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When will your favorite shows be back?

Dale Roe

Sure, the shiny new fall shows get all of the attention, but what about the old standbys? Shouldn't those time-tested series - some of them just entering their sophomore seasons, others dealing with surprise renewals, and many in advanced years and employing more and more outrageous plot devices - get some couch potato love, too? After all, for every "Hellcats," there's a "Glee"; for each new "Body of Proof," this old "House."

Here is a list of return dates (and a few not-too-spoilery details) so you know when to get reacquainted with your old friends:

Monday

'90210' (7 p.m., the CW)

Love triangles, coming out and an earthquake … isn't that what your senior year was like?

'Gossip Girl' (8 p.m., the CW)

Ah, Paris … and a changed Chuck. But will Blair buy it?

Tuesday

'One Tree Hill' (7 p.m., the CW)

Look for Haley and Mia to appear on "Life Unexpected" in a crossover stunt.

'Life Unexpected' (8 p.m., the CW)

The wedding that ended last season and the resulting change in family dynamics drive the action.

'Parenthood' (9 p.m., NBC)

Camille and Zeke enter marriage counseling; Billy Baldwin joins the already sprawling cast as Adam's boss and Sarah's love interest.

Wednesday

'Survivor: Nicaragua' (7 p.m., CBS)

Contestants include former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson. Also, the "Medallion of Power" is introduced, leading me to believe that this series was created by teenage boys.

Thursday

'The Apprentice' (8 p.m., NBC)

Fourteen non-celebrity contestants who've been smacked around by the economy compete as the Donald Trump show returns to its roots (insert toupee joke here).

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (9 p.m., FX)

Gay marriage, the class war, houseboats, rats and a mysterious pregnancy get the "IAS" treatment.

'The League' (9:30 p.m., FX)

The Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Ochocinco guests in the season opener.

Sept. 20

'Chuck' (7 p.m., NBC)

Linda Hamilton returns in a flurry of family secrets (no, Chuck's not John Connor).

'Dancing with the Stars' (7 p.m., ABC)

Brandy, Florence Henderson, Bristol Palin, Margaret Cho, Jennifer Grey, Audrina Patridge, the Situation, Michael Bolton, Kurt Warner, David Hasselhoff, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey hoof it for your viewing pleasure. But who will be the first to shuffle off to Buffalo?

'House' (7 p.m., Fox)

House and Cuddy? It really happened. That relationship will be explored in depth.

'How I Met Your Mother' (7 p.m., CBS)

Jennifer Morrison of "House" has been cast as a possible major love interest for Ted.

'Rules of Engagement' (7:30 p.m., CBS)

Jeff and Audrey wrestle with the idea of parenthood.

'Two and a Half Men' (8 p.m., CBS)

A year older, a year sadder.

'Castle' (9 p.m., ABC)

Beckett and her team are reunited with Castle - as a suspect.

Sept. 21

'The Biggest Loser' (7 p.m., NBC)

21 contestants battle each other and their waistlines as seven cities participate in a new fitness challenge component.

'Glee' (7 p.m., Fox)

John Stamos joins "Glee's" full house as Emma's dentist-slash-love interest, Dr. Howell. Chord Overstreet ("iCarly") shows up as Finn's rival (and possibly Kurt's love interest).

'NCIS' (7 p.m., CBS)

Wondering if everybody survives? You won't have to wait long - an explosive first minute picks up right where Season 7 ended.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' (8 p.m., CBS)

Look for "Jericho's" Alicia Coppola and newcomer Renée Felice Smith to show up.

Sept. 22

'Hell's Kitchen' (7 p.m., Fox)

16 hopefuls, including a sous chef originally from Fort Worth, compete to become head chef at L.A. Market.

'The Middle' (7 p.m., ABC)

Star Patricia Heaton gets a visit from her "Everybody Loves Raymond" mom-in-law, Doris Roberts, guesting as Brick's teacher.

'Criminal Minds' (8 p.m., CBS)

Fun and serious secrets about the characters will be revealed.

'Law & Order: SVU' (8 p.m., NBC)

University of Texas alum Marcia Gay Harden returns midseason as federal agent Dana Lewis.

'Modern Family' (8 p.m., ABC)

The freshman Emmy winner promises more public displays of affection between gay characters Mitchell and Cameron, but creator Steve Levitan insists it's not a response to criticism for the lack of same in Season 1.

'Cougar Town' (8:30 p.m., ABC)

"Friends" alert! Jennifer Aniston guests and new friend Ken Jenkins (Dr. Kelso from "Scrubs") plays Courteney Cox's dad.

Sept. 23

'The Big Bang Theory' (7 p.m., CBS)

Wil Wheaton and Laurie Metcalf make guest appearances.

'Bones' (7 p.m., Fox)

Producers shake things up with a time-jump and a new dynamic between reunited Booth and Brennan.

'Community' (7 p.m., NBC)

Betty White guests and the parody episodes continue, including a possible stop-motion animated holiday outing.

'30 Rock' (7:30 p.m., NBC)

Tina Fey and company will be airing a live episode in October, which should be interesting because, you know, Tracy Morgan is kind of unpredictable.

'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' (8 p.m., CBS)

A shark attack? Has "CSI" jumped the - never mind.

'Fringe' (8 p.m., Fox)

You'll get two "Fringes" this season - every other episode will take place in one of the show's two alternate universes.

'Grey's Anatomy' (8 p.m., ABC)

Meredith's miscarriage leads her and Derek to reassess parenthood.

'The Office' (8 p.m., NBC)

Michael Scott is leaving the building, but it will take all season to happen. Expect a ridiculous amount of promotion for Steve Carell's final episode.

'The Mentalist' (9 p.m., CBS)

"The Ugly Truth's" Eric Winter joins the cast as an FBI agent love interest for Grace Van Pelt.

'Private Practice' (9 p.m., ABC)

Cooper and Charlotte are engaged and Pete and Violet get hitched. Addison and Sam might hit a few bumps, but creator Shonda Rhimes says Addison deserves a happy ending.

Sept. 24

'Dateline NBC' (7 p.m., NBC)

'Medium' (7 p.m., CBS)

It's "Freaky Friday" on a Friday as Allison and her teenage daughter Bridgette switch bodies or something. But the biggest surprise was this series' last-minute renewal.

'Smallville' (7 p.m., the CW)

Aquaman and a host of other characters return for the series' final (no, really) season.

'CSI: NY' (8 p.m., CBS)

Sela Ward signs on and Melina Kanakaredes is gone as the procedural moves to Fridays.

'The Good Guys' (8 p.m., Fox)

Angela Sarafyan joins Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford as an assistant crime scene investigator in a bid to draw female viewers to the struggling series.

'Supernatural' (8 p.m., the CW)

Monsters and a "Twilight" spoof highlight the new season as Dean's new "normal" life doesn't last long.

'20/20' (9 p.m., ABC)

Sept. 25

'48 Hours Mystery' (9 p.m., CBS)

'Saturday Night Live' (10:30 p.m., NBC)

The venerable late-night comedy staple returns with four new cast members but without Will Forte and the F-bomb-dropping Jenny Slate. Amy Poehler hosts, and Katy Perry is musical guest.

Sept. 26

'America's Funniest Home Videos' (6 p.m., ABC)

'60 Minutes' (6:30 p.m., CBS)

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (7 p.m., ABC)

'The Simpsons' (7 p.m., Fox)

The "Glee" kids are guesting, but that's no surprise - they're everywhere.

'The Amazing Race' (7:30 p.m., CBS)

Eleven new teams, including a father and son from Sugar Land, cover 30 cities on four continents in Season 17.

'The Cleveland Show' (7:30 p.m., Fox)

The season opener features an animated President Obama and a character voiced by Kanye West.

'Desperate Housewives' (8 p.m., ABC)

A pre-Christmas cliffhanger will precede a character's death during February sweeps.

'Dexter' (8 p.m., Showtime)

The titular character's facade crumbles in the wake of Rita's death.

'Family Guy' (8 p.m., Fox)

A murder mystery and Brian's appearance on Bill Maher's show are new season highlights.

'Bored to Death' (9 p.m., HBO)

Jason Schwartzman's Jonathan Ames begins teaching and continues as a Craigslist detective.

'Brothers & Sisters' (9 p.m., ABC)

A one-year jump into the future finds the Walkers surprisingly distant.

'Undercover Boss' (9 p.m., CBS)

NASCAR, DirecTV and Chiquita are among the companies featured.

'Eastbound & Down' (9:30 p.m., HBO)

Danny McBride returns in Will Ferrell's comedy.

Sept. 28

'Stargate Universe' (8 p.m., Syfy)

Series star Robert Carlyle makes his directing debut this season.

'The Good Wife' (9 p.m., CBS)

Season 2 kicks off with Alicia battling a former colleague and deciding whether to repair her marriage or move on.

'Sanctuary' (9 p.m., Syfy)

Polly Walker ("Caprica," "Rome") guests this year.

Oct. 1

'Human Target' (7 p.m., Fox)

Indira Varma ("Bones," "Torchwood") joins the cast as charming but no-nonsense team leader Ilsa.

Oct. 3

'American Dad' (8:30 p.m., Fox)

Roger and Steve go all bounty hunter in search of a runaway Hayley.

'CSI: Miami' (9 p.m., CBS)

Season 9 will slowly, but eventually and clearly define Calleigh and Delko's relationship.

Nov. 10

'Lie to Me' (7 p.m., Fox)

Mekhi Phifer goes away and the Lightman Group goes rogue.

Note: This story has been updated to correct the description of the season-opener for 'The Good Wife.'