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TV Weekend: Fringe, Made in Jersey, Revenge, Dexter

by Bill Frost
- Posted // 2012-09-28 - What’s new on the time supersucker this weekend:

Fringe (Fox, tonight) Season Premiere: It’s the final season! So … where’s Olivia? How fucked up is the world in the year 2036? What exactly does the title of tonight’s season premiere, “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11,” mean? How did they make Kitchen Nightmares disappear? Go out as weird as possible, Fringe

Made in Jersey (CBS, tonight) Series Debut: Read about it in True TV (Item 4).

Also new tonight:
Shark Tank (ABC); CSI:NY, Blue Bloods (CBS); Grimm (NBC); America’s Next Top Model (The CW); America’s Most Wanted (Lifetime); The Ultimate Fighter (FX); Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (TBS); Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, Secret Princes (TLC); Fashion Police (E!); Haven (Syfy); Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO); Strike Back (Cinemax); Boss (Starz)

New Saturday:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season Premiere (Cartoon Network); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon); Doctor Who, Chef Race: UK vs. US (BBC America); Happily Never After, Deadly Affairs (ID); I Was Impaled (Discovery Health); Bayou Billionaires (CMT); Demetri Martin: Stand-Up Comedian (Comedy Cetnral)

Revenge (ABC, Sunday) Season Premiere: More sex! More violence! More secrets! More Sunday! And, yes, more revenging! Missed ya, Emily …

666 Park Avenue (ABC, Sunday) Series Debut: Read about it in True TV (Item 5).

Dexter (Showtime, Sunday) Season Premiere: Read about it in True TV (Item 1).

Homeland (Showtime, Sunday) Season Premiere: Great series, but Emmys for Best Drama and Best Writing? Over Breaking Bad and Mad Men? No, no, no. Sure, Claire Danes more than deserved her win for Lead Actress—no one’s ever going to top her crazed determination/desperation from Season 1—but Damien Lewis’ dead-eyed Al-Qaeda-bot performance didn’t even challenge Mandy Patinkin’s beard for Lead Actor. Despite the victories, Homeland is still thinky political porn for espionage junkies who miss 24, or can’t get onboard with Strike Back’s dumber Team America approach, or believe that it’s all a tinfoil-hat allegory for the current presidency of one Barack Hussein Obama. What-ever: Early this season, faux-war-hero-turned-real-Congressman Nicholas Brody’s (Lewis) plan for “peaceful” terrorism on American soil starts unraveling, as does Mathison’s (Danes) tenuous new grip on sanity. The beard, however, is still rock-solid.

Also new Sunday:
Once Upon a Time: Season Premiere (ABC); The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Mentalist: Season Premieres (CBS); The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, American Dad: Season Premieres (Fox); Bar Rescue: Season Finale, Tattoo Rescue (Spike); Hell on Wheels (AMC); The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network); Ice Road Truckers (History); The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo); Long Island Medium, Breaking Amish (TLC); Married to Jonas (E!); Rehab With Dr. Drew (VH1); Bridezillas (We); Robot Chicken, Superjail (Adult Swim); Copper (BBC America); Boardwalk Empire, Treme (HBO)

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Posted // October 1,2012 at 09:57

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for giving me a heads up on what to look out for on TV last night. I couldn’t believe how many premieres were on, so it was nice to get a breakdown on everything! Of course, my rotten luck had my favorite shows airing at the exact same time. There’s no way I was going to miss Dexter, Boardwalk Empire or The Amazing Race! I’m just lucky that my Hopper DVR can record up to six things, or else I would’ve had some tough decisions to make. I just wish that they could’ve spaced out the premiere, since that would’ve saved me from staying up late last night watching them all; it has definitely made for a day full of coffee here in my office at DISH, but it was worth it!