Summer's almost over, which means cooler weather and time to hit the books for school. But it also marks the return of our favorite shows and the beginning of a few fresh new series. Old favorites will be back and some new shows are hoping to hit it big with viewers and make it to a second season.

With the presidential election coming up, most of the shows will not air until after all of the presidential debates. So expect to see many of your favorite series hitting the airwaves in mid to late September. To hold you over until then, here's a sneak peek at the fall 2008 TV lineup and some previews of the new shows:


Let's kick things off with the number-one network, CBS. CBS' hit series "The Big Bang Theory" will stay in its usually Monday night time slot and will be followed by the fan favorite "How I Met Your Mother" starting Sept. 22. Following "Mother" will be the new series "Worst Week" about an entertainment magazine editor named Sam Briggs (Kyle Bornheimer) who will do anything to please his girlfriend Melanie's parents. Things don't turn out the way he planned, and he becomes a "one-man wrecking crew" anytime he's around them.

"Worst Week" promo clip:

Moving from Thursday to Wednesday night is the FBI drama "Without A Trace" (Sept. 23). New series "Project Gary" will follow on Sept. 24. The show stars Jay Mohr as the title character who is trying to get used to being divorced. He starts dating, dealing with his wife's engagement to their former marriage counselor and of course being a great parent to his two teenagers.

"Gary Unmarried" clip:

The longest and hardest wait will be for the season nine premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (Oct. 9). Sadly we all have to wait until October 9 to learn the fate of Warrick. Rumor has it he will be in multiple episodes of this season. Jorja Fox (Sarah) will be returning to the series for multiple episodes as well. Sadly, this will also be the last season for everyone's favorite bug lover, Grissom (William Petersen), but he is to be replaced by mega star Laurence Fishburne.


There isn't much to report for the peacock network. "Chuck" (Sept. 29) will stay put on Monday followed by the hit series "Heroes" (Sept. 22). Tuesday night will mark the debut of the new series "Kath & Kim" (Oct. 9) starring Molly Shannon (Kath) and Selma Blair (Kim). The series, based off the Logie Award winning Australian television comedies series, is about a self-absorbed princess who recently separated from her husband and decided to move back home to live with her mother. NBC's official website describes them as "two brassy women who prefer the finer things in life like acrylic nails, big hair and faux diamond chips.

"Kath & Kim" clip:


There's the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Well, ABC is following that rule. They haven't touched their Wednesday and Thursday lineup. "Pushing Daisies" and "Private Practice" will stay put on Wednesday (both premiere Oct. 1), and the dynamic duo "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" will remain at their timeslots on Thursday (beginning Sept. 25).

Also airing Thursday is the new series "Life on Mars" (Oct. 9). "Mars" is based off the BBC series of the same name about a car accident that happens in the present day that will send a detective back in time to the 1970s.

Sunday nights will remain the same with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (Oct. 5), followed by "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" (both premiering Sept. 28).

Lost will be back in winter 2009.


Monday night on the CW will not change. The hit series "Gossip Girl" will be followed by what is rumored to be the last season of "One Tree Hill" (starting Sept. 1).

"Gossip Girl" preview clip:

Tuesday September 2 will be a huge night for the network when they air the highly anticipated two-hour series premiere of the new "90210," which also marks the return of Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh) and Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor). Same zip code, new characters and all new drama. Will the new series live up to the original?

90210 preview link:

Following "90210" will be another new series called "Privileged" (Sept. 9) about a 23-year-old Ivy League graduate named Megan ("Reba" star JoAnna Garcia) who loses her job at a magazine and becomes a live-in tutor for twin granddaughters of a cosmetics mogul.

"Privileged" preview:

The CW's biggest hit, America's Next Top Model (Sept. 3), will stay on Wednesday. Also not moving a muscle is the CW's biggest night: Thursday. Smallville and Supernatural will air at their usual times as of Sept. 18.


Based on the previews and returning shows, this could potentially be a great year for Fox. Monday night marks the return of their new hit series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Sept. 8) followed by "Prison Break" (Sept. 1).

Everyone's favorite doctor is staying put in its normal Tuesday night time slot when cult favorite "House" is returning for a fifth season on Sept. 16.

"House" season 5 promo:

Following "House" is the new J.J. Abrams series "Fringe" (Sept. 9) about a female FBI agent who has to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. The series marks the return of "Dawson's Creek" star Joshua Jackson who will play scientist Dr. Walter Bishop's son Peter.

Fringe trailer:

This could be FOX's biggest night of the season, which is surprising because it doesn't include "American Idol."

"Bones" (Sept. 10) will stay put on Wednesday and following is the new series "Do Not Disturb" (Sept. 10), a comedy about a popular New York hotel starring Jerry O'Connell. Watch for a brief cameo from "The Hills" star Audrina Patridge. Also staying put is "The Moment of Truth" (Sept. 4) on Thursday. Friday night will continue with their big hits "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader" (Sept. 5) followed by "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (Sept. 12) at eight.

Hitting TV midseason will be the new series "Dollhouse" on Mondays. "American Idol" will stay at Tuesday nights followed by the results show on Wednesday.

Fox fall TV promo:

Story by Angie Rentmeester contributing writer