Fall TV 2013: The 10 New Shows We’re Most Looking Forward To

By August 30, 2013

It’s that time of year again folks, when DVRs are cleared and schedules are checked. The new television lineup for the fall is mere weeks away from premiering on your TVs. There are many (and I mean many!) new shows that will be bombarding all of the channels vying for your attention. I’ve compiled the 10 that have garnered the best buzz and have the highest probability of staying programmed into the DVR the longest.

“The Tomorrow People” (CW)

the_tomorrow_peopleBased on the British children’s sci-fi series by the same name, “The Tomorrow People” will follow a group of young people who possess powers which are the results of human evolution. I know what you’re thinking. There were “Heroes”, “Alphas,” and “Misfits.” Do we need another show about super-human pretty people? Quite possibly. The buzz behind this show will, at the very least, get me to sit down and watch the pilot. I can’t say the same about “The 100” or “The Originals.”

“The Tomorrow People” will premiere on October 9th following “Arrow” on The CW.

“Trophy Wife” (ABC)

tophy-wife-abcABC’s new show “Trophy Wife” has a lot going for it. The early buzz is great, the reviews are solid and the cast above is chock full of talent. I may be a bit biased as I will pretty much watch anything Bradley Whitford is in. But aside from that, Malin Ackerman and Marcia Gay Harden? Yep. I’m in.


“Trophy Wife” will air Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c starting on September 24th.

“The Goldbergs” (ABC)

the-goldbergsHey look! It’s a period piece set in the 80s about a family of Jews! ABC, you’re killing me! But seriously, this looks worth a watch. I may relate a bit too much to the premise given the fact that I am one of the chosen people and I grew up in the 80s, but it’s hard to deny the appeal this show has. “Curb Your Enthusiam” star Jeff Garlin, Bridesmaids actress Wendy McLendon-Covey, and George Segal all star together in this quirky single camera sitcom that may get comparisons to the likes of “Freaks And Geeks” or “The Wonder Years.”


“The Goldbergs” will air Tuesdays at 9/8 c starting on September 24th.

“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC)

marvels_agents_of_shieldUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know about “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D”. You’ve seen The Avengers, you love your Joss Whedon and hell, you probably know more about the show than I do! Blah blah blah Avengers prequel blah blah here’s the trailer blah.

Here’s hoping the show has staying power! Tune in September 24th to find out.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

brooklyn-nine-nineFox needs a good new comedy for its fall roster and it may have found just that with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The synopsis is pretty simple and follows a laid back NYC cop as he has to contend with his new strict boss. Andy Samberg stars as Det. Jake Peralta and Andre Braugher is Captain Ray Holt. The trailers I’ve seen for the show have been pretty amusing so far. Here’s hoping the show lives up to the comedic expectations because, honestly, we need something funny and “Dads” ain’t gonna cut it.


“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premieres on September 17th at 8:30pm.

“Almost Human” (FOX)

almost-human“Fringe” has ended and Fox probably knew very quickly they needed another sci-fi series to fill the void. That series looks to be “Almost Human.” From Bad Robot, the series is set 35 years into the future when humans in the Los Angeles Police Department are paired up with life-like androids. The show follows the character John Kennex (played by Karl Urban) who does not like the…oh…can I please say replicants? Also starring are Lili Taylor as Captain Maldonado and Michael Ealy as Dorian.


“Almost Human” has been moved to premiere on Monday, November 4th. Here’s hoping the wait is worth it!

“Gang Related” (FOX)


I’m a sucker for a good cop show and this one seems very reminiscent of “The Shield.” The show’s plot follows that of an elite Gang Task Force in Los Angeles as they take on the city’s toughest gangs. Throw in Terry O’Quinn (who desperately needs redemption after the trainwreck that was “666 Park Avenue”) and The RZA and you have my interest piqued.  After the untimely demise of “Southland,” we desperately need a good L.A. cop drama. Please be it, “Gang Related”!

“Gang Related” is scheduled as a 2013 mid-season replacement. No premiere date has been scheduled yet.

“The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC)

The Michael J. Fox ShowThis is a good one, folks. I was able to view the pilot for “The Michael J. Fox Show” and it definitely lived up to the hype. The show stars Michael J. Fox as news anchor Mike Henry. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he has to give up his career and focus on his health and his family. Five years later, Mike decides to get back to work and struggles between family and career.

If the show is anything like the pilot, then the comedy and charm will make “The Michael J. Fox Show” a surefire winner.


“The Michael J. Fox Show” will have its 1-hour premiere on Thursday, September 26th at 9/8c.

“The Blacklist” (NBC)

the-blacklistWith one of the most buzzed about show premieres in recent memory, NBC’s hoping to score big with “The Blacklist.” And after seeing the Joe Carnahan (The Grey) directed pilot, I must concur that “The Blacklist” is definitely a show that should be on your list. The show kicks off as most wanted fugitive Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) surrenders to the FBI. With a little Silence Of The Lambs homage, he requests to speak only to FBI newbie Elizabeth Keen. What follows is a barrage of action-filled twists and turns. The pilot was highly enjoyable and I can only hope it’s just the tip of the show’s iceberg.


“The Blacklist” will premiere on Monday, September 23rd at 10/9c.

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

ahs-coven“American Horror Story: Coven” is technically a new show, so don’t give me any grief! This is the third installment of the widely popular horror anthology mini-series for FX. “Coven” is a drastic shift in story from last year’s “Asylum,” starring an amazing female-centric cast including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Taissa Farmiga. In “American Horror Story: Coven”, we follow a story regarding witches.

Per the show’s official synopsis: “It’s been over 300 years since the Salem witch trials. Those who remain are almost extinct and in danger again. A school has opened in New Orleans to teach protection to the young. The long-absent Supreme arrives to also protect the new students and their secrets. The themes include witches, witch hunts, incest, minorities, slavery, mothers and daughters, and witchcraft versus voodoo. This season will be set in modern day and the 1830s.”

To say I’m excited for this one would be an understatement! With “American Horror Story: Asylum” getting the most Emmy nominations this year, the expectations for “Coven” are through the damn roof! I have full faith in Ryan Murphy and besides, it’s about time we have a female-heavy cast on a television show that demands respect!


“American Horror Story: Coven” premieres on Wednesday, October 9th at 10/9c.

I believe I’ve counted roughly 40 or so new premieres coming this fall. That being said, there were many not showcased in this top 10 list. That’s where you come in. What new television shows are you most looking forward to this fall? Are you nuts for “The Crazy Ones” on CBS? Are you curious about “About A Boy” on NBC? Tell me your picks in the comments below!

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