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Fall TV Officially Kicks Off With Premieres, Returns and Eliminations

Jimmy Smits, Gwen Stefani and Sean Spicer headline a busy first night of the 2019-20 Season.
  • Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee in Bluff City Law, Gwen Stefani in The Voice, and Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold in Dancing With the Stars (Photos: NBC, ABC)
    Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee in Bluff City Law, Gwen Stefani in The Voice, and Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold in Dancing With the Stars (Photos: NBC, ABC)

    Premiere week is officially underway, and with new shows debuting, old favorites coming back, and beloved stars returning to their old stomping grounds, there are a staggering number of offerings to choose from. Here are tonight's highlights:

    SERIES PREMIERE: Jimmy Smits became a star playing a lawyer on NBC's L.A. Law, which makes Bluff City Law a homecoming in more ways than one. Shot entirely on location in Memphis, the series stars Smits as Elijah Strait, the figurehead of the city's top law firm. The pilot finds Elijah's estranged daughter Sydney returning to the firm to join a case against a corporation whose product may cause cancer. Watch the preview | Read our Pilot Script Review. 10:00 PM ET on NBC

    SEASON PREMIERE: Gwen Stefani isn't letting her Vegas residency stop her from returning to The Voice, where she'll join John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. The 17th season of the long-running talent competition kicks off tonight with the blind auditions. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    SERIES PREMIERE: Joining Bluff City Law in the Monday night legal landscape is the drama All Rise, which approaches the legal world from the perspective of the prosecutors, public defenders, judges, bailiffs, and clerks who keep the Los Angeles legal system moving. Watch the Preview | Read our Pilot Script Review. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES PREMIERE: The Big Bang Theory's Chuck Lorre presents Bob (Hearts) Abishola. The series follows a sock salesman who falls in love with the nurse who cares for him as he's recovering from a heart attack. Watch the preview. 8:30 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES PREMIERE: He's not just a serial killer expert, he's a serial killer's pride and joy. Uber producer Greg Berlanti's Prodigal Sonwhich the network hopes will be the next House  — follows "mindhunter" Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) as he profiles killers for the NYPD, while working on his relationship with his mother and coming to terms with his serial killer father. Watch the preview | Read our Pilot Script Review 9:00 PM ET on Fox

    SEASON PREMIERE: Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Oliver Stark return for the third season of 9-1-1. The season premiere finds the team dealing with high speed highway incidents and a brazen kidnapping. 8:00 PM ET on Fox

    SEASON PREMIERE: Tonight is all about surgery, as The Good Doctor finds Shaun proposing a lifesaving operation, while Dr. Lim makes a major announcement, and two doctors compete for the chance to perform an operation on a cancer patient. 10:00 PM ET on ABC
    SEASON PREMIERE: He's back, and Bull's life is about to get a whole lot more complicated as he prepares to become a father. Life in the courtroom is also heating up, with a complicated involuntary manslaughter case. 10:00 PM ET on CBS

    SEASON PREMIERE: Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) and Dave (Max Greenfield) have been neighbors for a year now, but lines are drawn in the season premiere of The Neighborhood when Calvin gets territorial as his big barbecue approaches. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    NEW EPISODE: A buyer takes issue with the quality of Frankie's adult product on The Deuce. Meanwhile, Candy and Hank come to a financial understanding. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: The Brady kids tackle the family room and kitchen on A Very Brady Renovation. Then, after furnishing Alice's room, they landscape the backyard… with astroturf of course! HGTV spent a fortune purchasing the house for the show, but it seems the bet is really paying off9:00 PM ET on HGTV


    • Dancing With the Stars reaches the first round of eliminations. 8:00 PM ET ABC
    • Country Music deals with the Vietnam War, as Kris Kristofferson arrives on the scene, and artists like Bob Dylan record in Nashville. 8:00 PM ET on PBS
    • Halloween Baking Championship fills the void for food fans hungry for more baking competition drama now that The Great British Baking Show has switched to weekly episodes. 9:00 PM ET on FOOD

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Bluff City Law, ABC, NBC, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Gwen Stefani, Sean Spicer