By EW Staff
Updated September 01, 2011 at 01:00 PM EDT
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Need a good excuse to spend your September cooped up indoors, remote control in hand? We’re happy to help with our annual Fall TV Preview issue, which features TV critic Ken Tucker’s picks for the five best new shows. Spoiler alert! One has a sexy homeless guy in it. One features two smart-mouthed New Yorkers. One stars an actress from a beloved teen drama… that was not about vampires. One is on NBC. And one will scare the sweet bejesus out of you. (Click here to buy the issue.)

Plus, we’ve got all the scoop on 127 new and returning shows, including:

• Jon Cryer shares his reasons for why you should still watch Two and a Half Men now that Ashton Kutcher has stepped in for departing warlock Charlie Sheen. (“If you found it deeply offensive before,” he says, “it’s still deeply offensive.”)

The X Factor‘s Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul talk chemistry, competition from The Voice, and what they really think about the kinder, gentler American Idol.

• We head down under to the set of Fox’s Terra Nova in Australia for a behind-the-scenes look at Steven Spielberg’s mega-ambitious dinosaur epic.

• A preview of what will change at Dunder Mifflin when James Spader moves into The Office.

• Star Michael Emerson explains why Lost fans should be obsessing over J.J. Abrams’ mysterious new CBS procedural, Person of Interest.

• Joel McHale summarizes Community‘s new season in six words (“romantic relationships, air conditioning, fire, turtle”).

• Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph reveal why spit-up jokes won’t be welcome in their new-parent comedy Up All Night.

• Previews of shows that are most likely to inspire Halloween costumes this fall: The Playboy Club and Pan Am.

And much more, including our three bonus covers for Person of Interest, Pan Am, and Up All Night below!

Yahoo! TV and Entertainment Weekly teamed up to survey 2,000 people on which new and returning shows they’re most excited about this fall. To see the results, click here.

To see Ken’s best new series list, and for our full Fall TV preview featuring the scoop on 127 shows, check out the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands September 2.

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Joel McHale and Alison Brie star in this comedy about a community college study group that turns into a surrogate family.
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