Fall TV 2013: What else is new?


Burton and Taylor, Gallery, Richard Burton (Dominic West) and Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) (© BBC/© BBC)
September 13, 2013

Monday, Sept. 16

“The Queen Latifah Show” (WJLA at 4): The actress-singer lands a daily talk show in Oprah’s former time slot.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

“Latino Americans” (WETA, MPT at 8): Narrated by Benjamin Bratt, this three-part documentary series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States.

“I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” (Bravo at 9): NeNe Leakes of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars in a spinoff with her ex-husband as they tie the knot again.

“The New Atlanta” (Bravo at 10): New reality show proves that just because they’re from the South, it doesn’t mean the city’s young professionals (working in fashion and event planning) are any less cutthroat.

Friday, Sept. 20

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham” (Hallmark at 8): Original movie adapted from the book follows a family on a road trip from Michigan to Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 during a historic summer.

“LT: The Life & Times” (Showtime at 8): Documentary profiles former NFL player Lawrence Taylor, including his off-the-field challenges.

M onday, Sept. 23

“Genealogy Roadshow” (PBS at 9): People across the country get the chance to uncover family secrets as they delve into the past.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

“Knife Fight” (Esquire Network at 9): Two chefs face off in a cooking competition at a fancy Los Angeles restaurant; hosted by “Top Chef” second season winner Ilan Hall.

“Brew Dogs” (Esquire Network at 10): Scottish beer experts James Watt and Martin Dickie come to America to sample the country’s breweries.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

“The Getaway” (Esquire Network at 9): NBC stars get free trips across the globe and show us mere mortals a few things, beginning with Joel McHale visiting Northern Ireland.

“Boundless” (Esquire Network at 10): Two ultra athletes embark on an extremely difficult endurance challenge all around the world for five months.

Friday, Sept. 27

“Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out” (Showtime at 9): Follow-up to the 2008 documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” explores the question: did the first film lead to lawyers reopening Polanski’s 30-year-old statutory rape case?

“MasterChef Junior” (Fox at 8): It’s another Gordon Ramsay show, but this time, he’s yelling at kids. Two dozen junior cooks compete to be the best chef.

Sunday, Sept. 29

“Instant Mom” (Nickelodeon at 8): Former kid star Tia Mowry-Hardrict stars as a party girl who marries a single father with three kids.

“Jessie & Eric: Game On” (E! at 10): Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker and country pop artist Jessie James get a reality show to document their lives. For what purpose, no one knows.

Friday, Oct. 4

“Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame” (CMT at 10): So far, life hasn’t been kind to winners of “The Voice” — at least we think so, because we never hear from them again. Third season champion and country singer Cassadee Pope tries to break that trend as she navigates Nashville in search of further stardom.

Saturday, Oct. 5

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO at 8): This film goes behind the scenes as the nine Supreme Court justices decide the outcome of Muhammad Ali’s landmark 1971 case.

“House of Versace” (Lifetime at 8): Gina Gershon stars as Donatella Versace in this original movie about her tumultuous journey as she took over her family’s fashion empire after her brother was murdered.

Sunday, Oct. 6

“T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul” (BET at noon): A new talk show features T.D. Jakes interviewing celebrities as well as non-famous people with spectacular stories.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

“Preachers of L.A.” (Oxygen at 10): Five mega-pastors in Southern California submit to a reality show about their lives on and off the pulpit.

“Big Tips Texas” (MTV at 10): In this docu-series, a group of BFFs work at a local bar outside of Dallas but dream of bigger adventures.

Saturday, Oct. 12

“Vanilla Ice Goes Amish” (DIY at 10): Indeed he does — the pop icon and construction enthusiast goes deep into a large Amish settlement to learn more about handmade crafts.

Saturday, Oct. 13

“Fugget About It” (Hulu): Animated sitcom about a former New York mobster who goes into witness protection in Canada.

Saturday, Oct. 19

“Dancing on the Edge” (Starz at 10): Miniseries about the rise of the Duke Ellington Band makes its U.S. television debut.

“The Strange Calls” (Hulu) A man must investigate strange phone calls that expose various paranormal mysteries.

Sunday, Oct. 20

“Burton and Taylor” (BBC America at 9): As if refusing to acknowledge the recent Lindsay Lohan version ever happened, Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter are cast in another movie retelling of the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor love affair.

Monday, Oct. 21

“CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” (VH1 at 9): An original movie about ’90s R&B group TLC, from their beginnings in Atlanta to the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a car accident in 2002.

“Life According to Sam” (HBO at 9): Documentary profiles 16-year-old Sam Berns, who suffers from a rare and fatal progressive aging disorder.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

“Ravenswood” (ABC Family at 9): Because “Pretty Little Liars” isn’t creepy enough, the spinoff centers on another small town in Pennsylvania that suffers under a deadly curse.

“Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” (TBS at 10): D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black host a new quiz show on which they try to trick contestants into giving the wrong answer.

Thursday, Oct. 24

“Scrubbing In” (MTV at 10): Generally, MTV reality shows rely heavily on drinking and partying, but not this time — the docu-series follows a group of travel nurses relocated to work at a Southern California hospital.

Sunday, Oct. 27

“Civil War 360” (Smithsonian Channel at 8): Ashley Judd, Trace Adkins and Dennis Haysbert take time hosting this three-part miniseries about one of the most divisive eras in American history.

Monday, Oct. 28

“Seduced and Abandoned” (HBO at 9): A film crew follows Alec Baldwin and James Toback as they travel to the Cannes Film Festival to find someone to produce their version of “Last Tango in Paris.”

TUESDAY, Oct. 29

“Behind the Mask” (Hulu) It’s about time — sports mascots get their day in the sun.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

“Styled to Rock” (Style at 8): Rihanna executive-produces this competition series, in which designers compete to win $100,000 and become a member of the pop star’s design team.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6

“Mother Up!” (Hulu): Animated comedy, produced by Eva Longoria, about a disgraced high-powered music exec who transitions to life as a suburban mom.

Monday, Nov. 11

“Dial One for Vets” (HBO at 9): Documentary investigates the suicide epidemic among American war veterans.

Thursday, Nov. 14

“Ground Floor” (TBS at 10): Workplace comedy from Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”) centers on a young banker who falls for a girl who works in his building’s maintenance department.

Saturday, Nov. 16

“Orange County Choppers” (CMT at 9): Motorcycle expert Paul Teutul Sr. and his team take their talents to a new network as they work on custom bikes.

“Tattoo Titans” (CMT at 10): Four tattoo artists compete each week for a $10,000 prize.

Monday, Nov. 18

“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” (HBO at 9): Directed by Whoopi, the documentary profiles the iconic African American stand-up comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

“The Challenger Disaster” (Science Channel): Scripted drama about the team that investigated the 1986 space shuttle crash.

Saturday, Nov, 23

“Doctor Who 50th Anniversary” (BBC America): The cast returns for the anniversary of the cult favorite sci-fi hit. Featuring David Tennant, Billie Piper, Joanna Page and John Hurt.

Monday, Dec. 2

“The Battle of Amfar” (HBO at 9): Documentary looks at how Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Mathilde Krim created America’s first national AIDS research foundation.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

“Kirstie” (TV Land at 10): Kirstie Alley is back in comedy, playing a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up at birth.

“Mob City” (TNT at 10): Based on John Buntin’s book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” the drama explores the battle between the police and mobsters in 1940s Los Angeles.

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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