Here is part 2 of my three-part article series called “Getting Ready for Fall TV”:
Reminders: Each chart shows the full schedule for each night of the week for the major networks with the new shows highlighted in red. The season premiere or debut night is also provided for each returning and new show. Beneath each chart will be a description of each of the new dramas (and only the dramas) that air that specific night. Additionally, for each night that is applicable, there will be details on the summer cable shows that are coming to an end and any new cable shows that will be back for new episodes this fall.
New Show Descriptions:
Revenge on ABC and tells the story of Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) who is new to the Hamptons. She’s met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn’t exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily is back, and she’s returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how – with a vengeance. The cast includes Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Nick Wechsler, Ashley Madekwe, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen and Connor Paolo.
What Cable Has To Offer on Wednesday Nights:
Royal Pains – There are only two more new episodes left for the USA Network drama, as the mid-season finale will air on August 31 at 9 PM. There are 8 more episodes for the current season that should return this winter.
Rescue Me – The FX drama is now in its final season with only three more new episode to air between now and September 7 when the series finale will air at 10 PM.
Damages – The former FX series that is now airing exclusively on DirecTV has four more new episodes to air between now and when its season finale set to air on September 14 at 10 PM.
Necessary Roughness – The new USA Network series will air four more new episodes between now and the season finale, which is set to air on September 14 at 10 PM.
The Hour – The new 6-part BBC America series debuted on August 17 at 10 PM. It is a period drama, set in 1950s London about a renegade journalist Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw), ambitious producer Bel Rowley (Romola Garai) and handsome anchor Hector Madden (Dominic West) as they create a weekly investigative news program titled The Hour. The final episode will air on September 21.
Luther – The BBC America 4-part mini-series that stars Idris Elba will be back for its second season starting on September 28 at 10 PM.
Psych – The USA Network series will be back starting on October 12 at 10 PM.
American Horror Story – The new FX series will debut on October 5 at 10 PM. The series revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. The cast includes Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge.
Whitechapel – This new BBC America series will run for six episodes
starting on October 26. It is a crime drama set in modern day East London where police are forced to face the brutal, bloody history of their streets. The murder rate is on the rise with present day killers copying infamous crimes of the past. The cast includes Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton.
New Show Descriptions:
The remake of Charlie’s Angels on ABC is set in Miami, focusing on three new angels, who are recruited by anonymous millionaire Charlie Townsend to solve crimes. There’s Abby (Rachael Taylor), a Park Avenue princess who became a world-class thief. Then there’s Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a Miami cop who fell from grace, losing both her career and her fiancé; and Eve (Minka Kelly), a street racer with a mysterious past. Ramon Rodriguez co-stars as Bosley.
Person of Interest on CBS is crime thriller that chronicles the life of a presumed dead former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) who teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens. Other cast members include Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman.
The Secret Circle on The CW stars Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake, a teenage girl whose mother dies in a tragic accidental fire, making it necessary for her to move to Washington State to live with her grandmother. Once there, she discovers a hidden secret about herself and her family thanks to a group of high school classmates, who tell her that she is a witch, as are all of them. The cast includes Thomas Dekker, Gale Harold, Ashley Crow, Natasha Henstridge, Shelly Henning, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Louis Hunter and Phoebe Tonkin.
The US version of Prime Suspect on NBC stars Maria Bello as Jane Timoney, a New York homicide detective working in a male-dominated police department. She’s an outsider who was just transferred to a new precinct where a fraternity of cops isn’t willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. The cast includes Aidan Quinn, Brian O’Byrne, Tim Griffin, Kirk Acevedo, Joe Nieves, Damon Gupton and Peter Gerety.
What Cable Has To Offer on Thursday Nights:
Burn Notice – The USA Network’s favorite spy and his team will air three more new episodes between now and September 8 when the mid-season finale will air at 9 PM. The remaining six episodes of the current season will air starting on November 3.
Suits – This new USA Network drama will air three more new episodes between now and its season finale on September 8 at 10 PM. The show has been renewed for a second season.
Again, it is a lot of programming for which to keep track, but if you make up a calendar of premiere and ending dates as well as follow your local listings, you should be able to enjoy the madness that is the fall TV season.
The conclusion of Getting Ready for Fall TV will be posted next Tuesday.