Fall TV Preview

The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

With the Fall TV season and its shiny, new wares still rolling out, we’re continuing to go daily with The TVLine-Up. (For those who must plan ahead, here is our complete Fall TV premieres calendar, plus I summarize what’s coming up the next day.) But right now, here’s what’s happening on….

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Please, tune in – and bring 8 million of your friends, if only so we aren’t subject to another 24-hour news cycle of ratings spin, “But this isn’t Idol” recontextualization and thrice-diced superlatives.

8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Been there, done this: Reagan and Chris take the most humbling step of new parenthood: switching over to a family-friendly automobile. Me? Never caved in for the minivan. Just won’t.

8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Sam  Evans, we hardly knew ye. Glee castoff Chord Overstreet guest stars as Brick’s very idealistic and very young new teacher. Get a First Look here.

8:30 pm Suburgatory (ABC) | Series premiere: I sadly did not get around to a Fall TV First Impression of this new comedy, so lemme give you the Reader’s Digest version: It’s good, possibly really good — and yet oddly it “feels” like a Fox comedy. (Good thing ABC exhibits more patience.) The set-up: Jeremy Sisto plays a dad who, after finding condoms in his teen daughter’s possession, moves their two-person family from big, bad NYC to the suburbs — namely, a very glossy, super-superficial enclave that makes Wisteria Lane look like Harlem. Jane Levy is aces as the exasperated lass, while the supporting cast includes Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Rex Lee (Entourage).

9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | While the BAU hunts for a man who kills women after robbing them of one of their five senses, Emily and JJ continue to get the cold shoulder from Reid. Andy Milder (Weeds) and Tracy Middendorf (Boardwalk Empire, Days of Our Lives) guest star.

9 pm Harry’s Law (NBC) | When Jean Smart’s DA pulls some tricks to further incriminate Alfred Molina’s accused murderer, Harry enlists Tommy Jefferson to dazzle and distract the media.

Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson Previews Mitchell’s Season 3 Follies

9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Phil walks a tightrope — literally — as he and Luke get the circus bug. Meanwhile, Claire seeks to teach the girls a lesson, and Cam and Mitch go on a juice fast.

9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | My favorite part of the Season 2 opener is the gang’s bid to snuff Penny’s “ah-mah-zing,” if only because this winning comedy’s only potential undoing is an over-reliance on trendy catchphrases and nectar mash-up words. Plotwise, Max gets jealous of Brad’s African-American buds, Jane wrongly urges Alex and Dave to air their long-suppressed grievances with one another, and Penny’s move to a new apartment causes her to fear she’s becoming a cat lady.

Happy Endings Season 2 Scoop: Max Gets Serious, Megan Mullally Sings, and Time Travel!

10 pm Luther (BBC America) | Luther (Idris Elba) hunts a masked serial killer in this Season 2 premiere.

10 pm Revenge (ABC) | I wish no harm to the long-running, in-transition procedurals also airing in this time slot. But if you don’t do your part to keep this soapy drama around, let’s just say that Emily Thorn has a bowl of bisque with your name on it.

10 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | The Wonder Years‘ Dan Lauria guests as a onetime basketball coach accused of sexually abusing his young players. But more to the point, Danny Pino (Cold Case) makes his debut as the squad’s other new addition.

10 pm CSI (CBS) | For the murder of an entire family, the CSIs quickly get a confession. Wow, shortest episode ever! No, then they get another confession. And another….

Revenge‘s Nick Wechsler Previews the Show’s Hot Triangle and Talks Life Post-Roswell

Coming up on Thursday: The premieres of How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) and Private Practice (ABC).

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  1. TaMara says:

    Thanks for plugging Revenge. I was hooked when I read the script (kindle freebie) and the pilot didn’t disappoint.

  2. Michael Sacal says:

    “The Wonder Years‘ Dan Lauria guests as a onetime FOOTBALL coach accused of USING HIS KRYPTONITE-ENHANCED ABILITIES TO SET HIS young players ON FIRE.”

    If only…

  3. Fernando says:

    Revenge is my number one new fall show. Love it. And also happy to see Happy Endings

  4. Lisa says:

    Love Revenge. A great addition to this night. Must stay around. (and you used Nectar! Schmidt would be so proud.)

  5. Ashley says:

    I can’t wait for “Suburgatory” and “Criminal Minds”!

  6. JenB says:

    Revenge is the best new show of the season, IMO…looking forward to the new episode tonight :)

  7. intelliwoman says:

    Thanks for the LUTHER plug. Absolutely positively one of the 2 or 3 best shows on tv.

  8. Shuayb says:

    Lol at Matt’s comment about the Mini Van… Hehe…
    I liked Revenge a lot! Very entertaining…

    • Poppy says:

      Yay for Revenge. I am hooked completely.

      Also Matt’s aversion to the mini van is quite understandable, and I concurred with that opinion in my early 30s, however, with carpool, I broke down and got one and kept it for 12 years until the kids went to college. They affectionately called it the “loser cruiser” but in all honesty, they all had their own space, and it is the most versitile vehicle you could ever own. You just have to realize (accept) you’re just not as cool as you used to be…

  9. Gerald says:

    Revenge and Happy Endings!

  10. nitemar says:

    Revenge! Sorry Marishka, but this is one for keeps and you are leaving too, so, thanks for your wonderful years with Chris!

  11. stepha says:

    You had me at Alan Tudyk. Love him! I’m watching Suburgatory for him alone…

  12. chris says:

    The Middle
    Modern Family

  13. Elaine says:

    Luther is a fascinataing series. Idris Elbba has become one of my favorite actors. The emotionally tortured detective who doesn’t always play it straight has been done before, but never so well. I look forward to Season 3 which was recently announced but no date yet.

    Would have appreciated it if Luther and Sherlock had received some acknowledgement from the Emmys as I think they are both two of the best miniseries I’ve ever seen. Now, getting Emmys… that woulda been a majorly pleassant surprise, but anyway, I highly recommend both series. I promise once you’ve seen the first two episodes of Luther, you will be solidly hooked. (only 10 episodes in total so not a huge commitment, and Sherlock.. only 3 so far.

  14. Sourabh says:

    Luther’s Season 2 was great. It’s a pity BBC America shows it months after it airs originally, it’s not convenient for fans to discuss.

  15. kevin says:

    SUBURGATORY is another bad ABC sitcom just like last year’s BETTER WITH YOU but worse than that. Can’t wait for the return of HAPPY ENDINGS but I’m planning to skip watching HARRY’S LAW for the rest of the season and CRIMINAL MINDS continue to be a bad taste in CBS’ medicine cabinet.

  16. Brittany Porter says:

    Me too! I love criminal minds and I’m excited for the premier of suburgatory!