Summertime is coming to an end, and many of us are far from over our depression following the conclusions of colossal favorites “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter.” It’s a hard time for all of us but there is something that everyone can do to help make it through this tough time: invest in some new and returning fall TV shows. There’s a laundry list of new shows for you to pick from. You can start by using this guide of new shows to watch out for, or maybe to stay away from. Your choice.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX): FOX adds this cop comedy to its Tuesday lineup with Saturday Night Live fan favorite Andy Samberg starring as a goofy NYPD detective opposite hard-faced boss Andre Braugher (“Last Resort”). Hopefully with Samberg, Mike Shur and Dan Goor behind it (“Parks and Recreation”), it will succeed, but a gimmicky show like this could end up like many predecessors: off the air.
Premiere: Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m. on FOX.
“Mom” (CBS): Show creator Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”) launches this new comedy about a recovering alcoholic mother Bonnie (Allison Janney, “The West Wing”) as she reenters the life of recently sober daughter and single mother Christy, played by Anna Faris (“The House Bunny”). As Christy tries to get her life back on track, Bonnie causes a lot of problems that may be hard for Christy, but will likely be a lot of laughs for us at home.
Premiere: Sept. 23, 9:30 p.m. on CBS.
“The Crazy Ones” (CBS): Mega-movie star and comedian Robin Williams returns to television 32 years later, after playing robot Mork on the hit comedy “Mork & Mindy.” The show is about a Chicago advertising firm run by Williams’ character Simon and his partner and daughter Sydney, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
Premiere: Sept. 26, 9 p.m. on CBS.
Dramas generally attract a more stable following with deeper storylines and more easily relatable characters. While there’s also the chance of cancellation, there’s much less of a risk than with comedies.
“The Blacklist” (NBC): Three-time Emmy winner James Spader (“Boston Legal”) plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, a onetime government agent turned FBI’s Most Wanted.
Premiere: Sept. 23, 10 p.m. on NBC.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC): With executive producer Joss Whedon behind the helm (“The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), it’s hard to see this show going anywhere — although Firefly was loved, it was also short-lived. It may only attract a niche group of superhero lovers and comic book nerds, but then again, “The Avengers” was one of the highest grossing films ever.
Premiere: Sept. 24, 8 p.m. on ABC.
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (ABC): This Alice-centered spinoff from producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz already has a lot of hype with the mother series returning in the fall. “Wonderland” will feature Alice, played by Sophie Lowe (“The Slap”), the Red Queen and Jafar (“Lost’s” Naveen Andrews), among other characters. Alice will be like you’ve never seen her before and even more exciting: the spinoff will take place concurrently with OUAT. Still, “Wonderland” is a show that stands on its own with elements from both of Lewis Carroll’s books, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”
Premiere: Oct. 10, 8 p.m. on ABC.
“Hostages” (CBS): Toni Colette (“The United States of Tara”) plays Dr. Ellen Sanders, the surgeon chosen to operate on the POTUS. Drama ensues, however, as the night before the operation, Sanders’ family is taken hostage by Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott, “American Horror Story: Asylum”), a mysterious FBI agent who demands that she let the president die on the operating table or her family will be killed. The Jerry Bruckheimer drama highlights the moral dilemma: do you choose your family or commit a crime?
Premiere: Sept. 23, 10 p.m. on CBS.
Other Dramas you may want to watch: “Almost Human” (FOX), “Believe” (NBC), “Dracula” (NBC), “Enlisted” (FOX), “Intelligence” (CBS), “Ironside” (NBC), “Killer Woman” (ABC), “Mind Games” (ABC), “Rake” (FOX), “Resurrection” (ABC), “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX).
We all know that some of the best shows are on cable TV and not Primetime. There ishowever a smaller selection of new shows to choose from.
Masters of Sex (Showtime): Emmy nominee Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris) and Lizzy Caplan (True Blood) star as William Masters and Virginia Johnson, otherwise known as the first sex researchers. The unusual yet adventurous series will follow the lives of Masters and Johnson as their scandalous research launched the sexual revolution and landed the scientists on the cover of Time magazine and on the cushions of Johnny
Carson’s couch. Premiere: September 20, 10 p.m. on Showtime. The Originals (CW): The family of ancient vampires goes all out in The Vampire Diaries spinoff that follows three of the original vampires: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Rebeka (Claire Holt), and Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies). These siblings who have been alive for over 1,000 years are looking to take power back into their hands in their home of New Orleans, fighting against former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). Don’t expect things to run completely smoothly however. Klaus is still expecting a child with werewolf Haley (Phoebe Tonkin) creating the first child hybrid. Plus, there will be witches, lots of them. Premiere: October 3, 9 p.m. on the CW.
Ravenswood (ABC Family): ‘Tis the season for spinoffs! This one focuses on Pretty Little Liars’ Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) where the town of Ravenswood has been suffering a deadly curse. Caleb doesn’t know too much about his past and his parents, thus making him the perfect specimen to explore the mythology of the new world. Ravenswood will be very different from the Liars’ town of Rosewood. Spencer, (Troian Bellisario) even calls it ‘Creepytown.’ Like OUAT and OUATIW, PLL and Ravenswood will eventually cross lines. Premiere: October 22, after Pretty Little Liars.
We’re all anxiously awaiting the return of some of our favorite shows. What will Olivia do now that people know she is the President’s mistress on Scandal? Who is OUAT’s Peter Pan? What happened to the governor on Walking Dead? Will Bones’s Pellant really stop Booth from marrying Bones? Will Mindy hook up with James Franco’s doctor on
The Mindy Project? We FINALLY get to know the mother on How I Met Your Mother!Now all of our questions will be answered, but perhaps the most important questions surround the fate of Glee.
After the death of beloved cast member Cory Monteith due do a combination of alcoholand heroin on July 13 in Vancouver, fans are curious as to how Glee will recover from the absence of the glee club’s mentor and Rachel Berry’s long time lover, Finn Hudson (not to mention Lea Michele’s real life boyfriend). He was such a giant presence on the show, it’s hard to imagine it moving on without him. However, fear not Gleeks, the show must go on, and it will. Glee will return with its first two episodes paying tribute to the Beatles with a performance of “All you Need is Love;” the cast even dons Sgt. Pepper’sLonely Hearts Club Band ensembles. Later on October 10, the show will pay tribute toboth the character Finn and the actor Cory.
“This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life. That might be weird forsome people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way,” creator Ryan Murphyrevealed to Deadline. “I think [the script] turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how some people grieve. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving,” he said.
Aside from grieving over the loss of Finn, and tying up loose ends in that sense, there are brighter things to look forward to. For instance, Blaine (Darren Criss) may be proposing to Kurt (Chris Colfer), Santana (Naya Rivera) gets a new girlfriend in Demi Lovato, and Artie (Kevin McHale) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) are getting together! Premiere: September 19, 9 p.m. on FOX.
Other Returning Shows: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Castle (ABC), Grey’s Anatomy(ABC), Homeland (Showtime), The Middle (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), Sons ofAnarchy (FX), The Vampire Diaries (CW).
There you have it. Your full fall fix. Just don’t forget to do your work too.