Friday Night and Beyond: A Few New Shows, and Some Heavyweight Dramas Return

Sep 23, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The giddy spree that was fall 2011 premiere week winds down this weekend, although some might say it already has.

TVLine.com offers its roundup of the highlights, including just one new show Friday night: CBS’s “A Gifted Man.” Plenty of recycled, er, “experienced” TV and film players here, including Patrick Wilson (“Angels in America”), Jennifer Ehle (“The King’s Speech”), Emmy winner Margo Martindale (“Justified”) and Julie Benz (“Dexter”).

Otherwise, Gordon Ramsay launches Season 4 of “Kitchen Nightmares” at 8 p.m. on Fox, while the CW rolls out another round of “Nikita.”

CBS is poised to do battle at 9 p.m. with a new season of “CSI: NY,” kicking off Season 8 with a 9/11-themed flashback. Fox counters with the season premiere of “Fringe.” Anyone with scripted drama burnout can tune in for real-life drama on NBC’s “Dateline,” where Lester Holt takes over the host’s chair.

Also at 9, CW offers up the Season 7 premiere of “Supernatural.”

10 p.m. Friday could belong to CBS’s season 2 opener of “Blue Bloods,” with Tom Selleck and “Dexter’s” David Ramsey.

Nothing really new is coming up Saturday, but season premieres of CBS’s “Rules of Engagement,” at 8 p.m., and “48 Hours Mystery,” at 10, are on tap.

For those able to look as far ahead as Sunday night, just one big series premiere is on the schedule: ABC’s entry in the “who can be the most like ‘Mad Men’ derby,” retro drama “Pan Am” at 10 p.m.

A few new shows are holding out till next week to dip their toes in the water: Fox’s “Terra Nova” and CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” both set for Monday; ABC’s “Suburgatory” on Wednesday; and CBS’s “How to Be a Gentleman” on Thursday.

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