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).