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'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family,' 'Behind the Candelabra' Top Surprising 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- On Sunday night, you could've tuned into the next-to-last episode of Breaking Bad, or you could've tuned into the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards to see the show win its first-ever trophy for best drama series.  "Holy crap," said Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan when he took the podium at the end of the three-hours-plus show.  "I did not see this coming."

Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn also took the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: it was her first Emmy win.  But to the surprise of many, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston failed to win lead actor in a drama.  He lost to The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels, who echoed the thoughts of the audience when he said, "Well, crap, didn't expect this!" as he took the podium.

It was the first Emmy win for Daniels, who joked that the only thing he'd won recently had been the AARP award for "best actor over 50." "With respect to the AARP, this is better," he quipped.

There were several upsets throughout the night: Kerry Washington, hotly favored to win outstanding actress in a drama series -- which would've made her the first African-American actress to do so -- lost to Claire Danes, who repeated for Homeland.   At the podium, Danes thanked her husband for "making me so whole and happy so I can be entirely unhappy in the land of make believe."

--In the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, it was a surprise win for Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale;  many thought Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul would take the prize. 

--In the Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy category, Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie grabbed the trophy, which absolutely nobody saw coming.  At the podium, she said, simply, "Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye!" and left the stage, prompting host Neil Patrick Harris to dub her comments "Best. Speech. Ever." 

--Other surprise wins: Tony Hale of Veep in the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy category; The Voice for Outstanding Reality Competition, beating perennial winner The Amazing Race; The Colbert Report snapping The Daily Show's 10-year winning streak as outstanding variety series.

Michael Douglas won his first Emmy for his fearless portrayal of Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, which won 11 Emmys in total this year.  At the podium, he thanked his co-star and fellow nominee Matt Damon, who played his gay lover in the movie, by saying, "Matt, this was a two-hander, and you’re only as good as your other hand. You deserve half of this. So, you want the bottom or the top?"  After Damon replied from the audience, Douglas joked, "The top? I figured that."

Of course, there were still some tried-and-true winners Sunday night.  Modern Family won outstanding comedy honors for the fourth straight year.  Jim Parsons won outstanding actor in a comedy for The Big Bang Theory for the third time, while Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy for the second straight year. 

As a host, Neil Patrick Harris sometimes appeared as though he was hosting the Tony Awards, starring in a big musical number mid-show, and singing and dancing alongside the nominees for outstanding choreography in a massive production number, as that category was presented on camera for the first time ever.  

But surprisingly, NPH didn't open the show with a musical number.  First, he did a sketch in which he attempted to binge-watch the entire TV season, and that led to a monologue in which he ended up arguing with past Emmy hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch and Conan O'Brien about the right way to host the show -- while Kevin Spacey, in the audience, claimed that he had masterminded the entire segment. 

Harris and his How I Met Your Mother cast also co-starred in a filmed bit about how Harris suffers from EHD, or Excessive Hosting Disorder, and needed to go to The Ryan Seacrest Center to recover.

The show was dubbed "the saddest Emmys ever" by Modern Family creator Steven Levitan because it was heavy with tributes to stars we lost in the past year. 

Edie Falco saluting her Sopranos husband James Gandolfini; Michael J. Fox saluting producer Gary David Goldberg; Robin Williams saying farewell to his idol and former Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters; Rob Reiner paying homage to his All in the Family mother-in-law Jean Stapleton; and Jane Lynch honoring her Glee co-star Cory Monteith.  Unfortunately, these tributes didn't include any montages of the late actors' work, so we could see what made them so great.

And in another disappointment, Elton John paid tribute to the late Liberace, the subject of HBO's Behind the Candelabra, with an oddly subdued performance.  While viewers may have expected something over-the-top and flamboyant -- especially after Elton said that Liberace had been an influence on him -- all he did was perform his somber new song "Home Again" while wearing a simple dark blue sequined jacket and blue-framed, but regular-size, glasses.

Carrie Underwood also performed: she sang "Yesterday" as a tribute to 1963-1964, "the year that changed TV history," because of JFK's assassination and the arrival of The Beatles in the U.S.  "Yesterday," however, didn't come out until 1965. Still, Carrie tweeted that she'd received Paul McCartney's blessing to perform it.

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Emmys Backstage Report

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's what the winners had to say backstage Sunday night at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles:

-- Riding a wave of momentum from its captivating final season, AMC's Breaking Bad was named outstanding drama series. And star Bryan Cranston put it best when he declared backstage, "What a way to go out!"

Calling the win an "answer to a wish and a prayer," Cranston said what he'd wanted was for the entire cast and crew to be celebrated.

As the show winds down its run, Cranston said he and his co-stars can relate to the roller coaster of emotions viewers have felt in recent weeks, because they had felt those emotions, too. He recalled that reading the scripts was "like unwrapping a present because we too were wringing our hands and saying 'Oh my God' to ourselves."

Given that the final season of Breaking Bad was split in half -- the last episode is set to air next Sunday -- it's not hard to imagine the show getting another outstanding drama series nomination next year.

-- Jeff Daniels believed his work held up to that of his fellow outstanding lead drama actor nominees, but entering the ceremony he thought it was "anybody's game." Having said that, The Newsroom actor was happy to come out on top.

Daniels doesn't have too much time to revel in his victory. He has to fly to Atlanta on Monday to begin shooting Dumb and Dumber To with Jim Carrey. He promised the Farrelly brothers sequel will have elements that will make the disgusting toilet scene in the original comedy seem "lame."

-- Homeland star Claire Danes has no plans to bond with her nine-month-old son over the fact that she's won the outstanding lead drama actress Emmy two years in a row. She told reporters she won't let him watch any episodes of her show, and she won't let him play with her new Emmy statuette, either. Danes joked, "I'm just hoping he's not going to impale himself on this thing. I'm going to keep it very elevated."

-- Modern Family creator Steven Levitan was humbled by the fact that his ABC show is now tied for the second-most wins for outstanding comedy series; it has a total of four, as do The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family and Cheers. Frasier holds the record, with five.

As grateful as he said he was, Levitan lamented the fact that none of his actors won an individual Emmy on Sunday night, since "they play as big a role in this as anybody."

-- Julia Louis-Dreyfus has now claimed back-to-back Emmys in the outstanding lead comedy actress category for her role on HBO's Veep. She was excited to take her latest statuette home with her and "sleep with it."

Louis-Dreyfus said this Emmy triumph feels just as special to her as her previous three victories. She pointed out that she's lost an Emmy race 10 times in her career, so as far as she's concerned it is "delicious to win."

-- The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons picked up his third Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. How does it feel when his name is called? He compared it to the adrenaline rush a person feels when "you narrowly miss getting into a car accident."

It didn't sound as if Parsons was in a mood to party after the ceremony. He said after-parties are "more of an afterthought to me. I prefer to read in bed. But that's because I'm 100."

-- Michael Douglas clarified the remarks he made in his acceptance speech for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie, when he praised his Behind the Candelabra co-star, Matt Damon, and referred to their collaboration as a "two-hander." Basically, he said, he meant that Damon was an excellent "partner" to work with in the Liberace movie.

In addition, Douglas elaborated on his "shout-out" to his 34-year-old son, Cameron, who is serving time in prison for drug-related crimes.

Douglas said in his acceptance speech he hoped "they allow me to see him soon." Backstage, he explained that Cameron is currently in solitary confinement, and he is not allowed to visit his son. Douglas continued, "I'm questioning the system. Obviously at first I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm very, very disappointed with the system."

Of note: Douglas made a casual reference to his "wife" Catherine Zeta-Jones, just as he did on stage. The couple announced their separation last month.

-- Anna Gunn has received a lot of backlash from fans for the transformation of her character, Skyler, on Breaking Bad. But she did not feel a sense of vindication after she was awarded the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. She remarked, "What the Skyler haters do, they do. It doesn't really have anything to do with me."

-- Boardwalk Empire star Bobby Cannavale was so shocked to hear his name called for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series that he couldn't remember much of his speech. He said he remembered Mad Men actor Jon Hamm, with whom he plays card games, giving him a thumbs-up.

-- Nurse Jackie actress Merritt Wever was a surprise winner for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series. Even more surprising was her very brief acceptance speech: "Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye."

Wever made sure to give credit where credit was due when she met with the media backstage. She said she wanted to thank Showtime, which airs her show, and "most of all" her co-star, outstanding lead comedy actress nominee Edie Falco.

When asked how it felt to hold an Emmy statuette in her hand, Wever joked, "I'm scared because it was unexpected....I have therapy next week."

-- Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report snapped The Daily Show and his buddy Jon Stewart's 10-year reign as outstanding variety series. Colbert was quick to note backstage that Stewart's streak is still alive, in a way, because he's an executive producer of The Colbert Report. Colbert exclaimed, "Congratulations, Jon! If anybody could do it, you could!"

-- Tina Fey was appreciative of the fact that her NBC comedy, 30 Rock, was acknowledged with an Emmy for its final season, especially since it concluded last January. The show was honored for outstanding writing in a comedy series.

With Saturday Night Live's season premiere a week away, the former SNL cast member and head writer was asked for her opinion of Cecily Strong's addition to the "Weekend Update" segment. Fey was confident that Strong will appear comfortable in front of the camera.

Strong will join returning anchor Seth Meyers on "Weekend Update." Meyers' future at the fake news desk after he takes over for Jimmy Fallon as host of NBC's Late Night next February remains to be seen.

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Emmy Winners List

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the top categories at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sunday at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. A full list of winners is available at

Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Comedy Series
Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Hale, Veep

Miniseries or Movie
Behind the Candelabra

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra


The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report

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"The Killing" Returns Sunday

AMC TV(NEW YORK) -- First Arrested Development was resurrected, now this weekend, another show comes back from the dead.

AMC cancelled The Killing last summer after two seasons, but earlier this year it announced it was bringing the dark detective drama back for season three.

The new two-hour premiere airs this Sunday night.

Show creator Veena Sud says they learned their lesson and fans won't have to wait until season four to find out the identity of the killer.  “We introduce the case, and we solve it at the end of the season. So you don't have to have seen seasons 1 and 2 to jump in,” says Sud.

Sud also says fans can expect more bodies this time around.

The series stars Joel Kinnaman at Seattle Police Detective Stephen Holder and Mireille Enos as Detective Sarah Linden. This season also features several newcomers, including actor Peter Sarsgaard.

The Killing airs Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

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Hollywood Pulls Episodes, Delays Shows in Wake of Shooting

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood is being cautious about what it puts out to the public in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, reports E! Online.  Movie premieres and shows with potentially objectionable content have been cancelled or pulled.

Fox pulled new episodes of Family Guy and American Dad scheduled to air this past Sunday due to sensitive material. The network did not air Family Guy's "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" episode, in which Peter relates his own version of the nativity story, as well as American Dad's "Minstrel Krampus," which features a demon that punishes bad kids.  The network aired repeats instead. There's no word as to when or if the shelved episodes will eventually air.

Weekend premieres for two films -- one for Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher in Pittsburgh and another for Billy Crystal and Bette Midler's Parental Guidance in Los Angeles -- were cancelled.  Also, SyFy pulled a violent Haven episode that was supposed to air last Friday.

Additionally, TLC has decided to delay Best Funeral Ever, a one-hour special on a funeral home that specializes in organizing unique funerals, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The program was to originally air Dec. 27, but the network says it will air instead on Jan. 6.

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Fox's 'House' Ending Eight-Season Run This Spring

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After eight seasons, the Fox series House will end its run this spring. The show's executive producers, including star Hugh Laurie, said in a statement released Wednesday, "The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party.  How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air."

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a separate statement, "While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision [executive producers] Hugh, David [Shore] and Katie [Jacobs] have made....For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us -- and fans around the world -- some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television."

The statements did not disclose the airdate of the House series finale, but they suggested that the show will conclude sometime in April, after 177 episodes.

House premiered in 2004 and turned Hugh Laurie, the British actor who portrays the titular, cantankerous doctor, into a household name in the U.S. The show's cast has included, at one point or another, Lisa Edelstein, Olivia Wilde, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn and Amber Tamblyn.

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10 Midseason TV Shows Worth Watching

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- For now, it's holiday specials galore, punctuated by re-runs and more stuff you've probably already seen (Christmas with the Kranks? No, thanks.)

Look forward to January and February, when a slew of new series will make their mid-season premieres, or, in some cases, continue after a lengthy hiatus.

Here are some shows to catch up on over the holidays and DVR in the new year.

For a fun, guilty pleasure.

Revenge and Pretty Little Liars. No new drama on broadcast TV has corralled as much of a fan following as Revenge, ABC's show about an innocent-looking schemer trying to avenge her father's tarnished name and death by wiping out just about everyone in the Hamptons. Critics are loving it too -- Madeline Stowe, who plays the nemesis of a bitter Emily Thorne, scored a Golden Globe nomination. They get back to plotting on Jan. 4.

Over on ABC Family, Pretty Little Liars begins the second half of season two on Jan. 2. Part Gossip Girl, part Beverly Hills, 90210, the series about a group of genetically blessed high school girls and the mysterious text messages they receive draws you in but doesn't take itself too seriously. It's frothy fun for the whole family.

For all-out laughs.

30 Rock and Eastbound and Down. After a longer-than-usual break (owing to star, creator and executive producer Tina Fey's new baby), 30 Rock comes back to TV on Jan. 12. The sixth season of the NBC cult favorite features a new boyfriend (James Mardsen) for the unlucky-in-love Liz Lemon and per usual, a roster of A-list guest stars, including Kelsey Grammer and Denise Richards.

Eastbound and Down, the hilariously dark series about a washed-up MLB pitcher and his questionable cast of characters, returns to HBO for its third (and final) season on Feb. 19. Season two saw Danny McBride's Kenny Powers hustling up cockfights for money in Mexico. Expect similar ridiculousness with the upcoming batch of episodes.

For critically acclaimed fare.

Downton Abbey and Justified. The Emmy-winning period drama Downton Abbey is back for its sophomore season. The show takes place in England around the time of the first World War, where matters of the heart, threat of financial ruin and Jane Austen-esque family entanglements dominate. If you like your wit dry and served with a British accent, this one's for you. Season two starts Jan. 8 on PBS.

FX's Justified also scored an Emmy (best supporting actress, Margo Martindale). The updated take on a cops-and-robbers western with Timothy Olyphant as a stone-faced, Southern-bred, sometimes above-the-law enforcer earned a heap of praise last season. The gang comes back for Justified's third installment on Jan. 17.

For a foodie fix.

The Layover and Bizarre Foods America. Gawk at awesome food while actually (gasp) learning something. In the case of Anthony Bourdain's Layover, you'll find answers to questions like, "Where should I grab lunch when I find myself in Miami for three hours?" Each show finds the No Reservations host in a new city for a day or so, and he always manages to have an enviable time while eating some drollworthy local grub. (We cheated a little here -- you can actually see new episodes through the holidays and into the new year, a welcome break from the yule log you're probably watching right now.)

Andrew Zimmern's leaving the exotic insects alone for the latest season of Bizarre Foods and hitting the road in the good old US of A to uncover little known eccentricities of the American diet. We may not eat crickets but we're pretty interesting in our own right. Series premieres Jan. 23.

For a dose of reality TV drama.

"The Bachelor" and "The Jersey Shore." When you want to revel in someone else's drama instead of your own (and who doesn't after the holidays?) tune into these reality TV staples. The 16th season of "The Bachelor" premieres Jan. 2 on ABC. Expect hopeful eyes, glittery dresses, tearful rose ceremonies and maybe, possibly, love.

Love's not likely to be found on MTV's "Jersey Shore," which starts its fifth season on Jan. 5. But glass-throwing, high-pitched shrieking, and GTL-ing? Check, check and check.

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NBC’s 'The Playboy Club' the First Casualty of the 2011 TV Season

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As expected, TV’s class of 2011 has some promising new entries, and some bona fide duds. NBC has picked up two new comedies, Up All Night and Whitney, for a full season, but the party’s over for The Playboy Club. The underperforming drama, which launched amid much hype on Sept. 19, will be replaced on Monday nights with repeats of Prime Suspect until Oct. 31, when the news show Rock Center with Brian Williams debuts.

The Parents Television Council, which had blasted The Playboy Club over what it saw as the show's strong sexual content and had called for sponsors to pull their spots from the show, issued a press release celebrating the cancellation, calling the show a “poor programming decision from the start” and a “violation of the public trust.” However, an NBC spokesperson told ABC News Radio that the only thing that shut down The Playboy Club was poor ratings, not pressure from the PTC.

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'Pan Am:' What Critics Are Saying

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Pan Am, the new ABC series set in the 1960s whose focus is the lives of stewardesses, played by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse, premiered Sunday night.

Critics drew comparisons to Mad Men and NBC’s The Playboy Club, other series also set in the ’60s. Here’s what they had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter:  “Pan Am seems most intent on making the idea of the ’60s and stewardesses and ‘the jet age’ more glamorous than real. It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, a la Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day. It only has the magazine ad dreams of the times – girls don’t have to be their mothers; they can also be modern women who get weighed at work and dumped at 32 for being too old.” — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times:  “Mad Men, which returns for a fifth season next year, is unquestionably a far better show, but Pan Am,  like The Playboy Club, which began on NBC this week, may be a more accurate reflection of our own insecurities. Viewers may not see anything particularly fresh about this show’s foursome of stewardesses, however. The Pan Am heroines represent the dawning of the women’s movement, and they are not fully formed characters so much as stick figures borrowed from a Rona Jaffe novel.” – Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

The New Yorker:  “Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work. … The show makes me think of the difference between Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the movie version: Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed.” — Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

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Top 15 TV Shows to Watch for Fall 2011

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- As Hollywood makes fewer films, the migration of top talent from movies to television continues.

This fall, look for a number of A-list stars on the small screen, including first-timers Patrick Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern and Christina Ricci.

Fall 2011 also marks the return of several stars who made their mark in television before jumping to Hollywood big screens. Claire Danes, Sarah Michelle Geller and Tim Allen are all back with new series.

Then, of course, there are all the returning shows, some of which will be missing our favorite cast members. What will the job be like for Detective Benson without her longtime partner Stabler on Law & Order: SVU?

With so many choices and so little time to watch, we thought we’d sort through and give you the Top 15 shows you won’t want to miss this fall.

Pan Am (ABC)

If you don’t remember when flying was actually fun and people got dressed up to board an airplane, then you’ll want to watch this new ABC series set in the 1960s and starring Christina Ricci as a rebellious bohemian who becomes a Pan Am stewardess in order to see the world. Rounding out the crew are Karine Vanasse, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Jonah Lotan as a cocky and charismatic new pilot. Premieres Sept. 25.

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Goodbye Charlie Sheen, hello Ashton Kutcher. After much ado, Kutcher will make his debut this Fall as Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire with a broken heart. How he’s related to Sheen’s character Charlie Harper and what’s become of Charlie is unknown. If rumors are true, creator Chuck Lorre, no fan of Sheen anymore, will kill off the character. Premieres Sept. 19.

The X Factor (FOX)

Simon Cowell is back and hopefully badder than ever in the show he left American Idol to bring to America. He’s got his (sometimes) favorite sidekick, Paula Abdul, with him along with Nicole Scherzinger and LA Reid. Premieres Sept. 21.
Ringer (CW)

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who broke out with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, is back on the small screen. In CW’s new mystery thriller Ringer, Gellar plays twin sisters trying to escape their dangerous and complicated lives. Premieres Sept. 13.

Playboy Club (NBC)

Not surprisingly, this show about Hugh Hefner’s original club, set in 1960s Chicago, has already drawn protests from anti-porn groups. It stars Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard, who have colorful personal lives of their own. Premieres Sept. 25.

Dexter (Showtime)

That gritty cable drama with Michael C. Hall as a moonlighting serial killer is back for another season. This time, Hall is grappling with his faith. Enter Edward James Olmos as a theology professor. Premieres Oct. 2.

New Girl (FOX)

With New Girl, Zooey Deschanel makes it a family affair at Fox, joining big sister Emily Deschanel (Bones) to play Jess, a socially awkward gal who moves in with three bachelors after her boyfriend dumps her. The guys try to help her re-enter the dating scene while getting close to her model BFF, played by Hannah Simone. Premieres Sept. 20.

2 Broke Girls (CBS)

Call it a modern day Laverne and Shirley. Kat Dennings, who displayed her dry wit in Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, stars as a smart-mouthed Brooklyn waitress who moonlights as a nanny and ends up moving in with her new co-worker (played by Beth Behrs), an heiress who has to make her own living after her Bernie Madoff-like dad is locked up. Premieres Sept. 19.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

The award-winning HBO drama led by Steve Buscemi is back and will no doubt get a boost at this year’s Emmy Awards. This season, Buscemi’s Nucky is fighting to hold to his Atlantic City turf from rival Jimmy, played by Michael Pitt, but he may be distracted by the appearance of his dead -- or is she? -- wife. Premieres Sept. 25.

The Office (NBC)

Who will fill Steve Carell’s shoes now that Michael Scott has left Dunder Mifflin? James Spader has been hired, but he will replace Kathy Bates as CEO of Sabre. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam are expecting their second baby. Premieres Sept. 22.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC)

Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh may be hoping this Miami-based reboot does the same for their careers as it did for Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The series is set to premiere on the anniversary of the day the original show debuted 35 years ago. Premieres Sept. 22.

A Gifted Man (CBS)

This new CBS drama starring Patrick Wilson as a hot-shot surgeon whose recently deceased ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins appearing to teach him lessons from the hereafter has some serious Hollywood muscle behind it. Besides Wilson, the show’s creator is Oscar-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helmed the pilot. Premieres Sept. 23.

Glee (FOX)

It’s graduation year for three of the show’s biggest stars -- Lea Michele,Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer. Executive producer Ryan Murphy said the full roster of who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere.

Last Man Standing (ABC)

Coming off his latest box office success in Toy Story 3, Tim Allen returns to TV. In Home Improvement, it was Allen and the boys against mom. In his new series Last Man Standing, Allen is outnumbered by his wife (Nancy Travis) and three girls and finds his masculinity tested when he has to stay home while his wife rejoins the workforce. Premieres Oct. 11.

Terra Nova (FOX)

This new series long in the making also has a Hollywood heavyweight behind it. Steven Spielberg is the producer of this dinosaur drama about the Shannon family, who must travel back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race. Yes, there will be plenty of dinosaurs. Premieres Sept. 26.

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