Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9:30/8:30c
Where We Left Off: Katie (Katy Mixon) faked a surrogate pregnancy to get out of volunteering hours at school (Mixon was pregnant IRL). The Westport moms ended up throwing her a baby shower, where Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) exposed her faux belly. During Oliver's (Daniel DiMaggio) ballet recital, which definitely won't be getting him a scholarship to Harvard any time soon, Katie softened her "no more kids" stance to a "maybe," much to Greg's (Diedrich Bader) delight.
The Scoop: Will the Ottos grow by one? The idea is on the table, but Katie and Greg haven't definitely committed to it yet. "I think her thoughts on whether she wants another kid or not was very true for her," Mixon tells us. "Now if that execution is going to happen, I don't know. ... But I think she really looked at Greg and was like, 'Maybe.' She's thinking about it."
More pressing matters are on Katie's mind, mainly trying to redeem herself with the Westport moms after her pseudo pregnancy. "She can't leave Wesport, so she's got to surrender to the fact that she kinda wants to fit in with them to make it a little easy a bit," Mixon says. "But she kind of wants them to like her. We go through that whole situation now in the second season because I take on the spring gala, so that's going to be fascinating."
As for the kids, Taylor (Meg Donnelly) is going to be driving and has no interest in going to college, Oliver's ballet skills will improve, and Anna-Kat will become a little "hellion." "She's trying to be real rebellious and so Katie has go to handle that with Greg, on top of trying to clean up the mess she made with the Westport moms," Mixon says.
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: After forcing Oliver (Stephen Amell) into a Sophie's Choice situation on Lian Yu -- save his son or the rest of his friends and loved ones -- Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) killed himself and triggered hundreds of explosives on the island, thus leaving the fates of most of the characters up in the air.
The Scoop: Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little while to find out who lived and who died from Chase's explosions. "It's a slow reveal," teases executive producer Marc Guggenheim. "We're going to intercut between the present, which is five months after the finale, and flashbacks that take us to the minutes right before and right after the finale."
Although we'll have to wait to find out the fates of several beloved characters, including Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Thea (Willa Holland), Manu Bennett is confirmed to return as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, who reprised the role late last season. He'll be joined by two new actors who have signed on to the series for Season 6: Fringe star Kirk Acevedo and Lost and Person of Interest alum Michael Emerson. Acevedo will play the villainous Ricardo Diaz -- whose name comics fans will recognize as an alias for Richard Dragon, one of the Green Arrow's villains -- while Emerson's role is being kept under wraps.
Elsewhere on Arrow, we'll see a bit of a role reversal between Oliver and Diggle, as the latter deals with some real secrets of his own, and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) will embrace her role as the new Black Canary, as she and Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) hash out their differences.
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Sam's (creator and star Pamela Adlon) middle daughter Frankie (Hannah Alligood) was caught in the boys' restroom at school, igniting a conversation about what gender the character might identify as.
The Scoop: Frankie will continue to learn more about herself in Season 2, but the series won't be tackling the subject of the character's gender identity this season. "Nobody really knows what's going on with Frankie, because she's at this stage in her life where everything's confusing," says Alligood.
Meanwhile, after plenty of bad experiences in the dating world -- including one with a man whom she hated from the minute she saw him -- Sam will embark on a new relationship in Season 2. However, it won't be easy, because family remains Sam's top priority. "Sometimes people just aren't ready, even if something is exactly right and perfect for them," teases Adlon.
Elsewhere, Sam's eldest daughter Max (Mikey Madison) is on the cusp of adulthood and will grapple with trying to be navigate what that means. "She really wants to be grown up so she's trying new things with relationships and boyfriends," says Madison, "[but] she's kind of in this weird, sticky situation, where she wants to be an adult, but then when she gets there it's really scary and confusing for her."
Premieres: Monday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) proposed to Amy (Mayim Bialik)! But will she say yes?
The Scoop: The Season 11 premiere will pick up exactly where the Season 10 finale left off. We'll get Amy's answer, but there may be some conditions that Sheldon wasn't expecting.
The big change in the world of The Big Bang Theory is that it now has a spin-off prequel (Young Sheldon). We may see Young Sheldon cross over onto The Big Bang Theory -- co-creator Chuck Lorre said they're considering the "ripple effect" between the two shows. The cast presumes it'll have to be in flashback, since Young Sheldon takes place in 1989.
Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) prematurely gave birth to a baby in an emergency C-section brought on by complications from preeclampsia. Meanwhile, Zoe (Yara Shahidi) was off to college.
The Scoop: When the Emmy-nominated comedy returns, it will dig deep to take on and explore postpartum depression. "The baby is fine, but Bow is adjusting," reveals Ross. "[She] is in transition making sense of a fifth child." Elsewhere, the series will also treat viewers to a song and dance that'll kick off the season -- literally, as the show will do a Hamilton-style homage to Juneteenth, the celebration commemorating the end of slavery. "Within the context of our show we then dive in for two scenes into these Broadway-caliber numbers," Ross explains. "It's not just singing in the kitchen."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Liz (Megan Boone) found out through a DNA test that Red Reddington (James Spader) is, in fact, her father; Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) committed suicide by jumping off a bridge, leaving Tom (Ryan Eggold) with instructions to deliver a suitcase to Liz that contains a partial skeleton -- and allegedly all the information she needs to find out what really happened to her mother, Katarina.
The Scoop: The question of Red's relationship to Liz has finally been answered, but that's just the first layer in the onion of the show's central mystery. "The contents of that suitcase represent a much larger mystery that Red is trying to wrangle in, something that he's actually proactively trying to hide," creator Jon Bokenkamp tells us. "We've answered this paternity question, but at the same time, we realize that that's not why Red entered her life. ... There is something much larger at play here, and it's going to cause Reddington problems."
This season will also be lighter in tone as Red tries to rebuild his empire after its collapse. "In his fight with Mr. Kaplan and his fight to save Liz, he lost everything," Bokenkamp says. "Whether it's relationships or financial resources, he is really starting over. What's fun about it is that, he relishes the opportunity to start over. He's not down and out and bummed. ... Reddington's kind of hanging out at the pool having a grand time, deciding what he wants to do next." As far as the task force is concerned, they won't have Julian Gale to contend with this season, but Ressler will deal with the repercussions of hiring a Blacklister to cover up Laurel Hitchen's death, and Aram and Samar attempt to have a full-fledged relationship.
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 27 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: After saving the world again -- this time from a crashing satellite -- the Blindspotters gathered 'round a table for some booze and small talk, and Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) totally did it. YES!!! HASHTAG JELLER!!! But the real humdinger was the final scene, a flash-forward two years into the future showing Jane living with monks in the mountains. Weller arrived after searching for her, heavily hinted they were married thanks to the presence of a wedding ring, and then some magic box unlocked a glowing set of tattoos on Jane that are over her old tattoos! Whaaaaaat!?!?!?
The Scoop: Fortunately, our "Whaaaaat!?!?!?!?" won't remain unanswered for long. "All will be explained in about the first five minutes of of the season premiere," series creator Martin Gero reveals. "But those glowing tattoos are a whole new layer that kick off a whole new adventure!" Also figuring prominently into the new season will be Jane's brother Roman (Luke Mitchell), who may or may not be "the bad guy," depending on your perspective. "He's very angry at Jane," Gero says. Season 3 will also double down on Season 2's lighter tone, which produced some of the show's best episodes. "The show, on a whole, is a LOT funnier and lighter," Gero says, so we can only imagine fan favorite Rich Dot Com (Ennis Esmer) will make his grand return as well.
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 8
Where We Left Off: After the death of Sarah Lynn, BoJack contemplated committing suicide but stopped after he saw a team of wild horses running alongside the road as he was driving in the desert. Mr. Peanutbutter considered running for governor California after saving the city from a pasta catastrophe, and Diane took a job as a writer for a feminist blog. And it's hinted that BoJack may have a long-lost daughter who's now looking for him.
The Scoop: Mr. Peanutbutter's gubernatorial campaign is in full force and Diane is adjusting to her new work environment when Season 4 picks up, but BoJack has still isolated himself from his friends and former life. We can't give too much away without getting into spoiler territory, but suffice it to say that BoJack will take a long, hard look at his past this season, and will learn some surprising and illuminating things about his familial roots.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9:30/8:30c
Where We Left Off: After trying to infiltrate a group of dirty cops in an undercover sting, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) were wrongly accused of robbing a bank and were found guilty in court. Yep, Jake and Diaz are off to the slammer! Elsewhere, Gina (Chelsea Peretti) was pregnant with Milton (Ryan Phillippe).
The Scoop: Like last season, Season 5 will include more serialization. "Everything that people liked about the serialization will still exist and any problem a viewer might have had with it will be purged," creator Dan Goor promises. And that means a chunk of episodes with Jake and Diaz behind bars. "I don't want to spoil anything by saying how many episodes they are there, but all of the jail stuff we've written is really funny and fun," Goor tells us. However, he's well aware of the fact that viewers like to see the squad together, so they won't be lifers.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is also known for its amazing guest stars, and that will continue in Season 5. Gina Gershon, who played the dirty cop Hawkins, and Jason Mantzoukas, who plays fan-favorite Pimento, will both return. But jail affords the opportunity for some great drop-ins. "Jake's cellmate in prison, who happens to be a cannibal, will be played by the hilarious Tim Meadows," Goor says. "We also have Lou Diamond Phillips portraying Romero, another inmate that Jake encounters in his time behind bars." Sounds like jail will be hilarious! For us, at least.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Bull (Michael Weatherly) teamed up with Nunnelly (Eliza Dushku) for a drug case in Miami that ended with a victory in court.
The Scoop: Season 2 will explore Team Bull on a more personal level and we'll get to see "what happens to them after they leave work," according to showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron. It turns out Danny (Jaime Lee Kirchner) has been in a relationship and it's been going on for quite some time. "There's a man who she became close to when she was in the FBI and we find out that he's actually been a part of her life for a while... sort of special circumstances," Caron tells TV Guide.
Guest stars include Minka Kelly and Brad Garrett. Kelly will play Kara Clayton, the wife of a media tycoon (Ronald Guttman) who claims to have killed him in self-defense. His family hires Bull to convict Kara for murder to prevent her from inheriting his $6 billion estate. Garrett plays a legendary attorney Bull calls on to defend in a trial. That's right, Bull is gonna be on the stand himself. What could possibly land him in the hot seat? Jill Flint will also return in the premiere as Bull's on-again, off-again flame and courtroom rival Diana Lindsay.
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Mouch (Christian Stolte) were trapped in a burning factory and their fates were left up in the air.
The Scoop: The Season 6 premiere picks "a second after the last shot of Season 5," showrunner Derek Haas says, and he ominously teases you can "expect not everyone coming back for this season."
As everyone deals with the fallout from the factory fire, the show will jump several months ahead and introduce a new character from Sylvie Brett's (Kara Killmer) past named Hope Jacquinot (Eloise Mumford). "Hope might be a bit of a misnomer," Haas explains. "She's a disrupter, she's an instigator. She's from Brett's small town [in] Indiana who comes to the big city and gets a nice eyeful of what Brett's life is like. [She] likes what Brett's done with herself since she left and [thinks] she should get a piece of what Brett has but might not be willing to put in the same amount of work. So Hope has her eyes on various characters including Severide (Taylor Kinney) and she might not always have the best intentions."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Just as Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) decided to propose to Lindsay (Sophia Bush), she accepted an FBI job in New York.
The Scoop: As previously announced, Bush is out as a series regular. "We'll understand that her leaving is still fresh and we'll address that and see that," showrunner Rick Eid says. "And then we take it from there." Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) will take Lindsay's place on the squad and will also strike up a romance with "somebody within our unit," Eid teases. Hmm, a rebound for Halstead?
Jon Seda's Antonio Dawson will return as a series regular after a short-lived stint on the ill-fated Chicago Justice to help with a new case the Intelligence Unit is working on. "From there kind of sparks Antonio's feelings about the old team and what makes him happy, and there'll be some questions as to how he would do it if he were to go back," Seda says.
Season 5 will take some heavy topics too. "The season premiere deals with a lot of the issues going on right now in society and that's the idea of police reform, racial tension, disharmony among the community and the police officers," Eid says. The season kicks off with a police shooting involving a member of the team and will see The Wire's Wendell Pierce stepping in as a voice of the people. "He plays an interesting character that's ultimately interested in making the city safe and protecting the city of Chicago."
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 13 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) was left at the altar by Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), who made the impulsive decision to enter the priesthood.
The Scoop: Rebecca may be a scorned woman channeling her inner Swimfan, but soon she will be a scorned woman who also has an official diagnosis. That's right, in its third season Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will officially diagnose its heroine. "We went through the steps [with the therapist] and the more we thought about it, there was one particular diagnosis [that felt right]," Bloom says.
As Rebecca comes to grips with this new information, the series will also begin peeling back the layers on one of its newest characters, Nathaniel, played by Scott Michael Foster. In Season 3, we'll see more of his family, and not only his father but his mother and brothers. "You're going to see the whole family dynamic and what he's had to go through living with a very wealthy family," Foster says. And for fans 'shipping Rebecca and Nathaniel after that hot elevator smooch last season, Foster teases that Nathaniel will be "having emotions that he hasn't really had before. He's having feelings he's never really had before. And like everyone else in Rebecca's life, he can't help but be sucked into what's going on with her."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) was released from prison after he outwitted Cat (Aubrey Plaza) once again. Mr. Scratch (Bodhi Elfman) lured the rest of the BAU to his house, where he had set up a trap and caused a multiple vehicle pileup.
The Scoop: Walker is out and Simmons is in! Damon Gupton is leaving the show after less than one season, while Daniel Henney will bring his Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders character over to help the BAU catch Scratch once and for all. Simmons transfers to the BAU because the IRT has disbanded for some reason -- emphasis on "some reason." Showrunner and executive producer Erica Messer tells us that they have yet to decide exactly what caused the split. "That might come into play in our back nine [episodes] for the BAU, but it's not anything that we've settled on yet," she says. "One of the things on the table [was] that maybe there was a scandal that brought down the IRT and that's why they're not around."
Meanwhile, Reid will be reinstated, but there's no talk yet of having Jane Lynch return as his mom Diana. Jamie Kennedy, who played cannibal Floyd Feylinn in the 2007 episode "Lucky," will return. "We went back and looked at that episode and really studied exactly what was he charged with, do we want to say he stood trial or he was not mentally able to stand trial? We got to write the sequel to 'Lucky' in a lot of ways," Messer says. That was the same episode in which Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) was shot, "so there will be some healing that needs to happen for her because here it is 10 years later."
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Way back in 2011, Larry found himself getting booted from New York -- after predictably pissing off everyone he knew -- and headed back to his old stomping grounds in L.A.
The Scoop: Nothing about the show has changed, but Larry David promises we'll see what the character of Larry has been up to. And of course, there's a yuge amount of guest stars this season, including Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Lauren Graham, Nick Offerman and Nasim Pedrad. Meanwhile, series regulars Ted Danson, Richard Lewis and Cheryl Hines are all back. However, there's at least one person we know we won't see: frequent guest star Wanda Sykes, who won't be appearing, because she didn't get a call. Maybe Season 10?
Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: The legends broke the cardinal rule that forbade them from interacting with their past selves. That created a time storm, which now has dinosaurs stomping around futuristic buildings in 2017.
The Scoop: Season 3 will find them desperately trying to clean up one complicated mess. As they deal with that time hiccup, the team will also have to worry about a new villain, Kuasa (Tracy Ifeachor), who's appeared in The CW Seed's animated series Vixen. She is Mari McCabe's (Megalyn Echikunwoke) sister as well as the former guardian of the totem, which bestows animal powers upon its owner. Plus, she can do some serious damage with water. "She's a water witch, so she's a bad, badass witch," Caity Lotz says.
"Kuasa has the power of water, so she can kind of just evaporate herself in a way," adds Brandon Routh. "[She can] become water and then form right beside you, so it's a very hard target to kind of hit."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Agent Hannah Wells (badass Maggie Q) finally took down Lozano and the White House mole was caught and taken in, but Patrick Lloyd (Terry Serpico) -- the big bad rich guy behind the conspiracy -- crept away uncuffed. What's more, Lloyd was loaded with all sorts of top-secret information that had been hacked from the Pentagon, meaning he's got more than enough leverage against the White House... or enough ammunition to take down the country.
The Scoop: Designated Survivor is bringing in its fourth showrunner to start Season 2, and that will see the show change... just a bit. "The show is going in a new direction this year," Season 2 showrunner Keith Eisner says. "We're keeping what people loved last year and just adding to it. It's much more West Wing-focused, with a lot more characters, with standalone White House A-stories every week." But don't worry, it won't all be signing bills and photo ops. Eisner promises that Maggie Q will still be kicking ass. And if last year was Kirkman's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as a newbie on the Hill, Season 2 will be about how "an outsider becomes an insider" as Kirkman really becomes president.
But what of the conspiracy that had many fans on the edge of their couches? "We will bring the whole Patrick Lloyd story to a thrilling conclusion in the second episode of the season," Eisner says. "But there will be a hangover, and there will be a thread we're drawing through from the whole Patrick Lloyd story as well." Sounds like the immediate danger is gone, but it's not permanent.
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Lucious (Terrence Howard) shocked the family by dumping his mistress, reuniting with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and handing over operations to Empire to his son Andre (Trai Byers). But it wasn't soon enough for Andre to call off the car bomb he'd intended for his father, who barely survived and is now suffering from amnesia.
The Scoop: "You will see a very different Cookie this season," Henson says. With Lucious infirm, she's in charge of the company -- and more reserved. "She can't pop off. She's still very stern and true to who she is, but she's doing well in this new CEO position." As far as Lucious, we'll see a softer side to him, but don't count on him and Cookie getting back together soon -- especially with his nurse, played by Demi Moore, on the scene. "She's up to something, and Cookie doesn't like it."
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Angela Rance (Geena Davis) faced her literal demon, breaking her back but defeating him in the process. This led the Rance family to a new demon-free existence.
The Scoop: The horror drama's second season will leave the Rance family behind as the series takes on a more rural aesthetic and relocates to a small, remote island, where John Cho's Andrew runs a small home for troubled children. As this is The Exorcist, one of the kids will be targeted by a demon, though it's not apparent at first just who it will be. New series stars Brianna Hildebrand and Cyrus Arnold are among the troubled children under Andrew's care. Returning cast members Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels, who play Father Tomas Ortega and Marcus Keane, will find themselves on the road, Winchester-style, while Kurt Egyiawan's Father Bennett will become embroiled in the drama at the Vatican.
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Season 3A ended with Madison (Kim Dickens) and Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) stopping the war between their Broke Jaw Ranch and the Black Hat Reservation by killing Broke Jaw's leader Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie) and making it look like a suicide. Now his son Jake (Sam Underwood) is in charge. Meanwhile, in Mexico, Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) is heading back to the dam with a new scheme to become a water baron.
The Scoop: Madison is going to get herself into family trouble with two different families: her own, and the Otto brothers. Her own children don't trust her anymore, and she's going to find Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) siding with Jake Otto more and more. Things get even more complicated when the Black Hat survivors relocate to Broke Jaw in a strength-in-numbers move and Jake's unstable younger brother Troy (Daniel Sharman) has a violently negative reaction. He's his father's son.
Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Savitar, who was revealed to be a Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) from the future, was stopped, while present timeline Barry Allen volunteered to take Jay Garrick's (John Wesley Shipp) place in the Speed Force. Meanwhile, after an entire season spent focused on Iris' (Candice Patton) impending death, Barry's lady love didn't die because H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) died in her place after a face switcheroo.
The Scoop: After a six-month time jump, The Flash will return with a "hardened" Iris leading Team Flash in Barry's absence and its first non-speedster villain in the Thinker, played by Neil Sandilands. But fans should not expect more of the same doom and gloom of the previous season. "The first couple scripts we have [for Season 4] are really funny," says executive producer Todd Helbing, who notes Season 3 is as dark as they ever want to take the show. "It's a conscious effort to dial it back a little bit on the darkness and have everybody embrace the lightness and the fun of The Flash."
Unfortunately, Team Flash will be down a member in Season 4, as Tom Felton, who played Julian Albert, is not returning as a series regular. However, fans might not even notice (no offense to Tom!) because there are several new faces joining the cast. In addition to Sandilands, the new class includes Danny Trejo as Breacher, the father of Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) girlfriend Gypsy (Jessica Camacho); Kim Engelbrecht as the Mechanic; and Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny, aka the Elongated Man.
Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 8:30/7:30c
Where We Left Off: After moving to a mansion in a fancy gated community, the Huangs realized they missed their old home and lifestyle and decided to move back to their former house - only to discover that the house is now occupied by renters.
The Scoop: The Huangs may have moved too quickly in vacating their new house. "This season begins with the Huangs basically not having a home and having to live with their neighbor," star Randall Park tells us. Chris Elliott will be back as the patriarch of the family that's renting the Huangs' old house, and Michael Bolton will also return as the co-owner of Louis' restaurant, Cattleman's Ranch. "There's going to be another personality at this restaurant that's going to make things difficult for Louis this coming season," Park teases.
And he's not the only one who will be dealing with some changes: Evan (Ian Chen) skips a grade, meaning he'll enter middle school along with Emery (Forrest Wheeler), and Eddie (Hudson Yang) will deal with all the challenges that come with being a high school freshman.
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 22
Where We Left Off: Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) was in a committed relationship with Jimmy Gibbler (Adam Hagenbuch), Kimmy (Andrea Barber) and Fernando (Juan Pablo di Pace) were engaged, and DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) found herself with Matt (John Brotherton) but consumed by her feelings for Steve (Scott Weigner). The only problem? Steve just popped the question to CJ (Virginia Williams)!
The Scoop: The Fuller house is going to be a little less full in Season 3; Fernando is moving out to a special new place. But don't worry, he and Kimmy are still on track to get married. (Phew.) We also learn that Kimmy has some "unique cooking skills" that Andrea Barber says will come in handy when Kimmy is trying to land her biggest event of the season. Elsewhere, we'll see more from Gia (Marla Sokoloff) as we learn about Stephanie's former BFF's personal life, and fans should look out for the show's trip to Japan at the end of the season, because we hear it will feature a dance sequence with Kimmy and Fernando that is "truly special."
Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 5 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: It doesn't matter, because this is an anthology show now!
The Scoop: The 14-episode second season of the Starz drama will introduce viewers to two new worlds instead of one. Showrunners Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz each directed what amounts to one half of a season. Anna Friel and Louisa Kraus star in Kerrigan's half, which is set in Washington, D.C., during the mid-term election cycle. Seimetz's half heads west to New Mexico and follows Carmen Ejogo's Bria Jones, a former escort trying to scratch the girlfriend experience itch as she adjusts to new life in Witness Protection.
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Owen (Kevin McKidd) found out that his sister, Megan, who was presumed dead for 10 years after her helicopter disappeared and was also Riggs' (Martin Henderson) girlfriend, is actually alive and en route to Seattle. Alex (Justin Chambers) tracked down Jo's (Camilla Luddington) abusive estranged husband but can't bring himself to actually confront him. April (Sarah Drew) suspected that Jackson (Jesse Williams) has feelings for his stepsister Maggie (Kelly McCreary), and after a near-death experience in Grey Sloan, Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) decided to leave the hospital.
The Scoop: With Stephanie and Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) both departing Grey Sloan, it's out with the old and in with the... blasts from the past. In a recasting, Abigail Spencer will play Megan Hunt, who will have a significant role this season and create a bevy of complications for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Riggs and Owen. Also returning to the fold is Kim Raver as Owen's old friend Teddy, who's coming with Megan to Seattle; and Jo's husband Paul, who will also be involved in a major arc this season that might drive Jo and Alex even further apart.
Another new face at the hospital is DeLuca's (Giacomo Gianniotti) sister Carina (Stefania Spampinato), whose presence as a polarizing new resident will be "frustrating" for her bro, Gianniotti says. As far as a Maggie/Jackson romance, we'll have to wait and see whether April's theory is correct -- and if it is, Maggie's going to be just as shocked as she was. "What [we pick up] with is Maggie trying to find out if that's true or not," McCreary teases. "That was something that had literally never crossed Maggie's mind."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Lainey (A.J. Michalka) graduated high school, and Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) had to tell her first-born schmoopie, who wanted to stay home, that she needs to go to college and change the world. Adam (Sean Giambrone) got into a bit of a of a love triangle when Dana (Natalie Alyn Lind) returned, but ultimately saw Police Academy 5 with Jackie (Rowan Blanchard).
The Scoop: The season premiere will be a Weird Science homage, featuring an appearance by the film's star Ilan Mitchell-Smith. Barry (Troy Gentile) is inspired to build another Lainey while she's away at college. Needless to say, it doesn't work. Pops' (George Segal) military past will also be a plot point. "It turns out his time in the service was less than heroic, so some embellishments need to come out a la Hogan's Heroes," McLendon-Covey teases.
And don't think college will change the show too much. Though Bev does visit her daughter at D.C. College of the Arts, it's actually Erica who can't seem to cut the cord. "She has a boyfriend [Geoff, played by Sam Lerner, who's now a series regular] back here and she does miss mom," McLendon-Covey says. "The great thing is, at some point, Beverly's gonna wanna do something with that bedroom. What's she gonna do? Is it gonna be a gym? Is that what makes her start hoarding? She's got all that extra space."
You can also expect one of creator Adam F. Goldberg's legendary tales about his mom to be dramatized: Real Bev dropped off groceries during his first weekend at college and insisted on spending the night in his dorm because it was allegedly too dark to drive home. "I would obviously love to do it with Adam because that's obviously me and that was my experience, but if it took Erica 95 episodes to graduate, I assume it's going to take Adam another 95 episodes to graduate high school," Goldberg says. "So I'm just going to do it right now."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c; moves to Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on Sept. 28
Where We Left Off: We don't even want to spoil it for you in case you haven't seen it already, because the Season 1 finale was right up there with the greatest "OMG" finales of the last decade. Last chance to back out before we spoil it! Here it goes: the "good place" was actually the bad place, and Michael (Ted Danson) was an architect of whatever substitutes for hell in this show. Not one to want to waste all his progress, Michael decided to erase the memories of Eleanor (Kristen Bell) et al and start over, but not before Eleanor put a message for herself in Janet's (D'Arcy Carden) mouth which read "Find Chidi."
The Scoop: Season 2 begins with Eleanor trying to make sense of the note she left herself. But the real switcheroo? "The show itself gets to switch to Michael's point of view," creator Michael Schur reveals. And Michael will be dealing with "a boss who thinks his plan is stupid" as well as a crew of demons who have their own demands. Schur compares Michael to an indie film director working with a novice crew and a studio head who hates the script.
But don't expect any big twist in Season 2 like the one in the Season 1 finale. "Almost by definition, there can't be any 'twist' as big as 'Everything you thought you knew about this world was exactly wrong,'" Schur tells us. "So we're not trying. We just want to make a fun season that has its share of new surprises and unexpected revelations." One thing Schur can promise us: frozen yogurt will return in Season 2. Delish!
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Bruce (David Mazouz) took another big step toward becoming the Dark Knight after escaping the brainwashing of the Court of Owls, while Selina (Camren Bicondova) was on the fast track to fulfill her Catwoman destiny. Meanwhile, Jim (Ben McKenzie) was able to get his hands on the cure for the outbreak of the Tetch virus, which drove a large part of the population of Gotham to insanity. Of course, he do so just in time to send Lee (Morena Baccarin) on her way to find happiness without him. Elsewhere, Penguin's (Robin Lord Taylor) feud with Ed (Cory Michael Smith) came to an end, with Ed becoming a frozen centerpiece in Penguin's nightclub.
The Scoop: Ra's al Ghul (Alexander Siddig) is back in the fold, returning to help put the finishing touches on Bruce's transition into becoming Batman in Season 4. The famed leader of the League of Assassins will "snap" the last twig of Bruce's innocence, as Siddig puts it, plunging the young man further down the dark path to becoming his vigilante alter ego. "My character has been on a centuries long mission to locate Bruce and finally finds him, and will do anything he can to get his hands on him, to manipulate him into what [Ra's] wants him to be," Siddig says. "That is going to be Bruce's biggest challenge. Just how dark will he go? How far is he prepared to follow Ra's al Guhl?" According to the actor, Season 4 is going to be "a season so far of extremes" -- so get ready for things to get even darker on Gotham.
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 9:30/8:30c
Where We Left Off: After discovering Gram (Christina Pickles) engineered the Biscuit Blitz hack, Katie (Briga Heelan), who had been fired by Gram, and Greg (Adam Campbell) successfully set up a fake broadcast to expose her, leading to her own axing. Katie and Greg nearly kissed.
The Scoop: Season 2 will focus on the other characters in the office, particularly Portia (Nicole Richie), who is engaged to a professional football player, which the show is currently casting. "He's suspended from football and kind of in a lonely, vulnerable place [when he] strikes up an epic bromance with John Michael Higgins' character Chuck because he's also kind of a lonely successful man aging out of his field," creator and executive producer Tracey Wigfield says.
We'll also meet Chuck's estranged son and Katie's new reporter beau, played by Reid Scott. "He's like a New York Times reporter that she meets at a journalism awards show and he is this greedy print reporter who a little bit looks down on Katie and the world of cable news," Wigfield says. "The two of them sort of butt heads at first and then they work on a story together, sort of realize they have feelings for each other." Katie's will-they-won't-they relationship with Greg will be a thread throughout the season.
With Gram out, Tina Fey's Diana St. Tropez is the new head at MNN whom Wigfield describes as "a Sheryl Sandberg on steroids." Diana is Katie's role model and you can imagine how Carol (Andrea Martin) feels about that. "[Diana] wrote a series of female empowerment books [titled] Boss Bitch and she has it all figured out. She is at the top of her game career-wise, she has a bunch of little babies at home that she had through surrogates on transatlantic flights so she didn't have to pay taxes for them, and Katie looks up to this woman as a role model and that, in the beginning of the season, is a point of tension between Katie and Carol."
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: The team busted a sex-trafficking ring, but just stopping it on the island wasn't enough for Kono (Grace Park). So without telling anybody, she boarded a plane to the mainland to stop the perps in other cities too. Jerry (Jorge Garcia) finally became a full-badged member of the team, while Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) was offered a job starting up a task force in San Francisco. Oh, and McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) had just a teensy little bit of radiation poisoning from handling a dirty bomb earlier in the season.
The Scoop: Hawaii Five-0 had an uncommonly eventful offseason, with Kim and Park leaving the series over pay disputes. The show is going to have to deal with their sudden exits -- especially Kono's, since in the team's minds, she's MIA.
"It's difficult when a family member moves on from the fold, and they'll certainly be missed by all," executive producer Peter Lenkov tells TV Guide. "Hoping we can wrap up the Kono story at some point, which is one reason we're very excited to have Ian Anthony Dale returning." Ian Anthony Dale, of course, plays Adam Noshimuri, Kono's husband, who has been promoted to series regular in Season 8.
Chin's departure is far easier to explain - he did, in fact, take the new job in San Francisco. His vacancy on the team will pave the way for new series regular Meaghan Rath, who plays Tani Rey, a lifeguard who was kicked out of the police academy. "I'm honestly blown away by how well she fits into our world," says Lenkov. "It's like she's been with us from Day 1."
Beulah Koale is also joining as a series regular, playing Junior Reigns, a recently discharged Navy SEAL who asks fellow former SEAL McGarrett for a job. Other returning guest stars include Chris Vance and Ziggy Marley, and Joey Lawrence will make his H50 debut.
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: #WhoKilledWes? It was never-before-seen Dominic (Nicholas Gonzalez), a family friend of Laurel's (Karla Souza) who was ordered by her father Jorge (Esai Morales) to kill Wes. Annalise (Viola Davis), Frank (Charlie Weber) and Connor (Jack Falahee) - whom Denver (Benito Martinez) kidnapped after he found Denver's burner phone for Atwood (Milauna Jackson) -- were freed after Annalise offered Denver a deal, arguing that Wes killed himself because of his guilt over killing Sam and Rebecca, otherwise she would expose Denver for framing her. Asher (Matt McGorry) and Michaela (Aja Naomi King) exchange "I love you's," and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) proposed to Connor.
The Scoop: The central engine of the season will be unraveling why Jorge wanted Wes dead and Denver's exact involvement. (We're guessing Jorge was also the one who gave Laurel's signed affidavit saying he falsified her kidnapping claim at 16 to Denver.) "I think when the Keating 4 finds out [about Jorge], there's going to be a huge backlash on Laurel," Souza says. "It's her father. Who knows how that's going to play into the dynamics of the group?"
Alfred Enoch could return in flashbacks as Wes, especially because showrunner Pete Nowalk plans to reveal who Wes was talking to on the phone when he said, "This is Christophe." Season 4 may include a Coliver wedding, but it will definitely explore more of Bonnie's (Liza Weil) backstory and her early relationship with Annalise, similar to how Frank's connection was revealed last season.
Jimmy Smits will recur as a prominent figure in Annalise's life and the season-long mystery, while Davis' husband Julius Tennon will guest-star in one episode in a mystery role. Perhaps an ex?
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Jane (Gina Rodriguez) started experiencing renewed feelings for Rafael (Justin Baldoni), who was in the middle of rekindling his relationship with Petra (Yael Grobglas) when he lost everything after crossing Luisa (Yara Martinez). Elsewhere, Jane's first love Adam (Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey) reappeared in her life to deliver a love letter that Michael (Brett Dier) had written to Jane prior to their wedding. (Don't ask. Just go with it.) Meanwhile, Rogelio (Jaime Camil), who's expecting a child with Darci, finally tied the knot with Xiomara (Andrea Navedo), while Luisa and Anezka (Grobglas) teamed up to take down their respective siblings.
The Scoop: Things aren't looking too great for Rafael when the CW telenovela returns this fall -- he's crashing with Jane and Alba (Ivonne Coll) in the wake of Luisa taking the Marbella from him -- but he has at least one person on his side: Rogelio. That's right, Jane's father has finally decided to be a friend to Jane's baby daddy. "Rogelio realized he's actually handsome, so that scored points," teases Jaime Camil. "So now Rogelio is considering a relationship with Rafael, and he also finds him to be a nice human. [Rogelio] might be very eccentric, but he's also all about heart."
Premieres: Monday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Kevin Gable (Kevin James) came out of retirement for one last job with his old NYPD colleague, Vanessa Collucci (Leah Remini).
The Scoop: The job was so successful that the show decided to bring Remini on full time. Kevin Can Wait is getting a creative reboot in Season 2, as Kevin goes into business with Vanessa at her security company and deals with life as a newly single dad, because his wife Donna (Erinn Hayes) died. You probably heard about that surprising twist.
And if you're expecting closure on what happened to Donna, hold your horses -- the action will pick up 10 months later with the characters starting to move on from their grief and the show won't dwell on the past. The writers haven't even settled on how she died yet. Yes, you read that correctly. Executive producer Rob Long tells us that they have a bunch of different ideas about how it happened, but unless it becomes necessary to the story to disclose it, they probably won't.
Season 2 is really about moving on with Remini. Her chemistry with James is right back where it was in the King of Queens days. "It's got a very Tracy/Hepburn, Sam and Diane quality to it," says Long. And yes, that means there's some will-they-won't-they on the way.
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:30/8:30c
Where We Left Off: In escaping deadly nuclear fallout from a nearby reactor meltdown, the gang packed up and ended up on a boat to find a new non-radioactive place to call home somewhere in Mexico. Pat Brown (Mark Boone Jr.) caught up to them, but was killed by Pamela Brinton (Kristen Wiig) before he could shoot them. Erica (Cleopatra Coleman) had her baby, and Carol (Kristen Schaal) is expecting!
The Scoop: The new season will pick up immediately after the Season 3 cliffhanger, Forte tells us. And whatever boat voyage they go on probably won't last forever. "It's hard to settle down in a world where nuclear power plants are exploding and homicidal maniacs pursue you from time to time, but they will do their best to find some stability," says Forte. And though babies would seem to be the archenemy of stability, at least one member of the group will love the new little ones running around. "They say in TV, never work with babies, dogs or Will Forte," producers Erik Durbin and Tim McAuliffe joke. "We're doing all three. But seriously, Carol's whole goal has always been to restart civilization. The more babies the better, as far as she's concerned."
As for the show's continuing success with great guest stars, we'll see Wiig "as much as we can afford" and Durbin and McAuliffe very heavily hint that comedy legend Chris Elliott will drop by in some capacity. If Elliott's previous roles in shows and movies are any indication, expect him to be a bit on the difficult side.
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) earned a victory in court against white supremacists who murdered a Syrian family, but the fallout from the case included the firebombing of a mosque in East Harlem that left five dead.
The Scoop: Peter Stone is moving from the Windy City to the Big Apple. Philip Winchester is bringing his Chicago Justice prosecutor -- aka the son of OG Law & Order ADA Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) -- to SVU sometime midway through the season. Expect him to clash with Barba (Raul Esparza). Brooke Shields will also shake things up as a mysterious recurring character. "I play a very different character from any I have ever played," she teased in a statement.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Riggs (Clayne Crawford) jetted off to Mexico to hunt down Tito Flores and avenge his wife's murder. Knowing he needed to be there for his friend, Murtaugh decided to chase after him. We're just not sure whether Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) will be there to stop him or help him finish the job.
The Scoop: A few weeks will have gone by by the time Season 2 kicks off, and it hasn't exactly been the ideal Mexican vacation for either Riggs or Murtaugh. '"[Riggs] has been following Tito Flores down there and [is] basically harassing him, leaving him voicemails, text messages - like he's been a complete lunatic," showrunner Matt Miller teases. "He's been biding his time and waiting for the right moment, where he wanted to enact his revenge. Murtaugh's been down in Mexico this whole time trying to find him and following Tito Flores places hoping he finds Riggs. That has led to a very expensive Mexican trip that he's been on that his wife is not thrilled about."
Premieres: Monday, Oct. 2 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: While en route to tell Chloe (Lauren German) about his otherworldly nature, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) was attacked by an unknown assailant and found himself stranded in the desert... with the wings he had removed suddenly back on.
The Scoop: Lucifer will soon make his way back to Los Angeles, where he makes it his mission to find out who attacked him. Convinced his father is screwing with him again, he'll learn he's being pestered by a mysterious dark figure known as the Sinnerman. This season we'll also meet a new character by the name of Lt. Marcus Pierce, played by Smallville's Tom Welling, who may know a thing or two about Lucifer's newest enemy. "[He] suggests to Lucifer that he knows about the Sinnerman and they start to collaborate together," reveals Tom Ellis.
Of course, what remains to be seen is Pierce's true intention. "You're not sure [whether Pierce has connections to the supernatural/celestial world]. I think that's the point. We don't want anyone to know just yet," teases Welling. "But he's there for a reason, he's there for a purpose."
Could that purpose be to come between Lucifer and Chloe? Because Pierce will quickly develop a romantic connection with the detective, much to Lucifer's chagrin. "Obviously, when someone comes into the fold and makes [Chloe] look in a different direction, one can only imagine how that affects Lucifer and his envy and jealousy and all the other bad things that he's made up of," says Ellis.
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 8 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: After Russia threatened to invade Bulgaria and France's subsequent lack of cooperation threatened the existence of NATO, Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) saved the day with a stirring speech to invoke Article 5. Henry (Tim Daly) got a new job in the CIA's Special Activities Division, aka the hilariously acronymed SAD, and Dmitri (Chris Petrovski) returned to help foil Russia's plans. The full McCord family then had a weekend getaway at their cabin.
What's Next: Now that Henry's got an intelligence job, expect more SAD cases (more cases involving SAD?), which will challenge his ethics and cause more worry for Elizabeth. As he has done the past two premieres, executive producer Morgan Freeman will direct the season premiere. Maybe he'll make another cameo as yet another chief justice?
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 29 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: MacGyver (Lucas Till) & Co. defeated the infiltrator in the Phoenix office, and everything seemed OK. Bozer (Justin Hires) was recovering nicely from getting stabbed. So Mac, Jack (George Eads) and Bozer's robot set out to find Mac's missing father. But things weren't OK: Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) escaped from Supermax prison, and is coming after MacGyver.
The Scoop: Murdoc has a long list of people to kill and MacGyver is at the top, but there are some other names that will have to come first before he reaches his prime target. "Murdoc likes to toy with his victims before he pulls the trigger," warns executive producer Peter Lenkov. "So there's some good times ahead between these two."
You're going to have to wait all season to meet Mac's dad too. "One of the big Season 2 arcs is the search for Mac's father," says Lenkov, "a journey that will come to an end in the season finale when we will finally reveal who and where he's been." Who he's been? Hmm...
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: The kids' fugitive parents returned, which put them at odds with Mickey (Kaitlin Olson) regarding who was the better parent. Their return also caused problems for Alba (Carla Jimenez), who eventually schemed to get rid of them forever. Ben then lit his room on fire and the house went up in flames in a major cliffhanger.
The Scoop: The second season opens with everyone living in a beautiful, luxurious hotel room, because what else would you do with the little money you have left? "We're just trying to survive this season," says Carla Jimenez. "We're trying to figure out what we need to do. We don't know where the money's going to come from." Naturally, Mickey has some insane ideas about that and about how to keep the family afloat, but we're at least 95 percent sure they're probably not ideal.
Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Kenny (Tommy Bechtold) invited Axl (Charlie McDermott) on a summer trip to Europe, to which Mike (Neil Flynn) objected because he wanted to spend the summer with his son, but he ultimately let him go. Sue (Eden Sher) kept leaving notes on a car she accidentally dinged and wound up making a new pal. Brick (Atticus Shaffer) turned to his old lawn chair for his back pain.
The Scoop: The Hecks are signing off after nine years and they'll be trying to round up as many guest stars for a return appearance for the farewell season, including Paul Hipp as Reverend Tim-Tom. "I'm hoping we can get as many back as possible," Patricia Heaton says. "[Like] Molly Shannon, Brooke Shields. Kirstie Alley was wonderful as my childhood nemesis." Despite the VIP guests, don't expect tons of very special episodes. Executive producer Eileen Heisler says the season will still feel organic and "it's not like it's going to be something crazy and different."
The series finale will be one hour and the cast doesn't know how the show will end yet, but Heaton has a wish list. "I, along with many of the fans, want to see Sue and Sean Donahue (Beau Wirick) get together and become boyfriend and girlfriend," she says. "He's been on the show all along and I don't think the writers knew from the beginning that he'd be such an important part and grow as much as the character has grown. Part of that is because of Beau Wirick. I would love to see that."
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 12
Where We Left Off: Realizing she no longer needed to get married but actually wanted to get married, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) proposed to Ben (Bryan Greenberg), who had been planning to propose to her. However, it quickly became clear that Mindy may or may not be fully on board with her own decision to marry Ben.
The Scoop: As to probably be expected, Mindy and Ben's marriage isn't long for this world. However, that doesn't mean Mindy won't get her happily ever after in the final season! No, it just means Mindy's happy ending might be her reaching a place of contentment in her life rather than the clichéd ending of a woman finding romantic happiness. Still, for those fans still holding out hope for Mindy and Danny to find their way back to one another, Chris Messina is returning to the series for multiple episodes to provide a bit of clarity about where the former couple stand now and what it means that they'll always be in each other lives. Of course, as far as we know, Danny is still married to someone else, which could throw a wrench in things.
However, Messina isn't the only familiar face returning for the show's final season! Mark and Jay Duplass, Adam Pally and Glenn Howerton will all reprise their roles before the sun sets on the series. Meanwhile, Julie Bowen will guest-star in an episode as a rival mother who thinks Mindy is not doing a great job.
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Luke (Nolan Gould) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) graduated from high school, giving us some very touching moments peppered with hilarity. Lilly (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) managed to somehow skip a grade because she's been secretly smart all along, leading Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) to wonder what else they don't know about their daughter.
The Scoop: Now that they've aged up, the actors behind the Modern Family kids managed to score themselves a pay raise to the tune of $100,000. Unfortunately, they won't be making that much money for too long, since Season 10 will reportedly be the last.
Premieres: Thursday, Nov. 2 9/8c
Where We Left Off: After Bonnie's (Allison Janney) mother died, she found out she had a secret half-brother -- and about his secret cocaine addiction. Christy (Anna Faris) also went through some rough waters when she recognized a new member at AA as the man who once raped her.
The Scoop: 13 Reasons Why's Steven Weber will guest-star in Season 5 as the newly divorced brother of Adam (William Fichtner), who's got eyes for Christy. It's unclear if she's also interested, but their potential romance will, of course, cause waves between Bonnie and Adam.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: After McGee (Sean Murray) and Delilah (Margo Harshman) found out she's pregnant, they scrapped their plans for a big wedding and decided to have a small ceremony with just their NCIS family. But forget about a honeymoon period: Shortly after they exchanged vows, McGee, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) were sent to Paraguay on a mission, and only Torres made it out safely.
The Scoop: The season premiere picks up right where we left off, with McGee and Gibbs pinned down in the jungle, but then flashes forward two months... and they're still missing. "The NCIS team, with Bishop (Emily Wickersham) leading, is just trying to operate as if all things are normal," co-showrunner Frank Cardea tells us. The episode follows the team as they attempt to rescue their colleagues -- and the fallout from the mission will have "lasting effects" that reverberate throughout the rest of the season.
Back in the States, Quinn (Jennifer Esposito) will have an offscreen departure from NCIS to tend to her ill mother, and Maria Bello will join the cast in Episode 4 as a forensic psychologist. Delilah will give birth to her and McGee's baby in an episode around the holidays, and Ducky (David McCallum) will receive an offer to speak at his alma mater, where he runs into a "very influential woman," according to Cardea. Returning guest stars include Robert Wagner as Tony DiNozzo Sr. and Laura San Giacomo as Dr. Grace Confalone.
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:30/8:30c
Where We Left Off: Sam (LL Cool J) avenged the death of his wife Michelle by killing terrorist Tahir Khaled. Kensi (Daniela Ruah) took matters into her own hands and proposed to Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen).
The Scoop: Season 9, which will include the show's 200th episode in November, picks up in real time, a few months after the events of last season. Sam is still awash in grief and has not returned to NCIS, but events in the premiere -- which, in a bit of art imitating life, involves a nuclear threat from North Korea -- will pull him back into the fold. "Callen (Chris O'Donnell) needs to have his partner back, even if his partner isn't quite ready to come back," showrunner R. Scott Gemmill tells us. But whether Sam will return to the office permanently is another matter. "He's trying to figure out what he really wants to do, and it continues into subsequent episodes as he slowly makes some life choices to move forward in a way that is a little bit of a surprise to Callen," Gemmill hints.
Meanwhile, Hetty (Linda Hunt) has gone rogue to try to gain some closure after Granger's (Miguel Ferrer) disappearance last season. "Our guys are told that she has officially retired, and there's nothing to indicate that that's not true," Gemmill says cryptically. "Unfortunately, she didn't say goodbye to anyone, and our guys are trying to figure out why that is. The audience will find out what's going on with Hetty before our team are able to locate her." In Granger's absence, a former Secret Service agent named Shay Mosely, played by Nia Long, will join the team as assistant director, and that creates a slew of problems for Kensi and Deeks in particular. "As tolerant as Hetty was for their relationship, Assistant Director Mosely is much more rigid in her thinking about workplace romance, especially amongst one person who doesn't really even belong there," Gemmill explains. "She actually, in the first episode, takes steps to see that Deeks is returned to LAPD."
Premieres: Tuesday Sept. 26 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Agent Pride (Scott Bakula) finally nabbed his intended target -- shady Mayor Hamilton (Steven Weber) -- but went totally crazy rogue in order to do so. This resulted in him racking up a list of violations, including faking his death and kidnapping, in the process.
The Scoop: Pride is going to pay for his stunt -- and dearly. NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Brad Kern tells TV Guide that Pride's superiors will have him on a tight leash in Season 4, which won't be as serialized as seasons past. There also won't be a large overarching crime story. Instead, this season will delve into the team's psyches and backstories to see how Pride's actions -- and their complicit roles in helping him -- affect each of them. The mind we'll be digging into most, of course, is Pride's, with a deep exploration of what triggered him to go rogue on Hamilton in the first place. "He's got some primal pains, which he has not faced or dealt with, because he hasn't had to," Kern says.
Pride's anger and outsized reaction shows that this was about way more than doing the right thing -- it's personal. Could it have anything to do with the fact that Pride's dad was a corrupt figure who went to jail? "I think it's safe to say that we'll see what made him want to become a deputy sheriff and then an NCIS agent," Kern says.
Elsewhere, LaSalle (Lucas Black) and Percy (Shalita Grant) will revisit their conflicted feelings for each other and how to reconcile them. Meanwhile, Sebastian (Rob Kerkovich) will have a standalone episode that shows him reconciling with a huge turning point in his journey outside the lab and in the field.
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: Once Upon a Time sent fans reeling when Season 6 ended with a major jump forward in time to show an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) learning about a daughter he never knew he had thanks to yet another curse.
The Scoop: The story is starting all over again, with Lucy having to convince her long lost dad to help save the happy endings just like Emma (Jennifer Morrison) once did. Hyperion Heights will be the new Storybrooke, and this new curse will affect Hook (Colin O'Donoghue), Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Rumple (Robert Carlyle). And we're going to see a very different side of Regina in Season 7. "The Regina we knew is Storybrooke was the mayor, and she was always very much in control," showrunner Adam Horowitz says. "But now, for the first time, we're seeing Regina under a curse. Because of that, she has to deal with what it means to be under the thumb of someone else. We're going to see that Gabrielle Anwar's character [Cinderella's wicked step-mother] is a difficult figure to contend with in Seattle."
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: A pregnant Claire (Caitriona Balfe) left Jamie (Sam Heughan) and returned to the 20th century -- and Frank (Tobias Menzies) -- to provide a safe life for her unborn child. Twenty years later she returned to Scotland with her adult daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and discovered Jamie didn't die at the Battle of Culloden after all, which left Claire trying to decide if she was willing to leave her life and daughter behind to return to him.
The Scoop: While the Droughtlander ends at the beginning of September, Jamie and Claire won't reunite immediately, so fans should strap in and for some emotions. As Caitriona Balfe notes, Claire is a woman in grief at the start of the season. "She's a woman that's had to repress a lot of emotions. She's a woman just trying to hold on and trying to survive," says Balfe. Translate: the struggle is real as Claire tries to adjust to living with and raising a child with Frank, a man she used to love but who no longer rouses the passion in her that Jamie once did. "People may question her decision to go back to Frank, but in 1948, to be a single mom in England would be beyond difficult," Balfe says. "She took the best choice for her and her daughter."
Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: The people of Riverdale thought sunnier days were ahead once the murder of Jason Blossom was solved, but it turns out the once idyllic town was only beginning its descent into darkness. In the Season 1 finale, Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) was shot inside Pop's as Archie (KJ Apa) watched helplessly nearby.
The Scoop: The mystery surrounding Fred's shooting -- his fate is still up in the air -- will create a much more urgent, dangerous feel for Riverdale this season, according to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. "Unlike last season, where it was a murder mystery and it was sort of like unraveling the past, the backstory and the relationships, this one is a little bit more muscular in that there is a danger all around the town -- the sense that something horrible is going to happen, as opposed to we're just investigating a murder that already happened."
From the kids to the parents, everyone will be rattled as they try to reconcile Fred's shooting with their previously idyllic small town existence. Archie (KJ Apa) will naturally find himself on a mission to avenge the events of that day, while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) is trying to balance his life with the Southside Serpents, a new school and his relationship with Betty (Lili Reinhart). None of that will be easy though, as Hiram Lodge's (Mark Consuelos) return to town will leave everyone on edge.
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 5 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) was officially sworn in as president, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) took over as the head of B613 and Olivia Pope & Associates became Quinn Perkins & Associates.
The Scoop: Season 7 picks up 100 days into Mellie's presidency, which gives the Shondaland drama a fresh start. As Olivia embraces her dark side, taking over the corrupt organization previous run by her father, things are looking better for Abby (Darby Stanchfield), spent most of last season alienating herself from her friends. This season, we'll see her settle into her new role as the chief of staff at Quinn Perkins & Associates. "She's really Quinn's right-hand woman and helping her run the business," Darby Stanchfield says. "Abby's definitely in a better place than she was last season. Some of those relationships have been mended."
Premieres: Monday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: The team was rescued from a deserted island following a harrowing plane crash, enabling Walter (Elyes Gabel) and Paige (Katharine McPhee) to continue the storybook romance that's been building up for so long back home.
The Scoop: Don't look for the bundle of joy that Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Happy (Jadyn Wong) will be welcoming right off the bat -- the new addition will come later in the season -- but do expect to see #Waige's relationship explore more of what it's like for a genius to be in love with a "normal."
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8:30/7:30c
Where We Left Off: JJ (Micah Fowler), who purposely pushed everyone away so he wouldn't miss them, went to summer camp by himself -- but not before Maya (Minnie Driver), at Kenneth's (Cedric Yarbrough) behest, convinced her to say goodbye at the bonfire. Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) and Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) bonded during their airport layover "vacation." Ray finally got the girl in new pen pal Taylor (Sedona James).
The Scoop: It's more of the same in Season 2, but that is completely new for the DiMeos. Upon JJ's return from camp, Jimmy and Maya are once again on the search for the best school for him before realizing that it is exactly where they are right now. So for once, they're not moving and the kids are staying in the same school. Season 2 will explore the family having to put down roots for the first time and becoming part of their community.
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: Disasters struck in the ladies' personal lives just as Big Trouble got a break. Alex's (Ryan Destiny) bae Derek (Quincy Brown) learned he'll never walk again, while Star's bae Hunter (Chad James Buchanan) was found dead -- and in bed! -- with Jahil's (Benjamin Bratt) nemesis Eva (Sharlene Taulé).
The Scoop: Jahil is on the run! "He's emotionally empty because everything he cared about is gone -- the girls have been taken away from him and people he cared about have been killed," says Benjamin Bratt. "But he's also in great financial debt to these mobsters and he's got to pay one way or another." Fans should also look out for a two-part crossover -- with Jussie Smollett coming to Star and Queen Latifah going to Empire -- too.
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 27
Where We Left Off: Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) seemingly sacrificed herself to defeat the Demogorgon, while Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) rescued Will (Noah Schnapp), who coughed up a slug in the finale's final moments, thus promising the fight wasn't over.
The Scoop: Fans of the show's teenage love triangle involving Steve (Joe Keery), Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) should gear up for a pretty awesome Season 2; it sounds like Team Jonathan fans might have an opening for their 'ship in the wake of Barb's (Shannon Purser) death. "At the beginning [of Season 2] Steve and Nancy have been together for like a year, which in high school is a really long time," says showrunner Matt Duffer. "Nancy's been dealing with some stuff -- for instance, her best friend is dead. Whether Steve is the most supportive boyfriend in regard to that, we'll see. The love triangle lives on."
New cast members for Season 2 include '80s movie icon Sean Astin as Bob, a new love interest for Joyce; Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens, the new head of the nefarious lab that raised Eleven; and Dacre Montgomery and Sadie Sink, who play mysterious siblings Billy and Max.
Premieres: Monday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c.
Where We Left Off: Kara (Melissa Benoist) was able to stop the Daxamite attack on Earth, but she had to sacrifice Mon-El (Chris Wood) to do it. Last we saw, the former prince of Daxam was leaving Earth only to get swallowed into a vortex leading to places unknown. Romance wasn't dead everywhere though, since Season 2 ended with Alex (Chyler Leigh) proposing to Maggie (Floriana Lima).
The Scoop: A new villain, Reign (Odette Annable), will be making a splash in National City when Season 3 premieres, and she won't just be your typical black and white villain. It sounds like we should plan to invest some serious emotion into her, which frankly, is the best kind of villain. Other scoop includes the news that Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) will stick around for the Season 3 premiere, and Alura, Kara's mother, has been recast with Smallville alum Erica Durance.
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 12 at 8/7c
Where We Left Off: After dealing with the British Men of Letters, the The Winchesters (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) turned their sights to defeating Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) for what felt like the hundredth time. They managed to trap him in an alternate universe, but not before he seemingly killed Castiel (Misha Collins) and took Mary (Samantha Smith) with him. Oh, and in case you thought it could not get worse, it was Crowley's sacrifice (Mark Sheppard) that closed the rip between worlds. And that was before they discovered Luci's adult son Jack, played by new Season 13 regular Alexander Calvert. So yeah, it wasn't exactly a picnic.
The Scoop: Although Crowley is dead, the finale wasn't the last we'll see of Castiel; Collins is confirmed to appear in Season 13, though it's not clear in what capacity. Mary is also not dead, though she remains trapped in the alternate universe. The Winchesters will struggle over which problem to contend with first: their missing mom or Lucifer's son. As if that's not bad enough, someone from the brothers' past will return to cause even more problems (apparently a number of people who are dead in this universe are alive and kicking in the alternate universe, so that's GREAT.)
Elsewhere, in less depressing news, this fall the series will air a backdoor pilot for Wayward Sisters, the spin-off featuring Sheriff Jodi Mills and the young female hunters in her care who've been orphaned by supernatural tragedy. We'll also see the Supernatural boys get animated when the show teams up with Scooby-Doo for an episode that we can only assume will end with Sam and Dean pulling a mask off someone's face and being utterly confused that it wasn't a real ghost.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: In the past, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) left the Pearson house following a disastrous fight with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) that left their marriage in jeopardy. In the present day, Kevin (Justin Hartley) scored a movie with Ron Howard and left Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) wondering about the fate of their newly rekindled romance. Elsewhere, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) pitched the idea of adopting another child to Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), while Kate (Chrissy Metz) realized she wanted to be a singer like her mother.
The Scoop: Yes, we'll finally find out how Jack dies early this season, but we'll also see Sylvester Stallone when he guest stars as himself and hangs out with the Pearsons -- or at least Kevin. "You have to ask the question: Why is [Sly] Kevin's idol? Maybe he was Jack's idol?" Milo Ventimiglia teases. "I gives Jack a lot of wealth in a lot of what he gets to explore in this possible underdog story of overcoming an obstacle like Rocky did."
We couldn't be more excited to see Jack geek out over Sylvester Stallone, but we're also excited to see more of the Pearsons in different time periods, which Ventimiglia says is also coming. "We're going to be in the early '80s, the late '80s, the '90s. We may go back a little further," he says, noting that the show may even jump forward in time to show the family a little bit more into the future.
Premieres: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: After Ragnar's sons united to get their revenge on King Ecbert, they were unable to unanimously decide on their next moves. The argument quickly turned violent, with Ivar murdering his brother Sigurd and creating a rift between the brothers.
The Scoop: Lines will be drawn this season between Ragnar's sons in the wake of Sigurd's death and Aslaug's murder at the hands of Lagertha. Fans can expect a bloody civil war that threatens to tear apart the Lothbrok family forever despite Ivar's sincere apology for killing Sigurd, as seen in this exclusive sneak peek. "The entire battle is amazing," Alexander Ludwig says. "It's two ideologies conflicting, and on Bjorn's side and on Lagertha's side, they're fighting for their home and what they grew up with and they're fighting for what they believe in."
But the Vikings won't just have each other to contend with. Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins the cast as Bishop Heahmund, a religious warrior who proves to be the perfect foil for Ivar. "They have a great relationship when they, in some weird way, meet halfway because they're both very religious and very determined and very alike, but on different sides," Alex Hogh Anderson reveals.
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9/8c
Where We Left Off: The war that had been brewing all season long between the Saviors and the Alexandrians and their allies from Hilltop and the Kingdom kicked off with a big battle that started with the revelation that Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) had killed herself, and that the Heapsters had double-crossed Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) & Co. and were working with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
The Scoop: If Season 7 was about Negan, Season 8 will be about Rick Grimes. "We start Episode 801 on a close-up of Rick Grimes, and we really get a sense that he's driving our story, not Negan," says executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the premiere. That premiere is also the series' 100th episode, and he says it will contain some Easter eggs for fans who have been with the show from the very beginning. "In multiple viewings you'll definitely pick up a few things that we put in there that harken back to earlier episodes," he says.
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10/9c
Where We Left Off: Gretchen (Aya Cash) happily accepted Jimmy's (Chris Geere) proposal, but in doing so also made the mistake of describing Jimmy as her new family, which triggered something and prompted him to flee from his new fiancée. Elsewhere, Lindsay (Kether Donohue) finally divorced Paul and moved into her own apartment, which was conveniently vacated because Edgar's (Desmin Borges) girlfriend packed it in and headed back to Florida.
The Scoop: Gretchen is going to get revenge... once Jimmy returns to LA. The comedy's fourth season picks up three months after the events of the finale, and although Gretchen -- who has moved in with Lindsay and become a shut-in following Jimmy's abandonment -- will eventually find herself back in Jimmy's orbit, fans should not expect the show's central dysfunctional couple to reunite anytime soon. In fact, they should expect Gretchen to actively seek revenge on Jimmy for what he's done. "When they finally emerge -- it takes them a couple episodes -- they finally confront each other and Jimmy apologizes and she forgives him," says creator Stephen Falk. "[But] he says one too many things and it goes horribly wrong, and from that point on, [Gretchen] is determined not to hide anymore."
Adds Chris Geere, "The funny thing, is that Jimmy thinks a simple sorry will suffice after what he did, and [Gretchen's] revenge is far worse than, I think, any of the audience could ever imagine. She goes bonkers."
Elsewhere, fans should look for Edgar and Lindsay to reach a new level in their relationship in the wake of Jimmy and Gretchen's breakup. They've both found steady jobs and become the responsible members of the gang, which doesn't settle well with them, but sends them in an interesting direction. "With codependent relationships and couples, the way you act is so dependent on how the other person's acting, so I think Lindsay and Edgar aren't used to this uncomfortability of having to be responsible," says Kether Donohue. "And we don't know if Jimmy's gone permanently or coming back, and I think it's kind of how little kids feel when mommy and daddy are arguing."