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.
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Why It's Worth Watching: If you've outgrown "TVD" or feel ready to explore a new part of that world, this is for you. It definitely feels a notch more adult than its parent show with all the same supernatural bells and whistles. Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9/8cSkip to next paragraph
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Super Fun Night (ABC)
Who's involved: Rebel Wilson, Conan O'Brien is among the producers
What It's About: An upwardly mobile attorney tries to balance her new romance with her long-standing girls' night in.
Why It's Worth Watching: The pilot episode doesn't quite feel like it knows what it is right now. But, there's enough odd and hilarious nuggets there to make us feel that this could be the next "Mindy Project." Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c
Who's Involved: Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan. Jerry Bruckheimer is among the producers.
What It's About: This suspenseful drama revolves around a surgeon who's thrown into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent.
Why It's Worth Watching: McDermott established his creepy cred in spades with his two-season run on FX's "American Horror Story," and he brings intensity to his role as a renegade g-man. Premieres: Monday, Sept 23 at 10/9c
We Are Men (CBS)
Who's Involved: Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub. showrunner Rob Greenberg
What It's About: Four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love.
Why It's Worth Watching: A seasoned cast suggests that this just might be the series to bring the genre of bro-down comedy out of the realm of the aggressively puerile. Premieres: Monday, Sept. 30 8:30/7:30c
Almost Human (Fox)
Who's Involved: Karl Urban. Creator J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams executive produce.
What It's About: A high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop is forced to pair with a part-human robot as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.
Why It's Worth Watching: Wyman and Abrams worked together on "Fringe," a beloved cult favorite that combined procedural drama with paranormal freakiness, so if there's anybody who could make a human-android buddy-cop drama something besides completely robotic, it's them. Premieres: Monday, Nov. 4 at 8/7c
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Who's involved: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Sam Laybourne, Alex Reid
What It's About: One of New York's most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox), put his career on hold after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. But now the stay-at-home dad is becoming restless, so his family and former boss find a way to coerce him back into the newsroom.
Why It's Worth Watching: Because Michael J. Fox is back. Do you really need more reasons to watch? Oh you do. Also, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in the first episode, "Breaking Bad" star Brandt plays Fox's wife, and the show will raise Parkinson's awareness: Win/win/win. Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 26 9/8c