Fall TV: What’s New, What’s Back, What’s Ending?
By Julia Day
Fall is here, bringing not only changing leaves and cold winds, but a whole crop of new television premieres.
During the month of September, nearly 30 new television shows have started up.
ABC is airing Lucky 7, Once Upon a Time, Trophy Wife, Betrayal, Back in the Game, Super Fun Night, The Goldbergs, and the long awaited Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
NBC is starting off the season with The Blacklist, Dracula, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox. Show, Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family, and The Million Second Quiz.
CBS is bringing in Hostages, The Millers, Mom, We Are Men, and The Crazy Ones. The Fox network is premiering Almost Human, Brookline Nine-Nine, Dads, Enlisted, Master Chef Junior, and Sleepy Hollow.
Finally HBO is starting up the new show Hello Ladies, while Showtime is premiering its racy show Masters of Sex.
So which shows should you follow? The Crazy Ones, which aired Sept. 26, has gotten off to a strong start. With a killer cast of Sarah Michelle Geller and beloved actor Robin Williams, this sitcom follows the relationship between father and daughter as they work together at an advertising agency.
The Goldbergs, which premiered on Sept. 24, is a lovable comedy about an eccentric family set in the 1980’s.
If you’re a fan of Andy Sandberg, it’d be wise to invest in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which premiered on Sept. 17. The show follows Sandberg and Andre Baughner as two immature police officers.
Sleepy Hollow, premiered on Sept. 16, has so far proven to be a spooky addition, following the plotline of Ichabod Crane and the terrifying Headless Horseman.
For those Avengers fans, The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D began on Sept. 26, starring Agent Coulson who assembles a team of agents to fight supernatural occurrences.
Hello Ladies, which premiered Sept. 29, is HBO’s new comedy about a geeky Englishman trying to score with girls. Finally Showtime’s The Masters of Sex which also premiered on Sept. 29 seems to have attracted a lot of interest.
The show follows the lives of famous psychologists Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson, pioneering researchers of human sexual response during the 1950’s.
Returning shows this season include Showtime’s Homeland, an exciting thriller starring Claire Danes, back for its third season.
The beloved show How I Met Your Mother has returned for its ninth and final season, where we finally get to meet The Mother!
HBO’s mafia series Boardwalk Empire returned on Sept. 8 for its fourth season. Other returning shows include Castle, Bones, Person of Interest, Elementary, and many more.
Among all these new premieres there have also been a few series finales. The long running Showtime program Dexter ended on Sept. 22, bringing in nearly 2.8 million viewers. Dexter ran for eight seasons, following the bizarre life of Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst who is secretly a serial killer.
The show has won four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama series and Outstanding Lead Actor.
Another television giant, the groundbreaking AMC series Breaking Bad has finally reached its close this past Sunday, Sept. 29. Breaking Bad ended its run with five seasons under its belt, gathering nearly 6.6 million viewers for its final season.
The show followed the horrifying transformation of Walter White, a chemistry teacher turned drug lord battling cancer. Similarly to Dexter, Breaking Bad has won Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor, along with numerous other awards.
As two TV show giants leave the airwaves, dozens more are entering it. It’s uncertain whether or not these new programs will create as much of a buzz as the ones who preceded them have made, but only time will tell. In the meantime, it’s up to you viewers to determine that.