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TV best bets with new series ‘Terra Nova,’ returns of ‘Private Practice,’ ‘Dexter’

I’m on vacation from Sept. 25 to Oct. 8. So anything I post during these dates were completed before that. If you have breaking news, contact my colleague Melissa Ruggieri at mruggieri@ajc.com or editor Tracy Brown at tracybrown@ajc.com. If not, I’ll certainly catch you all up when I get back to work!

Dexter is back Sunday on Showtime for its sixth season.

Dexter is back Sunday on Showtime for its sixth season.

After last week’s staggering number of new and returning programs, things are a bit quieter this week as viewers try to figure out which ones are worth watching again in the coming weeks.

Among the shows coming back: “The Real World” on MTV Wednesday,  ABC’s “Private Practice” Thursday and “Dexter” on Showtime Sunday.

And a few new shows trickle in, including the ambitious “Terra Nova” on Fox Monday, the promising “Suburgatory” on ABC and the abysmal “How To Be a Gentleman” on CBS Wednesday.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — We learned last week: Nancy Grace can be graceful!
Gossip Girl” 8 p.m. the CW (fifth season debut) — Serena is enjoying life in Hollywood.
“Terra Nova” 8 p.m. Fox (new series)— Light family drama mixed with impressive dinosaurs as the human race goes back 85 million years.
“Hart of Dixie” 9 p.m. the CW (new series) — Rachel Bilson stars as a New York City doctor adjusting to life in a small Southern town.
“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS  (second season debut)— Molly is already planning the wedding.
Alphas” 10 p.m. Syfy (first season finale) — Syfy has given this drama a second season.
“Weeds” 10 p.m. Showtime (seventh season finale) — Silas turns the table on Nancy.
The Big C” 10:30 p.m. Showtime (second season finale) — Showtime has given this show a third season.
“The Playboy Club” 10 p.m. NBC  — This could be the first show canceled this fall (unless it’s “Free Agents”)

TUESDAY

“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Mr. Schuester stars a boot camp for some members of New Directions.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A young marine shows up to his homecoming party with a fatal stab wound.
19 Kids & Counting” 9 p.m. TLC (fifth season fall debut) — Take that, Kate Gosselin!
“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — Then there were nine.
NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — There’s a cyber attack on the Department of Defense.
“Ringer” 9 p.m. the CW — Bridge learns a potential clue to bring her close to Siobhan’s killer.
“Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC — Amber enjoys her new freedom.
“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Gemma makes a new ally.
“Body of Proof” 10:01 p.m. ABC — A millionaire’s new trophy wife is killed during a family deer-hunting expedition.
WEDNESDAY
Up All Night” 8 p.m. NBC — Reagan realizes she has to give up her convertible.
“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox — More auditions for folks vying for a $5 million prize.
Suburgatory” 8:30 p.m. ABC (new series) — A single dad and daughter move to the suburbs from the city and have culture shock.
Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — A murder robs women of their five senses.
“Mythbusters” 9 p.m. Discovery (10th season debut)— Claims about motorcycles being greener than cars are put to the test.
Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Jay’s bonding with the dog Stella grates on Gloria’s nerves.
Happy Endings” 9:30 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Penny buys her first home.
The Real World” 10 p.m. MTV (26th season debut) — The show returns to San Diego – but still has never been to Atlanta.
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. NBC — Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh make special appearances.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Howard and Bernadette spend the weekend with Mrs. Wolowitz.
Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Klaus and Stefan arrive in Chicago, where Stefan is reunited with a vampire.
The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox — The final first-round auditions are featured.
How To Be a Gentleman” 8:30 p.m. CBS (new series) — Don’t open the door for this loser.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — The fifth-year residents are tested in their first solo surgeries.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Robert California (James Spader) challenges the office to double sales.
“Person of Interest” 9 p.m. CBS — Reese and Finch begin to question the infallibility of The Machine.
Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Designers use fashion from the 1970s to inspire new works.
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Deena has a pregnancy scare.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Patrick Jane is now reinstated and back to business.
Prime Suspect” 10 p.m. NBC — Duffy works with Timoney and of course, it does not go smoothly.
Private Practice” 10:01 p.m. ABC (fifth season debut) — Benjamin Bratt (“Law & Order”) joins the cast.

FRIDAY

A Gifted Man” 8 p.m. CBS — Michael works double duty saving a pregnant personal friend with a brain tumor and a boy with sickle cell disease.
Nikita” 8 p.m. the CW — Devon Sawa returns as Owen.
Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon Ramsay works on an Italian eatery in Springfield, MA.
CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — An awkward teen wooing a sexy punk rock chick dies.
Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — A serial killer forces the two Fringe teams to work together.
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC (second season finale) — A breast-cancer survivor searches for a dress.
“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny accidentally shoots a cop and is put on desk duty.

WEEKEND

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Live!” 9 tonight Comedy — The parodist has managed to keep his career alive for three-plus decades.
Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Melissa McCarthy, riding high on her Emmy win, hosts.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Jonah, a first-grader with a blood disorder, gets a new house.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Gaby tries to get Carlos’ sexual mojo back.
Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showetime (sixth season debut) — Dexter confronts the former prom king at his 20th high school reunion.
The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Eddie Izzard guests.
“Breaking Bad” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Walt scrambles to protect his family.
Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — Is a POW from Afghanistan a war hero or enemy agent?
“Hung” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Ray and Tanya get creative to find financing to help relaunch a proven product.
“Pan Am” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — Maggie deals with the unwanted attentions of an aggressive passenger.

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