American Horror Story: Coven will begin brewing on Wednesday, Oct. 9, it has been officially announced by FX.
Exec producer Tim Minear revealed earlier this month that Coven will have “a feminist theme” as well as cover ”race and oppression and family … along with laughs and scares and a few tears.”
On the aforementioned family front, Jessica Lange will play a literally witchy mom to Sarah Paulson. It’s also been revealed that Angela Bassett is playing Marie Laveau, a character loosely based on “a woman in the 1800s who was very influential in the city,” while Kathy Bates will channel infamous 1830s New Orleans socialite/serial killer Madame LaLaurie.
Also on board for Coven are returning Horror Story players Denis O’Hare, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge, Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga, as well as new blood Emma Roberts, Patti LuPone and Gabourey Sidibe.
The critical darling is slated to return with the 10-episode second half of its Season 3 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 10:30/9:30c.
Earlier this month, Awkward was renewed for a fourth season, to be helmed by Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (90210, Cashmere Mafia). They replace outgoing creator Lauren Iungerich.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Daytime host Wendy Williams is making her way to ABC’s The Neighbors, TVLine has learned exclusively. She’ll guest-star in Season 2′s fourth episode, playing a hair stylist who instantly hits it off with Jami Gertz’s Debbie.
• The Vampire Diaries has added Shaun Sipos (Life Unexpected, Melrose Place) in Season 5, E! Online reports. He’ll recur as a college student who bonds with Elena over their shared tragic pasts.
• NBC News will re-air the August 25, 1963 installment of Meet the Press exactly 50 years to the date that it originally aired. The episode features an interview with Martin Luther King Jr., which occurred just three days before his historic “I have a dream” speech.
• Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami) is headed to Pretty Little Liars in the second half of Season 4, E! Online reports, playing Rosewood High School’s new guidance counselor.
|(C) 2013 TV by the Numbers|
|Cracked||Reelz||10:00 PM||Friday, August 30, 2013|
|Saturday Night Football||ABC||8:00 PM||Saturday, August 31, 2013|
|Tamara’s OC Wedding||Bravo||8:00 PM||Monday, September 02, 2013|
|Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition||Lifetime||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|Top Gear||History||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|Cold Justice||TNT||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|Luther||BBCA||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|My Big Fat Revenge||Oxygen||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|Tosh.0||Comedy||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|We’re The Fugawis||History||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|Brickleberry||Comedy||10:30 PM||Tuesday, September 03, 2013|
|Inside The NFL||SHO||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
|Ghost Mine||Syfy||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
|It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia||FXX||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
|Ultimate Fighter, The||FS1||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
|League, The||FXX||10:30 PM||Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
|Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell||FXX||11:00 PM||Wednesday, September 04, 2013|
|Sunday Night Football NFL Season Kickoff||NBC||8:00 PM||Thursday, September 05, 2013|
|Tamar & Vince||WE||9:00 PM||Thursday, September 05, 2013|
|Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team||CMT||9:00 PM||Friday, September 06, 2013|
|20/20||ABC||10:00 PM||Friday, September 06, 2013|
|Hello Ross||E!||10:00 PM||Friday, September 06, 2013|
|Fox College Saturday||FOX||7:00 PM||Saturday, September 07, 2013|
|Buying Alaska||DestAmer||9:00 PM||Saturday, September 07, 2013|
|David Tutera: Unveiled||WE||9:00 PM||Saturday, September 07, 2013|
|Six Little McGhees||OWN||9:00 PM||Saturday, September 07, 2013|
|Buying the Bayou||DestAmer||10:00 PM||Saturday, September 07, 2013|
|Last Tango In Halifax||PBS||8:00 PM||Sunday, September 08, 2013|
|Sunday Night Football||NBC||8:30 PM||Sunday, September 08, 2013|
|Boardwalk Empire||HBO||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 08, 2013|
|Oprah’s Life Class||OWN||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 08, 2013|
|Monday Night Football||ESPN||7p/10:30p||Monday, September 09, 2013|
|Million Second Quiz, The||NBC||9:00 PM||Monday, September 09, 2013|
|Arsenio Hall Show, The||Syndctd||Various||Monday, September 09, 2013|
|Snake Salvation||NatGeo||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 10, 2013|
|Sons Of Anarchy||FX||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 10, 2013|
|The Heart, She Holler||ADSM||?||Tuesday, September 10, 2013|
|X Factor, The (Weds)||FOX||8:00 PM||Wednesday, September 11, 2013|
|NOVA||PBS||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 11, 2013|
|Thieves Inc.||FOOD||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 11, 2013|
|Too Young To Marry?||Oxygen||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 11, 2013|
|X Factor, The (Thur)||FOX||8:00 PM||Thursday, September 12, 2013|
|Thursday Night Football||NFLN||8:30 PM||Thursday, September 12, 2013|
|Haven||Syfy||10:00 PM||Friday, September 13, 2013|
|Kendra On Top||WE||10:00 PM||Friday, September 13, 2013|
|Real Time with Bill Maher||HBO||10:00 PM||Friday, September 13, 2013|
|Raising McCain||Pivot||10:00 PM||Saturday, September 14, 2013|
|Jersey Strong||Pivot||10:30 PM||Saturday, September 14, 2013|
|Liv and Maddie||Disney||8:00 PM||Sunday, September 15, 2013|
|Foyles War||PBS||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 15, 2013|
|Alaska State Troopers||NatGeo||10:00 PM||Sunday, September 15, 2013|
|Great Santini Brothers, The||History||10:00 PM||Sunday, September 15, 2013|
|Dancing with the Stars||ABC||8:00 PM||Monday, September 16, 2013|
|Bones||FOX||8:00 PM||Monday, September 16, 2013|
|Monday Night Football (Time Period Premiere)||ESPN||8:30 PM||Monday, September 16, 2013|
|Sleepy Hollow||FOX||9:00 PM||Monday, September 16, 2013|
|Dads||FOX||8:00 PM||Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine||FOX||8:30 PM||Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
|I Dream of NeNe||Bravo||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
|New Girl||FOX||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
|Mindy Project, The||FOX||9:30 PM||Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
|New Atlanta, The||Bravo||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
|Survivor||CBS||8:00 PM||Wednesday, September 18, 2013|
|Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse||OWN||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 18, 2013|
|Key and Peele||Comedy||10:30 PM||Wednesday, September 18, 2013|
|Last Man Standing||ABC||8:00 PM||Friday, September 20, 2013|
|Neighbors, The||ABC||8:30 PM||Friday, September 20, 2013|
|Hollow Crown, The||PBS||9:00 PM||Friday, September 20, 2013|
|Shark Tank||ABC||9:00 PM||Friday, September 20, 2013|
|65th Annual Emmys||CBS||8:00 PM||Sunday, September 22, 2013|
|How I Met Your Mother||CBS||8:00 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Voice, The (Monday)||NBC||8:00 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|2 Broke Girls||CBS||9:00 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Mom||CBS||9:30 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Blacklist, The||NBC||10:00 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Castle||ABC||10:00 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Hostages||CBS||10:00 PM||Monday, September 23, 2013|
|Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||ABC||8:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|NCIS||CBS||8:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Voice, The (Tuesday)||NBC||8:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Goldbergs, The||ABC||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS||9:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Trophy Wife||ABC||9:30 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Brew Dogs||Esquire||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Chicago Fire||NBC||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Lucky 7||ABC||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Person Of Interest||CBS||10:00 PM||Tuesday, September 24, 2013|
|Middle, The||ABC||8:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Revolution||NBC||8:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Back in The Game||ABC||8:30 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Criminal Minds||CBS||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Getaway, The||Esquire||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Law & Order: SVU||NBC||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Modern Family||ABC||9:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Boundless||Esquire||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|CSI||CBS||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Nashville||ABC||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|South Park||Comedy||10:00 PM||Wednesday, September 25, 2013|
|Big Bang Theory, The||CBS||8:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Parks and Recreation||NBC||8:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Crazy Ones, The||CBS||9:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Glee||FOX||9:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Grey‘s Anatomy||ABC||9:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Michael J. Fox Show, The||NBC||9:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Two and a Half Men||CBS||9:30 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Elementary||CBS||10:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Parenthood||NBC||10:00 PM||Thursday, September 26, 2013|
|Junior MasterChef||FOX||8:00 PM||Friday, September 27, 2013|
|Undercover Boss||CBS||8:00 PM||Friday, September 27, 2013|
|Dateline||NBC||9:00 PM||Friday, September 27, 2013|
|Hawaii Five-0||CBS||9:00 PM||Friday, September 27, 2013|
|Blue Bloods||CBS||10:00 PM||Friday, September 27, 2013|
|48 Hours||CBS||10:00 PM||Saturday, September 28, 2013|
|Saturday Night Live||NBC||11:30 PM||Saturday, September 28, 2013|
|60 Minutes||CBS||7:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Amazing Race||CBS||8:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Once Upon A Time||ABC||8:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Simpsons, The||FOX||8:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Bob’s Burgers||FOX||8:30 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Family Guy||FOX||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Good Wife, The||CBS||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Homeland||SHO||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Revenge||ABC||9:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|American Dad||FOX||9:30 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Betrayal||ABC||10:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Eastbound & Down||HBO||10:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Masters of Sex||SHO||10:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Mentalist, The||CBS||10:00 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|Hello Ladies||HBO||10:30 PM||Sunday, September 29, 2013|
|We Are Men||CBS||8:30 PM||Monday, September 30, 2013|
|30 for 30||ESPN||8:00 PM||Tuesday, October 01, 2013|
|Super Fun Night||ABC||9:30 PM||Wednesday, October 02, 2013|
|Ironside||NBC||10:00 PM||Wednesday, October 02, 2013|
|A Young Doctor’s Notebook||Ovation||8:00 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Vampire Diaries, The||CW||8:00 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Millers, The||CBS||8:30 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Welcome to the Family||NBC||8:30 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Originals, The||CW||9:00 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Sean Saves the World||NBC||9:00 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Michael J. Fox Show, The (Time Period Premiere)||NBC||9:30 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|Scandal||ABC||10:00 PM||Thursday, October 03, 2013|
|When Calls the Heart||Hallmark||9:00 PM||Saturday, October 05, 2013|
|America’s Funniest Home Videos||ABC||7:00 PM||Sunday, October 06, 2013|
|Drop Dead Diva||Lifetime||9:00 PM||Sunday, October 06, 2013|
|Paradise, The||PBS||9:00 PM||Sunday, October 06, 2013|
|Witches of East End||Lifetime||10:00 PM||Sunday, October 06, 2013|
|Hart Of Dixie||CW||8:00 PM||Monday, October 07, 2013|
|Beauty And The Beast||CW||9:00 PM||Monday, October 07, 2013|
|Biggest Loser, The||NBC||8:00 PM||Tuesday, October 08, 2013|
|Originals, The (Time Period Premiere)||CW||8:00 PM||Tuesday, October 08, 2013|
|Voice, The (Tuesday) Time Period Premiere||NBC||9:00 PM||Tuesday, October 08, 2013|
|Supernatural||CW||9:00 PM||Tuesday, October 08, 2013|
|Arrow||CW||8:00 PM||Wednesday, October 09, 2013|
|Tomorrow People, The||CW||9:00 PM||Wednesday, October 09, 2013|
|Preachers of L.A.||Oxygen||10:00 PM||Wednesday, October 09, 2013|
|Once Upon A Time in Wonderland||ABC||8:00 PM||Thursday, October 10, 2013|
|Walking Dead, The||AMC||9:00 PM||Sunday, October 13, 2013|
|Talking Dead, The||AMC||10:00 PM||Sunday, October 13, 2013|
|Comic Book Men||AMC||12:00 AM||Sunday, October 13, 2013|
|Real Husbands of Hollywood||BET||10:00 PM||Tuesday, October 15, 2013|
|Gem Hunt||Travel||10:00 PM||Wednesday, October 16, 2013|
|Reign||CW||9:00 PM||Thursday, October 17, 2013|
|White Collar||USA||9:00 PM||Thursday, October 17, 2013|
|Covert Affairs||USA||10:00 PM||Thursday, October 17, 2013|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||IFC||10:00 PM||Friday, October 18, 2013|
|Carrie Diaries, The||CW||8:00 PM||Friday, October 25, 2013|
|Grimm||NBC||9:00 PM||Friday, October 25, 2013|
|Dracula||NBC||10:00 PM||Friday, October 25, 2013|
|Secret Princes||TLC||10:00 PM||Friday, October 25, 2013|
|It Takes a Choir||USA||8:00 PM||Sunday, November 03, 2013|
|Almost Human||FOX||8:00 PM||Monday, November 04, 2013|
|Beverly Hills Pawn||Reelz||9:00 PM||Wednesday, November 06, 2013|
|Bones (Time Period Premiere)||FOX||8:00 PM||Friday, November 08, 2013|
|Raising Hope||FOX||9:00 PM||Friday, November 08, 2013|
|Enlisted||FOX||9:30 PM||Friday, November 08, 2013|
|The Capones||Reelz||9:00 PM||Saturday, November 09, 2013|
|Orange County Choppers||CMT||9:00 PM||Saturday, November 16, 2013|
|Tattoo Titans||CMT||10:00 PM||Saturday, November 16, 2013|
|Atlantis||BBCA||?||Saturday, November 23, 2013|
|Treme||HBO||9:00 PM||Sunday, December 01, 2013|
|Ripper Street||BBCA||10:00 PM||Sunday, December 01, 2013|
|Kirstie||TVLand||10:00 PM||Wednesday, December 04, 2013|
|Mob City||TNT||10:00 PM||Wednesday, December 04, 2013|
|Psych: The Musical||USA||9:00 PM||Sunday, December 15, 2013|
White Collar‘s fifth season will kick off Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9/8c, leading into the return of Covert Affairs at 10/9c (unspooling its final six Season 4 episodes).
Modern Family reruns, meanwhile, will make their USA debut on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c and will air five nights a week.
Holiday-themed reality series It Takes a Choir — which follows choirmaster Gareth Malone as he unites “an unexpected mix of characters through the spellbinding power of music” — bows Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8/7c.
And as previously reported, Psych‘s two-hour musical episode is set to air Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9/8c.
GET YOUR DATES ON
… Showtime has decided on premiere dates for three of its returning midseason shows. Shameless will return on January 12. Episodes will return on January 12. House of Lies will return on January 12. They’ll all return on January 12! [Showtime via press release]
… A few new details on the potential Supernatural spin-off have emerged. Executive Producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer say the show will take place in Chicago and feature much more of an ensemble cast, as opposed to its parent series, which travels the country (and Canada!) and concentrates on the Winchester brothers. The backdoor pilot will be introduced in the 20th episode of the Supernatural‘s upcoming ninth season, and if all goes well, will become its own show in 2014. [EW]
… Okay everyone, this joke has gone on long enough. Syfy aired Sharknado for a third time on Saturday night and it climbed in the ratings AGAIN. Its first airing in mid-July drew 1.4 million viewers (all of whom tweeted until their fingers bled), its second airing a week later drew 1.9 million viewers, and its third airing on Saturday picked up 2.1 million viewers. Either people are really late to this internet-fueled phenomenon, or sharks have learned how to watch television. [EW]
… Ever-exciting syndication news! Reruns of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0, purchased by TNT back in 2011, will begin airing on the network starting Thursday, August 8. The series will air back-to-back episodes on Thursday nights right from the beginning, so you can figure out who’s a good guy and who’s a bad guy. [TNT via press release]
… Adult Swim has announced a date for the returns of Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbillies. August 11 at midnight and midnight:15. [Adult Swim via press release]
… Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters has been renewed for a 13-episode second season due in 2014. The show follows master treehouse builder Pete Nelson as he masterfully builds treehouses. [Animal Planet via press release]
… The lovely Anna Torv (Fringe) and former Brat Packer Jennifer Jason Leigh (Some Kind of Wonderful) have joined Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot Open. The mature drama focuses on sexuality and relationships, and it stars Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley. Leigh and Torv will play a couple, and yes, no need to do a double-take, they’re both girls. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Showtime has a horror series in the works called Penny Dreadful, and now it has its leads: Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor) and Eva Green (Casino Royale)! The series will be set in Victorian England and weave together the origin stories of several monsters from literature, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dorian Grey. [THR]
… John Ratzenberger (Cheers‘ Cliff Claven) will guest-star on an episode of Bones. He’ll play one half of a couple who’s on a retreat in the second episode. [EW]
The CW on Monday announced that the Season 5 premiere of TVD and the series premiere of The Originals will bow on Thursday, Oct. 3 starting at 8/7c, a week earlier than previously scheduled.
The following week, (Oct. 8), The Originals will move to its regular time slot at 8 pm Tuesdays, where it will lead into Supernatural‘s Season 9 opener — which was originally slotted for Oct. 15. (If you miss the Oct. 8 Originals, it will air as an encore at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10 after a new TVD.)
Reign, the network’s new drama about a young Mary, Queen of Scots, will now bow at 9 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17, a week later than originally announced.
Other series, including the returning Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries and the new offering The Tomorrow People, are unaffected by the changes.
The revised CW premiere schedule looks like this:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm THE ORIGINALS (new series)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
8 pm Hart of Dixie
9 pm Beauty and the Beast
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
8 pm THE ORIGINALS (Time-slot premiere)
9 pm Supernatural
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
8 pm Arrow
9 pm THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New series)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
8 pm The Vampire Diaires
9 pm THE ORIGINALS (Episode 2 encore)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm REIGN (new series)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
8 pm The Carrie Diaries
9 pm America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls
Additionally, Sons of Anarchy‘s sixth-season premiere — which picks up a few days after the events of the fifth season-ender — will clock in at a super-sized, 90 minutes.
As SOA creator Kurt Sutter revealed at Comic-Con, the upcoming episodes find Chibs in the SAMCRO VP seat and Tara kicking major tush behind bars.
This reflects a decision by Fox and 20th Century Fox Television to delay the start of production until early August.
The musical dramedy’s Season 5 premiere will now air at 9/8c on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The 31-year-old Monteith passed away July 13 in Vancouver from what an autopsy determined was “a mixed drug toxicity that involved heroin, primarily, and also alcohol.”
Fox is hereby the fourth broadcaster to let loose with their premiere dates for the fall season, leading with The X Factor‘s two-night, three-hour Season 3 premiere.
Also, we have a firm date for when Bones moves to its new Friday home: Nov. 8, after Fox’s coverage of the World Series has wrapped. (J.J. Abrams’ futuristic thriller Almost Human claims Monday’s lead-off spot starting Nov. 4, as one “Bones” aka Star Trek‘s Karl Urban replaces another.*)
All told, most of Fox’s live-action fare debuts in mid-September, a full week before CBS and NBC uncork the bulk of their own premiere slates.
On tap for midseason: American Idol, The Following and the new series Rake, Gang Related, SurvivingJack, Us & Them and Murder Police. The summer series 24: Live Another Day premieres in May 2014.
And now, Fox’s complete roll-out plan… after this. (ABC, all eyes are now on you.)
Wednesday, Sept. 11
8 pm The X Factor (season premiere Part 1)
9 pm MasterChef (season finale)
Thursday, Sept. 12
8 pm The X Factor (season premiere Part 2, two hours)
Monday, Sept. 16
8 pm Bones
9 pm SLEEPY HOLLOW (new series)
Tuesday, Sept. 17
8 pm DADS (new series)
8:30 pm BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (new series)
9 pm New Girl
9:30 pm The Mindy Project
Wednesday, Sept. 18
8 pm The X Factor (two hours)
Thursday, Sept. 19
9 pm Glee
Friday, Sept. 27
8 pm MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (new series)
9 pm SLEEPY HOLLOW encores
Sunday, Sept. 29
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm American Dad
Monday, Nov. 4
8 pm ALMOST HUMAN (new series)
Friday, Nov. 8
8 pm Bones (new time slot premiere)
9 pm Raising Hope
9:30 pm ENLISTED (new series)
Though we just welcomed the start of summer, we’re already counting down the days until fall.
Why, you ask? Because the CW just announced the return dates for some of our favorite shows, including The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, as well as the premiere dates for some of the most highly-anticipated new series of the season, like The Originals and The Tomorrow People.
So when can you check back in with Stephen Amell‘s abs on Arrow? And which day should you keep free so you can spend some quality time with the vamps on The Vampire Diaries and Mary, Queen of Scots, on the new series Reign? Here is the CW schedule:
Monday, Oct. 7
8 p.m.: Hart of Dixie
9 p.m.: Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, Oct. 9
8 p.m.: Arrow
9 p.m.: The Tomorrow People
Thursday, Oct. 10
8 p.m.: The Vampire Diaries
9 p.m.: Reign (new series)
Tuesday, Oct. 15
8 p.m.: The Originals (new series)
9 p.m.: Supernatural
Friday, Oct. 25
8 p.m.: The Carrie Diaries
9 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls
Today is officially the first day of summer, so naturally it’s time to start seriously thinking about the fall. Now that CBS has kicked off this year’s annual Fall Premiere Date Announcement Party a bit earlier than usual, it looks like the other major networks are ready to follow suit. Next up is NBC, which—now that it doesn’t have the option of using the Summer Olympics to launch its new shows like it did last year—is mostly returning to the traditional “Premiere Week” model, with a release schedule that’s largely concentrated on the last full week in September… EXCEPT with regard to its freshmen shows and Grimm.
Kicking things off on Monday, September 21 are The Voice and new James Spader drama The Blacklist; the singing show gets a two-hour Season 5 premiere that will reunite the show’s original judging panel of Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton (Usher and Shakira are sitting out the fall). After that, Chicago Fire returns for its sophomore season on Tuesday, September 24 (after the first Tuesday edition of The Voice), and Revolution makes its mid-week debut on on Wednesday, September 25, leading in to the Season 15 premiere of Law & Order: SVU. The Pawnee, Indiana gang returns for Season 6 on Thursday, September 26 with an hour-long premiere for Parks and Recreation, followed by a two-episode debut for new comedy The Michael J. Fox Show and the Season 5 premiere of Parenthood, which returns to Thursday nights after two seasons on Tuesday. Dateline wraps up the week on Friday, September 27.
It’s interesting that NBC appears to be saving a handful of its new series for the first week in October—Premiere Week-Adjacent, you might say. The network’s Ironside reboot, starring Blair Underwood as the titular wheelchair-bound detective, bows at 10pm on Wednesday, October 2, and new comedies Welcome to the Family and Sean Saves the World will take their spots in the Thursday-night comedy block on October 3, at 8:30pm and 9:30pm respectively. My thinking is that NBC possibly wants to stagger the debuts of its new shows to give them a better chance against CBS during Premiere Week, and possibly against ABC and Fox as well if those networks also decide to return to the “launch pretty much everything at once” tradition.
So what’s left? Grimm! And Dracula. Oh, and The Biggest Loser, too. Those are the stragglers: Nick and Monroe and the rest of the Portland monster(-hunting) crew will be back on Friday, 26, and that same night will open the coffin on the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starring vampire drama, just in time for Halloween. Perhaps conveniently, The Biggest Loser returns right after the candy-heavy holiday, on Tuesday, October 28.
Premiere Dates for NBC’s 2013-2014 Fall Season
(New shows in bold and ALL CAPS)
Monday, Sept. 23
8-10pm – The Voice (Season 5 premiere)
10-11pm – THE BLACKLIST (Series premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 24
10-11pm – Chicago Fire (Season 2 premiere)
Wednesday, Sept. 25
8-9pm – Revolution (Season 2 premiere)
9-10pm – Law & Order: SVU (Season 15 premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 26
8-9pm – Parks and Recreation (One-hour Season 6 premiere)
9-10pm – THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (Series premiere with two back-to-back episodes)
10-11pm – Parenthood (Season 5 premiere)
Friday, Sept. 27
9-11pm – Dateline (Two-hour season premiere)
Wednesday, Oct. 2
10-11pm – IRONSIDE (Series premiere)
Thursday, Oct. 3
8:30-9pm – WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (Series premiere)
9-9:30pm – SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (Series premiere)
Friday, Oct. 26
8-9pm – Dateline NBC (Time period premiere)
9-10pm – Grimm (Season 3 premiere)
10-11pm – DRACULA (Series premiere)
Tuesday, Oct. 28
8-9pm – The Biggest Loser
SO MANY PREMIERE DATES YOU’LL POOP YOUR PANTS
… TNT has switched up some of its summer premieres dates, so listen up! Franklin & Bash (yes!) will now kick off its third season on June 19; it was previously scheduled to start on July 24. If this news ruins your summer vacation, TNT will refund your money. The fourth season of Rizzoli & Isles will begin June 25, a week later than before. Ditto for the second season of Perception, which will debut an hour after Rizzoli & Isles returns. And finally, reality show Cold Justice will now premiere on September 3. [TNT via press release]
… Starz’s Magic City has a Season 2 premiere date: Friday, June 14 at 9pm. [Starz via press release]
… A&E has put some dates on the second season of Longmire and the fourth season of The Glades. The Western and the Florida-set crime drama will both return May 27, with The Glades kicking things off at 9pm and Longmire following at 10pm. [A&E via press release]
… TLC’s Long Island Medium will be back for Season 4 on May 12 at 9pm. No need to tell her, she already knew! [TLC via press release]
… Lifetime’s Devious Maids, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, finally has a premiere date: Sunday June 23 at 10pm. The soapy drama centers on Latina maids in Beverly Hills who aspire for more while they dust the cubbyholes of the rich and famous. Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, and Judy Reyes star in the series, which was once in development at ABC. [Lifetime via press release]
… TBS wants you to know that the second season of Sullivan & Son premieres Thursday, June 13. But don’t feel like you have to watch it just because TBS went out of its way to make sure you knew it was on. [TBS via press release]
… Yvonne Strahovski is returning to Dexter in Season 8, reprising her role as Hannah McKay. We don’t know the magnitude of her return or how many episodes she’ll be in, but we do know that it’s inappropriate to lick the television when she’s on the screen at a Best Buy (source: personal experience). [EW]
… Following up on its two inexplicably huge miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible, History is developing a new mini based on the life of Harry Houdini, the famous late-1800s/early-1900s magician who makes Criss Angel look like a pussy. Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Stella Artois ads) is attached to star as Magic Harry. [EW]
… ReelzChannel has ordered a reality show following the descendants of old-time gangster Al Capone, and it’s called The Capones. Well this should get ReelzChannel on the map! [Multichannel]
… The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign has passed $5 million with two days left to go. So all of you who pledged $500 when you were drunk are in for a shock on Friday! But hey, at least you’ll have a cool voice-\mail message from Kristen Bell. [Kickstarter]
… When I think Black Sabbath, I immediately think “This would sound SO cool on CSI.” Well, me, get excited because Ozzy and the boys are dropping by the CBS procedural for a guest spot to debut their new single. Characters D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) will attend a Black Sabbath concert, and the old rockers will be there moaning out their new tune. [CBS via press release]
… NBC has renewed Carson Daly’s Last Call with Carson Daly for a thirteenth season, probably as a way to tell Daly, “Don’t even think we’re considering you as an option to take over for Jimmy Fallon when he leaves for The Tonight Show.” [NBC via press release]
… The good folks at IFC have ordered a trio of pilots! Timms Industrial Piping is a stop-motion animated parody of 1980s primetime soaps featuring baby dolls as the characters that find their lives changed when the CEO of a town’s industrial piping center dies in a plane crash. Sounds pretty straightforward! Maria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Kroll, and Giancarlo Esposito are all part of the voice cast. Garfunkel & Oates features the titular folk-singin’ comedy duo going through heightened versions of their lives. International Plan follows two guys who travel the globe looking for love, and focuses on the friendship they forge during their intercontinental love hunts. IFC also is looking at several scripts, including Cult Following, about two guys (UCB co-founder Matt Besser and The Mighty Boosh‘s Rich Fulcher) who work in a health-food store and accidentally become cult leaders. Besser and Fulcher in the same show? YES AND PLEASE. [IFC via press release]
Lifetime is going to get a little devious this summer.
Marc Cherry‘s new sudser Devious Maids is slated to make its long-awaited debut on June 23 at 10/9c.
Based loosely on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, the drama follows four ambitious housekeepers (played by Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and Roselyn Sanchez) who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Susan Lucci (All My Children), Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives), Brianna Brown (General Hospital), Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Mariana Klaveno (True Blood) and Grant Show (Melrose Place) — among others — co-star.
In other launch-date news, A&E’s The Glades and Longmire will premiere their new seasons on Monday, May 27 at 9 pm and 10 pm, respectively. Also, the second season of Starz’s Magic City is set to bow Friday, June 14 at 9 pm.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Luke Skywalker is coming to Criminal Minds. TVGuide.com reports that Star Wars alum Mark Hamill has booked a top-secret guest spot in the CBS procedural’s two-part finale, which airs May 22.
• TNT has done some shifting and swapping in its previously announced summer schedule: Franklin & Bash now launches its third season with a two-hour premiere on June 19 at 9pm, while Rizzoli & Isles kicks off its Season 4 on June 25 at 9 pm. Perception‘s second season, meanwhile, debuts June 25 at 10 pm, and Cold Justice, a new unscripted procedural, premieres Sept. 3 at 10pm.
• Law & Order: SVU alumna Melissa Sagemiller has landed the lead role in NBC’s potential Chicago Fire spin-off, Deadline reports. The actress will first appear in Fire‘s May 15 finale — which serves as planted spin-off for the prospective series — as a Chicago Police Department detective.
• Paula Garces (The Shield) has joined All My Children‘s upcoming iTunes/Hulu revival, Prospect Park announced Wednesday. She’ll play a savvy woman devoted to fighting crime.
• Sullivan & Son‘s second season will bow Thursday, June 13 on TBS.
USA Network has unveiled its jam-packed summer schedule, including the return of five established shows and the premieres of new drama Graceland and reality series Summer Camp.
First up, Burn Notice‘s seventh season kicks off Thursday, June 6 at 9/8c, followed by the premiere of Graceland (from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin) at 10/9c. The latter, which stars Rescue Me‘s Daniel Sunjata and Les Miserables‘ Aaron Tveit, revolves around a group of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and US Customs working together under one roof.
Royal Pains launches its fifth season on Wednesday, June 12 at 9/8c, followed by the third season opener of Necessary Roughness at 10/9c.
Covert Affairs returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, July 16 at 9/8c, with the third season premiere of Suits bowing at 10/9c.
Lastly, Summer Camp — which centers on “16 adults from all walks of life indulging in over-to-top competitions inspired by classic camp games” — will open sometime in July.
White Collar will return in the fall.
Here’s a reason for a hoedown: The CW has announced premiere dates for its summer fare, which includes a revisited Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the ballet reality series Breaking Pointe.
The Aisha Tyler-hosted improv comedy will bow with back-to-back episodes at 8/7c on Tuesday, July 16. It will be followed by the two-episode premiere of Perfect Score, a dating game hosted by Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries, 90210).
Starting July 23, new episodes of Whose Line will air at 8 pm and Perfect Score at 9 pm, with encores filling the 8:30 and 9:30 slots.
The dancers of Ballet West will return for Breaking Pointe‘s sophomore season premiere at 9 pm on Monday, July 29. The Hunt, a competition in which teams fend for limited resources in the wilderness, kicks off at 9 pm on Wednesday, July 31.
Grab your summer calendar and take note: True Blood and The Killing are returning this June.
HBO announced Friday that True Blood‘s 10-episode sixth season — its first without exec producer Alan Ball at the helm — will bow Sunday, June 16 at 9/8c.
AMC, meanwhile, confirmed that death-defying serial thriller The Killing will launch its third season with a two-hour episode on Sunday, June 2 at 8/7c. The network’s press release once again reiterated that the new season (which AMC ordered only months after cancelling the series) will focus on a new case that, unlike the controversial Rosie Larsen mystery, “will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, ending with a gripping two hour finale.”
Per the release, Season 3 begins one year after the close of the Larsen case with Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) no longer working as a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s (Joel Kinnaman) search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind.
“We learned so much from the first two seasons of The Killing,“ AMC prez Charlie Collier said in a statement, “and are thrilled to be bringing it back with the elements that the fans loved.”
ABC is getting a jump on summer with the announcement of return dates for Rookie Blue, Wipeout and Celebrity Wife Swap. Plus, the new Alyssa Milano soap Mistresses has been delayed by a week.
The cops of Rookie Blue will be back for Season 4 on Thursday, May 23 at 10/9c.
Per ABC’s official description, the action will pick up six months after Andy and Nick left for their undercover job, and a lot has changed while they’ve been gone.
“When Andy returns to find that Sam Swarek is now a Detective and that he’s moved on, both professionally and personally, she’s going to have to figure out how to deal with it,” reads the release. “Meanwhile, Dov’s life gets awkward when a one-night stand with Frank’s goddaughter becomes more complicated; Chris is torn between staying at 15 Division and moving his new family back to his smaller, safer hometown; Traci is learning to work with new detective Swarek, while trying to move on from the loss of her fiancé, Jerry Barber; and although Nick and Gail have cemented their relationship, Nick can’t seem to shed the feeling that all is not right between them.”
New drama Mistresses, starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan, will premiere a week later than originally announced on Monday, June 3 at 10 pm. It will follow The Bachelorette, which, as previously revealed, will feature Desiree Hartsock’s search for love starting Monday, May 20 at 9 pm (after Dancing With the Stars’ performance finale), before the show moves to its regular timeslot at 8 pm on May 27.
Also on tap for the Alphabet network this summer are the returns of Wipeout (on Thursday, May 9 at 8 pm), Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (Tuesday, May 28 at 8 pm), What Would You Do? (Wednesday, May 29 at 10 pm) and Celebrity Wife Swap (Sunday, June 23 at 8 pm).
Additionally, ABC will use Dancing With the Stars‘ results show on Tuesday, May 21 to launch Motive, a crime procedural that reveals the killer and victim at the start of each episode. It will then move to Thursdays at 9 pm on May 23, leading into Rookie Blue.
Whodunnit?, a new mystery reality competition show from Anthony E. Zuiker (CSI), will launch Sunday, June 23 at 9 pm.
When it comes to the timing of networks announcing finale dates, alphabetical order has nothing to do with it. Dead last of the major networks to reveal end dates is ABC, which rolled out its spring calendar today.
Contrary to what most of the other networks are doing, ABC doesn’t have too many special events planned for its shows. Only Suburgatory (a one-hour season finale on April 17) and Revenge (a two-hour finale on May 12) are getting super-sized finishes, with a couple other series getting a few extra minutes here and there.
A few of these season finales might actually be series finales, as this year’s bubble is awfully big. I think it’s safe to say Red Widow will join its husband and wind up dead, Body of Proof won’t return barring another miracle, and despite it being some good primetime soapy fun, Nashville‘s ratings certainly aren’t begging ABC for an encore. The Neighbors, Suburgatory, and The Middle aren’t completely comfortable, but I like their chances to return. Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Modern Family should be safe. As for Splash, let’s not even talk about it. It’s too depressing.
ABC FINALE DATES FOR THE 2012-13 SEASON
Wednesday, March 27
8:30-9:00pm The Neighbors
Wednesday, April 17
8:00-9:00pm Suburgatory (special one-hour finale)
Thursday, May 2
8:00-9:00pm Wife Swap
Sunday, May 5
10:01-11:00pm Red Widow
Tuesday, May 7
Sunday, May 12
8:00-9:00pm Once Upon a Time
9:00-11:00pm Revenge (special two-hour finale)
Monday, May 13
Thursday, May 16
9:00-10:02pm Grey’s Anatomy
Friday, May 17
9:00-10:00pm Shark Tank
Sunday, May 19
7:00-8:00pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
Monday, May 20
8:00-9:00pm Dancing with the Stars (Performance Show)
Tuesday, May 21
8:00-10:01pm Dancing with the Stars (Results Show)
Wednesday, May 22
8:00-8:30pm The Middle
9:00-9:31pm Modern Family
Tuesday, May 28
10:01-11:00pm Body of Proof
NBC is the fourth broadcast net (following CBS, Fox and the CW) to unveil its season finale timetable, and first up is bubble comedy Whitney on March 27 and bringing up the rear is Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal on June 27.
Among those Peacock shows getting super-sized sendoffs: Law & Order: SVU, the aforementioned Whitney, and, as previously reported, The Office.
(Note: The May sweeps ratings period runs April 25 through May 22.)
The semi-complete (where’s Saturday-bound Smash?!) rundown is as follows…
Wednesday, March 27
8/7c Whitney (one hour)
Thursday, March 28
8:30/7:30c and 9:30/8:30c 1600 Penn
Tuesday, April 2
9/8c The New Normal
Thursday, April 11
9:30/8:30c Go On
Thursday, May 2
9:30/8:30c Parks and Recreation
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
8/7c Fashion Star
Wednesday, May 15
10/9c Chicago Fire
Thursday, May 16
9/8c The Office (one-hour series finale)
Friday, May 17
Sunday, May 19
9/8c The Celebrity Apprentice (two hours)
Wednesday, May 22
9/8c Law & Order: SVU (two hours)
Monday, May 27
Tuesday, June 18
9/8c The Voice (two hours)
Thursday, June 27
Fox has announced its game plan to serve up springtime finales for Glee, American Idol and other shows, then segue into fresh summer fare — including Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance.
The first programs to wrap their current runs are Raising Hope (as previously announced, on March 28), Bones and The Following (both on April 29).
Also of note, Idol will crown its latest champion with its annual two-part finale, airing May 15 and 16. (Note: The May sweeps ratings period runs April 25 through May 22.)
Among the premieres, SYTYCD fires up the hot tamale train on May 14, while Does Someone Have to Go? (a new unscripted show in which employees of a company are allowed to make changes/even lay off colleagues) sneak-previews May 15 before its official May 23 bow.
Fox’s new Animation Domination High-Def series, airing Saturday nights, will rotate quarter-hour ‘toons including Axe Cop (based on the hit graphic novel), High School USA! and Golan the Insatiable.
Here’s the complete slate, UPDATED March 12 to reflect later premiere dates for four shows.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28
9 pm Raising Hope Season 3 finale (one hour)
MONDAY, APRIL 29
8/7c Bones Season 8 finale
9 pm The Following Season 1 finale
SATURDAY, MAY 4
8 pm COPS season finale
MONDAY, MAY 6
9 pm Hell’s Kitchen (new episodes)
THURSDAY, MAY 9
9 pm Glee Season 4 finale
FRIDAY, MAY 10
8 pm Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 finale (UPDATED)
9 pm Touch Season 2 finale (UPDATED)
SUNDAY, MAY 12
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 3 finale
9:30 pm American Dad! Season 8 finale
TUESDAY, MAY 14
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 premiere (UPDATE: one hour)
9 pm New Girl Season 2 finale (UPDATED)
9:30 pm The Mindy Project Season 1 finale (UPDATED)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
8 pm American Idol Season 11 finale, Part 1
9 pm Does Someone Have to Go? sneak preview
THURSDAY, MAY 16
8 pm American Idol Season 11 finale, Part 2 (127 minutes)
SUNDAY, MAY 19
7 pm The Cleveland Show Season 4 finale (two episodes)
8 pm The Simpsons Season 24 finale (two episodes)
9 pm Family Guy Season 11 finale (two episodes)
MONDAY, MAY 20
8:30 pm The Goodwin Games premiere
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
8 pm MasterChef Season 4 premiere (two hours)
THURSDAY, MAY 23
8 pm Does Someone Have to Go? premiere
9 pm Hell’s Kitchen time period premiere
SATURDAY, JULY 27
11 pm Animation Domination High-Def premiere