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September TV Calendar

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The following list provides the dates of all the returning and debuting major and cable network dramas for the 2016-2017 TV season, new streaming dramas, season/series finales for summer dramas as well as made-for-TV movies that will air during September:

September 2 – The season finale of Killjoys will air on Syfy at 9 PM

September 2 – The second season of the Netflix series Narcos will be online today

September 4 – Murder in the First should air its final episode on TNT at 10 PM

September 5 – The one-hour special Hit the Floor: Til Death Do Us Part will air on VH1 at 9 PM

Special Synopsis: Devil Girl Ahsha and Devils star player Derek are engaged and the planning has begun. But will Jelena’s shooting overtake the big event and keep them from the alter after all?

September 5 – The series finale of Rizzoli & Isles will air on TNT at 9 PM

September 5 through September 7 – Harley and the Davidsons will air as three two-hour installments over three nights on Discovery at 9 PM

MINI-SERIES SYNPOSIS: Based on a true story, the mini-series charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. The cast includes Dougray Scott (Ever After), Jessica Camacho (Queen of the South), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie) and Gabriel Luna (Matador) [among others].

September 6 – The 10-episode streaming series StartUp will debut on Crackle (with a new episode airing each Tuesday)

Show Synopsis: Set among the unconstrained, yet opportunist streets of Miami, this series weaves a complex and exciting narrative, focusing on the high-stakes struggle of what one will do to reach ultimate success. The cast includes Martin Freeman (Sherlock and The Hobbit franchise), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Edi Gathegi (The Blacklist and X-Men: First Class) and newcomer Otmara Marrero.

September 6 and 7 – Queen Sugar is the latest series to debut on OWN with a two-night series premiere at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The series follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley from True Blood), a formidable journalist and activist from New Orleans, and Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Gardner from Star Wars: The Clone Wars), a modern woman, who, with her teenage son Micah, leaves her upscale apartment in Los Angeles and moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father: an 800-acre sugarcane farm. The cast includes Bianca Lawson (Rogue), Greg Vaughn (Days of Our Lives) and Dondre Whitfield (All My Children and Mistresses) [among others].

September 6 – The two-hour finale of Zoo will air on CBS at 9 PM

September 7 – The final two episodes of American Gothic will air on CBS at 9 PM

September 7 – The season finale of Tyrant will air on FX at 10 PM

September 8 – The final episode of Ripper Street is expected to air on BBC America (check your local listings for airtime)

September 9 – The new Cinemax series Quarry will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The 8-episode series is based on the best-selling books by Max Allan Collins about U.S. Marine Mac Conway who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972, finding himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public he fought for. While struggling with the nightmarish experiences he witnessed and took part in, Conway is unwillingly drawn into a network of killing that spans the length of the Mississippi River. The cast includes Logan Marshall-Green (24 and The Traveler), Jodi Balfour (Bomb Girls), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Luther), Josh Randall (Ed) and Damon Herriman (Justified).

The two-hour finale of BrainDead will air on CBS at 9 PM on September 11

September 11 – The final episode of The Last Ship should air on TNT at 9 PM

September 11 – The second season of the PBS mini-series Indian Summers will premiere at 10 PM

NOTE: The mini-series will run until November 20.

September 11 – Masters of Sex returns for its fourth season on Showtime at 10 PM

September 13 – The third season of If Loving You Is Wrong will be back on OWN at 9 PM

September 14 – The second season of Blindspot gets underway on NBC at 10 PM

September 14 – The sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story will premiere at 10 PM

September 14 – The summer finale of Suits is expected to air on the USA Network at 9 PM

September 14 – The summer finale of Mr. Robot is expected to air on the USA Network at 10 PM

September 15 – The final episode of the debut season of Queen of the South will air at 10 PM on the USA Network

September 15 – The series finale of Beauty And the Beast will air on The CW at 9 PM

September 16 – The Netflix movie ARQ will debut online today

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: In a future where corporations battle against sovereign nations over the last of the world’s energy supplies, young engineer Renton (Robbie Amell from The Flash) and Hannah (Rachael Taylor from Jessica Jones) find themselves attempting to save an experimental energy technology that could end the wars. The catch is, the technology has created a time loop that causes them to relive a deadly home invasion over and over again. They must figure out how to stop the time loop and come out of it alive.

September 16 – The two-hour season premiere of Z-Nation will air on Syfy at 8 PM

September 16 – The season finale of Dark Matter is expected to air on Syfy at 10 PM

September 17 – The new Lifetime movie Sister Cities will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When their ASL-stricken mother Mary (Jacki Weaver from Animal Kingdom) drowns in her bathtub, her four daughters – all from different fathers, different lifestyles and different mommy issues – are reluctantly reunited in the small town where they grew up. They are not pleased when Mary’s death turns out to be shrouded in enough mystery, causing the local police chief (Tom Everett Scott from Reign and Z Nation) sequester them in their ancestral home, forcing them to hash out their checkered memories. Mary is played by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect and the Crank franchise) plays Mary in flashbacks. The four daughters will be played by Jess Wexler (The Good Wife), Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl), Stana Katic (Castle) and Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars).

September 18 – The 68th Annual Emmy Awards will air on ABC at 8 PM

September 19 – Both Gotham and Lucifer will return for new seasons on FOX at 8 PM and 9 PM respectively

September 19 – The mid-season finale of Major Crimes is expected to air at 10 PM on TNT

September 20 – The season premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air on ABC at 10 PM

September 20 – The season two premiere of Scream Queens will air at 9 PM on FOX

September 20 – The new NBC drama This Is Us will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: This series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. The cast includes Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Sterling K. Brown (Army Wives and The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Justin Hartley (Smallville).

September 20 – NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans return to CBS at 8 PM and 10 PM respectively with the new drama Bull in the middle at 9 PM

Show Synopsis (Bull): The drama is inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull (former NCIS star Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. The cast includes Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under and The Night Shift) and Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy).

September 21 – The new ABC drama Designated Survivor will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes President after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history. The cast also includes Natascha McElhone (Californication), Maggie Q (Nikita), Italia Ricci (Chasing Life and Supergirl), Adan Canto (The Following), Kal Penn (Deadbeat and House), LaMonica Garrett (The Last Ship) and Tanner Buchanan (The Fosters).

September 21 – Blindspot will move to its regular time slot of 8 PM on NBC followed by the season premieres of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago P.D. at 9 PM and 10 PM respectively

September 21 – The new FOX drama Lethal Weapon (based on the box office film) will debut at 8 PM followed by the season premiere of Empire at 9 PM

Show Synopsis (Lethal Weapon): The small screen adaptation follows classic cop duo Marin Riggs (Clayne Crawford from Rectify) and Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr. from My Wife and Kids), who are working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. The cast includes Jordana Brewster (Fast and Furious franchise and Dallas), Keesha Sharp (The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Kevin Rahm (Madam Secretary).

September 22 – The season premieres of Chicago Med and The Blacklist will air on NBC at 9 PM and 10 PM respectively

September 22 – The second season premiere of Rosewood will air at 8 PM followed on FOX by the debut of the new drama Pitch at 9 PM

Show Synopsis (Pitch): The series follows a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury from Under The Dome and Twisted) is vaulted into instant fame when she’s called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut. The cast includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Ali Larter (Legends and Heroes), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Mark Consuelos (All My Children and Queen of the South).

September 22 – Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder will return for their season premieres on ABC at 8 PM and 10 PM respectively with the new drama Notorious taking over the 9 PM timeslot

Show Synopsis (Notorious): This series is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker with Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) in the lead roles. The cast includes Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), J. August Richards (Angel and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Kevin Zegers (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Ryan Guzman (Step Up, Heroes Reborn and Pretty Little Liars).

September 23 – The new Syfy thriller Van Helsing is supposed to air double episode debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The series revolves around unlikely heroine Vanessa Helsing (Kelly Overton, from True Blood), who unexpectedly discovers that she holds the key to humanity’s survival: her own blood. Gifted with not only an immunity to vampires, Vanessa is also capable of taking out her bloodthirsty foes by turning them into humans with her bite. Now both prey and predator, Vanessa sinks her teeth into her role as humanity’s leader – and secret weapon – in their resistance against the vampires that plagued their world. The cast includes Christopher Heyerdahl, David Cubitt, Jonathan Scarfe and Paul Johansson.

September 23 – The reboot of the classic series MacGyver will debut at 8 PM on CBS followed by the season premieres of Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods at 9 PM and 10 PM respectively

Show Synopsis (MacGyver): A new adaptation of the classic series, this version focuses on 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till from The X-Men franchise) who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton (George Eads from CSI) and Patricia Thornton (Sandrine Holt from The Returned), ex-field agent turned director of operations and Riley Davis (Tristin Mays from The Vampire Diaries), an unpredictable computer hacker with a chip on her shoulder. At home, MacGyver is entertained by his ambitious roommate, Wilt Bozer (Justin Hires from Rush Hour). Under the aegis of the Department of External Services, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.

September 23 – The FOX thriller The Exorcist, based on the classic film of the same name, will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: The series follows two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession. The cast includes Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera (Sense8), Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters) and Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone).

September 23 – The fifth season of Longmire will premiere on Netflix online

September 25 – The season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles will air on CBS at 8:30 PM with two new episodes

NOTE: This premiere is airing a week earlier than originally announced.

September 25 – The season finale of Power will air on Starz at 9 PM

September 25 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A battered package turns up in a prop mailbox on the set of a Denver-based commercial, prompting Oliver O’ Toole (Eric Mabius), strait-laced leader of a team of postal detectives, to open an investigation to track down its intended recipient. Working closely with technophile Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), free-spirited “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) and research expert Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), Oliver learns that the package contains a bucket list, apparently meant to reach someone nearing life’s end. But before Oliver can immerse himself in the investigation, Shane – who shares a blossoming romance with Oliver – convinces him to take an uncharacteristic break from his work and join his father, Joe, on a rustic camping excursion. Meanwhile, Norman and Rita embark on an out-of-state road trip, attempting to deliver the lost package to its rightful destination.

September 25 – The dramas Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies and Quantico will air their season premieres on ABC at 8 PM, 9 PM and 10 PM respectively

September 25 – Poldark will be back for a two-hour second season premiere on PBS at 8 PM

NOTE: The series will then run from Sunday, October 2 through Sunday, November 27 at 9 PM.

September 27 – The new Syfy thriller Aftermath will debut 10 PM

Show Synopsis (Aftermath): This 13-episode series centers on one family – Karen (Anne Heche, from Men in Trees) and Joshua Copeland (James Tupper from Revenge) and their children and how they battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end and they are faced not only with plague but the rise of supernatural creatures.

September 28 – The CBS dramas Criminal Minds and Code Black will air their season premieres at 9 PM and 10 PM respectively

September 29 – The Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage will debut online

Show Synopsis: When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter from Marvel’s Jessica Jones and The Good Wife) becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. The cast includes Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali (The 4400 and House of Cards), Rosario Dawson (Daredevil), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy), Frank Whaley (Ray Donovan and Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman)

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). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.