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  1. The Civil War PBS, 9 p.m. (Sept. 7–11) Ken Burns’s groundbreaking documentary celebrates its 25th anniversary with five nights of his trademark grave voice-overs, slow pans over somber photos, and lilting American music.
  2. Minority Report Fox, 9 p.m. (Sept. 21) Team up with Meagan Good and Stark Sands to solve yet-to-happen crimes, à la Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film (see page 112), which failed to predict Tom Cruise’s current renaissance.
  3. Blindspot NBC, 10 p.m. (Sept. 21) Wouldn’t Memento make a plausible TV show? A Jane Doe covered in nothing but tats emerges from a duffel bag in Times Square, and only her ink will help her discover her identity.
  4. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Comedy Central, 11 p.m. (Sept. 28) After 16 years of Jon Stewart — no pressure, Trevor.
  5. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend The CW, 8 p.m. (Oct. 12) Guy and girl fall in love at summer camp. Ten years later, girl, now a successful lawyer, ditches New York for Cali to woo back her crush, complete with musical interludes!
  6. Supergirl CBS, 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 26) Greg Berlanti of Arrow and The Flash is executive-producing this one. That’s really all we need to know.
  7. Childhood’s End Syfy, 8 p.m. (Dec. 14–16) Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi novel as a three-night mini-series, with Charles Dance leading an alien race’s bloodless takeover of Earth.
  8. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris NBC, 10 p.m. (Sept. 15) Skits, pranks, musical numbers, all hosted by Harris. And it’s live. There’s no way this weekly show can fail to be awesome.
  9. The Bastard Executioner FX, 10 p.m. (Sept. 15) From Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, comes this story of a warrior who swears off killing only to pick up a sword again when he’s forced to become an executioner. Katey Sagal co-stars as Annora of the Elders. To no one’s surprise, the show is reputed to be astoundingly violent.
  10. The Grinder Fox, 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 29) Rob Lowe, who’s also in NBC’s You, Me & the End of the World, plays a preening actor who, after his Law & Order–esque show goes off the air, has to join the family law practice with his younger brother, played by fellow familiar face Fred Savage.
  11. The Muppets ABC, 8 p.m. (Sept. 22; It’s shaping up to be a strong Tuesday this fall.) The late Jim Henson’s beloved troupe of felt actors has undergone an excellent revival in recent years; the process continues on this mock­umentary that gives the characters the reality-show treatment.
  12. Scream Queens Fox, 8 p.m. (Sept. 22) Ryan Murphy’s latest, set at a mean-girl sorority besieged by a serial killer; the all-star cast features original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, Abigail Breslin, pop starlet Ariana Grande, and Murphy veterans Emma Roberts and Lea Michele, the latter in some serious headgear.
  13. Limitless CBS, 10 p.m. (Sept. 22) What happens when you take a pill that helps you access 100 percent of your brain? Perhaps you create a TV-show reboot of a surprisingly well-remembered movie.
  14. Grandfathered Fox, 8 p.m. (Sept. 29) Another full house for star John Stamos, who plays a perfectly content bachelor and restaurateur who learns he’s actually not only a father but, gulp, a grandfather.
  15. Moonbeam City Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m. (Sept. 16) More Rob Lowe! This animated Miami Vice parody — with voices by Lowe and Elizabeth Banks — spoofs everything ’80s, from the pastel outfits to the synth-heavy soundtrack.
  16. Code Black CBS, 10 p.m. (Sept. 30) Marcia Gay Harden does her part to keep CBS prime time out of intensive care with this drama set in a busy ER unit.
  17. Casual Hulu (Oct. 7) A comedy for cord-cutters involving online dating, intrafamily role reversals, and Jason Reitman (who’ll executive-produce the show and directed its pilot).
  18. Heroes Reborn NBC, 8 p.m. (Sept. 24) NBC returns to its Heroes well, hoping that this time their superpowers can boost the network’s ratings, if not save mankind.
  19. The Player NBC, 10 p.m. (Sept. 24) Wesley Snipes’s network debut.
  20. SuperMansion Crackle (Oct. 8) Bryan Cranston heads up an over-the-hill superhero collective in stop-motion.
  21. Angel From Hell CBS, 9:30 p.m. (Nov. 5) Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson are complete opposites who form an unlikely friendship when Lynch reveals she’s Lawson’s guardian angel.
  22. Saints and Strangers National Geographic (Thanksgiving) Vincent Kartheiser serves up the heartwarming tale of the first Thanksgiving. (Presumably, nobody was eager to eat the cranberry sauce that came from a can that year either.)
  23. The Wiz Live! NBC, 8 p.m. (Dec. 3) This one-night adaptation of the 1978 film, featuring Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, David Alan Grier, and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, follows in the divisive footsteps of Allison Williams’s Peter Pan Live!extravaganza.
  24. Hand of God Amazon (Sept. 4) The charismatically rumpled Ron Perlman plays a grizzled, cursing judge who, when he isn’t doing such wholesome, law-abiding things as visiting prostitutes, believes his recent visions will help bring his daughter-in-law’s rapist to justice.
  25. Dr. Ken ABC, 8:30 p.m. (Oct. 2) Ken Jeong, the scene stealer from Community, stars as a House-like doctor. That is, an excellent pathologist with no social skills.
  26. Master of None Netflix (Nov. 6) Aziz Ansari stars in this quasi-autobiographical (his real dad will play his fictional dad) comedy about a man in his 30s who, as these things often go, suddenly realizes he’s got some growing up to do.
  27. The Last Kingdom BBC America, 10 p.m. (Oct. 10) England was apparently just a pathetic damp backwater, constantly being invaded by Vikings — until an unknown warrior-knight set it on the path to “Rule, Brittania!”
  28. Project Greenlight HBO, 10 p.m. (Sept. 13) The bromantic duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon return, again searching for the next great first-time filmmaker.
  29. Quantico ABC, 10 p.m. (Sept. 27) FBI recruits train to become agents, but with a twist: One will mastermind the largest terrorist attack since 9/11.
  30. Ash vs. Evil Dead Starz, 9 p.m. (Oct. 31) Happy Halloween! Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi reunite for the long-awaited Evil Dead series, promising blood, gore, and as much camp as you can stomach.
  31. Flesh and Bone Starz, 8 p.m. (Nov. 8) Black Swan meets Center Stage meets real-world accuracy in this ballet-world mini-series, stocked with ABT dancers. Center Stage’s Charlie and Cooper — Sascha Radetsky and Ethan Stiefel — act and choreograph, respectively.
  32. Into the Badlands AMC, 10 p.m. (Nov. 15) A warrior and a young boy seek enlightenment (consider it a helpful psychological reprieve after The Walking Dead).