The new TV season doesn’t start officially for another week, but you might not know it by looking at Monday’s (Sept. 16) lineup.
Not everything on the broadcast networks is first-run that night, but between series premieres and season finales, enough is to make it almost seem as if the 2013-14 season was under way in full. At the very least, it’s a solid indicator that fall is at the doorstep.
8 p.m. ET/PT:
“Dancing With the Stars” (Season 16 premiere, ABC): Much attention is being paid to health-challenged TV icon Valerie Harper‘s participation in the contest — with partner Tristan MacManus — as it moves to a once-weekly telecast combining performances and results. The former “Rhoda” has ballroom rivals including Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, NFL veteran Keyshawn Johnson, Amber Riley (“Glee”), Leah Remini, Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical”) and Bill Nye “The Science Guy.”
“Bones” (Season 9 premiere, FOX): Life isn’t running very smoothly for Brennan and Booth (Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) as the mystery’s new round begins, since he’s broken off their engagement … and she’s still wondering why, unaware that a serial killer has commandeered that turn of events.
9 p.m. ET/PT:
“American Ninja Warrior” (Season 5 finale, NBC): As the competition that shares its telecasts with cable’s G4 ends its latest round, host Matt Iseman wraps up coverage of the finals in Las Vegas, where the Season 4 conclusion also was staged.
“Sleepy Hollow” (Series premiere, FOX): Yes, there’s still a headless horseman as the legend gets a big update from prolific writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Tom Mison stars as the thrust-into-the-present Ichabod Crane, who teams with a very contemporary cop (Nicole Beharie, “42”) to stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and other evils targeting the title town.
“Breaking Pointe” (Season 2 finale, The CW): Members of Salt Lake City’s Ballet West end their sophomore television round with a trip to Los Angeles … and several of the dancers making big decisions about relationships and professional futures.
10 p.m, ET/PT:
“Under the Dome” (Season 1 finale, CBS): The Stephen King-created suspense drama whose success has network executives thinking “miniseries” again ends its run — but, not surprisingly, there will be more next year. Barbie’s (Mike Vogel) fate and the revelation of the Monarch’s identity are big points of the first-season ender.
“Siberia” (Season 1 finale, NBC): The pseudo-reality show ends its summer run with a rescue party arriving to help a contestant who has landed in a literal minefield. Actually, “presumed rescue party” might be a bit closer to the fact.