This week marks the official start of the 2014-15 TV season. Each day this week I’ll be summarizing that night’s new and returning shows (except for Saturday, which the networks gave up on years ago). Season premieres of returning shows tend to be somewhat staggered; not all are coming back this week. And just as a reminder, the CW waits until October to launch both its new and returning shows.
Gotham (8-9 pm, FOX)
One of the more talked-about shows of the new season, a series about a pre-Batman Gotham City was probably inevitable. The prequel will focus on a young Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he attempts to fight corruption and crime with his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), while also telling the origin stories of several eventual Batman adversaries. It may be tempting to put too much emphasis on the villains but I hope the show doesn’t do that.
Scorpion (9:01-10 pm, CBS)
I’m going to refer to this one as Law & Order: Big Bang Numbers Unit; I know it’s mixing networks as well as shows, but it conveys the general premise of this team of misfit geniuses who agree to help the government solve especially tough cases. Oh CBS, it’s so adorable how you cling to your procedurals and keep trying to come up with new permutations on the formula. The pilot episode was directed by Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious series.
Forever (10:01-11 pm, ABC)
If Castle isn’t already enough of a fantasy for you, then a series about an immortal medical examiner who assists a detective may be what you’re looking for. I reviewed the pilot episode in this article. (The second episode airs in the show’s regular time slot tomorrow at 10 pm; Castle returns next week.)
Dancing with the Stars (8-10:01 pm, ABC)
Dancing, stars: lather, rinse, repeat.
The Big Bang Theory (8-9:01 pm, CBS)
Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, and the rest of the group have temporarily moved back to Mondays until CBS’s half-season of Thursday Night Football games is finished. (Two episodes tonight; Mom returns next week.)
Sleepy Hollow (9-10 pm, FOX)
Cliffhangers galore: Abbie’s in Purgatory, Katrina’s out but was captured by the Horseman, Ichabod was buried in a coffin by his son Henry, and Jenny was in a serious car accident.
The Voice (8-10 pm, NBC)
Singers, stars: lather, rinse, repeat. Oh wait, new coaches: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
The Blacklist (10-11 pm, NBC)
Picking up several months later, Berlin is still after Red. And you just know Liz’s husband isn’t dead.
(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.)