Feed Your DVR: 9/28/14 to 10/4/14

Sunday, September 28th – Tonight marks the fall debut of FOX’s revamped Sunday comedy block. Starting at 8pm, The Simpsons promises that one familiar character will die. Next, at 8:30, Brooklyn Nine-Nine debuts in its new Sunday time slot. Sure, we’re eager to see more of the dynamite chemistry between Detectives Peralta and Santiago, but really, we’re most eager to see the fallout from Gina and Boyle’s ill-advised hookup. Finally, at 9pm, Family Guy begins its thirteenth season with the much-anticipated Simpsons crossover.

Monday, September 29thCastle‘s seventh season kicks off right where it left off: Detective Beckett, clad in her wedding dress, staring at the burning husk of the car Castle was driving to their Long Island wedding. Castle’s fate is revealed by the end of the episode, and you can probably guess his fate – the show IS called Castle, after all – but not without raising questions for the rest of the season that threaten to damage the trust between the partners. (ABC, 10pm)

Tuesday, September 30th – Female comedians, from recently deceased pioneers like Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch to up-and-comers like Amy Schumer and the ladies of Broad City, prove that women are just as funny as men. The second season of the PBS documentary series Makers: Women Who Make America focuses on women in previously male-dominated fields, and tonight’s season premiere profiles some of the funniest women in America, as the creators explore female performers in the world of comedy. (PBS, 9pm, but check local listings)

Wednesday, October 1st – The pilot for black-ish wasn’t my favorite of the season, but it’s one of the few non-rom sitcoms to debut this season, and sometimes it can take a few episodes for a show to hit its stride, so we’ll be tuning in for episode two tonight, which feature’s a parent’s nightmare: the birds-and-bees talk. (ABC, 9:30pm)

Thursday, October 2nd – The CW gets in on the fall premiere action tonight with returning dramas The Vampire Diaries (8pm) and Reign (9pm). With all vampires barred from Mystic Falls, Elena, Caroline, and Stefan adjust to life away from home and without Bonnie and Damon, thought to be lost for good after the destruction of the Other Side. Meanwhile, Alaric readjusts to life on this plane as an Original vampire. Next, back in 16th century France, Queen Mary tries to consolidate her power and protect the castle as plague begins to spread through the country. A slate of new guest stars, including Craig Parker, promises to make life interesting for both Mary and Queen Mother Catherine.

Friday, October 3rdThe Knick enters the third act of its first season tonight, as Thackery heads to a surgical conference, afraid that his innovations can’t compete with those of a fellow surgeon/inventor. (Cinemax, 10pm)

Saturday, October 4th – So far this season, Doctor Who has successfully introduced Peter Capaldi’s new doctor and rehabilitated companion Clara in an impressive manner. In shoots for the moon this week as the Doctor and Clara face terrifying arachnid-like creatures and an age-old moral quandary: should you sacrifice the life of one person to save many? (BBC America, 9pm)

Streaming Pick of the Week – If none of the new shows on the fall schedule appeal to you, then why not revisit an old favorite? Gilmore Girls – all seven seasons – hits Netflix on October 1st. The good news is that the adventures of Lorelai, Rory, Sookie, Luke, and the rest of the denizens of Stars Hollow have aged well – the humor, wit, and heart are just as entertaining as when the show first hit the air in 2000. Although back then, I identified with Rory, now I fully appreciate the awesomeness of Lorelai.

Also premiering this week: Once Upon a Time (9/28, ABC, 8pm); Resurrection (9/28, ABC, 9pm); CSI (9/28, CBS, 10pm); Revenge (9/28, ABC, 10pm); Mom (9/29, CBS, 8:30pm); NCIS: Los Angeles (9/29, CBS, 10pm); Selfie (9/30, ABC, 8pm); Manhattan Love Story (9/30, ABC, 8:30pm); Happyland (9/30, MTV, 11pm); Criminal Minds (10/1, CBS, 9pm); Stalker (10/1, CBS, 10pm); The Biggest Loser (10/2, NBC, 8pm); Gracepoint (10/2, FOX, 9pm); Bad Judge (10/2, NBC, 9pm); A to Z (10/2, NBC, 9:30pm); Last Man Standing (10/3, ABC, 8pm); Survivor’s Remorse (10/4, Starz, 9pm); Austin City Limits (10/4, PBS, 9pm)

Upcoming finales: Masters of Sex (9/28, Showtime, 10pm); Ray Donovan (9/28, Showtime, 9pm); The Bridge (10/1, FX, 10pm)