What to Watch Sunday: Homeland, Dexter, The Good Wife and 10 Other Premieres -- Whew!

On TV this Sunday: Premiere Week’s closing night is also its most jam-packed one, and it includes a little something for everyone. For the dramatic among you, the Emmy-winning Homeland, plus Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Dexter, The Good Wife and The Mentalist are back for more. If you want a laugh, The Simpsons and the rest of Fox’s Animation Domination line-up returns, while The Amazing Race and ABC’s spooky new 666 Park Avenue serve up thrills and chills, respectively. (And don’t forget 60 Minutes, if you want to feel smart at the office tomorrow.) Now all you’ve got to do is figure out how to fit it all on your DVR. All told, here are 13 programs worth checking out.

7:00 pm 60 Minutes (CBS) | Season 45 (!) begins with interviews with U.S. General John Allen, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Season 2 premiere: The characters aren’t transported back to fairytale land upon awakening from Queen Regina’s curse — now why is that? The opening minutes will confound, while a surprise ending that dwarves all others (heh heh) will astound. Read our quick observations about the magic-packed hour and dive deep into our full preview. (Also, if you need a little catch-up, catch the “Magic is Coming” Season 1 recap airing at 7 pm.)

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Season 21 kicks off with a new twist: One team might be able to win a $2 million grand prize instead of the game’s usual $1 million. Players include pro monster-truck drivers, members of metal bands White Lion and Megadeath and a double amputee.

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Season 24 premiere: When almost all of his former girlfriends (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Silverman and Natalie Portman) tell him to buzz off, Bart decides Mary Spuckler (New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel) – now living in New York — is the love of his life. “She’s the one he hasn’t been able to get a hold of, so she’s the last hope,” executive producer Al Jean tells TVLine. When Lisa and Marge accompany Bart to the Big Apple, they wind up at a free Shakespeare production in the park that doesn’t go as planned.

8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers (Fox) | Season 3 premiere: A biker gang mourns the loss of its leader and Louise suffers an identity crisis when her ever-present bunny ears are stolen.

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9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Season 7 premiere: How will Dexter try to spin the series-changing moment that happened at the very end of last season? And will Deb believe what he says? Check out a preview of the season ahead.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Season 4 — which features a crazy-good roster of guest stars and a scene that barely made it past the censors — kicks off with Alicia fighting a state trooper on Zach’s behalf, Kalinda standing up to her estranged husband and Diane and Will dealing with the firm’s financial woes.

9 pm Revenge (ABC) | Season 2 premiere: Emily’s still on the offensive, Takeda’s back, there’s a new guy in the mix and Nolan …may be moving in? All told,  Emily VanCamp promises a season that is “almost crazier than Season 1.” (Read TVLine’s full preview.)

9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Season 11 premiere: The Griffins climb Mt. Everest in an attempt to best Lois’ old boyfriend Ross and his wife (voiced by Elizabeth Banks). But problems – well, bigger problems than the obvious ones – come up when a storm strands them on the mountainside. (Read a preview.)

9:30 pm American Dad! (Fox) | Season 8 premiere: Roger opens a bar in the Smiths’ attic and recruits Hayley to sing there; Stan tries to prove his manhood by getting a good price on a new car.

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10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Season 2 premiere: An asset from Carrie’s old life comes in from the cold. Get more top-secret scoop here, here and here!

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Season 5 premiere: Jane tries to figure out Lorelei’s connection to Red John and the CBI team must partner with the FBI to solve a hotel employee’s murder. Get spoilers here.

10 pm 666 Park Avenue (ABC ) | Series premiere: Henry (Brothers & Sisters‘ Dave Annable) and Jane (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Rachael Taylor) move from the Midwest to New York City, to manage a grand old Upper East Side apartment building owned by Gavin (Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn) and his wife Olivia (Ugly Betty‘s Vanessa Williams). The owners, though, have a dark side that is seemingly connected to the supernatural events that take place within the edifice. See what Dave Annable told TVLine about his new gig.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions. 

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  1. tvaddict says:

    Once Upon a Time
    666 Park Avenue
    The Good Wife

    I don’t have showtime but LOVED the first season of Homeland. I guess I will have to wait until netflix has it

  2. Holly says:

    Boardwalk Empire and the Season 2 premiere of Homeland!

  3. teamo says:

    Once Upon a Time
    The Good Wife
    666 Park Ave
    RHONJ Reunion

  4. nick1372 says:

    Once, Revenge, and Homeland tonight.

  5. DarkDefender says:

    As good as Thursdays (Grey’s, Elementary, BBT) this season.. I’m Watching OUAT, Dexter and Homeland.. Have to DVR the Mentalist (its got commercials, yo!)… Oh.. Ad when does GoT start? :D

  6. Emily says:

    TGW, OUAT & 666 PARK AV

  7. Britta Unfiltered says:

    It’s the best night ever, isn’t it? Homeland, Dexter, Treme, Boardwalk Empire for me! I’ll probably catch a few others, but those 4 are what I’m truly most excited about. I think once Walking Dead is added into the mix, my head might explode.

  8. Chris says:

    I don’t have DVR so abc all night for me. I’ll have to catch up on the Good Wife later.

  9. Ally Oop says:

    Revenge was my fave new show of last fall season (which I actually dismissed prior to its debute and actually didn’t start to watch until four episodes in during a rerun week when nothing else was on). The Good Wife and Once Upon a Time I tuned into for a couple episodes each then quit but I will be giving both another shot tonight–thanks to the love it’s gotten on this site. I will also tune into 666 Park just because Locke is on there but I doubt I’ll watch beyond tonight. And, sigh, I’ll watch Mob Doctor tonight too (it airs on Sundays in Canada) even though it’ll likely be cancelled soon (I actually like that show). Also, there’s a new episode of Heartland on too. So tonight my must-see shows are Heartland and Revenge. Of the other shows (OUAT, Good Wife and 666 Park) from tonight’s episodes I will decide which ones are keepers for next week.

    • Ally Oop says:

      P.S. I wish I had the option of watching Homeland. Damien Lewis was brilliant in Life and Claire Danes is brilliant in everything I’ve seen her in. Too bad its on Superchannel in Canada which I don’t have access to with my cable provider.

  10. Jessica says:

    And here I thought Thursday’s were a busy night! I’ll be watching ABC’s great Sunday lineup, while recording Homeland and The Good Wife. I’ll also check in on the football game.

  11. Lorie says:

    The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue (super excited about this series premiere!)