Are You Ready for Prime Time?

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Are You Ready for Prime Time?
From the left: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is part of the action when the NFL season kicks off in September (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports); ABC’s “Modern Family” begins Season 6 following Mitch and Cam’s walk down the aisle (Peter "Hopper" Stone, ABC); Claire Danes returns as Carrie Mathison in Season 4 of “Homeland” on Showtime (Jim Fiscus, Showtime); trainer Dolvett Quince is back for “The Biggest Loser” Season 16 on NBC (Trae Patton, NBC); Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” premieres on PBS (courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library).


August 19, 2014

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Fall TV: Are you ready for prime time?

WHETHER YOU'RE a diehard football fan, history buff or reality show devotee, fall TV can't come soon enough. Check out our package of stories designed to help you get the most out of the season:

Shows to Watch

To put your TV viewing back on track after a summer hiatus, here's a quick update on some of the premieres and eagerly anticipated returns that are high on the list this autumn:

DOUBLE THE SUSPENSE: Showtime will premiere the first two episodes of the award-winning drama "Homeland" back to back beginning Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Season 4 is filmed entirely on location in South Africa, with Carrie (Claire Danes) back on the front lines.

LUCKY 16: Two perennial NBC favorites enter their 16th seasons: "Law & Order: SVU" and "The Biggest Loser."

  • "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days," premiering Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. ET, features 20 former athletes, including former NFL players and Olympic gold medalists, who will work with the trainers to try to change their lives.
  • Mariska Hargitay returns to "SVU" Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET as Olivia Benson in what's become the longest-running prime-time drama currently on television.

END OF AN EMPIRE: "Boardwalk Empire" bids farewell to Atlantic City, crime bosses and Nucky Thompson following its fifth and final season, which starts Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: The Emmy-winning comedy series "Modern Family," which saw Cam and Mitch finally get married at the end of Season 5, returns for its sixth season beginning 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 24.

A LASTING LEGACY: PBS launches the much-anticipated seven-night premiere of Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," which looks at the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, from young Teddy's vigorous pursuit of a robust life in the 1800s to Eleanor's wide-ranging political influence in the mid-20th century. The 14-hour documentary, which debuts Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET, can be streamed on station websites and PBS station branded digital sites the day after the broadcast premiere.

Also up for the public broadcasting channel:

  • Six new episodes of "Antiques Roadshow," which includes travels to Knoxville, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla., to uncover treasures such as Muhammad Ali's training shoes. New shows begin Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.
  • "Navy Seals — Their Untold Story" premieres Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at 9 p.m. ET.

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