News & Notes
Tonight, ABC has the series premiere of Detroit 187, CBS has the eighth season premiere of NCIS and the second season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles, FOX has the second season premiere of Glee and the series premieres of Raising Hope and Running Wilde, and NBC has the 10th season premiere of The Biggest Loser.
Over on cable, Bravo has the third season finale of The Rachel Zoe Project, Cartoon Network has the first season finale of Unnatural History, Food Network has the first season finale of Family Style and a America’s Best special, HGTV has the third season finale of Real Estate Intervention, Spike TV has the first season finale of Scrappers, and Syfy has the second season finale of Warehouse 13.
Premiering next Tuesday, Sept. 28th are ABC’s No Ordinary Family, CBS’ The Good Wife, and Syfy’s Stargate Universe.
Glee (FOX): Season Premiere. The glee club is still at the bottom of the high school food chain. Mr. Schuester is trying to get the club to recruit some new members. The school gets a new football coach. It’s a good start to the new season with plenty of musical numbers, but kind of light on the story. It was lacking some of the comedy I expect along with the drama, but resets the table to move forward after the loss at Regionals.
Warehouse 13 (Syfy): Season Finale. The team attempts to stop H.G. from whatever her plan may be after leaving Pete and Myka at Warehouse 2. Plays again later. Thirteen episodes replay leading up to tonight’s season finale. Very much enjoyed this season. It’s a good season finale with an ending that leaves me wondering how the Christmas episode will play. Will they resolve things in that episode or wait until next season?
Sons of Anarchy (FX): New. The club tries to use its porn connections to entertain someone else’s client so they can get something from him for someone else, but things don’t totally workout as planned. Plays again twice later. This episode has one of the creepiest extended cameos I’ve ever seen thanks to the character that was written for author Stephen King and his portrayal of said role.
NCIS (CBS): Season Premiere. Gibbs sets out to protect his friends and family from Paloma Reynosa, who is still on the loose.
Life Unexpected (The CW): New. Lux is in danger of being expelled if she doesn’t get her grades up. Cate is looking for a new job. Baze interviews at his father’s firm after his bar burned down.
Parenthood (NBC): New. Adam gives Sarah an intern opportunity. Crosby and Jasmine are talking about where Jabbar should live after she takes a new job.
- Detroit 187 (ABC): Series Premiere. Detectives investigate murders in Detroit. I never got a chance to watch the reworked “Pilot” that apparently has dropped the faux-documentary style. The previous version was good, so I don’t know if it will be good without. Without it there is nothing really to differentiate the show from any other cop procedural, but if you like the genre, you’ll probably like this.
- Melissa & Joey (ABC Family): New. Joe begins dating a TV reporter that is doing a story on Mel. Runs 30 minutes. The previous two episodes replay earlier in the day and right before tonight’s new episode. The previous episode follows.
- NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): Season Premiere. A member of the team goes missing while undercover. The team is working with the LAPD on a human trafficking case. Another new episode follows where the team is after a hit squad after a special agent is taken out.
- One Tree Hill (The CW): New. Clay and Quinn are fighting to stay alive. Brooke’s legal troubles get worse.
- Raising Hope (FOX): Series Premiere. A 23-year-old man finds out that after a one night stand with a woman who turns out to be a wanted felon that he is going to be a father and tries to get his family to help him with the new baby. This is by far my favorite of the new comedies this fall, but it is also bizarrely twisted family sitcom. It has an ending that reminds you of classic family sitcoms, but a journey to get there that reminds you more of something you might see on FX. The cast is great with Garret Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton playing the parents/grandparents.
- Running Wilde (FOX): Series Premiere. A rich and immature man tries to win the love of his childhood sweetheart who is a big liberal humanitarian. The cast is severely wasted. I’ve seen two versions of this and neither of them made me laugh. Well, there was “one thing” that made me laugh. It’s full of sight gags and the comedy dialogue style is interesting, but fell flat for me. Is battling it out with NBC’s Outsourced for worst new fall comedy.
- Unnatural History (Cartoon Network): Season Finale. Plays again Sunday morning.
- Chase (USA): Repeat. Last night’s series premiere episode from NBC replays on its cable sister.
- Dark Blue (TNT): Repeat. Last Wednesday’s two season second season finale episodes, “Dead Flowers” and “Personal Effects,” replay.
- Haven (Syfy): Repeat. Last Friday’s episode, “The Hand You’re Dealt,” replays.
- Terriers (FX): Repeat. Last Wednesday’s episode, “Dog and Pony,” replays.
Bravo has five episodes of The Rachel Zoe Project.
Oxygen has 12 episodes of Living Single.
Syfy has 14 episodes of Warehouse 13.
USA has 17 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.