As summer winds down, students head back to school, football fans flex their tailgating muscles, fashionistas break out new wardrobes and TV people prepare for the return of fall favorites. Here’s a peek at what’s to come this season.
American Horror Story: Asylum (October, FX) – Last year’s terrifyingly delightful breakout has kept a lot of details under wraps, including the actual premiere date. Like a completely new show, Asylum will take place in a 1960s East Coast mental hospital. There will be some familiar faces (namely Jessica Lange, who won a Golden Globe for her role in season one), each portraying completely different characters from the first season.
Boardwalk Empire (Sept. 16, HBO) – Season three skips forward a year to 1923. Nucky gains new enemies as his relationship with Margaret continues to suffer. Looking forward to meeting new historical characters.
Dexter (Sept. 30, Showtime) – Finally, the moment audiences have been waiting for: Deb catches Dex in the act. But what we weren’t expecting is for her to be in love with her adopted brother. Soap opera much?
Homeland (Sept. 30, Showtime) – Electroshock therapy inevitably wipes Carrie’s memory of the “missing link” in her investigation. Meanwhile, Brody makes his way up the ranks in U.S. government.
The Walking Dead (Oct. 14, AMC) – Those who enjoyed the intensity of the last finale (i.e. everyone) will be happy to see now-showrunner Glen Mazzara (having taken over for Frank Darabont) keeping up the fast pace. Season three brings the twisted Governor, katana queen Michonne, Merle’s return and the infamous prison.
30 Rock (Oct.
If that’s not enough, R. Kelly has announced that he’s penned an additional 30 chapters of Trapped in the Closet and is teaming up with IFC to show the Hip Hopera’s new videos at an undetermined date this fall. Finally!
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Top Chef Masters (10 p.m., Bravo) – The one where chefs prepare meals for the Indigo Girls and Holly Madison in the same episode.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (10 p.m., TLC) – Glorification of grotesque Southern stereotypes or an insightful look at American culture and social class? You decide.
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Project Runway (9 p.m., Lifetime) – Recently made-over women get new ensembles to match their updated hairstyles. Drinking game suggestion: Sip your cocktail every time a designer complains about working with “real women” who have — gasp — breasts.
Wilfred (10 p.m., FX) – Ryan and Wilfred go to great lengths to advance Jenna’s career.
The Real L Word (10 p.m., Starz) – Meet the Real L mamas! Kacy’s mother visits and offers support; Sara and Whitney come out to Whit’s grandma in Connecticut.
Louie (10:30 p.m., FX) – Louie looks for the long-lost Liz (Parker Posey) with help from a new bookstore girl (Chloe Sevigny).
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The Destinations of Doctor Who (9 p.m., BBC America) – Check out various locations featured on the cult series.
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True Blood (Season Finale, 9 p.m., HBO) – Finale time already? Capping off a rather lackluster season is the anticipated war —between vamps, faeries, other supes and humans — and there will be blood. Will we finally uncover Warlow’s identity? Will Christopher Meloni somehow make a return, justifying his early departure?
Bar Rescue (9 p.m., Spike) – Jon Taffer’s bar-makeover crew visits Cheviot’s Black Sheep Bar & Grill and transforms it into The Public House.
The Newsroom (Season Finale, 10 p.m., HBO) – Rounding off a stellar first season, Will, MacKenzie and Charlie finally face Leona and Reese. But not before Will is sent to the hospital and TMI columnist (love the jab at TMZ) Nina Howard rears her ugly head once again.
Breaking Bad (10 p.m., AMC) – Jesse and Mike go along as Walt confronts the buyers.
Weeds (10 p.m., Showtime) – Rabbi Dave tells Andy about his relationship with Nancy; Silas considers working with a tobacco company to develop marijuana cigarettes.
Small Town Security (11 p.m., AMC) – Irwin makes an effort to rekindle his romance with Joan. Lt. Croft has trouble staying alert.
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