The premieres have slowed to a trickle, but the CW at least has a big week planned. A quick look at what to watch:
After most of the Fox animated shows returned last week, “The Cleveland Show” (7:30 p.m.) is back.
The CW begins its big week by bringing back “90210” (8 p.m.) and “Gossip Girl” (9 p.m.), the latter which is starting its sixth and final season.
“Nikita” (9 p.m.) returns on, you guessed it, the CW.
Wednesday is a night of premieres, with three new shows (and only one of them is on the CW). First up, billionaire-turned-superhero comic book drama “Arrow,” (8 p.m., CW).
“Chicago Fire,” (10 p.m., NBC) is about, naturally, firefighters.
And country music drama “Nashville,” (10 p.m., ABC), stars the sublime Connie Britton as a singer whose career is in need of a boost and Hayden Panettiere as the catty up-and-comer.
Ah, it’s a great day to be a pretty, young brunette in love with a beast. CW pairs returning “The Vampire Diaries” (8 p.m.) with newcomer “Beauty and the Beast” (9 p.m.)
Speaking of great pairings (or not-so-great pairings), I’m going to go a little off-topic: What’s with ABC’s Thursday night line-up? “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and… “Last Resort”? Really? With the odd programming choice and no “Voice” lead-in, I fear “Last Resort” will be doomed as certainly as the submarine crew. I hope not. It’s our family’s favorite new show of the season. Please don’t let it sink into oblivion.
Also returning Thursday: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (9 p.m., FX) and “The League” (9:30 p.m., FX).
A LOOK AHEAD:
In one week, on Oct. 14, “The Walking Dead” will return on AMC. But my excitement is muted, because Dish and AMC are still embroiled in their feud, which means the channel that airs “Walking Dead” (not to mention “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”) won’t be available to Dish subscribers anytime soon. (Yep, I’m one of them.) AMC will stream the premiere on their website for Dish subscribers only on Sunday. Still, that’s just one episode. Diehard fans will have to switch providers, pay per episode on sites like Amazon, or wait for the DVD.
– Heather Chavez