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Monday: New + Returning Shows

”How I Met Your Mother,” ”The Voice,” and more

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How I Met Your Mother

Returning Comedy, 8 p.m., CBS

Where We Left Off At long last, we met The Mother (Cristin Milioti). Ted (Josh Radnor) confided in Lily (Alyson Hannigan) that he and Robin (Cobie Smulders) had shared a moment and said he’s planning to move to Chicago after she marries Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Lily thinks she and Marshall (Jason Segel) are moving to Rome, but little does she know Marshall accepted a judgeship in New York.

What’s Next We’ll see how each of the gang meets The Mother. And even though season 9 takes place over Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend, expect lots of HIMYM‘s signature time jumps. ”Season 9 becomes our opportunity to get to know The Mother and to get glimpses of who they are together,” says co-creator Craig Thomas. ”We’re going to give you some peeks at the future. This wedding weekend is not a prison cell.” Guest stars include Sherri Shepherd, Anna Camp, and returning favorites John Lithgow and Frances Conroy as Barney’s parents and Wayne Brady as his half brother, James. Sept. 23


Almost Human

New Drama, 8 p.m., Fox

In 2048, every officer in the LAPD is partnered with an emotionless law-enforcement android called the MX-43 — everyone, that is, except Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban), a techno-skeptic in recovery from a debilitating attack. Kennex’s partner is a DRN, or ”Dorian,” an earlier-model synthetic with feelings and free will (Michael Ealy). Together, Kennex and Dorian solve familiar crimes with a futuristic twist. ”The cases involve technology that will blow your mind,” says showrunner J.H. Wyman (Fringe). ”For every advancement the police force has, the criminals have two.” But underneath the sci-fi fireworks is a show rooted in optimism. ”It’s usually man versus machine,” says Ealy. ”We’re trying to show that there’s some hope for man to work side by side with machine.” Nov. 4

Bones

Returning Drama, 8 p.m., Fox

Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are getting married! But first the duo must do some damage control, following the season 8 finale, in which Booth was forced by evil hacker Pelant (Andrew Leeds) to crush Brennan’s tentative heart. ”She’s still so hurt after Booth took back his acceptance of her proposal,” Deschanel says. Exec producer Stephen Nathan swears the pair will get hitched — though he adds, ”What’s a wedding without a murder?” Sept. 16

We Are Men

New Comedy 8:30 p.m., CBS

What happens when she says ”I don’t”? A jilted groom (Christopher Nicholas Smith) moves into an apartment complex where he bonds with three divorced men who insist on helping him regain his footing. ”Each of these characters represent different parts of what I was going through [during my divorce],” says creator Rob Greenberg. ”They’re all on their own journeys.” The other Men are Tony Shalhoub as a lothario with a hot daughter (Rebecca Breeds), Kal Penn as a cheating dweeb, and Jerry O’Connell, who plays a doctor with anger issues. ”The series is the comic reaction to what is quite possibly the most devastating period in an adult’s life,” says O’Connell. ”Anyone who has been through a divorce is going to be able to laugh at the situations on this show.” Sept. 30

2 Broke Girls

Returning Comedy, 9 p.m., CBS

Three seasons in, the girls are still broke. But they might not stay that way forever: Creator Michael Patrick King hints that ”the sweet smell of success” is wafting toward Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs). (Don’t worry, he adds, it’ll be a ”realistic kind of success.”) The gals’ new cupcake walk-up window will keep them close to all the action at Han’s (Matthew Moy) diner and introduce new challenges — like a clientele of drunken hipsters. For her part, Behrs can’t wait to see her character thrive, both financially and in the business of sass: ”Caroline also gets some of the zingers now, because Max has rubbed off on her.” Sept. 23

Beauty & The Beast

Returning Drama, 9 p.m., The CW

”We think of it as Beauty & the Beast 2.0,” exec producer Sherri Cooper explains about the show’s sophomore season. Gone are most of the procedural elements that plagued the drama’s first year. Instead, the show will dive deeper into the mythology behind the company that created ”beast” Vincent (Jay Ryan), as well as Vincent’s love story with Catherine (Kristin Kreuk). The premiere will pick up three months after the season finale, in which Vincent was captured; he’s still alive, but he’s changed — and is supercharged — which leads to a whole lot of complications. ”Every character is going through a ‘definition of self’ period,” says Kreuk. Oct. 7

Sleepy Hollow

New Drama, 9 p.m., Fox

Heads will roll on this supernatural drama from powerhouse screenwriting duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Hawaii Five-0, Star Trek Into Darkness), which takes Washington Irving’s classic story into modern times. Of course, some tweaks were necessary. ”In the story, there might be a Headless Horseman, but it’s implied that there probably isn’t,” says Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane, a Revolutionary War soldier transported to the present who must partner with sheriff Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) to battle his cranially challenged archenemy. ”In our version, he’s definitely real. And with a shotgun, no less.” The series will also explore the idea that there’s more to the marauding shade than we first suspect. Says Orci, ”We asked ourselves, ‘What if the Headless Horseman is actually one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?”’ Sept. 16

Castle

Returning Drama, 10 p.m., ABC

At the end of season 5, Beckett (Stana Katic) had a marriage proposal from Castle (Nathan Fillion) and a D.C.-based job offer on the table. While fans won’t have to wait long for her decision on both, ”any way you go with this, there are going to be consequences that alter the structure of their relationship,” says exec producer Andrew Marlowe. Season 6 will feature ”bigger, high-stakes” plots, and a few fun ones, too — like the episode involving the murder of a ’90s sitcom actor (Antonio Sabato Jr.). Reports Fillion, ”You want to get a bunch of ladies on set all atwitter, bring on Antonio Sabato Jr.” Sept. 23


Also on Monday

Dancing With the Stars

Returning Reality, 8 p.m., ABC

ABC’s decision to cut DWTS back to one night a week in season 17 gave the producers an excuse to make changes — like moving the Celebriquarium closer to the dance floor. ”We want to free up Brooke Burke to do interviews,” says exec producer Conrad Green. ”We want to get a little more of the story of the night as it’s progressing.” With contestants like Valerie Harper and Leah Remini, we’ll want all the story we can get. Sept. 16

Hart of Dixie

Returning Drama 8 p.m., The CW

Will Zoe (Rachel Bilson) be back in BlueBell after her Manhattan summer when Dixie returns for season 3? ”She definitely has a strong case to stay elsewhere,” teases Bilson. Fans shipping Zoe with either Wade (Wilson Bethel) or George (Scott Porter) may want to brace themselves. Says Bilson, ”I think one is going to be eliminated.” Oct. 7

The Voice

Returning Reality, 8 p.m., NBC

For season 5, Usher and Shakira will relinquish their spinning seats to original coaches CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera. Otherwise, producers aren’t tampering with The Voice‘s winning formula, which means blind auditions, the return of the coaches’ steals, and more general chumminess. When asked to name his favorite new contestant, CeeLo demurs. ”There were quite a few strong contestants on all the teams.” Really? ”I know that’s politically correct, but that’s the only answer you’re going to get.” Well, if it ain’t broke… Sept. 23

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