Sept. 19--Fridays this fall:
At 8 p.m., "Last Man Standing" (ABC, Friday), "Undercover Boss" (NBC, Sept. 27), and "The Carrie Diaries" (CW, Oct. 25) return.
New at 8, "Masterchef Junior" (Fox, Sept. 27) is a new culinary competition spinoff of "Masterchef," this one focusing on kids ages 8 to 13 who want to hone their cooking skills, with celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich as the judges. It will run six episodes, after which Fox's durable mystery series "Bones" will shift to Fridays at 8 (Fox, Nov. 8).
At 8:30, "The Neighbors" will go into its second season (ABC, Sept. 20). For a show that I expected to be canceled after two or three episodes, that's pretty good.
At 9, returning shows are "Shark Tank" (ABC, Sept. 20), "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, Sept. 27), "Grimm" (NBC, Oct. 25) and "America's Next Top Model" (CW, already on). Between now and the start of November, Fox will air encores of "Sleepy Hollow," the supernatural drama filmed in North Carolina. Then "Raising Hope" will take over the timeslot with new back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. (Fox, Nov. 8).
At 10, "20/20" (ABC, already on) and "Blue Bloods" (CBS, Sept. 27) return.
New at 10, "Dracula" is a curious blend of the classic vampire story, the popular "Steampunk" genre of science fiction, and of all things, the Tony Stark character from "Iron Man." Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") plays the iconic count, who is awakened from a long slumber in 19th-century Europe. There, he poses as a flashy American entrepreneur who descends on Victorian London with the promise of a new technology that will revolutionize the world. But it's all part of a secret agenda and a quest for revenge.
There are no new shows on the Saturday lineup, just a mix of sports and encore broadcasts of existing shows. On Saturday, I will take a look at which shows in the fall lineup have alumni from UNC School of the Arts in the cast. Then come back Sunday for my "TV Tidbits" roundup of the fall season and predictions of what shows will and won't succeed.
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