What to Watch Tonight: Modern Family S.3 Premiere, The Hour S.1 Finale, Revenge Series Premiere & More

by Jason the TVaholic on September 21, 2011

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News & Notes

Read the Revenge Pilot Episode Script via Amazon KindleTonight, ABC has the third season premieres of The Middle and Modern Family and the series premiere of Revenge, CBS has the seventh season premiere of Criminal Minds and the 12th season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, FOX has the series premiere of The X Factor, and NBC has the second season premiere of Harry’s Law and the 13th season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

On cable tonight, Animal Planet has the first season finale of Animals Say the Wildest Things, BBC America has the first season finale of The Hour, History has The Stoned Ages special, Spike TV has the 14th season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter, and TLC has the fourth summer season finale of Toddlers & Tiaras.

Listen to the latest TV times Three Podcast: Ep.109, “NBC Fall Preview 2011.” This week @sandiedaemons was back with @mytakeontv and I to take a look at NBC’s Fall TV lineups, talk about their new shows, plus Awkward., Entourage, and some cancellation and renewal news.

Next Wednesday, ABC has the series premiere of Suburgatory, but you can see it two days earlier on Monday, September 26th at the Suburgatory Preview Screening & Seattle TV Fan Tweetup.

Next Wednesday, ABC also has the second season premiere of Happy Endings and BBC America has the second season premiere of Luther.

Prime Picks

The Middle (ABC): Season Premiere. Frankie wants the family to go on a family trip before school starts. Mike and Frankie reminisce about their honeymoon. Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age) is the guest star.

Modern Family (ABC): Season Premiere. The whole family is on a vacation in Jackson Hole, WY. Mitch and Cam want to adopt another child. Runs 61 minutes.

Revenge (ABC): Series Premiere. A woman rents a place in Southhampton, where she once lived with her father, and sets out to takedown those that were responsible of his downfall. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 59 minutes. This is one of my favorite new dramas of the season. It is an excellent soapy drama with lots of secrets to be found out and twisty takedowns to be had. Emily Van Camp (Brothers & Sisters) is always highly watchable and the rest of the cast is fantastic. This one got instantly added to the watch list, as it’s easily the best show in the time period.

Solid Selections

Up All Night (NBC): New. Reagan and Chris get obsessed with their new neighbors. I hope the show gets funny. Plays again Friday night. Last week’s “Pilot” episode replays earlier in the evening on Oxygen.
Free Agents (NBC): New. Alex is trying to land a new client. Emma is trying to charm a man that works in the building. I hope this show figures out what kind of comedy it wants to be and becomes funny.

Criminal Minds (CBS): Season Premiere. A Senate committee is questioning the BAU team and a familiar face may help get things back to normal.

The Hour (BBC America): Season Finale. The team is set to defy government instructions and Freddie finds something out about Ruth’s death. Plays again later.

Other Options

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS): Season Premiere. There is only one witness to an attack on a tram, but lots of questions to be answered. Ted Danson (Damages) joins the cast.
  • Law & Order: UK (BBC America): New. A 12-year-old was involved somehow in a shooting and the inspectors attempt to unravel how. Plays again later.

Sports Note

  • ESPN has doubleheader Wednesday Night Baseball MLB action with the Tampa Bay Rays at the New York Yankees followed by the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Athletics.

TV Marathons

Bravo has six episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker.
Syfy has nine episodes of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
USA Network has 18 episodes of NCIS.

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