 shows. First up, it’s the 1-hour premiere of The Middle on ABC at 8/7c. Then at 9/8c, it’s the 1-hour premiere of Modern Family, also on ABC, and the premieres of Criminal Minds on CBS, Harry’s Law on NBC, and the 2-hour premiere of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Then at 10/9c, it’s the premiere of CSI on CBS & Law & Order: SVU on NBC.
 
Finally, tonight is the season finale of The Hour on BBC America at 10/9c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) & Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) are two of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Minka Kelly (Charlie’s Angels, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) is one of the guests on Late Show with David Letterman, on CBS at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live) is one of the guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on NBC at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Jonah Hill (Allen Gregory) & Whitney Cummings (Whitney) are two of the guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on NBC at 12:37AM/11:37PMc.
 
Elisha Cuthbert (Happy Endings, The Forgotten, 24) is one of the guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on ABC at 1:36AM/12:36AMc.
 
James Spader (The Office, Boston Legal, The Practice) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*The Hour (#106) – BBC America @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Revenge (#101) – ABC @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*The X Factor (#X-101/102) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Series Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Criminal Minds (#701) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*CSI (#1201) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Harry’s Law (#201) – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Law & Order: SVU (#1301) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Modern Family (#301/302) – ABC @ 9/8c (1-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*The Middle (#301/302) – ABC @ 8/7c (1-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*The Ultimate Fighter (#1401-120) – Spike TV @ 9/8c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *New*America’s Next Top Model (#1702) – The CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*Blue Mountain State (#302) – Spike TV @ 11/10c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*Confessions: Animal Hoarding (#305) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Free Agents (#103) – NBC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Ghost Hunters (#715-60) – Syfy @ 9/8c
  • *New*H8r (#102) – The CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC @ 12:37AM/11:37PMc
  • *New*Late Show with David Letterman – CBS @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Law & Order: UK (#306) – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Paranormal Witness (#103) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *New*Restaurant Impossible – Food Network @ 10/9c
  • *New*Survivor (#2302) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – NBC @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Toddlers & Tiaras (#414) – TLC @ 10/9c (Summer Finale)
  • *New*Ton of Cash (#106-60) – VH1 @ 11/10c
  • *New*Top Chef: Just Desserts (#205) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Up All Night (#102) – NBC @ 8/7c

Thursday

Thursday features 4 series premieres & 6 season premieres. To read more about each of those, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

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Tonight is the series premiere of Charlie’s Angels on ABC at 8/7c. Everyone deserves a second chance — even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They’re angels… Charlie’s Angels. Set in Miami, this fun, glamorous, action-packed take on the 1970s smash hit series introduces us to three new angels, all fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends. There’s Abby, a Park Avenue princess who became a world-class thief. Then there’s Kate, a Miami cop who fell from grace, losing both her career and her fiancé. Finally there’s Gloria, a disgraced army lieutenant who has a way with explosives. When one of the angels’ missions ends in Gloria’s tragic death, Charlie persuades them to partner with Gloria’s childhood friend, Eve, a street racer with a mysterious past. They may not know each other yet, but one thing’s for sure — Abby, Kate and Eve will always have each others’ backs. Charlie’s Angels stars Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) as Eve, Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire, Daybreak) as Bosley.
 
Tonight is also the series premiere of Person of Interest on CBS at 9/8c. From J.J. Abrams, the show stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter, and Fusco, a cop who Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.
 
The third series premiere is Prime Suspect on NBC at 10/9c. Based on the critically acclaimed British television series of the same name, the show has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives, NYPD Blue), director Peter Berg (NBC’s Friday Night Lights) — and stars Maria Bello (A History of Violence) as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She’s an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys’ club. Timoney has her own vices too — with a questionable past — and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she’s also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (Unknown), Brian O’Byrne (Flash Forward), Tim Griffin (Star Trek), Kirk Acevedo (Fringe), Joe Nieves (How I Met Your Mother), Damon Gupton (The Last Airbender) and Peter Gerety (Blue Bloods).
 
Finally, tonight is the series premiere of Whitney on NBC at 9:31/8:31c. The show is about Whitney (Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Lately) and Alex (Chris D’Elia, Glory Daze), a happily unmarried couple. Together for five years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched. However, after attending yet another one of their friends’ weddings, Whitney realizes that she and Alex are dangerously close to relationship boredom. Determined not to let that happen, Whitney consults her close circle of opinionated girlfriends — including Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones, The Other Guys) and Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn, The Starter Wife) — and then snaps into action. A few awkward sexy costumes and one botched seductive evening later, the couple ends up in the emergency room. Even so, Whitney and Alex realize that while their relationship might not be perfect on paper, they really do love each other — and that works for them. Also starring are Maulik Pancholy (NBC’s 30 Rock) as Lily’s perfect boyfriend, and Dan O’Brien (How I Met Your Mother) as an eternal bachelor.
 
Tonight is also the season premieres of 6 shows. First up, it’s the premeire of Community on NBC & The Big Bang Theory on CBS at 8/7c, followed by a 2nd new episode of The Big Bang Theory and the season premiere of Parks and Recreation on NBC at 8:30/7:30c. Then at 9/8c, it’s the premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (2 hour) on ABC and The Office on NBC. Finally, at 10/9c, it’s the premiere of The Mentalist on CBS.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

John Noble (Fringe) & Jonah Hill (Allen Gregory) are two of the guests on Conan, on TBS at 11/10c.
 
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) is one of the guests on Late Show with David Letterman, on CBS at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, ER) is one of the guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on NBC at 12:37AM/11:37PMc.
 
Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) is one of the guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on ABC at 1:36AM/12:36AMc.
 
Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Premiere*Charlie’s Angels (#101) – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *Series Premiere*Person of Interest (#101) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Prime Suspect (#101) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Whitney (#101) – NBC @ 9:31/8:31c
  • *Season Premiere*Community (#301) – NBC @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*Grey’s Anatomy (#801/802) – ABC @ 9/8c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*Parks and Recreation (#401) – NBC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *Season Premiere*The Big Bang Theory (#501/502) – CBS @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes Including Season Premiere)
  • *Season Premiere*The Mentalist (#401) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*The Office (#801) – NBC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Archer – FX @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*CMT Made (#106) – CMT @ 8/7c
  • *New*Conan – TBS @ 11/10c
  • *New*It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – FX @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jersey Shore (#408-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC @ 1:36AM/12:36AMc
  • *New*Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC @ 12:37AM/11:37PMc
  • *New*Late Show with David Letterman – CBS @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*Millionaire Matchmaker (#506) – Bravo @ 9/8c
  • *New*Project Runway (#909-90) – Lifetime @ 9/8c (90-Minute New Episode)
  • *New*Russian Dolls (#107-30) – Lifetime @ 11:30/10:30c
  • *New*Stuck with Hackett (#106/107) – Science Channel @ 10/9c & 10:30/9:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Secret Circle (#102) – The CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – NBC @ 11:35/10:35c
  • *New*The X Factor (#X-103/104) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*The Vampire Diaries (#302) – The CW @ 8/7c

Friday

Friday features 2 series premieres, 7 season premieres, & 1 season finale. To read more about it, click the link below. Otherwise, check out tonight’s schedule!

Click here for premiere & finale information

Tonight is the series premiere of A Gifted Man on CBS at 8/7c. The show is about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.” Michael Holt is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients; however, Michael’s ordered world is rocked when his ex-wife, Anna, an idealistic free-clinic doctor and the love of his life, mysteriously appears to him. In an attempt to go back to his “normal” life, Michael visits Anton, a carpenter who moonlights as a Shaman to try and extract Anna’s spirit from his body, but when Anna reappears and asks Michael to go to her clinic to help keep it running, he realizes she needs him more now then ever. Curious about Michael’s sudden change in behavior is his efficient assistant, Rita, who works tirelessly to facilitate his schedule in order to accommodate his added responsibilities at the clinic. Touched by those in need and accepting of Anna’s compassionate “presence,” Michael’s attitude toward serving the rich and poor is turned upside down, and he begins to see that there’s room in his life for everyone. It stars Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, and Pablo Schreiber.
 
Tonight is also the series premiere of The Dead Files on the Travel Channel at 10/9c. The new one-hour series pairs a hard-nosed detective, who looks at the physical evidence, with a gifted psychic communicator, who has her well established sixth sense to work with. They explore each crime scene on their own, and only join together at the end to compare notes and together discover some shocking results.
 
Tonight is the season premiere of 7 shows. First up, at 8/7c, it’s the premieres of Kitchen Nightmares on FOX and Supernatural on The CW. Then at 9/8c, it’s the premieres of CSI: NY on CBS, Fringe on FOX, Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel, & Supernatural on The CW. Finally, at 10/9c, it’s the season premiere of Blue Bloods on CBS.
 
Finally, tonight is the season finale of One Man Army on Discovery Channel at 10/9c.
 

Click here for “late night” guests schedules

Florence Henderson is one of the guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on NBC at 12:37AM/11:37PMc.
 
Maya Rudolph (Up All Night, Saturday Night Live) is one of the guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on NBC at 11:35/10:35c.
 
Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) is one of the guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS at 1:37AM/12:37AMc.
 

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*One Man Army (#110) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*A Gifted Man (#101) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *Series Premiere*The Dead Files (#101) – Travel Channel @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*Blue Bloods (#201) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*CSI: NY (#801) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Fringe (#FR-401) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Ghost Adventures (#501) – Travel Channel @ 9/8c
  • *Season Premiere*Kitchen Nightmares (#KN-401) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*Nikita – The CW @ 8/7c
  • *Season Premiere*Supernatural – The CW @ 9/8c
  • *New*American Restoration (#125) – History Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Four Weddings (#319) – TLC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Haven (#211) – Syfy @ 10/9c
  • *New*Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC @ 12:37AM/11:37PMc
  • *New*Man, Woman, Wild (#204) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher (#225/928) – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *New*Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (#217) – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*Star Wars: The Clone Wars (#403) – Cartoon Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Strike Back (#106) – Cinemax @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – CBS @ 1:37AM/12:37AMc
  • *New*The Soup – E! @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – NBC @ 11:35/10:35c

Saturday

Saturday is the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on NBC at 11:29/10:29c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Premiere*Saturday Night Live (#3701) – NBC @ 11:29/10:29c
  • *New*Doctor Who (#612) – BBC America @ 9/8c

That’s it! Hope you all have a great week!

— Jenny

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2 Responses to This Week on TV – 9/18/11-9/24/11

  1. Kristen G. says:

    Whew! What a week…my DVR is going to be busy!

  2. Jenny says:

    I know! It’s almost scary. LOL