First Real TV Weekend of Fall

Posted on September 28, 2012 

Since there's so much new and returning stuff this weekend, I figured I'd list the highlights.

FRIDAY: It's been a long few months, but "Fringe" (Fox, 9 p.m.) finally, FINALLY returns for its final, 13-episode season after "X-Factor." After leaving us with one of TV's all-time best cliffhangers, the series jumps ahead 15 years into the future in a world where the Observers have taken over while the Fringe Team has been stuck in amber. To make such a bold change in the direction of the show in its final season is a gutsy and exciting call by the producers.

It's great to see the return of one of TV's most underrated shows with "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 10 p.m.) kicking off its third season. Unfortunately, its lead-in, "Made In Jersey" at 9 p.m., is far less exciting. This was one of the more insipid pilots I viewed, with Janet Montgomery as a Jersey girl trying to make it in a high-class law firm. It strives to be "Erin Brockovich" or "The Good Wife," but in reality, it's more "Jersey Shore" meets "L.A. Law."

If you missed "Last Resort" on ABC Thursday, you can catch it again tonight after a new "Shark Tank" (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Cable has some new stuff with "Boss" (STARZ, 10 p.m.) and "Strike Back" (MAX, 10 p.m.)

SATURDAY: The first half of the current season of "Doctor Who" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) concludes with the departure of the Ponds. (No spoilers here, it's been announced for months.) Little is known about the plot, except it takes place in New York and features the return of River Song and the Weeping Angels. (That'd be a great name for a rock band). It's preceded by the special "Doctor Who in the US" and is followed by a sneak peek of "Chef Race: UK vs. US" at 10 p.m.

Also, in the most important football game of the day, UGA battles Tennessee (CBS, 3:30 p.m.)

You can also catch reruns of new fall shows like "Revolution," "Elementary" and "Vegas" if you missed them the first time around.

SUNDAY: There's not so much new shows as there are returning shows for this season, including the Emmy-winning "Amazing Race" (CBS, 8 p.m.), followed by the return of "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

I'm not completely sold on "666 Park Avenue" (ABC, 10 p.m.) despite the perfect casting of Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams as a wealthy couple that may have sinister connections to Hell. But I may stick with it for a few more episodes. It's preceded by "Once Upon A Time" and "Revenge" on its new night.

Fox's animated block of "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers," "Family Guy" and "American Dad" are back, while PBS airs a new drama called "Call The Midwife" at 8 p.m.

AMC has a new "Hell On Wheels" at 9 p.m., while "Copper" continues on BBC America at 10 p.m.

Finally, premium cable kicks off new seasons of the remarkably overrated "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme" on HBO.

Showtime counters with the much better "Homeland" at 10 p.m., which swept nearly all of the key drama categories last week at the Emmys. It follows the season premiere of "Dexter" at 9 p.m.


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