Wednesdays, 10 p.m., ABC
What’s Happened So Far In an elaborate scheme to avenge her dead father, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) has become the Hamptons’ most lethal social assassin. Along the way, she’s made one very powerful enemy: queen bee Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe).
Why It’s Working The show becomes more irresistible with each episode, thanks in no small part to VanCamp and Stowe, who make being bad look incredibly good.
What’s Next Exec producer Mike Kelley says the Nov. 2 episode holds particular importance. ”Something very, very big — and very permanent — will happen to one of our core cast members in episode 7,” he teases. He also promises that all the questions posed in the pilot will be answered by midseason, so expect the second half to shift to the trial of the person accused of Daniel Grayson’s (Josh Bowman) murder. —Sandra Gonzalez
Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., ABC
What’s Happened So Far George (Jeremy Sisto) and his teenage daughter, Tessa (Jane Levy), moved to the suburbs in search of stability — but find their neighbors are anything but normal.
Why It’s Working While a fish-out-of-water story is nothing new, Levy’s portrayal of the wisecracking Tessa makes it feel fresh.
What’s Next Tessa and Dalia (Carly Chaikin) will fall for the same guy (Prom star Thomas McDonell), and ”it becomes a little bit of a girl-fight thing,” according to exec producer Emily Kapnek. And Tessa will celebrate her sweet 16 — suburbia style. —SG
Person of Interest
Thursdays, 9 p.m., CBS
What’s Happened So Far Using an all-knowing surveillance machine, Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel) track down future criminals — while Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) has been tracking down Reese.
Why It’s Working It taps into a timely paranoia about tech and boasts the best new procedural cast on TV.
What’s Next An upcoming episode will see the tables turned and Carter in jeopardy. Reveals exec producer Greg Plageman, ”We’re going to find out a lot more about her past.” —Melissa Maerz
Up All Night
Wednesdays, 8 p.m., NBC
What’s Happened So Far New parents Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) have conquered sleepless nights and noisy neighbors while learning how to balance having a life with having a child.
Why It’s Working Applegate and Arnett make a charming parenting duo, and Maya Rudolph as talk-show host/best friend/drama queen Ava adds just the right amount of flair.
What’s Next Ava finally finds love, while Reagan prepares to take on the holidays — and her parents (Richard Schiff and Blythe Danner). ”We’ve got a really fun Christmas episode,” says exec producer Emily Spivey. ”It involves Reagan and her mother trying to decorate the house for Christmas, after maybe having some Christmas spirits.” —Nuzhat Naoreen
2 Broke Girls
Mondays, 8:30 p.m., CBS
What’s Happened So Far To fund their fledgling cupcake business, waitresses and roommates Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) have done everything from breaking into Caroline’s old apartment and hawking her designer clothes to holding a ’90s-themed fund-raiser.
Why It’s Working This buddy comedy features Laverne & Shirley antics updated for the recessionista generation.
What’s Next ”Max and Caroline take a second job cleaning a hoarder’s apartment,” says exec producer Michael Patrick King. ”And they find themselves as two broke elves in Santaland, trying to make extra money.” —MM
Tuesdays, 9 p.m., The CW
What’s Happened So Far Murder witness Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) took over the life of her posh identical-twin sister Siobhan (also Gellar), who appeared to commit suicide but actually fled to Paris with a yet-to-be-revealed agenda.
Why It’s Working It’s Dynasty with guns — deliciously soapy and over-the-top. Plus, we have an endless reserve of elation at seeing SMG back on TV.
What’s Next On one hand, answers. We’ll find out what was behind Siobhan and Bridget’s falling-out, whether Gemma (Tara Summers) is alive or dead, and what exactly Siobhan is plotting. On the other hand, look for more questions during the Nov. 29 midseason cliff-hanger. ”Everything will come to a screeching halt,” says exec producer Eric Charmelo. ”We’ll throw a wrench into everything you think you’ve figured out.” —Jessica Shaw
Tuesdays, 9 p.m., Fox
What’s Happened So Far After catching her boyfriend cheating on her, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moved in with three male roommates. While the guys have tried to get their new roomie back on her feet, she’s schooled them in the merits of Dirty Dancing and led them in a surprisingly heartwarming chicken dance.
Why It’s Working Deschanel’s Jess is infectious and winning, especially when paired with the downward-spiraling Nick (Jake Johnson).
What’s Next Jess will see Nick naked, fall for a music teacher (Justin Long), and help Schmidt (Max Greenfield) plan his 29th-birthday party, which, as creator Liz Meriwether says, ”forces her to go inside the mind of a douche bag.” —JS
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