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By Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

(MCT)

DON’T MISS: “The Simpsons” & “Family Guy” — Woo-hoo! The first families of TV animation launch their seasons in rousing style this week. First, on “The Simpsons,” a familiar character bites the dust. An hour later, “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” join comedic forces for a crossover extravaganza that has the Griffins accidentally winding up in Springfield, where they’re befriended by Homer, Marge and company. Break out the Duff Beer — or Pawtucket Ale, if you prefer. “The Simpsons” 8 p.m., “Family Guy” 9 p.m., Sunday, Fox.

SUNDAY: They just couldn’t let it go. Producers of “Once Upon a Time” jump on the “Frozen” bandwagon with a chilling storyline inspired by Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Elsa (Georgina Haig) and the box-office blockbuster. 8 p.m., ABC.

SUNDAY: The zany cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is back on the case. The Season 2 opener picks up six months after Peralta (Andy Samberg) admitted that he had a crush on Amy (Melissa Fumero). 8:30 p.m., Fox.

SUNDAY: “Masters of Sex” closes out its deliciously provocative second season as our bedroom researchers finally pass the results of their studies on to the world. But is the world ready? 10 p.m., Showtime.

MONDAY: Season 2 of “Mom” brings trouble for our beleaguered recovering addicts Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney), who encounter money problems so severe they lose their home. 8:30 p.m., CBS.

MONDAY: Season 6 of “NCIS: Los Angeles” picks up with Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) trapped in that armed submarine. Will it go ka-boom? Probably not with them in it. (10 p.m., CBS).

TUESDAY: Loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” the comedy “Selfie” introduces us to Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed, social media-addict who wants to “rebrand” her image. Enter a marketing whiz (John Cho), who becomes her coach and potential love interest. 8 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: You might want to watch “Stalker” with the lights turned on. It’s a creepy new series pegged to a special LAPD unit that investigates stalking cases. Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott star. 10 p.m., CBS.

THURSDAY: “The Vampire Diaries” picks up four months after Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) sacrificed themselves to save their loved ones. 8 p.m., The CW.

THURSDAY: “Grace­point” is an adaptation of the highly acclaimed British crime saga “Broadchurch.” David Tennant and Anna Gunn play cops assigned to a murder case that shatters the calm of a small coastal town in Northern California. 9 p.m., Fox.

FRIDAY: In the Season 4 opener of “Last Man Standing,” Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) gives the boot to gender stereotypes as the first female kicker on her school’s football team. 8 p.m., ABC.

SATURDAY: LeBron James is among the producers of the new sitcom “Survivor’s Remorse.” It’s about a young basketball phenom (Jessie T. Usher) who confronts the rewards — and pitfalls — of stardom. 9 p.m., Starz

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