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. 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.
black-ish (9:31-10 pm, ABC)
ABC is making a genuine effort to produce shows that reflect the diversity of the TV audience, not just with casting but with those working behind the cameras as well. black-ish looks to be the most promising of these; created by Kenya Barris and starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne (who will also continue to appear on Hannibal), with Larry Wilmore (The Bernie Mac Show, The Daily Show) as executive producer, it’s about a father who worries that being successful and raising his family in the suburbs means his children perhaps don’t have enough awareness of their racial and cultural identity.
The Mysteries of Laura (8-9 pm, NBC)
NBC sneaked an early premiere of this past me last week, but that episode is available to watch online. However, I don’t think you should watch it, or this one, or any of them. Debra Messing is a talented actress, but this is a terrible show. She plays Laura Diamond, an NYPD detective with monstrous twin boys and an ex-husband, and not one bit of it is believable or likable.
The Middle (8-8:30 pm, ABC)
The Goldbergs (8:30-9 pm, ABC)
Modern Family (9-9:31 pm, ABC)
Nashville (10-11 pm, ABC)
Most of ABC’s Wednesday lineup is unchanged, with The Goldbergs sliding over from Tuesday.
Survivor: San Juan del Sur (8-9:30 pm, CBS)
Extra-long season premiere episode. Ugh, whatever.
Hell’s Kitchen (8-9 pm, FOX)
You either watch this or you don’t, so you don’t need me to tell you anything about it.
Law & Order: SVU (9-10 pm, NBC)
I finally gave up on this show after the first couple of episodes of last season, but I do know that Benson is now the commander of the squad as well as a foster parent.
Chicago PD (10-11 pm, NBC)
Never seen it, never gonna watch it, but I won’t judge you if you do.
(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.)