After a long summer, September had many notable TV show premieres. Eager fans waited for their favorite shows to return, and new shows have collected interested audiences.
Outsourced (First Season) In this comedy, Todd Dempsy is an American forced to go to India to keep his job as a manager and pay off his immense college debt. He manages a call center for American novelties. In the pilot episode, he has his Indian employees play with the novelties they sell to get into the mindset of American customers. Not only do the employees learn about American culture by the end of the workday, Todd also accepts Indian culture and decides to eat the traditional Indian lunch rather than American food. Despite the frequent use of stereotypes of both Indians and Americans, this show highlights the benefits of working so closely with another culture.
Boardwalk Empire (First Season)Enoch “Nucky” Thompson is a corrupt treasurer running Atlantic City during the Prohibition. After delivering a speech condemning alcohol, Nucky ironically tells his bosses about the possible fortune they could make selling illegal alcohol. Watch “Boardwalk Empire” to find out which scandals Nucky gets involved in and the dire consequences sure to follow.
Nikita (First Season) Nikita was once a troubled teen on death row. In the dramatic first season, the rogue government organization “Division” rescues her and trains her as an assassin to carry out top-secret missions. Three years after escaping from Division, she comes out of hiding with the goal of destroying the secret agency from the inside in this exciting spy drama.
Outlaw (First Season) Cyrus Garza quits his job as a Supreme Court Justice to work in private practice, hoping to deliver more justice to the people in this courtroom drama. This playboy gambler works with a team and travels across the country settling difficult legal cases. Although it seems unlikely that any Supreme Court Justice would resign, the story is a touching one that fights for the underdogs in society.
TheDefenders (First Season) Pete Kaczmarek and Nick Morelli are two lawyers working together in Las Vegas in this legal drama. Lisa Tyler, their associate, worked as a stripper to pay for law school, and now battles her trashy reputation. They use their keen street senses and not-so-good legal knowledge to solve a variety of strange cases they encounter on the strip.
Glee (Second Season) In the musical comedy-drama, Will Schuester is director of McKinley High School’s Glee Club. He tries to inspire students to join and embrace their singing abilities, but the students face much opposition from their peers. The cheer team is the Glee Club’s enemy, and its coach, Sue Sylvester, enjoys torturing Will. The personal lives of the Glee Club members are large parts of the show. Stereotypical high school drama dominates the show, but the musical element makes it unique and worth watching.
Community (Second Season)In this comedy, Jeff Winger is a lawyer forced to attend Greendale Community College after his college degree is deemed invalid. He and six other students form a Spanish study group made up of an old moist-towelette tycoon, a former high school quarterback, a divorced mother and other quirky characters. Jeff acts as the knowledgeable father of the group and has intermittent romances with two other group members. In each episode, these individuals’ surprising comments and behavior in a community college setting will delight audience members.
Chuck (Fourth Season) In this action-comedy-romance drama, Chuck Bartowski’s old Stanford University roommate implants classified secrets into Chuck’s brain after he is expelled. He is forced into the spy world as a tool, not as an agent, for the CIA. Although his new spy life is much more exciting than working at the local electronics store, he may find his action-packed life full of secrecy to be too exciting. With his father murdered, will Chuck be able to locate his mother who left his family when he was only a child?
30 Rock (Fifth Season) Tina Fey writes and stars in this comedy as Liz Lemon, a head writer for the fabricated comedy TV show “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” “30 Rock” follows Liz’s hopeless love life and her attempts to make friends with her employees, rather than act as their boss and mother. In this season, Liz’s new boyfriend Carol is an emotional airplane pilot. Is she ready to take the plunge and take it a step further with Carol?
The Office (Seventh Season) Steve Carell plays Michael Scott, the incompetent manager of a paper sales company, Dunder Mifflin. The show portrays Dunder Mifflin’s strange workers and their eccentric behaviors, sometimes delving into their personal lives. Though the show is a scripted comedy, it follows a mockumentary format in which the characters often gossip about each other, specifically to the audience. Carell plans to leave “The Office” after this season and move on in his career. It is unknown who will replace his character, and many fans believe that “The Office” won’t be the same without him.
Premiere DatesOutsourced: Thursday, September 23 at 9:30 p.m.
Boardwalk Empire: Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m.
Nikita: Thursday, September 9 at 9 p.m.
Outlaw: Wednesday, September 15 at 10 p.m.
The Defenders: Wednesday, September 22 at 10 p.m.
Glee: Tuesday, September 21 at 8 p.m.
Community: Thursday, September 23 at 8 p.m.
Chuck: Tuesday, September 20 at 8 p.m.
30 Rock: Thursday, September 23 at 8:30 p.m.
The Office: Thursday, September 23 at 9 p.m.