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.
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.
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.
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.
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