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Coming Up Next: New Shows This Fall

With the summer coming to an end, television fans are more than excited to see their favorite shows coming back. The Walking Dead season 4 makes its highly anticipated debut this October; How I Met Your Mother is on its last season (spoiler: Ted meets the mother); and South Park goes in a different direction, with ten episodes coming out week after week. The lineup for returning shows is impressive, but there are a lot of brand new television shows coming out this fall on both basic cable and premium cable networks. Comedies about single men, dramas about classic fairy tales, and an action adventure show helmed by Joss Whedon are all in store for any television fan looking for something new or exciting in their lineup.

 

SEPTEMBER DEBUTS

Sleepy Hollow

Airs On: Fox

Premiere: September 16th

Sleepy Hollow seems to be following the trend set by Once Upon A Time in which classic fairy tales are adapted into horror/drama television series. What sets Sleepy Hollow apart from Once and Grimm however, is that it appears to go for a mystery angle. The show has Ichabod Crane, played by British stage actor Tom Mison, resurrected in a modern day Sleepy Hollow. Crane teams up with the Sheriff of the town, Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie. However, the infamous Headless Horseman is also resurrected and starts a murdering spree. Expect something scary, intriguing, as well as creative on September 16.

 

Dads

Airs On: Fox

Premiere: September 17th

This Seth McFarlane produced sitcom stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi. The two are successful video game developers whose lives are turned upside down when their single dads move in with them. Their fathers, played by Martin Mull and Peter Riegert, seem to enjoy making their sons lives as awkward as possible. Since the show was created by Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, it could feature some of the “pushing the envelope” humor Family Guy is known for.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Airs On: Fox

Premiere: September 17th

Another Fox sitcom debuting on the 17th is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which stars popular SNL alum Andy Samberg. Samberg stars as Detective Jake Peralta, a New York City police detective who seems to be very goofy and laid back within the office. However, his attitude starts to bother the new captain, Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher. Expect Braugher to play the straight man to Samberg’s eccentric, but hilarious, antics.

 

Mom

Airs On: CBS

Premiere: September 23rd

Anna Faris stars in this new Chuck Lorre created sitcom. Faris plays a newly divorced single mom who moves back in with her own mom, played by Allison Janney. Faris’ character attempts to start her life over by moving back to California’s Napa Valley. This is the fourth sitcom Lorre has on the air and on CBS. Can he have four successful sitcoms?

 

The Blacklist

Airs On: NBC

Premiere: September 23rd

James Spader was recently cast as the villain in the Avengers sequel, but this fall, he will be returning to NBC. Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, an infamous criminal long sought after by the FBI. Unexpectedly, Red turns himself in, but with the idea that he can help the FBI catch their most wanted criminals. This appears to be one of the Fall’s most exciting new shows.

 

Hostages

Airs On: CBS

Premiere: September 23rd

This suspense filled drama-thriller is about an ordinary family who is being held hostage by a rouge FBI agent. Toni Collette plays Ellen Sanders, a plastic surgeon that is scheduled to do surgery on the President of the United States of America. Dylan McDermott plays Duncan Carlisle, the FBI agent who is the mastermind behind the kidnapping of Ellen’s family and has a plan to assassinate the President. The series has been rumored to play out more like a mini-series than a full out television show.

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: September 24th

One of the most anticipated shows this year is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show takes place after the film, The Avengers, and stars Clark Gregg as a fan favorite character, Agent Phil Coulson. The show does explain how Coulson was able to come back from the dead in the film as well as lead S.H.I.E.L.D agents into various missions involving superhumans. Joss Whedon has said that the show is more about the loyalty of the team than about the Marvel universe itself. Expect the same kind of quick-witted dialogue that Whedon is known for in the show.

 

The Goldbergs

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: September 24th

Comedy writer Adam F. Goldberg creates a pseudo-parody of shows like The Wonder Years. The Goldbergs is an autobiographical look at Goldberg’s childhood in the 80s. Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin stars as the father of the family. As opposed to The Wonder Years, Patton Oswalt is the narrator who provides a much more comedic style of narration.

 

Trophy Wife

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: September 24th

Malin Akerman stars in this sitcom as Kate, a pretty, reformed party girl looking to settle down with the man she married (played by Bradley Whitford). Instead of trying to live a normal life with her new husband, she is instead trying to deal with his obnoxious ex-wives and his children. It appears the show will also deal with some dramatic moments as well since Kate has to be the new mother for her husband’s children.

 

Lucky 7

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: September 24th

A remake of the British television series The Syndicate, Lucky 7 is about seven ordinary people who all work mundane jobs. Luckily (no pun intended) for them, they all win a huge lottery pool of sixty million dollars. The show is less of a comedy and more of a drama. These average people are trying to adjust to having so much money that it seems to create more problems rather than solve them.

 

Back in the Game

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: September 25th

Back in the Game stars Maggie Lawson as Terry Gannon, a former All-Star softball player whose son plays on the town’s Little League baseball team. James Caan stars as Lawson’s father, Terry “The Cannon” Gannon, a not-so famous former athlete who tries his best to coach his grandson. Both father and daughter try to coach a rag-tag group of kids to the Little League championship. The series seems to be much influenced by sports comedies like The Bad News Bears and The Sandlot.

 

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Airs On: CBS

Premiere: September 26th

The Crazy Ones is significant because it is both Robin Williams’ first television series since Mork & Mindy, and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s first major television role since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Williams and Gellar star as Simon and Sydney Roberts who both work at the advertising agency that Simon runs. Despite being total opposites, the two have to work with one another. It looks like Mad Men is not the only show about an advertising agency anymore.

 

The Michael J. Fox Show

Airs On: NBC

Premiere: September 26th

Both Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox make returns to television, on the same night no less. The Michael J. Fox Show is about Fox who will play Michael “Mike” Henry. Henry is a former news anchor who, much like Fox in real life, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The show is about Mike trying to make a comeback in his career, while trying to balance life with his disease.

 

Masters of Sex

Airs On: Showtime

Premiere: September 29th

Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex is a comedy-drama set in the 1950s. The Showtime series is based on a true story about Dr. William H. Masters (Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Caplan) and their research about human sexuality and human sexual behavior. The show will feature two doctors trying to demonstrate their research to the world, despite the feelings of the public during that time period.

 

Hello Ladies

Airs On: HBO

Premiere: September 29th

Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais’ comedic partner, stars as Stuart, an unlucky Brit living in Los Angeles. Stuart, no matter how hard he tries, seems to fail miserably at finding love in the City of Angels. Merchant is also one of the creators and producers of the series so expect the same kind of humor found on The Ricky Gervais Show.

 

We Are Men

Airs On: CBS

Premiere: September 30th

A sitcom about three divorcees and a newly single young man, We Are Men is about Carter, a young man who was recently stood up at the altar on his wedding day. Carter moves into a small apartment complex and meets three older men who seem to be just as unlucky with love as he is. Chris Smith stars as Carter and Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn and Jerry O’Connell all star as Frank Russo, Gil Bartis, and Stuart Strickland, respectively.

 

OCTOBER DEBUTS

Super Fun Night

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: October 2nd

Rebel Wilson has been getting a lot of praise lately for her comedic talents seen in such films like Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. Super Fun Night is her first starring role in an American sitcom, which also features Conan O’Brien as an executive producer. Wilson stars as Kimmie Boubie. Kimmie, and her two friends in the show, try to go out every Friday night and try to make it their “Super Fun Night”. Wilson is also the series’ head writer, so fans of her humor will be entertained throughout.

 

Ironside

Airs On: NBC

Premiere: October 2nd

Another remake coming this fall, only this time it’s a 60s police procedural drama. Blair Underwood stars as Robert Ironside, a tough as nails police officer who, despite his disability of being a paraplegic, still pushes on as one of the most respected police officers in the city. The series has been under some controversy, since Underwood is not paraplegic. Regardless, the show should be an interesting one to watch.

 

The Millers

Airs On: CBS

Premiere: October 3rd

Arrested Development’s Will Arnett stars in a new sitcom created by My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia. Arnett plays Nathan Miller, who tells his parents, played by Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale, about his recent divorce. His father leaves his mother, which further creates frustration and craziness in Nathan’s life. Furthermore, he is forced to live with his daughter and her new husband. With all the talent behind the show, The Millers looks like it could be one of the funniest new shows this fall.

 

Welcome to the Family

Airs On: NBC

Premiere: October 3rd

A sitcom about fighting neighbors with a mix of Romeo & Juliet, Welcome to the Family stars Boston’s own Mike O’Malley as Dr. Dan Yoder and Desperate Housewives’ Ricardo Chavira as Miguel Hernandez. The Yoder and Hernandez families seem to have nothing in common, except for their children falling in love despite the conflicts. The series will feature a lot of culture clashing and some comedic moments with O’Malley and Chavira.

 

The Originals0021

Airs On: The CW

Premiere: October 3rd

A spin-off of the popular CW series The Vampire Diaries, series Executive Producer Julie Plec says she wants none of the teenage angst found in Diaries in The Originals. Plec also states that the show will showcase more vampires embracing the more animalistic side of vampires, as opposed to the romantic side. The series is about Klaus, played by Joseph Morgan, returning to New Orleans with his family in his attempts to become “king of the vampires”. Plec’s claim about the series moving into a more adult direction than its sister show is more than welcome.

 

Sean Saves the World

Airs On: NBC

Premiere: October 3rd

Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes returns to TV in Sean Saves the World, where he plays a divorced gay father who tries to balance his demanding job, and raising his 14-year old daughter. The show will focus primarily on Sean Hayes’ character, also named Sean, trying and struggling to live his life the best way he can. Sean Saves the World is also the only new show debuting this fall that features a gay main character, making this show one of the more unique sitcoms coming this fall.

 

The Tomorrow People

Airs On: The CW

Premiere: October 9th

The third remake coming this fall, The Tomorrow People, has an inspiration from X-Men. Stephen played by Robbie Amell (cousin of the Green Arrow himself, Stephen Amell) discovers that he has superpowers. He, along with several other young people, are pursued by a government agent who is played by Mark Pellegrino. The agent, named Jedikiah Price, believes that these people with superpowers are a danger to society. The X-Men influence will probably be felt more as the series progresses on the CW.

 

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Airs On: ABC

Premiere: October 10th

Another spin-off this fall is from Once Upon a Time. While Once Upon a Time focuses on all kinds of fairy tales and famous fantasy characters, Wonderland focuses primarily on Alice from Lewis Carol’s stories. The series will not blend the real world with the storybook world either as the show will be from the point of view of Alice, played by Sophie Lowe.

 

Reign

Airs On: The CW

Premiere: October 17th

Reign is a science-fiction/fantasy period piece about a young Mary, Queen of Scots, played by Adelaide Kane. Not much is known about the series outside of Mary dealing with supernatural elements and meeting a young Nostradamus, played by Rossif Sutherland. However, it could be a surprising series, as much of the show will be have science fiction and fantasy throughout.

 

Dracula

Airs On: NBC

Premiere: October 25th

Not the first time the world’s most famous vampire has been brought to television, but it is a new twist on a classic character. The Tudors’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the Count, but in this new show he poses as an American businessman/scientist. He convinces the city of Victorian London that he is trying to bring modern day science and machinery to the citizens lives. In reality, he is plotting revenge against those who had cursed him to be immortal so many years ago. With a suspenseful plot setup, Dracula seems like a must watch.

 

NOVEMBER DEBUTS

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Airs On: Fox

Premiere: November 4th

JJ Abrams teams up with Fringe show runner J.H. Wyman in a drama about a cop. Set thirty-five years into the future, John Kennex, played by Karl Urban, is teamed with a new partner. That partner is an android named Dorian, played by Michael Ealy. Kennex is suspicious and concerned about the growing technology around him. Since it is a JJ Abrams production, expect all kinds of twists, turns, and conspiracy based plots to keep viewers interested.

 

Enlisted

Airs On: Fox

Premiere: November 8th

Enlisted is a situation comedy-drama about three brothers, played by Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young, who all enlist in the army. They are all assigned to the exact same military base in Florida as well. Kevin Biegel, a writer for Scrubs, plans to use the elements of his former work to create a show that has comedic and dramatic elements.

 

Atlantis

Airs On: BBC America

Premiere: November 23rd

The only new show on BBC America this fall, Atlantis features explorers who find the ancient and fabled city that the show is named after. However, the show is using other characters from other famous Greek myths, including Hercules and Jason of “Jason and the Argonauts”.

 

DECEMBER DEBUTS

Mob City

Airs On: TNT

Premiere: December 4th

Mob City reunites The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal with Walking Dead pilot director/producer Frank Darabont in a crime drama set in 1940‘s Los Angeles. Jon Bernthal stars as Joe Teague, an ex-marine turned police officer that is stuck in the middle of a battle between the chief of the LAPD who is played by Neal McDonough and infamous gangster, Mickey Cohen, played by Jeremy Luke. The show is set to have a very distinct visual style influenced by the film noir genre. It is definitely one of the biggest and most anticipated shows this fall.

 

There you have it, the newest shows coming out this fall on all the major and premium networks. It appears that sitcoms about divorcees and dramas involving vampires seem to be the big trend on TV currently. However, one can only find out how good these shows really are when they finally come out in the next few months.

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