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Premiered: Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9 p.m. on HBO
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael K. Williams, Jeffrey Wright
What to expect: Nucky Thompson may have won last season's war, but there's no rest for the wicked. With the emergence of increased racial tensions, the introduction of Harlem gangster Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), and the rise of that G-Man of G-Men, J. Edgar Hoover, things won't be easy.
Buscemi says: ''He's attempting to keep a lower profile, be out of the public eye more, which is not easy for him because I think Nucky really enjoyed being the politician, being out there and mixing it up.'' —Keith Staskiewicz
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Sons of Anarchy
Premiered: Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 p.m. on FX
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Maggie Siff, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman
What to expect: After a child used a weapon that can be traced back to the gun-running motorcycle club in a school shooting in the season 6 premiere, vengeful Lee Toric (Donal Logue) will find a new ally in District Attorney Tyne Patterson (CCH Pounder), who's looking to hang the crime on someone.
Sutter says: ''It's not being done arbitrarily. It ultimately becomes the final straw in [the club's] relationship with the gun business and the domino that takes us to a fairly tragic and epic conclusion. It impacts all their relationships: It impacts their relationship with the IRA, their relationship with local law enforcement, their relationship with other charters, and, more importantly, it really impacts their relationship with Charming, their hometown. Maybe they've lost their favorite sons status over the last four or five years, but they've never really been seen as a danger or as a pariah, and that really changes this season as a result of that.'' —Mandi Bierly
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Premieres: Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Stars: Emily Rose, Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant
What to expect: The show picks up six months after last season's barn-busting finale, with Duke (Balfour) spending multiple episodes trying to figure out where — not to mention who (see below) — Audrey Parker (Rose) is. All the while, Haven will still be beset by new weekly Troubles, while new addition Colin Ferguson (Eureka) will enter the fray as a mysterious stranger.
Rose says: ''Audrey finds herself in a completely new place, and she introduces herself as this person Lexie DeWitt. That was really fun for me to play this season, this other aspect of Audrey.'' —Ray Rahman
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Premieres: Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. on Fox
Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz
What to expect: Bones (Deschanel) and Booth (Boreanaz) will tie the knot this season, but, first, they must find a way of stopping evil Pelant's (Andrew Leeds) quest to ruin their lives.
Executive Producer Stephen Nathan says: ''I think we know eventually [Bones and Booth's relationship issues are] going to work out. Now, how it's going to work out, when it's going to happen, all of those will remain a mystery. This way, we can keep the fans on edge without lying to them.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Monday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m. on Fox
Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, John Cho
What to expect: Washington Irving gets the serialized TV treatment in this mythology heavy drama that has Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) being transported to the modern-day only to discover the Headless Horseman has made the journey as well.
Mison says: ''It's a hard balance, because we don't want the fish-out-of-water story to be the main drive of the piece. Ichabod and Abby Mills have a job to do. They have to stop the impending apocalypse, so if there were lots of bits of Ichabod trying to work a microwave, that may interfere with our main story. It's still definitely there, and I think it's in the right amount. Occasionally the modern world creeps up on him and he finds he's out of his element.'' —Keith Staskiewicz
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Premieres: Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. on NBC
Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix
What to expect: Spader returns to the small screen drama as Raymond ''Red'' Reddington, a super-criminal who offers to help the FBI capture a ''blacklist'' of perps as long as he is teamed with a newbie profiler played by Megan Boone. But why?
Spader says: ''I almost knew less at the end of the pilot than I did at the beginning — and I liked that. I like the fact that the answers to questions were simply more questions.'' —Clark Collis
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Premieres: Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan
What to expect: A surgeon (Collette), set to operate on the President, is taken hostage along with her family and threatened to be killed unless she assassinates the U.S. leader.
Executive Producer Jeffrey Nachmanoff says: ''We're going to try and always play the drama of family dynamics and, at the same time, also playing what I call the big drama of what's going on with the conspiracy, why are Dylan McDermott and his fellow captors doing what they're doing, and what are their problems as they try and carry out a mission.'' —Tim Stack
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Premieres: Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic
What to expect: With a proposal hanging in the air, the show wastes no time delivering Beckett's (Katic) answer in the premiere. Elsewhere? Look for guest stars (like Lisa Edelstein and Joshua Gomez) and a few fun episodes (one has to do with time travel!).
Fillion says: ''I always put my faith in the capable hands of [Executive Producer] Andrew Marlowe and our talented writers, people who are far more talented than I am and who I think have handled this relationship quite deftly.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennett, Brett Dalton
What to expect: A warm and witty adventure series that returns writer-director Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to the small screen. The show follows a team of secret government agents led by Agent Coulson (Gregg) who handle extraordinary crisis.
Executive Producer Jed Whedon says: ''If there's an alien attack, we can't show an entire city being bombarded by aliens, but we can tell the story of people in a building who witnessed it.'' —James Hibberd
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Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo,
What to expect: The farewell to Ziva (de Pablo) begins and the audience will learn exactly what Gibbs (Harmon) was up to in the last minutes of the finale.
Executive Producer Gary Glasberg says: "We're going to let them think about what's happened and [Ziva's] absence, and then at some point?hopefully we'll find someone new that feels organic and adds chemistry to the team.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. on CBS
Stars: LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell, Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah
What to expect: Sam (LL Cool J) and Deeks (Olsen) are rescued from the hands of Russian arms dealer Iasak Sidorov (Timothy V. Murphy), but the effects of being tortured will be hard to shake.
Executive Producer Shane Brennan says: ''Episode 2 is three months later or four months later and there are still ripples in the pond.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Person of Interest
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson
What to expect: The good news: Though its location is unknown, the Machine will still supply Reese (Caviezel) and Finch (Emerson) with irrelevant numbers. The bad: The device is also in touch with Amy Acker's unhinged hacker Root, who's just been bumped up to series regular.
Creator Jonathan Nolan says: On this summer's very POI-ish NSA scandal: ''Greg [Plageman, executive producer] and I are both insufferable at this point, because we keep crowing about how we predicted our nation's descent into an Orwellian nightmare.... We've got to pick our game up if we want to stay 15 minutes into the future.'' —Hillary Busis
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Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m., on NBC
Stars: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
What to expect: Look for a surprise twist to turn the ''Severide (Kinney) is a babydaddy'' news on its head, the firehouse deals with cutbacks, and Casey (Spencer) and Dawson (Raymund) will come closer together as life sends yet another tough family situation their way.
Executive Producer Danielle Gelber says: ''Shay [Lauren German] is inherently a very strong person?she's also somebody who has a very strong sense of self, so we're not going to see a huge tailspin either way.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Lorraine Bruce, Matt Long, Anastasia Phillips
What to expect: Seven gas station employees win a huge jackpot from the New York Lottery and discover that the money will change their lives in both good ways and bad, in this adaptation of the U.K. series The Syndicate.
Creator David Zabel says: ''They're very relatable regular folk, salt-of-the-earth Americans, and that's something you don't see covered too much in network TV.'' —Keith Staskiewicz
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Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell
What to expect: Texas! We jump in three months after those nukes in the season-one ender wipe the Monroe Republic and Georgia Federation off the map, and find Aaron (Zac Orth), Rachel (Mitchell), and Miles (Burke) hunkered down in the Lone Star State; the rest of the group splinters off in separate directions; and a shadowy organization claiming to be the U.S. government comes up from Cuba to take over the continent.
Creator Eric Kripke says: ''Baked into the genetics of so many Texans is [the history of] slapping on a gun and a star and being the law. So there's an entire, almost Texas Ranger-based government there.'' —Ray Rahman
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Law & Order: SVU
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Ice-T
What to expect: Olivia's (Hargitay) trauma from being held hostage will inform an overarching arc for the season and the squad, but fans can still look forward to the weekly proceedings, which will tackle everything from racial profiling to a corrupt mayoral campaign.
Executive Producer Warren Leight says: ''Even in the world of stand-alones and one-offs of Law & Order you can't put your main characters through this and then have her show up for work the next week, and say, 'Hey, everyone! Anyone want coffee?' You know? This will change Olivia and that's the journey she's on for this season. That's different for us.'' —Lindsey Bahr
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Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cooke, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore
What to expect: Guest stars! Camryn Manheim appears in two episodes starting in the premiere and in the third episode. Esai Morales also joins the BAU as Matt Cruz, who we'll learn has a connection to JJ (Cook).
Executive Producer Erica Messer says: ''The general [idea of the JJ-centered 200th episode is filling in] while she was gone. So, season 6, that year we didn't have her, we want to tell you those stories.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten
What to expect: Surprise! Rayna (Britton) will survive that car crash with Deacon (Esten), who'll sober up to deal with the news that he is the father of Rayna's eldest, Maddie (Lennon Stella). Both Rayna and Juliette (Panettiere) will spar with the new head of their label (Oliver Hudson), while Juliette finds a new rival in Layla (Aubrey Peeples), the runner-up of a reality TV singing competition, and a genuine friend in Avery (Jonathan Jackson).
Panettiere says: ''[Juliette and Avery are] two very interesting characters with a lot going on beneath the surface, coming from two very different walks of life, and somehow they become just a shoulder to lean on and to cry on for each other. '' —Mandi Bierly
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Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Ted Danson, George Eads, Jorja Fox
What to expect: This season's premiere will deliver on last season's giant cliffhanger — the opening shot will be of a casket, and we'll find out who from the CSI family is in it. Also, the fifth episode will be the series' 300th, and Marg Helgenberger will be returning.
Showrunner Don McGill says ''We have a couple of casting coups. We're doing an episode about a fire at a club where the owner is played by John Ratzenberger. It was great to have him in the episode with Ted Danson. I think this is the first time they?ve been together doing a TV show since Cheers. They had such a good time together on set. Going from Cheers to a murder mystery on CSI?that's a very different kind of relationship on screen, and they really went for it.'' —Stephan Lee
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Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh
What to expect: In the two-hour premiere, the storm continues to rage outside and the gang inside Grey Sloan Memorial also deals with a flood of personal drama — like newborns, crumbling relationships, and new beginnings.
Oh says: ''What we really liked about where Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina ended up last year was that they basically ended up in the same place as they were the previous year except without anger. ... They were really able to see each other as different people who want different things and coming at that difficulty with a tremendous amount of love and compassion for the other person. '' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
What to expect: The season 2 premiere takes Sherlock Holmes (Miller) and Joan Watson (Liu) to London to help suspended Inspector Lestrade (Sean Pertwee), who's struggled without Sherlock, and to introduce viewers to Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans, who'll recur).
Executive Producer Robert Doherty says: ''A number of years ago, Sherlock crossed some lines, committed some offenses against his brother that he couldn't really take back?. Sherlock had no intention of telling Mycroft that he was coming to the U.K. But circumstances conspire to have the two of them cross paths. Sherlock has to reveal to Joan that he has a brother and then explain the state of the relationship.''—Mandi Bierly
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Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepherd, Monica Potter
What to expect: Sarah (Graham) moves out of her parents' home, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) hit marital stress, while Kristina (Potter) ventures into politics, bringing a challenge for her marriage.
Krause says: ''This sounds pretty boring, but I think Adam is still trying to be the best father, husband, and son. We don't know where it's all going to end. I only ask a few things, so it's a surprise for me too.'' —Jessica Shaw
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Premieres: Friday, Sept. 27, at 9 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Grace Park, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim
What to expect: Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth) will become a full-time member of the Five-0 force in season 4, but she's not the only lady we're excited for. McGarrett (O'Loughlin) will also come face to face with his aunt, played by Carol Burnett!
Executive Producer Peter Lenkov says: Fans should expect more deep-dive episodes that explore the mythology of the core characters — ''We have a Chin-Ho story that goes back to his early days as a cop being mentored by McGarrett's father and ultimately leading up to him losing his badge.'' —Grady Smith
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Premieres: Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes
What to expect: At the end of last season, Jamie's (Estes) partner Vinny died in the line of duty. Season 4 introduces his new partner, Eddie Janko, played by Vanessa Ray.
Exec Producer Kevin Wade says: ''At first Jamie's a little resistant to it, but he enjoys her company, enjoys her respect, and starts to invest in her.'' —Breia Brissey
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Once Upon a Time
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
What to expect: Road trip! Season three has the core cast going to Neverland to rescue Henry (Jared Gilmore) from the clutches of Peter Pan — so, yeah, this is going to be rather different than J. M. Barrie's fairy tale. Plus, expect Ariel (JoAnna Garcia-Swisher) to show up.
Executive Producer Adam Horowitz says: ''When you meet Ariel in our world, you'll find everything didn't exactly happen to her like it did in the movie.'' —James Hibberd
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The Good Wife
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Chris Noth
What to expect: Fireworks! Cary (Matt Czuchry) and Alicia (Margulies) secretly, slowly plot to leave and start their own firm with the other fourth-year associates, while Diane (Baranski) and Will (Charles) butt heads over her commitment to Lockhart/Gardner.
Margulies says: ''Diane is up for a judgeship and she really wants it. You have to understand the balance is being not just tipped on my end, but also tipped on her end, and so the whole firm ends up exploding basically. People feel betrayed.''—Mandi Bierly
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Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Nick Wechsler
What to expect: One of TV's craziest dramas goes back to its roots with less Initiative and more crazy character twists. We'll meet Victoria's (Stowe) long lost son (played by Justin Hartley), Jack (Wechsler) returns after fleeing from the Hamptons for six months, and Emily (VanCamp) is the center of a deadly flashforward.
Executive Producer Sunil Nayar says: ''The stories are still going to have their wonderful twists and turns, we're just going to be telling fewer of them. Last year there was lots of energy that led up to a season finale that was spectacular, but it required a lot of different story lines to get us there. Our goal this year is to really take a breath and reinvest in our characters as opposed to the stories that are driving them.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
Stars: Clarie Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin
What to expect: The Emmy-winning series returns for its third season with Brody (Lewis) missing after being blamed for the finale's CIA headquarters-bombing and Carrie (Danes) butting heads with Saul (Patinkin).
Executive Producer Alex Gansa says: ''[Season 3 is about] the toll that being an intelligence officer tacks on. ''That's the idea of the season, like what does being an intelligence officer mean? How does that affect you? The stakes are so high they can't help but exact toll.'' —Tim Stack
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Masters of Sex
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. on Showtime
Stars: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Beau Bridges
What to expect: Inspired by the Thomas Maier book of the same name, the drama will chronicle the real-life studies of human sexuality by Dr. William Masters (Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Caplan).
Executive Producer Sarah Timberman says: ''Every scene that deals with sex is dealing with a very complex set of relationships. It's not that we have an excuse to show people having sex on our show.'' —Lynette Rice
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Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Hannah Ware, Stuart Townsend, Henry Thomas
What to expect: This sexy 13-episode series starts off with a meet-cute between a photographer (Ware) and a high-powered attorney (Townsend). Problem is, they're both married to other people, and their secret affair gets further complicated by murder and a legal battle that involves both their families.
Ware says: ''I think the cable format of just 13 episodes is genius. Once you get into the 20s, there's a huge danger that things become ridiculous. Storylines lose gravitas because they're like, 'Where do we go now?' So I'm actually really grateful that they're doing it like this.'' —Stephan Lee
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Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m on CBS
Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti
What to expect: In the fifth season finale, Patrick Jane (Baker) discovered that Red John was aware of Jane's list of seven suspects over Red John's identity. But how? Red John's identity will be unmasked by the end of the calendar year, so get ready for the showdown fans have been waiting for.
Executive Producer Bruno Heller says: ''That's the backbone of this show, that relationship [between Patrick and Robin Tunney's Teresa] and how they feel about each other. Just like in any real relationship, their feelings about each other will change and develop and we'll see where that goes.'' —Erin Strecker
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Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Blair Underwood, Pablo Schreiber, Spencer Grammer
What to expect: An impulsive detective (Underwood), has to learn to cope with his handicap, after a shooting leaves him wheelchair-bound.
Underwood says: ''I knew it was network television but it felt like a character you would see on cable television. It's edgier, it's grittier, what I read on paper was more layered than most of the characters I see on network television.'' —Nuzhat Naoreen
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The Vampire Diaries
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. on The CW
Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola
What to expect: Elena (Dobrev) and Caroline (Accola) enroll at Whitmore College to be normal coeds but quickly learn the school has its own secrets; Damon (Somerhalder), who's now housing Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), must figure out what Silas (Wesley) is up to.
Executive Producer Julie Plec says: ''It happens quickly. They're no dummies,'' when asked how soon they realize Silas isn't Stefan (Wesley), the doppelganger he buried alive in a watery grave. So they'll quickly find Stefan? ''That, they hit a few roadblocks. So maybe they're kinda dummies.'' —Mandi Bierly
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Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. on The CW (regular timeslot is Tuesday at 8 p.m.)
Stars: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
What to expect: The Vampire Diaries spinoff centers on a battle for control of New Orleans' French Quarter, which 1,000-year-old vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus (Morgan) — who's about to learn he miraculously got werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) pregnant — wants to take from his former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) with the help of his siblings (Gillies and Holt).
Executive Producer Julie Plec says: ''The question is, when will Marcel know that Hayley exists at all and at what point will he realize that the baby she's carrying is Klaus's??. When you're dealing with a community of supernatural beings like witches, werewolves, vampires, Originals, and humans, everyone's going to have a question about what that baby is, what it means. And it becomes — we call it the nuclear football — the thing that everybody wants for themselves so that nobody else can use it against them.'' —Mandi Bierly
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Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley
What to expect: Olivia (Washington) and Fitz (Goldwyn) are back off as the President refocuses on his re-election campaign in season 3.
Goldwyn says: ''He's trying in the midst of all this chaos to be some sort of firm hand on the tiller of calm. You'll see it is not easy. There's a lot of explosions going on.'' —Lynette Rice
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Beauty and the Beast
Premieres: Monday, Oct. 7, at 9:00 p.m on The CW
Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan
What to expect: When viewers left off, Vincent (Ryan) had just been captured and Catherine (Kreuk) had to watch her love get hauled away. The second season will pick up three months later, and fans will get updates on all the ongoing mysteries — from Catherine's real father to the Muirfield mythology.
Kreuk says: ''The theme this year is 'Who am I?' which is also the name of the first episode and kind of the name of the season, if we were to name it. Every character is going through a definition-of-self period. They are all being challenged to look at who they are, not who they think they are, not who they're supposed to be, but who are they really? The whole season is going to pose that question for everybody.'' —Erin Strecker
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Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m. on The CW
Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
What to expect: Those angels that fell from the sky at the end of last season? Yeah, those are a problem. And you'll see why. Meanwhile, Castiel (Collins) is a human and things are about to get hilarious.
Executive Producer Jeremy Carver says: ''As we pick up those pieces, we're always introducing new things but we're very much in the world of consequences of last season.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. on The CW
Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey
What to expect: After the destruction of the Glades, season 2 will see a changed Oliver Queen (Amell), struggling to accept his vigilante Arrow persona in the wake of his best friend's death and fully become Starling City's protector. The show also promises the return of fan favorite Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and a character that executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says is ''the beginning of the Black Canary storyline.''
Kreisberg says: ''In season 1, he was pretty cavalier about killing people. All he cared about was the mission, but to be a hero you have to set an example and you have to be a symbol. We're going to put him in situations where making those choices is not always going to be easy.'' —Shirley Li
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The Tomorrow People
Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m. on The CW
Stars: Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Aaron Yoo, Mark Pellegrino
What to expect: In The CW's revival of the British sci-fi series, a group of superhumans known as the Tomorrow People are hunted by Ultra, a sinister group of scientists. Robbie Amell, cousin of Arrow's Steven Amell, stars as Stephen Jameson, a high school student just discovering his abilities (teleportation, telepathy, and telekinesis) while facing Ultra leader, Dr. Jedikiah Price (Pellegrino). The pilot packs in tons of twists and, true to CW form, immediately sets up a love triangle between Stephen and fellow Tomorrow People Cara (List) and John (Luke Mitchell).
Executive Producer Phil Klemmer says: ''There's lots of surprises in terms of who they were before they broke out. Who was Cara before she broke out? Who was John before he broke out? And their backstories are integral to the series. It's probably more like Lost in that regard.'' —Shirley Li
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American Horror Story: Coven
Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 p.m. on FX
Stars: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Taissa Farmiga, Sarah Paulson
What to expect: Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's anthology series returns for a third iteration, this time focusing on a coven of witches, including former leader Fiona (Lange), living in modern day New Orleans. Executive Producer Tim Minear says: ''Fiona is a woman who is desperately trying to hold onto her power and her youth. As she feels her life force slipping away, she starts to reflect on regret and maybe she's wasted potential in her days.'' —Tim Stack
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Sophie Lowe, Naveen Andrews, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot
What to expect: As romantic as the Once Upon flagship but with more a focused story in more surreal environment. Grown-up Alice (Lowe) returns down the rabbit hole seeking her long-lost love (Peter Gadiot) while ducking the villainous Jafar (Naveen Andrews).
Executive Producer Adam Horowitz says: ''We really wanted tell an epic romance between two people with incredible obstacles between them.'' —James Hibberd
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The Walking Dead
Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. on AMC
Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun
What to expect: The survivors are still at the prison, but there will be more walkers than ever before, plus a mysterious new threat that will hit them where and when they least expect it.
Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd says: ''When you consider that there are clearly more walkers than there are humans, they're bound to be a threat and clearly not a manageable one.'' —Dalton Ross
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Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 17, at 9 p.m. on The CW
Stars: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Coombs
What to expect: The seductive — and surprisingly modern — period drama follows Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) as she arrives in French court to marry the heir to the throne (Regbo), only to discover that the alliance puts her life in grave danger.
Executive Producer Laurie McCarthy says: ''I knew it wasn't going to be your grandmother's period piece. I knew that I wanted to do it in a way that was edgier and simpler and that if the stakes were high enough, relatable enough, sexy and passionate enough, that you could step outside of some of the traps that some period pieces fall into.'' —Nuzhat Naoreen
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Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. on ABC Family
Stars: Tyler Blackburn, Nicole Anderson, Brett Dier
What to expect: The mystery of Ravenswood takes center stage in this Pretty Little spin-off, but word is that the force plaguing this small town makes ''A'' look like an ''A''mateur.
Blackburn says: ''[All the members of the ensemble are] unique in their own way and have their own unique backstories.'' —Sandra Gonzalez
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The Carrie Diaries
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. on The CW
Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Brendan Dooling
What to expect: You want sex and the city? You got 'em! As the season opens, Carrie (Robb) and Walt (Dooling) are spending a blissful summer in gritty, neon-splashed 1985 New York. There, they'll encounter a major new character in twentysomething cougar-in-training Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort).
Creator Amy B. Harris says: ''[Samantha's] journey to New York was a lot tougher than Carrie's journey. She clawed her way to this city — so I think she really wants to live life to the fullest.'' —Hillary Busis
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Premieres: Friday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m. on NBC
Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby
What to expect: A darker Grimm in season 3 as Nick (Giuntoli) recovers from being turned into a zombie — plus, sexy mermaids, alligators in the sewers, and a wedding.
Executive Producer David Greenwalt says: ''[Being turned into a zombie is] going to haunt him for quite some time and it's going to change him a bit physically.'' —James Hibberd
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Premieres: Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Thomas Kretschmann, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
What to expect: Set in Victorian-era London, TV's latest take on the vampire genre stars Rhys Meyers as the undead bloodsucker Dracula, who is posing as an American entrepreneur while trying to bring down a shadowy organization called the Order of the Dragon.
Rhys Meyers says: ''We couldn't do it modern — you've already got True Blood and Twilight. We had to do it in a different time period because that makes it a little bit more interesting. You enter into a different world.'' —Josh Rottenberg
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Premieres: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. on Fox
Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly
What to expect: A futuristic procedural starring the odd-couple pairing of Urban as a technophobic detective and Ealy as an android crime solver named Dorian.
Executive Producer J.H. Wyman says: ''How come all the future things are sort of dystopian? Don't people have kids in the future?'' However, the showrunner of Fringe isn't going soft either. Asked whether the show will build up a villainous figure, he teases, ''We don't really do Big Bads, because the world is the Big Bad.'' —Darren Franich