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Tuesday: New + Returning Shows

''New Girl,'' ''The Mindy Project,'' and more

New Comedy, 8 p.m., Fox
Though this new sitcom from exec producer Seth MacFarlane has already been scourged by critics and advocacy groups for its…let’s just call it questionable race- and gender-based humor, Team Dads says it’s staying the equal-opportunity-offender course. ”We hope [Dads] will toe the line between scandalous, thought-provoking comedy and heartfelt moments,” says star Seth Green of the multicam sitcom, which follows two un-PC pops (Peter Riegert and Martin Mull) who move in with their small-business-owning sons (Green and Giovanni Ribisi). Co-creator Alec Sulkin invokes the Norman Lear classic All in the Family, which he says ”had a sort of irreverence that hopefully, in our best possible state, we could achieve.” And Green points out that real-life relatives aren’t always so nice — something he believes viewers can relate to. ”There’s the family that you’re saddled with,” he says, ”and the family that you choose.” Sept. 17

Returning Drama, 8 p.m., CBS
NCIS is saying farewell to a team member. And while Cote de Pablo’s departure from the show was ”not what we had hoped for,” says exec producer Gary Glasberg, he’s written a two-part season 11 premiere that he hopes will bring the story of de Pablo’s Ziva to a close and deal with the finale cliff-hanger that saw Gibbs (Mark Harmon) set his crosshairs on Agent Fornell (Joe Spano). ”The Ziva story now sort of weaves its way through and becomes a huge part of that as well,” Glasberg says. Fans are already mourning Ziva’s exit — and the end of the much-loved flirty tension she shared with Tony (Michael Weatherly) — and Glasberg says they won’t be the only ones feeling the loss: ”There will be a resonance [for the team] and a presence for quite a number of episodes.” Sept. 24

The Goldbergs
New Comedy, 9 p.m., ABC
Though Adam F. Goldberg’s autobiographical sitcom about growing up in a loud-yet-loving family takes place in the 1980s, he says the humor isn’t all shoulder pads and Atari jokes. ”What we do in the writers’ room all day long is talk about painful, embarrassing stories and make them as funny as possible,” says Goldberg, whose original title for the show was How the F*ck Am I Normal? ”I have so many stories to tell, and the stuff in the ’80s — TRON, The A-Team, Transformers, what it was like having one phone line in the house — is window dressing.” How does the cast, which includes Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), feel about the decade? ”I’m roller-skating and wearing some hot sweaters,” says Garlin, who plays the blustery family patriarch. ”I’m not really nostalgic for the ’80s, but I always had a good time. I lost my virginity in that decade.” Sept. 24

New Drama, 9 p.m., ABC Family
Tyler Blackburn’s not feeling much pressure as he prepares to move from Pretty Little Liars to the spin-off series. The reason, he says, is that while his character, Caleb, will introduce fans to Ravenswood, ”it’s definitely an ensemble” show: ”I feel like a team player more than anything else.” Rounding out the cast are fellow teens Luke (Brett Dier), Olivia (Merritt Patterson), Remy (Britne Oldford), and Miranda (Nicole Gale Anderson) — all of whom join forces to uncover the source of the curse that plagues the town of Ravenswood. Fans of Liars may think mysterious ”A” is the worst foe ABC Family can offer, but exec producer Joseph Dougherty teases, ”There’s a force that’s working in Ravenswood that makes ‘A’ look like an amateur.” Oct. 22