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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.

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What It's About: A recently sober waitress (Faris) tries to raise two kids, one of them a daughter who's repeating her mistakes. Before her daughter can forgive her, she needs to forgive her mother (Janney), herself a recovering alcoholic with a fondness for cocaine.

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Why It's Worth Watching: This feels like a rehash of other Chuck Lorre shows – combine the put-upon waitresses of "2 Broke Girls" with the twelve-step meetings of "Mike & Molly" – until Janney appears on the screen. She delivers a punch line like nobody's business, and gives what could be another very broad sitcom a sense of realism and heart. Premieres: Monday, Sept. 23 at 9:39/8:30c

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Who's involved: Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher. Executive produced by Dan Goor and Michael Schur.

What It's About: A brilliant but rule-bending detective (Samberg) gets a tough new captain (Braugher).

Why It's Worth Watching: You rolled your eyes at the description, right? "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is right there with you. It wrings fresh laughs from the most exhausted cop-show tropes, coming up with plenty of surprises. It has the same stupid-brilliant feel as Samberg's "Saturday Night Live" digital shorts, Braugher's deadpan is a delight, and "Parks and Recreations" veterans Goor and Schur have filled out their cast with another band of droll misfits. Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8:30/7:30c

Sleepy Hollow (Fox)

Who's Involved: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci executive produce.

What It's About: Patriot, abolitionist and hopeless romantic Ichabod Crane (Mison) wakes up from a very long sleep to find that his old enemy, the headless horseman, is back in the decapitation racket – and heralds the end of the world. The only person who understands him is a smart small-town cop (Beharie) with a big secret.

Why It's Worth Watching: Mison and Beharie have great chemistry, especially during a surprisingly sharp scene about race and gender. The Headless Horseman is a delightfully ruthless villain – but not even the scariest one on the show. The series, from "Star Trek" writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, twists the "X Files" formula by making Mulder a Revolutionary War veteran and Scully – well, we don't want to reveal too much. Premieres: Monday, Sept. 16 at 9/8.

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