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The down-loadable lowdown on fall series premieres and returns

Here it comes, a new fall TV season unmarked by the after-effects of a writers' strike.

This down-loadable digest charts the launches/relaunches of new series and returnees. Dates, always subject to change, are the latest available from the five major broadcast networks. So here we go -- network by network, with new series in boldface.


Courteney Cox re-enters the arena in ABC's Cougar Town.


Sept. 5 -- Return of Saturday Night Football
Sept. 21 -- Returns of Dancing with the Stars and Castle
Sept. 22 -- Premiere of The Forgotten
Sept. 23 -- Premieres of Modern Family, Cougar Town, Eastwick
Sept. 24 -- Premiere of FlashForward, return of Grey's Anatomy
Sept. 27 -- Returns of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters
Sept. 30 -- Premieres of Hank, The Middle
Oct. 1 -- Return of Private Practice
Oct. 4 -- Return of America's Funniest Home Videos
Oct. 9 -- Return of Ugly Betty
Oct. 16 -- Return of Supernanny


Julianna Margulies stars in CBS' new The Good Wife.


Sept. 17 -- Return of Survivor, set in Samoa
Sept. 21 -- Returns of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami and premiere of Accidentally on Purpose
Sept. 22 -- Return of NCIS and premieres of NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife
Sept. 23 -- Returns of The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY
Sept. 24 -- Returns of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Mentalist
Sept. 25 -- Returns of Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Numb3rs
Sept. 27 -- Returns of The Amazing Race, Cold Case
Oct. 4 -- Premiere of Three Rivers


Michael Strahan (2nd from right) fronts Fox's new Brothers.


Sept. 9 -- Returns of So You Think You Can Dance, Glee
Sept. 12 -- Returns of COPS, America's Most Wanted
Sept. 17 -- Returns of Bones, Fringe
Sept. 21 -- Return of House
Sept. 25 -- Premiere of Brothers and return of Dollhouse
Sept. 27 -- Returns of The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad and premiere of The Cleveland Show
Sept. 28 -- Return of Lie to Me
Oct. 2 -- Return of 'Til Death

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Gray matters on NBC with Chevy Chase and The Jay Leno Show.


Sept. 13 -- Returns of Football Night In America, Sunday Night Football
Sept. 14 -- Premiere of The Jay Leno Show, which will run weeknights at 9 (central)
Sept. 15 -- Return of The Biggest Loser
Sept. 17 -- Returns of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, Parks and Recreation, The Office and premiere of Community
Sept. 21 -- Return of Heroes
Sept. 23 -- Premiere of Mercy and return of Law & Order: SVU
Sept. 25 -- Return of Law & Order
Sept. 28 -- Premiere of Trauma
Oct. 15 -- Return of 30 Rock
Oct. 23 -- Return of Southland


The CW's new blood includes The Vampire Diaries.


Sept. 8 -- Return of 90210 and premiere of Melrose Place
Sept. 9 -- Return of America's Next Top Model
Sept. 10 -- Premiere of The Vampire Diaries and return of Supernatural
Sept. 14 -- Returns of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill
Sept. 16 -- Premiere of The Beautiful Life
Sept. 25 -- Return of Smallville


Sons of Anarchy returns to FX on Sept. 8.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia returns to FX on Sept. 17.
Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on Sept. 20.
Dexter returns to Showtime on Sept. 27.