Fall TV: What else is on?
By Emily Yahr,
From reality shows to documentaries to miniseries and specials, what else is on? Here’s a guide to more of fall’s premieres.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
“American Experience: Death and the Civil War” (WETA and MPT at 8): On the 150th anniversary of Antietam, a look at how the Civil War affected the way Americans process death.
“Hot Set” (Syfy at 10): Hollywood production designers compete to create the most elaborate sets.
Thursday, Sept. 20
“Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Marie Osmond” (Hallmark at 9): One-hour special looks back at the trials and triumphs of the singing star. Donny’s here, as are celeb friends such as Betty White and Celine Dion.
“Tamar & Vince” (WE tv at 10): Toni Braxton’s youngest sister, Tamar, gets her own reality show with her music producer husband.
“Bling It On” (TLC at 10): Boston-based fashion designer Sondra Celli, from the network’s “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,” creates eccentric designs.
Friday, Sept. 21
“Secret Princes” (TLC at 10): Four bachelors who have royal lineage arrive in Atlanta and pretend to be ordinary single guys just looking for love.
“From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts” (WETA at 9, MPT at 10): Neil Patrick Harris hosts a night of performances in Las Vegas’s fancy new theater. Featuring Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Merle Haggard and more.
Sunday, Sept. 23
2012 Emmy Awards (ABC at 8): Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Can anything beat “Mad Men”? Or “Modern Family”?
Monday, Sept. 24
“American Masters: The Day Carl Sandburg Died” (WETA and MPT at 10): A look at the work and legacy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
“Brickleberry” (Comedy Central at 10:30): Cartoon produced by Daniel Tosh about a dysfunctional group of national park rangers.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
“Save My Son” (TV One at 9): Docu-series examines families hoping to save their sons who are struggling from bad influences and worse decisions; hosted by educator Steve Perry.
Saturday, Sept. 29
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Nickelodeon at 11 a.m.): They’re back — in a new souped-up version.
“Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S.” (BBC America at 10): Sixteen chefs (eight Brits, eight Americans) battle to win $100,000.
Monday, Oct. 1
“Half the Sky” (PBS, check local listings): Two-night, four-hour special in which celebrities — Meg Ryan, Diane Lane, America Ferrara, etc. — travel to 10 countries to research and witness the oppression of women and girls.
“Don’t Sleep” (BET at 11): The network launches a new late-night talk show with host T.J. Holmes, formerly of CNN.
Saturday, Oct. 6
“See Dad Run” (Nick at Nite at 8): Scott Baio is back on TV, starring as an actor turned stay-at-home dad who juggles the kids while his soap opera star wife returns to the spotlight.
“Abducted: The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime at 8): Original movie based on the true story of the woman who was kidnapped as an infant in a New York hospital in 1987 and found her biological parents 23 years later.
Monday, Oct. 8
“Titanic: Blood and Steel” (Encore at 8): Six-part miniseries about the behind-the-scenes of physically building the famous ship.
“As Goes Janesville” (PBS, check local listings): Takes a look at the financial struggles of a small Wisconsin town amid the recession.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
“Frontline: The Choice” (WETA and MPT at 9): The election special looks at both 2012 presidential candidates, with profiles of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
“Keyshia and Daniel: Family First” (BET at 10): R&B star Keyshia Cole lands another reality show, this time following her life as a wife to an NBA star, and mother to a two-year-old son.
“My Shopping Addiction” (Oxygen at 10): This docu-series follows young people with serious spending problems.
Thursday, Oct. 16
“The Brokaw Files” (Military Channel at 10): Tom Brokaw looks back at memorable stories from his career, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Watergate scandal.
“Underemployed” (MTV at 10): Drama about five friends who triumphantly graduate from college and then run aground in the flat economy.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
“Hunted” (Cinemax at 10): New series. An intelligence firm operative (Melissa George) believes her own team put a hit on her life, beginning a sequence of terrifying events.
“World Without End” (ReelzChannel at 9): Two women in 14th century England (Cynthia Nixon and Miranda Richardson) deal with war, plague and natural disaster in their town.
Friday, Oct. 19
“Killer Karaoke” (truTV at 9): Contestants attempt to carry a tune while completing extreme physical challenges; hosted by “Jackass” star Steve-O, naturally.
“BET News: Countdown to 2012 Election” (BET at 9): two-part news documentary looks at the 2012 election cycle through the eyes of young activists and celebrity supporters.
Saturday, Oct. 20
“The Girl” (HBO at 9): Original movie about Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and his strange, abusive relationship with leading lady Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) during the filming of “Marnie” and “The Birds.”
Sunday, Oct. 28
“Married to the Army: Alaska” (OWN): The docu-series follows military families.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
“The Baby Wait” (Logo at 10): A look at the adoption process, with a focus on the agonizing time when the birth mother has the option to take her child back from the potential adoptive family.
Thursday, Nov. 1
CMA Awards (ABC at 8): Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 46th annual Country Music Association awards in Nashville.
Saturday, Nov. 10
“Six Little McGhees” (OWN): Docu-series. Mia and Rozonno McGhee of Columbus, Ohio, have sextuplets — and so they also have a reality show.
Monday, Nov. 12
“Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV at 10): Based on the film, this docu-series profiles couples who fall in love online even though they’ve never met in person.
Sunday, Nov. 18
“The Dust Bowl” (WETA and MPT at 8): Ken Burns is back with a new two-part, four-hour documentary about the environmental catastrophe that made the Great Depression that much worse.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
“Inventing David Geffen” (PBS, check local listings): Documentary explores the famous producer’s influence on pop culture.
Saturday, Nov. 25
“Apollo Live” (Centric at 11): Updates the classic variety show, with a talent showcase and singing competition.