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.
Tonight has what may be the biggest scheduling conflict in TV history: the series finale of Breaking Bad airs from 9 to 10:15 on AMC, and it’s up against:
- the season premiere of Revenge on ABC
- the season premiere of The Good Wife on CBS
- the season premieres of Family Guy and American Dad! on Fox
- the season premiere of Homeland on Showtime (which looks like it’s going to get back on track this season), followed at 10 by the debut of the new series Masters of Sex (which is excellent)
- the conclusion of Foyle’s War on PBS
- a new episode of Boardwalk Empire on HBO (followed at 10 by the premiere of the final season of Eastbound and Down and the new series Hello Ladies at 10:30)
- oh, and the Patriots are playing the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Fortunately for TV fans, many of these shows will be repeated numerous times, and some will be available to watch online, so you should be able to cover everything you care about with some strategic planning (here’s one suggested approach).
Betrayal (10-11 pm, ABC)
Revenge, Scandal, Betrayal—what’s next, Hurt Feelings? Confusion? Ennui? I tried to figure out how to summarize what I know about this show, but all I could come up with is: two married people start an affair with each other, and a lot of trouble ensues.
Once Upon a Time (8-9 pm, ABC)
Many fans felt the show got too complicated for its own good last year; season three will find the primary characters on a mission to Neverland.
Revenge (9-10 pm, ABC)
This show is also making an effort to get back to what made it enjoyable in its first season, so look for season three to be a bit less complicated, but still full of twists.
The Amazing Race (8-9 pm, CBS)
The 23rd cycle of the adventure competition starts by sending the teams from Los Angeles to Chile.
The Good Wife (9-10 pm, CBS)
Season five picks up right after Alicia accepts Cary’s offer, which means we’ll get to see the fallout when their plan to start their own firm becomes known.
The Mentalist (10-11 pm, CBS)
This show has stretched out its Red John storyline for five seasons, which is a long time for fans to be waiting for a payoff, so the suspects have been narrowed down to seven and the show’s creator promises the mystery will be solved by midseason.
The Simpsons (8-8:30 pm, Fox)
It’s the show’s 25th season! That’s right, it’s older than some of you. Tonight’s episode is a Homeland spoof.
Bob’s Burgers (8:30-9 pm, Fox)
The Belcher family goes camping in the season four premiere, which will certainly go awry in some funny way.
Family Guy (9-9:30 pm, Fox)
As season 12 opens, Peter thinks a restaurant placemat is a treasure map.
American Dad! (9-30:10 pm, Fox)
Steve and Snot attempt to create clones for prom dates in the season 9 opener.
(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.)