Television Shows to Watch: Fall 2012

August 30, 2012

It’s that time of year again … can you believe it?  Summer is winding down and with the cooling temperatures we’re all looking for something good to watch on television.  One of the best things about fall is having those springtime cliffhangers resolved from previous seasons of our favorite shows as well as scoping out the new programming.

Here’s a look at some of the shows that are returning to the lineup:

30 Rock (NBC) Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8/7c

This seventh season will be the show’s last, sadly, but it looks like it’s going to be a good one!  At the end of last season, Jack and Avery ended up getting divorced instead of renewing their vows.  Love was still in the air, though, since Jenna and Paul got engaged.  This year the story will be about Liz and her journey towards motherhood.

American Horror Story (FX) Premieres: October (no other details available yet)

In the first season, The Harmon family moved into a haunted house in Los Angeles where, after a full season of crazy, they all died.  The storyline will not carry over but some cast members, like Jessica Lange, will be returning.  The second season will be called American Horror Story: Asylum and will take place in a 1960s New England sanitarium.  In addition to Lange, the upcoming season’s cast includes Joseph Fiennes, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Clea DuVall, James Cromwell, Mark Consuelos, Chloë Sevigny, and Chris Zylka along with returning cast members Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c

When we last saw our favorite group of nerds, Howard and Bernadette had tied the knot before the gang watched him blast into space.  Not to be outdone, Leonard popped the question to Penny.  During the show’s sixth season, Howard will be empowered by his time away from earth (will he finally move out of his mother’s house?), Sheldon and Amy will continue to work on their relationship, Raj will also find someone to be with but will Penny and Leonard decide to get married?

Bones (Fox) Premieres: Monday, Sept. 17 at 8/7c

Brennan was forced to take Baby Christine, leaving Booth behind, and run since the only way to beat cyber serial killer, Christopher Pelant, is to hide.  Framed for murder, Brennan must find a way to clear her name but it’s not going to be smooth sailing.  Booth is plenty furious about being left out of Brennan’s plans and Pelant’s devious work is far from over.

Castle (ABC) Premieres: Monday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c

Finally, Beckett realized that she wants to be with Castle – it only took her resigning from the force and almost getting herself killed!  Now they have to try to keep this budding relationship a secret but that’s going to be hard with Beckett’s former assailant very much in her pursuit.

CSI (CBS) Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c

Russell’s granddaughter was kidnapped by McKeen while Ecklie was shot and Nick quit his job at the crime lab.  Will he be gone long, though?  We will have to wait and see but it’s unlikely.  This upcoming season will probably see him return to his the job he does best while he learn a lot more about Russell’s family.

Dexter (Showtime) Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9/8c

Everyone’s favorite serial killer is back and it couldn’t be more exciting for fans of the show.  Last season ended in a crazy dramatic way – right when Dexter was in the middle of a kill, his sister, who is a detective with Miami Homicide (who happens to also think she’s in love with her adoptive sibling) turned the corner and saw him plunge a knife deep into his victim’s torso so fans are definitely eager to see what happens next!  Adding to the pressure, though, will be La Guerta who decides to reinvestigate the Bay Harbor Butcher case after finding one of Dexter’s slides at the crime scene.

Fringe (Fox) Premieres: Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c

This fifth season of the show will be the last one and it will take place all the way in 2036.  When we last saw them, Walter was forced to shoot Olivia in the head to stop William Bell from creating a new universe.  Fortunately, Olivia regenerated new tissue due to the high levels of Cortexiphan in her system which is a good thing since she’s pregnant with Peter’s baby.  Peter, Astrid and Walter will have to find Olivia and, once the Fringe team is reunited, they will have to find a way to stop the Observers which may require joining up with an unlikely ally – William Bell.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c

Fans were left stunned when a plane carrying Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Mark, Arizona and Lexie crashed in the mountains.  Sadly, Lexie did not survive and when the show resumes, it will be two or three months later with those that lived through the crash dealing with the fallout.  Also, Eric Dane will not be returning for the ninth season but viewers will have a new group of doctors to meet.

Grimm (NBC) Premieres: Monday, Aug. 13 at 10/9c

With Juliette in a coma after being scratched by what seems to be an evil cat, the focus will be on helping her recover.  Nick will also get some help from Mama Burkhardt which is great since the Woman in Black that he ran into ended up being his mother.  Hank, who has now seen Wesen go from creature to human form, will reconnect with a childhood friend while the romance between Rosalee and Monroe continues to grow.

Homeland (Showtime) Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10/9c

The new season will kick off six months after Brody failed to assassinate the vice president.  With his new assignment to gather intel from inside the U.S. government, he has become a congressman but will also have an even more promising job prospect on the horizon.  Meanwhile, Carrie, who chose to have electroshock therapy in an effort to control her bipolar disorder will, at some point, remember the connection between Brody and Abu Nazir but, in her new role as a teacher, will she have the clout and resources to do anything about it?

How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Premieres: Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c

We all saw that, despite proposing to Quinn, the flash forward shows Barney marrying Robin which is where Ted finally meets the mother.  The season premiere will give us a few more details about that big day but don’t expect them to get together right away – Barney and Quinn and Robin and her crush will have some things to work through first. Also, new parents, Lily and Marshall, will try to figure out how to continue to have a life, which includes drinking, with new baby Marvin Eriksen in their lives.

Modern Family (ABC) Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c

The family will find out that Gloria is pregnant which, of course, stresses Jay out a little bit.  Cam and Mitchell, who missed a chance to adopt a new baby will be a bit jealous and sad but how will Manny react to becoming a big brother?  Also, Haley got into college!

New Girl (Fox) Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c

In the new season, Jess will lose her job which leads her to make an unusual decision – she sleeps with someone she hates and continues to do it for some reason.  Despite making this awful choice, will she and Nick have a chance now that he opted against moving back in with his ex-girlfriend?  Will Cece and Schmidt get back together after he realizes that she’s not better off without him?  Lots going on this season.

The Office (NBC) Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c

Last season, Dwight decided to have the DNA from Angela’s baby’s dirty diaper tested for his DNA and, in the middle of that romantic moment, they shared a kiss.  Dunder Mifflin reinstated Andy as the branch manager with new owner, David Wallace, at the helm.  The empty cubicles, notably of Robert California and less of Kelly and Ryan, will be filled with new faces so it should be interesting.

Once Upon a Time (ABC) Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8/7c

After Henry ate the poisoned apple turnover by accident, Emma arrived at the hospital in time to see her son die.  When she kissed him on the forehead, the curse was broken which meant that everyone in Storybrooke suddenly remembered who they really are.  Unfortunately, Rumpelstiltskin has the true love potion that can still be used against the unknowing citizens which might be a good thing since they are focused on redemption.  Fans will probably really be interested in learning who Henry’s birth father is which will be revealed this season.  New characters will include Captain Hook, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Phillip, Sir Lancelot, and Mulan.

Revenge (ABC) Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9/8c

So many things happened at the end of last season!  The plan carrying Victoria appears to have crashed.  Amanda (or the fake one, I should say) announced that she is pregnant but is Jack really the father (I hope not!)?  In the upcoming season, we will get to see Emily’s unstable mother.  Emily and Daniel’s breakup will still stand and Amanda will be very far into her pregnancy.  Since there aren’t enough surprise family members already, we will also get to meet Conrad’s song from his first marriage.  That should make Daniel jealous.


Go On (NBC) Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9/8c

Matthew Perry returns to television as Ryan King, a sportscaster who tragically loses his wife.  In his grief, he joins a support group lead by a woman whose prior experience was with a Weight Watchers group.  Let’s see if they can make a show about grief funny.

Elementary (CBS) Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c

With the Sherlock Holmes movies performing so well at the box office, it is no surprise that a new television adaptation is upon us.  The show will star Jonny Lee Miller in the title role but with a twist – his sidekick, Watson, will be a female (Lucy Liu).

666 Park Avenue (ABC) Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10/9c

This upcoming supernatural drama will follow a Midwestern couple (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) after they are hired to manage The Drake, an apartment building in New York’s Upper East Side that has some extremely unique tenants – all of whom have had to make a deal with The Devil.

Animal Practice (NBC) Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c

People who loved the show House might really love this medical comedy but, instead of treating humans, the patients will be animals.  Justin Kirk will play a cranky, but brilliant, veterinarian.

Guys With Kids (NBC) Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8:30/7:30c

Jimmy Fallon is responsible for this new show which, as the name suggests, will be about a group of guys who live in the same apartment building while they figure out the whole parenting thing.

The New Normal (NBC) Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30/8:30c

Single mother, Goldie (Georgia King) becomes a surrogate for gay couple, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha), after she decides to start a new life with her little girl, Shania (Bebe Wood). Because of the nature of the show, it’s already being boycotted by some groups.

Revolution (NBC) Premieres: Monday, Sept. 17 at 10/9c

The newest show from J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will follow a group of people after the power goes out in a scary post-apocalyptic future.  The decent case includes  Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito.

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