After a long summer of nothing but reality TV shows and Netflix, it’s finally time for the new fall TV season! As much as I love Dance Moms, I’m looking forward to seeing some scripted TV. Several of my favorite shows are returning with new seasons this fall, and there are a few promising debut shows as well. Here are the 5 biggest reasons I’ll be a slave to my DVR for the next few months.
1.Leslie Knope is on Pawnee City Council.
Parks and Recreation has been one of the funniest shows on TV for years, thanks in large part to Amy Poehler’s stellar portrayal of the Parks Department deputy director, Leslie Knope. This year Leslie has been voted on to city council and I can’t wait to see how she and her motley crew of Parks Department coworkers will deal with her new role. Parks and Recreation premieres Thursday, Sept. 20th at 9:30pm ET on NBC.
2. Even though Friday Night Lights is over, I can still see Connie Britton on my television every week.
I may not be a huge country music enthusiast, but as a Connie Britton fan I can’t help but be excited for Nashville. The new drama features Britton as an aging country singer required to serve as the opening act for an upcoming young star, played by Hayden Panettiere. With talented stars and an intriguing premise, I can see Nashville as a less-soapy but equally compelling compliment to ABC’s recent hit, Revenge. Nashville premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10th at 10:00pm ET on ABC.
3. Mindy Kaling has her own show!
How do I adequately express my love for Mindy Kaling? She’s clever and hilarious and incredibly relatable, not to mention she turned Kelly Kapoor into my absolute favorite character on The Office. And now Kaling has her own sitcom debuting this month, The Mindy Project. In the show Kaling will portray a young doctor struggling to balance her professional life with her personal life. It sounds like a simple concept that will provide a great backdrop for Kaling’s trademark wit to take center stage. The Mindy Project premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 9:30pm ET on NBC.
4. American Horror Story is shaking things up with an entirely different location and characters from season 1.
Last fall American Horror Story debuted with a story focused on a couple with marital trouble living in a haunted house. Every episode was creepier and stranger than the last, and don’t even get me started on the opening credits. The show is back this fall for a second season, but the setting has moved to a 1960s insane asylum, and though some cast members from season 1 will be returning, they will be playing entirely different characters. I can’t wait to see what kind of absurdity this show manages to come up with next. American Horror Story premieres in October on FX.
5. One of the best shows you’re probably not watching, Happy Endings, will be returning for a third season.
There are tons of shows I love that seem to be in constant danger of cancellation due to poor ratings. Happy Endings is one of those shows, and I’ll take any opportunity I can get to talk it up to potential new fans. With a premise similar to Friends, the sitcom follows the lives of six Chicago friends, each with strong but unique personalities. With unusual but hilarious references, sharp dialogue and a charismatic cast, Happy Endings has a little something for everyone. Happy Endings premieres Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 9:00pm ET on ABC.
Premiere dates from tvguide.com.