It’s back to our regular weekly format, but with nightly highlights of this week’s new and returning shows.
Monday, September 30
We Are Men (8:30-9 pm, CBS)
The last piece of CBS’s Monday comedy lineup (for now) arrives. It’s about a guy left at the altar who moves into a singles’ apartment complex and befriends three other guys on the failed side of their respective relationships. The show seems to suggest it’s okay for men to never grow up, and the laughs are scarce.
Tuesday, October 1
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (11-11:30 pm, FXX)
Conspiracy buffs, take note: former pro wrestler and former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura discusses his new book of suspicions about President Kennedy’s assassination.
Wednesday, October 2
Super Fun Night (9:30-10 pm, ABC)
Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) stars as one of a trio of socially awkward friends who decide to give up their stay-at-home ways and have some fun. Your enjoyment of this show will likely correspond to how you feel about Wilson as a performer.
Ironside (10-11 pm, NBC)
This remake of an NBC series of the same name, which ran for eight seasons in the 1960s and ‘70s, switches the location from San Francisco to New York, and supplants Raymond Burr with Blair Underwood as the wheelchair-bound detective.
Thursday, October 3
The Originals (9-10 pm, CW)
This spinoff of The Vampire Diaries is set in New Orleans (a city not unfamiliar with creatures of the night) and focuses on the original vampire family’s attempt to reclaim its stature.
The Millers (8:30-9 pm, CBS)
From Greg Garcia, creator of My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope, this sitcom stars Will Arnett as a newly divorced guy whose parents (Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges) separate, causing his mom to move in with him.
Welcome to the Family (8:30-9 pm, NBC)
A teen gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby, but her father doesn’t exactly get along with her boyfriend’s father. The cast (Mike O’Malley, Ricardo A. Chavira, Mary McCormack) is solid, and successful comedies have been built on shakier foundations, but the pilot isn’t exactly bursting with laughs, so this one may need some time and patience.
Sean Saves the World (9-9:30 pm, NBC)
In a comparatively weak season of new shows, this one looks to be one of the weakest. Sean Hayes tries to balance the pressure of his job with the sudden arrival in his life of a teenage daughter. Linda Lavin, Thomas Lennon, and Megan Hilty costar.
The Vampire Diaries (8-9 pm, CW)
Season five finds Elena and Caroline enrolled as college students.
Scandal (10-11 pm, ABC)
America’s favorite TV guilty pleasure comes back for season three with Olivia’s secret out and plenty of other juicy storylines simmering.
Friday, October 4
Party Down (8-9 pm, Esquire TV)
This very funny comedy ran for two ten-episode seasons on Starz and is filled with actors like Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, and Megan Mullally. It’s getting rerun on Esquire TV starting tonight. If you’re wondering what Esquire TV is and where to find it, look for what used to be Style Channel; corporate parent NBCUniversal decided it had too many channels geared to women, and that men were underserved on cable.
Saturday, October 5
Major League Baseball Playoffs (8:30 pm-?, TBS)
There’s nothing like baseball in October, folks: game two of the Red Sox’ American League Divisional Series playoff (opponent still TBA as of post time).
Sunday, October 6
Low Winter Sun (9-11 pm, AMC)
Breaking Bad is over, and I imagine AMC was hoping that this might become their next hit crime show. The performances were good, but the story was muddled and didn’t earn any investment in its characters. The final two episodes air tonight, and I would be surprised if the show returns.
Inspired by the classic board game, this comedy-mystery brings together a group of guests who have all been blackmailed by their host. It’s campy and silly and suffered from a poorly planned theatrical release involving alternate endings, but time has eased the sting and the cast (including Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Christopher Lloyd) has a lot of fun.
(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.)