Our Top Picks for the Fall 2013 TV Show Lineup

We’re in the middle of the summer hiatus of some of our favourite TV shows, and while there’s some great options to keep us entertained over the summer months, what we’re really looking forward to is the Fall 2013 season. Why? Not only will some of our favourite TV shows return, it looks like there’s some great programs coming up that we can’t wait to try out! Read on to see what we’ll be excited to watch once the temperatures start to drop…


The Crazy Ones (CBS)

Photo courtesy of The Crazy Ones Facebook page

Photo courtesy of The Crazy Ones Facebook page

This new comedy features Mork and Buffy…I mean, Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, as a father-daughter team who conquer the advertising world. Exciting stuff, since this is Williams’ first television role since Mork and Mindy–and who doesn’t love Sarah Michelle Gellar? Williams plays Simon Roberts, an extremely successful yet also extremely unpredictable advertising genius, while Gellar portrays his more reasonable daughter Sidney Roberts. Together, they have to use some pretty unusual methods to win new clients and keep old ones happy.

Premieres: expected on September 26




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Sleepy Hollow (Fox/Global in Canada)

This story has been around for awhile (since 1820, actually), but it’s never been interpreted through the medium of television! This mystery-drama-adventure hybrid is reportedly a modern-day retelling of the short story by Washington Irving. It will definitely be interesting to see how the plot evolves: will Ichabod Crane solve more than one mystery throughout the season, or will he stick to just tackling the problem of the terrifying Headless Horseman? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Premieres: expected on September 16


The Originals (The CW/CTV Two in Canada)

Photo courtesy of blog.muchmusic.com

Photo courtesy of blog.muchmusic.com

It’s a well-known fact that a lot of ECW-ers are into The Vampire Diaries, and we’re thinking that this spinoff will garner just as much love! Created by fan favourite Julie Plec, this show follows the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus and Elijah, a.k.a the world’s original vampires. Set in New Orleans, Klaus, who originally built the city, must take on his former protege, Marcel, and wrest back control of the city.

Premieres: expected on October 15



Photo courtesy of cbs.com

Photo courtesy of cbs.com

The Millers (CBS/Global in Canada)

This new comedy seems promising–who can forget Will Arnett in his glory days as Gob on Arrested Development? In this series, a recently-divorced Nathan Miller (Arnett) tells his parents about the demise of his marriage, only to have his father (played by Beau Bridges) follow suit and leave his wife of 43 years. Obviously this creates many complications for Nathan. Also starring is Jayma Mays of Glee fame as Nathan Miller’s sister.

Premieres: expected on September 26


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC/City TV in Canada)

Photo courtesy of hypable.com

Photo courtesy of hypable.com

This spinoff of the hit show Once Upon a Time is based on the classic Lewis Carroll fairytale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It takes place in the same universe as Once Upon a Time, and crossover episodes are planned with the parent show that will connect threads from both worlds as characters from Wonderland and from Storybrooke interact. The premise is this: a young Alice (in Victorian London) tells a strange tale of a new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole, complete with invisible cats, smoking caterpillars, and talking cards. However, her stories don’t go over as well as she had hoped– thinking she must be insane, doctors try to cure her with medicine that will make her forget everything (including a lost love in Wonderland). She’s saved just in time, but what will her next step be?

Premieres: October 10



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The Blacklist (NBC/Global in Canada)

This drama series stars James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most sought-after fugitives. When he surrenders his person at FBI headquarters, he claims they share some interests, namely bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In the last twenty years, Red has made a list of criminals he believes the FBI could never find because they are unaware of their existence; he calls this list “The Blacklist.” He’ll co-operate and give them some names, but for some reason, he’ll only speak to one person: rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen. I’m looking forward to giving this one a try– James Spader was brilliant in his role as Robert California on The Office, and I have a sneaking suspicion he can play a criminal mastermind equally well.

Premieres: September 23


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC/CTV in Canada)

Photo courtesy of renegadecinema.com

Photo courtesy of renegadecinema.com

Here’s the deal: I love action movies. I love Joss Whedon. And I love The Avengers movie series. So I’m pretty excited about this series. The entire pilot recently screened at San Diego Comic-Con, and fan accounts seem to be very excited. Plus, everyone’s dying to know just how Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg reprises the role) returned from the dead! The series itself is set in the Marvel Universe and follows Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents  as they handle strange cases that involve superhuman individuals. Exciting stuff! Fans are already wondering if there will be any other Marvel characters encountered within the confines of the show.

Premiere:  September 24


Photo courtesy of kootnation.com

Photo courtesy of kootnation.com

Honourable Mention: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC)

Okay, okay. This one doesn’t technically count– it premiered already on July 16. However, for the nostalgia value alone, I’m excited to see if the show will hold up as well as it did in its first run. Drew Carey will unfortunately not be returning, as Aisha Tyler has taken over the job as host. However, the cast favourites have returned: Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie have all taken up the torch (or pool noodle, or rubber chicken, or whatever the prop happens to be), and the remaining spot will either be filled by a recurring cast member or a special guest. Tune in to see who gets the most points (not that they matter anyway).

What do you think? Let us know what you’re excited to watch this fall, and what shows you’re excited to have return!


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