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Fall lineup for Thursday nights

September 18, 2013


Sept. 18--Thursdays this fall:

At 8 p.m., returning shows are "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, Sept. 26), "Parks & Recreation" (NBC, Sept. 26), "The X Factor" (Fox, already on), and "The Vampire Diaries" (CW, Oct. 3).

New at 8, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC, Oct. 10) is a spinoff of the hit fantasy "Once Upon a Time," focusing on Alice of Lewis Carroll fame as she goes on a quest to reunite with her lost love.

New at 8:30, are two comedies. "The Millers" (CBS, Oct. 3) involves two siblings, played by Will Arnett and Jayma Mays ("Glee"), as their bombastic, intrusive parents (Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale) split up, each moving into one of their kids' homes.

" Welcome to the Family" (NBC, Oct. 3) has another "Glee" veteran, Mike O'Malley, butting heads with Ricardo Chavira ("Desperate Housewives"). They play the parents of two high school sweethearts who end up expecting a baby and planning to get married.

At 9 p.m., returning shows are "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, Sept. 26) and "Glee" (Fox, Sept. 26).

New at 9, there are three shows. "The Crazy Ones" (CBS, Sept. 26) is a comedy that brings Robin Williams back to weekly television for the first time since Mork From Ork vanished from our screens. He plays an eccentric marketing genius, with Sarah Michelle Gellar as his long-suffering daughter and business partner. "Sean Saves the World" (NBC, Oct. 3) is a sitcom with Sean Hayes as a divorced, gay man raising his teenage daughter. And "Reign" (CW, Oct. 17) is a historical drama by way of "Gossip Girl," about the teen years of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her four giggly ladies-in-waiting.

At 9:30, "Two and a Half Men" returns (CBS, Sept. 26) and goes up against one of the fall's most-anticipated new comedies.

New at 9:30, "The Michael J. Fox Show" (NBC, Sept. 26) is a likeable comedy with Fox playing a much-loved New York news anchor who returns to work several years after retiring because of his Parkinson 's syndrome or disease? syndrome.

At 10, "Scandal" (ABC, Oct. 3), "Elementary" (CBS, Sept. 26) and "Parenthood" (NBC, Sept. 26) return.

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