Get ready. The fall broadcast TV season is about to launch.
Although many viewers are watching their favorite TV shows online, the bulk of the viewership, as measured by the Nielsen ratings, is made up of those who watch their shows on an actual TV or replay via DVR on a set in their home.
And, yes, Virginia, some shows are being released in advance on network websites, but there will still be a traditional premiere week, starting the last week in September.
The good news is there will be 26 new series clamoring for your attention. The bad news is probably only a handful or less will make it to fall 2014.
Here's an overview.
So far this summer, Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been the most buzzed about upcoming broadcast TV show with 220,034 tweets, according to crimsonhexagon.com. But most of those tweets came during this summer's Comic-Con and the Television Critics Association panels.
The show with the next highest tweet count was "The Tomorrow People," with 68,295. It's set to air on the little-watched CW network.
Fox will be the first of the five networks to debut new shows starting Monday with the majority saving new and returning shows for the week of Sept. 23, after the Emmy Awards are given out on Sept. 22.
You will see more film actors on TV this season. Among them will be Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, James Caan, George Segal, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Dylan McDermott, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Anna Faris, Rebel Wilson, Malin Akerman, Allison Janney, John Malkovich (midseason in the limited series "Crossbones") and Greg Kinnear (in "Rake" coming to Fox midseason).
Also returning to broadcast are former TV stars Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"), James Spader ("Boston Legal"), Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Josh Holloway ("Lost"), Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU"), James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek"), Peter Riegert ("The Good Wife") and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live"), to name a few.
Look for more fantasy with Jonathan Rhys Meyers jumping from playing lusty King Henry on Showtime to portraying "Dracula" as an American industrialist defying big oil in the 19th century on NBC.
Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" adapts Washington Irving's classic 19th-century tale of shy schoolmaster Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who is resurrected 250 years in the future and discovers he must save the world.
ABC's Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is a series about a fictional law-enforcement agency in the comic-book superhero universe.
One "Once Upon a Time" wasn't enough, so ABC will also have "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." Inspired by the Lewis Carroll fairy tale, this spinoff has Alice telling the story of a strange new -- and real -- world on the other side of a rabbit hole that includes a vanishing cat, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, playing cards that talk back and a mysterious figure named Cyrus with whom she's fallen in love.
CW's "The Originals" is a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries" about beautiful young people who are also blood suckers. The same network's "The Tomorrow People" is populated by sexy young men and women who are part of a genetically advanced race that a paramilitary group of scientists sees as a threat to their world.
Plus, J.J. Abrams is offering up his much-anticipated "Almost Human" on Fox. It's a police drama set in the future with humans working alongside humanoid androids.
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