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Must See HDTV (September 26th - October 2nd)

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
September 26, 2011

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After last week's slew of premieres there's still a few new shows popping up this week, as well as season premieres of old favorites (Dexter, Mythbusters). Transformers: Dark of the Moon makes its Blu-ray debut on Friday but with no 3D or special features it'll have to wait to top our list. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

The second season of this British detective show already finished airing in the UK but its four episode run is just getting started this week on BBC America. The Wire's Idris Elba stars as DCI John Luther, an investigator who is as troubles as he is effective in tracking down killers, rapists and other unsavory characters. There's a dozen crime procedurals to choose from, but this is one of the few that rises above the rest of the pack -- check out the season 2 trailer after the break. If you can't get enough of accents and tea, check out the season finale of Dr. Who and series premiere of Bedlam Saturday night.
(September 28th, BBC America, 10PM)

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
While the original release of Ico predates this site, its followup Shadow of the Colossus had us excited even when it was only in 480p. This week, both return in HD (and 3D) on the PS3, coming back for the first time on hardware that can actually handle creator Fumito Ueda's vision. The two adventure games are some of the more unique gaming experiences you'll find, whether or not you gave them a chance on the PS2 they're definitely worth checking out this time around, check for a couple trailers after the break.
($39.99 on Amazon, September 27th)

Happy Endings
This comedy joined ABC's lineup last year as a midseason replacement and quickly snagged a spot in our DVR queue with a hilarious ensemble of characters. While the show's premise wasn't a standout (bride leaves groom at the altar, we follow the group as they try to stay friends afterwards) the writing is spot on and gained enough a following to come back for season two, starting this week.
(September 28th, ABC, 9:30PM)

Blu-ray & Games
  • Terra Nova (series premiere), Fox, 8PM
  • Gossip Girl (season premiere), CW, 8PM
  • Heart of Dixie (series premiere), CW, 9PM
  • Mike & Molly (season premiere), CBS, 9:30PM
  • Top Gear UK (season finale), BBC America, 9PM
  • Alphas (season finale), Syfy, 10PM
  • Weeds (season finale), Showtime, 10PM
  • The Big C, Showtime (season finale), 10:30PM
  • Washington/Cowboys Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Two And A Half Men, CBS, 9PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 9PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • American Underworld, Discovery, 10PM
  • The Playboy Club, NBC, 10PM
  • The Lying Game, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Warehouse 13, Syfy, 9PM
  • American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, 9PM
  • Death Valley, MTV, 10:30PM
  • Awkward (season finale), MTV, 11PM
  • Catching Hell, ESPN, 8PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • Glee, Fox, 8PM
  • 90210, CW, 8PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • Raising Hope, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Body of Proof, ABC, 10PM
  • Unforgettable, CBS, 10PM
  • Ringer, CW, 9PM
  • Parenthood, NBC, 10PM
  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM
  • Top Shot, History, 10 PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Suburgatory (series premiere), ABC, 8:30PM
  • Rocket City Rednecks (series premiere), National Geographic, 9 & 9:30PM
  • Mad Scientists (series premiere), National Geographic, 10 & 10:30PM
  • Happy Endings (season premiere), ABC, 9:30PM
  • Mythbusters (season premiere), Discovery, 9PM
  • Luther (season premiere), BBCA, 10PM
  • The Real World (season premiere), MTV, 10PM
  • The X Factor, Fox, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • Up All Night, NBC, 8PM
  • Free Agents, NBC, 8:30PM
  • Inside The NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • Law & Order: UK, BBC America, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Harry's Law, NBC, 9PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, Spike, 9PM
  • The Stoned Ages, History, 9PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • Revenge, ABC, 10PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 10PM
  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10 PM
  • How To Be A Gentleman (series premiere), CBS, 8:30PM
  • Private Practice (season premiere), ABC, 10PM
  • Archer (fall season finale), FX, 10:30PM
  • USF/PITT college football, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 8PM
  • Charlie's Angels, ABC, 8PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • Community, NBC, 8PM
  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 8:30PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • The Secret Circle, CW, 9PM
  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM
  • The Office, NBC, 9PM
  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM
  • Whitney, NBC, 9:30PM
  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10PM
  • Prime Suspect, NBC, 10PM
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, FX, 10PM
  • Archer, FX, 10:30PM
  • Extreme Drug Smuggling, Discovery, 9PM
  • Haven (season finale), Syfy, 10PM
  • A Gifted Man, CBS, 8PM
  • Nikita, CW, 8PM
  • CSI: NY, CBS, 9PM
  • Fringe, Fox, 9PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network, 8PM
  • Strike Back, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Iron Man Anime, G4, 11PM
  • Wolverine Anime, G4, 11:30PM
  • Saturday Night Live with Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum, NBC, 11:30PM
  • Doctor Who (season finale), BBC America, 9PM
  • Bedlam (series premiere), BBC America, 10PM
  • Dexter (season premiere), Showtime, 9PM
  • Homeland (series premiere), Showtime, 10PM
  • Around The World In 80 Ways (series premiere), History, 10PM
  • Hung (season premiere), HBO, 10PM
  • How To Make It America (season premiere), HBO, 10:30PM
  • South Park Documentary, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • WNBA Finals Game 1, ESPN2, 4:30PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • Jets/Ravens football, NBC, 8:15PM
  • Curiosity, Discovery, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM
  • Desperate Housewives, ABC, 9PM
  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9PM
  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM
  • American Dad, Fox, 9:30PM
  • CSI: Miami, CBS, 10PM
  • Pan Am, ABC, 10PM
  • Breaking Bad, AMC, 10 PM
  • Bar Rescue, Spike, 10PM

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