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.
Madam Secretary premiered last week and Mulaney arrives next week; otherwise a couple of shows move over from different nights, and a lot stays the same.
Once Upon a Time (8-9 pm, ABC)
There’s some crossover activity with characters from Frozen, but my pop-culture knowledge just doesn’t extend that far.
Resurrection (9-10 pm, ABC)
The surprise hit from the spring about dead people coming back to life (that has no connection to The Returned, the French series about dead people coming back to life that aired on Sundance and is being remade as an American series for A&E) returns (sorry) for its second season.
Revenge (10-11 pm, ABC)
The throwback nighttime soap has been plugging along for a while. Season four starts tonight, and I have a feeling this may be its final one.
CSI (10-11 pm, CBS)
I lost interest a couple of years back. What seemed fresh and interesting in the early 2000s has become formulaic and dull.
The Simpsons (8-8:30 pm, FOX)
If, as many feel, the show’s been on autopilot for a while, at least it’s cruising along busily, with a character dying in the season premiere, an upcoming visit from Futurama’s Bender, and an appearance by the Tracey Ullman Show version of the family in this year’s Treehouse of Horror episode.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30-9 pm, FOX)
I’m not sure dropping the cop comedy between The Simpsons and Family Guy makes sense or is going to work, but I enjoyed the first season a lot and will definitely keep watching.
Family Guy (9-10 pm, FOX)
The big deal is tonight’s hour-long crossover episode with The Simpsons, which finds the Griffins in Springfield somehow. I guess that’s the beauty of animation.
(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.)