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TV best bets with returns of ‘30 Rock,’ ‘Raising Hope,’ ‘Jersey Shore’

JerseyShore_groupThis is the shake-out week. Which new shows are clearly going into the dumpster? Which ones will be able to hold on to their initial audiences (or in rare cases, build on them?)

Which existing shows are showing signs of age or ready to retire soon?

And in this day and age, a broadcast network with a breakout drama or comedy hit is rare. I’m not sure if we have any quite yet.

Fox already has a couple in the danger zone of early cancellation: “Ben and Kate” and “Mob Doctor.”  CBS has two promising series in “Elementary” and “Vegas.”

NBC is thrilled “The Voice” is holding up in the face of “X Factor” competition in the fall but has to be worried about the creative dullness of episode two of “Revolution,” which still held 85 percent of its initial audience but could see another dropoff this week. Then again, relatively speaking, its sitcom “Go On” is holding up well after three episodes while three other sitcoms (”Animal Practice,” “Guys With Kids” and “The New Normal”) have more to worry about.

ABC’s new drama “Last Resort” did okay in its opening salvo last Thursday. I don’t know yet how well “666 Park Avenue” did last night.

This week, aging “30 Rock” comes back, probably for its final season on NBC at 8 p.m. Thursday. Fox’s “Raising Hope” comes back for a third season. MTV’s sixth and final season of “Jersey Shore” is upon us Thursday, as viewers have long tired of the fist pumping and histrionics.


“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Sweets gets a temporary partner at the FBI.

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Barney creates a comprehensive prenup. Quinn responds with her own.

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Martha Stewart guests.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — TNT has given this “Closer” spinoff a second season in 2013. In this episode, Rusty has his first outing with his dad.

“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS — Mike and Molly take care of Vince after he suffers a back injury.

“Revolution” 10 p.m. NBC — Danny stands up to one of Neville’s men.

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — Five-O investigates a deadly art heist.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Beckett returns from her suspension.


NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Gibbs worries about Abby’s recurring nightmares.

“Hart of Dixie” 8 p.m. the CW (second season debut) — Zoe feels torn between George and Wade.

“Raising Hope” 8 Fox (third season debut) — The Changes meet Sabrina’s mother.

“Airport 24/7:Miami” 9 p.m. Travel (new series) — Documenting the inner workings of the Miami International Aiport.

“How Playboy Changed the World” 9 p.m. History — A look at how Playboy magazine influenced culture around the world.

NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — A retired marine is found at a bomb-making compound in Afghanistan.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC — The doctors gather at Addison’s home to reminisce.

“Vegas” 10:01 p.m. CBS — Ralph investigates when a craps dealer is murdered.

“Sons of Anarchy” 10 FX — A new enemy presents himself to SAMCRO.


“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — An injury-prone player gets a fresh wound.

“Presidential Election Debate No. 1” 9 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, GPB — Mitt Romney faces off against Pres. Barack Obama in the first of three debates. Jim Lehrer moderates.

“Supernatural” 8 p.m. the CW (eighth season debut) — Sam and Dean reunite after a year apart.

“Cracking Addiction” 9 p.m. TLC — A mother-son intervention team from Texas helps people with substance-abuse problems.

“Life After Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — Following four”Top Chef” alums, including Atlanta’s Richard Blais and his buddy Fabio Viviano.

American Hoggers” 10:30 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — Krystal hatches a plan to save the family business.


“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. NBC — Sheldon uncovers a secret about Penny and Leonard.

“30 Rock” 8 p.m. NBC (seventh season debut)Bridezilla Jenna taps Liz to be her maid of honor.

“Last Resort” 8 p.m. ABC — Warships close in on the island.

“X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox — The semifinalists are in boot camp in Miami.

“Glee” 9 p.m. Fox — Rachel and Kurt get surprise visitors.

Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — A flashback to the time right after the plane crash.

“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Andy discovers he’s related to Michelle Obama.

Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV (sixth season final season debut) — Mike opens up about rehab.

Scandal” 10:02  p.m. ABC — An act of infidelity gets a public figure in trouble.


“CSI: NY” 8 p.m. CBS — The CSIs try to stop a serial arsonist against people from his troubled past.

“Monsters Inside Me” 8 p.m. Animal Planet (third season debut) — A look at the condition of an Ohio toddler who stopped eating but craved salt.

“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — The Fringe team visits Walter’s former lab seeking crucial information that could help aid their current rebellion against the Observer overlords.

“Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC — Hank expands his Wesen knowledge while working with Nick to protect Monroe.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — A woman recants a domestic-abuse claim but Danny and Jackie continue to investigate the situation.


“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Daniel Craig hosts.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” 7 p.m. Sunday ABC (23rd season debut) — This show endures even in the YouTube era.

“Cupcake Wars” 8 p.m. Sunday Food (seventh season debut) — Four bakers create elaborate cupcakes for the guys of Big Time Rush.

“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Al Capone takes matters into his own hands.

“Hell on Wheels” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (two-hour second season finale) — A former Confederate soldier seeks revenge on the Union troops who killed his wife.

Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Emily tries to intersect her life with the Graysons again.

Steel Magnolias” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — The 1989 film is re-done with an all-black cast.

Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brody learns he is the political “future of the party.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

6 comments Add your comment

Fred ™

October 1st, 2012
5:43 pm

Well you finally gave Sons of Anarchy a nod but no love for Once Upon a Time?

Fred ™

October 1st, 2012
5:44 pm

Wow. All day and I’m the only one to comment? Who did you whiz off Rodney?

Rodney Ho

October 1st, 2012
5:45 pm

@Fred–Last week was the ONLY time this season I didn’t include “Sons of Anarchy.” And Sunday is kind of a cluster you know what. I can’t include everything and I have only so much time to list shows. But I’ll try to include “Once Upon a Time’ for you next Sunday! :)

Rodney Ho

October 1st, 2012
5:45 pm

I know. Sad, isn’t it?


October 1st, 2012
7:22 pm

I’m pretty excited about this fall lineup. There seem to be some promising shows starting, along with accomplished shows ending. I’m glad that I have a Hopper DVR, and it auto-records the big 4 PrimeTime channels. I’m so forgetful about setting the timers that the feature has already saved me a couple of times. If I would miss The Office I’d feel completely behind. A buddy that I work with at DISH is a big Elementary fan, so that’s next on my list. Let’s hope that Ben and Kate survive the chopping block, too. Nat Faxon is amazing.


October 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Why is the SuperNatural debut crossed off? If premiers tomorrow at 9pm.