The TV gods have declared that this is premiere week, and who are we to argue? This week is so stuffed with new and returning shows, I’ve decided to split the information into daily installments. (Reminder: Fox launched some of its new shows last week, and the CW is holding all of its new and returning shows until the week of October 7th.)
Mom (9:30-10 pm, CBS)
From the laugh factory of Chuck Lorre, a guy with a pretty good record (Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly), this new comedy stars Anna Faris as Christy, a single parent who’s newly sober and trying for a fresh start when her own mother Bonnie (Allison Janney), also a recovering addict, reenters her life. It’s probably not the best new comedy of the fall, but it is probably the one with the best chance to succeed in a season stuffed with new comedies.
Hostages (10-11 pm, CBS)
A successful surgeon is scheduled to operate on the President, but the night before the procedure armed intruders invade her home and hold her and her family hostage. The group’s leader is an FBI agent gone rogue who tells the doctor she must kill the President during the surgery or her family will be killed. Starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, the heavily serialized storyline is something of a departure for CBS; the 15-eipsode length means the season will wrap up by January.
The Blacklist (10-11 pm, NBC)
A former Navel officer turned freelance dealer in illicit secrets (James Spader) turns himself in to the FBI after more than two decades. He offers information about crimes and criminals the Bureau is not yet aware of, but on the condition of working only with one particular young agent. An initially predictable-feeling pilot took a couple of interesting turns at its end, clearly intended to keep viewers coming back.
Dancing with the Stars (8-10 pm, ABC)
Dancing. Stars. Pretty sure no other info is necessary.
Castle (10-11 pm, ABC)
In the season finale Castle proposed; does Beckett accept? I don’t know, but probably. I mean, it’s a TV show, and I imagine millions of “Caskett” ‘shippers would be crushed if she said no. Oh, I think there are also some crimes that need solving.
How I Met Your Mother (8-9 pm, CBS)
After what only seems like decades, we’ve finally gotten a glimpse of the mother, played by Cristin Milioti (whom you may recognize from The Sopranos as one of Johnny Sack’s daughters). I think she looks a little too much like a darker-haired Lily, but that’s just me. This entire final season of HIMYM will play out over the course of Robin and Barney’s wedding weekend, with plenty of flashbacks, flashforwards, and sidetracks. Tonight’s ninth-season premiere is two episodes.
2 Broke Girls (9-9:30 pm, CBS)
Season three returns with Max and Caroline’s cupcake business now operating out of a walk-up window at the diner.
The Voice (8-10 pm, NBC)
Season five’s judge lineup is once again Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)