Must See HDTV (September 24th - 30th)

Must See HDTV September 24th  30th

We are officially in the fall premiere season. From freshly-minted Emmy winners like Homeland to newbies like Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue and Elementary, the prime time schedule is suddenly full of shows jostling for our attention. Add in a full slate of movie releases, football games and even WNBA playoffs, well, and our DVRs have their work cut out for them. 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 Avengers
One of the summer's biggest hits is here on disc, in two discs Blu-ray / DVD combo pack (no digital copy) and four disc Blu-ray 3D edition (with digital copy). We got a chance to check it out early and there's certainly enough extras here to keep the fans happy, along with a slick and fast-loading menu system. We did not get an opportunity to try out the Second Screen app yet, but with the price of the four disc pack down to $25, we figure most fans will getting thier money's worth -- unless of course they're waiting for the delayed Marvel Cinematic Universe edition.
(September 25th, $24.99 on Amazon)

Last Resort
We're sure there's more to this military drama than just trying to be the next Lost, but when you start off stranded on a fictional island then throw in conspiracy theories and a submarine, our magnets start to tingle. From the trailer (embedded after the break)it certainly has an interesting plot, as the crew of a US military vessel is fired upon by its own country, and subsequently goes rogue in an attempt to find out why and get back home, but we've seen many of these mysterious shows come and go very quickly -- it will need to find its own hook, and fast.
(September 27th, ABC, 8PM)

As we welcome in a slew of new shows, we say goodbye to one for now. Comedian Louis CK's show was also an award winner last night, and it was well deserved. After a Rocky-style take on the late night wars the show wraps up its season this week with what appears to be a New Year's themed episode. If you haven't checked it out yet and are a fan of CK's comedy style, this is probably the time.
(September 28th, FX, 10:30PM)

Blu-ray & Games

  • The Avengers (3D)

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

  • Bond 50

  • American Horror Story (S1)

  • Dave

  • Key & Peele (S1)

  • Portlandia (S2)

  • Gerhard Richter Painting

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360)

  • FIFA Soccer 2013 (PS3, Xbox 360)

  • Dead or Alive 5 (PS3), Xbox 360)


  • Packers/Seahawks Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM

  • Dancing With The Stars (season premiere), ABC, 8PM

  • How I Met Your Mother (season premiere), CBS, 8PM

  • Partners (series premiere), CBS, 8:30PM

  • 2 Broke Girls (season premiere), CBS, 9PM

  • Mike & Molly (season premiere), CBS, 9:30PM

  • Hawaii Five-0 (season premiere), CBS, 10PM

  • Castle (season premiere), ABC, 10PM

  • The Mob Doctor, Fox, 9PM

  • Bones, Fox, 8PM

  • Alphas, Syfy, 8PM

  • Switched At Birth, ABC Family, 8PM

  • The L.A. Complex (season finale), CW, 9PM

  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, Discovery, 9PM

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Travel, 9PM

  • Major Crimes, TNT, 9PM

  • Warehouse 13, Syfy, 9PM

  • Revolution, NBC, 10PM

  • Fast n' Loud, Discovery, 10PM

  • The Inbetweeners, MTV, 10:30PM


  • NCIS (season premiere), CBS, 8PM

  • New Girl (season premiere), Fox, 8 & 9PM

  • Ben & Kate (series premiere), Fox, 8:30PM

  • Call Me Fitz (season premiere), DirecTV, 9PM

  • NCIS: LA (season premiere), CBS, 9PM

  • Less Than Kind (season premiere), DirecTV, 9PM

  • The Mindy Project (series premiere), Fox, 9:30PM

  • Private Practice (season premiere), ABC, 10PM

  • Tosh.0 (season premiere), Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Vegas (series premiere), CBS, 10PM

  • Brickleberry (series premiere), Comedy Central, 10:30PM

  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • Go On, NBC, 9PM

  • Face Off, Syfy, 9PM

  • Top Gear (US) (season finale), History, 9PM

  • The New Normal, NBC, 9:30PM

  • 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games, ESPN2, 9, 9:30 & 10PM

  • Parenthood , NBC, 10PM

  • Hot Set, Syfy, 10PM

  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM


  • The Middle (season premiere), ABC, 8PM

  • Criminal Minds (season premiere), CBS, 9PM

  • Modern Family (season premiere), ABC, 9PM

  • Law & Order: SVU (season premiere), NBC, 9PM

  • The Neighbors (series premiere), ABC, 9:30PM

  • CSI (season premiere), CBS, 10PM

  • South Park (season premiere), Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Revenge (special presentation recap), ABC, 10PM

  • Key & Peele (season premiere), Comedy Central, 10:30PM

  • Animal Practice, NBC, 8PM

  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM

  • A Football Life, NFL Network, 8PM

  • The X Factor, Fox, 8PM

  • Oh Sit!, CW, 8PM

  • Guys With Kids, NBC, 8:30PM

  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM

  • Sons of Guns, Discovery, 9PM

  • Rake, DirecTV, 9PM

  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10PM

  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 10PM

  • How Booze Built America, Discovery, 10PM

  • The Real World / Road Rules Challenge, MTV, 10PM


  • Last Resort (series premiere), ABC, 8PM

  • The Big Bang Theory (season premiere), CBS, 8PM

  • Two And A Half Men (season premiere), CBS, 8:30PM

  • Grey's Anatomy (season premiere), ABC, 9PM

  • Person of Interest (season premiere), CBS, 9PM

  • Elementary (series premiere), CBS, 10PM

  • Scandal (season premiere), ABC, 10PM

  • Stanford/Washington college football, ESPN, 9PM

  • Browns/Ravens Thursday Night Football, NFL Network, 8PM

  • WNBA Playoffs semifinal Game 1, ESPN2, 8 & 10PM

  • Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, NBC, 8PM

  • Up All Night, NBC, 8:30PM

  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM

  • The X-Factor, Fox, 8PM

  • Caught Looking, NBC Sports Network, 9PM

  • The Office, NBC, 9PM

  • Glee, Fox, 9PM

  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 9:30PM

  • Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC, 10PM

  • Louie (season finale), FX, 10:30PM

  • Children's Hospital, Cartoon Network, 11:59PM


  • CSI:NY (season premiere), CBS, 8PM

  • Fringe (season premiere), Fox, 9PM

  • Made In Jersey (series premiere), CBS, 9PM

  • Blue Bloods (season premiere), CBS, 10PM

  • Shark Tank, ABC, 8PM

  • Hawaii/BYU college football, ESPN, 8PM

  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM

  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM

  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM

  • WNBA Playoffs semifinal Game 1, ESPN2, 8 & 10PM

  • Boss, Starz, 9PM

  • XIII, Reelzchannel, 9PM

  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 10PM

  • Strike Back, Cinemax, 10PM


  • Miracle Ball (special presentation), Velocity, 8PM

  • Lake Placid (special presentation), Syfy, 9PM

  • Demetri Martin: Standup Comedian, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • FAMU/Southern college football, NBC Sports Network, 3:30PM

  • Ohio State/Michigan state college football, ABC, 3:30PM

  • Arizona State/Cal, FX, 4PM

  • Florida State/USF, ESPN, 6PM

  • Wisconsin/Nebraska, ABC, 8PM

  • Ole Miss/Alabama, ESPN, 9:15PM

  • Oregon/Washington State, ESPN2, 10:30PM

  • Doctor Who (fall finale), BBC America, 9PM


  • 60 Minutes (season premiere), CBS, 7PM

  • The Amazing Race (season premiere), CBS, 8PM

  • Once Upon A Time (season premiere), ABC, 8PM

  • The Simpsons (season premiere), Fox, 8PM

  • Bob's Burgers (season premiere), Fox, 8:30PM

  • Dexter (season premiere), Showtime, 9PM

  • Family Guy (season premiere), Fox, 9PM

  • The Good Wife (season premiere), CBS, 9PM

  • Revenge (season premiere), ABC, 9PM

  • American Dad (season premiere), Fox, 9PM

  • Homeland (season premiere), Showtime, 10PM

  • The Mentalist (season premiere), CBS, 10PM

  • 666 Park Avenue (series premiere), ABC, 10PM

  • Treme, HBO, 10PM

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Dover, ESPN, 1PM

  • Giants/Eagles Sunday Night Football, NBC, 8:15PM

  • WNBA Playoffs Conference Semi, ESPN, 9PM

  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM

  • Hell On Wheels, AMC, 9PM

  • Copper, BBC America, 10PM