Fall TV 2013
New Fall Lineup

Every year, television programs debut in the fall and typically end their seasons the following spring. During the summer, re-runs of the shows are aired and viewers take advantage of this to catch up with shows or familiarize themselves with ones they did not manage to watch the first time around. Now that the summer re-run season is drawing to a close, a new fall season is poised to begin again.

Sitcoms are highly anticipated this fall with the return of “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) (Sheldon and Amy made progress last year but will it continue?), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) (Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones both announced they will depart this season), and sophomore show, “The Mindy Project” (FOX) (Mindy’s hair grew back, right?) garnering praise from critics and fans last season and much speculation during the shows’ summer hiatus.

Other shows set to come back this fall have other obstacles to conquer. “Glee” (FOX) lost one of its key players to a drug overdose this past summer and there are many questions left to answer as to how the show will handle this delicate situation and whether or not the show can survive such a catastrophic blow.

Meanwhile, viewers are anxious to catch up with such gritty shows as “Sons of Anarchy” (FX) and “The Walking Dead” (AMC). Both shows have left fans guessing about what direction the shows will take this year.

New shows will be making their network debuts throughout the fall. Some of the loudest buzz has been generated by “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC) which brings superheroes to the small screen, the Andy Samberg-helmed comedy, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX) based on a bungling group of New York cops, and “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC), a vehicle that is expected to re-introduce the sitcom legend to television and a new generation.

Michael J. Fox is hardly the only actor to return to television this fall. “Will & Grace” alum, Sean Hayes will return in “Sean Saves the World” (NBC), Robin Williams will make his sitcom return after a long absence since the days of “Mork & Mindy” with “The Crazy Ones” (CBS), and Kathy Bates returns to television in the next “American Horror Story” installment, “Coven” (FX). Many more surprises are in store for viewers this season, so sit back, watch, and enjoy.