Fall TV Preview: Our Night-by-Night Guide

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  • Publish Date: August 20, 2010

Weekends

Saturday Primetime Schedule (All times ET/PT)
  8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Saturday Night College Football [LIVE at 8p ET / 5p PT]
CBS [Various repeats] 48 Hours Mystery
Fox Cops Cops America's Most Wanted [Local programming]
NBC [Various repeats]
Sunday Primetime Schedule (All times ET/PT)
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos Extreme Makeover Home Edition Desperate Housewives Brothers & Sisters
CBS 60 Minutes The Amazing Race Undercover Boss CSI: Miami
Fox [NFL game conclusion and postgame show] The Simpsons The Cleveland Show Family Guy American Dad [Local programming]
NBC Football Night in America [LIVE] Sunday Night Football [LIVE at 8:15p ET / 5:15p PT]

Returning shows

The seventh season of Desperate Housewives (ABC, Sun 9p starting 9/26) welcomes new cast members Vanessa Williams and Brian Austin Green to Wisteria Lane; Lanie Kazan will also appear in a few episodes ... Neither Balthazar Getty nor Rob Lowe will return to Brothers & Sisters (ABC, Sun 10p starting 9/26), while Emily Van Camp will be back for just a few episodes to wrap up her character's storyline ... Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, and Martha Stewart will be among the guests this season on The Simpsons (Fox, Sun 8pm starting 9/26) ... Fellow Fox animated programs The Cleveland Show (Sun 8:30p) and Family Guy (Sun 9p) also return on September 26, while American Dad (Sun 9:30p) is back one week later ... Adam Rodriguez has returned to the cast of CSI: Miami (CBS, Sun 10p starting 10/3), meaning that his replacement, Eddie Cibrian, will not appear in the upcoming ninth season.

Cable highlights

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Key show: Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sun 9p starting 9/19)
Still looking for another Sopranos, HBO enlisted one of that show's producers (Terence Winter) to create this new gangster epic, set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Expect a big publicity push for the flashy pilot, directed by none other than Martin Scorsese (who also serves as a producer); the cast includes Steve Buscemi, Dabney Coleman and Gretchen Mol. Critics have seen the first six episodes, and the early consensus is that Boardwalk Empire is the season's best new show by a wide margin.

Also: The fifth season of Dexter (Showtime, Sun 9p starting 9/26) picks up seconds after the events of the shocking season four finale, and upcoming episodes will feature new guest stars Peter Weller, Julia Stiles, and Jonny Lee Miller ... HBO slacker detective comedy Bored to Death (Sun 10p starting 9/26) is back for a second season with Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis all returning ... Following that show will be the second season of the Danny McBride comedy Eastbound & Down (HBO, Sun 10:30p starting 9/26) ... BBC America's crime series Luther (Sun 10p starting 10/24) earned strong buzz among critics during the summer press tour, thanks in part to a great performance from Idris Elba (best known as Stringer Bell on The Wire) as a troubled homicide detective ... The fifth season of Iconoclasts (Sundance, Sat 9p starting 10/2) will feature Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, and Charlize Theron.

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Comments (13)

  • Mitch Tough  

    Outstanding preview!

  • Pearl  

    Thanks for the overview. A few shows seem promising. Time will tell.

  • Mitch  

    Great job, Jason! Extremely useful article. It's all about Lone Star for me. Nothing much else really excites.

  • TT Boy  

    Thin, thin fall season. What the hell ever happened to Swing Town, CBS?? That was GOOD! And I miss The Unit. And Jericho. Good wrap-up.

  • Nashid  

    Thanks, Man. Very thorough preview.

  • Christopher  

    Great job. I'm starting to really love the content of this site.

  • Jim  

    the original Hawaii 5 0 was a great show but without Jack Lord and James MacArthur it will be a lot different. I have hopes because of the strong acting team they assembled. I do hope they at least use the great music from the first 5-0.

    Men of a Certain Age sounds ...well who wants to listen to l old men gripe..that is too much like real life.

    Is anyone else getting over dosed on Two and a half pervs running the same shtick over and over?

    Chase...just what we need..NOT. In Plain Sight, the Close and the original NCIS are very good but the rest of them are at best .....time fillers.....we need more options besides yet another cop show

  • Tom  

    I will try The Event and Chase . I am not interested in a fat people show like Mike&Molly . And Hawaii 50 doesn't even compare to the Original, nothing new, standard cop show crap with mostly second rate actors. No Jack Lord, No Hawaii 50.

  • Damasc  

    Well done mate..All I really needed to know about the upcoming season. Cheers

  • Eileen  

    Where is Numbers this fall

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