What to Watch This Week: September 24-30

September 24, 2012

Dancing with the Stars. Photo credit: ABC

Whether you’re a celebrity hound, a sci-fi enthusiast, or fan of offbeat comedies, this week is all about season premieres. So round up your friends and celebrate the return of some of your favorite shows—or find some new ones to get hooked on.

Monday, September 24 – Dancing with the Stars
Now in its 15th season, the beloved celebrity dance competition returns for an all-star season filled with past winners and fan favorites. Returning celebrities include Emmitt Smith, Pamela Anderson, Kristie Alley, and Drew Lachey. 8 p.m. on ABC.

Tuesday, September 25 – NCIS
The police procedural drama is back with a two-hour action-packed season premiere that picks up after last spring’s fatal explosion. The team goes on a manhunt for Harper Dearing to put an end to his terrorist plot. Plus, we find out what happens to Ducky, who collapsed in the final seconds of last season’s finale. 8 p.m. on CBS.

Wednesday, September 26 – South Park
Everybody’s favorite foul-mouth and irreverent fourth graders are back! Get ready to see what bizarre adventures the boys are up to now in the dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

Thursday, September 27 – Elementary
The brand new contemporary drama follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson as they solve crimes together in New York City. Jonny Lee Miller plays the recovering drug addict Holmes and Lucy Liu his sober companion in this new take on the legendary detective series. 10 p.m. on CBS.

Friday, September 28 – Fringe
In its fifth and final season premiere, the J.J. Abrams sci-fi series to jumps to an Observer-controlled dystopian future in the year 2036. The Fringe team, along with other human resistance members, will find themselves in an epic battle. 9 p.m. on FOX.

Saturday, September 29 – Doctor Who
Doctor Who and his companions travel to New York City, where they’ll experience the grandeur of the city and the Doctor’s final farewell to Amy and Rory. 9 p.m. on BBC America.

Sunday, September 30 – Fox Animated Comedy Block
Your favorite animated sitcoms kick off with new episodes on the same night. Catch the season premieres of The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad! and end your week on a happy note. 8 p.m. on FOX.