What to DVR during fall TV's premiere week
September 20th, 2010
04:02 PM ET

What to DVR during fall TV's premiere week

Marquee readers, get ready: Fall TV’s No. 1 week is upon us, officially marking that time of year when your DVR will get more action than the "Jersey Shore" cast.

We understand that there are some difficult decisions ahead about what will be recorded and what will sadly go unwatched, so here's hoping we’ll make it a bit easier with this list of must-see season premieres.


“Dancing with the Stars”: We’re aware that season 10 of “Dancing with the Stars” with the overdramatic Kate Gosselin will be extremely hard to beat, but we’re sure teen mom Bristol Palin has what it takes to bring controversy back. Watch it on ABC at 8 p.m.

“The Event”: If you’ve been quaking with “Lost” withdrawal these last few months, check out NBC’s new conspiracy-thriller at 9 p.m. Jason Ritter stars as everyman Sean Walker who discovers a secret “that could change mankind forever.”

Other Monday premieres we’re excited about:

“House” at 8 p.m. on FOX
“How I Met Your Mother” at 8 p.m. on CBS
“Mike & Molly” at 9:30 p.m. on CBS


“Glee”: Our favorite underdog singing group returns after a long summer with new members (Charice!) and new music. While we’re more excited about next week’s episode starring Britney Spears, this season premiere is a must-see for Gleeks – and those of you wondering what all the fuss is about. Watch it at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Other Tuesday premieres we’re excited about:

“Running Wilde” at 9:30 p.m. on FOX
“Detroit 1-8-7” at 10 p.m. on ABC


“Undercovers”: From the creative mind of J.J. Abrams comes “Undercovers,” an hour of espionage starring sexy man Boris Kodjoe and the beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw as CIA agents Steven and Samantha Bloom. See it at 8 p.m. on NBC.

“Modern Family”: It just won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, so if you weren’t already a fan of “Modern Family,” jump on the second season bandwagon. The show’s unusual family bonds in hysterical ways and will have you laughing for 30 minutes straight. It premieres at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Side note: We also recommend watching “The Late Show with David Letterman” tonight. Joaquin Phoenix gets a chance to redeem himself after his last uncomfortable appearance was endlessly replayed on YouTube.


“S#*! My Dad Says”: We plan on watching this to see if a TV show can really be made from a Twitter feed. Check out William Shatner as Ed Goodson at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

“Grey’s Anatomy”: After last season’s intense finale, we’re on the edge of our seat for this premiere. Will Seattle Grace be able to recover after the shooting spree? Will Derek heal and take charge as hospital chief? Can Miranda deal with letting one of her residents die? Will Owen and Christina really get married? Find out at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Other Thursday premieres we’re excited about:

"Community" at 8 p.m. on NBC (with Betty White as a guest star!)
“30 Rock” at 8:30 p.m. on NBC
“The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. on CBS


It’s a classic rule that good TV shows don’t premiere on Friday. Yet there are a few exceptions this year – the new cop drama “Blue Bloods” premieres on CBS at 10 p.m. and the final season of “Smallville” begins at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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  1. Chris Underwood

    How about FRINGE season 3 premiere...the only show of all the ones mentioned worth watching.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Miss

    NCIS, Criminal Minds, Law and Order SVU and Greys..Great shows..

    September 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    Hey, don't forget Supernatural. Best show on TV.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. shannon

    I can't believe that you did not mention "Lonestar" for tonight! TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly both picked it as one of the best new shows. Some of the ones you did mention, they indicated were not very good.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kay

    I'm surprised to see that Chase isn't on the list for tonight's premiere. That's tops on my list for Mondays.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hondor64

    Wish more people would mention Castle on Monday nights! Can't wait for that one.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CNN moderator

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    September 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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      September 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

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