Fall TV: What else is new?
By Hank Stuever and Emily Yahr,
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