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
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. on Fox
Stars: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Peter Riegert, Martin Mull
What to expect: What happens when two fathers (Mull and Riegert) move in with their successful adult sons (Ribisi and Green)? According to this Seth MacFarlane-produced multi-cam, lots of provocative, taboo-based humor.
Green says: ”MacFarlane and I talked about what shows we’d grown up on, what things we’d loved as a kid, what kind of things were missing from television. And he really felt [Dads] is that kind of show?the same way that Norman Lear pioneered comedy that made people uncomfortable because it was talking about them.” —Ray Rahman
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 p.m. on Fox
Stars: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz
What to expect: A lot of laughs, given that this ensemble cop comedy comes from the producers of Parks and Recreation. Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a smart but smart-ass detective and Braugher is the straitlaced Captain Ray Holt who tries to teach him some law and order.
Executive Producer Dan Goor says of Jake: ”In some ways, we took inspiration from Hawkeye on M*A*S*H, where he’s an incredibly capable surgeon. That’s never in doubt. And in every episode, the choppers come in, and even if he’s making fun of Frank Burns, he’s at that table and he’s saving a life and he’s good at his job. We really felt like that was an important aspect to port over to Jake.” —Dan Snierson
Premieres: Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Allison Janney, Anna Faris, French Stewart
What to expect: Faris plays Christy, a recently sober mom of two kids who reunites with her estranged mom (Janney), who’s also a former drunk.
Executive Producer Gemma Baker says: ”Christy is trying to become a better person. She is trying to say, ‘This is my past, I’ve made these mistakes. Where do I go from here?’ It’s about second chances when you are dealing with family.” —Lynette Rice
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 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
HOST-ILE SCENARIO Dylan McDermott makes a hard choice, and then forces Toni Collette to make a similar one, in Hostages
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) to 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 the people in a building who witnessed it.” —James Hibberd
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Jeff Garlin, Wendy McClendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, George Segal
What to expect: A Wonder Years-esque take on a dysfunctional Jewish family in the shoulder padded, big-haired, and roller skating-friendly 1980s.
Garlin says: ”My character really can’t show his emotions, which is not me. I’m so affectionate with my own kids. I truly have absolutely no rage whatsoever, despite what’s been written about me.” —Jessica Shaw
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden
What to expect: This latest take on the modern family sitcom casts Akerman as a reformed party girl, Whitford as her much older hubby, and Harden and Michaela Watkins as his still-involved ex-wives. (Harden’s an intimidating supermom; Watkins is a kooky free spirit.)
Akerman says: ”I said that I never wanted to play a trophy wife, because to me, what that meant was ‘look pretty and shut up.’ But when I read the first few pages I realized that the title is very tongue in cheek — she isn’t actually a trophy wife. That’s an outsider’s point of view looking in?. The script wasn’t what I expected at all.” —Hillary Busis
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
Back in the Game
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
Stars: James Caan, Maggie Lawson, Griffen Gluck
What to expect: To say that Danny’s (Gluck) Little League team is bad wouldn’t be quite accurate. Terrible is more like it, but his mom, former pro Terry Jr. (Lawson), does her best to ease the pain — even as his foul-mouthed grandpa, Terry ”The Cannon” Gannon (Caan), is busy creating more of it.
Caan says: ”They’re never going to get better. I think if they just get a run, they’ll celebrate.” —Ray Rahman
The Crazy Ones
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m on CBS
Stars: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk
What to expect: Williams plays a brilliant but slightly off-kilter Chicago ad man whose business partner and daughter (Gellar) worries that he may be going off the rails.
Executive Producer David E. Kelley says: ”This is a sweet and gentle show in my mind. It’s not obviously a broad comedy.” —Lynette Rice
The Michael J. Fox Show
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce
What to expect: A local news anchor with Parkinson’s Disease (Fox) returns to work — much to the happiness of his family, who’ve had enough of him playing Mr. Mom.
Fox says: ”Coming off of The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm, I just thought, ‘Why am I not doing this?’ I realized I could take on more. I could do a show.” —Lynette Rice
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. on Fox
Judges: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, Graham Eliot
What to expect: Gordon Ramsay is not going to hold back with his critiques of the 24 kids ages 8 to 13 competing for the title of Junior Masterchef. Whether making fresh pasta or taking over a fancy restaurant, the kids stay positive and eager to learn.
Executive Producer Robin Ashbrook says: ”The kids all love each other. In the grownup show when someone is eliminated that’s one less person who’s standing in the way of you winning $1 million. The kids? They’re just sad when all the others go. They just wanted to stay and hang out with each other.” —Lindsey Bahr
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
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. on HBO
Stars: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence
What to expect: More black comedy from The Office and Extras co-creator Merchant, who stars as a British Web designer looking for love (or at least sex) in all the wrong places — specifically, Los Angeles. Merchant co-created the show with U.S. Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky.
Merchant says: ”It’s a Frankenstein of my failings at different times in my life fused with those of the other writers — who are also losers.” —Clark Collis
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
We Are Men
Premieres: Monday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith
What to expect: After he’s ditched at the altar, a sullen groom-to-be (Smith) moves into a short-term housing complex where he befriends three older, divorced men.
Creator Rob Greenberg says: ”It’s not just four guys going out. It’s four guys with a lot of history, so the ex-wives and the kids and their own families will be a big part of this show.” —Nuzhat Naoreen
Super Fun Night
Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
Stars: Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash, Kevin Bishop, Kate Jenkinson
What to expect: Socially awkward lawyer Kimmie (Wilson) is used to hanging with her two socially awkward best friends at home. But when she gets promoted at work, Kimmie pushes them to open up their world and even hit the club, which may result in a wardrobe malfunction or two.
Wilson says: ”I thought of the concept from doing this thing with my sister called Friday Night Fun Night. We would just sit at home on Friday nights after work and eat and watch DVDs and just chill. And to us, that was really fun and then I started thinking, ‘This is fun, it’s very safe and comfortable, but maybe I’m young and I should be getting out there more’…. I’m going to strategically go out and try to push myself into doing things and sociable things that don’t feel so comfortable and I’m going to force myself to have more fun, to have, like, super fun. So this show kind of follows that journey. Instead of being with my sister, I made it with my two best friends, who are based on girlfriends from high school.” —Dan Snierson
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
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8:30 p.m. on CBS
Stars: Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges
What to expect: A multi-cam family comedy about a recently divorced news reporter (Arnett) whose overbearing mother (Martindale) moves in with him after separating from his father (Bridges), with fart jokes and a Dirty Dancing sequence.
Executive Producer Greg Garcia says: ”As we go forward into the season we’ll see more dating, we’ll see these people getting out and experiencing a life that they haven’t experienced. I think that Margo and Beau’s [characters] will want to do things that they’ve never done. They’ve been in a cocoon for awhile in the marriage.” —Nuzhat Naoreen
Welcome to the Family
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8:30 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Mike O’Malley, Ricardo Chavira, Ella Rae Peck, Joseph Haro
What to expect: Two families (one Latino and the other Caucasian) who have different approaches to parenting must come together after their romantically involved teens announce they’re expecting a child together.
Creator Mike Sikowitz says: ”These two families happen to be very different ethnically, which doesn’t necessarily put them in conflict but it makes them feel very different. There are so many things they line up differently on, whether it’s how to parent their kids, or education. Ricardo’s character is more of a smothering dad and Mike’s character is more of a laissez-faire dad. Hopefully the fact that it feels very modern and current will separate it from what’s come before it.” —Nuzhat Naoreen
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
Sean Saves the World
Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Linda Lavin, Thomas Lennon
What to expect: A divorced, gay dad (Hayes) has to figure out how to balance work and his personal life after his teenage daughter (Sami Isler) moves in.
Hayes says: ”It has to be funny and it has to have relationships you haven’t seen before and a fresh take or a fresh twist on these relationships, so I think that’s why I’m excited to do [a multi-camera comedy]. As far as an audience goes, there’s no bigger thrill than knowing the immediacy of your performance, whether a joke [did or] didn’t work, because they will let you know right away.” —Nuzhat Naoreen
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
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 a 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
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
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
Premieres: Friday, Oct. 25, at 10 p.m. on NBC
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Thomas Kretschmann, and 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
Premieres Monday, Nov. 4, 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
Premieres: Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox
Stars: Geoff Stults, Parker Young, Chris Lowell
What To Expect: The Office meets the Army as super-soldier Pete (Stults) gets booted Stateside and heads his siblings’ Rear Detachment platoon in this comedy from Cougar Town‘s Kevin Biegel. He drew on his family’s military history, as well as his relationship with his two brothers for enthusiastic puppy dog Randy (Young) and sarcastic middle child Derrick (Lowell). Casting got it right: ”In real life [too], I can’t get rid of Parker. He calls me every night. He wants to stay over,” Stults says. ”When we were in New York for the Upfronts, he was like, ‘Hey man, why don’t I just stay in your room?’ I said, ‘Parker, they got you your own f—in’ room. Go stay in your own room.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, but we’re gonna be together all day, so I’ll just crash over. It’s a big bed.’ ‘You’re not sleeping in my bed, dude.”’ —Mandi Bierly