We’ve got some good news, some bad news and some greater news. The bad news is that summer is over although you’ve probably realized that already. The good news is that fall brings with it a bevy of new television programs to entertain us while we are stuck inside, hiding out from the nippy weather.
The greater news is that ABC has an exciting fall line-up of new and returning series that are not only entertaining, but are definitely must-see TV. With a few new shows that will cater to the reality television lovers and the scripted drama adoreres (courtesy of documentary style filming), give viewers who are in love with fantasy and adverture a new favorite show, along with providing law and mystery fans programming that will keep them guessing down to the very last minute - being a couch potato this fall won’t be so much of a bad thing.
The New Shows:
“Detroit 1-8-7” (Premiered Tuesday, September 21)
“Detroit 1-8-7” is one of the crime dramas ABC has added to their ever-growing line-up. The drama series stars Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) as a veteran cop that is more than just good at his job; he’s considered one of the best. The series caters to the reality TV lovers in everyone as well as those who adore scripted criminal dramas as it is filmed documentary style and follows the Detroit detectives as they solve local homicides. You can catch new episodes of “Detroit 1-8-7” Tuesday nights at 10/9c.
“The Whole Truth” (Premiered Wednesday, September, 22)
“The Whole Truth” is a high-profile criminal law drama that follows New York-based District Attorney’s as they go head-to-head with the city’s up-and-coming defense firm. Both teams deliver the facts from the cases not only to the jury but also to the viewers. The series stars Maura Tierney (“ER”) as Kathryn Peale who plays on the side of the prosecution and Rob Morrow is Jimmy Brogan as the defense. The cool and original thing about the series, is that after all of the facts are presented and the jury makes their decision, viewers are told the real truth when it is revealed during the very last scene of the episodes. You can catch new episodes of “Whole Truth” Wednesday nights at 10/9c.
“No Ordinary Family” (Premieres Tuesday, September 28)
This new series stars Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”, Fantastic Four) as Jim Powell – the father of a family that goes from being ordinary to extraordinary. The transformation happens after the Powells acquire superpowers after a plane they are traveling in crashes in South America. “No Ordinary Family” combines humor fantasy, perfect for viewers who are looking to take a break from vampire/werewolf fever but still want something to keep their imaginations occupied. You can catch “No Ordinary Family” when it premieres next Tuesday evening, September 28, at 8/7c.
“My Generation” (Premiered Thursday, September 23)
“My Generation” follows nine young adults who quickly realize how much difference a decade makes. The journey begins in 2000 when a documentary crew follows nine high school students who are preparing for their graduations and for the rest of their lives. In a longitudinal type study, the documentary crew returns after ten years to see how much has changed in the students’ lives. As the selected nine return home to take a walk down memory lane, they’ll discover that even though the hopes and dreams they had when they were young may not have been fulfilled, it is really never too late to fulfill them. The series stars Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood”) and Jaime King (Sin City). You can catch new episodes of “My Generation” Thursday nights at 8/7c.
The Returning Shows:
“Modern Family” (Premiered Wednesday, September 22)
America’s favorite quirky but lovable family returns for a second season of laughs. It is undeniable that we have quickly grown acclimated to the randomness that is “Modern Family.” The comedy series’ modern take on today’s family unit left a good impression earning the show an Emmy for outstanding comedy series. How could anyone resist the infectious sassiness that is Gloria and the flamboyance that Cameron consistently delivers? You can catch new episodes of “Modern Family” Wednesday nights at 9/8c.
“Dancing With the Stars” (Premiered Monday, September 20)
Our favorite celebrity dance competition returns for its 11th season. Boasting stars such as Florence Henderson, Jennifer Grey, Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff – “Dancing With the Stars” is looking to turn up the heat on the dance floor. Already, David Hasselhoff was sent packing even though it was determined that “Jersey Shore’s” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was the one with two left feet. Just goes to show, not everyone is safe in this competition. Who will be next? You can catch new episodes of “DWTS” when it airs Monday nights at 8/9c with the results show airing Tuesday nights at 9/8c.
“Grey’s Anatomy” (Premiered Thursday, September 23)
“Grey’s Anatomy” is back to pick up right where they left off from last season. The doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital left viewers at the edge of their seats last season after grieving husband Gary Clark returned to seek revenge for the death of his wife. Clark shot 3 surgeons before shooting Derek, his planned target. The stress of it all caused Meredith to have a miscarriage. The final moments left viewers wondering if Derek would pull through. What will happen next? You can catch new episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” Thursday nights at 9/8c.
“Desperate Housewives” (Premieres Sunday, September 26)
The women of Wisteria Lane return for a new season and have a new cast member to boot. Vanessa L. Williams joins the cast of “Desperate Housewives” and if we are using the previews as hints to what she has to offer, she’s prepared to bring a little trouble. Also, Paul Young is making a return from prison which means things will get interesting. You can catch the premiere of “Desperate Housewives” when it airs Sunday night at 9/8c.
“Extreme Makeovers: Home Edition” (Premieres Sunday, September 26)
“Extreme Makeovers” returns for a new season, renovating homes and encouraging the flow of happy tears, screams of joy, and blissful smiles. Surely, everyone can’t wait to hear Ty scream “move that bus!” just for old time’s sake. You can catch the two-hour premiere of “Extreme Makeovers: Home Edition” when it premieres Sunday evening at 7/6c.
“Brothers and Sisters” (Premieres Sunday, September 26)
The Walkers are back for a new season filled with dysfunctional drama and family secrets. There’s something about this can’t-live-with-or-without-each-other family that leaves most thankful that they aren’t a part of it but have the luxury of being the fly on the wall via a remote. The last season of “Brothers and Sisters” ended with a cliffhanger after a car crash left viewers guessing. What happens next will soon be revealed. Wine anyone? You can catch the premiere of “Brothers and Sisters” when it airs Sunday at 10/9c.
“The Middle” (Premiered Wednesday, September 22)
The crazy Heck family is back to deliver the laughs with their middle class, middle of the country humor that we all love so much. There is no doubt that this season, Frankie will continue to prove why she is one of America’s new favorite moms. See what new issues of parenthood and married life Frankie has to deal with when new episodes of “The Middle” airs Wednesday evenings at 8/7c.
“Private Practice” (Premiered Thursday, September 23)
The doctors of “Private Practice” return, yet again showing that doctors have all the fun and might we add the drama. There are questions that still loom after the close of last season and this season they will get answered. How will Betsy do without her father Dell? And will Sam and Addison’s relationship be the real thing? You can catch new episodes of “Private Practice” when it airs Thursday nights at 10/9c.
“Cougar Town” (Premiered Wednesday, September 22)
The very funny Jules is back with her crew of best friends. We will witness as Jules navigates the single life proving that age may really be just a number. Fans have been waiting patiently for “Cougar Town” to make its return after the comedy series took a break when Courtney Cox announced that she needed to tend to private family business. Will “Cougar Town” be worth the wait? You can catch new episodes of “Cougar Town” when it airs Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c.
“Castle” (Premiered Monday, September 20)
Richard Castle returns for a second season of mystery, crime solving and witty banter. Fans are still hoping that Richard and Stana give in to temptation and take their sexual tension to the next level. Our guess is that we’ll probably be waiting for a while. What new mysteries will be unraveled throughout the season? Only time will tell, but we do know for sure that it will keep us guessing throughout the hour. You can catch new episodes of “Castle” when it airs Monday nights at 10/9c.
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