2009 TV schedule: new and returning-show premieres


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The new TV season officially begins Sept. 21, but some of your favorite shows -- and a few new ones -- actually kick off next week. Here’s the lineup. New shows are noted in bold.

Tuesday, Sept. 8


90210, 8 p.m. (CW)
Melrose Place,
9 p.m. (CW)
Sons of Anarchy, 10 p.m. (FX)

Wednesday, Sept. 9

America’s Next Top Model, 8 p.m. (CW)
So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m. (Fox)
, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Destination Truth, 10 p.m. (Syfy)

Thursday, Sept. 10

The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m. (CW)
Supernatural, 9 p.m. (CW)

Saturday, Sept. 12Cops, 8 p.m. (Fox)
America’s Most Wanted, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Robin Hood, 9 p.m. (BBC America)

Monday, Sept. 14
One Tree Hill, 8 p.m. (CW)
Lincoln Heights, 8 p.m. (ABC Family)
Gossip Girl, 9 p.m. (CW)
The Jay Leno Show
, 10 p.m. (NBC)

Tuesday, Sept. 15

The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Wednesday, Sept. 16
The Beautiful Life, 9 p.m. (CW)
The Ultimate Fighter, 10 p.m. (Spike TV)

Thursday, Sept. 17

Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Survivor: Samoa, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Parks and Recreation, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Fringe, 9 p.m. (Fox)
The Office, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Community, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 10 p.m. (FX)

Friday, Sept. 18

Crash, 10 p.m. (Starz)

Sept. 20
Curb Your Enthusiasm, 9 p.m. (HBO)
Bored to Death, 9:30 pm (HBO)


Monday, Sept. 21

Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Heroes, 8 p.m. (NBC)
House, 8 p.m. (Fox) (two-hour premiere)
How I Met Your Mother, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Accidentally on Purpose, 8:30 p.m. (CBS)
Two and a Half Men, 9 p.m. (CBS)
The Big Bang Theory, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
Castle, 10 p.m. (ABC)
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Dancing With the Stars, 8 p.m. (ABC)
NCIS, 8 p.m. (CBS)
NCIS: Los Angeles, 9 p.m. (CBS)
The Forgotten, 10 p.m. (ABC)
The Good Wife, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Mercy, 8 p.m. (NBC)
The New Adventures of Old Christine, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Gary Unmarried, 8:30 p.m. (CBS)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Modern Family, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Criminal Minds, 9 p.m. (CBS)
Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m. (ABC)
CSI: NY, 10 p.m. (CBS)
Eastwick, 10 p.m. (ABC)

Thursday, Sept. 24

Flash Forward, 8 p.m. (ABC)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m. (CBS)
Grey’s Anatomy, 9 p.m. (ABC)
The Mentalist, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Friday, Sept. 25

Brothers, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Smallville, 8 p.m. (CW)
Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Law & Order, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Dollhouse, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Medium, 9 p.m. (CBS) (new network)
Numb3rs, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Saturday, Sept. 26

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Sept. 27

60 Minutes, 7 p.m. (CBS)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 7 p.m. (ABC)
The Amazing Race, 8 p.m. (CBS)
The Simpsons, 8 p.m. (Fox)
The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Dexter, 9 p.m. (Showtime)
Family Guy, 9 p.m. (Fox)
American Dad, 9:30 p.m. (Fox)
Brothers & Sisters, 10 p.m. (ABC)
Californication, 10 p.m. (Showtime)
Cold Case, 10 p.m. (CBS)

Monday, Sept. 28
Lie to Me, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Trauma, 9 p.m. (NBC)

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Hell’s Kitchen, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Shark Tank, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? 8 p.m., (My Network TV)
Dancing With the Stars, 9 p.m. (ABC)
The Hills, 10 p.m. (MTV)
The City, 10:30 p.m. (MTV)

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Hank, 8 p.m. (ABC)
The Middle, 8:30 pm. (ABC)
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, 10 p.m. (MTV)

Thursday, Oct. 1

Private Practice, 10 p.m. (ABC)

Friday, Oct. 2
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 8 p.m. (Cartoon Network)
WWE Friday Night SmackDown, 8 pm, (MyNetworkTV)
‘Til Death, 8:30 p.m. (Fox)
Stargate Universe, 9 p.m. (Syfy)

Sunday, Oct. 4
America’s Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m (ABC)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Three Rivers, 9 p.m. (CBS)

Monday, Oct. 5

Sherri, 7 p.m. (Lifetime)
Rita Rocks, 7:30 p.m. (Lifetime)

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Scare Tactics, 9 p.m. (Syfy)

Wednesday, Oct. 7

South Park, 10 p.m. (Comedy Central)
Secret Girlfriend, 10:30 p.m. (Comedy Central)

Friday, Oct. 9

Ugly Betty, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Sanctuary, 10 p.m. (Syfy)

Saturday, Oct. 10The Girls Next Door, 10 p.m. (E!)

Tues, Oct. 14
Nip/Tuck, 10 p.m. (FX)

Thursday, Oct. 15
30 Rock, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)

Friday, Oct. 16

Supernanny, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Monday, Oct. 19

Little People, Big World, 10 p.m. (TLC)

Thursday, Oct. 22

The Jeff Dunham Show, 9 p.m. (Comedy Central)

Friday, Oct. 23

Southland, 9 p.m. (NBC)
White Collar, 10 p.m. (USA)

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Friday Night Lights, 9 p.m. (DirecTV 101 Channel)

Nov. 3

V, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Nov. 4
Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, 8 p.m. (TBS)
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, 9 p.m. (TBS)

Saturday, Nov. 7

The Wanda Sykes Show, 11 p.m. (Fox)

Monday, Nov. 9
Lopez Tonight (Mon.-Thurs.), 11 pm (TBS)

Friday, Nov. 13

The Very Funny Show (by Tim Meadows), 11:30 p.m. (TBS)

Monday, Dec. 7

The Closer, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Men of a Certain Age
, 10 p.m. (TNT)

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Photos, from top: Katie Cassidy and Michael Rady of ‘Melrose Place.’ Credit: the CW. Hugh Laurie, on ‘House.’ Credit: Fox