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Selfie
New Comedy / 8 P.M. / ABC
It’s loosely based on My Fair Lady, but Selfie also has a more modern muse: Miley Cyrus. ”Ronan Farrow interviewed her and called her a human text message,” recalls creator Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory). ”I thought, ‘There’s something compelling about the language barrier in people so steeped in technology.”’ That inspired Kapnek to invent Eliza (Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed pharmaceutical rep who seeks an image makeover from her marketing-whiz co-worker Henry (John Cho). As their potential romance simmers, Selfie‘s humor stems largely from Eliza’s quirky colleagues and her extreme narcissism — not to mention her totes-ridic lingo. ”I pretty much studied my 14-year-old,” Kapnek admits. ”I felt like Jane Goodall, but with teenagers.” Sept. 30

Utopia
New Reality / 8 P.M. / Fox
Television’s newest social experiment challenges 15 strangers to leave their lives for a year and create a self-sufficient society, swapping smartphones for shovels ”It’s a chance for people to construct something a bit different than the world they live in,” explains exec producer Conrad Green. The show eschews reality staples like games and confessionals, though viewers will vote in monthly eliminations. While Utopia is a hit in his native Holland, don’t ask creator John de Mol (Big Brother) what form perfection will take in the U.S.: ”What Utopia will look like in a year, no one will know.” Debuted Sept. 7

Manhattan Love Story
New Comedy / 8:30 P.M. / ABC
”If I could shoot a little Woody Allen movie every week, I’d be a very happy man,” says creator Jeff Lowell (Two and a Half Men), whose neurotic comedy honors Allen and Nora Ephron classics — but with a twist. Viewers will hear the inner monologues of unlucky-in-love New York twentysomethings Peter (Jake McDorman) and Dana (Analeigh Tipton). ”You get to actually see and play out the subtext,” explains McDorman. Manhattan will make quick use of its namesake (almost half of each episode is shot on location throughout the city), but Lowell says the central romance will be a slow, slow burn. Sept. 30

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 2 / 9 P.M. / ABC
With S.H.I.E.L.D. now viewed as a terrorist organization, new director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will have to rebuild, forcing him to keep more secrets than he wants. ”Coulson and his team have essentially been driven underground and forced to truly operate in the shadows,” says exec producer Maurissa Tancharoen, adding that Coulson is now a ”wild card” because of the effects of the blue alien serum that brought him back to life after The Avengers. Unfortunately, ”the more responsibility Coulson has, the more strain it’s going to put on his personal relationships,” Gregg says. As S.H.I.E.L.D. hunts down Hydra, battles baddie Daniel Whitehall (Reed Diamond), and faces Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) potentially evil father (Kyle MacLachlan), Coulson will look to unsavory allies for help: mercenary Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless), and superspy Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki). Sept. 23

NCIS: New Orleans
New Drama / 9 P.M. / CBS
TV Reentry Form: Scott Bakula
1. Name Scott Bakula
2. Current destination NCIS: New Orleans, which tracks Navy vet Special Agent Dwayne ‘King’ Pride (Bakula) as he leads a newly formed team that solves cases involving the city’s colorful characters.
3. Last permanent TV address HBO’s Looking, Behind the Candelabra
4. Character description in five words ”Loyal, passionate, bighearted, breaks rules.”
5. Reason for reentry ”I’d never done a procedural before. You think about long term in TV. This guy was interesting enough that he’d be fun to explore, he had places to go, and he had problems. He wasn’t just a straight-ahead guy with a white hat on doing good work.”
6. Season itinerary ”We’re breaking in a new person into our work, Brody (Zoe McLellan). She sheds new light on some of the things we do. King is estranged from his wife, and has a daughter we haven’t met yet.”
7. About My Character… ”I think a city like New Orleans basically says everyone has some secrets and issues and experiences that are up and down the spectrum.”
”I was in a swamp, but we don’t really call an alligator livestock? Could you call a rat livestock? Then the answer is yes[ I have been in the presence of livestock.]”
”I should say yes, what the heck, but [no I am not carrying currency in excess of $10,000 right now].”

Supernatural
Season 10 / 9 P.M. / The CW
What happens to the family business of ”saving people, hunting things” when your brother becomes the thing you hunt? That’s the question at the center of this season, which picks up about a month after the finale. Last we saw, Sam (Jared Padalecki) was separated from Dean (Jensen Ackles), who had turned into a demon. Or more specifically, ”a demon on steroids,” says Ackles. ”He doesn’t have a care in the world, so it’s less about him being evil and sinister, and it’s much more about him being carefree and jovial and doing things regardless of the consequences.” And in order to find Dean, Sam will adopt a similar attitude toward consequences. Spoiler: He’ll probably regret it. Oct. 7

About a Boy
Season 2 / 9:30 P.M. / NBC
During the charming rom-com’s freshman season, sparks flew between man-child Will (David Walton) and overanxious single mom Fiona (Minnie Driver), but chances of a romance vanished when Will moved to New York in the finale. ”Obviously we’ve got to get him back,” says showrunner Jason Katims. But Will and Fiona’s tension will take a backseat to high school drama for Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) and more screen time for married pals Andy (Al Madrigal) and Laurie (Annie Mumolo). Also, ”Benjamin’s voice changed over the summer,” says Walton. ”They actually wrote it into the premiere.” Hmmm…About a Man? Oct. 14

The Mindy Project
Season 3 / 9:30 P.M. / Fox
Don’t worry, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny’s (Chris Messina) swoony kiss at the Empire State Building wasn’t another false start — they’re a real couple now. ”The focus shifts from will-they-or-won’t-they to how-will-they,” says showrunner Matt Warburton. And for two very different people, everything from sexual hang-ups to toothbrush placement will be fodder for fights. ”Mindy has the mentality of a girl who just saw Kesha on spring break; Danny has the mentality of a Sicilian cobbler,” says Ike Barinholtz, whose nurse Morgan Tookers will be fumbling through his own new relationship with Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) while trying to set Mindy up with his sexy-scummy cousin Lou (Rob McElhenny). ”Morgan is obsessed with Mindy becoming a Tookers,” explains Barinholtz. ”He’ll do his best to screw things up [for Mindy and Danny] in the nicest way possible.” Sept. 16

Forever
New Drama / 10 P.M. / ABC
Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) might seem normal, but an affinity for pocket watches isn’t his only secret: Every time he dies, he’s reborn naked in a nearby body of water. As a medical examiner, he puts his immortality to use helping Det. Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) solve crimes. ”We’re going to tell our A story, and then we’ll tell a flashback story that will relate,” creator Matt Miller says. As for that nudity? ”I’m relatively fit,” Gruffudd says. ”But there’s nothing otherworldly about Henry. I think people might relate to him better than ‘He’s immortal, and oh my God, he looks like the Rock!’ Not that I would mind looking like the Rock.” Sept. 22

Person of Interest
Season 4 / 10 P.M. / CBS
After escaping assassination by the hostile surveillance system Samaritan, Team Machine finds itself using guerrilla tactics to survive. ”The whole team is in a state of confusion and distress,” says star Michael Emerson. ”No place is safe.” Under Samaritan’s threatening scrutiny (enacted in part by a murderous new operative played by Mad Men‘s Cara Buono), this season ponders a future where ”the data stops working for us, and we start working for the data,” says creator Jonathan Nolan. ”We become the robots.” Sept. 23

Sons Of Anarchy
Season 7 / 10 P.M. / FX
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) still thirsts for revenge, even after putting a carving fork in the Lin Triad member whom Gemma (Katey Sagal) blamed for Tara’s murder. His plan to destroy Henry Lin (Kenneth Choi) will have dire consequences for Sons‘ players. Creator Kurt Sutter tells fans what to expect before the bloody end.

Gemma’s Lie Causes More Trouble
She’s convinced herself that if she tells the truth (this time about murdering Tara in a misinformed rage), she’ll create more damage for Jax and the club. ”The lie sets things in motion that she will slowly become aware of,” Sutter says.

Unser Remains the Glue
Not knowing why his beloved Gemma is helping hide Juice (Theo Rossi) from the club, Unser (Dayton Callie) agrees to help the new sheriff (Annabeth Gish) investigate Tara’s murder. ”He really gets pushed and pulled in a lot of directions.”

Venus Van Dam, Will Return
The fan-favorite transgender escort (Justified‘s Walton Goggins) returns in episode 4. ”We find out what’s been going down off screen between Venus and Tig [Kim Coates],” Sutter says. ”It’ll be our love story for the season.”

”Two Club Members Will Be Dead”
That’s all Sutter will say…except this: ”They’re making these decisions as a united club — which is the blessing and the curse. Perhaps their love of Jax and their desire to be supportive end up working against them.” Premiered Sept. 9


What’s Next For…
NCIS
Season 12 / 9 P.M. / CBS
In the premiere, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray) head to Russia, where they encounter this season’s Big Bad. ”I wanted to reset and see our team together in action,” says showrunner Gary Glasberg. We’ll also follow Gibbs through an intense Captain Phillips-inspired episode, while DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) finally gets a new love interest. Sept. 23

New Girl
Season 4 / 9 P.M. / Fox
The group has spent the summer being…shall we say, frisky. Except, that is, for Jess (Zooey Deschanel), who’ll set her sights on the best man (Reid Scott) at the summer’s final nuptials. ”All the guys are pushing Jess to get back in the game,” showrunner Liz Meriwether says. Unfortunately, she’ll have competition from a sexy scientist (Jessica Biel) who is ”every girl’s worst nightmare.” Sept. 16

Chicago Fire
Season 3 / 10 P.M. / NBC
Last season’s building collapse has devastating consequences. ”Even for people who made it, there’s what lingers for them afterward injury-wise or just emotionally,” exec producer Matt Olmstead says. Expect personnel shifts in the wake, as Dawson’s (Monica Raymund) intention to marry Casey (Jesse Spencer) complicates her move to Truck, and a new paramedic (Kara Killmer), a runaway bride from Indiana, arrives on Ambo. Sept. 23

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