Modern Family, The Defenders, Cougar Town, and Undercovers

Season 2 premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

The Middle

Doris Roberts, a.k.a. series star Patricia Heaton’s former TV mother-in-law-from-hell, guest-stars as Brick’s (Atticus Shaffer) new, slightly judgemental teacher.

Series premiere, 8 p.m., NBC


Married ex-spies Steven (Boris Kodjoe) and Samantha Bloom (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) decide to get back into the thrills and spills of espionage after they’re called upon to track down their agent friend, Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre).

Season 2 premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

Modern Family

Phil (Ty Burrell) agrees to get rid of the family’s old station wagon, Jay (Ed O’Neill) helps Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) build a princess castle for Lily, and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) plans a study date.

Season 12 premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Law and Order: SVU

In the two-hour premiere, the team finds a missing 10-year-old girl in the custody of a man (guest star Henry Ian Cusick) who insists he did nothing wrong. He then agrees to help Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) with another case.

Season 2 premiere, 9:30 p.m., ABC

Cougar Town

Courteney Cox’s former Friend Jennifer Aniston guest-stars as Jules’ new psychiatrist, and the pair's seemingly instant bond makes Ellie (Christa Miller-Lawrence) jealous.

Series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

The Defenders

Nick (Jim Belushi) and Pete (Jerry O'Connell) are buddies and defense lawyers, doing right by the law-breaking citizens and visitors of Las Vegas. In the premiere, they meet their firm's new associate, who used to be an exotic dancer.

11:35 p.m., CBS

Late Show with David Letterman

The wait is over: Dave welcomes (back) Joaquin Phoenix.

Also on the airwaves...
Survivor, 8 p.m., CBS
Hell’s Kitchen, Season 8 premiere, FOX
America’s Next Top Model, 8 p.m., CW
Better with You, Series premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Criminal Minds, Season 6 premiere, 9 p.m., CBS
Hellcats, 9 p.m., CW
Top Chef reunion, 9 p.m., BRAVO
Man vs. Wild, 9 p.m., DSC
Man v. Food, 9 p.m., TRAVEL
The Whole Truth, Series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC
The Choir, 10 p.m., BBC America
Top Chef: Just Desserts, 10 p.m., BRAVO
Terriers, 10 p.m., FX
The Real World reunion, 10 p.m., MTV
LA Ink, 10 p.m., TLC
Tosh.0, 10:30 p.m., COMEDY

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