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.
Friday isn’t the most happening night of the TV week, though it isn’t as bad as Saturday, when no original programming runs in prime time (only sports and repeats of other shows). For now there’s only one “new” show that’s really just a variation on an existing show, but NBC will be launching its take on Dracula later this fall. Also note that I’ve skipped over the newsmagazine shows 20/20 and Dateline.
MasterChef Junior (8-9 pm, Fox)
I don’t care for cooking shows, and overachieving children are just about my least favorite topic, so you know I won’t be watching this.
Shark Tank (9-10 pm, ABC)
Yes, this is still on, and I guess some people watch; I just don’t get it.
Undercover Boss (8-9 pm, CBS)
See above. Maybe it makes sense that these shows air on Friday.
Hawaii Five-O (9-10 pm, CBS)
McGarrett, Danno, Chin Ho, and Kono have been banished to the relative wasteland of Fridays for their fourth season, but CBS’s audience skews older and those viewers tend to be more willing to stay committed to the network’s Friday dramas.
Blue Bloods (10-11 pm, CBS)
Also entering its fourth season, this drama about a New York City family dedicated to law enforcement is a well-made but thoroughly conventional and unchallenging procedural.
(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.)