With no less than 60 season and series premieres hitting your TV/DVR this week, we’ve gone daily with The TVLine-Up. (For those who must plan ahead, here is our complete Fall TV premieres calendar, plus I do summarize what’s coming up the next day.)
But for now, here’s what’s happening on….
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
8/7c A Gifted Man (CBS) | Patrick Wilson (Angels in America) plays a professionally brilliant yet emotionally chilly neurosurgeon who starts to get life lessons from his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle, The King’s Speech). Thing is, she be dead. Twist! Freshly minted Emmy winner Margo Martindale (Justified) costars as his assistant, while Julie Benz (Dexter) plays his sister. Ausiello liked the pilot fine. Me? Meh.
8 pm Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) | Season 4 opens with Gordon Ramsay verbally reaming a Plainview, N.J. catering service.
8 pm Nikita (The CW) | So much has changed, so many allegiances shifted, so many jobs swapped… I can’t begin to summarize it here. Instead, finish up this column then read Meg Masters’ in-depth season preview, Parts 1 and 2.
9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | Season 8 kicks off with an intense flashback to 9/11, then continues on with Danny getting a pretty new partner and Jo being hit with a blast from…. Wait, I just wrote all that and then some!
9 pm Dateline (NBC) | Lester Holt takes over as host for the new season. This is one of them dating shows, right?
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | I’ve seen the long-awaited season premiere and I’ll tell you this: In a very good way, it’s not the mind-trippy kaboom you may have been expecting. Rather, it all seems to make sense. It’s BAU for the Fringe team… well, save for the fact that Peter isn’t around. (Or… is… he?) If the first 45 seconds don’t pencil in Anna Torv for a 2012 Emmy nom, I am not sure what will. Oh, and the “bridge” room that somebody created to connect the universes? It is all tricked out now. Thanks, Massive Dynamic!
9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Season 7 premiere: Can Cas get back from the dark side? Will Sam crumble under the memories of hell? What is going on with Dean? Vlada Gelman has some scoopy answers.
10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Season 2 opens with Frank (Tom Selleck) navigating politically tricky waters as the NYPD deftly looks into the murder of someone close to the new mayor (Dexter‘s David Ramsey). Before things get ugly, hopefully guest stars Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood can squeeze in their duet.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | While Audrey and Nathan look into a series of murders in which the victims were mummified, Duke comes upon a secret about his past that could have major ramifications.
Coming up on Saturday: Rules of Engagement, 48 Hours Mystery
Coming up on Sunday: 60 Minutes, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition… The Amazing Race, The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show… Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Family Guy, American Dad… Pan Am, CSI: Miami