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Premieres & My Picks September 16 – 22

This week will be quite a bit busier as several new and returning programs are premiering; also we finally bid farewell to a popular series. Monday 9/16 8:00 PM – Bones (Fox), Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 9:00 PM – Sleepy Hollow (Fox) Tuesday 9/17 8:00 PM – Dads (Fox) 8:30 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) 9:00 PM – The New Girl (Fox) 9:30 PM – The Mindy Project (Fox) Wednesday 9/18 8:00 PM – Survivor: Blood vs. Water (CBS)… Read More »

Emmy nominations announced

The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday. While I have no idea which way Emmy voters will go, there are a lot of great nominations – and, of course, a couple of favorites missing from the list. A look at the major categories: Drama series:    “Breaking Bad”(AMC); “Downton Abbey” (PBS);“Game of Thrones” (HBO); “Homeland” (Showtime); “Mad Men” (AMC); and “House of Cards” (Netflix). My take: I’m really rooting for “Breaking Bad” to win this as it heads into its final… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 19)

SUNDAY Tracy Morgan hosts “The Billboard Music Awards” (8 p.m., ABC), which will feature performances by Prince, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, and others as well as collaborations by will.i.am and Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, and Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and a “surprise guest.” “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox) and “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox) wrap up the season with hourlong sendoffs. On “The Simpsons,” Homer and pals try to track down Carl, who took off with… Read More »

Watch this (week of March 24)

Basketball fans can bask in March Madness, but what’s out there for the rest of us? Here’s a look at some highlights. SUNDAY When we last left “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC), Andrea was facing an uncertain future and Rick was weighing a deal to turn Michonne over to the Governor. MONDAY “Revolution” (10 p.m., NBC) returns. What will Miles and crew do now that Monroe has helicopters and  a serious ax to grind? Tonight, we’ll find out that… Read More »

Coming soon: ‘Community’ (and other favorites)

With the seasonal TV slowdown, I thought rather than highlight what’s on this week, I’d let you know when a few of your favorites are returning next month. Dates are subject to change, and I’m sure I’ve left some shows out. But either way, it’s a great time to unclog your DVR to make room for a busy new year: January 4 “Merlin” (10 p.m., Syfy) returns for its fifth and final season. January 6 Jillian is back as season… Read More »

Watch this (week of Nov. 18)

This week, it’s all about the Peanuts gang, music awards and the premature onslaught of Christmas programming. Here’s what’s on: SUNDAY “The Walking Dead” (7 p.m., AMC) continues its stellar season, but I’m still reeling from a few weeks back. For those who haven’t caught up, I won’t ruin it. But… wow. Also tonight, “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” (8 p.m., ABC) will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Nicki Minaj and Christina… Read More »

When your shows will return

September is a busy month on TV. While this is the time of year when attention focuses on all those bright and shiny new shows the networks are hoping you will watch, most of us are more eagerly awaiting the return of old favorites. So when will your favorite show return? Here’s a list of what’s premiering when on the networks. ABC Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 Castle, 10 p.m. on Sept. 24 Private Practice, 10… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 20)

There are a few more finales this week, and a couple of reality show returns. MONDAY Probably the  most notable finale of the week: After eight seasons, “House” concludes with a one-hour retrospective followed at 9 p.m. by the series finale, with House facing six months in jail while his best (only?) friend, Wilson, will likely be dead from cancer in five. TUESDAY After performances on Monday, a winner is announced Tuesday on “Dancing with the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC)… Read More »

What’s ahead for CW, ABC and CBS?

This week, the CW, ABC and CBS announced their fall lineups. A quick looks and what’s coming…and what’s going. CW While some other networks are betting on comedies, the CW is sticking with dramas: “The Carrie Diaries” (a “Sex and the City” prequel about Carrie’s early years), which will debut midseason, a “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, comic book drama “Arrow,” and “Emily Owens, M.D.,” about an attractive, young doctor (which will be paired with the returning “Hart of Dixie,”… Read More »

Watch this (week of March 18)

Need a break from March Madness? Here are a few options. (If you’re a true NCAA basketball fan, though, you probably won’t have time to watch anything else this week.) SUNDAY “The Walking Dead” ends its second season tonight on AMC. It’s a great time to catch up since AMC is running a marathon leading up to the finale. Also Sunday, the stunning “Frozen Planet” begins its seven-episode run tonight on Discovery and TLC. If you don’t already have a… Read More »

Solo Dance Tonight

OMG! Must See Dancing with the Stars:  Season Premier tonight on ABC.  Normally, DWS, doesn’t make my happy list, but when Hope Solo was announced as a dancer, all that changed.  As you probably already know Solo is the goalie extraordinaire who helped the US women’s soccer team advance to the World Cup finals. Other star dancers include Carson Kressley, Nancy Grace, and Chaz Bono among others. [youtube 6Tb3tRlnosg] Hell’s Kitchen:  Season Finale tonight on Fox.  The future chef for BLT Steakhouse… Read More »