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The Fall TV Schedule: When Your Favorite Shows Return

The fall TV Schedule is beginning and the lineup includes returning shows, new shows and those guilty pleasures we hate to admit we love to watch. Let’s take a look at the genre shows that are upcoming, and some of the non-genre shows that I, for one, love to watch.

All times are for Eastern Timezone.

Monday Nights

Castle (ABC) 10 PM Sept 19th.

Who doesn’t love the combination of Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as author Rick Castle and Detective Kate Beckett? Plus, it really is fun to watch for nods & easter eggs from Fillion to his genre fans.

[NEW!] Terra Nova (FOX) 8 PM Sept 26th.

Terr Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.

Tuesday Nights

Parenthood (NBC) 10 PM Sept 13th.

Parenthood is a one-hour drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Media Studios/Imagine Television production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.

[NEW!] Ringer (CW) 9 PM Sept 13th.

Buffy fans will be interested in checking out Sarah Michelle Gellar in this new CW Show about ex-stripper Bridget (Gellar), a recovering addict slated to testify in a murder trial, who flees protective custody and reunites with her wealthy identical twin Siobhan, who soon disappears while on a boating excursion. In a desperate effort to avoid the feds and mobsters now hunting her, Bridget passes herself off as Siobhan, but as she soon learns, the new pose hasn’t made her any safer: someone is apparently targeting Siobhan for elimination.

Wednesday Nights

Modern Family (ABC) 9 PM Sept 21st.

Meet the Dunphys. Phil & Claire, and their three way-different kids. Haley is your typical independent, eye-rolling teen. Younger sister Alex is wise beyond her years and little brother Luke, well, isn’t. Claire’s no-nonsense dad, Jay Pritchett, married a much younger beauty named Gloria Delgado who has a young son, Manny, who marches to the beat of his own drum. Jay’s lawyer son, Mitchell, embraced a major life change when he and his free-spirit partner, Cameron, adopted their super-cute Vietnamese baby, Lily. They’re learning all the parenting ropes as they go. Fortunately, they have the loving support of their extended, eclectic, ever-funny family.

[NEW!] American Horror Story (FX) 10:00 PM Oct 5th.

American Horror Story focuses on a family that moves to a decrepit mansion in Los Angeles. Little do they know, this once-noble home is haunted.

Thursday Nights

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 8 PM Sept 22nd.

Set in Pasadena, California, the show is centered on five characters: two roommate geniuses who work at the California Institute of Technology, experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter and theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper; their neighbor across the hall Penny, a blonde waitress and aspiring actress; and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward co-workers and friends Howard Wolowitz, an aerospace engineer and a non-PhD from JPL, and Rajesh Koothrappali, a particle astrophysicist also working at Caltech.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 PM Sept 15th.

The Vampire Diaries is the story of two vampire brothers who are obsessed with the same girl. Stefan and Damon Salvatore return to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons. Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert, who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce, the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved – in 1864.

[NEW!] Charlie’s Angels (ABC) 8 PM Sept 22nd.

Oh, hey – let’s reboot this. Again.

Set in Miami, this is the story of three women, Abby, a Park Avenue princess who became a world-class thief, Kate. a Miami cop who fell from grace, and Eve, a street racer with a mysterious past, who are brought together by Charlie to become private investigators.

Archer (FX) 10:30 PM Sept 15th.

Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillances is daunting and enigmatic, every covert operation and global crisis are actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gains, pleasures and prosperity.

[NEW!] The Secret Circle (CW) 9 PM Sept 15th.

In the series opener, teen Cassie Blake moves to a seaside Washington town, where she learns she is a witch and meets a circle of friends who inform her they are also witches.

Friday Nights

Friday nights will be rough, even if you have a DVR with a dual tuner…A LOT of great shows will be competing for the same audience 🙁

Nikita (CW) 8 PM Sept 23rd.

Nikita is waging a war against Division, the agency that created her. By the end of the first season finale, Nikita and Alex’s relationship had been shattered, and Nikita and Michael’s relationship was restored. This set the stage for a new, exciting spy game.

Chuck (NBC) 8 PM Oct 21st.

Chuck Bartowsky is an average geek living in California and engaged to the woman of his dreams. Average except for the government database inside his head that makes him a super-spy.

Supernatural (CW) 9 PM Sept 23rd.

Season seven finds Dean and Sam reeling from the loss of their friend, Castiel, to his new, God-like powers. Sam’s violent memories of Hell threaten to overtake him, threatening not just his life, but his brother’s as well. Meanwhile, Dean struggles under the weight of a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Fringe (FOX) 9 PM Sept 23rd.

Fringe follows the adventures of FBI agent Olivia Dunham, and her team, as they try to stop incursions from an alternate universe. With the help of Walter and Peter Bishop, she also investigates Fringe science events.

Sanctuary (SyFy) 10 PM Oct 7th.

With the arrival of the Hollow Earth refugees, the balance between Abnormals and humans is severely upset. In order to keep the peace, Magnus and team must throw out the rulebook. But forging their own way means they’re not just dodging dangerous Abnormals anymore, now they’ve got world governments and new villains nipping at their heels.

[NEW!] Grimm (NBC) 9 PM Oct 21st.

A police detective, who’s a descendant of a unique family of hunters, tracks supernatural creatures in this dramatic series that puts fairytale monsters in modern times.

Saturday Nights

Nothing? Nothing at all? Huh.

Sunday Nights

Dexter (SHO) 9 PM Oct 2nd.

It’s been a year since last season’s shocking and heartbreaking conclusion, and mild mannered criminologist-cum-grisly serial killer Dexter Morgan has come to terms with who he is. But his existence is shattered when he crosses paths with an enemy unlike any he’s faced before. A delusional religious zealot with unflinching convictions, this new adversary soon draws Dexter into a dangerous game that could well end in disaster.

The Walking Dead (AMC) 9:00 PM Oct 16th.

The Walking Dead is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment survival. A survivalist story at its core, the series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead.

[NEW!] Once Upon A Time (ABC) 8:00 PM Oct 23rd.

A woman’s destiny unfolds as the only hope for a town where fairytale characters live under a spell, not knowing their true identities.

Honorable mention for FX’s AWESOME Justified, which has been renewed but doesn’t yet have return date as of this writing.

What shows are you looking forward to this season?

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6 Comments on The Fall TV Schedule: When Your Favorite Shows Return

  1. Community, Community, Community! Thursday at the same time as Big Bang Theory. 

  2. Did you forget rasslin’?



  3. There’s ALWAYS rasslin!



  4. Saturday does have

    Bedlam (BBCAmerica) 10:00 PM Oct 1st

    Pop Idol winner Will Young (Skins) stars with Charlotte Salt (The Tudors) and Theo James (Downton Abbey) in this ghostly series set around Bedlam Heights—an apartment building recenlty converted from a pre-Victorian lunatic asylum which awakens the ghosts of its dark and violent past. Behind the facade of the luxury fittings lie unimaginable horrors. 


    (copied from web site)

  5. I’m not aware of any besides Futurama.


  6. What’s the story on Blood & Chrome?  If it’s a go, when?

    Thanks for the heads up about Ringer. 

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