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New and returning shows for the 2011 season

September 14, 2011 |  6:16 pm

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Here's a roundup of some of the highlights of the new and returning series in the 2011 fall TV season.

“Survivor: South Pacific” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, CBS: (season premiere) The contestants begin competing for a million-dollar prize. (N)

“H8R” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, KTLA: (series premiere) TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi tries to win over a person who dislikes her; Jake Pavelka (“Bachelor”) faces his biggest hater. (N)

“America's Next Top Model” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, KTLA: (season premiere) Fan-favorite contestants from past cycles return to compete; the women reenact memorable moments during the first photo shoot; guest judge Nicki Minaj. (N)

“Operation Repo” 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Tru: (season premiere) Vehicle repossession pros deal with confrontations in California's San Fernando Valley. (N)

“Up All Night” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, NBC: (series premiere) Reagan Brinkley tries to adjust to her new life as she returns from maternity leave to her job as a talk show executive producer to support her stay-at-home husband and their baby. (N)

“Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Tru: (series premiere) Hulk Hogan provides little wrestlers with advice, guidance and training; inside all of the insane action, conflict and drama that it takes to create a pro wrestling league from scratch. (N)

“Free Agents” 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, NBC: (series premiere) Two co-workers, both still reeling from their last relationships, try to sort out their relationship after a moment of weakness finds them in bed together. (N)

“The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, KTLA: (season premiere) In "The Birthday," Caroline plans a party for Elena's 18th birthday; Damon and Elena search for Stefan; Klaus and Stefan track a werewolf; Jeremy struggles with visions of ghosts. (N)

“The Secret Circle” 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, KTLA: (series premiere) After her mother dies in a mysterious accident, Cassie Blake moves to a small town to live with her grandmother. After a series of strange and dangerous events, Cassie's new friends reveal a secret. (N)

“Angels Among Us” 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, CMT: (series premiere) Commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. (N)

“It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, FX: (season premiere) In "Frank's Pretty Woman," the gang attempts an image makeover to uncover the heart of gold that exists deep inside Frank's prostitute fiancee. (N)

“Archer” 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, FX: (season premiere) In "Heart of Archness, Part I," Archer is finally tracked down in the South Pacific by handsome adventurer Rip Riley. (Part 1 of 3) (N)

“Ben 10: Ultimate Alien” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Toon Disney: (season premiere) In "The Purge," Old George reignites a war against all aliens on Earth. (N)

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Toon Disney: (season premiere) In "Water War: Gungan Attack," inhabitants of Mon Calamari are on the brink of civil war; the Jedi realize they need help from a powerful and amphibious ally to drive out Separatist invaders. (N)

“Need to Know” 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, KOCE: (season premiere) Reports on the economy, environment and energy, health, national security and culture. (N)

“20/20” 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, ABC: (season premiere) Investigative reporting. (N)


“Celebrity Nightmares Decoded” 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Biography: (series premiere) Dustin "Screech” Diamond dreams of a faceless butcher; Danielle Staub wakes up hanging out of her bed after a nightmare; Nicole Eggert is tormented by snakes in her nightmares; Too Short dreams of meeting a ferocious dog. (N)

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, CBS: (season premiere) In "The Best Man," Barney and Ted reminisce about Punchy's wedding; Robin considers confessing her feelings. (N) 

“The Sing-Off” 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, NBC: (season premiere) Eight of the 16 competing groups unite to perform together. (N) 

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“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, ABC: (season premiere) The couples perform for the first time. (N)

“Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, CBS: (season premiere) In "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt," Alan and Jake meet Walden Schmidt, a broken-hearted billionaire. (N)

“2 Broke Girls” 9:31 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, CBS: (series premiere) Experienced waitress Max Black teams up with her new co-worker, formerly rich Caroline, for a business venture. (N)

“Hawaii Five-0” 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, CBS: (season premiere) In "Ha'i'ole," while McGarrett awaits trial in the slaying of the governor, he receives an unexpected visit; Kono is suspended. (N)

“The Playboy Club” 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, NBC: (series premiere) Club regular Nick Dalton helps a new bunny out of a dangerous situation; the club's general manager tries to keep the mob from interfering with his business. (N)

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, ABC: (season premiere) In "Rise," Det. Beckett struggles to survive; Castle tries to identify the shooter; Ryan and Esposito try to adjust to the new captain. (N)

“NCIS” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, CBS: (season premiere) In, "Nature of the Beast," after months of tracking his target, Tony needs Gibbs to help him find answers. (N)

“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, NBC: (season premiere) The contestants are divided into teams and asked to choose one of three trainers: Bob Harper, Anna Kournikova or Dolvett Quince. (N)

“Glee” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Fox: (season premiere) In "The Purple Piano Project," Mr. Schuester starts the school year by assigning the glee club kids a project to get them back on track; Sue starts her campaign for Congress. (N)

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, CBS: (season premiere) The team searches for Hetty in Romania; Callen uncovers information about his past. (N)

“New Girl” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Fox: (series premiere) After a sudden breakup with her long-term boyfriend, Jess moves in with three single guys; Jess's friends try to help her start dating again. (N)

“Raising Hope” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Fox: (season premiere) In "Prodigy," Jimmy learns he was a musical prodigy until an accident ruined his talent, and he asks Burt, Virginia and Maw Maw to help him recover his abilities. (N)

“Unforgettable” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, CBS: (series premiere) A murder reunites former detective Carrie Wells with her ex-boyfriend and colleague; Carrie must use her rare ability to help solve the case. (N)

“Tosh.0” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Comedy Central: (season premiere) Daniel Tosh lampoons viral videos, blogs, websites and technologies. (N)

“Body of Proof” 10:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, ABC: (Season Premiere) In "Love Thy Neighbor," the investigation into a fatal car crash reveals the seedy underbelly of a perfect-looking neighborhood. (N)

“Workaholics” 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, Comedy Central: (season premiere) In "Heist School," the guys go undercover at a high school. (N)

“The Middle” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, ABC: (season premiere) In "Forced Family Fun," Frankie insists the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a man Mike knew in high school. (N)

“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, Fox: (series premiere) Hopefuls perform for the judges in Los Angeles and Seattle. (Part 1 of 2) (N)

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, CBS: (season premiere) In "It Takes a Village," a Senate committee questions the members of the BAU team; a familiar face may help keep the team united. (N)

“Harry's Law” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, NBC: (season premiere) In "Hosanna Roseanna," an attorney from the very firm that fired her, convinces Harry to defend a man accused of killing his wife. (N)

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, ABC: (season premiere) In "Dude Ranch: When Good Kids Go Bad," the family vacations at a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Mitch and Cam gather the family together to announce that they want to adopt another child. (N)

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, CBS: (season premiere) In "73 Seconds," after multiple attacks on a public tram, the team has just one witness and a lot of questions. (N)

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, NBC: (season premiere) In "Scorched Earth," the detectives are called to investigate when a hotel maid reports being assaulted by a powerful Italian diplomat. (N)

“Revenge” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, ABC: (series premiere) Emily Thorne rents the Southampton home she once shared with her father and sets her plan in motion. (N)

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, CBS: (Season Premiere) In "The Skank Reflex Analysis," Penny worries that she has ruined her relationship with her friends; Sheldon takes over the paintball team. (N)

“Community” 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, NBC: (Season Premiere) In "Biology 101," the Greendale study group reunites; Jeff butts heads with the new biology teacher; Dean Pelton is feeling empowered after the summer. (N)

“Charlie's Angels” 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, ABC: (series premiere) In "Angel With a Broken Wing," three women with questionable pasts solve cases for an elusive boss. (N)

“Parks and Recreation” 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, NBC: (season premiere) Leslie must chose between Ben and her dream of running for office; Ann dispenses medical advice; Ron gets ready for the return of Tammy One. (N)

“Person of Interest” 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, CBS: (series premiere) Reese and Finch must figure out whether a young prosecutor is a victim or a suspect. (N)

“The Office” 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, NBC: (season premiere) In "The List," the staff go into frantic speculation after accidentally discovering a list of their names in a notebook belonging to the mysterious new CEO. (N)

“Grey's Anatomy” 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, ABC: (season premiere) In the episode "Free Falling: She's Gone," Meredith loses her job, April tries to fill the role of chief resident, Cristina and Owen butt heads, Zola's adoption counselor worries about Meredith and Derek's relationship and Cristina makes a difficult decision. (N)

“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, CBS: (season premiere) While in prison for killing his nemesis, Patrick must prove the man he shot was Red John; Lisbon encourages Van Pelt to seek counseling. (N)

“Prime Suspect” 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, NBC: (series premiere) After alienating herself from her colleagues on her new homicide squad, Jane Timoney looks for a new angle to help solve crimes; Jane asks her father for advice. (N)

“Sweet Genius” 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Food: (series premiere) Pastry chefs create inventive desserts in unique challenges judged by Ron Ben-Israel. (N)

“A Gifted Man” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, CBS: (series premiere) A brilliant surgeon's life changes forever when he is visited by the ghost of his deceased ex-wife. (N)

“Nikita” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, KTLA: (season premiere) In "Game Change," Michael and Nikita are ready to use the black box's contents to take down Division and Oversight; Amanda asks for Alex's help with a mission. (N)

“Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Fox: (season premiere) Chef Ramsay heads to New Jersey in hope of helping restaurant owners improve their service and food quality. (N)

“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, CBS: (season premiere) In "Indelible," Mac and the team remember moments from 9/11. (N)

“Dateline NBC” 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, NBC: (season premiere) Investigative journalism. (N)

“Supernatural” 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, KTLA: (season premiere) In "Meet the New Boss," Castiel issues a warning to Dean, Sam and Bobby; Dean winds up in a confrontation with Death; Sam struggles with the broken wall in his head. (N)

“Fringe” 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Fox: (season premiere) In "Neither Here Nor There," Lincoln Lee joins the team as they investigate a shape-shifter case that he is personally invested in. (N)

“Ghost Adventures” 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Travel: (series premiere) In "Ashmore Estates," the crew investigates the estate in Illinois to see why spirits have been attacking people. (N)

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, CBS: (season premiere) In the episode "Mercy," Frank is put on the spot when one of the mayor-elect's supporters is found dead; Jamie goes undercover at a bar. (N)

“The Dead Files” 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Travel: (series premiere) In "Evil in Erieville, N.Y.," Amy and Steve find a murderous past hidden in the walls of a farmhouse. (N)

“48 Hours Mystery” 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, CBS: (season premiere) Investigative reporting. (N)

“60 Minutes” 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, CBS: (season premiere) The television newsmagazine series covers a broad spectrum of modern life. (N)

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, ABC: (season premiere) In "Jubilee/Marshall Family," Ty and the team build a home for a woman and her son who offer housing and support to homeless female veterans. (Part 1 of 2) (N)

“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, CBS: (season premiere) The teams begin the competition to win a $1 million prize. (N)

“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Fox: (season premiere) In "The Falcon and the D'Ohman," Homer befriends a new security guard at the plant; Marge daydreams about being a contestant on “Top Chef.” (N)

“The Cleveland Show” 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Fox: (season premiere) In "BFFs," upset that his friend was in town and didn't call, Cleveland takes his other pals on a camping trip hosted by wrestler Ric Flair. (N)

“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, CBS: (season premiere) In "Bad Bad Thing," Alicia must put aside personal distractions as she defends a student accused of murdering a classmate. (N)

“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, ABC: (season premiere) In "Secrets That I Never Want to Know," after helping Carlos conceal his crime, guilt weighs heavily on Susan, Gaby, Bree and Lynette; Tom and Lynette's marriage continues to disintegrate; Renee pursues a sexy new neighbor. (N)

“Family Guy” 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Fox: (season premiere) In "Powerball Fever," when Peter blows his savings on lottery tickets and actually ends up winning, the family has trouble dealing with the good fortune. (N)

“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, HBO: (season premiere) In the episode "21," Nucky is shocked by an insurrection among his inner circle; an attack threatens Chalky's life and livelihood; Margaret deals with her son's problems; Angela vies for Jimmy's affection; Van Alden shows his wife around town. (N)

“Sister Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, TLC: (season premiere) Life in a polygamist family. (N)

“American Dad” 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Fox: (season premiere) In "Hot Water," Stan's new hot tub encourages him to do bad things. (N)

“CSI: Miami” 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, CBS: (season premiere) In "Countermeasures," as Natalia and Horatio's lives hang in the balance, the team tries to catch an escaped killer. (N)

“Storm Chasers” 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Discovery: (Season Premiere) In "Storms Over St. Louis," the teams will encounter the most violent tornado season in more than 50 years; the year's first chase is a storm headed toward downtown St. Louis. (N)

“Dirty Soap” 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, E!: (series premiere) A docu-series that follows the lives of soap stars after the lather fades. (N)

“IRT Deadliest Roads” 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, History: (season premiere) Three of North America's toughest truckers cross borders to tackle the Himalayas. (N)

“Long Island Medium” 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, TLC: (series premiere) Theresa has a very special gift; while she helps other families, her own family gets annoyed by her inability to turn this gift off. (N)
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“Pan Am” 10:01 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, ABC: (series premiere) Young and attractive pilots and stewardesses take to the skies with style in the 1960s. (N)

“Kendra” 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, E!: (season premiere) Kendra and her family move to L.A. and try to settle down. (N)

“Gossip Girl” 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, KTLA: (season premiere) A privileged but dysfunctional group of friends searches for happiness. (N)

“Terra Nova” 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, Fox: (series premiere) A family journeys back to prehistoric times as part of an experiment to save the human race. (N)

“Hart of Dixie” 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, KTLA: (series premiere) A New York doctor inherits half of a small town medical practice in Alabama. (N)

“Mike & Molly” 9:31 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, CBS: (season premiere) In "Goin' Fishin'," following their engagement, Molly is anxious to start planning the wedding while Mike wants to go fishing with his friends. (N)

“24 Hours in the ER” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, BBC America: (series premiere) A student is dragged under a bus and folded in half; a 78-year-old falls off a ladder; head injury on a cyclist. (N)

“19 Kids and Counting” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, TLC: (series premiere) Cameras capture life in the Duggar family, with 19 children so far. (N)

“The Little Couple” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, TLC: (series premiere) Highs and lows in the life of a little couple. (N)

“Rocket City Rednecks” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, National Geographic Channel: (series premiere) In "Bomb-Proof My Pickup," Travis comes up with an innovative idea to make Humvees more bomb resistant, and it involves beer cans. (N)

“Luther” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, BBC America: (season premiere) Det. John Luther returns to work after the traumatic arrest of a serial killer; Luther investigates the murder of the parents of a former child genius. (N)

“Suburgatory” 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, ABC: (series premiere) A single father moves his daughter from New York to the suburbs after finding condoms in her room. (N)

“Happy Endings” 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, ABC: (season premiere) A couple's breakup complicates their friends' lives. (N)

“The Real World” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, MTV: (season premiere) In San Diego, seven young adults share close living quarters. (N)

“How to Be a Gentleman” 8:31 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, CBS: (series premiere) When an etiquette columnist is told to adapt to the modern and sexy style of his magazine, he turns to his former high school bully for balance. (N)

“Private Practice” 10:02 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, ABC: (season premiere) In "God Laughs," Addison reunites with medical school friends at a Los Angeles medical facility. (N)

“Jessie” 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Disney: (series premiere) In "New York, New Nanny," Jessie accepts a job as a nanny and moves in with the Ross family. (N)

“How Hard Can It Be?” 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, National Geographic Channel: (series premiere) "Flying House." (N)

“America's Funniest Home Videos” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, ABC: (season premiere) A studio audience votes on the most-hilarious home video. (N)

“Prohibition” 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, KOCE: (series premiere) In "A Nation of Drunkards," the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League push for an amendment to the Constitution outlawing alcohol nationally. (Part 1 of 3) (N)

“Tough Love: Miami” 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, VH1: (series premiere) "Welcome to Miami" (N)

“Halloween Wars” 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Food: (series premiere) In "Witches & Scary Places," five teams create mind-blowing Halloween-themed displays of a witch and scary haunted house. (N)

“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Showtime: (iTV season premiere) In "Those Kinds of Things," a forensics analyst moonlights as a serial killer. (N)

“Making Monsters” 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Travel: (series premiere) In "It's Not Easy Making Monsters," Ed and his team try to come up with new products for the Transworld Tradeshow; two Evil Trees are damaged in transit. (N)

“Hung” 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, HBO: (season premiere) Ray and Tanya try to get a loan; Lenore finds a new gigolo. (N)

“Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Showtime: (iTV series premiere) A CIA agent suspects a rescued soldier of a plot linked to al Qaeda. (N)

“The Boat” 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, TCM: (premiere) Buster's building a boat that sinks underneath him.

“How to Make It in America” 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, HBO: (season premiere) In "I'm Good," Ben and Cam plan an event; Rachel carries a torch for Ben; Rene has a new billboard; Domingo expands his business. (N)

“The Electric House” 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, TCM: (premiere) A botany major is accidentally awarded an electrical engineering degree and attempts to wire a home.

“Convict 13” 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, TCM: (premiere) A young golfer is mugged and foils a jailbreak.

“House” 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, Fox: (season premiere) A brilliant and acerbic diagnostician leads a team of specialists. (N)

— Compiled by Ed Stockly

Top photo: "H8R" participant Jake Pavelka with Danielle. Photo credit: Scott Humbert/The CW. 

Second photo: "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Chaz Bono. Photo credit: Matt Sayles /Associated Press.

Third photo: "Pan Am's" Karine Vanasse, left, Michael Mosley, Margot Robbie, Mike Vogel, Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner. Photo credit: Bob D'Amico / ABC.

 

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