The fall television lineup is filled with soapy fun and drama with more serialized programs than ever. Some shows, like ABC Family's THE LYING GAME, have already premiere. But tonight soaps return in a big way with 90210, RINGER and PARENTHOOD. Check out all the dates below when your favorites are returning or new soaps are debuting. We've sprinkled in a few big daytime dates as well.
Which returning series or new shows are you most looking forward to this fall?
13 90210 Season Premiere (CW)
In the season four premiere, gang from Beverly Hills have graduated from high school. Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) has spent the summer dealing with the shocking news of her pregnancy and quickly discovers she doesn’t have the status at college that she did in high school. Annie (Shenae Grimes) receives some unexpected news that keeps her in town, while Liam ( Matt Lanter) returns from his summer away ready to commit to Annie. Dixon (Tristan Wilds) finds himself without a roommate or a place to live, while an unexpected visitor tests Navid (Michael Steger) and Silver’s (Jessica Stroup) relationship after they move in together. Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) comes back to town looking for redemption, which she soon learns will be hard to earn back. Ivy (Gillian Zinser) and Raj (guest star Manish Dayal) struggle to deal with Raj’s health getting worse, while Teddy (Trevor Donovan) struggles with coming out to his family. Elizabeth Allen directed the episode written by Patti Carr and Lara Olsen.
13 RINGER Series Premiere (CW)
In the pilot episode Bridget’s life isn’t going to well and is put in more danger in New York when she is asked to testify against members of the mob so, after 6 years of estrangement she goes to see her twin sister Siobhan. While out on the boat it soon looks as though Siobhan has committed suicide and seeing no other way out Bridget decides to take on her identity and soon everyone believes that she is her. However she soon learns that things aren’t going to be much easier in this life as Andrew starts to question the sudden changes in his ‘wife’ and, she comes to see that her sisters life is far from perfect but, all may not be as it seems.
13 PARENTHOOD Season Premiere (NBC)
In the third season premiere, “I Don’t Want to Do This Without You,” Sarah (Lauren Graham) celebrates a milestone birthday and leans on Mr.Cyr (guest star Jason Ritter) for emotional support, while Amber (Mae Whitman) makes an independent move from her family. Unemployed, Adam (Peter Krause) feels the stress of providing for his pregnant wife and family and ponders a new business venture with Crosby (Dax Shepard). Julia (Erika Christensen) becomes frustrated with the adoption process and dreams up a bizarre scenario. Meanwhile Haddie’s (Sarah Ramos) boyfriend Alex (guest-star Michael B. Jordan) reveals hidden information to Julia.Also starring Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson, Max Burkholder, Sam Jaeger, Miles Heizer, Savannah Paige Rae and Joy Bryant.
15 ARCHER (FX)
FX is airing a special three-episode run of new ARCHER episodes.
15 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season Premiere (CW)
Season three opens the door to learn more about Klaus and The Original Family as his motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. The ghosts from Jeremy’s past have a powerful message they’re trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they’re having on his relationship with Bonnie. And as Caroline and Tyler grow closer, a war erupts between their families.
15 THE SECRET CIRCLE Series Premiere (CW)
Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.
18 63RD PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS (FOX)
Hosted by GLEE's Jane Lynch.
19 CASTLE Season Premiere (ABC)
Now, after three seasons, Castle and Beckett’s relationship has grown even stronger as they’ve dodged bullets, captured killers and solved countless murder cases in their unorthodox partnership. But in the explosive Season 3 finale, NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery — who we learned had a connection to the unsolved murder of Beckett’s mother — was shot and killed by a man tied to that crime. As the episode came to a close, Beckett, who was speaking about her Captain at his funeral, took a bullet from a sniper’s rifle and was last seen on the ground with life fading out of her. Will she survive…?
19 THE PLAYBOY CLUB Series Premiere (NBC)
It’s the early ’60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies — and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers. Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, “CSI: Miami”) is one of the city’s top attorneys and the ultimate playboy, rubbing elbows with everyone in the city’s power structure. With mysterious ties to the mob, Nick comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard), the stunning and innocent new bunny who accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti), a bombshell and established star at the club who knows her days as a bunny are numbered and finds herself continually at odds with Billy (David Krumholtz), the club’s general manager. Adding to the charm of the Playboy club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum), the carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey), an overly protective bartender. Also starring are Naturi Naughton and Leah Renee.
20 GLEE Season Premiere (FOX)
Its fall and that means back to school for the students and faculty at McKinley High. The New Directions clan returns after a devastating loss at Nationals, so Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) assigns a project to get them back on track. Meanwhile, Sue Sylvester starts her congressional campaign on “The Purple Piano Project” season premiere episode of GLEE.
20 UNFORGETTABLE Series Premiere (CBS)
UNFORGETTABLE stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the day her sister was murdered years ago. Since then, Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Surprisingly for Carrie, being back on the job after a break feels right. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember.
21 REVENGE Series Premiere (ABC)
22 GREY'S ANATOMY Season Premiere (ABC)
23 ALL MY CHILDREN Final Episode (ABC)
23 NIKITA Season Premiere (CW)
23 SUPERNATURAL Season Premiere (CW)
23 FRINGE Season Premiere (FOX)
25 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Season Premiere (ABC) (last season)
25 PAN AM Series Premiere (ABC)
Welcome to the Jet Age. It's 1963. WWII and Korea are history. A new kind of war, a Cold War, is underway. The world is poised on the brink of a cultural revolution, and everywhere change is in the air. In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury, and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are sleek and glamorous, the pilots are rock stars, and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world. Not only are these flyboys and girls young and good looking, but to represent Pan Am they also have to be educated, cultured and refined. They're trained to handle everything from in-air emergencies to unwanted advances - all without rumpling their pristine uniforms or mussing their hair. These pre-feminist women form a powerful sisterhood, as they enjoy the rare opportunity to travel outside the country -- something most women in this age can only aspire to - and one of the few career options that offers them empowerment and respect.
At Pan Am there's Dean (Mike Vogel), a cocky, charismatic and ambitious new pilot - the first of a new breed not trained in war. A farm boy from a small rural town, Dean finds himself thrust into a leadership position at Pan Am far too young, but is eager to prove himself as the new face of the airline. On the sly, he's dating Bridget (guest star Annabelle Wallis), a beauty with a mysterious past. Co-pilot Ted (Michael Mosley) comes from wealth and privilege, but his powerful family is a blessing and a curse, and he has his own dark secrets. A rebellious bohemian, Maggie (Christina Ricci) turns into a buttoned up professional for work in order to see the world, trying to balance her hunger for life with her undefined ambitions. Also on this crew is flirtatious French stewardess Colette (Karine Vanasse), who is the empathetic caretaker of the group. And finally there are the sisters, the spirited Kate (Kelli Garner) and her beauty queen younger sister, Laura (Margot Robbie), a runaway bride who recently fled a life of domestic boredom to take to the skies.
In the premiere episode, "Pilot," Dean takes on his first assignment since his promotion, piloting the Clipper Majestic on its inaugural New York to London flight. Bridget is supposed to be his lead stewardess, until she's a no-show for the flight. Grounded purser Maggie is called in to fill in for her. On the same fateful flight, Kate adds another dimension to her work as she takes on her first assignment from U.S. intelligence. Her stress is compounded when she discovers that newly minted stewardess, Laura, her sister, is also working the same flight.
25 THE GOOD WIFE Season Premiere (CBS)
25 BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season Premiere on HBO
25 DIRTY SOAP Series Premiere (E!)
DIRTY SOAP is a titillating look at a group of soap actors--Kelly Monaco, Nadia Bjorlin, Kirsten Storms, Farah Fath, J.P. Lavoisier and Galen Gering--as they navigate high-profile careers during pivotal moments in the industry and deal with their own real-life drama, which often rivals that of their daytime counterparts. Executive produced by Amber Mazzola’s Machete Productions and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions, the eight-episode, hour-long series, DIRTY SOAP only on E!
26 DAYS OF OUR LIVES Reboot (NBC)
26 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (CBS)
ALL MY CHILDREN's Jacob Young returns as Rick the Monday following AMC's final ABC episode.
26 GOSSIP GIRL Season Premiere (CW)
26 HART OF DIXIE Series Premiere (CW)
26 TERRA NOVA Series Premiere (FOX)
29 PRIVATE PRACTICE Season Premiere (ABC)
2 HOMELAND Series Premiere (Showtime)
5 AMERICAN HORROR STORY Series Premiere (FX)
7 THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (CBS)
Emmy-winning actress Debbi Morgan from ALL MY CHILDREN joins the cast.
8 BEDLAM Series Premire (BBC America)
13 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Halloween Prequel Special (ABC Family)
It’s the Halloween before Alison disappeared and where all of the secrets and lies began for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer in “The First Secret,” a special Halloween-themed episode of ABC Family’s hit original series. The all-day marathon and special episode kick off ABC Family’s 13th annual “13 Nights of Halloween” programming event.
The streets of Rosewood are festive and little kids are running around the streets hoping for a good year of trick or treats and five best friends are looking forward to the biggest party of the season. It is the Halloween before Alison went missing and the only concern for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer is to score an invite to Noel Khan’s Halloween party. But with a new girl in town to challenge Ali for Queen Bee dominance, Spencer possibly losing the class president election along with her parents’ approval, and a shocking revelation for Aria about her father – there may be more to worry about than finding the perfect costume. With all of the tricks and treats floating around Rosewood, there may be something more sinister waiting out there for Ali and her best friends.
16 THE WALKING DEAD Season Premiere on AMC
21 CHUCK Season Premiere (NBC)
21 GRIMM Series Premiere (NBC)
21 BOSS Series Premiere (Starz)
23 ONCE UPON A TIME Series Premiere (ABC)
6 HELL ON WHEELS Series Premiere (AMC)
23 I HATE MY TEENAGER DAUGHTER (FOX)
GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES (ABC)