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This soapy political drama stars Téa Leoni as a slightly younger, slightly less controversial Hillary Clinton figure. (You see, she didn’t want the job of secretary of state; she was just minding her business as a college professor/CIA agent when it was foisted upon her.)
Watch it if you’re into: Homeland, The Good Wife.
(Sundays at 8:30 ET on CBS; premieres September 21)
We’ve always had a soft spot for Kelly Taylor--we mean Jennie Garth--who as far as we can tell hasn’t aged a day since 1993. Her new career reboot involves an HGTV show in which she guts and remodels a 1970s L.A. ranch home. Celebrity aside, this looks like the kind of home-reno porn we live for.
Watch it if you’re into: The Vanilla Ice Project.
(Tuesdays at 9:00 ET on HGTV; premieres September 16)
Before there was Batman (and Michael Keaton... and Val Kilmer... and Christopher Nolan...) there was Gotham City. This prequel to the franchise centers around the comic-book characters you know and love--the Penguin! Catwoman!--as they cut their teeth in the big, bad metropolis. Looks appropriately moody.
Watch it if you’re into: Smallville.
(Mondays at 8:00 ET on FOX; premieres September 22)
We're crossing our fingers that this show is as funny as it looks. Anthony Anderson (The Shield, Law & Order) stars as a well-to-do suburbanite who just wants his children to understand their black roots. (Alternately, they want to play field hockey and get bar mitzvahed.) Laurence Fishburne costars as the grumpy grandpa.
Watch it if you’re into: Modern Family.
(Wednesdays at 9:30 ET on ABC; premieres September 24)
Honestly, we’d watch Viola Davis make a sandwich, so naturally we’re pretty excited for her forthcoming series about a brilliant but troubled law professor whose students get in way over their heads. Dum-dum-dummmm...
Watch it if you’re into: Scandal.
(Thursdays at 10:00 ET on ABC; premieres September 25)
Hey, did you hear? TV is no longer actually on TV. This new comedic drama--about a seemingly boring dad (Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development) who comes out to his adult children as transgender--will stream on Amazon Prime through the fall. Aside from the fact that Tambor is one damn funny dude, we’re thrilled to see a trans character get nuanced narrative treatment.
Watch it if you’re into: Six Feet Under, Parenthood.
(Premieres September 26)
OK, this show could be terrible. Or it could be the next How I Met Your Mother. The premise: Two New Yorkers meet, fall in love and muddle their way through a new relationship. The twist: You hear all of their thoughts in voiceover narration.
Watch it if you’re into: HIMYM.
(Tuesdays at 8:30 ET on ABC; premieres September 30)
Want to convince yourself never to walk alone at night? Check out this shudder-inducing series about an L.A. anti-stalking unit and the weirdos they pursue.
Watch it if you’re into: The Following, Criminal Minds.
(Wednesdays at 9:00 ET on CBS; premieres October 1)
Killer clowns, two-headed ladies and Kathy Bates with a surprisingly realistic beard: Consider us terrified/entranced. The newest version of AHS (which also stars the unstoppable Jessica Lange) is set in 1950s Florida and follows a cast of twisted misfits doing creepy, misfitty things.
Watch it if you’re into: any other American Horror Story iteration.
(Wednesdays at 10:00 ET on FX; premieres October 8)
Shows like Mad Men and Scandal have always addressed extramarital affairs, but serious infidelity is the sole focus of this sexy Showtime series about two happily married hotties who muck everything up one summer in Montauk. Bonus points for a brooding and shirtless Dominic West (The Wire).
Watch it if you’re into: Little Children.
(Sundays at 10:00 ET on Showtime; premieres October 12)
You’ve watched every 30 Rock... twice. You’ve sloughed through that miniseries about the American frontier. You’re ready to get back to original and gripping prime-time television.
Luckily, with September in full gear, there’s a crop of new shows to whet your whistle.
Here, the ten new series we’re most excited to check out--from the sexy political drama to the creepy procedural that could be your next guilty pleasure.
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