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Comedies packed with star-power

August 29, 2013



While TV shows can debut just about any time of year nowadays, there's still a traditional sweeps week -- or month, rather -- as fall begins to sets in.

This year is no different as a variety of comedies, inter-mixed with some sci-fi, futuristic and fantasy titles, are thrown into the network lineups.

The largest influx comes in a wave of comedies, with bigger stars getting in on the action.

ABC brings in Rebel Wilson to "Super Fun Night" and Malin Akerman to "Trophy Wife." Andy Samberg debuts a new comedy on FOX called "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Michael J. Fox returns to TV with "The Michael J. Fox Show" on NBC. And Alison Janney and Anna Faris bring "Mom" to CBS.

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar team up for the drama/comedy "The Crazy Ones," also on CBS.

In the sci-fi/futuristic genre, FOX, ABC and The CW all bring something to the table with "Almost Human," "Marvel's Agents of S . H . I . E . L . D. " and "The Tomorrow People" respectively.

And FOX's "Sleepy Hollow," The CW's "The Originals," ABC's "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" and NBC's "Dracula" round out the paranormal and fantasy offerings.

Here's a look at the new additions to NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW. Summaries were gathered from network websites and previews.


"Betrayal" (10 p.m. Sundays on ABC, premieres Sept. 29) -- Married to other people, a photographer and attorney begin an affair while, at the same time, trying to fight their intense attraction to one another.


"Almost Human" (8 p.m. Mondays on FOX, premieres late fall) -- In the future when all police officers are partnered with androids, a detective wakes up after an accident but doesn't remember anything. When he returns to work, he is partnered with a very human-like android.

"Sleepy Hollow" (9 p.m. Mondays on FOX, premieres Sept. 16) -- Ichabod Crane faces off with the Headless Horseman in present-day Sleepy Hollow, as he and a detective try to uncover a mystery dating back to revolutionary times.

"The Blacklist" (10 p.m. Mondays on NBC, premieres Sept. 23) -- James Spader plays the FBI's most wanted man, who turns himself in, striking a deal with the organization to bring down a well-known terrorist. However, he only wants to speak with a new profiler.

"We Are Men" (8:30 p.m. Mondays on CBS, premieres Sept. 30) -- After he's jilted at the altar, a young man is befriended by three other bachelors who try to help him get through the rough patch by teaching him about the single life.

"Mom" (9:30 p.m. Mondays on CBS, premieres Sept. 23) -- This comedy stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris as a mother and daughter trying to get clean and sober so that they can mend their relationship with each other as well as the daughter's children.

"Hostages" (10 p.m. Mondays on CBS, premieres Sept. 23) -- Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott star in this drama about a rogue FBI agent who orders a doctor to kill the president while she's performing surgery on him, holding her family hostage until she complies.


"Dads" (8 p.m. Tuesdays on FOX, premieres Sept. 17) -- Two close friends' lives are upturned when both have their dads move in with them.

"The Originals" (8 p.m. Tuesdays on The CW, premieres at 9 p.m. Oct. 3) -- The spin-off to The CW's popular drama "The Vampire Diaries" follows original vamp Klaus and his siblings as they move to New Orleans and find themselves in a power struggle for control of the c i t y.

"Marvel's Agents of S . H . I . E . L . D. " (8 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, premieres Sept. 24) -- Agent Coulson, who was presumed to have died in the Avengers movie, is back, and he's gathering a group of agents who will work on cases for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays on FOX, premieres Sept. 17) -- Members of a detective precinct used to kicking back and having a good laugh get a new tough boss in this workplace comedy starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.

"The Goldbergs" (9 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, premieres Sept. 24) -- A young boy videotapes his loved ones in this show set in the 1980s, capturing the awkward family's comedic and dramatic moments.

"Trophy Wife" (9:30 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, premieres Sept. 24) -- Malin Akerman stars as a new wife to a man with three children and two ex-wives in this comedy.

"Lucky 7" (10 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC, premieres Sept. 24) -- Seven gas station employees win the lottery together, but as they say, money doesn't buy happiness, and the group is suddenly faced with a whole new set of issues.


"Back in the Game" (8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on ABC, premieres Sept. 25) -- A former softball player decides to coach a bunch of kids who didn't make their little league team while also dealing with her nosy, overbearing father.

"The Tomorrow People" (9 p.m. Wednesdays on The CW, premieres Oct. 9) -- The next step in human evolution is already here. That's the premise behind this The CW show that follows a group of humans with special talents as they are hunted by a government trying to destroy them.

"Super Fun Night" (9:30 p.m. Wednesdays on ABC, premieres Oct. 2) -- A group of friends have been meeting every Friday evening for a girls' night. But soon, one of their jobs might throw a wrench into their lineup.

"Ironside" (10 p.m. Wednesdays on NBC, premieres Oct. 2) -- After being wounded during a shootout years before, an NYPD detective is confined to a wheelchair, but still manages to solve crimes, much of it thanks to his new perspective.


"Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" (8 p.m. Thursdays on ABC, premieres Oct. 10) -- This series finds Alice in a mental institution after telling her stories about Wonderland. When even Alice is starting to doubt her own story, a familiar duo shows up to rescue her, taking Alice back down the rabbit hole.

"Welcome to the Family" (8:30 p.m. Thursdays on NBC, premieres Oct. 3) -- On the cusp of graduation, two very different teenagers, yet very much in love, find themselves with a baby on the way, a new engagement and bickering parents in this comedy.

"The Millers" (8:30 p.m. Thursdays on CBS, premieres Oct. 3) -- Freshly divorced, a man discovers that his parents, who have been married 43 years, are calling it quits as well. And then mom decides to move in with her son. Will Arnett stars.

"The Crazy Ones" (9:30 p.m. Thursdays on CBS, premieres Sept. 26) -- Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller return to TV as a father and daughter trying to work together at an advertising agency owned by the father, whose unorthodox ways get under the skin of his straight-laced daughter.

"Sean Saves the Wo rl d " (9 p.m. Thursdays on NBC, premieres Oct. 3) -- A divorced dad decides to become more involved in his daughter's life when she moves in with him. The only problems are his demanding boss and his controlling mother.

"Reign" (9 p.m. Thursdays on The CW, premieres Oct. 17) -- A teenage Mary Stuart, who later became known as the Queen of Scots, arrives in France to secure her engagement to the future king, Prince Francis.

"The Michael J. Fox Show" (9:30 p.m. Thursdays on NBC, premieres Sept. 26) -- Fox returns to TV in this comedy about a family man dealing with Parkinson's Disease who decides to go back to work at the television station where he was employed before becoming ill.


"MasterChef Junior" (8 p.m. Fridays on FOX, premieres Sept. 27) -- It's MasterChef for 8-13-year-olds. Gordon Ramsey, host of the original show, will help the talented kids hone their kitchen skills.

"Enlisted" (9:30 p.m. Fridays on FOX, premieres late fall) -- Three very different brothers stationed at a Florida Army base toggle between crazy hijinks and emotional moments in this comedy.

"Dracula" (10 p.m. Fridays on NBC, premieres Oct. 25) -- Jonathan Rhys Meyers returns to TV to play the vampire. In Victorian London, Dracula comes back posing as an entrepreneur but planning to take revenge, only to discover a woman who reminds him of his dead wife.


These titles will join the lineup sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.

"The 100" on The CW

"About a Boy" on NBC

"American Dream Builders" on NBC

"Believe" on NBC

"Chicago PD" on NBC "Crisis" on NBC "Crossbones" on NBC "Friends with Better Lives" on CBS "Gang-Related" on FOX "Growing Up Fisher" on NBC "Intelligence" on CBS "Killer Women" on ABC "Mind Games" on ABC "Mixology" on ABC "Murder Police" on FOX "The Night Shift" on NBC "Rake" on FOX "Reckless" on CBS "Resurrection" on ABC "Star-Crossed" on The CW "Surviving Jack" on FOX "Undateable" on NBC "Us and Them" on FOX.


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