TV Watch Guide: 7 Don’t-Miss Season Premieres

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article, TV Shows
on September 19, 2013

“What TV show premieres should I not miss?”
— Theodore Woodley, Parkland, Fla.

Fans of “NCIS” — especially fans of Ziva (Cote de Pablo) — will want to tune in to the first two episodes of the season — not just the premiere — as it will mark her departure from TV’s No. 1 drama. Set your DVRs for Tuesday, September 24 on CBS, because “NCIS” producer Gary Glasberg says the payoff for fans will be both “emotional and fulfilling.”

Last year, Howard (Simon Helberg) was out in space in the first few episodes of “The Big Bang Theory.” For season 7, premiering Thursday, September 26 on CBS, it will be Leonard (Johnny Galecki) off on a voyage — the promised expedition for Stephen Hawking — leaving Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) back in Pasadena, keeping each other company during his three-month absence.

When we last saw Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” she was being held at gunpoint in her apartment by the rapist her team calls “The Beast.” When the series returns on Wednesday, September 25 with a two-hour premiere on NBC, the story will pick up just a few hours after the finale ended, and we will discover whether or not Olivia was raped, or whether she was able to turn the tables on her attacker.

“Revolution” premieres its second season on Wednesday, September 25 on NBC. In the first season finale, the power went back on — but the question is does it stay back on? What we do know is there has been destruction and the world has gotten even darker than before. Bombs have dropped, the Monroe Republic is no more and everybody is off on their own journey. According to Billy Burke, who plays Miles Matheson, “Miles and Rachel remain together reluctantly. Charlie goes off by herself to do what she wanted to do in the first place and explore the world, but really she has a motive. And Jason and Neville are back in Georgia territory.”

“Revenge” is back on Sunday, September 29 on ABC and it is going to a very dark place. Series star Emily Vancamp says, “Emily is involved in a whole lot of shenanigans. She has been put on a huge timeline. Jack (Nick Wechsler) says, ‘You’ve got to get this done, or I am going to expose you.’ She is under the gun and somehow ends up in a very twisted, difficult predicament the night of her wedding. It does not go as planned. You will see that in the flash forward when we are in the first episode back.”

“Scandal,” premiering on Thursday, October. 3 on ABC, will begin minutes after where we left off with Olivia (Kerry Washington) — who has now been exposed as the president’s mistress, sliding into the back seat of a black limo and turning to the man we thought was her enemy and saying, “Hello, Dad.” According to Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes, “We’re going to dive into a lot of things at the beginning of Season 3. The first episode does that thing, where you think the show is going to be about one thing, something gets answered very quickly, and then it moves on to something else.”

And over at The CW, “The Vampire Diaries” is off to college when it returns on Thursday, October 3, with new beginnings for the characters. Executive Producer Candice Accola says, “I didn’t go to college, but I moved to Los Angeles when I was 16 and it was a very big, new life. So if I had to parallel on anything, it’s the idea of watching a character be able to go through that shift. It’s new and it’s fun, and it’s really light.”