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Fall TV: Sundays

There’s but a single new show on the network channels on Sundays in the fall, which is good, because Sundays are jam-packed for me already.

The new show is Betrayal on ABC at 10/9c. It’s about a woman who has an affair with a man who turns out to be the defense lawyer on a case her husband is the prosecutor on. It’s very serious looking, and overly dramatic looking. Lots of ennui in the trailer. I don’t recommend it.

NOTABLE FACES: Stuart Townsend plays the defense lawyer; James Cromwell plays the patriarch of the family Townsend’s defending, I believe, and Henry Thomas (Elliot from E.T.) plays Cromwell’s son, I believe.

However, cable tends to put the screws to me a little more, since there are two new shows that look good at this same time, plus a third I likely will never watch.

First up on the cablers is Masters of Sex, about the researchers Johnson and Masters, who studied the physical aspects of sex. It’s got an awesome cast…

NOTABLE FACES: …including Michael Sheen as William Masters, Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, Beau Bridges as their boss, I believe, Margo Martindale, and Omaha’s Nick D’Agosto as their research assistant, I believe.

Airs on Showtime.

Later in the hour, 10:30/9:30c, over on HBO we have Hello Ladies, a new comedy starring Stephen Merchant as Stuart, a gangly, awkard Brit trying to find a ladyfriend.

NOTABLE FACES: Merchant, obviously; Christine Woods plays the girl I think is going to end up being the one he’s meant to be with; Nate Torrence as his friend (which concerns me, since I tend to find him annoying), and Kevin Weisman, playing another buddy (named Kives) (who I’m also concerned about being annoying)

Finally, there’s Witches of East End on Lifetime. It doesn’t have great, strong actresses in it (I mean, it’s Lifetime), and it’s about two women who find out from their mom that they’re really powerful, immortal witches. Highly unlikely I’ll watch this, but that’s not to say it wouldn’t be someone else’s cup of tea. Probably some light fluff, guilty pleasure watching.

NOTABLE FACES: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, and Mädchen Amick.

PREMIERE CALENDAR

7/6c

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC, premieres 10/6)
60 Minutes (CBS, premieres 9/29)
NFL on FOX/The OT (Fox, both premiered on 9/8)
Football Night in America (NBC, premiered 9/8)

8/7c

Once Upon a Time (ABC, premieres 9/29)
The Amazing Race (CBS, premieres 9/29)
The Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers (FOX, both premiere 9/29)
Sunday Night Football (NBC, premiered 9/8)

9/8c

Revenge (ABC, premieres 9/29)
The Good Wife (CBS, premieres 9/29)
Family Guy/American Dad! (FOX, both premiere 9/29)
Sunday Night Football (NBC, premiered 9/8)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO, premiered 9/8)
Homeland (Showtime, premieres 9/29)
Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime, premieres 10/6)
The Walking Dead (AMC, premieres 10/13)

10/9c

Betrayal (ABC, premieres 9/29)
The Mentalist (CBS, premieres 9/29)
Sunday Night Football (NBC, premiered 9/8)
Masters of Sex (Showtime, , premieres 9/29)
Eastbound & Down/Hello Ladies (HBO, both premiere 9/29)
Witches of East End (Lifetime, premieres 10/6)

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