2012 Fall TV Premiere Calendar

  • Publish Date: August 22, 2012
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This page was last updated on September 28.

Visit our Night-by-Night Guide to Fall TV for detailed descriptions of many of the new and returning primetime series listed below.

Fall TV premiere dates

New and returning shows with announced premiere dates are listed below. (All times ET/PT)

September premieres

Show Network Type Time
SAT / September 1
Doctor Who BBC America Sci-fi 9p
MON / September 3
Switched at Birth ABC Family Drama 8p
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Discovery Reality 9p
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel Food/Travel 9p
Coma NEW A&E Miniseries 9p
Concludes Tuesday 9/4 at 9p.
T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle VH1 Reality 9p
Fast N' Loud Discovery Reality 10p
TUE / September 4
Flipping Out Bravo Reality 9p
WED / September 5
Ghost Hunters Syfy Reality 9p
THU / September 6
2012 MTV Video Music Awards MTV Special 8p
Later... with Jools Holland Palladia Music 10p
Texas Car Wars NEW Discovery Reality 10p
Live From Daryl's House Palladia Music/Talk 11p
FRI / September 7
Stand Up to Cancer Telethon Various Special/Event 8p
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team CMT Reality competition 9p
Cheer NEW CMT Reality 10p
SAT / September 8
Killer Among Us NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
My Fair Wedding WE Reality 9p
Deadly Affairs NEW ID Reality 10p
SUN / September 9
The Thick of It Hulu Comedy n/a
A brand new episode will begin streaming each Sunday for seven consecutive weeks.
Broadway or Bust NEW PBS Documentary 8p
Long Island Medium TLC Reality 9p
Wallander PBS Drama 9p
Breaking Amish NEW TLC Reality 10p
Robot Chicken Adult Swim Animation/Comedy Midnight
MON / September 10
Basketball Wives: L.A. VH1 Reality 8p
The Voice NBC Reality competition 8p
Results show airs Tuesdays at 8p.
CBS Fall Preview CBS Special 8:30p
The Crimson Petal and the White NEW Encore Miniseries 9p
Concludes Tuesday 9/11 at 9p.
Hoarders A&E Reality 9p
TUE / September 11
Go On NEW NBC Comedy 9p
Premiere episode already aired during the Olympics in August.
The New Normal NEW NBC Comedy 9:30p
This premiere episode will repeat on Thursday 9/13 at 10p.
Bomb Girls NEW Reelz Drama 10p
Parenthood NBC Drama 10p
Sons of Anarchy FX Drama 10p
WED / September 12
The X Factor Fox Reality competition 8p
Results show airs Thursdays at 8p.
Parole Diaries NEW TV One Reality 9p
Wheeler Dealers Velocity Reality 9p
Guys with Kids NEW NBC Comedy 10p
Special premiere episode; show begins in its regular 8:30p time slot on Wednesday 9/26.
Family Guns NEW NGC Reality 10p
THU / September 13
Glee Fox Musical/drama 9p
The Real Housewives of Miami Bravo Reality 10p
FRI / September 14
Shark Tank ABC Reality competition 8p
Shifts to 9p starting Friday 11/2.
2012 Style Awards NEW Style Special/Event 8p
Ghost Adventures Travel Reality 9p
Primetime: What Would You Do? ABC News 9p
20/20 ABC News 10p
Off Beat NEW Fuse Comedy 10p
Video on Trial: Special Videos Unit Fuse Comedy/Music 10:30p
SAT / September 15
Aladdin and the Death Lamp NEW Syfy Movie 7p
Bayou Billionaires CMT Reality 9p
Pegasus vs. Chimera NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's OWN Reality 9p
MovieStyle with Michael O'Connor NEW Reelz Reality 9:30p
Iyanla, Fix My Life OWN Reality 10p
Redneck Intervention NEW CMT Reality 10p
Saturday Night Live NBC Comedy 11:30p
SUN / September 16
Rehab with Dr. Drew VH1 Reality 8p
Behind the Music VH1 Music/Documentary 9p
Boardwalk Empire HBO Drama 9p
MON / September 17
Bones Fox Drama 8p
The Mob Doctor NEW Fox Drama 9p
Be Good Johnny Weir Logo Reality 10p
Revolution NEW NBC Drama 10p
TUE / September 18
The Rickey Smiley Show NEW TV One Comedy 8p
Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time
with Barbara Walters NEW
ABC Special 9p
Hot Set NEW Syfy Reality competition 10p
WED / September 19
Survivor CBS Reality competition 8p
South Beach Tow truTV Reality 9:30p
The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons MTV Reality competition 10p
THU / September 20
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday NBC Comedy 8p
Another special Thursday episode airs the following week on 9/27.
Up All Night NBC Comedy 8:30p
The Office NBC Comedy 9p
Tamar & Vince NEW WE Reality 9p
Parks & Recreation NBC Comedy 9:30p
Bling It On NEW TLC Reality 10p
FRI / September 21
Haven Syfy Drama 10p
Secret Princes NEW TLC Reality 10p
SAT / September 22
Last Hours in Suburbia NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
SUN / September 23
Treme HBO Drama 10p
MON / September 24
Dancing with the Stars ABC Reality competition 8p
Results show airs Tuesdays at 8p.
How I Met Your Mother CBS Comedy 8p
Partners NEW CBS Comedy 8:30p
2 Broke Girls CBS Comedy 9p
Mike & Molly CBS Comedy 9:30p
Castle ABC Drama 10p
The Day Carl Sandburg Died [American Masters] NEW PBS Movie/Documentary 10p
Hawaii Five-0 CBS Drama 10p
$24 in 24 NEW Food Reality 10:30p
TUE / September 25
NCIS CBS Drama 8p
New Girl Fox Comedy 8p
Another new episode will air one hour later, in the show's regular 9p time slot.
Ben & Kate NEW Fox Comedy 8:30p
NCIS: Los Angeles CBS Drama 9p
The Mindy Project NEW Fox Comedy 9:30p
Private Practice ABC Drama 10p
Tosh.0 Comedy Central Comedy 10p
Vegas NEW CBS Drama 10p
Brickleberry NEW Comedy Central Animation/Comedy 10:30p
WED / September 26
Animal Practice NEW NBC Comedy 8p
Premiere episode aired in August.
The Middle ABC Comedy 8p
Criminal Minds CBS Drama 9p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC Drama 9p
Modern Family ABC Comedy 9p
Save My Son NEW TV One Reality 9p
The Neighbors NEW ABC Comedy 9:30p
Special time slot; the show will shift to 8:30p starting Wednesday 10/3.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS Drama 10p
Revenge: The First Chapter ABC Special 10p
One-hour recap of the first season of Revenge
South Park Comedy Central Comedy 10p
Key & Peele Comedy Central Comedy 10:30p
THU / September 27
The Big Bang Theory CBS Comedy 8p
Last Resort NEW ABC Drama 8p
Two and a Half Men CBS Comedy 8:30p
Grey's Anatomy ABC Drama 9p
Person of Interest CBS Drama 9p
Elementary NEW CBS Drama 10p
Scandal ABC Drama 10p
FRI / September 28
CSI: New York CBS Drama 8p
Kitchen Nightmares Fox Reality 8p
Fringe Fox Drama 9p
Made in Jersey NEW CBS Drama 9p
Blue Bloods CBS Drama 10p
SAT / September 29
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter NEW Syfy Movie 9p
48 Hours Mystery CBS News 10p
Chef Race: UK vs U.S. NEW BBC America Reality competition 10p
Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian NEW Comedy Central Special 10p
SUN / September 30
60 Minutes CBS News 7p
The Amazing Race CBS Reality competition 8p
Call the Midwife NEW PBS Drama 8p
Making Monsters Travel Reality 8p
Once Upon a Time ABC Drama 8p
The Simpsons Fox Animation/Comedy 8p
Bob's Burgers Fox Animation/Comedy 8:30p
Dexter Showtime Drama 9p
Family Guy Fox Animation/Comedy 9p
The Good Wife CBS Drama 9p
Revenge ABC Drama 9p
American Dad Fox Animation/Comedy 9:30p
666 Park Avenue NEW ABC Drama 10p
Homeland Showtime Drama 10p
The Mentalist CBS Drama 10p
Destination Fear Travel Reality 11p
Superjail! Adult Swim Animation/Comedy 12:15a

October premieres

Show Network Type Time
MON / October 1
Half the Sky NEW PBS Miniseries/Documentary 9p
Concludes Tuesday 10/2 at 9p.
Don't Sleep NEW BET Talk 11p
New late night talk show airs nightly Monday-Thursday; hosted by T. J. Holmes.
TUE / October 2
30 for 30 ESPN Documentary/Sports 8p
Giuliana & Bill Style Reality 8p
Hart of Dixie The CW Drama 8p
Raising Hope Fox Comedy 8p
Overhaulin' Velocity Reality 9p
WED / October 3
First Presidential Debate [LIVE] Various News/Event 9p ET / 6p PT
Debate coverage will preempt some primetime programming on most networks; debate itself (not including pre- and post-debate coverage) will run for 90 minutes.
Supernatural The CW Drama 9p
Food Paradise Travel Reality 10p
Life After Top Chef NEW Bravo Reality 10p
THU / October 4
30 Rock NBC Comedy 8p
Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution Comedy Central Comedy 10p
Jersey Shore MTV Reality 10p
SAT / October 6
Abducted: The Carlina White Story NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Winged Planet NEW Discovery Movie/Documentary 8p
Parking Wars A&E Reality 9p
Billy the Exterminator A&E Reality 10p
SUN / October 7
America's Funniest Home Videos ABC Reality 7p
The Cleveland Show Fox Animation/Comedy 7:30p
Big Rich Texas Style Reality 8p
Johnny Cash: Song by Song NEW Ovation Music 8p
Glam Fairy Style Reality 9p
Halloween Wars Food Reality competition 9p
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters NEW Comedy Central Special 9p
The Shores NEW TV Guide Drama 9p
Steel Magnolias NEW Lifetime Movie 9p
Upstairs, Downstairs [on Masterpiece Classic] PBS Drama 9p
MON / October 8
90210 The CW Drama 8p
The Mortified Sessions Sundance Reality 8p
Titanic: Blood and Steel NEW Encore Miniseries 8p
Airs over six consecutive nights, with two hour-long episodes per night.
Gossip Girl The CW Drama 9p
Life After TV One Reality 9p
TUE / October 9
Iconoclasts Sundance Reality 8p
Chuck's Eat the Street NEW Cooking Reality 8:30p
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition NEW Lifetime Reality competition 9p
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog The CW Musical/Special 9p
Television debut of Joss Whedon's internet hit.
Frontline: The Choice NEW PBS News/Special 9p
Keyshia & Daniel: Family First NEW BET Reality 10p
My Shopping Addiction NEW Oxygen Reality 10p
Mash Up NEW Comedy Central Comedy 12:30a
WED / October 10
Arrow NEW The CW Drama 8p
Premiere episode repeats Friday 10/12 at 8p.
NOVA PBS Science 9p
Chicago Fire NEW NBC Drama 10p
Premiere episode repeats Saturday 10/13 at 9p.
Duck Dynasty A&E Reality 10p
Nashville NEW ABC Drama 10p
NOVA scienceNOW PBS Science 10p
THU / October 11
The Vampire Diaries The CW Drama 8p
Beauty & The Beast NEW The CW Drama 9p
Premiere episode repeats Friday 10/12 at 9p.
Vice Presidential Debate [LIVE] Various News/Event 9p ET / 6p PT
Debate coverage will preempt some primetime programming on most networks; debate itself (not including pre- and post-debate coverage) will run for 90 minutes.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX Comedy 10p
The League FX Comedy 10:30p
Brand X with Russell Brand FX Comedy/Talk 11p
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell FX Comedy/Talk 11:30p
FRI / October 12
Dead Souls NEW Chiller Movie 9p
SUN / October 14
See Dad Run NEW Nick at Nite Comedy 8p
The Walking Dead AMC Drama 9p
Talking Dead AMC Talk 11p
Comic Book Men AMC Reality 11:30p
MON / October 15
Celebrity Crime Files NEW TV One Reality 8p
TUE / October 16
Emily Owens, M.D. NEW The CW Drama 9p
The Men Who Built America NEW History Miniseries/Documentary 9p
Second Presidential Debate [LIVE] Various News/Event 9p ET / 6p PT
Debate coverage will preempt some primetime programming on most networks; debate itself (not including pre- and post-debate coverage) will run for 90 minutes.
The Brokaw Files NEW Military News/Documentary 10p
Chasing Classic Cars Velocity Reality 10p
Underemployed NEW MTV Drama 10p
WED / October 17
World Without End NEW Reelz Miniseries 9p
Suburgatory ABC Comedy 9:30p
American Horror Story: Asylum FX Drama 10p
THU / October 18
Ethel NEW HBO Movie/Documentary 9p
FRI / October 19
Whitney NBC Comedy 8p
Community NBC Comedy 8:30p
Killer Karaoke NEW truTV Game show 9p
Nikita The CW Drama 9p
Hunted NEW Cinemax Drama 10p
SAT / October 20
The Girl NEW HBO Movie 9p
SUN / October 21
Night of Too Many Stars Comedy Central Special 9p
MON / October 22
RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Logo Reality competition 9p
Third Presidential Debate [LIVE] Various News/Event 9p ET / 6p PT
Debate coverage will preempt some primetime programming on most networks; debate itself (not including pre- and post-debate coverage) will run for 90 minutes.
TUE / October 23
Happy Endings ABC Comedy 9p
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 ABC Comedy 9:30p
WED / October 24
The Houstons: On Our Own NEW Lifetime Reality 9p
THU / October 25
Project Runway: All Stars Lifetime Reality competition 9p
FRI / October 26
Touch Fox Drama 8p
SAT / October 27
D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List NEW Comedy Central Special 11p
SUN / October 28
The American Scream NEW Chiller Movie/Documentary 8p
TUE / October 30
The Baby Wait NEW Logo Reality 10p

November premieres

Show Network Type Time
THU / November 1
46th Annual CMA Awards ABC Special/Event 8p
Airs live on the East Coast; Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host.
FRI / November 2
Last Man Standing ABC Comedy 8p
Malibu Country NEW ABC Comedy 8:30p
SUN / November 4
The Next Iron Chef Food Reality competition 9p
MON / November 5
Dangerous Grounds NEW Travel Reality/Travel 10p
Series moves to its regular Tuesday 9p timeslot on November 13th.
WED / November 7
Top Chef: Seattle Bravo Reality competition 10p
THU / November 8
Burn Notice USA Drama 9p
SAT / November 10
Wedding Band NEW TBS Comedy 10p
SUN / November 11
Browncoats Unite NEW Science Special tbd
MON / November 12
Catfish: The TV Show NEW MTV Reality 10p
The World of Jenks MTV Reality 11p
TUE / November 13
Total Blackout Syfy Game show 9p
THU / November 15
Crossfire Hurricane NEW HBO Movie tbd
FRI / November 16
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only NEW Spike Special tbd
We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston CBS Special 10p
SUN / November 18
The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards ABC Special/Event 8p
The Dust Bowl NEW PBS Miniseries/Documentary 8p
Concludes Monday 11/19 at 8p.
MON / November 19
The Layover with Anthony Bourdain Travel Travel 9p
TUE / November 20
Inventing David Geffen [American Masters] NEW PBS Movie/Documentary 8p
FRI / November 23
Whisker Wars IFC Reality 10p
WED / November 28
Happily Divorced TV Land Comedy 10:30p

Comments (3)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Thank you!! This will be my #1 bookmark through the next 2 months.

  • caroline  

    Homeland, The Good Wife and The Walking Dead! i can't wait...!!! good article! thanks!!!

  • culleton7  

    good read cheers keep up the tv articles

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