New Shows for September

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MALIN AKERMANBy Kristina Bostley
Campus News

As the leaves begin to change this autumn, so does the television lineup. Your favorite shows will be making their way out of hibernation, the biggest of cliffhangers finding their footing in just a few short weeks. This year, a slew of new TV shows will be gracing our flatscreens. September is quite the busy month, with 17 series making their debuts.

Ryan Seacrest’s new conquest is a 10-night game show called “Million Second Quiz.” Players compete to sit in the Money Chair, where they can earn $10 per second as they compete in head-to-head combat to answer groups of 10 questions with only 5 seconds to respond to each. Contestants can sign up to compete online, where if they succeed, they will be whisked off to New York City for battle. The show premieres Monday, September 9 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Ichabod Crane fell asleep during the American Revolution and woke up in modern-day “Sleepy Hollow.” The man from the past unites with a cop from the present to hunt down the Headless Horseman and his three fellow Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The new drama on Fox mixes historical facts with details from Washington Irving’s book to create this action-packed show starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, starting on Monday, September 16 at 9 p.m.

Warner (Seth Green) and Eli (Giovanni Ribsi) star in “Dads,” a new comedy on Fox about best friends in their mid-30s whose fathers have moved in with them. Though vastly different – Warner is more conservative, married with a family, while Eli is a single, laid-back type – both face the challenges of living with a parent in this half-hour sitcom premiering on Tuesday, September 17 at 8 p.m.

Next in the lineup during the Tuesday night comedy hour on Fox comes Andy Samberg’s new police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Detective Jake Peralta, played by Samberg, likes to break the rules, and can usually get away with it – that is, until Ray Holt becomes his new captain. Peralta and Holt battle it out over the rules of the precinct as they battle the criminals of Brooklyn on Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m.

Parents are making a comeback on TV this fall, as CBS debuts its new sitcom, “Mom.” Anna Faris plays Christie, a newly sober single mother of two trying to pull her life together when her own mother, also a reformed alcoholic, reenters her life. The waitress serves up this comedy starting Monday, September 23 at 9:30 p.m.

Premiering next on the Monday night CBS lineup comes “Hostages,” a one-hour drama centered on FBI agent-turned-abductor Duncan Carlisle, who wants the President of the U.S. dead and wants surgeon Ellen Sanders to kill him. Dr. Sanders is about to perform surgery on the president when she finds out her family has been kidnapped, and she must steady her hands and her head if she wants to find a way to save them both.

Raymond “Red” Reddington once worked for the government, and now, he’s a criminal. Red combines the knowledge of the two as he surrenders to the FBI in exchange for a common goal: catching a terrorist that they are both seeking. Refusing to work with anyone except brand-new FBI profiler Liz Keen, the two track down the terrorist, and it is then that Red reveals he has a record of many more terrorists to catch, appropriately titled “The Blacklist.” James Spader and Megan Boone star in NBC’s one-hour thriller on Monday nights starting September 23 at 10 p.m.

ABC is the new home of Marvel’s Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” beginning Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.. Marvel moves its empire from the big screen to the small as Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, gathers a global team of talented Agents to solve crimes both mortal and superhuman in this highly anticipated one-hour action thriller.

“The Goldbergs” live in a simpler time – the 1980s. The new ABC sitcom introduces the dysfunctional albeit loving family, patriarch Murray and wife Beverly, their three children, Erica, Barry, and Adam, and grandfather Pops as they navigate through the trials and tribulations of daily suburban life. Welcome home the Goldbergs on Tuesday nights this fall, beginning September 24 at 9:00 p.m.

Also making her entrance on September 24 following the Goldbergs is “The Trophy Wife.” Kate (played by Malin Akerman) faces off against two ex-wives and three stepchildren when she marries Pete (Bradley Whitford). With little experience as either a wife or a stepmother, Kate must quickly find her footing in her new roles, if she wants to show Pete that the third time’s the charm.

Rounding out ABC’s brand-new Tuesday lineup is “Lucky 7,” a TV drama centered in New York about seven coworkers who strike it big when they finally win the lottery. The employees’ lives change dramatically when their numbers are finally called, because each person has a circumstance that money can fix. The Lucky 7 struggle with a range of issues, including their newfound fame, starting on Tuesday, September 24 at 10 p.m.

Although the major league season is slowly winding down, baseball is in full swing this fall with “Back in the Game.” Single mother Terry Gannon “Jr.” volunteers to coach her son when he doesn’t make the cut for Little League, and ends up coaching the team with her outspoken father, Terry Sr. The team seems like extreme bad news as they step out onto the field, and it’s up to the Terrys to whip the young boys into shape. Maggie Lawson and James Caan star in the sports comedy-drama premiering Wednesday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m..

The “Crazy Ones” is the highly-anticipated comedy from CBS that boasts two big names, funny man Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. This father-daughter advertising duo has extremely differing personalities, and thus very different views on how the company should run. Together, they promise to provide plenty of laughs every Thursday at 9 p.m. beginning September 26.

Michael J. Fox stars in a new TV comedy loosely based on his own life. The one-hour season premiere of “The Michael J. Fox Show” chronicles the life of Mike Henry, a father trying to hold his life and his family together despite the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He makes the decision to return to work and faces the struggle of juggling his family and his career in the sitcom that premieres on Thursday, September 26 at 9p.m. on NBC.

Kids exchange their EasyBake Ovens for real ones in Fox’s new cooking competition “Junior MasterChef.” Gordon Ramsay partners with fellow chefs Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot to judge 24 talented children ages 8 to 13 as they duke it out in the kitchen. The chefs must create seafood, pasta, and dessert dishes to appeal to the judges’ taste buds to advance through the rounds to be crowned America’s first Junior MasterChef. The competition kicks off on Friday, September 27 at 8 p.m.

Photographer Hannah Ware is often left to her own devices by her undependable husband, Drew. But when she begins an emotionally-charged affair with Jack McAllister, her life is turned completely upside down. Her life is further ripped apart by the realization that her husband and her lover are about to go head-to-head in the courtroom, putting Hannah right in the middle of what she wants and what she has. The high-intensity drama “Betrayal” premieres on Sunday, September 29 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

The last series debut of September is “We Are Men,” a CBS comedy about four male neighbors sharing the common ground of divorce. Actors Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, and Chris Smith forge a friendship as they find themselves involved in crazy shenanigans. This four-way bromance steals the screen on Monday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m..

Whatever channel you tune into this September, you’re sure to see some fresh new faces during primetime. Whether comedy or drama is your cup of tea, there’s something heating up for everyone this fall on TV.

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