September TV Calendar
[one_sixth_last]The following list provides the dates of the returning cable and major network dramas as well as new cable and major network dramas, made-for-TV movies and mini-series that will air during September:
September 1 – The History Channel two-night event Houdini will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Adrien Brody will star as Erik Weisz (aka Harry Houdini) in this biopic that follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era. The mini will chronicle the life of a man who could defy death through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion. Kristen Connolly will star as Houdini’s wife Bess and Evan Jones will play Jim Collins.
September 1 – The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story will debut on Lifetime at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: This made-for-TV movie will delve into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen. The cast will include Dylan Everett (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the role of Zack Morris; Sam Kindseth (Shameless) is Dustin Diamond, in the role of Screech; Julian Works (Modern Family) as Mario Lopez in the role of A.C. Slater; Alyssa Lynch (The High Jumping Witch) as, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, the one and only Kelly Kapowski; Tiera Skovbye (Supernatural) as Elizabeth Berkley in the role of Jessie Spano and Taylor Russell McKenzie (Blink) as Lark Voorhies in the role of Lisa Turtle.
September 1 – The season finale of Mistresses will air on ABC at 10:01 PM
September 2 – The season finale of Royal Pains will air on the USA Network at 9 PM
September 6 – The Lifetime biopic The Brittany Murphy Story will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing and Grey’s Anatomy) will portray Brittany Murphy, with Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks and Ray Donovan) set to play her mother, Sharon Murphy. The movie will recount the story of Brittany’s younger years, including her mother’s efforts to turn her talented daughter into a star in the 1980s and ’90s, leading up to her unexpected death.
September 7 – Boardwalk Empire will start its fifth and final season on HBO at 9 PM
September 8 – The season finale of Teen Wolf will air on MTV at 10 PM
September 9 – The final season of Sons of Anarchy will start at 10 PM with a one hour and 45 minute premiere episode on FX
September 10 – The season finale of Graceland will air on the USA Network at 10 PM
September 11 – Haven will be back for its fifth season on Syfy at 10 PM, airing 13 of its 26 episodes
September 12 – The new Syfy drama Z Nation will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: Three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. The series stars Harold Perrineau (Lost) Tom Everett Scott (Southland), DJ Qualls (Supernatural) and Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy).
September 13 – Deliverance Creek, the new Lifetime two-hour movie/backdoor pilot, will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Lauren Ambrose stars in this revenge drama set two years into the Civil War, centering on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost. The cast includes Wes Ramsey (Charmed) and Riley Smith (True Blood).
September 14 – The new UP Channel movie Coffee Shop will debut at 7 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Laura Vandervoort (Bitten) stars as Donavan, an attractive, intelligent woman in her late 20’s who once had it all — a successful coffee shop in a quaint, beautiful beach town, a perfect boyfriend with “happily ever after” on the horizon, and a host of quirky friends to fill her life with laughter and fun. When it all begins to unravel and she is thrust back into the dating world while her coffee shop sits on the edge of ruin, an unexpected new love interest forces her to come face to face with the truth that her identity and value is not defined by what she can accomplish alone, but instead, in accepting who she was made to be and what she and her community can accomplish together. Cory M. Grant, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Sorbo also star.
September 16 – The season finale of Finding Carter will air on MTV at 10 PM
September 17 – The season finale of the Halle Barry CBS drama Extant will air at 10 PM
September 17 – A sneak peek of the new drama The Mysteries of Laura will air on NBC at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: Debra Messing (Will & Grace) stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) – also a cop – who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments. The cast includes Janina Gavankar (Arrow and True Blood) and Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings).
September 17 – The new FOX drama Red Band Society will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: Based on the award-winning Spanish series Polseres Vermelles, this new series takes a provocative, unconventional and, at times, comic look at the lives of patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. The cast includes Octavia Spencer (The Help), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Ciara Bravo (Big Time Rush), Zoe Levin (The Way, Way Back), Griffin Dunne (House of Cards), Charlie Rowe (Neverland), Nolan Sotillo (Prom), newcomer Rebecca Rittenhouse and Astro (Earth to Echo).
September 18 – Rush and Satisfaction will air their season finales on the USA Network at 9 and 10 PM respectively
September 18 – The finale of The Honorable Woman mini-series will air on Sundance TV at 10 PM
September 20 – Perfect on Paper is the new Hallmark Channel movie that will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: An idealistic, young book editor reluctantly moves to Los Angeles to edit a famous author’s latest romance novel. As she struggles to maintain her integrity while battling the best-selling diva’s demands, she meets two very different men and learns that the best romantic choice is not always the one who looks best “on paper”. The cast includes Lindsay Hartley (Passions), veteran actress Morgan Fairchild and Drew Fuller (Army Wives).
September 21 – The new drama Madam Secretary will debut at 8 PM followed by a new season of The Good Wife at 9PM
Show Synopsis (Madam Secretary): Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. A college professor and a brilliant former CIA analyst who left for ethical reasons, Elizabeth returns to public life at the request of the President following the suspicious death of her predecessor. The President values her apolitical leanings, her deep knowledge of the Middle East, her flair for languages and her ability to not just think outside the box, but to not even acknowledge there is a box. The cast includes Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Zeljko Ivanek (Revolution)
NOTE: CBS will air a “doubleheader” of Madam Secretary at 8 PM and then again at 10 PM. East Coast viewers should check their local listings for exact airtimes though.
September 21 – PBS will air season 7 of Miss Marple, starting with the movie A Caribbean Mystery at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie (Cranford) returns as spinster sleuth Miss Marple. While staying at a lavish tropical island hotel, Miss Marple investigates the sudden death of a fellow guest. With the help of a curmudgeonly business tycoon, Miss Marple unravels a web of deceit, murder and “dark magic,” leaving her to consider every one of the hotel’s guests as a suspect. The cast include MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) and Charity Wakefield (Any Human Heart).
September 21 – PBS will air season 7 of Miss Marple, starting with the movie Greenshaw’s Folly at 9:30 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When an old family friend and her young son turn to Miss Marple for assistance, she places them at nearby Greenshaw’s Folly, the family home of an eccentric botanist. But it becomes clear that the labyrinthine Folly isn’t quite the safe house that Miss Marple had hoped, when death casts its dark and sinister shadow on the residents. Fiona Shaw (the Harry Potter franchise) co-stars.
September 21 – The Lifetime Movie Network original movie The Hazing Secret will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Every day Megan Harris (Shenae Grimes-Beech from 90210) wakes from the same horrific dream about a sorority pledge dying in a hazing ritual only to then have her memory wiped clean. With the help of friend and psychiatrist, Dr. Trent Rothman (Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars), Megan tries to unravel the truth behind her nightmares. Determined to kick her Anterograde Amnesia, Megan joins her former Greek sisters at a college event. A reunion with some friends and familiar faces seems to be a promising opportunity for Megan to regain her memory, but things quickly take a turn for the worse. Her head reels as jealousies and misplaced loyalties begin to simmer, sending her on a downward spiral that has her fighting for her life and battling time to find the truth before her memory is erased again.
September 22 – The new ABC drama Forever will air a special sneak preview at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd from Ringer and the Fantastic Four franchise), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years – the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. The cast includes Alana de la Garza (Law & Order), Joel David Moore (Bones) and veteran actor Judd Hirsch (Taxi).
September 22 – The Blacklist will return for its second season on NBC at 10 PM
September 22 – The new fall drama Scorpion will debut on CBS at 9 PM followed by the season finale of Under the Dome at 10 PM
Show Synopsis (Scorpion) – This new series is inspired by a true story about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel from Body of Proof) and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas of American Pie franchise), an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong from Being Erica), a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham from Huge), a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick from The Unit), who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee from Smash), who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.
September 22 – The new FOX drama Gotham will debut at 8 PM followed by Sleepy Hollow, which will be back for its second season at 9 PM
Show Synopsis (Gotham): This series takes a look at the early years of Commissioner Gordon when he was just Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie from Southland and The O.C.) – on the job for only two weeks. The cast includes Erin Richard (Open Grave) as Barbara Kean, Gordon’s fiancée; Donal Logue (Terriers and Vikings) as Harvey Bullock, Gordon’s partner; David Mazouz (Touch) as young Bruce Wayne; Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix franchise) as gang boss Fish Mooney; newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle (the future Catwoman); Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead) as Oswald Cobblepot (soon to be The Penguin) and Sean Pertwee (Elementary) as Wayne butler Alfred Pennyworth.
September 23 – Chicago Fire will be back on NBC for a new season at 10 PM
September 23 – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back for another season on ABC at 9 PM followed by the timeslot premiere of Forever at 10 PM
September 23 – NCIS will be back for its 12th season at 8 PM on CBS followed by the debut of spin-off series NCIS: New Orleans at 9 PM and the fourth season of Person of Interest at 10 PM
Show Synopsis (NCIS: New Orleans) – The spin-off series is about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula from Quantum Leap), aka “King,” a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black from The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift), who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody (Zoe McLellan from Dirty Sexy Money), a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder from Warehouse 13), who is as eccentric as she is smart.
September 24 – The timeslot debut of the new NBC drama The Mysteries of Laura will air at 8 PM followed by the season premieres of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago P.D. at 9 and 10 PM respectively
September 24 – Nashville will return for a new season on ABC at 10 PM
September 25 – It will be a big night for Shonda Rhimes with three back-to-back shows on ABC with Grey’s Anatomy back at 8 PM and Scandal at 9 PM followed by the debut of the new drama How to Get Away With Murder at 10 PM
Show Synopsis (How to Get Away With Murder): The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis from The Help) gets entangled with four law students from her class, “How to Get Away with Murder”. Little do the students know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life. The cast includes Aja Naomi King (Emily Owens, M.D.), Jack Falahee (Twisted), Katie Findlay (The Killing), Tom Verica (American Dream), Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls and Scandal), Charlie Weber (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer), Billy Brown (Hostages and Sons of Anarchy), Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black), Latino star Karla Souza (Instructions Not Included) and Alfred Enoch (the Harry Potter franchise).
September 25 – The final season of Parenthood will get underway on NBC at 10 PM
September 25 – Bones will be back for a new season on FOX at 8 PM
September 26 – Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods will be back on CBS for their new seasons at 9 and 10 PM respectively
September 27 – Outlander will air its mid-season finale on Starz at 9 PM
September 27 – The Hallmark Channel movie Midnight Masquerade will air at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A beautiful, young businesswoman (Autumn Reeser) inherits her father’s billion-dollar candy company and searches to find romance in the mysterious, handsome “prince” she danced with at a costume ball. The cast includes Christopher Russell and Richard Burgi.
September 28 – CSI will be back for its 15th season on CBS at 10 PM
September 28 – ABC will welcome back Once Upon a Time at 8 PM followed by the second season of Resurrection at 9 PM and Revenge at 10 PM
September 28 – Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex will both air their season finales on Showtime at 9 and 10 PM respectively
September 28 – PBS will air season 7 of Miss Marple, starting with the movie Endless Night at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie (Cranford) returns as spinster sleuth Miss Marple. Miss Marple befriends a charming working-class chauffeur who recounts his romance with an American heiress. Despite being warned off by an elusive gypsy woman, they plan their dream home at a local spot known as Gypsy’s Acre. Not long after the young couple is wed, a tragic death fuels speculation of a gypsy curse. When two suspicious deaths follow, Miss Marple begins to sort out the clues, but can she solve the mystery before she finds herself in danger? The cast includes Tom Hughes (Silk) and Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise).
September 28 – The season finale of The Lottery will air on Lifetime at 10 PM
September 29 – Castle will be back for another season on ABC at 10 PM
September 29 – NCIS: Los Angeles will take on a new night and time on CBS at 10 PM
Mark your calendars!
Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). She is looking forward to the limited-run returns of Prison Break and 24: Legacy as well as the debuts of Emerald City and Midnight, Texas. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.