The TV gods say it’s premiere week, and who are we to argue? This week is so stuffed with new and returning shows, I’ve decided to break the information into daily installments.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (8-9 pm, ABC)
Marvel and ABC share a corporate parent in Disney, so it seems inevitable that they would eventually try to expand upon the success of their Marvel movie franchises on their broadcast TV network. That they have entrusted this task to Joss Whedon shows the bosses have some sense, and bodes well for the outcome. But the big question for fans remains: how is Agent Coulson not dead? Don’t count on getting the answer right away.
The Goldbergs (9-9:30 pm, ABC)
The Wonder Years meets the ‘80s, only with more yelling and the added gimmick of a youngest child who’s documenting his family’s antics with a video camera. Nostalgia and sitcom settings tend to go together pretty well, and the parents, played by Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!, Bridesmaids), come across as authentically stressed-out and overbearing, respectively. ABC has been promoting this one pretty heavily, but I wonder why they aren’t slotting it on Wednesday, where it would fit nicely between their other family comedies The Middle and Modern Family?
Trophy Wife (9:30-10 pm, ABC)
ABC has a solid hit in Modern Family, so why not try a more madcap riff on the same general idea? Malin Akerman plays a formerly hard-partying woman who marries an older man with two ex-wives and three children between them. The cast includes Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden, and Michaela Watkins, but the genuinely funny moments are scarce, and it feels like the talented cast is being wasted.
Lucky 7 (10-11 pm, ABC)
What happens when a group of seven coworkers at a gas station in Queens hits a lottery jackpot? I wish I could tell you more, but I wasn’t able to see the pilot. If this sounds like an intriguing premise to you, you’ll want to check it out.
NCIS (8-9 pm, CBS)
NCIS: Los Angeles (9-10 pm, CBS)
These are those two shows your grandparents watch every Tuesday.
Person of Interest (10-11 pm, CBS)
After the stuff that came out about the NSA, this show doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore. As season three begins, the Machine that helps Finch and Reese prevent crimes from happening has become self-aware and independent (just go with it); Reese has a new ally in former assassin Shaw; and the hacker known as Root, who briefly had control of the Machine, is being held in an asylum without access to electronic devices.
Chicago Fire (10-11 pm, NBC)
The sexiest bunch of firefighters you’ve ever seen keep doing their thing on a new night in season two.
(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.)