Critically acclaimed favorites, new premieres and chilling falltime series promise a great lineup onscreen this season. Check out a few highlights.
Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m. Sept. 8, HBO) – Business and family continue to cross lines in this Prohibition gangster drama as Al Capone’s brothers expand business in Chicago while Eli’s college-age son, Willie, turns to Uncle Nucky for business advice. New characters in Season Four include Harlem heavyweight Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Weight), a potential business/bed partner for Gillian, Roy Phillips (Ron Livingston) and Florida speakeasy owner Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Fox) – SNL’s Andy Samberg makes the jump to this workplace comedy from the writer/producers of Parks and Recreation. Samberg stars as a happy-go-lucky detective who finds himself working under a new ball-buster captain (Andre Braugher).
Homeland (9 p.m. Sept. 29, Showtime) – After a bombing in Season Two that left hundreds killed, Brody is on the lam; a fragile Carrie feels responsible because of her medication, furthering her mental complications; and Saul is left picking up the pieces, in charge of a broken and conflicted CIA.
Eastbound & Down (10 p.m. Sept. 29, HBO) – Who doesn’t equate Danny McBride with Kenny “You’re Fuckin’ Out” Powers — the delusional antihero of this surprisingly renewed series? While McBride has made a name for himself in tons of movies (albeit in similarly mulletted, foul-mouthed roles), he will return to his roots — and, hopefully, so will Kenny — for a fourth and final season.
Masters of Sex (10 p.m.
Sept. 29, Showtime) – Based on a true story, this new series follows William Masters and Virginia Johnson (Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan) who, in the late 1950s, pioneered the science of human sexuality, sparking the sexual revolution.
American Horror Story: Coven (10 p.m. Oct. 9, FX) – The third installment of Ryan Murphy’s addictively haunting miniseries will, as teased, focus on witches. Settings will jump from the 1830s to present day and take place in Salem, Mass., and New Orleans. Themes of mothers and daughters, slavery and minorities will also be explored, in addition to a variety of witchcraft and voodoo. Expect much of the same fantastic cast seen in the first two seasons.
The Walking Dead (9 p.m. Oct. 13, AMC) – The group has a pretty decent setup at the prison — weapons, a farm, animals and a busload of (while not physically ideal) new allies to bolster the pack. But something isn’t right. Walkers appear drawn to the prison and a new threat emerges — disease or contamination, maybe? The Governor is still on the loose; judging by the trailer, he likely won’t reappear until the second half of the season in 2014.
Dracula (10 p.m. Oct. 25, NBC) – Jonathan Rhys Meyers takes on this iconic role as the vamp poses as an American entrepreneur bringing the prospect of electricity to Victorian London. In reality, he has revenge on his mind.
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Top Chef Masters (10 p.m., FX) – Restaurant Wars: Los Angeles style! Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Dana Cowin and actress Busy Philipps enter the foodie warzone.
THURSDAY AUG. 22
Project Runway (9 p.m., Lifetime) – The designers go “glamping” and create nature-inspired looks. Girls’ Allison Williams guest-judges.
SUNDAY AUG. 25
Restaurant: Impossible (8 p.m., Food Network) – Earlier this summer, Robert Irvine and his crew took over Aponte’s Pizzeria in Mason. The Jersey-born owner sought help succeeding at the business that’s kept him away from his family for eight years.
2013 MTV Video Music Awards (9 p.m., MTV) – Lady Gaga opens the show, performing her first new single in two years. Brace yourself for the fashion, monsters. Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus (on a break from their Most Controversial Music Videos EVER Tour), Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also take the stage. There are also rumors of a live *NSYNC reunion. Oh yeah, then there’s the nominees…
Breaking Bad (9 p.m., AMC) -– Hank has Pinkman right where he wants him, but will this guilt-stricken Jesse come clean? How much, if anything, will he reveal about Walt? Elsewhere, Walt and Skyler — Skysenberg — are presented with an unexpected demand.
Dexter (9 p.m., Showtime) -– Deb considers returning to Miami Metro; the hunt for Hannah is on — and Dexter must play both sides; Vogel is surprised by someone from her past.
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