Boardwalk Empire and Sons of Anarchy just started their new seasons. In our continuing effort to make sure you don’t miss the return of your favorite dramas, here’s a rundown of shows you won’t want to miss. And be sure to tell us in the Comments section about any dramas we missed that you feel deserve a mention.
Broadcast dramas (in order of premiere date)
Law & Order: SVU – NBC – September 25 at 9 p.m.
If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve seen the ubiquitous Twitter hashtag #savebenson. Here’s why: The crime drama kicks off its 15th season with a two-hour opener that has Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) as the target of a crime. Pablo Schreiber (aka Pornstache in Orange Is the New Black) guests as the bad guy harassing Olivia Benson.
Nashville – ABC – September 25 at 10 p.m.
Rayna James is in a coma after the car wreck she and Deacon were in at the end of season one. New faces this season include Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement) as a potential new love interest Rayna; Aubrey Peeples (Sharknado) as Layla, a reality competition contestant; and Chaley Rose as Zoey, Scarlett’s friend. Chris Carmack and Lennon and Maisy Stella are now series regulars.
Glee – FOX – September 26 at 9:00 p.m.
The sudden death of Cory Monteith will be addressed in the October 10 episode and advance buzz is that the hour is very moving and emotional, as expected. Look for pop singer/X-Factor judge Demi Lovato to appear in an arc this season.
Grey’s Anatomy – ABC – September 26 at 9 p.m.
As the tenth season begins, lives are hanging in the balance. Meredith had her baby but there’s a whole lot of other stuff going on at Grey Sloan Memorial. The resident couples are dealing with issues of infidelity, raising kids and trying to run the hospital, all at the same time.
Parenthood – NBC – September 26 at 10 p.m.
There’s always a lot going on with the Braverman family, and as the new season begins, Kristina is cancer-free, Jasmine and Crosby are having a baby, Hank (Ray Romano) returns, and it looks like Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) are getting married.
Once Upon a Time – ABC – September 29 at 8 p.m.
Look for more characters from the Disney universe this season, including Robin Hood, Ariel from The Little Mermaid and one of Peter Pan’s Lost Boys. There are also whispers about a romance between Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Captain Hook. Rumplestilskin (Robert Carlyle) continues to wreak havoc, and the question remains as to whether he can redeem himself (or if he even wants to). Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis are great at giving information without answering the question, so we’ll need to tune in to find out.
The Good Wife – CBS – September 29 at 9 p.m.
As last season closed, Alicia confirmed that she’d join Cary Agos in a new law firm, something sure to cause strife and upheaval at Lockhart Gardner. The season opener is titled “How to Begin….” Here’s the network’s official description of the episode: Alicia must focus on the firm’s efforts to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer while she secretly plans her exit from the firm with Cary. Meanwhile, Eli helps Peter assemble his staff in the governor’s office. Jeffrey Tambor guest stars as Judge Kluger; Melissa George guest stars as Marilyn, Peter’s ethics counsel; Ben Rappaport guest stars as lawyer Carey Zepps; and renowned defense attorney Barry Scheck guest stars as himself. Additional guest stars this season include America Ferrara, Gary Cole and, possibly, return appearances from Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane.
Revenge – September 29 at 9 p.m.
Show creator Mike Kelley has left the show so Sunil Nayar, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are now in charge. We’ve seen the season opener, and we love what the opening moments set up. We wish we could tell you more, but we’re afraid Emily Thorne would kill us. Here’s what we can say—and yes, we’re being purposely vague: Emily Thorne and Daniel Grayson are back together. Victoria Grayson is happier than we’ve ever seen her. Nolan is a free man. Charlotte Grayson is back from Europe. Ashley is still scheming.
October premieres (we’ll post details about these shows as the premiere dates near):
The Vampire Diaries – CW – October 3 at 8 p.m.
Scandal – ABC – October 3 at 10 p.m.
Arrow – CW – October 9 at 8 p.m.
The Carrie Diaries – CW – October 25 at 8 p.m.
Cable dramas (in order of premiere date)
Homeland – Showtime – September 29 at 9 p.m.
The end of last season was marked by a bombing at CIA headquarters. Brody is suspect number one. Regarding the season three opener, all we’ll reveal is that once again, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is in the hot seat and Saul tries to help her. The show maintains its place as one of the smartest, most tautly written dramas.
New Show Alert – Masters of Sex – Showtime – September 29 at 10 p.m.
This show premieres after Homeland season opener at 10 p.m. We’ll do an SSN Spotlight on this terrific new drama starring Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan, as renowned sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.
American Horror Story: Coven – FX – October 9 at 10 p.m.
Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe are just part of the dynamite cast for the new season of the wildly popular anthology series. Set in New Orleans, the new season delves into the secret history of witches and the terrifying and imminent confrontation between witch hunters and members of an underground coven. Since the turbulent Salem witch trials 300 years ago, witches have been hunted. They’re now on the brink of extinction. A special New Orleans school even trains young girls on how to resist witchcraft.. But a new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), harbors a dreadful secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression against her kind, Fiona (Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the coven and destroy its enemies.
The Walking Dead – AMC – October 13 at 9 p.m.
White Collar – USA – October 17 at 9 p.m.
Covert Affairs – USA – October 17 at 10 p.m. (last six episodes of Season 4)