What’s new on the major television networks this fall? Dramas that use their locations – Detroit, Houston, Honolulu – as crucial parts of the shows, for one thing. Plus, the much-awaited remake of “Hawaii Five-0” and a show that allows William Shatner to say lots of bleepin’ stuff. Most premieres will air this week and next week.

ABC

“Better with You”

Premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Will air 8:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot:
Comedy about three couples at various stages in their relationships. One couple is long-term, not married and happy. Another is new and in a hurry to marry. The third has been married 35 years.

The Buzz: Created by “Friends” producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan, which means it could be good, but the cast is relatively unknown (so were the “Friends”).

“Detroit 1-8-7”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 21. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: Following a police homicide unit in inner-city Detroit, with the city itself playing a major role. Stars the compelling Michael Imperioli (Christopher on “The Sopranos”) and a very large ensemble cast reminiscent of “Hill Street Blues.”

The Buzz: Part of a trend this year among new shows shot on location, and using that location as major fodder for story lines. The question is: Will the crimes of Detroit be fascinating or just depressing?

“My Generation”

Premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 23. Will air 8 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

The Plot: Scripted drama about a group of friends in Austin, Texas, who are the subject of a documentary film when they are high school seniors, and then are reunited by the documentarian 10 years later, in 2010.

The Buzz: Confusion, perhaps? What happens after the documentarian has reunited them? Do we only get episodes every 10 years?

“No Ordinary Family”

Premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Will air 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: Family goes on vacation to South America, plane crashes into the Amazon River, they all survive and return home – with super powers!

The Buzz: Wow. Way to pack every possible audience niche into one show, from family drama, to action heroes, to the supernatural. Stars Michael Chiklis (“The Shield,” “Fantastic Four” movies).

“The Whole Truth”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 22. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: Drama follows a court case from both sides, the prosecution and the defense: Maura Tierney (“ER’) for the prosecution and Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure”) for the defense.

The Buzz: The press release promises the scenes will alternate evenly between both sides building a case, which will keep audiences guessing. Sounds like “Law & Order” with no cops.

CBS

“$#*! My Dad Says”

Premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Will air 8:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

The Plot: Based on the Twitter feed and book, this sitcom is about a dad who says lots of, uh, stuff, to his family and friends. CBS says it’s pronounced “Bleep My Dad Says,” but I’m guessing they’re the only ones pronouncing it that way.

The Buzz: With William Shatner as the dad and a mysteriously profane title, this should be a winner. Now we just have to see if the writers can deliver the, uh, stuff.

“Blue Bloods”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 24. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Fridays.

The Plot: Drama follows a family who are all in the New York City police department. The clan is headed by Tom Selleck as the police commissioner.

The Buzz: A fun one for New England pop-culture fans, because it co-stars Boston native Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block) and Tom Brady’s former girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan.

“Hawaii Five-O”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 20. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: Remake of the classic police drama that ran on TV from 1968 to 1980, about an elite squad running down villains amid the scenic beauty and mystery of Hawaii. Producers had the good sense to keep the original theme song by The Ventures, probably more of a classic than the show itself.

The Buzz: Getting good reviews for its location, slick production and especially for the acting of Scott Caan, son of James Caan, who plays Steve McGarrett’s sidekick, Danno, of “book ’em” fame.

“Mike & Molly”

Premieres at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Will air 9:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: In Chicago, a cop and a teacher meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and fall in love.

The Buzz: Can you build a show around fat jokes? Maybe not, but it doesn’t hurt that the cast includes veteran actress Swoosie Kurtz as the teacher’s mother. I mean, who doesn’t like to say “Swoosie”?

“The Defenders”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 22. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: Two defense attorneys working in Las Vegas, played by Jim Belushi and former kid star Jerry O’Connell.

The Buzz: The press release says these two lawyers “go all in” when representing their clients but are still looking “to hit their own jackpot.” Aren’t we all Vegas’ed-out already?

THE CW

“Hellcats”

Premiered Sept. 8. Airs 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: Pre-law student (Aly Michalka) loses her scholarship and tries to make the school cheer team, the Hellcats, as a last resort to stay in school. Waldo native Heather Hemmens plays a “mean girl” who gets injured at the beginning of the season.

The Buzz: “Legally Blonde” meets “Bring it On.” As a teen movie, this would make more sense.

“Nikita”

Premiered Sept. 9. Airs 9 to 10 p.m. Thursdays.

The Plot: An assassin for a top-secret government agency – who happens to be a very sexy woman – rebels against the people who trained her and vows to bring the whole sordid operation to an end.

The Buzz: A remake of late ’90s TV show “La Femme Nikita,” which had its fans. Stars international action film star Maggie Q, who was in “Mission: Impossible III.”

FOX

“Lonestar”

Premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Will air 9 to 10 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: A con man (James Wolk) has carefully created two separate lives for himself, with two different women, in two very different parts of Texas. He’s part of a Houston oil family, and he’s also living a more suburban lifestyle in the West Texas town of Midland.

The Buzz: Getting good reviews so far, especially Wolk, for a layered persona that is sometimes sympathetic, sometimes despicable. Cast is solid with Jon Voight as the Houston oil baron and David Keith as the father who taught the con man what he knows.

“Raising Hope”

Premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 21. Will air 9 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: A 23-year-old slacker (Lucas Neff) has a one-night stand and ends up having a daughter, whom he tries to raise at home with his parents – who had him when they were 15.

The Buzz: Sounds like “Three Men and a Baby” but with a woman. Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt are getting good reviews for their portrayals of the parents, and sitcom vet Cloris Leachman is on board as the grandmother.

“Running Wild”

Premieres at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Will air  9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Plot: This romantic comedy features Will Arnett as an immature millionaire bachelor trying to woo his childhood sweetheart, Keri Russell.

The Buzz: Arnet can be hilarious in small doses, such as his guest appearances on “30 Rock,” but can he carry a show?

NBC

“Chase”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 20. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: A team of U.S. Marshals tracks the country’s most wanted fugitives. Stars Kelli Giddish as a Texas-raised marshal who looks more like a supermodel.

The Buzz: The executive producer is Jerry Bruckheimer, so we can expect a fast pace and lots of action.

“Law & Order LA”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 29. Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: The newest location for the 20-year-old “Law & Order” will again have cops and prosecutors working on their ends of cases that were “ripped from the headlines.”

The Buzz: Will people want to watch a new “Law & Order” when the old ones are on virtually every prime-time hour on some NBC-owned cable channel?

“Outlaw”

Premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday . Will air 10 to 11 p.m. Fridays.

The Plot: A Supreme Court justice (Jimmy Smits) decides the justice system is flawed and quits the bench to go back to private practice to try to fix things.

The Buzz: Would have been better as a reality show, where real justices have to quit the bench and go back into the real world to do some good.

“Outsourced”

Premieres at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Will air  9:30 to 10 p.m. Thursdays.

The Plot: A manager at Mid America Novelties (Ben Rappaport) is transferred to India to head his company’s recently outsourced call center.

The Buzz: May hit too close to home for many workers to find it funny, although the idea of folks in India taking orders for fake vomit and whoopee cushions could be amusing.

“School Pride”

Premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 15. Will air 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays.

The Plot: Students, teachers and community members are given support and encouragement as they work to improve their worn-down or decaying public school buildings.

The Buzz: Very much like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” but for schools. The trouble may come with the fact that, for a lot of schools and communities, fixing the building will not really fix the underlying problems. But that may leave room for a spin-off: “Extreme Makeover: Curriculum Edition.”

“The Event”

Premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Will air 9 to 10 p.m. Mondays.

The Plot: A young man (Jason Ritter) begins investigating the disappearance of his fiancee and uncovers
“the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.”

The Buzz: The executive producer is Evan Katz of “24,” so we can expect action. And just like “24,” this one has a U.S. president (Blair Underwood) as a character, so you know there are some big doings ahead.

“Undercovers”

Premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 22. Will air 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Plot: A married couple (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who run a catering business, are retired CIA spies pressed back into service to rescue a former colleague.

The Buzz: From J.J. Abrams, who brought us “Lost,” “Alias” and “Fringe,” so the silly-sounding plot may yield some solid entertainment. You never know.