The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Sunday

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.) For now, here’s what’s happening on….

7 pm 60 Minutes (CBS) | The Season 44 (!) premiere includes a fascinating look at the New York City Police Department’s counter-terrorism unit, plus an interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the brilliant minds behind South Park and Broadway’s The Book of Mormon. Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick….

7 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) | You can watch the bus… get… moved! for a few weeks here, before the feel-good show finds its own new home, on Fridays at 8.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Four continents, 20 cities and some 40,000 miles will be traversed in the 19th cycle, which makes its first stop in Taipei, Taiwan, and includes on its cast Survivor champs Ethan and Jenna, a pair of Vegas showgirls and a former NFL player.

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | “Drop it!” Season 23 opens with Kiefer Sutherland (24) voicing a security guard who helps Homer fend off a “terrorist threat.”

8:30 pm The Cleveland Show (Fox) | The Season 3 premiere finds Cleveland feeling snubbed by a visiting Peter Griffin, so he enrolls in a camp led by wrestler Ric Flair.

9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | The ladies’ farewell tour leads off with their cover-up of Carlos’ murder of Gab’s cartoonishly evil stepdad, with Bree all the while trying to keep her lawman beau from catching wind. Elsewhere, estranged Lynette and Tom each brave the dating scene, and Renee meets a new man (V‘s Charles Mesure)

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Season 3 picks up with the aftermath of Alicia and Will’s much anitci……. pated hook-up. For scoop, watch our fresh red carpet videos with Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming and Matt Czuchry and visit our unsurpassed collection of Good Wife reporting.

9 pm Boardwalk Empire (HBO) | Season 2 premiere: While Nucky licks his lips over his plans for big Atlantic City-area real estate, Al Capone sets out to expand his illegal booze biz beyond Chicago. Also: Chalky has a nasty run-in with the KKK.

9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Peter’s plan to solve the fam’s financial troubles is to buy 200,000 lottery tickets. Good luck with that.

9:30 pm American Dad (Fox) | Cee-Lo Green voices a singing hot tub. So, instead of “Forget You” it’s “Jet You”? [Groan]

Brothers & Sisters Exclusive: Find Out What Would’ve Happened to the Walkers in Season 6

10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | Don’t write off this retro look at the crew of a jetliner as some “Mad Men rip-off.” Don’t write it off as some modern-day endorsement of 1960s sexism. Instead, use your own two eyes and ears and give it a look, because after two viewings, I liked the pilot much. (My full Fall TV First Impression can be found here.)

10 pm CSI: Miami (CBS) | Season 10 picks up right where 9 left off, with Horatio bleeding out from a gunshot wound, Natalia trapped in the trunk of a submerged car, and the rest of the team hunting down escaped killer Jack Toller (Callum Keith Rennie). The stunning Alana de la Garza puts in an appearance as H’s late wife, Marisol.

Fall premieres coming up next week | Terra Nova (Fox), Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie (The CW), Suburgatory (ABC), Happy Endings, How to Be a Gentleman (CBS), Private Practice, Dexter, Homeland (Showtime), Hung and How to Make It in America

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  1. tvlover44 says:

    I will be glued to ‘The Good Wife’ and hope that zillions of other folks (particularly those with Nielsen boxes) are, too!

  2. Renee says:

    It’s football for me.

  3. Jenny says:

    Desperate Housewives…that is all.

    • miller says:

      (sorry for my English)

      Hmm…quick brainstorm : Desperate Housewives / Grey’s Anatomy crossover !!!

      Bree visits her ‘evil’ stepmom (the always great Carol Burnett) who
      is dying and wants to make peace with her…but can’t because Eleanor has a
      dark, heartbreaking secret, one that she just simply cant’t take to the
      grave : when Bree was a freshmen at college, she fell in love with a
      pre-med student and got pregnant. He was the love of her life a year
      before she met Rex (who reminded her of her first love) and they decided
      to have the baby…and she did. But Eleanor who was against it all along,
      managed to bribe a nurse AND a doctor and made it look like the child
      was stillborn. This broke the energetic and lively Bree, who broke up
      with the love of her life and became the repressed control freak Bree,
      we all know. She couldn’t control the death of her own baby, so she
      wanted to control everything else from then on and was obsessed with
      giving her future children the “perfect” life, the one she couldn’t give
      her first baby. Meanwhile, the child was sent to foster care. After
      Eleanor tells all this to Bree, Bree urges her to start praying because
      she will go to hell and since she is already on her deathbed, it will
      happen soon enough and leaves her without even the slightest sign of
      She starts searching for her child and finds his son (late twenties) who
      works as a social worker only an hour away from Fairview. She tries to
      get close to him so she starts volunteering there, as well and they bond
      immediately. She struggles to tell him the truth because she is
      convinced she wouldn’t want anything to do with her, but Lynette tells
      her to come clean, that’s the only way and she shouldn’t feel bad about
      leaving him, because she never did and even though they had never met
      before, he clearly inherited a lot of her great qualities (social
      worker, generous, selfless etc.). She does and the son doesn’t get angry
      or upset as she expected…he silently starts crying and hugs her. She
      persuades him to move in with her so they wouldn’t lose any more time to
      get to know each other. The girls – Lynette, Gaby, Susan, Renee – love
      him and make funny, inappropriate comments because he is strikingly
      good-looking. Gaby and Renee even throw a pool party just to see him
      shirtless but he arrives fully clothed, so Renee “accidentally” pours
      her drink on him. He goes home to change, Bree brings him a shirt and is
      shocked to see that he has terrible scars on his back, chest and arms.
      He refuses to talk about it, so she goes to his foster mom, an elderly
      woman who loves him dearly. The elderly woman tells Bree that before she
      took her son in at the age of 8, he was with a remarkably abusive
      foster family where the ‘father’ brutally abused the little boy
      constantly in every possible way. Apparently he molested him and every
      time the boy refused, he cut him with a knife but only where the clothes
      hid the injuries (that’s why the character always wears clothes that
      cover his arms, too)…and seeing the many, many scars her son still has,
      it’s obvious he NEVER let him without a fight even though he was only a
      little boy. Bree is shocked and outraged. She decides to kill the
      bastard and plots a plan to make it look like self-defense. She pulls it
      off with – of course – a little help from her friends.
      Then her son wants to know who her father is, so she tells him and he
      travels to Seattle to meet him. It takes him a whole day in Seattle
      Grace to finally find the man, because his father is busy all the time.
      During the day, he has the chance to hear a lot about him from others
      and there could be several funny one-liners about him looking like
      DotDotDot Jr., although nobody knows they are indeed related. At the end
      of the episode, he finally meets his father : Derek. Now he lives with
      him for a while and forms a close friendship with Meredith who is now
      (around the end of the season) 7-months-pregnant. The two go
      grocery-shopping one day, when a pity thief tries to rob the tiny store
      and panicks when Meredith’s phone starts ringing and shoots her…only
      “the son” jumped in front of her and he is now between life and death.
      Bree and at least one of the gals (Lynette!!!) go to Seattle where Bree
      asks Derek to save their son whatever it takes. His heart is wounded
      almost fatally, so Derek has to make the ultimate sacrifice…shortly
      after seeing his new-born baby who had to be delivered after the
      robbery, he commits suicide so his firstborn could have his heart.
      Meredith is heartbroken but comforts “the son”, that Derek had no choice
      and should embrace life because her husband gave him life twice now…

      THE END

      Something like this could be a an appropriately epic and memorable
      end of one of THE most iconic TV-shows (Desperate Housewives) AND a
      remarkably popular character (Derek). If my memory serves me well,
      Dempsey has already stated he won’t do another season, and Pompeo could
      still come back and start over with a fresh storyline. It could be a 6
      episode DHW and 4 episode GA, ending the whole storyline with a
      2-hour-GA event that is also a DHW-GA-crossover episode and then
      (weeks and DHW-episodes later) giving DHW a proper series finale…although something
      like this could be probably only realized IF Desperate Housewives had
      ANOTHER season…

      And for the record, I have huge respect for the writers on these two
      shows, I’m not trying to tell them what to do (mainly because they will
      do a MUCH better job than this AND they have probably already drafted
      the whole season). I’ve seen every single episode and I am grateful that
      they put such quality work on TV, I just offered a quick idea about
      these important finales from the point of view of a loyal fan…that’s

  4. Sivat says:

    Watching The Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Pan Am, and DVRing The Simpsons to watch at 11.

  5. Brandy says:

    Desperate Housewives

  6. JB says:

    Recording Desperate Housewives. Watching The Amazing Race, The Good Wife & Pan Am

  7. Amanda says:

    For me is amazing race all the way.

  8. Ella says:

    definitely The Amazing Race for me

  9. maggie says:

    I’ll be watching “Lewis” on Masterpiece Mystery.

  10. Simon Jester says:

    BREAKING BAD, baby!

  11. Ashley says:

    I will be watching The Good Wife… and I hope everyone else does as well, because this show needs all the ratings love it can get with its new risky time slot. Let’s not let network’s finest drama fade into obscurity! I still have nightmares from what ABC did with Once & Again (does anyone else remember that show? So good!) Anyway, I will pick TGW over Desperate Housewives any day. DH has its moments a few years ago, but I’m kind of over it.

    • tvlover44 says:

      To this day, I’m still not over the cancellation of ‘Once & Again’, and no show has ever quite taken its place for me. And yes, everyone please show up for TGW and negate the common wisdom that folks (including those of us in the hallowed 18-49 demo) won’t go for smarter TV fare in big numbers!

  12. fernando says:

    Im so watching Desperate Housewives, Team DH all the way!

  13. Carmichael says:

    Aren’t Happy Endings and Mike & Molly coming back this week too?

  14. Brittany says:

    “The Good Wife” and “Desperate Housewives” on the same night! The Best! Then when “Dexter” comes back, I’ll have all three! Too bad they all come on at 9! lol I just dvr them all anyway thoughso it doesn’t really matter. (I have more than one dvr) Love them all!

  15. hello says:

    Finally we get the answer, did Ned and Edna stay together

  16. nakedheat2356 says:

    The Good Wife!!! Saw the cast on Piers Morgan the other day, can’t wait…

  17. beres says:

    The Good Wife all the way!!! And I may check out Pan Am, depending on what I read about it after it airs! This is actually a calm sunday, but sundays will soon become my most intense days tv wise, as soon as Dexter, Homeland, Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead join the Good Wife!

  18. Isabel says:

    I am so excited for the The Good Wife premiere! Season 3 is going to be awesome!

  19. Guy says:

    Amazing Race and Housewives all the way. Good Wife and Fox’s comedies on record.

    • tvlover44 says:

      For folks like you who will be recording ‘The Good Wife’, remember to set your DVRs to end slightly later than usual, as football tends to run over (CBS airs football on Sunday afternoons). You won’t want to belately discover the end of an episode has been cut off!

  20. Sam says:

    For those (without DVRs) mentioning conflicts between Dexter and TGW (or whatever show this Sunday night), the Dexter premiere is, uh, already available for viewing pleasure, if you catch my drift…

  21. Robert says:

    Desperate Housewives all the way!!!!!!! Still a great show and I hear there will be a shocking ending!!!!

  22. Elle says:

    I’ll be watching Good Wife and Pan Am and DVR Desperate Housewives.

  23. ginnie says:

    too much going on tonite!! dvring new jeff dunham special, extreme makeover & season ender of drop dead diva….watching great food truck race (season ender)amazing race & pan am

  24. bri says:

    Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, Pan Am for me! Nothing else is worth a look in.

  25. Krista says:

    Watching Desperate Housewives and Pan Am. Waiting for Once Upon a Time to premiere next month

  26. Templar says:

    It looks like we’ll be watching PBS as none of the above appeals.

    • Alicia says:

      If you appreciate PBS programming then The Good Wife is probably your speed. The name is less than ideal, but the show itself is superb–an intelligent mix of criminal, political and legal drama. There are some personal issues thrown in, but it’s not overwrought nor does it overshadow the rest of the show. The focus is kind of cyclical; an ep covering a trial, then one featuring the election campaign, then one about bureaucratic/political jockeying at the firm and/or state’s attorney’s office etc. Crap, I probably made this show sound really boring–it’s not I swear! Most eps I’m practically having an anxiety attack; so if that sounds like something you need in your life–tune in at 9/8 pm CST :D

      • Templar says:

        You may be right, but unfortunately, while i am a fan of Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry and Chris Noth, I heartily dislike Margulies. Couldn’t stand her on ER and can’t get past it.

        • Alicia says:

          Is it a Nurse Carol thing or actually a Margulies thing? Because I couldn’t stand her character on ER either (Carol was irritating to no end), but Margulies on TGW is so completely different that I’m like “hey, this woman really isn’t heinous at all!”
          Just saying, if there’s nothing else to watch you could give the show a chance, might surprise you.

          • Templar says:

            It might be a little of each. I’ve seen her interviewed and just found something off-putting about her. It’s OK though because one PBS station has Inspector Lewis followed by Poirot, and the other is running New Tricks which we love, so it’s all good.

  27. Cassie says:

    So. Much. Television.

    “Drop Dead Diva” is also on at 9 tonight. Season finale.

  28. Nina says:

    My housewives are back yay!!! I’m watching Desperate Housewives and Pan Am tonight!!!

  29. Gabby says:

    Uhm, Good Wife all the way! Desperate Housewives is a joke compared to the Good Wife…

  30. Tee says:

    Looking forward to Drop Dead Diva!

  31. King says:

    Why is CSI: Miami even here? The show i just recyling stories it had done before.

  32. Tammy says:

    Don’t forget Breaking Bad at 10 pm tonight.

  33. tina says:

    Boardwalk Empire, the best is back.

  34. Margot says:

    I will tape Masterpiece Mystery – Inspectot Lewis. Can’t live without it! Thankfully it’s not dependent on ratings. I will watch The Good Wife as it probably needs all the help it can get given it’s new time slot (which totally mystifies me)
    Once upon time I was a faithful viewer of CSI
    Miami. But those days are over

  35. JC says:

    Desperate Housewives FTW this show is and will become a classic someday. It was fresh and different unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I know that the past seasons kind of sagged in quality but that’s what happens to tv shows considering it’s on the 8th and final season. Watch it live like the promo states kiss them goodbye :))

  36. Darth Clavie says:

    Why there is no love for Drop Dead Diva?
    It was an AWESOME season finale.