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Vanessa Lachey, James Spader star on new shows this fall: Here's a guide

Vanessa Lachey stars on the Seth MacFarlane sitcom 'Dads' while Rebel Wilson heads up 'Super Fun Night' this fall. Here are the shows Vanessa Lachey, Kal Penn, and more will be involved in.

By Tim Molloy, Jethro Nededog, Tim Kenneally and Tony MaglioReuters / September 16, 2013

Vanessa Lachey (r.) and Brenda Song (l.) discuss their new sitcom 'Dads.'

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TV networks are rolling out some big guns this season, from a superhero spinoff to Robin Williams to a new series from Seth MacFarlane.

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But after months of following the new shows from pilot to pickup and finally to their premieres, are you still able to keep all the new titles straight? Here's a quick guide to some of the programs debuting this fall.

The Blacklist (NBC)

Who's Involved: James Spader, Megan Boone, showrunner John Eisendrath

What It's About: An ex-government agent (Spader) who's become one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives surprises the bureau by surrendering and offering to help catch a very wanted terrorist. But he'll only speak with one particular female agent (Boone).

Why It's Worth Watching: Because after watching Spader play unsavory types in such offerings as "The Office," "Boston Legal" and "Secretary," it will be interesting to see if he can pull off a full-on heavy here. Also of interest: Whether the show's producers can sufficiently distinguish "The Blacklist" from the conceptually similar "Silence of the Lambs." Premieres: Monday, Sept. 23 at 10/9c

Dracula (NBC)

Who's Involved: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, showrunner Daniel Knauf

What It's About: An American entrepreneur (Meyers) wants to bring science to Victorian England. But, really, he's a vampire and there to exact revenge on those who wronged him.

Why It's Worth Watching: If you aren't into vampires, then turn away now. If you're fine with bloodsuckers, then you're in for a feast for the eyes. This retelling of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" reminds us that the genre isn't just for kids. Premieres: Friday, Oct. 25 at 10/9c

The Goldbergs (ABC)

Who's involved: Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Patton Oswalt (narrator), showrunner Adam F. Goldberg

What It's About: A young boy in the 1980s decides to begin capturing his quirky family on video.

Why It's Worth Watching: Inspired by Goldberg's own childhood, it invokes feelings of a less-precious "The Wonder Years." Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c

The Originals (The CW)

Who's involved: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt, showrunner Julie Plec

What It's About: The first vampires move to New Orleans to reclaim their old stomping grounds.

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