The fall television season is nearly upon us, with just about everything premiering between September 20-26. CBS, NBC, and ABC have all taken the opportunity to announce the premiere week synopses for all their new and returning shows via press release.
So if you’d like to see what the networks have planned for you on The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, The Event, The Office, Castle, Desperate Housewives, and many more, hit the jump.
THE AMAZING RACE
THE AMAZING RACE is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series hosted by Emmy-nominated host, Phil Keoghan, which pits teams, of two, against each other on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team will have to compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.
Begins its 17th season on the CBS Television Network on Sept. 26, 2010.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
“The Robotic Manipulation” — Penny finds herself along for the ride on Sheldon’s first date ever; while Wolowitz finds a new use for a robotic arm, on the season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Sept. 23 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
“Big Days” – When Ted and Barney argue about who has “dibs” on a hot girl, Ted realizes that she is there with Cindy, a girl he previously dated who is also the roommate of his future wife. Meanwhile, Robin is heartbroken over Don, and Marshall can’t keep quiet about his desire to start a family, on the sixth season premiere of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, Sept. 20 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Rachel Bilson (“The OC”) returns as Cindy, Ted’s former flame and the roommate of his future wife.
“The 34th Floor” – The newest member of the CSI team, Jo Danville, a former FBI agent, is welcomed to her new job by stumbling upon the body of a young woman murdered somewhere in the building that houses the NYPD Crime Lab, on the seventh season premiere of CSI: NY, Friday, Sept. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Sela Ward (“House,” “Sisters,” “Once and Again”) stars as Jo Danville, the newest CSI team member.
CHUCK – “CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY”
09/20/2010 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Monday) : CHUCK BEGINS A SEARCH FOR HIS MOTHER, WHICH HE MUST KEEP A SECRET FROM THE CIA AND HIS SISTER — LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STARS AS MARY BARTOWSKI — DOLPH LUNDGREN, HARRY DEAN STANTON AND OLIVIA MUNN ALSO GUEST STAR — Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) go on a rogue globe-spanning mission to find Chuck’s mom. Meanwhile, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) follow a trail to Russia as they investigate the mysterious Volkoff Industries and its operative, Marco (guest star Dolph Lundgren). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) delivers big news to her family. Bonita Friedericy also stars.
THE EVENT – “PILOT”
09/20/2010 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Monday) : THE SERIES PREMIERES WITH A CONSPIRACY OF BOTH NATIONAL AND GLOBAL PROPORTIONS – Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), stumbles into a national conspiracy after his girlfriend Leila (Sarah Roemer) mysteriously disappears from a Caribbean cruise. Elsewhere, President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) is scheduled to announce the release of a group of detainees led by Sophia Maguire (Laura Innes) — despite the disapproval of his Director of National Intelligence, Blake Sterling (Željko Ivanek). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind. Scott Patterson, Ian Anthony Dale, Clifton Collins, Jr., Taylor Cole, Lisa Vidal and Bill Smitrovich also star in the ensemble drama. Tony Todd, Lauren Stamile, Julia Campbell, Gonzalo Menendez, Joseph C. Phillips, Casey Siemaszko, Omid Abtahi, Angel Desai, Wynn Everett, Michael Cummings, Lorena Segura York, and Wes Ramsey guest star. Directed by: Jeffrey Reiner
CHASE – “PILOT”
09/20/2010 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Monday) : ‘CHASE’ SERIES PREMIERE — FROM JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (‘CSI’) AND JENNIFER JOHNSON (‘COLD CASE’) — Cowboy boot-wearing U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) is on the hunt for dangerous fugitive Mason Boyle (guest star Travis Fimmel). The members of Frost’s elite team who help her anticipate Boyle’s moves and track him down include true American cowboy Jimmy Godfrey (Cole Hauser), intelligence specialist Marco Martinez (Amaury Nolasco), weapons/tactical specialist Daisy Ogbaa (Rose Rollins), and the newest member of the team, Luke Watson (Jesse Metcalfe).
THE BIGGEST LOSER 10 – “1001″
09/21/2010 (08:00PM – 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : SEASON 10 PREMIERES WITH A NEW THEME OF “PAYING IT FORWARD” AND 21 CONTESTANT HOPEFULS COMPETING TO MAKE IT TO THE RANCH – Season 10 kicks off with a new theme of “paying it forward” and 21 contestants vying for a spot at the ranch to get healthy and change their lives forever. With obesity now one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, “The Biggest Loser” wanted to broaden their reach this season, pay it forward and motivate communities – not just contestants – to get healthy. So trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels and host Alison Sweeney travel to seven cities in the premiere episode, with each trainer leading community fitness challenges like a one-mile race or a 500 step-up competition. In each of the seven cities – Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Atlanta, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Boston – there will also be three contestant hopefuls competing in the challenges. The two candidates who complete their fitness challenge first win a spot at the ranch, while those who don’t make it will get a chance to vie for a spot on the show in a later episode. Guest starring in the premiere will be three popular past season contestants — season eight winner Danny Cahill, season seven finalist Mike Morelli and season five finalist Mark Kruger.
PARENTHOOD – “NO GOOD DEED”
09/21/2010 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : ADAM AND SARAH TRY AND BALANCE THEIR PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP, JULIA MAKES A PLAY DATE FOR SYDNEY THAT COULD CAUSE DRAMA. – Adam (Peter Krause) offers an internship position to Sarah (Lauren Graham) at T&S Footwear. Meanwhile, Kristina (Monica Potter) helps Suze Lessing (guest star Amanda Foreman) through her divorce by babysitting Noel (guest star Nicholas Lobue). Julia (Erika Christensen) commits to a play date for Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) that threatens her other friendships. Elsewhere, Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) debate where Jabbar (Tyree Brown) should live when Jasmine takes a new job.
UNDERCOVERS – “PILOT”
09/22/2010 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : STEVEN AND SAMANTHA BLOOM TEAM UP OUTSIDE THE KITCHEN – SERIES PREMIERE – From acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias”) and executive producer/writer Josh Reims (“Brothers and Sisters,” “What About Brian”) comes a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership. Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Vacation,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Dr. Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles — with help from Samantha’s easily frazzled, handful of a sister, Lizzy (Mekia Cox, “90210,” “This Is It”). Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress,” “Nip/Tuck”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood,” “Jericho”), to locate and rescue Nash. With assistance from resourceful CIA field agent Bill Hoyt (Ben Schwartz, “Parks and Recreation,” “Bronx World Travelers”), whose professional admiration for Steven isn’t hard to miss, the pair is thrust back into the world of espionage, disguises and hand-to-hand combat. Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – “LOCUM/BULLSEYE”
09/22/2010 (09:00PM – 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELIOT STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) HELP A FOSTER COUPLE (GUEST STARS JOAN CUSACK AND PETER STRAUSS) FIND THEIR MISSING CHILD
A foster couple (Cusack and Strauss) call Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) to the scene of the crime when their ten-year-old adopted daughter disappears. It soon comes to light that she ran away to meet with a man named Erik Weber (guest star Henry Ian Cusick), whom she met on the internet and whom Benson and Stabler suspect of ulterior motives regarding the girl. Weber denies any wrongdoing, and also expresses romantic interest in Benson. However, as the investigation continues, the detectives realize that the girl’s foster parents may be hiding something that could change the entire course of the case. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).
DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELIOT STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) ENLIST THE HELP OF A SUSPECT (GUEST STAR HENRY IAN CUSICK) FROM A PREVIOUS CASE TO CRACK A NEW ONE
Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) are called to the hospital after a 10-year-old girl is raped. They arrive to find her so traumatized that she cannot even tell them her name. With the help of Detectives Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T) and John Munch (Richard Belzer), they are able to identify the young victim. But they soon realize that her home life is far from normal as Dr. George Huang (B.D. Wong) discovers that her mother suffers from a rare condition that renders her unable to recognize that the young girl is, in fact, her daughter. When the detectives find themselves without a lead, Erik Weber (guest star Henry Ian Cusick), a man they met on their previous case, decides to get involved. But he may be overstepping his bounds. Also starring: Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner).
COMMUNITY – ANTHROPOLOGY 101
09/23/2010 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Thursday) : THE CAST OF “COMMUNITY” GETS SCHOOLED BY LEGENDARY AWARD-WINNING GUEST STAR BETTY WHITE — As classes resume at Greendale Community College for the fall, the “Community” study group gathers to tackle this year’s big class, “Anthropology 101. ” Television icon and multiple Emmy Award-winner Betty White (“The Golden Girls”) guest stars as the esteemed, but slightly unhinged anthropology professor, June Bauer. Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), struggles to establish decorum with Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Annie (Alison Brie) amidst the confusion that ensued at the season finale’s “Transfer Dance,” when Britta professed her love for Jeff and Jeff later shared a secret kiss with Annie. Meanwhile, Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) decides to enroll as a student at Greendale Community College so that he too, can join the study group. Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi and Yvette Nicole Brown also star.
30 ROCK – “THE FABIAN STRATEGY”
09/23/2010 (08:30PM – 09:00PM) (Thursday) : JACK DONAGHY (ALEC BALDWIN) MEDDLES IN LIZ LEMON’S (TINA FEY) BURGEONING RELATIONSHIP WITH CAROL (GUEST STAR MATT DAMON)
Determined to help Liz (Fey) keep a man for once, Jack (Baldwin) meddles in her burgeoning relationship with Carol (guest star Damon). At home, he also struggles to compromise with Avery as she redecorates his apartment. Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) has trouble coming to grips with Kenneth’s (Jack McBrayer) termination as a page and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) becomes TGS’ newest producer. Also starring: Judah Friedlander, Scott Adsit, Keith Powell and Katrina Bowden
THE OFFICE – “NEPOTISM”
09/23/2010 (09:00PM – 09:30PM) (Thursday) : MICHAEL HIRES A NEW OFFICE ASSISTANT AND CAUSES OUTRAGE IN THE OFFICE- KATHY BATES (“Valentines Day,” “The Blind Side”) AND EVAN PETERS (“One Tree Hill,” “Kick Ass”) GUEST STAR—Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) refuses to fire the new office assistant (guest star Evan Peters) after everyone complains about his bad attitude. Andy (Ed Helms) plays it cool after Erin (Ellie Kemper) shows interest in another man. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) tries to impress Jim (John Krasinski) by pulling an office prank of her own. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Craig Robinson, Rainn Wilson, and Zach Woods also star.
OUTSOURCED - “PILOT”
09/23/2010 (09:30PM – 10:00PM) (Thursday) : A NEW HOME IS FOUND IN THE NEW COMEDY SERIES—When manager Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) returns to work after management training, he learns that the Mid America Novelties call center has been outsourced to Mumbai, India. In order to keep his job, Todd is left no choice but to relocate to India. There he meets his eclectic group of employees, and soon realizes that teaching them to understand America will be the first of many hurdles that he needs to overcome. Todd also discovers other foreign transplants working in his office building, including American expatriate Charlie Davies (Diedrich Bader, “The Drew Carey Show”) who runs the All American Hunter call center, and Tonya (Pippa Black, “Neighbours”) a beautiful Australian who runs the call center for Koala Air. Rizwan Manji (“Privileged”), Sacha Dhawan (BBC’s “Five Days II”), Rebecca Hazlewood (BBC’s “Doctors”), Parvesh Cheena (“Help Me Help You”), and Anisha Nagarajan (Broadway’s “Bombay Dreams”) also star.
THE APPRENTICE – “1002″
09/23/2010 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : THE TEAMS SELL ICE CREAM ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK AND TENSIONS RISE IN THE BOARD ROOM
Each team must sell ice cream on the streets of New York for profit. One side takes a gamble on their location, and during the selling period, one team sabotages the other. In the boardroom, one Project Manager attacks a member of their team before Trump can even announce the result. The team with the most profit wins the task, leaving the losers to face Trump, and another candidate is fired.
OUTLAW – “IN RE: OFFICER DANIEL HALE”
09/24/2010 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Friday) : GARZA AND HIS TEAM TAKE ON AN ARIZONA IMMIGRATION CASE BUT COME TO THE DEFENSE OF AN UNLIKELY PARTY–ED BEGLEY JR. GUEST STARS–Garza (Jimmy Smits) and his team head to Arizona when an immigration stop turns into a police shooting. Eddie (Jesse Bradford) agrees with the decision to take the controversial case, while Al (David Ramsey) wonders why he ever joined Garza’s team. Meanwhile, Lucinda (Carly Pope) encourages Mereta (Ellen Woglom) to make her big move for Garza
BETTER WITH YOU: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/22)
From “Friends” producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan comes “Better with You,” a comedy about a family with three different couples at various stages in their romantic relationships, premiering WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. There’s Maddie, a lawyer, and Ben, a hotel manager, two career-oriented people who are head-over-heels in love. Both in their 30s, they’ve been together for nine years but never felt the need to get married. Then there’s Mia, Maddie’s younger sister, a free spirit and creator of a paperless web invitation company who is in a very passionate seven-and-a-half-week-old relationship with Casey, a musician in an avant-garde metal band. Last but not least, there are the girls’ parents, Vicky and Joel, who’ve been married for 35 years. Like Mia, they’ve adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, and at this stage in their lives don’t feel the need to take things too seriously. Note: This program will repeat Fri., Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m., ET.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Mia invites Maddie and Ben to meet Casey, and they think they’re meeting just another in a long line of boyfriends. But Maddie realizes how serious things actually are when Mia and Casey excitedly announce that they’re engaged. Surprised by the news, Maddie feels like her little sister has leapfrogged over her — jumping ahead of her in some major, life-changing way — and sees the light it shines on her own life choices. But reluctant to be a negative voice, she resolves to be supportive and let her parents, the critical Vicky and Joel, be the ones to object when the time comes. But when Mia tells them that she and Casey are getting married, Vicky and Joel greet the news with celebration, much to Mia’s delight and Maddie’s surprise. Things get even more complicated for Maddie when it turns out that Casey has shared something with Ben but not with her, that Mia is pregnant! Maddie and Ben have been together a long time, and the relationship they have works, but they’ll come to learn that there may be value in Mia and Casey’s impulsiveness and spontaneity. And both sisters could surely learn something about relationships from their long-married parents.
“Better with You” stars JoAnna Garcia as Mia, Jennifer Finnigan as Maddie, Josh Cooke as Ben, Jake Lacy as Casey, with Kurt Fuller as Joel and Debra Jo Rupp as Vicky.
BROTHERS & SISTERS: The Homecoming — SEASON PREMIERE (9/26)
“The Homecoming” – It’s been a year since the Walker family was torn apart by a tragic car accident, and in a very un-Walker like fashion, everyone has been avoiding everyone else. Truths and reality only start to set in when the family is forced to come together for Justin’s homecoming party: Nora tries to prepare for the party, but is not acting like the mother she used to be; Sarah is consumed with the Narrow Lake deal; Kevin has a new career as public defense attorney; Saul and Scotty are running their restaurant; and Kitty’s life has become a taboo subject for everyone. Time has changed the Walkers, on the fifth-season premiere of “Brothers & Sisters,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Brothers & Sisters” stars Dave Annable as Justin Walker, Sally Field as Nora Holden, Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker, Luke Macfarlane as Scotty Wandell, Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent, Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker, Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden, and Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper.
CASTLE: A Deadly Affair — SEASON PREMIERE (9/20)
When the new season of “Castle” begins, Beckett hasn’t heard from Castle since he left for the Hamptons months ago to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, “Naked Heat” (on sale September 28). The most Beckett, Ryan and Esposito have seen of Castle is a bookstore standee of him advertising an upcoming book signing. So when Beckett and her team burst into a shadowy apartment on the trail of a murderer, the last thing they expect to see is the real-life Castle standing over a dead woman’s body holding a gun! As Castle protests his innocence, Beckett has no choice but to arrest him on suspicion of murder, on the Season Three premiere of “Castle,” MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
COUGAR TOWN: All Mixed Up — SEASON PREMIERE (9/22)
“All Mixed Up” – Jennifer Aniston guest stars alongside Courteney Cox on the Season Two premiere of “Cougar Town,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Jules finds an instant connection with her new shrink, Glenn (Aniston), until she discovers the unfortunate but hilarious truth about her method of treatment; Ellie is jealous over Jules’ fondness for Glenn; a bet between Laurie and Travis leads to a sweet sibling-like moment; and Bobby acts out his frustrations that Jules and Grayson are dating.
“Cougar Town” stars Courteney Cox as Jules, Christa Miller as Ellie, Busy Philipps as Laurie, Dan Byrd as Travis, Josh Hopkins as Grayson, Ian Gomez as Andy and Brian Van Holt as Bobby.
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Remember Paul? — SEASON PREMIERE (9/26)
“Remember Paul?” – The residents of Wisteria Lane are stunned to discover that Paul Young is out of prison and back in the neighborhood with an enigmatic new wife and seemingly dark motives. Meanwhile, while Paul is renting Susan’s home, she, Mike and MJ are living in an apartment on limited funds. But Susan sees a glimmer of hope in getting her life back on the Lane when she’s offered an unorthodox job by her apartment manager, Maxine (Lainie Kazan); Lynette’s rich and successful college friend, Renee (Vanessa Williams), pays an unexpected visit to the Scavo household; Gabrielle and Carlos find themselves keeping secrets from one another; and Bree, newly single and needing a fresh start after selling her business, finds herself tempted by Keith (Brian Austin Green) — the handsome, young handyman she’s hired to update her house — on the season premiere of “Desperate Housewives,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Desperate Housewives” stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge, Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis, Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey, Kevin Rahm as Lee McDermott, Tuc Watkins as Bob Hunter, Mark Moses as Paul Young, with Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young and James Denton as Mike Delfino. Also starring Charlie Carver as Porter Scavo, Joshua Logan Moore as Parker Scavo, Darcy Rose Byrnes as Penny Scavo, Madison de la Garza as Juanita Solis and Mason Vale Cotton as MJ Delfino.
EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION: Boys Hope, Pt. 1 — SEASON PREMIERE (9/26)
“Boys Hope,” Parts 1 & 2 – Ty Pennington and his design team, including new designers Xzibit and Jillian Harris, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to surprise the students of Boys Hope/Girls Hope in a unique way and reveal to them that their lives were about to change. For the first time in the history of the show, the recipients were surprised on live television when the “EM: HE” team greeted the students with the good news. Another first in the show’s 170-plus episode history came unannounced, courtesy of Mother Nature, when an epic rainstorm threatened to knock the 11,000 square foot build off its strict seven-day schedule. Adding to the excitement, drama and fun of the build was the participation of the kids from the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family” (Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriquez), actress Raven-SymonŽ, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal and music sensation Katy Perry. The two-part episode airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Boys Hope/Girls Hope in Baltimore, Maryland, invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. Since 1991, 100% of the participants who completed the program have attended college. For now, there is only a home for the boys, giving them a secure place to live and excel academically and athletically. But the girls’ program, which just accepted its first seven members, does not have a building. The Boys Hope male scholars reached out for help to the “EM: HE” team to provide a place for the girls in their community that would offer them the same educational and emotional support that they enjoy. Their hope is that this new home away from home will change the lives of these young girls, as well as for future generations of promising young women.
The seven-day build was challenged by some of the worst weather the show has faced. After installing the insulation, electrical wiring and drywall, it was all destroyed by a massive storm, putting the home in serious jeopardy. The kids from “Modern Family,” as well as actress Raven-SymonŽ, arrived as reinforcements, and they provided lots of laughs along the way. Also, celebrity volunteer Shaquille O’Neal added an awesome yet educational touch to the new Girls Hope building.
The seven young ladies from Girls Hope went on a star-studded vacation to Hollywood, where they met Katy Perry, their favorite pop superstar. They got a real taste of glitz and glam when they watched Katy at work in the recording studio at Hollywood landmark Capitol Records. Katy, along with new “EM: HE” team member Xzibit, designed a special room at Girls Hope inspired by Katy’s music video, “California Girls.”
The design team for this episode features team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Paul DiMeo, Xzibit and Jillian Harris, local builder Excel Homes and the Maryland Community Builders’ Foundation and community volunteers.
THE MIDDLE: Back to School — SEASON PREMIERE (9/22)
“Back to School” – After a disastrous attempt to get her kids ready for the first day of school, Frankie devises a plan to stay on top of her kids’ schedules in order to better organize their lives. But things go from bad to worse when Frankie – aided by a reluctant Mike — tries to be pre-emptive and explains Brick’s eccentric quirks to his new, no nonsense teacher, Ms. Rinsky (Doris Roberts), and gets accused of being over protective. Meanwhile, Sue is so enthusiastic about being on the school’s cross-country team that she wears a heavy sweatshirt touting her team spirit in 80 degree heat, and Axl’s body clock gets thrown for a loop when Frankie begins waking him up for school with an alarm clock, on the season premiere of “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Chris Kattan as Bob.
MY GENERATION: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/23)
“My Generation,” a new scripted drama series following the stories of nine friends and the promise of what their futures could bring, how far they’ve come and how they got here, as told through the camera of a documentary film crew, premieres THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high school seniors from Greenbelt High School’s class of 2000 in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, and revisits these former classmates ten years later in 2010 to see where they are now, what they’ve become and where they’re still headed. The camera lenses reconnect with Steven Foster, “the overachiever” in high school, who succumbed to pressures and ended up escaping to Hawaii to surf and be a free spirit. However an unexpected call from Caroline Chung, the shy “wallflower,” has Steven returning to Austin after discovering that they have a nine-year-old son together, conceived on prom night. Upon returning, he bumps into Jackie Vachs, the high school “beauty queen” who went to Hollywood to become a starlet but came back and got married when that didn’t pan out. Their chance encounter exposes some chips in her veneer of marital bliss with Anders Holt, “the rich kid” whose charmed life took an unexpected turn after breaking up with his high school sweetheart and first love, Brenda Serrano. Brenda was the class “brain” who is now doing very well for herself as a high-powered Congressional aide in DC.
The documentary filmmaker also catches up with Kenneth Finley, “the nerd,” who stayed in Austin and became a teacher and dreams of starting a family of his own. He’s created a sort of surrogate family when by allowing his former high school girlfriend, Dawn Barbuso, “the punk,” to stay at his house until her baby is born, since her husband, Rolly Marks, is away in Afghanistan serving a tour of duty. Rolly, “the jock,” ended up forgoing his athletic scholarship and joined the army after the 9/11 attacks. And Falcon, “the rock star” who is everyone’s friend, is on track to become a music producer. It’s his ties to his old friends that keep him rooted. As the lives of these nine friends are documented, we get an intimate look at how much can change over ten years and all that still lies ahead for them.
“My Generation” stars Michael Stahl David as Steven, Jaime King as Jacqueline, Kelli Garner as Dawn, Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth, Mehcad Brooks as Rolly, Julian Morris as Anders, Daniella Alonso as Brenda, Anne Son as Caroline, Sebastian Sozzi as Falcon and Elizabeth Keener as the filmmaker.
THE WHOLE TRUTH: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/22)
“The Whole Truth,” starring Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, employs a unique alternating narrative structure that chronicles the way a felony case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and the prosecution. Portraying each side equally keeps the audience guessing – shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the final scene. Ultimately, it becomes evident that innocence and guilt have nothing to do with the truth – the only thing that matters at the end of every trial is what the jury believes. “The Whole Truth” premieres WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. Note: This program will repeat Friday, Sept. 24 at 9:00 p.m., ET.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” viewers are introduced to Jimmy Brogan (Morrow), born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen and one of New York’s rising criminal defense attorney stars. Kathryn Peale (Tierney), the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. These two have been friends (but enemies in the courtroom) since their days at Yale Law School, and face off in this episode about a high school history teacher and family man who’s arrested for the rape and murder of a female student.
Aiding Kathryn in the prosecution is the DA’s Bureau Chief Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb (Eamonn Walker) and Chad Griffin (Sean Wing), a very junior ADA and a total player. Over at Jimmy’s firm, his defense team includes Alejo Salazar (Anthony Ruivivar), Jimmy’s faithful and extremely competent second, and Lena Boudreaux (Christine Adams), a recent hire angling to be Jimmy’s second on the murder case.
“The Whole Truth” stars Rob Morrow as Jimmy Brogan, Maura Tierney as Kathryn Peale, Eamonn Walker as Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb, Anthony Ruivivar as Alejo Salazar, Christine Adams as Lena Boudreaux and Sean Wing as Chad Griffin.
DETROIT 1-8-7: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/21)
What does it take to be a detective in one of America’s toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit’s finest reveal the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan, premiering TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
There’s the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected — and most misunderstood — man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch’s new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez — a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran and sage of the department struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan — a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants — form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn’t be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The unit works with the primary medical examiner, Dr. Abbey Ward, who has an unusual hobby in her off-hours-roller derby.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Detectives Washington and Fitch investigate a double homicide at a pharmacy. Was it a drug theft gone bad or something else entirely? Meanwhile, Longford and Mahajan try to track down the killer of an attorney with many enemies. When both cases intersect, the cops are in a race against time to stop the killing spree, culminating in a high-speed pursuit and a perilous standoff, putting the cops in harm’s way.
The men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, as they struggle with their own inner demons, using only their sharp sense of humor to keep them grounded while working the neighborhoods of the historic Motor City.
“Detroit 1-8-7″ stars Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos,” “Life on Mars”) as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel (“NYPD Blue”) as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds (“True Blood”) as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona (“Windfall”) as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill (Broadway’s “Superior Donuts”) as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder (“24,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle”) as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez (“Death Race”) as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings (“Mad Men”) as Dr. Abbey Ward.