First Look at the New Seasons of 'Outlander,' 'NCIS,' 'Blue Bloods' & More (PHOTOS)

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NCIS - Mark Harmon, Diona Reasonover
CBS

NCIS

Returns Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8/7c, CBS

Where is Director Vance (Rocky Carroll)? It’s been a month since his kidnapping, and the team is still tirelessly committed to the search when Season 16 kicks off. Luckily, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and new forensics expert Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover, above, with Harmon) may have found something useful back in the lab. Reasonover, who was promoted to full-time earlier this year, filling the gap left by the exit of longtime fave Pauley Perrette, explains her excitement with a basketball analogy: “The whole cast is so stacked. It’s like getting to play with the ’96 Bulls, the Golden State Warriors and LeBron [James] all at once!” —Ileane Rudolph

SEAL TEAM
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Seal Team

Returns Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9/8c, CBS

The Bravo team undertakes a risky mission off the Nigerian coast in Season 2’s action-packed premiere, which picks up six months after their return from Afghanistan. Here, leader Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz), fully recovered from his head injury, takes up a strategic position. But all the protective gear in the world can’t shield this elite military unit from the shock that’s coming. “After the unthinkable occurs, Jason struggles to keep his brotherhood and his family intact,” executive producer John Glenn says. In fact, he adds, all the Bravo men experience “emotional upheaval and challenges in the field” as a result — and may not be able to lean on one another. —Kate Hahn

Outlander - Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan
Starz

Outlander

Returns Sunday, Nov. 4, 9/8c, Starz

No matter how crazy the world gets, time traveler Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and her husband, 18th-century Scottish warrior Jamie (Sam Heughan, above, with Balfe), only have eyes for each other. The Season 4 premiere finds the lovebirds in Wilmington, North Carolina, with one objective: making a home in the American colonies. “We’re in a place where they’re both very settled and confident in their relationship,” Balfe says. Even a looming Revolutionary War and a psychopathic new villain can’t tread on them. “External forces that would usually drive a wedge between them don’t,” Balfe says. “They may have differences of opinion, but they are there to back each other up.” —Kate Hahn

Bull - Michael Weatherly
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Bull

Returns Monday, Sept. 24, 10/9c, CBS

Trial consultant Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly), whose job involves psychologically assessing the best jury needed to win cases, finds himself in the box in Season 3’s second episode. It’s both ironic and annoying for the cocky professional. “Bull is an impatient juror,” Weatherly says. “He’s got to get downstairs to another case, so he’s got his eye on the clock.” At least we can rest easy knowing he’s bounced back from his heart attack in the season finale. Notes Weatherly: “He’s had a summer of recovery.” —Emily Aslanian

THE ROOKIE - NATHAN FILLION, AFTON WILLIAMSON
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The Rookie

Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10/9c, ABC

Castle vet Nathan Fillion makes his TV homecoming in a drama about the oldest newbie in the LAPD. Inspired by a true story, the series follows John Nolan, a 40-year-old divorcé with a college-age kid who reinvents himself by moving cross-country to join L.A.’s finest. His first day, pictured here, is an intense initiation (for Fillion too: Shooting the scene closed Hollywood Boulevard for a day and drew 1,200 onlookers). “Anything can happen,” executive producer Alexi Hawley says. “But John brings maturity to the job. He has more empathy because of hard times while raising a family. He knows it’s better to talk to this guy than tase him.” —Kate Hahn

Blue Bloods - Tom Selleck
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Blue Bloods

Returns Friday, Sept. 28, 10/9c, CBS

You’d think Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) would be reveling in the engagement of his youngest son, NYPD patrolman Jamie (Will Estes, with Selleck), to his partner on the job, Eddie (Vanessa Ray). But this chat looks serious! Apparently, in Season 9, Jamie is facing some issues with his police-commissioner dad, who is still opposed to romantic partners sharing the same police car, even though it’s not expressly forbidden. “I liked this scene because it had two characters in conflict, each with valid points of view,” explains Estes, who praises the veteran actor’s skill at “finding the heart of the scene.” Hopefully this heart-to-heart will leave them seeing eye to eye. —Ileane Rudolph

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Fall favorites are right around the corner and TV Guide Magazine's got your first look at the upcoming seasons of series like OutlanderNCISBlue Bloods, and more. Here's a look ahead at five beloved shows (plus a preview of one soon-to-be favorite!).

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