Another week, another round-up of quality, hilarious, or just plain addictive shows to check out. Last week's biggest TV draw was undoubtedly the new sci-fi drama Revolution, which brought in a record 11.7 million viewers its premiere night. That said, there are some absolutely massive shows premiering this week; let's see if any of them can give Revolution a run for its ratings money. With so many shows debuting we had to make some cuts, but here are the 10 shows you just can't miss.
When's it on? Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime. Season premiere is Sept. 30.
What is it? The hottest show of the moment. Claire Danes stars as a bi-pilor CIA agent, and Damian Lewis as a U.S. Marine; both Danes and Lewis were honored this year with Emmy awards. In Season 2 Danes' character, Carrie, is in overdrive trying to prevent terrorism on U.S. soil. Amaze.
Why should I watch? Because apparently President Obama does. And, if I had to choose one show this week which would ignite the most water-cooler conversation this would be it.
2. Last Resort
When's it on? Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Season premiere Sept. 27.
What is it? Another political drama, this one taking place largely in a submarine (cool). The description on the show's site reads, "With nowhere left to turn, a nuclear missile sub Captain and his XO will go on the run and bring their crew to an exotic island." I'm officially intrigued.
Why should I watch? Did that description not get you fired up? It sounds like Lost but with a submarine. I'm in. Also this review makes it sound ... basically awesome.
3. New Girl
When's it on? Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX. Season premiere Sept. 25. (Apparently there's a second premiere episode at 9 p.m.)
What is it? A sit-com of the most delightful nature. Zooey Deschanel and her hilarious roommates (Schmidt is my favorite) live out the antics associated with the early 30's life.
Why should I watch? It's feel-good, it's fun, and over the course of last year it went from fluff to well-written must-see-TV.
4. The Good Wife
When's it on? Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS. Season premiere Sept. 30.
What is it? It all began with Julianna Marguiles being cheated on by her politician husband (aka Big from Sex and the City). Things have really spiraled from there.
Why should I watch? Because watching The Good Wife makes you feel like you are watching grown-up TV, and it still has all the juicy soap opera bits.
5. The Mindy Project
When's it on? Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on FOX. Season premiere on Sept. 25.
What is it? Mindy Kaling (aka Kelly Kapoor from The Office) is branching off and doing her own thing. The new sit-com has Kaling playing a single OBGYN (ps Kaling's mom in real life is an OBGYN which I love). Kaling created, stars in, and writes The Mindy Project.
Why should I watch? Because Kaling is cementing herself as one of the smartest and most prolific comedy writers today. We've gotta see what she comes up with next.
6. Dancing with the Stars
When's it on? Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC (and again on Tuesday). Season premiere on Sept. 24.
What is it? The dancing competition that pairs pseudo-celebs with dancing professionals. This season our pseudo-celebs include come-back performers Bristol Palin, Drew Lachey, Kristie Alley, Joey Fatone, and Pamela Anderson. Also Justin Bieber and Pit Bull will be performing.
Why should I watch? Because everyone needs a guilty pleasure.
When's it on? Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Season premiere on Sept. 30.
What is it? In Season 1 we met Emily Thorne, a beautiful millionaire on a path to avenge her dead father who was wronged by all of his friends and colleagues in their Hamptons community. Emily has returned for ... wait for it ... revenge.
Why should I watch? This is about as soap opera as you can get, and it's fabulous.
8. 666 Park Avenue
When's it on? Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC. Season premiere on Sept. 30.
What is it? A supernatural drama taking place in The Drake, otherwise known as 666 Park Avenue, where the show's leading couple move in to find the building's tenants are possessed by a demonic force. I anticipate a lot of romance, a lot of evil magic, and some
Why should I watch? Who doesn't love a super natural, horror TV thriller? Also, Vanessa Williams stars in it.
9. Once Upon a Time
When's it on? Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO. Season premiere on Sept. 23.
What is it? Fantasy drama from the writers of Lost and Troy. This is Season 2 and the show's drama all circulates around a seaside town in a seemingly parallel universe where all the residents are fairy tale characters.
Why should I watch? Ginnifer Goodwin stars and she's just so lovely.
When's it on? Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime. Season premiere on Sept. 30.
What is it? The cult favorite about a forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer.
Why should I watch? Because this is Season 7 and Dexter seems to be one of those shows that is here to stay; better see what all the fuss is about.
P.S. Modern Family premieres this week too (Wednesday night on ABC at 9 pm), but I felt like after all its Emmy's hoopla the whole Dunphy gang didn't need much more press.