It’s time to finish up your Netflix binge-watches and get ready for some brand new episodes of television. Fall TV is slowly (but surely) creeping back into our lives, and Her Campus is breaking down the can’t-miss new shows and the returning favorites (with a little help from OSU students and celebrity tweets).
Sunday: While the NFL has been providing its own drama lately, if you’re not interested in the Sunday Night Football game, there’s plenty of other places to get your fix. CBS is premiering a new drama called Madam Secretary, which stars Téa Leoni as an former CIA analyst turned Secretary of State, on September 21. Season 6 of The Good Wife premieres after, and Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Rory Gilmore’s ex (Matt Czuchry) will be back dominating the courtroom. The next week, on September 28, there are no new shows premiering, but there are plenty of old favorites returning. On ABC, Frozen is taking over Once Upon A Time, Resurrection is back for its sophomore season and Revenge will be marketing up the screen with its red sharpie in the show’s 4th season. Trade drama for laughs on FOX and watch new episodes of The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (fresh off its first creative Emmy win) and Family Guy. Showtime is bringing Homeland back for a 4th season, and Agent Carrie Mathison will return the first Sunday in October. Come October 12, Homeland will be followed by The Affair, a new Showtime series following different people affected by a newly discovered affair.
“I always watch football on Sunday nights, but I’m excited for Homeland to come back. The first episode is two hours and will probably be insane,” said OSU student Justin Cafiero.
Monday: Reality TV fans should look forward to Mondays, as Dancing with the Stars is back on ABC and The Voice (with new judges Gwen Stefani and Pharrell) is back on NBC. Both shows are at 8 p.m., so unless you have a DVR, you must pick between your love for dancing and singing. CBS is moving The Big Bang Theory to Monday, and using the geeky-comedy to premiere its new show Scorpion, which follows a group of geniuses solving crimes. Additionally, comedies Mom and 2 Broke Girls will be back on CBS, premiering September 29 and October 27, respectively. FOX is bringing Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) back into our lives in new drama Gotham, the story of crime-heavy Gotham City before Batman’s arrival. Fan favorite Sleepy Hollow will follow the new drama at 9 p.m. On The CW, The Originals, the Vampire Diaries spin-off series turned mega-hit, will return for a second season on October 6th at 8 p.m.. New dramedy Jane The Virgin will follow at 9 p.m., and follows Jane after she is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room.
“I can’t wait for another season of The Originals, but I don’t know if I’ll be sticking around for Jane The Virgin. It’s a strange plot and I don’t know if it will work.” said OSU student Claire Hale.
Tuesday: This past Tuesday all was right in the world again when New Girl and The Mindy Project returned on FOX. The two comedies proved funnier than ever, but come October 14 they will be competing with NBC’s comedies, new show Marry Me, about a couples rocky road to the alter, and the returning About a Boy. TV’s #1 drama, NCIS, is returning to CBS on September 22, and will also be launching NCIS spin-off, NCIS: New Orleans. Person of Interest will continue the crime-solving themed night at 10 p.m.. Also premiering on September 22 is a new season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D at 9 p.m. on ABC. New drama Forever, which stars Ioan Gruffudd as an NYC doctor who is immortal, will follow at 10 p.m.. A week later, on September 30, ABC is trying out comedy with Selfie at 8 p.m. and Manhattan Love Story at 8:30 p.m.. The CW is planning a superhero and supernatural themed night with new drama The Flash, based off of the comic of the same name, at 8 p.m. and Supernatural’s 10th season at 9 p.m. on October 7.
“I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling to be back on my TV. The premieres of New Girl and The Mindy Project did not disappoint,” said OSU student Lexi Emerson.
Wednesday: Red Band Society, which follows kids living in the hospital for various reasons and is narrated by a boy in a coma, premiered on FOX last Wednesday, and is the perfect combination of heartwarming, hilarious and sad (if that makes any sense). On September 24, The Mysteries of Laura marks Debra Messing’s return to comedy TV since Will & Grace, and the detective/single mom dramedy looks promising. It airs at 8 p.m. and will be followed by an NBC classic Law & Order: SVU. Sophia Bush is back to her badass ways on Chicago P.D. and making alter-ego Brooke Davis (from One Tree Hill) proud. On CBS, Survivor is keeping things interesting by pitting family members against family members, and the next week, on October 9, it will be followed by another season of Criminal Minds. At 10 p.m., new show Stalker will premier, and promise to keep you from sleeping. ABC is keeping things comical from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and new comedy Black-ish. They will finish out the night with Nashville’s 3rd season, starring a very pregnant Hayden Panettiere. Arrow will be back on The CW on October 8 at 8 p.m. and American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres the same day at 10 p.m. on FX.
“Stalker looks so creepy, but in a good way. I’m excited for another scary show to be on TV,” said OSU student Rachel Kaldor.
Thursday: To quote ABC’s latest commercials, TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday). Producer Shonda Rhimes is taking over Thursday on ABC with the 11th season of Grey’s Anatomy, the 4th season of Scandal and the premiere of new drama How to Get Away With Murder. Doctor Meredith Grey, Fixer Olivia Pope and now Professor Annalise Keating promise to bring the drama come September 25th. On FOX, Bones is back and Gracepoint, a 10-part mystery event, is premiering October 2. NBC is giving us a chance to say goodbye to the Bravermans (cue the tears now) on Parenthood’s final season, starting September 25 at 10 p.m.. On October 2, The Biggest Loser (sans Jillian Michaels) joins NBC’s lineup again at 8 p.m., and Kate Walsh returns to TV (we missed you Addison Montgomery!) in Bad Judge at 9 p.m.. Get your vampire (and hot guy) fix on the 6th season of The Vampire Diaries and your royal fix in Reign on The CW starting October 2.
“I watched Scandal on Netflix over the Summer, and I’m so ready for new episodes. I can’t wait to find out where Olivia Pope is hiding,” said OSU student Karen Kaplan.
Friday: If you’re looking for an excuse to stay in, or at least something to do while you’re waiting to go out, Friday TV could be your solution. The CW is switching things up on America’s Next Top Model and adding male models to the competition. The cycle already started, so catch up fast and get ready for October 3 when it has its “time slot premiere” (The CW has been airing it on Mondays at 9 p.m. for the month of September). The Amazing Race is back to entertain you on September 26 on CBS, and Hawaii Five-0 will follow at 9 p.m.. ABC is giving Tim Allen’s comedy, Last Man Standing, another season and also giving business hopefuls another shot at success in Shark Tank. Grimm is back on NBC on October 24.
Saturday: Most buckeyes will find themselves watching College GameDay on Saturdays, but don’t forget that Saturday Night Live will be back for its 40th season on September 27. Funny-man Chris Pratt will be hosting and pop-star Ariana Grande will be performing.
Midseason: If you’re wondering why some of your favorite shows aren’t mentioned above, it’s because they were cancelled (sorry for your loss) or are simply returning in the new year. American Idol, Battle Creek, Beauty and the Beast, Empire, The Following, Glee, Hannibal, Hart of Dixie, Mad Men, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly and Parks and Recreation are a few of the titles coming in 2015.
“I’m counting down the days until Parks & Rec is back. I don’t know why the network put it on their midseason schedule instead of the Fall schedule,” said OSU student Mike Coontz.
Set your DVR, cancel your social life and may the odds be ever in your favor. Happy TV watching!