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Friday: New + Returning Shows

''The Carrie Diaries,'' ''Hawaii Five-0,'' and more

The Carrie Diaries
Returning Drama, 8 p.m., The CW
You want sex and the city? You’ll get ‘em both! Season 2 begins with Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) and Walt (Brendan Dooling) spending a blissful summer in gritty, neon-splashed 1985 Manhattan. There, they’ll encounter a new character: twentysomething cougar-in-training Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort). ”She’s from the panhandle of Florida, and she’s tough as nails,” says creator Amy B. Harris. ”She clawed her way to this city.” So what do Sam and teen Carrie have in common? Not much…at first. ”They’re not exactly friends right away,” Robb hints. Also, something important is stolen from Carrie in the premiere, and later, Harris says, the future sex columnist will experience ”a big first.” We’re guessing she’s not talking about buying a pair of Manolos. Oct. 25

MasterChef Junior
New Reality, 8 p.m., Fox
Most 8-year-olds probably aren’t allowed near knives, but on Fox’s new reality show, cooking prodigies from the ages of 8 to 13 not only cook in a professional-grade kitchen but are also subjected to critiques from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot. ”There are times when they have to shout Gordon over so they can reach a pot or a piece of equipment. I consciously wanted it to be exactly the same as MasterChef,” says exec producer Robin Ashbrook, who teases an episode where the kids covertly take over a high-end restaurant. There are tears when the surprise is revealed — and not from the 8-year-olds. Sept. 27

The Neighbors
Returning Comedy, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Now that the aliens-in-suburbia sitcom is back for a second season, it’s okay to admit that you were watching. ”I get a lot of strangers coming up to me and apologetically admitting they like the show,” says creator Dan Fogelman. ”Sure, it’s like a weird Samuel Beckett play with aliens, but it has an old-fashioned charm.” This season, Fogelman is most excited for the holiday episodes, including one where alien leader Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) combines Hanukkah and Halloween into an eight-night costume fest. ”Normally when you’re running a show you go, ‘Ugh, I have to do a holiday episode,”’ says Fogelman. ”But we love it. Our aliens will become addicted to holiday episodes of past sitcoms and decide to recruit their own studio audience to follow them around every time they make a joke.” Sept. 20

Returning Drama, 9 p.m., NBC
Grimm is about to get more, uh, what’s a word for dark and bleak? The second-season cliff-hanger saw Nick (David Giuntoli) zombified, put in a coffin, and presumably shipped off to Europe. That won’t stop Portland’s finest demon slayer, but getting home will be a bumpy ride. ”It’s a bigger, badder series this year; you’ll see in the first two episodes that hardly any expense was spared,” promises exec producer David Greenwalt. And once Nick does get back to Portlandia (where he’ll battle alligators in the sewers and sexy-deadly mermaids, among other creatures), he’ll be emotionally and physically altered. ”There’s certain things in life where a person is forever changed,” Giuntoli says. ”Becoming a zombie happens to be one of those things.” Oct. 25