The Collegio’s Fall TV Preview
Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter
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Glee – Fox’s envelope-pushing musical is set for a new season, and a fresh batch of students is joining McKinley High mainstays Artie (Kevin McHale), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Blaine (Darren Criss) while recent-graduate Rachel (Lea Michele) faces a host of new challenges, including an evil dance instructor (Kate Hudson) at her performing arts college. The series also returns with more new covers including Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” and the summer anthem “Call Me Maybe.”
Family Guy – Seth MacFarlane’s controversial animated series returns for an eleventh season as a part of “Animation DOminiation, Fox’s Sunday animation block. The Griffins climb Mount Everest, Lois (Alex Borstein) faces a midlife crisis, Brian’s (MacFarlane) exes return to roast him and Meg (Mila Kunis) falls for a boy who has a crush on Chris (Seth Green). This season will also feature the series’ 200th episode and will include guest voices from Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds and Sofia Vergara.
How I Met Your Mother– Season eight picks up where last season left off: Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) are new parents and Barney (Neill Patrick Harris) is engaged to Quinn (Becki Newton) yet he somehow ends up at the altar with Robin (Cobie Smulders) at the wedding where Ted (Josh Radnor) meets the series’ titular “Mother.” “Saturday Night Live” alum Abbie Elliot guest stars and Ashley Williams returns as Ted’s old flame, Victoria.
Once Upon A Time – ABC’s ambitious fantasy-drama returns for its sophomore season. The real town of Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest became even further entwined, causing more strife for Mary/Snow White (Gennifer Goodwin) and company. The new season also introduces Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as the Mad Hatter, Sinqua Walls (“Teen Wolf”) as Sir Lancelot and Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”) as Mulan.
The Mindy Project– In a new series inspired by her mother, Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) stars as Mindy Lahiri, a single physician navigating the trials and tribulations of balancing a professional life and a turbulent love life. The series also stars Chris Messina (“Damages”) and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Glee”).
Arrow – The CW returns to the DC Universe with a new series featuring the superhero, Green Arrow, albeit in a darker fashion than he was portrayed in the critically-acclaimed series, “Smallville.” Stephen Amell (“The Vampire Diaries”) is Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy found three years after being shipwrecked on a deserted island who returns home to fight crime in Starling City. DC characters Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), Deathstroke and Huntress are slated to appear.
Vegas – Set in the 1960s, “Vegas” centers on a rivalry between Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis), a Chicago mobster who moves to Nevada to create his own mafia, and Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), a former rancher and the current sheriff in Las Vegas. Based on true events, the series also stars Carrie-Ann Moss (“The Matrix”) and Jason O’Mara (“Resident Evil: Extinction”).
Elementary – A decade after “Ally McBeal,” Lucy Liu returns to television as the Watson to Johnny Lee Miller’s (“Dark Shadows”) Sherlock Holmes in this contemporary take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories. Liu is former doctor Joan Watson, tasked with accompanying a post-rehab Holmes as his sober companion. Holmes is once again a consulting detective but this time in New York City. The series also stars Aidan Quinn (“Weeds”).
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30 Rock – Tina Fey’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series is coming to an end with a thirteen-episode final season with Liz (Fey) and Criss (James Marsden) contemplating having a child, a now-single Jack (Alec Baldwin) is up to his old tricks as a GE and Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) and Hazel (Kristen Schaal) engaging in what the producers call a “non-sexual boyfriend-girlfriend thing.” The season will feature guest appearances by Bryan Cranston and Catherine O’Hara and will conclude with an hour-long series finale.
The Office – Based on the British series of the same name, NBC’s “The Office” enters its ninth and final season with two new hires (Clark Duke and Jake Lacy) causing complications for Jim (John Krasinski) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson). The season will feature guest appearances by Mindy Kaling and Ed Helms (“The Hangover”) and Wilson’s character will be spun-off into his own series in 2013.