Sunday, September 12, 2010

2010 Fall DRAMA TV Show Premier Dates, Trailers & Websites...

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If you're a huge TV fan like me, then I'm sure you can appreciate the struggle in trying to keep track of when all of your favorite TV Shows (and new TV Shows) are going to be starting again, or premiering for the first time this Fall Season.

Well, I found a great article in the Toronto Sun where they gave a summary of the majority of the Fall 2010 TV Show Premier Dates.  I took it a couple steps further and pulled together summaries for each of the shows, their Official Websites, and also the Trailers that I found kicking around on YouTube and etc. (and when the trailers weren't available, I grabbed video from previous seasons and etc.).

Please note that I pulled together the summaries of each of the TV Shows from either IMDb, Wikipedia, or the actual TV Show's Official Website (see links below).

I tried to include all of the Comedy, Drama and Reality TV details on one post, but the time it took to load was just insane. So I decided to break them down by their Genres into separate posts instead. This post focuses on the Drama TV Shows for this fall. Please see the following pages for the Comedy TV Shows and the Reality TV Shows.

Firstly, here's the article from the Toronto Sun where I found the list of shows, and their Fall TV Debut Dates:

The fall TV preview


(Dates always subject to change by the networks)

Sept. 7:

Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Sons of Anarchy is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in Northern California. The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the Vice President of the club who begins questioning the club and himself. Sons of Anarchy premiered on September 3, 2008 on cable network FX. Its second season debuted on September 8, 2009, and its third season began on September 7, 2010.

Sept. 12:

Lost Girl (Showcase)

The series focuses on Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. The product of a strict upbringing, Bo was raised to believe that sex of any kind was inherently evil. When she discovers her powers after a traumatizing sexual encounter, she leaves home and sets out on her own, ‘feeding’ whenever the urge becomes too overwhelming. After leaving a victim in plain sight, she is found by the Fae, who takes her in and help her discover that she is a succubus. Forced to choose allegiance, between the Dark or Light clans of the Fae, she goes rogue, refusing to belong to any world other than human. She leaves them and attempts to locate her true birth mother and understand her true origins.

90210 (Global)

The series revolves around several students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High, including new Beverly Hills residents Annie Wilson and Dixon Wilson. Their father, Harry Wilson, has returned from Kansas to his Beverly Hills childhood home with his family to care for his mother, former television and theater actress Tabitha Wilson, who has a drinking problem and doesn't get along with his wife Debbie. Annie and Dixon struggle to adjust to their new lives while making friends and yet adhering to their parents' wishes. 90210 featured cast members from the original series, including Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Ann Gillespie, and Joe E. Tata. However, starting with the third season none of these guest stars will be featured again.

Sept. 13:

Gossip Girl (CW, MuchMusic)

Gossip Girl is an American teen drama series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series was created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and premiered on The CW on September 19, 2007. Narrated by the omniscient yet unseen blogger "Gossip Girl", voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City.

Sept. 14:

Parenthood (NBC, Citytv)

Parenthood is an American comedy-drama television series based on the 1989 film of the same title. It is also the second television series based on the film to air, the first airing during the 1990–91 television season. The show revolves around the Braverman family which has expanded to three generations, featuring the patriarch Zeek Braverman, and the matriarch Camille Braverman, their oldest son Adam and his wife, daughter and son, their daughter Sarah and her two kids, their second son Crosby, his ex-girlfriend Jasmine and their young son Jabbar, and finally their daughter Julia Braverman-Graham and her stay-at-home husband and young daughter.

One Tree Hill (CW)

One Tree Hill is an American teen, young adult television drama created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB Television Network. After its third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The CW Television Network, and since September 27, 2006 the network is the official broadcaster for the show in the USA. The show is set in fictional town Tree Hill in North Carolina and originally follows the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty). Their relationship evolves from heartless enemies to caring brothers, and the basketball drama, as well as the brothers' on-again/off-again romances with female characters, are significant elements within the series.

Life Unexpected (CW)

Teenager Lux (Britt Robertson) had been through the foster care system for almost her whole life. Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby) had given birth to her while still a teen but gave her up for adoption believing a better home could be found for her. Most likely because of her heart problems as a baby, Lux was never adopted. On her 16th birthday, she decides that it's time for her to become an emancipated minor, but before that occurs, she has to get signatures from her unknown birth parents.

Sept. 15:

Outlaw (NBC)

Outlaw is an upcoming American television series produced by Conan O'Brien for the NBC network. The one-hour courtroom drama stars Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court Justice who resigns from the bench to start his own law firm, as a way to more directly promote the ends of justice.

Sept. 19:

Boardwalk Empire (HBO Canada)

Boardwalk Empire is an upcoming American television series from premium cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. Starring Steve Buscemi, the show is adapted from Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.The pilot episode was directed by Martin Scorsese and he is expected to continue to be creatively involved in the ongoing production.

Law and Order: SVU (CTV, NBC)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit originally centered almost exclusively around the detectives of the Special Victims Unit in a fictional version of the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often "ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on a real crime that received media attention. The show stars Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, a senior detective in the Manhattan SVU, and Mariska Hargitay as his partner, Detective Olivia Benson, a rookie to the unit who is the child of a rape. As the series progressed, additional supporting characters were added as allies of the detectives in the Manhattan District Attorney's office and the Medical Examiner's office. Typical episodes follow the detectives and their allies as they investigate and prosecute sexually based offenses.

Sept. 20:

Castle (ABC, CTV)

Castle follows Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who has killed off his main character in his book series and has writer's block. Castle is called in to help the NYPD solve a copy-cat murder based on one of his novels. Stana Katic stars opposite as the determined detective Kate Beckett. Castle, who becomes interested in Beckett as a potential character for a new book series, uses his contacts and receives permission to continue accompanying Beckett while investigating cases. Castle decides to use Beckett as the model for the main character of his next book series, starring "Nikki Heat". Beckett, an avid reader of Castle's books, is initially disapproving of having Castle shadow her on her cases, but later warms up and recognizes Castle as a useful resource in solving crimes. While technically a drama series, Castle also features comedy and romantic tension.

House (Fox, Global)

House, also known as House, M.D., is an American television medical drama that debuted on the Fox network on November 16, 2004. The program was conceived by David Shore and Paul Attanasio; Shore is credited as creator. The show's central character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), an unconventional medical genius who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. The show's premise originated with Attanasio, while Shore was primarily responsible for the conception of the title character. The show's executive producers include Shore, Attanasio, Attanasio's business partner Katie Jacobs, and film director Bryan Singer. It is largely filmed in Century City.

Lone Star (Fox, Global)

Robert Allen (James Wolk) is a Texas con-man who leads a secret double life. As "Bob," he is married to Cat and living in Houston while working for his oil-tycoon father-in-law. Four hundred miles away, he is "Robert" in a second life with girlfriend Lindsey. As he schemes to take control of the oil business and finds himself torn between the love of two women, he must fight to keep his web of lies from falling apart.

The Event (NBC, Citytv)

The Event follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), a man who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend, ends up unraveling the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Global)

Hawaii Five-0 is an upcoming American procedural crime drama series and a re-imagining of the original 1968–1980 television series; however, the title contains a zero instead of the capital letter O in the title.[1] This new version of the series will debut on CBS, the same network that aired the original version. Like the original version, this one will follow an elite unit/task force set up to fight crime in the state of Hawaii.

Chase (NBC, Citytv)

Chase revolves around Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish), a deputy U.S. Marshal, and her high-priority fugitive-apprehension team that trace down dangerous criminals in South Texas.

Sept. 21:

Being Erica (CBC);

The show stars Erin Karpluk as Erica Strange, a woman who begins seeing a therapist to deal with regrets in her life, only to discover the therapist (Michael Riley) has the ability to send her back in time to actually relive these events and even change them.

Trailer (Series Premier):

Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC)

Detroit 1-8-7 is an upcoming American drama series that will air on ABC in Fall 2010.[1] The series stars Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, a respected while deeply misunderstood man fighting crime on the streets of Detroit.


NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT) special agents headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. It is described by the actors and producers (on special features on DVD releases in the United States) as being distinguished by its comic elements, ensemble acting and character-driven plots.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Global)

NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of NCIS, which itself was a spinoff of another CBS series, JAG.

Sept. 22:

The Tudors (CBC)

The Tudors is an Irish/Canadian produced historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst. The series is based loosely upon the reign of English monarch Henry VIII, and is named after the Tudor dynasty.

Undercovers (NBC, Citytv)

Undercovers is an American action spy television series created by J. J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Fringe), and Josh Reims for NBC. They will executive produce the pilot along with Abrams' frequent collaborator Bryan Burk.

Criminal Minds (CBS, CTV)

Criminal Minds is an American police procedural drama that premiered September 22, 2005 on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia. Criminal Minds differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on the criminal rather than the crime itself.

The Defenders (CBS, CTV)

Defenders is an upcoming American seriocomedic legal drama which was ordered to series by CBS for the 2010-11 television season. The series, set in Las Vegas, Nevada, involves a pair of defense attorneys who go all out to help their clients, while keeping their personal lives in order.

The Whole Truth (ABC, Citytv)

The Whole Truth is an upcoming American legal drama series that will premiere on ABC on September 22, 2010. Episodes will air on Wednesdays at 10:00pm Eastern/9:00pm Central. The show, which stars Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, chronicles legal cases from the points of view of both the prosecution and the defense; it is set in New York City and shot in Los Angeles.

Sept. 23:

CSI (CBS, CTV) (AKA CSI: Las Vegas)

The series follows Las Vegas criminalists as they use physical evidence to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic drama, which has inspired a host of other cop-show "procedurals". An immediate ratings smash for CBS, the series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter and popular characters. The network quickly capitalized on its hit with spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY.

The Mentalist (CBS, CTV)

The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series which debuted on September 23, 2008, on CBS. The show was created by Bruno Heller who is also the executive producer. It follows the story of Patrick Jane, who, as a paid consultant, aids the California Bureau of Investigation in homicide investigations with unorthodox methods.

My Generation (ABC)

The series follows an eclectic group of young adults whose lives were being filmed for a documentary just before their graduation from Greenbelt High School in Austin, Texas in 2000. The group includes the Overachiever, the Beauty Queen, the Nerd, the Punk, the Jock, the Brain, the Rich Kid, the Rebel, and the Wallflower. Their hopes and dreams for the future were recorded, and as they meet up ten years later, they realize that things don't always go as planned. The series is set in present-day with flashbacks to the past.

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, CTV)

Grey's Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that follows the lives of interns, residents and their mentors in the fictional Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

Private Practice (ABC, A)

Private Practice is a medical drama television program which premiered on September 26, 2007 on ABC. A spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the series chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice in Los Angeles.

Bones (Fox, Global)

Bones is an American crime drama television series that premiered on the Fox Network on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel). The rest of the cast includes Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne, Eric Millegan, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley.Created by Hart Hanson, the series is very loosely based on the life of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also produces the show. Its title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs' crime novel series. Bones is a joint production by Josephson Entertainment, Far Field Productions and 20th Century Fox Television.

Fringe (Fox, Citytv)

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series follows a Federal Bureau of Investigation "Fringe Division" team based in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses unorthodox "fringe" science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate "the Pattern", a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences that are happening all over the world. The show has been described as a hybrid of The X-Files, Altered States, The Twilight Zone, and Dark Angel.

Law and Order: UK (Citytv)

Law & Order: UK (also known as: Law & Order: London in Ireland) is the latest member of the Law & Order franchise, one of the most successful brands in American primetime television.Law & Order: UK is based in London and duplicates the episode format of the original series. The first half focuses on the perpetration of a crime and the related police investigation typically culminating in an arrest, while the second half follows the legal and court proceedings in an effort to convict the suspect. The show dwells little on the characters' back-stories or social lives, focusing mainly on their lives at work.

Sept. 24:

Body of Proof (ABC)

The series stars Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt, a medical examiner. The show will focus on Hunt's efforts to balance the demands of her professional life with her personal life. Hunt was previously employed as a neurosurgeon. Her boss is the city's chief medical examiner, played by Ryan.

Blue Bloods (CBS, CTV)

Revolves around a family of New York cops.

CSI: New York (CBS, CTV)

A spin-off from CSI: Miami, the third edition to the franchise follows a Manhattan forensics team headed by tough Marine Major, turned NYPD Detective First Grade Mac Taylor. Against a backdrop of simmering ethnic and cultural tensions, Taylor probes cases similar to their Las Vegas and Miami counterparts, along with his team of Detectives, consisting of Detective Third Grade Danny Messer, Detective Third Grade Lindsay Monroe, ME turned CSI, Detective Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, and Taylor's new second in command Detective Jo Danville due to join the team in Season 7. The CSI's work alongside Medical Examiner Sid Hammerback, Lab Technician Adam Ross, and tough NYPD Beat Cop Detective First Grade Don Flack. Former team members include Detective Third Grade Aiden Burn and Taylor's former second in Command Detective First Grade Stella Bonasera.

Medium (CBS, A)

Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) is a mother of three, a devoted wife, and a law student who has had the gift of being able to talk to dead people, as well as foresee events and witness past events in her dreams. When she begins working for Phoenix District Attorney Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) as an intern, she has a dream which relates to a murder in Texas, the successful solving of which convinces her boss and others working in the D.A.'s office – and herself and her husband – that her gift is real.

Smallville (CW)

Smallville follows the life of Clark Kent (Tom Welling), beginning when he is a teenager in the town of Smallville, Kansas, and continuing through high school, college, and his start at the Daily Planet before he adopts the "Superman" persona. As the series progresses, Clark Kent copes with his emerging superpowers (x-ray vision, super hearing, etc.), exploration of his extraterrestrial origins and discovering his true destiny. The series also deals with the people in Clark Kent's life: his human parents, Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) and Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole); his friends Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Pete Ross (Sam Jones III); his sometime love interest Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk); Chloe's cousin and Clark's love interest since season eight, Lois Lane (Erica Durance); and his friendship with Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and how this gradually decays into their mutual enmity of legend.

Supernatural (CW)

Starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, the series follows the brothers as they hunt demons and other figures of the paranormal.

Sept. 26:

Dexter (The Movie Network, Movie Central)

Dexter is an American television drama series that centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a blood spatter-pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, who moonlights as a serial killer.

Brothers and Sisters (ABC, Global)

The show is centered on the Walker family, an American family of Irish and Jewish heritages. Some of the family members are involved in the family-owned business running Ojai Industries d.b.a. Ojai Food Co, a produce distributor and wine producer. Most of the action is set in the Greater Los Angeles area. The family home is located in Pasadena, California. The main branches of the Walker family tree included father William (deceased) (Tom Skerritt), mother Nora (Sally Field), and their five grown children – Sarah, Kitty, Tommy, Kevin, and Justin. Nora's brother, Saul Holden (Ron Rifkin) helps run the Walker family business and is involved in most of the family's affairs.

Trailer (last season's trailer):

Desperate Housewives (ABC, CTV)

The setting of the show is the street of Wisteria Lane in the fictional American town of Fairview in the Eagle State. It follows the lives of a group of women, seen through the eyes of their dead neighbor. They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their—at the surface—beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood. The show is inspired, to an extent, by the 1999 film American Beauty.

Heartland (CBC)

Set against the vistas of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, Heartland is a family drama following sisters Amy and Lou Fleming and their grandfather Jack Bartlett through the highs and lows of life on a horse ranch. Amy and Lou's mother was killed in a car accident. Amy and Lou continue to keep her mother's dream alive by healing abused and neglected horses.

Trailer (last season):

Sept. 28:

The Good Wife (CBS, Global)

The storyline focuses on Margulies as Alicia Florrick, the wife of Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). Her husband, a former Chicago state's attorney, has been jailed following a very public sex and corruption scandal. She returns to her old job as a litigator to rebuild her reputation and provide for her two children.[7] The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal,[8] as well as by other prominent American political sex scandals, particularly those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton:

No Ordinary Family (ABC, CTV)

The show centers on the Powells, a typical American family whose members gain special abilities after their plane crash lands into the Amazon River.

Sept. 29:

Law and Order: Los Angeles (NBC, CTV)

From Dick Wolf, comes a foray into the glitz, glamour and guilt of Los Angeles. From the tony Beverly Hills to the seedy side of Hollywood, LAPD's elite Robbery Homicide Division is on the case. Fusing classic ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling with the backdrop of LA, the series delves into the high-profile crimes of the West Coast.

Oct. 1:

Human Target (Fox, CTV)

The series follows the life of San Francisco-based Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a unique private contractor, bodyguard and security expert hired to protect his clients. Rather than taking on the target's identity himself (as in the comic book version), he protects his clients by completely integrating himself into their lives, to become the human target. Chance is accompanied by his business partner Winston (Chi McBride) and hired gun Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley). He puts himself on the line to find the truth behind the mission.[4] Even his own business partner Winston doesn't know what drove him towards this life.

Oct. 3:

CSI: Miami (CBS, CTV)

Inspired by the top-rated series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami follows a South Florida team of forensic investigators/police officers who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes. Horatio Caine heads the team of investigators while working crimes in the steamy tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. Horatio's team probes cases similar to those of their Las Vegas counterparts, but the Miami CSI team are also police officers as well as forensic investigators.

Wallander II: Faceless Killers (PBS)

Wallander is a British television series adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Kenneth Branagh as the eponymous police inspector

Oct. 25:

In Treatment (HBO Canada)

Each episode of In Treatment focuses on one patient, including Paul, who is seeing his clinical supervisor and psychotherapist, Gina, played by Dianne Wiest.

Durham County (HBO Canada)

The series stars Hugh Dillon as Mike Sweeney, a homicide detective from Toronto who moves his family to suburban Durham County to start over after his partner is killed and his wife Audrey (Hélène Joy) is diagnosed with breast cancer. However, he soon discovers that his neighbour and childhood nemesis Ray Prager (Justin Louis) may be a serial killer.

Set amidst the landscape of new suburban developments. The mise-en-scene conveys a palpable sense of alienation, being cut off from the rest of the world with shiny new hydro towers looming in the sky. Everything is without history, and homogeneity pervades the neighborhoods. In this setting, we deal with the aftermath of a serial killer’s impact on his family, his surviving victims and their family. The question is how do the families move on after being so traumatized by the heinous acts of a killer.

Trailer (Season 2):

Oct. 31:

The Walking Dead (AMC)

The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and follows a small group of survivors traveling across the country in search of a new home away from the hordes of zombies. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a police officer in the old world. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group's desperation to survive pushes them to do almost anything to stay alive.

Nov. 10:

Lie to Me (Fox, Global)

Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies.

Trailer (Series Premier):

I tried to include all of the Comedy, Drama and Reality TV details on one post, but the time it took to load was just insane. So I decided to break them down by their Genres instead.

Please see the following link for the Comedy Debut Dates, Official Websites, Trailers and Summaries: Comedy TV Shows.

Please see the following link for the Reality TV Debut Dates, Official Websites, Trailers and Summaries: Reality TV Shows.


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