All the New TV Shows You Need to Watch This Fall
Featuring Matt Damon, John Stamos, Jennifer Grey and Miss Piggy
Prepare thy DVR: Seriously, the new crop of fall TV shows looks ridic. (Are we the only ones who get irrationally excited to curl up on our couch with Aziz Ansari?) Here's what's on tap:
It’s been ten years since we last saw Matt Damon and Ben Affleck partner up on this documentary series that guides first-time movie directors through the nitty-gritty of making a film. Expect major drama this time around. (Within ten seconds of getting the job, the director wants to fire his writer. Typical.)
Watch it if you’re into: Shark Tank
(Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO; premieres September 13)
“LIFE IN PIECES”
This star-studded comedy (um, hello, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin and Colin Hanks) follows the lives--and life stages--of one very big, happy extended family, as told through different and hilarious viewpoints.
Watch it if you’re into: Modern Family
(Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS; premieres September 21)
Kermit and the gang are back in this reality-style sitcom about the making of a late night talk show, hosted by the one and only Miss Piggy. Guest stars already confirmed include Reese Witherspoon, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks. Not confirmed: Whether the faux show’s theme song will be "Mahna Mahna."
Watch it if you’re into: 30 Rock; early Muppets incarnations
(Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC; premieres September 22)
King of Camp Ryan Murphy is at it again, this time with a horror-comedy about a sorority being hunted by a deranged serial killer. But never fear: Emma Roberts and Lea Michele--both esteemed Ryan Murphy alums--are on the case.
Watch it if you’re into: American Horror Story
(Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox; premieres September 22)
Uncle Jesse--er, we mean John Stamos--returns to the small screen as a bachelor who is shocked when he finds out he’s not only a father…he’s a grandfather, too! Nothing Uncle Jesse can’t handle, right? (Oops, we did it again.)
Watch it if you’re into: Full House
(Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox; premieres September 29)
An actor (Rob Lowe) known for playing a lawyer on TV decides he wants to actually be a lawyer IRL. Good thing his brother (Fred Savage) and dad run a family law practice that he can join in Boise, Idaho.
Watch it if you’re into: Parks & Recreation
(Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox; premieres September 29)
Marcia Gay Harden + the busiest ER in the country. Something tells us she’s got things under control.
Watch it if you’re into: Grey’s Anatomy
(Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS; premieres September 30)
Jennifer Grey. Paul Reiser. A coming-of-age comedy about a directionless college student working as a tennis pro at a country club in New Jersey, circa 1980. BYO spandex.
Watch it if you’re into: Wet Hot American Summer
(Amazon; set to stream beginning October 9)
Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) ditches her entire life in Manhattan to desperately chase love and adventure in the ever-exotic West Covina, California ("It’s only two hours from the beach--four in traffic," she sings). Oh yeah, did we mention this comedy is a musical?
Watch it if you’re into: Glee
(Mondays at 8 p.m. on the CW; premieres October 21)
OK, this one might be terrible… but it also might be great. Glee alum Melissa Benoist stars as a young professional working for boss lady Calista Flockhart while at the same time hiding her superpowers. (Her cousin is Superman, in case you were wondering.)
Watch it if you’re into: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(Mondays at 8 p.m. on the CBS; premieres October 26)
Shonda Rhimes is back with a new thriller about a fraud investigator (Mireille Enos) who is shocked to learn she’s about to be a fraud victim, thanks to the dirty work of her fiancé. Her new career goal: To hunt him down and save her identity--and her job.
Watch it if you’re into: The Good Wife; Scandal
(Premieres midseason on ABC)
“MASTER OF NONE”
A cross between Aziz Ansari’s stand-up act and his book Modern Romance, this Netflix comedy follows Dev (Ansari), a 30-year-old actor in New York who can’t decide what to eat for dinner, much less what to do with his life.
Watch it if you’re into: Louie; Broad City
(Netflix; set to stream beginning November 6)
America Ferrera and Ben Feldman (remember, he lost a nipple on Mad Men?) take on customers at a supersized megastore in this workplace comedy.
Watch it if you’re into: The Office
(Midseason on ABC)