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5 September TV Debuts We Can’t Wait To Watch

It’s September, and that means only one thing: The start of the new Fall Season is only weeks away. With all manner of new shows about to begin and old favorites returning, here are the five shows we can’t wait to watch this month.

Climb back into the danger zone with this mini-season – Three episodes in September, before the show goes on break until January next year – of FX’s cult spy comedy that takes everything you ever thought about James Bond and pushes it even further. It’s no Venture Bros, but it’s damn close. (Starting Sept. 15, 10:30pm on FX)

Besides it being one of the funniest, smartest comedies on television right now, why is the third season of NBC’s college comedy on this list? Well, that would be the guest-cast for the season: “You mean John Goodman getting back to his comedy roots as the new assistant principal?” you ask? No, we reply, we mean The Wire‘s Omar (Actor Michael Kenneth Williams) joining the cast as Jeff Winger’s new nemesis. That’s pretty awesome, right? (Starting Sept. 22, 8pm on NBC)

Person of Interest
This thriller has all the ingredients to be must-see television: Created by JJ Abrams and The Dark Knight‘s Jonathan Nolan, starring Lost‘s Michael Emerson and The Prisoner‘s Jim Caviezel and centered around a mysterious system that can predict future crimes before they happen. It all sounds a little too good to be true – Remember last year’s Abrams series, Undercovers? Exactly – but we’re definitely on board for the first episode, at least. (Starting Sept. 22, 9pm on CBS)

Talking of JJ Abrams, the third season of this X-Files-gone-weirder show should’ve convinced any doubters that this was a show that demanded to be taken seriously. With the fourth season starting in almost all-new territory (One of the three main characters removed from history, and the two universes now apparently bound together as a result), we have no idea where the series is going to go next… but we can’t wait to find out. (Starting Sept. 23, 9pm on Fox)

Terra Nova
It’s the television gamble of the year – A massively-hyped, multiple-times-delayed science fiction show that mixes Jurassic Park and The Time Tunnel together to create a show that is rumored to be so expensive that it simply can’t fail. Which, of course, makes it all the more likely to launch well no matter what, but makes the second, third and fourth episode ratings all the more important. Do people want to watch humanity try to start again in pre-historic times? Can Jason O’Mara make another time travel show work, after his Life on Mars experience? And, maybe most importantly, how good are the CGI dinosaurs? (Starting Sept. 26, 8pm on Fox)


  • Jacob

    ” It’s no Venture Bros, but it’s damn close.”

    Not it’s not. Archer is great, but it can’t even begin to see The Venture Bros. taillights.

  • DF

    I agree on Fringe, Person of Interest, and Terra Nova! Looking forward to them. Have no interest in Archer and I tried Community, it was OK, but I’d put Supernatural and Hawaii Five-0 on this list instead. Supernatural had a shocking cliffhanger last season and Hawaii Five-0 had a suprising one too. Both of them look like they’ll be really good this season. Can’t wait.

  • Dpcoltx

    Terra nova looks good. Honestly though, big bang theory, the office and two and a half men are of more interest. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare with the losses of Harper and Scott.

  • Scud

    How about Sons of Anarchy and It’s always sunny in Philadelphia?

  • Dawnell_do

    I’m really looking forward to the return of Archer, Supernatural, Hawaii Five-0 and Fringe. 

  • AdamH12110

    I’m kind of looking forward to “Once Upon a Time”

  • memyself&I

    DF why are’nt you writing this colume clearly you are better at it

  • demoncat_4

    definitly  looking forward to both fringe mostly to find out  how the combined universes function plus is there a way to get peter back into the fringe history. also looking to see if Tera nova given how long its taking to get made.

  • ATK

    Here’s what i’m looking forward to.

    9/13 Ringer – CW
    9/14 Up All Night – NBC
    9/15 Archer – FX Season 3
    9/15 The Secret Circle – CW
    9/19 How I Met Your Mother – Season 7
    9/19 2 Broke Girls – CBS
    9/20 The New Girl – Fox
    9/22 Big Bang Theory – Season 5
    9/22 Community – Season 3
    9/22 The Office – Season 9
    9/22 Person of Interest – Cavizel and Emerson
    9/22 Whitney – NBC
    9/23 Supernatural – Season 7
    9/24 Rules of Engagement – Season 6
    9/24 SNL
    9/25 The Simpsons – Season 23
    9/25 Family Guy – Season 10
    9/25 Cleveland Show – Season 3
    9/25 American Dad – Season 3
    9/25 Dexter – Showtime
    9/26 Terra Nova – Fox
    9/26 Mike & Molly – Season 2
    9/28 Happy Endings – Season 2
    9/28 Mythbusters
    10/5 South Park – Renewed thru 2013
    10/5 Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time
    10/16 Walking Dead – Season 2
    10/21 Grimm – NBC
    10/21 Pearl Jam Twenty – PBS
    10/23 Once Upon a Time – ABC
    10/23 Robot Chicken – Adult Swim
    10/27 Beavis & Butthead – MTV
    11/11 Green Lantern: Animated Series
    11/23 I Hate My Teenaged Daughter – Fox
    12/? Eureka – Animated Xmas Special
    Fall 2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 4 9/16
    Fall 2011 QI – Series I – Season 9 9/9
    Fall 2011 Kung Fu Panda: Legend of Awesomeness – Nick
    Fall 2011 Aqua Teen Unit Hunger Patrol Force Squad 1
    Fall 2011 Penn & Tellers: Tell a Lie – Discovery
    Fall 2011 The Sarah Jane Adventures – Final Eps
    Q1/2012 30 Rock – Final Season NBC
    Q1/2012 Alcatraz
    Q1/2012 Are You There Vodka, It’s me Chelsea – NBC
    Q1/2012 Apartment 23 – ABC
    Q1/2012 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret – S2
    Q1/2012 Ultimate Spiderman – Disney XD
    Q1/2012 The Borgias – Showtime
    Q1/2012 The River – ABC
    Q2 2012 Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
    Q2 2012 Three Inches – scifi
    Q2 2012 Tron: Uprising
    Q2 2012 Metalocalypse
    Q2 2012 Game of Thrones – Season 2
    Q3 2012 Venture Brothers
    Q3 2012 True Blood – Season 5
    Q3 2012 Warehouse 13 – Season 4
    Q3 2012 Eureka – Season 5 – Final Season
    Q3 2012 Wilfred – Season 2
    2013 The Flintstones – Fox (Seth MacFarlane)
    2013 Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey – Fox (MacFarlane)

  • Lastnamecumbie

    I cant wait for supernatural to return especially the way it has to begin too

  • Jacob

    Soooo, everything.

  • Dan Tyson

    No, not everything. He missed…the news.

  • Jacob

    He only listed premieres and announced shows. The news is currently going. He doesn’t have to wait for that. :p

  • Jgjones

    best thing about this article — i know which shows will fail   even before i commit to watching them… simply on the  knowledge that This twat is looking forward to them.

  • Johnsmith65

    Fuck you.  If you have nothing to contribute, don’t

  • Jacob

    Flagged. No reason at all for this.

  • Anonymous

    Has 30 Rock been cancelled?

  • thesnappysneezer

    No and yes. 30 Rock is ending this season and will start in the middle of the season

  • thesnappysneezer

    Looking most forward to Community. A note, Goodman is going to be vice-dean, not vice-principal.

    I am also looking forward to Zooey Deschanel in the New Girl and Christina Ricci in PanAm.

  • Delmar

    What, no love for Gossip Girl?? ^_^ Other than that, I’m only looking forward to Fringe, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, and The Secret Circle(that Witch show on the CW). Most of the new shows hold little to no interest to me.

  • shawn richter

    More Supernatural please.

  • Shaun

    Man, I hope more people start watching Fringe. Season 3 comes out on DVD/Blu this Friday I believe (yes, Friday) and it’s not a hard show to catch up on. Season 1 was hit and miss, but by the latter part of that season it really started to take off. I was worried about the latter half of season 3, but it got back to its usual awesomeness again after a few rough weeks. The finale was pretty mind-blowing. Can’t wait to see what comes next! Fringe has become the show I wanted LOST to be, but sadly never became.

    Speaking of LOST… I may have to give Emerson’s new show a chance. But I can’t stand Caviezel, so we’ll see how that goes. I am sort of intrigued by Terry O’Quinn becoming a recurring character on Hawaii Five-0 though. Not a show I’d normally watch, but O’Quinn is always great. It’ll be worth a shot.

  • Shaun

    You watch way-y too much TV. Get out of the house once in a while!

    And you should be watching Fringe, BTW.

  • Shaun

    Although Graeme makes a lot of dumb comments (liking Lucas’ constant changes to Star Wars, or declaring he’d like to see Julie Taymor direct a superhero movie both come to mind), that’s unnecessary.

    Anyhow, he’s right about Fringe. Best thing on TV right now.

  • Coryjameson

    Grame, you’re out of your mind again, and so is any one still enamored of FRINGE. The first half of Season 3 was brilliant, and it was thrown in the trash by the second half. The demand of standalone episodes absolutely RUINED Fringe and the diminished budget meant that the second half of Season 3 lead to mindless non-sequiturs that completely ruined the series for me.

    Seems Fox is sticking to the same formula so they and Fringe can go to hell.

    If you want a better parallel universe science fiction story done well and brilliantly, check out JONATHAN HICKMAN’S FANTASTIC FOUR and FF (at least until Issue 12 where the hack Axel Alonso ruins everything by assigning a HACK artist to the “All Hope Lies in Doom” storyline).

  • Shaun

    I’ve heard nothing about about a “demand” for stand-alone episodes, nor about slashed budgets, but I do agree with you about the second half of season 3. The first half was fan-freakin-tastic, and the second half had a huge drop in quality, for the most part.

     But there were still a few gems in there, and the season end was great. Once they got past all that pointless “Belliva” crap they seemed to get their act together again. It was certainly enough for me to stay on board, and how the “Peter principle” (for lack of a better term) will change not one, but TWO universes has me intrigued. Certainly, by brining players from both worlds together, I don’t think we’ll see many stand-alones in season 4.

    Until Fringe completely goes off the rails, I’ll stick with it. It hasn’t gone completely down the tubes the way Lost did. Not yet, at least. As it was, I wished I’d stopped watching Lost at the end of season 5. We’ll see about Fringe.