Sept. is the time for television networks to begin rolling out their primetime lineups for the fall. It’s a season for new shows to bloom -or get the boot- and for returning shows to deliver on those cliffhangers they left us stewing over during the summer.
Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to from some old favorites and a new class of freshman.
Returning: “The Voice”
NBC’s most highly rated show will risk the chance of viewer burnout by returning for a fall season. Coaches Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and host Carson Daly will all return. Mentors include Mary J. Blige and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.
New: “The New Normal”
“Normal” feels like NBC’s answer to “Modern Family.” Georgia King stars as the surrogate chosen by a gay couple much to the disapproval of her hilarious, bigoted mother (Helen Barkin).
Returning: “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars”
This marks the first time the series will take part in an all-stars edition featuring past winners and contestants from the last 14 seasons vying for a mirror ball trophy.
Fading star (Connie Britton) will content with her industry’s new young, up-and-comer (Hayden Panettiere) in this country soap opera.
Returning: “Glee,” “X-Factor”
“Glee” will try to balance the old and new, focusing on McKinley High School while also keeping fans informed on the whereabouts of last year’s graduates in New York. And after a lackluster introduction, “Factor” will try to improve on it’s second season by welcoming new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
New: “The Following”
Kevin Bacon stars as an ex-FBI agent following a serial killer he helped capture years before who in a twist of fate – and technology- now has a following of admirers thanks to the internet.
Returning: “Survivor: Philippines”
The series’s 25th season will include fifteen new castaways and three returning players to the game.
An Americanized version of the “Sherlock” story starring Johnny Lee Miller as the famous literary detective and Lucy Liu as his sidekick Watson.
Returning: “The Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural”
“Diaries” protagonist Elena (Nina Dobrev) will begin life as a new vampire (a fate she once cryptically said she’d never want). And Supernatural’s demon hunting brothers Sam (Jensen Ackles) and Dean (Jared Padalecki) will enter purgatory.
Stephen Amell will star as “DC Comics” favorite Green Arrow. Time will tell if the series proves to be as popular as Arrow’s fellow Jusice League member and the network’s popular superhero predecessor “Smallville” which went off the air last year after ten seasons.
“The Walking Dead”
New promos for the ratings juggernaut (a record 9 million viewers watched the show’s second season finale making it the top-rated show in cable history amongst an adult demographic) tease “Fight the dead. Fear the living.” Writers will attempt to make due on that promise when the survivors make a new home (inside of an abandoned prison) and stumble upon the surviving town of Woodbury. Fans can look forward to seeing two comic favorites: katana wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) and super villain The Governor (David Morrissey) jump off the pages and onto their screens.
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
Now considered an anthology series, the show moves to a psychiatric ward run by a merciless nun (first season’s Emmy winning actress Jessica Lang). New scares will incorporate aliens, Nazis, a serial killer, and a cast that includes Zachary Quinto, Chloe Sevigny, Jenna Dewan, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.