Fall TV Preview

The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

Hitting your TV screen this week are no less than 60 season and series premieres, so we’ve changed things up a bit by going daily with The TVLine-Up. (For those who must plan ahead, here is our complete Fall TV premieres calendar, plus I handily summarize what’s coming up the following day.)

But for now, here’s what’s happening on….

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
1 pm All My Children (ABC) | As if Sarah Michelle Gellar didn’t already have you seeing double, here she returns to her soap roots by playing, no, not Kendall, but a delusional gal who thinks she’s Erica’s daughter. (This episode is also dedicated to AMC vet Mary Fickett (Ruth), who passed away this month.)

First All My Children Stars Sign Up for Soap’s Online Venture

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Simon, Paula, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger judge solo and group acts of all ages vying for a $5 million prize. The two-hour opener kicks things off with auditions in L.A. (the city, not the judge), Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Seattle and good ol’ Newark, N.J.

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | This hour-long season premiere finds the Hecks embarking on an end-of-summer camping trip, triggering honeymoon memories for Frankie, Mike and… Ray Romano?

Season Premiere Ratings: Survivor Drops, Up All Night Delivers

8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Settling into its regular time slot, this week we learn that baby Amy doesn’t cotton to Ava, but instead fancies her assistant, Calvin (played by Nick Cannon). Amy has yet to be plopped in front of America’s Got Talent, I surmise.

8:30 pm Free Agents (NBC) | I wasn’t planning to pay this other NBC newbie much lip service, but based on comments last week in the ratings post, several of you seem to dig it. So, here.

9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | The band is back together! (I’ll have more to say about the season opener later, after I get a Coke Zero in me.)

Exclusive: Criminal Minds Eyes a Heroes Favorite

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | In the Emmy darling’s hour-long Season 3 opener, Phil gets outvoted on going to family camp, so instead the Pritchett-Dunphy brood (Dylan included!) must “settle” for vacationing at a dude ranch in picturesque Jackson Hole.

9 pm Harry’s Law (NBC) | For Season 2, the young’uns are out, Mark Valley (Human Target) and Karen Olivo are in, “Tommy Jefferson” has been elected a series regular, and Jean Smart (24), Alfred Molina (LOLA?) and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) are among the guest stars on tap.

Ask Ausiello: Scoop on Stabler’s Law & Order: SVU Status, and More

10 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Christopher Meloni is gone, Mariska Hargitay will, yes, still be in every episode, and Kelli Giddish (The Good Wife) and Danny Pino (Cold Case) are new additions. Do not miss the last two minutes.

10 pm CSI (CBS) | Norrrrmmmm! Sorry, I mean: Hey, Sammy! Ted Danson joins the crime drama as the new team leader — and no, that sentence does not sit well with Catherine. Bonus: Carrot Top returns!

10 pm Revenge (ABC) | The luminous Emily VanCamp (Everwood) fronts this potentially frothy new drama as Emily Thorne, a young woman who hits the Hamptons dead-set on getting back at those who wrongfully wronged her father and thus ruined her childhood. Madeleine Stowe (The Last of the Mohicans) plays the No. 1 thorn in Emily’s side. (See what I did there?) My detailed Fall TV First Impression can be found here.

What will you be tuning into this Wednesday night?