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.
Wednesday is one of the more stable nights on the schedule this fall; there’s only one new show premiering tonight, and a couple of others that will be showing up in the coming weeks.
Back in the Game (8:30-9 pm, ABC)
Yet another new family comedy from ABC, this one has a single mother and former softball player who moves in with her father, also a former baseball player. Her son wants to play Little League but isn’t any good, so mom ends up coaching a team of misfits.
The Middle (8-8:30 pm, ABC)
The Heck family return for season five in this quite funny, under the radar show. Oldest child Axl is in college nearby, Sue is still in high school, and youngest Brick is entering middle school, where Rachel Dratch will recur as his principal.
Modern Family (9-10 pm, ABC)
It’s season five, which means the child actors on the show are getting older; Luke and Manny are starting high school. MF lost its spark for me a while ago, but can still have moments that remind me how much better it was in the first couple of seasons.
Nashville (10-11 pm, ABC)
The country-music soap opera returns for season two with a resolution to the car-crash cliffhanger.
Survivor (8-9 pm, CBS)
No one needs me to explain this show, right? Season 27 actually started last week, but if you watch you already knew that.
The X Factor (8-10 pm, Fox)
See above (re: not needing an explanation, and starting last week).
Criminal Minds (9-10 pm, CBS)
No changes among the principal cast as season nine begins, but the loss of section chief Strauss will bring in Esai Morales as the new supervisor overseeing the unit’s activities.
CSI (10-11 pm, CBS)
The last CSI standing enters its 14th season, if anyone’s keeping track. I stopped watching a couple of years back because the show was just spinning its wheels, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this season turns out to be its last go-round. Catherine Willows will revisit the crime lab as Marg Helgenberger returns for the show’s 300th episode, set to air some time this fall.
Revolution (8-9 pm, NBC)
The power came back on, but how long will it last? Season two will answer that question pretty quickly, as well as what happens with the missiles that were launched toward Atlanta and Philadelphia. NBC badly mishandled this show, one of its few successes last season, by taking a hiatus of four months between new episodes. I hope they’ll treat it better in its new Wednesday time slot.
Law & Order: SVU (9-11 pm, NBC)
Season 15 (!) resumes the spring cliffhanger in which Detective Olivia Benson was being held captive in her apartment by a vicious rapist. Word from the producers is that the resolution of this story will leave some damage in its wake. SVU is also planning some longer story arcs and will explore more of the detectives’ off-duty lives, which will be more interesting to some viewers and less so to others.
(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.)