It happens every time we find a few moments to watch TV. We sit back, get relaxed and turn on the tube only to then wonder What should I watch? What's even on?
Don't fret! In the coming months there are plenty of shows to get excited about, including the return of your favorite competition series, including "Dancing with the Stars" (which has cha-cha'd to Disney+), "The Amazing Race," "The Voice," and it feels like we're forgetting something... Oh, right! What is “Celebrity Jeopardy!”? All will premiere in September, as will a new daytime talk show with an Oscar-winning host, “The Jennifer Hudson Show.”
So prepare to find your way to that comfy (and hopefully cool!) spot on your couch. Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won't miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you'll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT.)
"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" (Amazon Prime): Predating "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" by millennia, this new drama centers on "an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth."
"Chef's Table: Pizza" (Netflix)
"The Good Fight" (Paramount+): The final season.
"Wedding Season" (Hulu): Sparks fly when an engaged Katie meets Stefan at a wedding, and the two begin a relationship. The day of Katie's wedding, her groom and in-laws are killed, and Katie and Stefan are the suspects.
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"Back on the Record with Bob Costas" (HBO, Fridays at 11)
"Gutsy" (Apple TV+): Mother-daughter duo Hillary Rodham and Chelsea Clinton speak with the courageous women they find inspiring, like Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Kim Kardashian and Megan Thee Stallion.
"Cobra Kai" (Netflix)
"Monarch" (Fox, Sunday at 8 EDT/5 PDT, then Tuesdays at 9): Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins star as country music royalty whose daughter, Nicky Roman (Anna Friel), is dead set on preserving her parents' reputation.
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“The Jennifer Hudson Show” (syndicated; check local listings): The "American Idol" alum and EGOT holder will host an hour-long daytime talk program.
"The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu)
"Atlanta" (FX, Thursdays at 10): The final season.
"Love is Blind: After the Altar" (Netflix)
"The U.S. and the Holocaust" PBS, nightly Sept. 18-20 at 8): The three-part documentary directed by Ken Burns explores the context in which Hitler came to power.
"SEAL Team" (Paramount+)
"9-1-1" (Fox, Mondays at 8)
"Dancing with the Stars" (Disney+)
"The Neighborhood" (CBS, Mondays at 8)
"The Voice" (NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8)
"Bob ♥ Abishola" (CBS, Mondays at 8:30)
"The Cleaning Lady" (Fox, Mondays at 9)
"NCIS" (CBS, Mondays at 9)
"NCIS: Hawai'i" (CBS, Mondays at 10)
"Quantum Leap" (NBC, Mondays at 10): In this reboot of the 1989-1993 series, a physicist travels back in time via the Quantum Leap accelerator.
"Reboot" (Hulu, Tuesdays): Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer and Johnny Knoxville star as the actors from a cheesy 1980s sitcom revival.
"The Resident" (Fox, Tuesdays at 8)
"FBI" (CBS, Tuesdays at 8)
"FBI: International" (CBS, Tuesdays at 9)
"FBI: Most Wanted" (CBS, Tuesdays at 10)
"New Amsterdam" (NBC, Tuesdays at 10)
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"Chicago Med" (NBC, Wednesdays at 8)
"The Conners” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8)
"The Masked Singer" (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)
"Survivor" (CBS, Wednesdays at 8)
"The Goldbergs” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30)
"Abbott Elementary" (ABC, Wednesdays at 9)
"Chicago Fire" (NBC, Wednesdays at 9)
"Home Economics" (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30)
"The Amazing Race" (CBS, Wednesdays at 10)
"Big Sky" (ABC, Wednesdays at 10)
"Chicago P.D." (NBC, Wednesdays at 10)
"Andor" (Disney+): The series centers on Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), on a quest to decipher the impact he can have in the "Star Wars" galaxy.
"The Hype" (HBO Max)
"The Kardashians" (Hulu)
"Law & Order" (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC, Thursdays at 9)
"Law & Order: Organized Crime" (NBC, Thursdays at 10)
"Thai Cave Rescue" (Netflix): A series inspired by the 2018 rescue of a soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.
"Shark Tank" (ABC, Fridays at 8)
"Sidney" (Apple TV+): A documentary about the iconic actor Sidney Poitier, who died in January, produced by Oprah Winfrey.
“Celebrity Jeopardy!” (ABC, Sundays at 8): Famous contestants compete in the brainy battle for their chosen charity.
"The Simpsons" (Fox, Sundays at 8)
"The Great North" (Fox, Sundays at 8:30)
“Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC, Sundays at 9)
"Bob's Burgers" (Fox, Sundays at 9)
“The Rookie” (ABC, Sundays at 10)
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"Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC, Tuesdays at 8, and Mondays at 8 beginning Oct. 3)
"La Brea" (NBC, Tuesdays at 9)
"The Rookie: Feds" (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): Niecy Nash-Betts stars in “The Rookie” spinoff as Simone Clark, the FBI Academy's oldest newbie.
“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” (Disney+)
"The D'Amelio Show" (Hulu)
"Hell's Kitchen" (Fox, Thursdays at 8)
"Young Sheldon" (CBS, Thursdays at 8)
"Ghosts" (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30)
"So Help Me Todd" (CBS, Thursdays at 9): An unlikely duo – straight-laced lawyer Margaret Wright (Marcia Gay Harden) and her play-it-loose, struggling private eye son Todd Wright (Skylar Astin) – team up at her law firm.
"Welcome to Flatch" (Fox, Thursdays at 9)
"Call Me Kat" (Fox, Thursdays at 9:30)
"CSI: Vegas" (CBS, Thursdays at 10)
"Hocus Pocus 2" (Disney+)
"Floor is Lava" (Netflix)
"The Equalizer" (CBS, Sundays at 9)
"East New York" (CBS, Sundays at 9): Amanda Warren stars as recently promoted deputy inspector Regina Haywood, who has to convince her force to give her their respect. Jimmy Smits also stars.
"The Good Doctor" (ABC, Mondays at 10)
"The Real Love Boat" (CBS, Wednesdays at 9): The dating show, inspired by the former Aaron Spelling comedy, takes place on Princess Cruises, with real crew members, and pairs singles for dates and challenges. One couple will be awarded a cash prize.
"Nailed It!" (Netflix)
“Station 19” (ABC, Thursdays at 8)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, Thursdays at 9)
"Walker Independence" (CW, Thursdays at 9): The prequel tells the story of Abby Walker (Katherine McNamara), a well-to-do Bostonian who relocates to Independence, Texas, after witnessed the killing of her husband.
“Alaska Daily” (ABC, Thursdays at 10): Oscar winner Hilary Swank portrays embattled journalist Eileen Fitzgerald, who flees New York to start over at a newspaper in Anchorage.
"S.W.A.T." (CBS, Fridays at 8)
"Fire Country" (CBS, Fridays at 9): The new drama focuses on the recently released convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot), who shortened his sentence by agreeing to join firefighters as they battle raging Northern California wildfires.
"Blue Bloods" (CBS, Fridays at 10)
“The Problem with Jon Stewart” (Apple TV+)
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, Sundays at 10)
"All American" (CW, Mondays at 8)
"All American: Homecoming" (CW, Mondays at 9)
"The Winchesters" (CW, Tuesdays at 8): The "Supernatural" prequel focuses on the parents of Sam and Dean Winchester, played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively, in the series, which ended a 15-year run in 2020. Ackles serves as narrator for the new show, depicting the love story of John Winchester (Drake Rodger) and Mary Campbell (Meg Donnelly).
"Professionals" (CW, Tuesdays at 9): "Smallville" star Tom Welling returns to CW in this series as Vincent Corbo, a security operative employed by rocket designer Peter Swann (Brendan Fraser).
"Easy-Bake Battle: The Home Cooking Competition" (Netflix): Home cooks throw down in this new competition series, relying on their cooking hacks to see "who can make the easiest, fastest, and most delicious" meals.
“Shantaram” (Apple TV+): Charlie Hunnam portrays fugitive Lin Ford, hoping to hide out in Bombay in the 1980s-set series.
"The Vow Part Two" (HBO, Mondays at 9): This documentary sequel focuses on the close confidants of NXIVM cult co-founder Keith Raniere.
"Acapulco” (Apple TV+)
"Lopez vs. Lopez" (NBC, Fridays at 8) Comedian George Lopez stars in a family-focused series "about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between."
"Young Rock" (NBC, Fridays at 8:30)
"The English" (Amazon Prime Video): Emily Blunt stars as Lady Cornelia Locke who treks to Hoxem, Wyoming in 1890 with Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer) in this limited Western series.
"Tulsa King" (Paramount +): Sylvester Stallone stars as a recently released mobster, Dwight “The General” Manfredi, setting up a business in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seeking to distance himself from the mob, he recruits a group to build a new operation.
"The Great British Baking Show: Holiday Season 5" (Netflix)
"Welcome to Chippendales" (Hulu): Kumail Nanjiani stars as Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the founder of the male strip-club Chippendales.
Earlier 2022 premieres:
"The Boys" (Amazon Prime)
"Physical" (Apple TV+, Fridays)
"Floor is Lava" (Netflix)
"American Ninja Warrior" (NBC, Mondays at 8)
"Roswell, New Mexico" (The CW, Mondays at 8)
"In the Dark" (The CW, Mondays at 9)
"Irma Vep" (HBO, Mondays at 9): Alicia Vikander stars as an American actress leading the remake of a French silent movie, who loses the ability to distinguish between the role and reality.
"All Rise" (OWN, Tuesdays at 8): A new season of the courtroom drama, canceled by CBS.
"That’s My Time with David Letterman" (Netflix): The talk show host invites comedians to do a five-minute routine, followed by an interview. The debut season's guests include Rosebud Baker, Phil Wang, Sam Morril, Brian Simpson, Robin Tran and Naomi Ekperigin.
"Ms. Marvel": (Disney+): The series follows Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Muslim teen and superhero zealot living in New Jersey, who gets powers of her own.
"Queer as Folk" (Peacock): A reboot of the 1999-2005 Showtime series about gay friends, set in New Orleans.
"For All Mankind" (Apple TV+)
"Evil" (Paramount+, Sundays)
"God's Favorite Idiot" (Netflix): Real-life couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone collaborate once more in this new series focused on Clark (Falcone), who falls for his colleague Amily (McCarthy) just as he's become an "unwitting messenger of God."
"Love, Victor" (Hulu, Wednesdays): The final season.
"Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend" (Netflix, Wednesdays): Alton Brown returns for this "Iron Chef" revival as co-host with "Top Chef"' winner Kristen Kish. "The Chairman" Mark Dacascos is also back.
"The Old Man" (FX, Thursdays at 10): Jeff Bridges stars as a former CIA agent, Dan Chase, who escaped the agency and has been maintaining a low profile for decades. A hitman seeking him out forces him to revisit his past.
"Rutherford Falls" (Peacock)
"The Summer I Turned Pretty" (Amazon Prime): The new dramatic series from "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" author Jenny Han tells the story of one girl's first experience with love and heartbreak.
"Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines" (Discovery+, Fridays)
"Physical" (Apple TV+)
"Animal Kingdom" (TNT, Sundays at 9): The final season.
"The Umbrella Academy" (Netflix)
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"The Bear" (Hulu): Former "Shameless" star Jeremy Allen White leads the comedy series about a chef forced to take over his family's Chicago sandwich shop after his brother's death.
"Southern Charm" (Bravo, Thursdays at 9)
"Loot" (Apple TV+): Maya Rudolph stars in the comedy as a billionaire Molly Novak who begins to spiral toward rock bottom after her husband breaks her trust.
"Westworld" (HBO, Sundays at 9)
"Only Murders in the Building" (Hulu)
"The Upshaws" (Netflix)
"The Terminal List" (Amazon Prime): Chris Pratt plays a Navy SEAL, part of a platoon that is attacked while trying to execute a mission, in this new drama based on the novel by Jack Carr.
"Stranger Things" (Netflix): Two remaining episodes from Season 4.
"America the Beautiful" (Disney+): Michael B. Jordan narrates the docuseries from the producers of “Planet Earth” focused on the wildlife.
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"Big Brother" (CBS, 8)
"The Challenge: USA" (CBS at 9:30, then Wednesdays at 9): Reality stars battle on the competition, which has aired on MTV.
"Maggie" (Hulu): Rebecca Rittenhouse stars as a psychic whose romantic life is plagued by visions of the future.
“Generation Gap” (ABC, Thursdays at 9): The new game show hosted by Kelly Ripa pairs grandparents and grandchildren, posing questions from both generations.
"Black Bird” (Apple TV+): Taron Egerton stars in the limited series inspired by true events as Jimmy Keene, a convicted drug dealer who was a star of his high school football team. Keene will be given preferential treatment if he is able to gain the trust of a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser), drawing out a confession and whereabouts of the victims.
"How to Build a Sex Room" (Netflix): Interior designer Melanie Rose helps clients revitalize their romances by designing rooms for pleasure.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC, Sundays at 7)
"The Bachelorette" (ABC, Mondays at 8)
"Claim to Fame" (ABC, Mondays at 10): Jo Bros Kevin and Frankie Jonas host the reality competition that puts 12 family members of celebrities in a house to compete for $100,000. The fame-adjacent contestants will need to keep their identities under wraps.
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"Resident Evil" (Netflix): The sci-fi series is set in 2036, following an apocalyptic viral outbreak that wreaked havoc 14 years earlier. Now the Earth is populated with beings out for blood.
"Love Island" (Peacock): The reality series promises a "steamier" season than previous editions on CBS.
"Trying" (Apple TV+, Fridays)
"Dream Home Makeover" (Netflix)
"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (Disney+)
"Light & Magic" (Disney+): Viewers go inside Lucasfilm's visual effects, animation and virtual production departments.
"Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin" (HBO Max): A new group of teens are being threatened by an anonymous villain in this "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff.
"Paper Girls" (Amazon Prime): A group of 12-year-old girls delivering newspapers are unexpectedly thrust into the future, where they meet their adult selves.
"City on a Hill" (Showtime, Sundays at 10)
"Reservation Dogs" (Hulu, Wednesdays)
"The Sandman" (Netflix): Tom Sturridge stars as the Sandman, who's been in captivity for more than 100 years. To correct the madness during his imprisonment he must travel across time and different worlds.
"The Outlaws" (Amazon Prime Video)
"Never Have I Ever" (Netflix)
“Five Days at Memorial” (Apple TV+, Fridays): The limited series captures the days at a hospital in New Orleans following 2005's life-altering Hurricane Katrina.
“Power Book III: Raising Kanan” (Starz, Sundays at 9)
"Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers" (Hulu): Players, coaches and executives were interviewed for the 10-episode docuseries that follows the team with 17 championship titles.
"Bad Sisters" (Apple TV+, Fridays): The Ireland-set series follows fiercely loyal sisters who've suffered the loss of their parents.
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"House of the Dragon" (HBO, Sundays at 9): The prequel to HBO's hit "Game of Thrones” centers on the House Targaryen.
"Kevin Can F**K Himself" (AMC, Mondays at 9): Second and final season.
"Selling The OC" (Netflix): The Oppenheim Group (at the center of the streaming service's "Selling Sunset") has opened an office in Orange County with a new group of realtors.
"Archer" (FXX, Wednesdays at 10)
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"The End is Nye" (Peacock): Bill Nye walks viewers through global catastrophes and explains how it's possible to weather the events and thwart them.
"Mike" (Hulu): A limited series about the life of boxing legend Mike Tyson, portrayed by Trevante Rhodes.
"See" (Apple TV+, Fridays): The final season of this epic starring Jason Momoa.
"The Patient" (Hulu, Tuesdays): Serial killer Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson) holds his therapist (Steve Carell) hostage in hopes his counselor can keep him from killing again.
"DC's Stargirl" (CW, Wednesdays at 8)
Contributing: Kelly Lawler
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2022 TV premieres: 'The Kardashians,' 'Ghosts,' 'Abbott Elementary'