What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

by | September 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM | Tuned In: What To Watch Today

'Elementary' (CBS)

Monday September 24:

Dancing with the Stars‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Are you ready for All-Stars? Past competitors returning to hit the dance floor once again include Kirstie Alley, Emmitt Smith, Bristol Palin, Drew Lachey, Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, and Apolo Ohno.

Partners‘ (8:30pm ET on CBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘Partners’ is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose “bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That’s in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis, who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali, a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer; and Louis’ companion is Wyatt, a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor.

Castle‘ (10pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

After four seasons of “will they” or “won’t they,” Richard Castle and Kate Beckett finally gave in to their feelings for each other in the much anticipated Season 4 finale. Season 5 picks up on the proverbial morning after, with Castle and Beckett facing new questions — Was this a one-time fling, or are they now a couple? But before they find the answers, they must take on the forces responsible for Beckett’s mother’s murder that now threaten Kate Beckett’s life.

Hawaii Five-0‘ (10pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Following McGarrett’s mother’s (guest star Christine Lahti) surprise return and Chin’s gut-wrenching decision in last season’s finale cliffhanger, the team is determined to track down Wo Fat and Delano for killing an important member of their family, on the third season premiere.

Tuesday September 25:

NCIS‘ (8pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Harper Dearing’s latest act of terrorism ripped through NCIS headquarters in last season’s cliffhanger finale, sparking a cross-agency manhunt for the criminal mastermind on the 10th season premiere.

New Girl‘ (8pm ET on Fox) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Schmidt throws himself a “rebranding” party at which Jess, recently fired from her teaching job, volunteers to be a “shot girl,” alongside a very jaded cocktail waitress (guest star Parker Posey). Meanwhile, Winston shows a different side of his personality after drinking some of Nick’s fruity concoctions, and Cece introduces the gang to her new boyfriend (guest star Nelson Franklin) on the “Re-launch” episode.

Ben and Kate‘ (8:30pm ET on Fox) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Exuberant dreamer Ben Fox (Nat Faxon) returns to his hometown and reunites with his younger sister Kate (Dakota Johnson), an overly responsible single mom raising her five-year-old daughter, Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones). But when he arrives, he finds a sad state of affairs. For the first time in their lives, Kate needs Ben’s help, and he’s determined to bring some much-needed chaos into her stable world. In the series premiere, Kate enlists co-worker BJ (Lucy Punch) to help her prepare for what turns out to be a disastrous first date, while Ben teams up with childhood pal Tommy (Echo Kellum) to stop an ex from getting married.

The Mindy Project‘ (9:30pm ET on Fox) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘The Mindy Project’ is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life. After all, how many doctors make inappropriate toasts at their ex-boyfriend’s wedding, nearly drown at the bottom of a stranger’s pool and get arrested for disorderly conduct just moments before having to deliver a baby?

Vegas‘ (10pm ET on CBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘Vegas’ is a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb’s command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker – and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino, a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own.

Wednesday September 26:

Law & Order: SVU‘ (9pm ET on NBC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In the season 14 premiere, the SVU squad is reeling from the fallout after Captain Cragen (Florek) wakes up with a dead escort – a potential witness in an SVU case – in his bed. Tensions run high at the precinct as the detectives contend with District Attorney Paula Foster’s (guest star Paget Brewster) investigation of Cragen, as well as the arrival of a tough new captain, Steven Harris (guest star Adam Baldwin.)

Modern Family‘ (9pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In the Season 4 premiere, “Bringing Up Baby,” Jay’s birthday is upon us again and, as before, he makes it well-known that he wishes to keep it as low key as possible, with no grand gestures or surprises. But leave it to the family to miss the mark yet again! Phil takes Jay on a very unconventional fishing trip with his buddies, and Gloria struggles with how to break the pregnancy news to him.

The Neighbors‘ (9:30pm ET on ABC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

How well do you know your neighbors? Meet the Weavers, Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty (Lenny Venito). Marty, in hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, recently bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated New Jersey townhome community with its own golf course. Hidden Hills is so exclusive that a house hasn’t come on the market in 10 years. But one finally did and the Weavers got it! It’s clear from day one that the residents of Hidden Hills are a little different.

CSI‘ (10pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

D.B. Russell’s granddaughter was kidnapped in last season’s finale cliffhanger and now he leads the CSI team on a hunt to find her, on the 13th season premiere.

Thursday September 27:

The Big Bang Theory‘ (8pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

With his friends on dates, Raj must face his loneliness. Also, Wolowitz is caught in an argument between Bernadette and his mom, even while he’s in space, on the sixth season premiere.

Last Resort‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receive their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they’re told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision.

Grey’s Anatomy‘ (9pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

The doctors of Seattle Grace are faced with the aftermath of last season’s plane crash. As they try to move on with their lives, they must learn to adapt to the changes, cope with their losses and move forward with their relationships and careers, on the ninth-season premiere.

Elementary‘ (10pm ET on CBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘Elementary’ stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance.

Friday September 28:

CSI: NY‘ (8pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

The CSIs investigate when a fire chief – a friend of Mac’s – is killed in a blaze that used the same technique as a recently paroled arsonist, on the ninth season premiere.

Fringe‘ (9pm ET on Fox) **Season Premiere** Record Now

The fifth and final season picks up from the ominous events of last season’s “Letters of Transit” episode, in which the year is 2036 and the overpowering Observers rule. The Fringe team – preserved in amber for 20 years – is now a rebel resistance team fighting for freedom. Peter, reunited with his now adult daughter, Etta, sets out to find out what happened to his wife and Etta’s mom – Olivia – as they start their mission to save the world from the Observers.

Made in Jersey‘ (9pm ET on CBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘Made in Jersey’ is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm’s cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight.

Blue Bloods‘ (10pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

A dangerous criminal from Danny’s past comes back to seek revenge and kidnaps Jackie. Meanwhile, Jamie meets his new partner, while a young officer is shaken after he accidentally shoots an innocent man, on the third season premiere.

Sunday September 30:

Call the Midwife‘ (8pm on PBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

This hit British series introduces viewers to newly minted midwife Jenny Lee, played by newcomer Jessica Raine, as she and the seasoned Sister Evangelina, played by Pam Ferris (“Little Dorrit,” “Darling Buds of May”), attend to a birth in London’s East End in the spring of 1957. Jenny quickly learns that she must overcome the initial shock of a culture remarkably different from the wealthy English countryside where she was brought up and tend to her new community.

Once Upon a Time‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In the Season Two premiere episode, “Broken,” reality and myth begin to merge as the fairytale characters awaken from Evil Queen Regina’s broken curse and remember who they were. But to their dismay, they aren’t transported back to fairytale land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin – aka Mr. Gold – in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, has introduced magic into the town.

Dexter‘ (9pm on Showtime) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Season 7 begins wih Deb, having caught her brother in the act of murder, taking a stab at covering up their involvement in the crime. Meanwhile, LaGuerta considers reopening the Bay Harbor Butcher case.

The Good Wife‘ (9pm ET on CBS) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Alicia goes on the offensive when Zach is targeted by an overzealous state trooper. Meanwhile, after her ex-husband tracked her down in last season’s finale, Kalinda decides to stand her ground rather than continue hiding, and Diane and Will delve into the firm’s financial problems, on the fourth season premiere.

Revenge‘ (9pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In the wake of last summer’s events in the Hamptons and with the ante even higher, what will Emily’s next move be? Will she be able to manage her heart and keep her emotions from getting in the way of her resolve to avenge her father?

Homeland‘ (10pm on Showtime) **Season Premiere** Record Now

In the second season premiere, Brody learns he is the political “future of the party,” and receives a tantalizing offer from the vice president, while a recovering Carrie receives a disturbing request from a surprising source.

666 Park Avenue‘ (10pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires and ambition. For the residents of The Drake, these will all be met, courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But every Faustian contract comes with a price.