Fall TV: What else is new?


From left, L.A. Reid, Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Steve Jones in the new FOX singing competition ‘X-Factor.’ (Ray Mickshaw/Fox)
October 5, 2012
Monday, Sept. 19

“Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers” (CW at 3 p.m.): The omnisciently empathetic doctor from VH1’s “Rehab” shows is here for daily talk and advice.

“The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (HBO at midnight; encores Sept. 20): Documentary revisits the effects of U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as it prepares to expire.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

“The X Factor” (Fox at 8): Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul team up again for yet another singing competition.

Thursday, Sept. 22

“Prison Diaries” (TLC at 10): Profiles women sent away for brutal crimes.

Sunday, Sept. 25

“Dirty Soap” (E! at 10): Daytime TV stars finally get a reality show.

“Long Island Medium” (TLC at 10): Busy psychic mom tawlks to ghosts.

Monday, Sept. 26

“The Chew” (ABC at 1 p.m.): Washington chef Carla Hall joins Michael Symon, Mario Batali, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz to talk food and everything else.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

“Rocket City Rednecks” (National Geographic at 9): Countrified rocket engineers in Huntsville, Ala., drink beer and build weird contraptions.

Friday, Sept. 30

“Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues” (PBS at 9): The cranky “House” doc performs with blues musicians.

Sunday, Oct. 2

●“Prohibition” (PBS at 8): Ken Burns’s latest series explores the cultural impact of America’s ill-fated ban on booze in the 1920s.

Monday, Oct. 10

“The Rosie Show” (OWN at 7): Rosie O’Donnell returns to daytime talk.

“OWN Your Life” (OWN at 8): Old episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” repurposed specially for you.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

“Women, War & Peace” (PBS at 10): Miniseries narrated by celebrities (Matt Damon, Geena Davis, etc.) about the role of women across the world in today’s wars.

“Chelsea Settles” (MTV at 11): Dubbed the anti-“Hills,” a 325-pound college grad moves to Los Angeles to make it in the fashion industry.

Thursday, Oct. 13

●“All-American Muslim” (TLC at 9): Eight-part series following Muslim American families.

Monday, Oct. 17

“Sing Your Song” (HBO at 9): The story of entertainer-activist Harry Belafonte’s life of service.

Thursday, Oct. 20

“Miss Representation” (OWN at 9): Documentary features Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Condoleezza Rice and others discussing how the media portray women.

Friday, Oct. 21

“American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty” (PBS at 9): Director Cameron Crowe’s ode to the resilient Seattle rock band at its 20th anniversary.

Saturday, Oct. 22

“Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis” (Encore at 8): The comic legend looks back on his life and career, with happy and sad results.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

“Texas Multi Mamas” (WEtv at 9): Texas moms raising twins, triplets and quadruplets.

Sunday, Oct. 30

“America in Primetime” (PBS at 8): Fascinating four-part history series for people who like to watch TV about old TV.

Thursday, Nov. 3

“Crime After Crime” (OWN at 9): Documentary about rookie lawyers who took on the case of a woman convicted for her part in the murder of her alleged abuser.

Sunday, Nov. 20

“I Do Over” (WEtv at 10): Couples whose weddings went badly get another shot at their special day.

“American Masters: Woody Allen” (PBS at 9): Profiles the film legend.

Hank Stuever and Emily Yahr

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