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TV best bets with returns of ‘CSI,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Homeland,’ ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Showtime's "Homeland" won best drama in the Emmy's Sunday and now it's back for a second season Sunday. CREDIT: Showtime

Showtime's "Homeland" won best drama in the Emmy's Sunday and now it's back for a second season Sunday. CREDIT: Showtime

This is the “big” week for returning shows so watch your DVR fill up quickly.

Most of the big ones from the old-school broadcast networks are back, including “CSI,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Simpsons,” and “Castle,” to name a few.

Showtime, the pay cable network, decided to jump in and bring back its two biggest shows on Sunday, too: “Dexter” and Emmy-winning “Homeland.”


“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC (15th season debut) — Kirstey Alley and Emmitt Smith are among the all stars.

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS (eighth season debut) — The creators say this is probably the last season.

“Partners” 8:30 p.m. CBS (new series) — A gay man and his friend share a business together in a show that feels very 1997.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — Girls visit Caroline’s father in prison.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — A shocking discovery is unearthed about Rusty.

“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — Mike and Molly enjoy a honeymoon in Paris.

“Revolution” 10 p.m. NBC — Danny sees firsthand what Neville is capable of.

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — McGarrett discovers his mom is still alive.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC (fifth season debut) — Castle and Beckett reexamine their relationship.


“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — First one out is tonight.

NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS (10th season debut) — The NCIS team tries to find the man behind the bomb that destroyed headquarters.

“New Girl” 8 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — Jess is laid off.

“Ben & Kate” 8:30 p.m. Fox (new series) — Eight-year-old Maggie Elizabeth Jones, who plays the daughter, is from Newnan.

“The Rickey Smiley Show” 9 p.m. TV One — The show last week had the biggest debut numbers for any TV One show.

NCIS: Los Angeles” 9:01 p.m. CBS (fourth season debut) Callen is on suspension for the shooting of the Chameleon.

“The Mindy Project” 9:31 p.m. Fox (new series) — Mindy Kaling plays an insecure ob-gyn.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC (sixth season debut) — Addison’s romance flourishes.

“Vegas” 10:01 p.m. CBS (new series)— A rancher in Vegas in 1960 (Dennis Quaid) reluctantly returns to be a lawman.

Brickleberry” 10:30 p.m. Comedy — This animated series about a group of dysfunctional park rangers was created by a group from Athens.


“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC (fourth season debut) — Frankie gets nostalgic about the summers of her youth.

Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS (eight season debut) — A search for an escaped serial killer who sews the mouths of his victims shut.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC (14th season debut) — Cragen is arrested for a prostitute’s murder.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC (fourth season debut) — Gloria has to tell Jay she’s pregnant.

“Neighbors” 9:31 p.m. ABC (new series) — Think “Third Rock From the Sun,” 2012 style.

CSI” 10 p.m. CBS (13th season debut) Russell searches for his kidnapped granddaughter.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 10 p.m. TLC (first season finale) — Anna goes into labor.

“Down South Dance” 11 p.m. TLC — Synergy from Cumming is a clogging team featured in a special that could become a series.


“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS (sixth season debut) — Raj is lonely while Wolowitz is in space.

“Last Resort” 8 p.m. ABC (new series) — A U.S. submarine refuses orders to fire nuclear weapons.

“Two and a Half Men” 8:30 p.m. CBS (10th season debut) — Michael Bolton guests.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC (ninth season debut) — The doctors deal with fallout from a plane crash.

“Person of Interest” 9 p.m. CBS (second season debut) — Carter and Fusco search for Finch.

“Louie” 10 p.m. FX (second season finale) – The holidays weigh on Louie.

“Elementary” 10:01 p.m. CBS (new series) — Sherlock Holmes investigates crimes in modern-day New York City.

“Scandal” 10:02 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Quinn’s identity is disclosed to the team. 


“CSI: NY” 8 p.m. CBS (ninth season debut) — A fire chief is killed in a suspicious blaze.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Robin Leach pitches a line of stone-studded leather jewelry.

“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox (fifth season debut) — Peter and Etta search for Olivia in 2036.

“Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC — Nick is followed by a menacing adversary.

“Made in Jersey” 9 p.m. CBS (new series) — Martina uses her Jersey street smarts to be an effective attorney.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS (third season debut) — A criminal seeks revenge on Danny by abducting Jackie.

“Secret Princes” 10 p.m. TLC — The four members of royalty adjust to living a “normal” life in Midtown Atlanta.


“Lake Placid: The Final Chapter” 9 p.m. Saturday Syfy — This is the fourth (and possibly final) installment.

“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (21st season debut) — Best friends Caitlin and Brittany have strong Atlanta ties.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (second season debut) — The fairy-tale characters begin to remember their past lives.

“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Fox Sunday (24th season debut) — Bart and the family visit New York City.

“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (seventh season debut) — Debra takes a stab at covering up their involvement in Dexter’s latest murder.

“Family Guy” 9 p.m. Sunday Fox (11th season debut) — The Griffins attempt to conquer Mount Everest.

“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS (fourth season debut) — Kalinda’s estranged husband forces his way back into her life.

“Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC (second season debut) — Emily ponders the future as the stakes go up.

“Homeland” 10 p.m. Showtime (second season debut) — Carrie, post recovery, receives a disturbing request from a surprising source..

“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS (fifth season debut) — Jane tries to uncover Lorelei’s link to Red John.

“666 Park Avenue” 10:01 p.m. ABC (new series) — A New York City apartment building is controlled by evil supernatural forces.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

24 comments Add your comment


September 24th, 2012
9:17 am

Your Revenge and Homeland snippets seem messed up.

Rodney Ho

September 24th, 2012
9:20 am

Fixed it Lisa, thanks.


September 24th, 2012
9:32 am

Is Vegas, supposed to be a remake of the old television show or is it a new premise? Looking forward to Revenge, Scandal and SVU returning! The Last Resort is awesome! I caught the pilot preview on Hulu last week. I hope it lasts. The jury is still out on Revolution, I feel like I need more explanation as to what caused the blackout and why nothing is still working.


September 24th, 2012
9:37 am

Forgot to add Blue Bloods and Castle to the can’t wait to see the new season list!

Rodney Ho

September 24th, 2012
9:37 am

The new “Vegas” has nothing to do with the old one “Vega$” with Robert Urich. It’s a new premise!


September 24th, 2012
9:37 am

Thanks Rodney, I could not tell from the commercials. I think I will check it out.


September 24th, 2012
10:06 am

Wow, this list of returning shows could be the poster child for the decline of American civilization. Most of this stuff is targeted at a viewing audience with the IQ of a gerbil. No wonder we’re slowly but surely slipping behind the rest of the world.

What, no anticipated pandering...

September 24th, 2012
10:10 am

…the REAL Ho family?

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September 24th, 2012
3:24 pm

So glad I get another season of SVU. I swear I have seen every single episode. It’s def the best of the Law & Order series, although its pretty hard watching with out Stabler. Come back Stabler please!!!

Omar Little

September 24th, 2012
5:09 pm

Can’t wait for Homeland and Revenge.

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September 24th, 2012
5:12 pm

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 10 p.m. TLC (first season finale) …

Is there any hope or prayer that this is THE finale? This show is the answer to the question, “How low can reality TV get?” :twisted:


September 24th, 2012
7:14 pm

Can’t wait for the Big Bang Theory return! Sorely overlooked by the Emmy judges – but winners all in the hearts of the fans.


September 24th, 2012
7:17 pm

RE IQ comments, you might want to check out the Big Bang Theory – very intillgent show about intelligent folks. It’s very accurate, as well; their PHD Physicist consultant is a stickler about it, and NASA has even endorsed it, invited the producers to the Curiosity Landing, and provided accurate props as well as appearances by actual astronauts. There is hope for civilization, after all. ; )

Kirby Lile

September 24th, 2012
8:11 pm

I don’t have to be reminded about Blue Bloods; I’m looking forward to it! Also, Rodney, I like your pun in your Dexter notes.

Doug C.

September 24th, 2012
9:46 pm

What are we, mind readers? What day is S2E1 of Home Land???
I realize you don’t get paid to do this for a living, but, please, if you’re going to post on from the comfort of your couch, at least put on some underwear.

Rodney Ho

September 24th, 2012
10:24 pm

@Doug C. S2E1 of Homeland debuts Sunday, Sept. 30. I know it shocks you but yes, I do get paid to do this blog for a living.

Fred ™

September 25th, 2012
6:16 am

Dang Rodney, no love for Son’s of Anarchy?

Rodney Ho

September 25th, 2012
9:08 am

@Fred Busy week with all the debuts. Couldn’t highlight everything. I’m certain I’ve mentioned Sons of Anarchy every other week since the season began.

Marietta Heating

September 25th, 2012
1:31 pm

Nice blog. I have really enjoyed reading your blog.


September 25th, 2012
3:37 pm

I can’t believe how many shows are premiering this week! I’m most excited about Vegas and Last Resort, but I love comedy and wonder how Zooey, uh, I mean Jess will handle being laid off in The New Girl. I’m working nights at DISH this week so I turned on my Hopper’s PrimeTime Any Time feature so I can keep up with the new shows. My DVR automatically records three hours of primetime coverage, which means I won’t have to worry if I forget to set a recording for The New Girl. Another show I’m looking forward to keeping up with is The Big Bang Theory, which is one of the smartest shows on TV!

Kirby Lile

September 28th, 2012
2:41 pm

Thanks for pointing out the show Secret Princes. I really liked it and I wouldn’t have known it was on if you hadn’t mentioned it. This afternoon I even rode by the house they stayed in since I was in midtown. There’s a For Sale sign out front and it looks like it has been cleared out.