Season 6 opens with "Unbraceable You," with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) unprepared for a new school year -- which she thought started a week later than it did. Sue and Brick (Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer) feel the impact in turn, having to make up quickly for the days they've missed. At the same time, Sue celebrates a milestone when her braces are taken off. Mike (Neil Flynn) isn't quite as happy when Axl (Charlie McDermott) beats him at basketball.
It's "Blood vs. Water" again as the series that put reality competitions on the television map starts its 29th season. Host Jeff Probst initiates two-person teams of loved ones into the game, and the concept of blood being thicker than water is put to the test as one person is sent to Exile Island -- and the winner's teammate has to pick someone else from their tribe to go along with the loser. Former baseball player John Rocker is among the contestants.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
One last set of would-be magicians gets the chance to impress Penn & Teller enough to be in their Las Vegas show in the season finale, "Teller Sucks ... Helium." That title implies an interesting result, since Teller famously stays silent, and the sound of one's voice usually is one of the humorous effects of helium. Shawn Farquhar, Manuel Martinez, Martin Daniels and Chris Dugdale are the episode's novice illusionists. Jonathan Ross is the host.
The end of one of this show's seasons is a graduation of sorts, but a literal graduation takes place on the show for the first time in the new episode "15 Chefs Compete." Students of a culinary school are those who finish their formal education, and the cooks here have to get breakfast ready for them and their loved ones. The team to complete the mission first goes to San Francisco to meet Chef Dominique Chen ... and the other team gets to grind meat.
The Mysteries of Laura
Laura (Debra Messing) sets herself up to lure a killer who found his victim via online dating in the new episode "The Mystery of the Dead Date." Billy (Laz Alonso) oversees Laura's efforts to flush out the felon, which takes her deep into the New York nightlife scene. She's only playing at it initially, but Jake's (Josh Lucas) signing of their divorce papers makes her consider pursuing it for real. Soap-opera veteran Ricky Paull Goldin guest stars.
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, A Nature Special Presentation
A new three-part miniseries on the title birds begins with "The Journey," in part tracing a peril-fraught trek by emperor penguins to make their way across a frozen waterway. Rockhoppers don't have it much easier once they've reached shore, since they have to make their way up a 300-foot cliff -- mostly by hopping. Humboldt penguins are seen negotiating different kinds of danger, trying to avoid becoming direct targets of sea lions and vampire bats.
A musical message ends up in the wrong hands as the comedy's second season begins with "Love Is a Mix Tape." Adam (Sean Giambrone) assembles songs to indicate his feelings to Dana (guest star Natalie Alyn Lind), but Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) finds it and thinks it's for her. Barry (Troy Gentile) is too boastful about his new fake ID, which soon is removed from his possession -- leaving him unable to fulfill promises. David Spade guest stars.
Following its fifth consecutive Emmy win for outstanding comedy series, the show opens its sixth season with "The Long Honeymoon" -- which is what Cam (Eric Stonestreet) hopes to keep going, though Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is pretty much over it, upon their return home. Alex also returns after her summer away, affecting her whole household. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) decides to teach Jay (Ed O'Neill) a lesson about his disinterest in how he looks.
Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles
In the new episode "Hard Cold Cash," Josh Altman is forced to stash another agent in a freezer when a client comes close to blowing his stack during a negotiation. Tyga, a hip hop artist, checks out James and David's ultimate bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills, which just happens to be across the street from Altman's house. Elsewhere, Josh Flagg goes back in time, figuratively speaking, to sell a 1919 Beverly Hills tear-down that cannot be torn down.
Red Band Society
An unforeseen development in Jordi's (Nolan Sotillo) surgery leaves Leo (Charlie Rowe) distraught in the new episode "Sole Searching." Kara's (Zoe Levin) relatives are so caught up in trying to arrange for a new heart for her, they fail to recognize what she needs most at the moment. Griffin Dunne, Wilson Cruz ("My So-Called Life") and Andrea Parker ("The Pretender") guest star. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable also star.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Another new chapter begins for Benson (Mariska Hargitay), in multiple ways, as the crime drama starts its 16th season with "Girls Disappeared." Balancing her police duties with her responsibilities as a foster parent doesn't come easy, especially since a prostitution case is related to the birth mother of the baby Benson is now caring for. A newly arrived detective (guest star Peter Scanavino) ruffles some feathers almost immediately. Ice-T also stars.
The word "hacker" has become common in daily vocabulary, often with a connotation that's none too pleasant. The new episode "Rise of the Hackers" probes the power that cybercriminals exhibit in stealing personal information and wreaking havoc on companies -- and even countries. The program isn't only a profile of the "bad guys," though: It also considers those who are using computer skills to try to stay ahead of the next attack via bit and byte.